| Gregorio |
re: Lake Elsinore Blows! - 4/9/2007 - 12/15/2010
This place is truly a horror show. I have been living here since 1998 and have seen everything from crack houses and gang shootings, to crematories selling used body parts. I wish I would have bought my home just about anywhere else BUT here. The reason why the area is so run-down is because of a myriad of punitive and repressive regulations designed to overburden the private home owner with their useless and burgeoning Government. For example, to replace a switch plate inside your own home, you MUST pay $3.50 PER EACH, PLUS have all permits deemed necessary and an inspection. It is well-known that the community is rife with corruption and that City Inspectors will "pass" a project if you drop an envelope stuffed with enough Benjamins for them. But don't worry, there are PLENTY of Inspectors to go around, 18 of them to be exact, that were hired in 2006 when the Market was beginning to tank. BTW, a Councilman was recently busted for accepting a $175,000 bribe and was actually re-elected to the City Council! This place is Bell California waiting for a snitch to happen. This is why the area is overrun by tweakers, Illegal Aliens and gangs and there are so many neighborhoods here that are as bad or more dangerous than ANY you will find in L.A. ...or Tijuana. If you have a brain in your head, you will give this place a wide berth!!!
| Harry |
re: Lake Elsinore Blows! - 4/9/2007 - 1/27/2010
Tino, I have lived here for one year now (Feb, 2010) and I can honestly say you have completely exaggerated and misrepresented Lake Elsinore. The summers are very hot, that's true, but my electric bill for a 3200 sq ft home, built in 2006, was $135 at the highest month. I had two months at this rate, and the rest of the summer months were in the $75 - 90. Granted, I am very conscious of my usage. Last month (December) I paid under $45. I don't know what you're doing to get $600 electric bills. I was told that the electric bills would be high, and $135 compared to LA (where I moved from) were higher, but no where near $600. Regarding restaurants, you mention there are no "upper scale" restaurants in Lake Elsinore. I lived in LA and OC most all my life, and there are some very good restaurants there, but I didn't move all the way to Lake Elsinore to find fine dining. Let's be realistic. Many of us move to Lake Elsinore because the pace is slower, less people, less traffic, etc. And I don't have any problem with the people; it's all in your attitude, not theirs. I've never heard this area called "smell some more." This sounds very childish. I've been to the lake often, I see people in their boats, skiing, riding skidoos, fishing, whatever. Not a problem, and I've never smelled any foul odor. I agree, a Lake this size is very capable of becoming a major attraction for business, home sales, entertainment, etc, and if you've read the latest, Lake Elsinore is drawing up plans for just that. The downturn in the economy has put a temporary halt on these plans, but give them a couple of years and they'll be back in gear. Sure, some roads are not paved, but the vast majority are. Many people I've met in the back roads area rather like their roads that way. It's one of the things that they like about living way out here. Again, remember, this is not OC or LA, this is Lake Elsinore, population under 50,000. I drive a four wheel and it holds up fine when I'm in those back roads. I must stress here once again, one doesn't move way out here for the "urbane" lifestyle. This is desert living, with some conveniences. There are many places nearby, like Temecula and Corona, that offer more of the suburban restaurants and shopping, and both are only about 25 minutes away. Regarding illegals, I think you'll find them in most cities in the Southland, even in Texas. I don't see them overrunning the city, as you seem to describe. In closing I must add, you didn't mention what part of Lake Elsinore you've live for the past nine years. Yes, there are areas that I'd rather stay out of, but you'll find these kinds of areas in most cities. When I lived in LA, my neighborhood was great, but just a few miles to the east was a very bad area. Both were in LA, one great, the other terrible. I wonder if you lived in one of the not so great areas. If someone is going to plan a life changing move, and the area to which you are moving is a terrible section of town, why move there? I wish you well on your move back to Texas.