Snow visitor issues – call sheriff: No confrontation

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Christmas Day Sunday brought another huge crowd of tourists to the Hill this year. Only a few restaurants were open to serve them, but they didn’t seem to care. They came for the snow and the proverbial White Christmas it provided. Traffic was backed up along Highway 243 in both directions. Photo by Zachary Johnson


Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington, at a Nov. 21 all-agency meeting convened in Riverside to address potential snow visitor issues, counseled “no confrontation” if visitors park illegally on private property and refuse to leave.

The preferred course of action, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. Capt. Joe Borja, Hemet Station commander, is to “go back into your house and call the sheriff.”

In a subsequent phone call to Borja, he advised calling “the dispatch center at (951) 776-1099 or 800-950-2444 for all ‘non emergencies,’ and 911 for all emergency calls. All calls for service are routed through our dispatch center based upon priority and it is the quickest way to get a deputy to respond.”

The Nov. 21 meeting produced one additional concrete result, a flashing sign near Cranston Station warning of winter conditions and possible traffic congestion in Idyllwild that was used in the most recent Idyllwild snowfall.

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