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Board Authorizes Creation of Lakeland Village Community Council

The Lakeland Village Community Council will be composed of five volunteers.

Lakeland Village abuts Lake Elsinore, running along Grand Avenue and the lake's southern boundary, situated between Wildomar and the Cleveland National Forest.  Google Maps image.
Lakeland Village abuts Lake Elsinore, running along Grand Avenue and the lake's southern boundary, situated between Wildomar and the Cleveland National Forest. Google Maps image.

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved the formation of a municipal advisory council in Lakeland Village to keep the county informed about the community's immediate and long-term infrastructure, public safety and public health needs.

"Residents of the Lakeland Village area have expressed a desire that the Board of Supervisors establish a community council for their area," wrote Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, whose First District encompasses the unincorporated community, in a proposal added to the board's policy agenda. "A community council will provide them with a forum where they can advise their supervisor of their concerns and opinions about their community."

Lakeland Village abuts Lake Elsinore, running along Grand Avenue and the lake's southern boundary, situated between Wildomar and the Cleveland National Forest.

Community councils are authorized under state law and exist in numerous locations countywide, including Bermuda Dunes, Indio Hills and Pinyon. The bodies have no governing power, serving mainly to communicate residents' concerns to whichever supervisor represents their area.

Each supervisor is responsible for appointing members.

The Lakeland Village Community Council will be composed of five volunteers, according to Jeffries.

In order to be eligible for an appointment, a prospect must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the locality. An appointee must be available to serve a four-year term, without compensation.

More information is available through Jeffries' office: (951) 955-1010.


– City News Service.

