Leaving Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley?

Created by Grandma on Jul 31, 2010

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Grandma

Nuevo, CA

#1 Jul 31, 2010
"Leaving Hemet?"

The San Jacinto Valley has seen a major demographic "shift" over the past two decades. Instead of catering to "Snowbirds," the once vibrant retirement/agricultural community is now serving folks living primarily at or below the poverty level. Some area residents are having difficulty adapting to this new "culture." Would you move away from Hemet because of these changes and this new direction? Share your thoughts.
Rob

Hemet, CA

#2 Jul 31, 2010
I've been a resident of the valley for 25+ years, and currently I'm doing everything possible to get the hell out of here.

Since: Jul 10

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#3 Jul 31, 2010
I can't wait to get the hell out of this desert death trap. Hemet has changed since I first moved here 17 years ago... can't stand it here now and can't wait to move forever.
perspective

Anza, CA

#4 Jul 31, 2010
I live "on the hill", and thank God every day when I leave Hemet and come home.

Hemet is a great place, being torn apart by gangs, drugs, hookers, and violence.

Very sad.
Hemet Person

Hemet, CA

#5 Aug 1, 2010
I used to have hope for this city. I do not have that hope any longer. This city has been run into the ground and can't recover. If anyone can get out now, do it. This place is now Perris, Moreno Valley, and LA's toilet. RUN and do not look back.
Ron-new-in-town

Fillmore, CA

#6 Aug 2, 2010
I too had hopes for Hemet in the beginning but even in the short time (2008 till the present) I have noticed a remarkable downslide of this city both in the number of foreclosures, the high crime rate and the poverty causing the federal government to declare Hemet a slum, is a tragedy especially to the long-time decent law-abiding citizens who have had to see their city go to the dogs. I sympathize mostly with the people who have no choice but to live here and hate what is going on; the sense of being trapped and caged here because of their limited incomes.
Personally I am wanting to move from here to a better city as soon as I can. I am being patient because I do not want to move from one sewer to another.
Curious

Hemet, CA

#7 Aug 2, 2010
Just wonder what everyone thinks will solve the problems? Any ideas? Our elected leaders seem to be happy cutting in places that are only going to add to all these issues that are being brought up.
RebecaS

Flatwoods, KY

#8 Aug 2, 2010
I was a resident of Hemet until this past Febuary. I am so glad i got when I could. Sounds like Hemet is going to hell in a handbasket.
HemetNotTijuanaN orte

Hemet, CA

#9 Aug 2, 2010
Curious wrote:
Just wonder what everyone thinks will solve the problems? Any ideas? Our elected leaders seem to be happy cutting in places that are only going to add to all these issues that are being brought up.
A good beginning would be to stop providing illegal aliens with all manner of private goodies and public benefits. For example, those who distribute food and other items (school materials and clothing) to the needy should REQUIRE that beneficiaries be in the United States lawfully.

Elected officals must reflect the strong wishes of the public and do everything they can to make life less comfortable for illegal aliens in the Valley.

Finally, the chief of police needs to uphold the 2nd Amendment and make Hemet a "Shall issue" city in respect to the issuance of concealed-carry permits. The criminals are already armed -- study after study has shown that not quashing people's right to bear self-defense tools such as firearms reduces in LESS crime; I encourage anyone reading this do so some online research regarding this themselves.

I LOVE HEMET

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Aug 2, 2010
love it or leave it. get out if you don't like my town.
perspective

Anza, CA

#11 Aug 3, 2010
I LOVE HEMET wrote:
love it or leave it. get out if you don't like my town.
I don't live in Hemet, but I work there. Every day, when I leave Hemet, I am thankful. Hemet used to be a neat old town, but has been over-run by drug dealers, gangsters, and hookers. City council is no help--they would rather pay upper-level city hall, police and fire "officials" WAY too much, while decreasing police officers "on the streets", thereby running this town into the ground!

Come on, city council, wake up and spend the money where it is needed!

The 10 million dollar library was a good choice, Robin Lowe! NOT!

I wonder how well your feeble husband is being paid by the city?(By the way, I do know, just asking if you think that his pay is fair?) I wonder if he passed a physical exam before he got his city job? I would highly doubt that one, based on his "non-job", and how much he struggles to even live and breathe. Maybe if he would cut back on the smoking and drinking some?

