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Citizen Corps is part of the City of Lake Elsinore’s Emergency Response Plan. Trained volunteers can assist their neighborhoods in the critical hours and days following a disaster. The City’s goal is to organize and train approximately 50 to 100 Citizen Corps volunteers per year over a three-year span, to establish a permanent Citizen Corps of 300 participants. Citizen Corps programs are also eligible for Grant funding, which will help defray the cost to equip and train volunteers as the program grows.
Citizen Corps leaders are given additional training opportunities and responsibilities to help the Citizen Corps stay connected with its volunteer base. Leaders maintain communication with neighborhood volunteers and may organize periodic neighborhood meetings to inform citizens about the role of Citizen Corps. Citizen Corps leaders attend Citizen Corps Council meetings to help with planning activities, training, and outreach. Leaders may be issued City equipment such as two-way radios to facilitate communication in times of emergency.
A community partnership-the Citizen Corps Council-will be responsible for implementing and running the program. The role of the Citizen Corps Council is: 1) managing the Citizen Corps program; 2) setting annual goals and objectives for volunteer recruitment and training; and 3) setting an annual budget for training, equipment, community promotion, and outreach. The Citizen Corps Council will begin its work in January 2009. A monthly meeting schedule has not yet been established.
There is no set term for Citizen Corps volunteers; opportunities for service through Citizen Corps are flexible. CERT training is a 20-hour commitment to receive a Certificate and a personal CERT equipment backpack. Volunteers are invited to attend Citizen Corps Council meetings and recognition events and participate in annual tabletop and mock-disaster exercises sponsored by the City. Volunteers will also have a role in community outreach to promote the Citizen Corps and CERT training opportunities for Lake Elsinore citizens.
There is no cost or fee for receiving training and participating as a Citizen Corps volunteer. All Citizen Corps participants are encouraged to take CERT-Community Emergency Response Training-as part of their volunteer service. CERT training enrollment is available on a first come, first served basis. Please see the accompanying training flyer for details.
The City is developing a complete volunteer registration packet and volunteer procedure. This packet will be available in January 2009. We will distribute the volunteer packet to persons who have completed the enclosed volunteer interest form.
The Citizen Corps is open to citizens of Lake Elsinore and owners of businesses in the City of Lake Elsinore, who are age 18 or older.
State law requires that City Council Districts must be redrawn every ten years, following each decennial Census, so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each City Council Member represents about the same number of constituents. Lake Elsinore Municipal Code Section 2.09.010 (ELECTIONS) established the five Council Districts of the City of Lake Elsinore and LEMC Section 2.09.028 addresses Adjustment of Council District Boundaries or Redistricting.
Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is normally released around March 31st following each decennial census. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 U.S. Census and the resulting data were significantly delayed. The redistricting data that the City will use to consider changes to the five City Council Districts will not be available until around September 30, 2021. For the City of Lake Elsinore, the redistricting process must be completed by April 15, 2021.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for the purpose of electing a City Council Member. The City Council will seek input in considering district boundary adjustments and adopting the next district map for Lake Elsinore's City Council. Members of the public will have an opportunity to share with the City Council opinions on how district boundaries should be drawn to best represent the community and communities of interest in the City.
You can email Candice Alvarez, City Clerk, or call 951-674-3124 to find out more about how the process works.
For more information, download the City of Lake Council District Boundary Map (PDF) to view the City's current council districts.
To locate your current District, enter your address on the GIS map.
To the extent, practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria:
Lake Elsinore residents can choose from the following options:
Printed maps must be submitted to the City Clerk directly. They can be hand-delivered to City Hall, mailed to 130 S Main Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, or a scanned document or image can be emailed to Candice Alvarez.
We are happy to assist you. Please email Candice Alvarez or call 951-674-3124, ext. 269. Please feel free to submit any comments, questions, or feedback you have on the redistricting process.
After the time frame for compliance has expired, a re-inspection is conducted. If the violation(s) are/is corrected, the case is closed and no further action is necessary. If the violation(s) are/is not corrected, further enforcement action is taken which may include the issuance of a written citation. Administrative Citation fines can range from $100 to $500 per violation. Continued violations can result in multiple citations. Property maintenance violations may also be subject to Nuisance Abatement action by the city resulting in the city removing the violation and placing a lien against the property for all incurred costs.