One Voice February 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM
@turnitaround, I so agree with what you have stated. Those in charge keep these areas suppressed and all it does is attract the undesirables. Four 99 cent stores, really!!! I hate it when people refer to our town as the new east LA. All towns around us have moved forward and provided for the residents decent places to dine and shop, what town doesn't have a Kohl's, Ross or TJ Max :) When contacting these folks as to why they don't come here I was told that they never were invited in, of course of if you ask someone at City Hall about this they will deny it. Not that I want to live in the population and traffic of Murrietta and Temecula but I take my shopping dollars to these towns, Corona and Meniffee, this money could be spent in my own town, but I don't shop at Target or Walmart and our Outlet Mall is such a sad state of affairs. I was so hoping with the new City Manager coming from Temecula that there was hope for us but sadly it is more of the sameo, sameo, I keep asking the same question for years, why is it that we have so many huge dirt lots, abandoned buildings and nothing ever comes here other then a housing tract, no one has the answer.
Antonio February 13, 2014 at 05:43 PM
No one is suppressing development in Lake Elsinore. Companies, especially retail, don't wait to be "invited." What a lie. They do a feasibility study to see if the market will support their business. I don't want to see the same stores as Corona, Eastvale, Murrieta, Temecula, etc. I don't want the traffic congestion, crime and high taxes. Slow and easy is fine with me.
Antonio February 13, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Lakeland Village residents, if you are concerned with crime complain to your neighbor, you know, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries and the elected Sheriff.
Linda Ridenour February 13, 2014 at 06:32 PM
As a Lakeland Village resident, I love my community. We have an active group of neighbors. We bring our problems to the correct agency. The county sheriff works with us and comes to our Neighborhood watch meetings. Lyn, Supervisor Jeffries has an office close by where you can ask questions and get answers. I hope you get off Grand and see the beauty of our community.
jim woodward February 15, 2014 at 06:17 AM
ken, you're obviously absolutely correct. however, unlike mono lake, no one in elsinore cared enough about the lake to go to court and stop the illegal action of the state in giving the lake to the city. since when has the city government of elsinore NOT been underhanded?
Ken Mayes February 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM
jim woodward- not to worry, in the end nature will reclaim what is rightfully hers. With the help of man in hardening the outflow channel to allow a limited amount of water to be released the lake will rise to heights not seen in centuries.
jim woodward February 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM
1980 was a good year. the last night that rudy kept the pueblito open, we were shooting pool in ankle deep water. it was really cool watching them put the train flatcars over the channel on graham to make the bridge. the bad thing was that it flooded all five roads that went across the lakebed, so, we had to go around riverside drive or corydon road to get to the other side of the lake. nine or ten miles instead of the two miles across the lake. of course, that took a lot of rain, which is something that you're not getting.
turnitaround February 22, 2014 at 02:54 PM
@Onevoice, I concur. How about a Chipotle, they do good where ever you put them. We have to leave to eat out, leave to shop, leave to buy groceries because we shop organic. I came from a town of 25k that had plenty of shopping, it's own police force that acted so quickly on any crime that no crime exist that isn't resolved quickly. They took charge. Lake Elsinore is run terribly and coming from out of state, it's clear. Natasha Johnson even agreed, how many of the same stores does one town need? Being a clean area with decent shopping doesn't mean the city is going to be the size of Temecula as I've heard city employees say. That's where the break down seems to be and I fear it holds us back. Too many people think if you clean it up, add better stores, we'll just be a heavy traffic area like Corona and Temecula, which doesn't have to be the case. I just came out of a restaurant where I saw a whole family on meth, with three small children, it made me loose my appetite. Since the closing of J&J Smoke Shop, I will say the meth people have moved on, where, well who knows?
Diana February 22, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Lyn, I can assure you that "not being invited in" was not a lie I made the personal phone calls myself and that was their response. As far as not having traffic and congestion I get that but you have to admit we are getting border line ghetto!!
Diana February 22, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Turnitaround: I agree with you, until those in charge do something to raise our property values and improve this town we will keep attracting the undesirables and they are coming in masses. Surrounding towns do not welcome them or tolerate them.
Antonio February 22, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Diana, the market (supply/demand) for housing determines the level of housing values and it has increased substantially over the last 2 years. I think you attribute to much power to "those in charge." The City Council of Cities desires more development whether commercial or residential. Let's us people take charge, after all we live in a democracy.
Diana February 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Good point Lyn, however as our towns population increases because of increased housing so does the need of people for roads, restaurants and shopping. The planning commission and the Counsel have the last say of what development comes here and as far as I can see as of late we have gotten two more 99 cent stores and Carnitas. If I may ask where do you go when you need a new pair of shoes, or maybe a piece of jewelry for someone special, where do you go to a nice steak and lobster dinner? All I am saying is that we need things in this town not only for myself but others, why continue to spend our money in other towns, that is just stupid. There are several empty buildings and lots in town that have been that way for years that could accommodate a Michaels, TJ Max, Trader Joe's or how about a Kohl's??? Like I said EVERY town around is still adding to there growth, not Lake Elsinore!!
Antonio February 23, 2014 at 01:20 PM
I think Lake Elsinore is unique and is quite different due to the Lake and proximity to Orange County via Ortega Highway. I would like to see it develop in a unique way not just another cookie cutter shopping the same as everywhere else. Lake recreation, Diamond baseball, and a more vibrant downtown . As far as spending money in other towns, the respective city receives a portion of some sales tax revenue. We been brainwashed into thinking growth is good, this is a business owner mentality not a resident mentality.
Ken Mayes February 23, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Lyn- spoken like a true Elsinorian resident rather than a person who moved here to change things, an not for the better. Lake Elsinore is unique in having a natural lake with a large exposed lake bottom area which could be used recreationally for decades between large rain events, the mountains, the air currents. For decades Elsinore Lake was home to yachting, sailing, water skiing, rowing, motorcycling, sky diving, bicycling. How I miss the days of the "Peddler's Village" with its eclectic vendors, free parking, free entertainment. Now all we have are strip malls that contain nothing more than the same crap stores and chain restaurants as every other town in the region. And Why?, for the sales tax of course, what a sad state this country has become when everything is done for the money.
Diana February 23, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Well you have that right Lyn, I am a resident of this town and I also have a business here for the past 20 years. I do agree with both you and Ken however in case you haven't noticed we have wasted the resources that we have to offer and this once great resort town is slowly spiraling down and the way down is not very pretty. Our beautiful stadium sits empty most of the year except when the Storm is playing, what happen to the concerts? Our sports park is closed again, and the Lake, well what happen to the jet ski races, the water skiing races? All revenue for Lake Elsinore, right? Perhaps you have a suggestion as to what can be done in Lake Elsinore that would detour the undesirables, homeless, paroles, and druggies and clean it up because what we are doing isn't working, just sayin!
