Some of the biggest issues that impact the community of Thermal were formally discussed on Saturday. The County of Riverside held their first “Community Plan for Thermal Meeting" at Toro Canyon Middle School.
Residents, staff and community organizers gathered in the school's multi-purpose room discussing their vision for the Thermal and Oasis communities.
Major issues brought up included affordable housing, clean water, the ongoing mulch fire, the Salton Sea and more.
Attendees were handed three numbered stickers to place on banners around the room to indicate their top three priorities. After the presentation residents could participate in open discussion to give feedback.
"[We want to] bring the community of Thermal/Oasis and talk about what the future of the east valley is and really listen to the needs, opportunities, challenges that exist of the people that live in this area,” said Supervisor Perez.
Perez says he hopes they can put together a strategic plan for the future in that area. The next meeting is set for Thursday afternoon at Toro Canyon middle school.