There are four ways of filing a complaint.
When making a complaint, please be prepared to give the address of the subject location. This information is important for processing your complaint without delay. It also allows us to search for current enforcement action, violation history, and property ownership prior to investigation. If you request contact after an investigation, please provide your name and contact phone number. Your personal information is kept strictly confidential.
Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing City Municipal Codes and certain State codes which address public health and safety, property maintenance regulations dealing with rubbish, debris, overgrown yards/vegetation, lack of landscaping, unsecured vacant buildings, dilapidated fences, and walls, inoperable abandoned vehicles on private property, and other public nuisance conditions; zoning regulations that include illegal uses, home-based businesses, business license regulations, sign regulations, on-site parking and landscape design standards and parking enforcement. Enforcement actions are taken proactively and in response to citizen complaints and requests for action by other City departments and outside public agencies.
The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. Meetings are held in the Cultural Center at 183 N Main Street in Lake Elsinore.
Only a licensed Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer licensed to practice surveying in the State of California can precisely locate property lines. If the property line must be precisely located, such as for the construction of a property line wall, then the property owner must hire a licensed professional Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer to perform a lot survey. Note: The City does not provide this service and City staff cannot advise property owners as to the location of their property lines.
Zoning is the separation of a city into districts, or "zones," that provide for the regulation of the intensity of development and allowable uses. If you know the location, Assessor's Parcel Number (APN), or address of your property, you may identify your zone by using Planning Division's Zoning page. You may also contact the public counter for zoning information at 951-674-3124. Written confirmation of the zone can be requested and is subject to a processing fee.
The maximum number of units allowed is determined by your property's zoning and lot size. To determine the maximum density for your property please review the residential development standards found in the City of Lake Elsinore Zoning Code.
Yes, permanent signs require 3 sets of plans which are reviewed and approved over the counter along with a one-time fee of $75. Temporary signs may be allowed for 30 consecutive days. Fees for temporary signs are $50 per occurrence (every 30 days).
In all residential zoning districts, new construction requires zoning approval, and you must submit plans for a plan check review for approval. Please refer to the Residential Development Standards for more detailed information related to development standards (e.g. setbacks, building height, lot coverage) and design guidelines. It is recommended that you sketch a scaled site plan of your proposed addition and discuss it with a planner at the public counter. No appointment or fee is required for this review.
Height: The required height of all side and rear property line fences or walls shall be a minimum of six feet. However, along a major arterial the Planning Commission, pursuant to design review approval, may require a minimum fence or wall height of eight feet. In required front yards the maximum height of a fence or wall shall be thirty-six inches; with the exception that wrought iron fences may be five feet in height.
Yes, Manufactured Homes are allowed in any zoning district that permits the construction of a conventionally framed (also known as "stick-built", traditional, or "site-built") single-family residence. Manufactured Homes must be placed on a permanent foundation and provide a minimum 2-car garage. Manufactured Homes are subject to the same regulations and Zoning Compliance approval process as conventionally framed single-family homes. The application for a Zoning Compliance review and applicable application fees are located on the Planning Division's Development Process page.
Yes. The Planning Division reviews all additions. Additions of less than 600 square feet are reviewed and approved over the counter by Planners. Additions of more than 600 square feet require Administrative Design Review and approval by the Community Development Director.
Yes, the Zoning Code regulates these types of activities via a "Temporary Use Permit". The event shall not attract more than 100 people at one time. Temporary Use Permits are allowed for 3-day events (Short-term), 3 to 30 days (Extended), and 30 to 120 days (Seasonal). Typical permits are parking lot sales, sidewalk sales, pumpkin, Christmas tree sales, etc.
Business Licenses and Sign Permits are processed differently within the Historic Elsinore District. On Main Street, Business Licenses and Sign Permits are reviewed and approved by the Planning Division.
The City of Lake Elsinore allows a variety of home businesses that is compatible with residential neighborhoods. Please call 951-674-3124 for detailed information.
