I lived in the Jurupa Valley area for a few years in the early 2000s. For me it was a wonderful place to live with an authentic small town western flair. It was not at all uncommon to see my neighbors riding a horse around the area. With the San Gabriel Mountains rising in the distance it was easy for me to forget to that I was living in California.
The almost sedate lifestyle was just the touch I needed to offset the 30 minute commute to and from work. Fortunately the town sits near both the 15 and the 91 freeways. And on those rare occasions that I craved a little excitement, Los Angeles was just 45 miles to the west.
I have stayed in contact with my friends in the years since I moved away and have visited them on a number of occasions. I have watched as the town and surrounding areas have grown over the years. Bigger but still with that small town feel. In 2011 they voted to incorporate as a city to give them a larger voice in their own affairs. The parks are still picturesque and even more numerous. There are now three shopping centers to help the residents avoid the need to travel as far.
But life for my former home is not all roses. Due to problems caused by the recession the state government has diverted vehicle licensing fees away from small towns and cities to help offset other costs. This has hit Jurupa Valley especially hard as almost 50% of their municipal funds comes from vehicle fees. It has left the future as an incorporated city in doubt.
I loved the area when I lived there and feel for my friends still there. Hopefully this too shall pass. Jurupa Valley deserves the chance to survive.