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 08:00 AM
well ken, EVERYONE without exception, with an iq above forty, and the ability and willingness to use it, knows that you are a thousand percent correct. the swap meet was a million times better than the travesty of the shopping center that was put there. looking across the lake from town, and seeing the devastation on the ortega foothills of nothing but houses is abominable. elsinore really did used to be a nice place, but it really took a nosedive thirty years ago. it's only a few feet from the ground now
lotsahelp March 02, 2014 at 11:08 AM
That old swap meet was great! I can remember getting most of my xmas shopping done there(of course at the time North county fair was the closest shopping center to drive too!)
Joseph Morabito March 02, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Jim, do you get out much? Your description of "seeing the devastation on the ortega foothills of nothing but houses is abominable" goes for the all of SoCal. Every single area here has houses on hillsides, and I'm talking about NICE places along the beach, or in desirable areas of OC... I really love it how guys like you want to prevent landowners from developing, and therefore, in reality, try to prevent families from having housing. Imagine how great our state would be without having built new housing the last 40 years (cough)... I wonder where we'd all be living? Oh, and when I was a kid in the '70s in Rivertucky, Elsinore had a bad rap back then. If it was ever good, it was far longer than 30 short years ago. Probably before Ike left office.
Antonio March 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM
The County placed a moratorium on development along the hills (escarpment) above Murrieta to prevent that beautiful, natural area from being bulldozed and scarred by housing development. There is a limit for anything including shelter for newcomers. Do you want Elsinore to look like Stanton in Orange County? Wisely, the people of Santa Barbara, realized the natural beauty of their area would be destroyed by builders and thus enacted development restrictions. It is in no ones interest to build tract homes except land owners/developers and builders. They require more public services than they pay in property/sales taxes.
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 06:38 PM
yes joseph, i get out a lot. that is why i got the hell out of elsinore. i assume that you're asking a rhetorical question there. you wonder where everyone would be living? short answer. back where you came from. ninety percent of the traffic on the 91 is fools who moved from orange county. yes, at one time, elsinore was a nice place to live. when the lake was dry, the only tourists were the jumpers, and the few who still came for the mud baths. when i graduated from high school, there were 364 kids in the high school, and that is kids from elsinore, wildomar, murrieta, and temecula. murrieta and temecula had their own grammar schools, but, the high school kids went to elsinore. there was no interstate. you went to san diego down mission trail, through the middle of murrieta and temecula. yeah, that was forty-five years ago, but elsinore was a great place to live. the only crime was the iffo chaps tagging all the buildings, and of course, us driving up and down main street drinking beer. the entire elsinore valley was a good place to live then. the biggest store was the alamo market on main street, where everyone in the valley came to shop, since elsinore was the biggest town around, with a population of 2200. sadly, i went to school with the clowns who would eventually destroy elsinore
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 06:43 PM
yep lotsa, the swap meet was fantastic. it was the place to be on the weekend. there was virtually nothing you couldn't find there, and the entertainment was great. it was unconscionable that the imbeciles tore it down. the idiots claimed that there was going to be a shopping center put in there. we damn sure didn't need a shopping center, but, it took twenty years to put one there. that's the way the elsinore city council worked, works. hey, north county was only closer if you lived in temecula. tyler mall was closer from elsinore. of course, i remember when tyler mall didn't exist. the big mall was riverside plaza
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 06:46 PM
hey lyn, they didn't place a good enough moratorium on it. go up ivy to the cemetary. all the horse ranches that should be there have been overrun by houses that shouldn't.
BLUESGUITAR777 March 02, 2014 at 06:52 PM
@Jim Sounds like you're a grouchy old man afraid of change. If you like OC better than RivCo you can keep it. I left there and wouldn't move back if my life depended on it.
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 07:03 PM
sorry blues, you lose. i am anything but grouchy. i also have no objection to change, when that change is for the good, beneficial. the change that has transpired to the elsinore valley is NOT good, or beneficial. strike two. if i liked oc, i wouldn't object to you making riverside county into a carbon copy. i could have made twice as much money if i had been willing to work in orange county. money is not worth it.
BLUESGUITAR777 March 02, 2014 at 07:11 PM
I can agree to both your points. However I have to stop you at your assumption I want it to be turned into a carbon copy of OC. You couldn't be any more wrong. Hell I was bitching about the installation if the street lamps on Grand and elsewhere. I just think you're being a bit melodramatic with your "devastation of the Ortega foothills" comment and believing it was so bad you had to move back. I couldn't afford to move back to OC even if I wanted to. Elsinore and the OC is still a night and day difference and I like it that way. Again I was only attacking your embellished comment about the Ortega foothills as well as the strip mall. Anyway, no hard feelings.
jim woodward March 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
don't worry. there's never any hard feeling with me, no matter how down and dirty the debate gets. you kick each other's ass, then dust yourselves off and go have a beer. i don't know how old you are, but, i remember when most of oc was bean and strawberry fields, which acres of orange trees. it was actually a nice place then too. i worked construction most of my life, and i built a lot of those houses. i didn't approve, but, i do really like to eat. by the way, i haven't been back to elsinore in almost ten years, so i imagine that it's even worse now. when i read about riverside drive being backed up from four corners to that new high school, elsinore really isn't much different than the oc.
BLUESGUITAR777 March 03, 2014 at 01:05 AM
I lived in Cypress and Anaheim collectively for 30 years. I was happy to leave it behind and shudder when I even have to visit. Elsinore may have done some growing up a little bit but I promise you it's night and day compared to OC my friend. You ought to come visit one day.
Joseph Morabito March 04, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Jim, you said, " there's never any hard feeling with me, no matter how down and dirty the debate gets. you kick each other's ass, then dust yourselves off and go have a beer." I agree. People often have differences, but it's silly when people to look for new enemies over new alliances.
jim woodward March 05, 2014 at 10:48 AM
sure blues, that is primarily because cypress, and especially anaheim, have a thirty year head start on elsinore. if elsinore continues to go the way that it has been, there won't be any difference. look at the devastation in temecula. forty years ago, there was nothing on the east side of downtown except fields, until you got to the wineries.
jim woodward March 05, 2014 at 10:56 AM
joseph, it would truly be a more screwed up world if everyone agreed on everything. there is nothing worse that a kum ba ya circle jerk. life without conflict is like potatoes without salt, but, when the conflict is over, there is no legitimate reason to not be friends, or at least acquaintances. if you can't argue without becoming enemies, it means that you just plain aren't intelligent enough to be debating in the first place

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