A subdivision is defined as the division of any improved or unimproved land for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing. A subdivision also includes the conversion of a structure to condominiums. The State Subdivision Map Act provides general regulations and procedures that local governments must follow in the regulation of subdivisions. The City of Lake Elsinore has a subdivision Ordinance which provides specific guidelines and standards for the regulation of subdivision.
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The parking Ordinance applies to any vehicle owners within the City who park or store their RV's, boats, utility vehicles or motorcycle trailers, camper, RV's with popouts, right-of-way; or who parked oversized or commercial vehicles on residential streets.
Lake Elsinore City Hall is located at 130 South Main Street Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.
The City Clerk is the local official for elections, local legislation, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, and the Brown Act (open meeting laws). Before and after the City Council takes action, the City Clerk ensures that actions are in compliance with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations and that all actions are properly executed, recorded, and archived. The statutes of the State of California prescribe the basic functions and duties of the City Clerk, and the Government Code and Election Code provide precise and specific responsibilities and procedures to follow. The Office of the City Clerk is a service department within the municipal government upon which the City Council, all City departments, and the general public rely for information regarding the operations and legislative history of the City. The City Clerk serves as the liaison between the public and City Council and provides related municipal services.
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The mission of the Finance Division is to develop fiscal policies to ensure a financially strong City government, provide finance-based services and facilitate growth in the City through the effective and efficient management of resources and processes.
The Finance Division administers the financial and treasury affairs of the City of Lake Elsinore. It serves as an indispensable partner on topics requiring economic, financial and fiduciary inputs and expertise. As such, the division provides the City's departments and residents with dependable and efficient quality services in Cash Management, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Procurement, Grants and Contracts, as well as its internal and external audit partners.
The color pink is named after the flowers, pinks, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus, and derives from the frilled edge of the flowers. The verb "to pink" dates from the 14th century and means "to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern" (possibly from German picken, "to peck"). It has survived to the current day in pinking shears, hand-held scissors that cut a zig-zagged line to prevent fraying.
In many European languages other than English the color is named after another flower -- the Rosehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink.
It depends on how fast you can run away from said Tiger.
There are many reasons argued for why ferrets are banned. These include concerns about biting, aggression, and how they tend to colonize if they run away, which ends up threatening native wildlife. They are known to be incredibly high maintenance pets.
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A wood chuck would chuck as much as it could chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood.
Groundhogs / Woodchucks
The current trash rates starting July 1, 2023 are as follows:
You may visit our following webpage to pay for an administrative ticket. Information on paying for a ticket.
So awesome that she recently just caught her first fish.
A Drainage Permit (PDF) is required on a construction site when soil disturbance or structures to be constructed may impact existing drainage flow or at the direction of the City Engineer.
A Grading Permit (PDF) is required on a construction site when the combined cut and fill exceeds 50 cubic yards and/or soil disturbance results in a significant impact to the existing drainage and/or site contours, at the direction of the City Engineer or as conditioned through the design review process.
A Grading or Drainage Permit can be issued after the City has approved the proposed plan and upon submittal of a completed Grading or Drainage Permit Application together with the required documents and fees.
Review of plans for approval begins with submittal of a completed Grading Plan Check (PDF) or Drainage Inspection Application (PDF) together with the required documents and fees (PDF).
Upon receipt of the complete submittal package, the following occurs:
Any work within the public right-of-way, swimming pools, retaining walls and structures. Even if such related work is shown on Grading Plans, applicants must gain separate approval for such work. An Encroachment Permit is required for work in the public right-of-way.
Visit the Building Division web page or at the public counter for permits related to structures, including pools.
Haul Route Permit: Hauling in excess of 2,500 cubic yards. Any person, firm, association or corporation moving or causing to be moved more than 2,500 cubic yards of earth material per project from or to the site of a grading operation on any public roadway within the City of Lake Elsinore shall obtain a Haul Route Permit and be subject to the regulations found in Lake Elsinore Municipal Code 15.72.065 (PDF).
Hauling in excess of 5,000 cubic yards requiring the use of City roadways shall be approved by the City Council at a public meeting of the City Council prior to permit issuance. The following documents are provided to assist you in this process:
NPDES requirements can vary depending upon the size and location of your project. Please refer to the NPDES web page for more information.
