The line to get into Aurea Vista Bar & Night Club goes around the building Saturday night, Aug. 19.

The line to get into Aurea Vista Bar & Night Club goes around the building Saturday night, Aug. 19.

With two late-night fights that resulted in gunfire and the fatal beating of a Good Samaritan in downtown Riverside this month, those thinking of going downtown for an evening of entertainment may wonder if it’s safe.

Riverside officials say visitors have nothing to fear. They point to new private security patrols, recent unscheduled inspections at downtown bars and regular dialogue between the city, police and bar and nightclub proprietors.

People will always raise concerns or badmouth the area, but “I believe that our downtown is safe,” said Councilman Mike Gardner, who represents the area. “That is not to say we don’t have issues that need addressing.” Read More