County Pitches In To Cover Public Safety On Lake Elsinore

"Supervisor Buster has been proactive and listening to the concerns of the city and (is) helping us to address the issues that impact the city and county.” -- Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale

Patrolling the water on Lake Elsinore won’t cost the city as much as expected this year after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to help pay the tab.

At the request of Supervisor Bob Buster, the board agreed to give the city $50,000 in Community Improvement Designation funding for lake patrol. The funding is set aside for use by the supervisors for special projects in their districts.

According to James Riley, director of administrative services for Lake Elsinore, the amount budgeted by the city for the patrol this year was $165,360, so the county’s contribution knocks Lake Elsinore’s share down to $115,360.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale said he and former City Manager Bob Brady had been meeting with Buster and his chief of staff, David Stahovich, on a regular basis to discuss concerns impacting the city and county.

“This was one of the issues that we worked on,” Tisdale said. “We will continue to meet. Supervisor Buster has been proactive and listening to the concerns of the city and (is) helping us to address the issues that impact the city and county.”

Lake Elsinore and the county share interest in the lake: Lakeland Village to the west is county area; on the water’s northern, southern and eastern shores is Lake Elsinore.

Buster said the lake is an important county asset and working with Tisdale has been a good experience.

"He has a good sense of what's important," Buster said.

Regular lake patrol begins this month and runs through mid September to coincide with boating season. This year officials hope business on the water will be busier than usual with the scheduled reopening of the city’s boat launch this summer ( to read that story).

Tisdale said lake patrol consists of sworn deputies from the sheriff’s department hired to provide law enforcement services. To keep costs down, the mayor explained that Captain Dave Fontneau of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station uses reserve deputies whenever possible. The volunteer Lake Elsinore Marine Search & Rescue is also called upon when needed.

The supervisor added that the willingness by the sheriff's department last year to drop the rate it charges for lake patrol is an example of all parties working together.

Patrol boats are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sundays, and on major holidays, during boating season.


Mssnooper April 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Oh wow, just in time to try and make himself look good for the election. Don't forget to remind everyone, Mr. Buster that you are favor of Jerry Brown's budget which further enslaves the California taxpayer. But of course you need higher taxes so that we can fund your six figure for life pension.
Dog April 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Why no mention of the income generated by having two boats writting tickets all day everyday all summer long, bet it more than covers all costs plus Mr. Busters life pension...
Connie April 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Buster needs to be busted!
Diana April 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I would think that the revenue collected from ticketing boats and mainly jet ski riders along with launch fees and passes would almost support the patrol on the lake. They need to put some patroling on the public beach on W Lakeshore, the traffic is a nightmare, the beach is a free for all. Those people that live in that stretch of homes deal with a nightmare year after year, I know I was one of them that lived across from the public beach, you can't get down your street, in or out of your driveway all Summer long, not to mention the boaters arrive before dawn and fire off their toys and stay until way after the park is suppose to be closed and no one enforces it, it is a huge public safety issue.
Tonto April 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The Vampire must have blood :(
Tonto April 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Vampire needs blood :)
Tonto April 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Censorship seems alive and well on the liberal Patch :(
One Voice April 19, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Great news for the Lake...they need all the help they can get the place is a zoo.
Diana April 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM
No censorship, it's all part of the clitch the Patch is having according to Toni.
Craig tax freeze freis April 23, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Away with trite and trivia how about foreclosed and forlorn C Freeze Freis


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