You have two options:
Design review (contact the Planning Division for more information)
Parcel Merger (PDF)
Lot Line Adjustment (PDF)
Easement Dedication (PDF)
Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) Approval (DOC)
Street Improvement Plan Approval (PDF)
Encroachment Permit Issuance (PDF)
Haul Route Permit
A Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) is a post-construction plan for managing the quality and quantity of runoff that flows from a developed site after construction is completed and the site is occupied.
Your WQMP will describe the site design, source control and treatment control Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be implemented and maintained throughout the life of your project to prevent and minimize water pollution that can be caused by runoff.
A Preliminary WQMP (PDF) is prepared and submitted for Engineering Division review during the design stage of a project. A Final Project WQMP (PDF) must be approved prior to issuance of building and grading permits.
For the applicant for development project approval, compliance follows these general steps:
2012 WQMP Guidance Document and Template and a developer specific web page can be found at Riverside County Flood Control's Watershed Protection website. It is recommended that you download the documents each time you prepare them to make sure you include updates.
The WQMP Checklist (PDF) will help determine whether or not your project will require a WQMP. If your project does require a WQMP, it is important that you plan and prepare your WQMP early in the planning process, since its requirements may significantly affect site layout, drainage design and construction costs.
Final Project WQMPs must be approved prior to the issuance of building and grading permits.
The Santa Ana Region Riverside County Water Quality Management Plan Guidance Document and Riverside County Drainage Area Management Plan (DAMP) are the regulatory documents that walk you through the process of how to develop your WQMP and select and design your treatment control BMPs.
It is important to determine whether or not your project requires a WQMP early in the planning process since the requirements may significantly affect site layout, drainage design and construction costs.
The Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) is a plan for post-construction BMPs (after the project is occupied) to prevent and manage stormwater quality for the life of the project during its use. The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), is a requirement of the State's General Construction Permit and focuses on BMPs during construction. The focus of a construction SWPPP is to manage soil disturbance, non-stormwater discharges, construction materials, and construction wastes during the construction phase of a project.
In regards to the WQMP, there are three major categories of BMPs:
More information about BMPs can be found at the CASQA's website, Caltrans, and at Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District's website.
Currently, the City determines a false alarm to be excessive if the false alarm is the third or more at the same location in a 12-month period. False alarms which occur 2 times or less in a 12-month period at a single location or occur multiple times in a single day at a single location do not qualify as a false alarm.
Our current policy will only find a false alarm to be excessive and will assess a fee on the alarm owner IF the false alarm is the third or more at that location in a 12-month period, as determined by the City. At three or more false alarms, the false alarm is deemed excessive and a nuisance and the City will send a fee assessment to the alarm owner to recuperate the service costs of the Fire and Police response to the false alarm.
The Notice of False Alarm simply notifies the alarm owner that a false alarm has occurred on the premises. If the false alarm is deemed excessive, then City will levy a fee assessment. If a fee is to be assessed, the City will mail the alarm owner a service fee assessment reflecting the cost of response for Police and/or Fire services to the false alarm. No action is required unless the City has determined the false alarm to be excessive in which case the City will notify you of further instructions.
Current Fees are as follows:
Fee assessments are calculated to reflect the current per-hour cost of service to the City for Fire and Police service response. Fee assessment values are subject to change. These values may be increased or decreased in the future to reflect the change in the cost of Fire and Police services to the City.
Any person ordered to pay an administrative penalty for violating a City ordinance or other law as enforced by the City may request an appeal within 15 calendar days of the citation issuance by paying any applicable fee as established by resolution of the City Council and depositing the full amount of the penalty with a request for an appeal to the City Manager or designee that provides a written explanation of the grounds for appeal. Failure to timely and properly file an appeal in accordance with this section constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal and a failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
The mission of the City of Lake Elsinore's Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Program is for the removal of combustible fuel such as weeds, brush, dead trees, debris, fill dirt and rubbish from all unimproved, vacant parcels within the city limits.
Recently, your vacant, unimproved property was inspected for hazardous vegetation and/or rubbish and was identified as a property that contains vegetation and/or rubbish that can create health, fire and/or safety issues within the City.
This notice is an annual courtesy reminder, sent to property owners of vacant parcels within the City, urging them to clear any vegetation and/or rubbish on your property within 30 days of the date of the notice. Please see the attached Hazardous Vegetation and Rubbish Abatement Standards for additional information.
After 30 days, the City will be conducting follow-up inspections on all vacant properties. Properties not in compliance with Chapter 8.18 of the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code (LEMC) will be issued an official Notice of Violation and a fee may be imposed for non-compliance.
As part of the City's program and procedures, all vacant properties are inspected individually for hazardous vegetation and/or rubbish. The date of this inspection is noted in the third paragraph of the notice. If you have cleared your property since the inspection date, you may disregard this notice. If it was cleared prior to the inspection, please refer to the attached Hazardous Vegetation & Rubbish Abatement Standards for additional information on the expectations for vacant, unimproved properties in the City.
If you are the property owner, then you are exclusively responsible for maintaining the condition of that property per Chapter 8.18 of the LEMC.
Unfortunately, at times property owner records are not always up to date. Notices are sent to the last known owner on Riverside County's assessment roll. If you are no longer the owner, please contact the County of Riverside Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder at Riverside ACR or call at 951-955-6200.
We suggest tree services, mowing services or weed control services, which are listed in various yellow pages under these headings. We recommend getting three bids and making sure contractors are licensed and provide proof of Workers Compensation and General Liability Insurance.
Yes. If you protest the code as it pertains to your parcel or if you want to request an exemption from clearing the property at this time, you must submit the appeal in writing to WeedAbatement@Lake-Elsinore.org. Parcels cannot arbitrarily be exempted.
The property will be cleared by a City contractor and the property owner will be billed for all costs including an administrative fee for the abatement of the property per LEMC Chapter 8.18.
Generally, if it is irrigated and living it is ornamental, if it is not irrigated and living it is native.
It is always best to contact the property owner to request permission to clear an adjacent property. If unsuccessful, please contact WeedAbatement@Lake-Elsinore.org and provide an address, the nature of the concern, a photograph (if possible) and contact information, so that we may contact you if we have additional questions.
Any road or driveway that provides access to a structure is defined as a roadway and subject to these clearing requirements.
Any road must be maintained to its improved (graded or paved) width; nothing may encroach upon the roadway or driveway that reduces its original width.
All roads and driveways as defined above. This pertains to any and all obstructions within 13' 6" of the ground that are directly overhead of the roadway surface.
The use of any cutting or trimming method that leaves the root structure intact is highly recommended. Usually by maintaining the vegetation 2 to 3 inches above the ground.
No. Open burning for weed abatement and fire clearance is prohibited by the Air Quality Management District and the City.
No. All cut vegetation must be removed, crushed and buried, or mulched and spread. If material is mulched, it must be spread to a depth no greater than three inches (3').
Remove any branches that are within 8' of the ground and any ground litter under trees. It does not mean to cut trees to 8' tall.
Yes, though they only are required to be trimmed from the ground up to 1/3 of the height of the tree. Example: If a tree is 12 feet tall it would only be required to be trimmed 4 feet.
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The Lake has many private boat launches surrounding the water. The only public boat launch is at: Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park located at: 32040 Riverside Drive. Launch and Lake use fees apply.
Not currently. The only City Boat Launch currently open is Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park located at: 32040 Riverside Drive.
No, reservations are not required or accepted. The launch is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is subject to early, daily closures when the parking lot is at max capacity.
Only shoreline property owners with an Annual Lakefront Use Pass may moor their vessel overnight.
Yes, there are three locations on Lakeshore Drive. 1) Whiskers Fishing Beach at Townsend Street, 2) Davis Street Fishing Beach on Davis Street, and 3) Lowell Street Fishing Beach on Lowell Street. Fishing is also permitted at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park on 32040 Riverside Drive.
Fishing fees are only applicable at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park, all other beaches are free to fish. Anyone 16 years or older must have a valid California State Fishing license to fish.
Parking is free at public fishing beaches, except for at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination & RV Park where parking is $10, plus any applicable fees.
Please note: As of September 2nd, 2019, a 2.75% convenience fee will be charged on all credit/debit card payments.
6 am to 10 pm.
Yes; Lake Elsinore is currently open for recreational use.
Sunrise to Sunset.
Every motorized vessel that uses Lake Elsinore, must have a Lake Use Pass. Daily Lake Use Passes are $10 per day. Annual Pass options are available and can be found on the Annual Passes page. Please note that launching fees still apply, and the price is dependent upon which boat launch you choose to use.
Alcohol is not permitted on any City parks or beaches, except for at Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park.
There are two public beaches:
No, there are no public showers at any public beaches.
No, there are no fees for the recreational use and parking at Elm Grove Beach. Space and parking is limited.
Yes, you can reserve a shelter at Elm Grove Beach. Visit the Reservations page for a link to the online reservation portal.
Inflatable towables are permitted, provided they are used in accordance with the commercial manufacture's intended use.
Yes, dogs are allowed on and in the lake. However it is not recommended. Dogs should not ingest the water and should always be on a leash.
During periods of “Danger” advisory levels, testing occurs on a weekly basis. When toxins are at lower levels testing occurs on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
The City contracts with WSP Environment & Infrastructure for sampling. WSP prepares, packages, and overnights the samples to Greenwater Labs in Florida. Test results are usually received within 3-5 business days of the collection date. Testing is primarily for microcystin, the most common type of cyanotoxin in Lake Elsinore. Other toxins might be assessed depending on current lake conditions.
Lake users are advised to stay out of the water and to not engage in any recreation activities when toxin levels are at a “Danger” advisory level.
Lake users are advised to not contact the water at the “Danger” or “Warning” advisory levels. Swimming is allowed at the “Caution” level but water should not be ingested.
Fish caught in the lake should not be eaten when a “Danger” advisory is present. During a “Warning” or “Caution” advisory fish should be cleaned and guts thrown away and fillets should be cleaned with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
Pets should not go into or drink the water any time an advisory of any level is posted.
The City, partner agencies, and lake scientists are continually looking at methods and researching treatment options. In a recent study, four treatments were tested and analyzed in enclosed study areas near the Launch Pointe public beach. A final report of that study, which included chemical and microbial strategies, will be released by mid-2023. The City has also applied for a grant and federal funding to conduct a pilot study that utilizes a technology to physically remove algae from the lake with a harvesting system. Award notices for that funding should be released in July 2023.
The Lake Elsinore Aeration and Mixing System (LEAMS) is operational. However, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the system is nearing the end of its useful life and that the system has a minimal effect on reducing toxic algae blooms. The City and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District are continually monitoring the system and are currently exploring options for upgrading, repurposing, or replacing the system.
These treatments have been considered and researched and could possibly be part of the mix of treatments. However, it is generally agreed upon that there isn’t one treatment that will serve as a “silver bullet” to eliminate toxic algae blooms in Lake Elsinore due to the size and complexities of the lake. These treatments are considered as short-term solutions and would need to be applied regularly at a high volume and cost due to the size of the lake (3,000 acres).
You can report a pothole via Alert LE.
You can report a street light via Alert LE.
You can report a clogged storm drain via Alert LE.
You can report a problem with traffic signal via Alert LE.
You can report broken or damaged playground equipment via Alert LE.
You can report trash that has been left on the streets via Alert LE.
Visit the Department of Community Services page to learn how to reserve a picnic shelter.
View the Parks and Facilities page to see where dog parks are located within Lake Elsinore.
You can report graffiti via Alert LE.
You can report a broken sprinkler via Alert LE.
The City’s Clean LE: Love Where You Live program is a pilot program launched in partnership with the Western Riverside Council of Government (WRCOG) to educate, engage, and inspire our community to love where they live by keeping Lake Elsinore clean, beautiful and litter-free. Clean LE encourages our residents, businesses, and youth to proactively discourage littering and illegal dumping in our community.
Litter is any unwanted waste that has not been disposed of properly and is left on the pavement, school campus, field, beach, park, or another public place. Litter is untidy and unsightly and can affect people’s view on the value and safety of our community. Litter can be as small as a tiny candy wrapper to dumping a mattress on the side of the street. Other common types of litter include cigarette butts, gum, unauthorized stickers, pet waste, flyers and beverage containers.
Litter happens intentionally and unintentionally. Intentional littering includes motorists discarding their waste out of the window, pedestrians throwing their trash on the street or sidewalks, or people visiting the lake and leaving their trash behind.
Unintentional litter might come from uncovered loads that can easily be blown out of vehicles. Household rubbish and uncontrolled building waste can become litter if not secured by a proper cover, such as an overfilled trash can that is unable to close ahead of trash collection days.
There are plenty of ways for you to actively get involved and prevent litter in our community:
Our businesses can play a huge role in assisting to keep our City clean, beautiful and litter-free. By taking small steps, businesses can help inspire others and discourage littering in and around our community by taking our Clean LE Business pledge promising to take the following steps:
The Housing Element is one of the mandatory elements that must be included in a city’s General Plan. The Housing Element provides goals, polices, and actions that help the City of Lake Elsinore plan for existing and future housing needs for all segments of its population and expresses community goals about housing in Lake Elsinore.
The City Council adopted the 2014 to 2021 Housing Element (PDF) on August 27, 2013 by Resolution Number 2013-057 (PDF). Through policies, procedures, and incentives, it provides an action plan for maintaining and expanding the housing supply in the City of Lake Elsinore. On September 16, 2003, HCD issued a letter of certification for the adopted Housing Element.
The Housing Element must cover the following topics:
Every Housing Element must make an "adequate provision for the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community." The adopted 2021 to 2029 RHNA for Lake Elsinore is 6,681 units divided into four different income affordability categories. Despite the wording, the RHNA is a "distribution of housing development capacity" that each city must zone for in a planning period. A community is not actually obligated to provide housing to all in need but it must plan for it.
The Housing Element is a required chapter of the City's General Plan. The General Plan is a city's constitution for future development. The general and specific policies of the General Plan serve as the basis for the City's land use decisions and provides to both the interested public and the decision-makers a practical and implementable policy vision for the future.
The City's current General Plan adopted December 11, 2011 has a 2030 planning horizon. In July 2020, the Lake Elsinore City Council adopted the Dream Extreme 2040 Plan as the City's first long-term strategic plan to assist the City in its pursuit of achieving its vision and to provide a framework to guide all decision-making over the next 20 years by identifying key Anchors, Aspirations, and Strategies. The City has started a review and update of the General Plan to extend its planning horizon to 2040 and to reflect the Dream Extreme 2040 Plan's vision.
State law requires that the General Plan contain a consistent set of goals and policies. Therefore, the Housing Element will be consistent with the policies contained in other elements of the General Plan. In addition to the preparation of the 2021-2029 Housing Element, the City is required to review and update as necessary the General Plan's Safety Element to address fire risk and other hazards and to adopt an Environmental Justice Element. The Safety Element review and update and the Environmental Justice Element will be incorporated into the 2040 General Plan.
California law requires an update of the Housing Element every eight years in order to remain relevant and reflective of the community's changing housing needs. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) must approve the updated Housing Element.
Over the years, California has steadily increased the penalties for not having a legally compliant Housing Element, and this trend is expected to continue. A non-compliant Housing Element can affect the City negatively in the following ways:
The City of Lake Elsinore prepares the Housing Element, and the Housing Element must be certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This certification creates a presumption that the Element complies with State law.
The City will be conducting outreach activities during the Housing Element update. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is working to identify safe and effective forms of public input. Visit the Let's Talk Housing, Lake Elsinore webpage to find out how you can provide comments and feedback.
For more information of the Housing Element update, to submit comments, or to request notification of upcoming events, please email Richard J. MacHott, Planning Manager, or call 951-674-3124, ext. 209.
Para obtener información adicional sobre la actualización del Elemento de Vivienda, un capítulo importante del Plan General de la ciudad, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a Richard J. MacHott, Gerente de Planificación o llamar 951-674-3124, ext. 209.
Yes. The Housing Element Survey results (PDF) for the 6th cycle are available.
Yes. The workshop presentation and video recording are available. Watch the live recording of the workshop or view the presentation slides (PDF).
You can also view comments from the workshop (PDF).
On July 28th, the Lake Elsinore City Council placed Measure Z - a local funding measure to address City service, public safety and local recovery needs. If enacted, Measure Z will be a locally controlled one-cent sales tax to ensure the City is self-reliant for current public safety needs and is prepared for any health or catastrophic emergency.
Having the capacity to respond to 911 emergencies is critical for saving lives. Measure Z will ensure that we have enough law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics to respond quickly to 911 emergencies.
Yes. Measure Z will provide the funding needed to avoid deep cuts in all service areas, including police, 911 emergency response, the maintenance of streets, parks and public facilities, as well as programs for youth and seniors.
Through an extensive engagement effort, Lake Elsinore residents have identified the following City service priorities:
Lake Elsinore voters will also have the opportunity to select the City Councilmembers for Districts 2, 4 and 5 as well as the City’s Treasurer.
The Volunteer Application (PDF) is available for download and may be signed and returned to the Community Services Department.
Background screening requirements are disclosed on City volunteer application forms in accordance with the City's volunteer policy (PDF). The City requires background screening for many, but not all, volunteer positions. Background screening is a mandatory requirement for volunteer positions that involve working with minors, working with confidential information, or handling cash or financial records; see the volunteer policy for more information about background screening criteria.
Youth and children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by their parents or legal guardian(s) at designated "family-friendly" volunteer events and activities. For all other volunteer programs with the exception of the LIT Program, the minimum age for youth to participate is 14, provided an adult or legal guardian accompanies their child during the event. Youth between the ages of 15 to 17 do not require an adult or guardian to be present.
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A pilot study, funded by a Proposition 1 grant, for the physical harvesting of algal biomasses is underway.
The study evaluates four potential creative solutions to improve water quality by minimizing algae growth right here at the shoreline.
As Southern California's largest freshwater lake, Lake Elsinore is a volatile and complex body of water. Located at the end of the watershed, it is plagued by a history of algae blooms and frequent water quality challenges.
Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) amended existing California statute, namely the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) and Mandatory Commercial Recycling Organics (MORe) laws. Effective July 1, 2020, MORe-covered businesses must provide organics recycling containers to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. If a business does not sell any of the organic materials for immediate consumption on the premises, then the business does not have to provide an organics container in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers. View more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827) here: California Legislative Information.
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce methane emissions. Methane gas is created in landfills when organic waste naturally decomposes. In accordance with this law, all local jurisdictions must provide recycling and organics waste collection services to all residential and commercial generators by January 1, 2022. This will help divert organic materials from landfills. If you have not done so already, please reach out to CR&R, the City's waste hauler, to sign up for collection services.
In addition to organics recycling collection programs, SB 1383 regulations also require businesses to minimize throwing out "edible food" by requiring the implementation of an Edible Food Program.
Starting January 1, 2022: All Tier 1 edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or non-profit charitable organization. Tier 1 generators include supermarkets, grocery stores, food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors.
Starting January 1, 2024: All Tier 2 edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or a non-profit charitable organization. Tier 2 generators include restaurants, hotels, health facilities, large venues, large events, state agencies, and local education agencies.
For more information on SB 1383, please visit the CalRecyle website.
Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) amended existing California statute, namely the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) and Mandatory Commercial Recycling Organics (MORe) laws. Effective July 1, 2020, MORe-covered businesses must provide organics recycling containers to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. If a business does not sell any of the organic materials for immediate consumption on the premises, then the business does not have to provide an organics container in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers. View more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827) California Legislative Information here.
For more information on SB 1383, please visit: CalRecycle
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Background screening requirements are disclosed on City volunteer application forms in accordance with the City's Volunteer Policy (PDF). The City requires background screening for many, but not all, volunteer positions. Background screening is a mandatory requirement for volunteer positions that involve working with minors, working with confidential information, or handling cash or financial records; see the volunteer policy for more information about background screening criteria.
Youth and children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by their parents or legal guardian(s) at designated "family-friendly" volunteer events and activities. For all other volunteer programs with the exception of the L.I.T. Program, the minimum age for youth to participate is 14, provided an adult or legal guardian accompany their child during the event. Youth between the ages of 15 to 17 do not require an adult or guardian to be present.