Why do you need overlapping health insurance provided by the city for both of you?

When you are both done raping the CALPERS system with your hefty retirement payments, there will probably be nothing left for the "real" workers in the city to retire on.

Not to mention all the money you have "laundered" through Petty, Valley Restart, and your "concern for older people" scam (I can't recall what you called that one). You remember---it's the one you were charged with tax evasion for! Got off scot-free on that one, didn't you?

How about the Davidson firing and payoff?

I've also heard that you are currently, or have been trying in the past, to contract to Waste Management for another payoff, no doubt!

The "queen" who used to defend public works is now trying to contract out? There must be a payout involved.

OK, I'm done. If anyone out there knows how to get this statement to Robin Lowe, please do so.

I just hope she is lurking here somewhere, and gets the message!

LLE

Stanton, CA

#12 Aug 3, 2010
Poor Hemet. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't lament the disgrace that this town has become. After all of the overdevelopment, poor leadership, dilapidated housing and high crime this town is rapidly becoming the gaping anus of the IE. We have whores on Florida avenue out working at all times of day, drug deals at the motels and parks, trash collecting in the parking lots and roadsides, solicitors asking for "gas money" at nearly every plaza, congested roadways, fast food and two Walmarts tainting the valley, gangs and grafitti everywhere, and repo after repo after repo. What answers are there for this town? There are very few. This valley is likely destined to become an infected repository for depravity, poverty and dysfunction. I was born and raised here in this valley and have lived here for over thirty years, and sadly, I feel its time to leave. What our representatives have done to this town just depresses me and makes me sick. A very special thanks to all the greedy developers who have succeeded in blighting this land and undoubtedly other communities in the future. If there indeed is a hell on earth, you have driven this community closer to it in your hollow lust for money and influence. As you toast to your triumphs and your arteries slowly harden from the rich and decadent diet that you unsurprisingly indulge your blubbery and fat laden carcass with, just remember when your chest tightens and you fall to the floor that you can't take it with you, and as all your "friends" stare helplessly at your increasingly stiffening body, remember what a sycophantic and ultimately pointless existence you have lived, and that far fewer people love you than you may think. Even the few that do love you are far outweighed by the ones you have hurt. So do us all a favor and drink and stuff yourself silly and get it over with already, and leave this land alone, you bunch of heartless, oily faced, rosy-as$ed baboons. Shame on you all.
Arnold

San Diego, CA

#13 Aug 3, 2010
perspective wrote:
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I don't live in Hemet, but I work there. Every day, when I leave Hemet, I am thankful. Hemet used to be a neat old town, but has been over-run by drug dealers, gangsters, and hookers. City council is no help--they would rather pay upper-level city hall, police and fire "officials" WAY too much, while decreasing police officers "on the streets", thereby running this town into the ground!
Come on, city council, wake up and spend the money where it is needed!
The 10 million dollar library was a good choice, Robin Lowe! NOT!
I wonder how well your feeble husband is being paid by the city?(By the way, I do know, just asking if you think that his pay is fair?) I wonder if he passed a physical exam before he got his city job? I would highly doubt that one, based on his "non-job", and how much he struggles to even live and breathe. Maybe if he would cut back on the smoking and drinking some?
Why do you need overlapping health insurance provided by the city for both of you?
When you are both done raping the CALPERS system with your hefty retirement payments, there will probably be nothing left for the "real" workers in the city to retire on.
Not to mention all the money you have "laundered" through Petty, Valley Restart, and your "concern for older people" scam (I can't recall what you called that one). You remember---it's the one you were charged with tax evasion for! Got off scot-free on that one, didn't you?
How about the Davidson firing and payoff?
I've also heard that you are currently, or have been trying in the past, to contract to Waste Management for another payoff, no doubt!
The "queen" who used to defend public works is now trying to contract out? There must be a payout involved.
OK, I'm done. If anyone out there knows how to get this statement to Robin Lowe, please do so.
I just hope she is lurking here somewhere, and gets the message!
Sounds like you are in complete control of your situation.
If you hate the city of Hemet so much and donít like the politics quit, why do you bother working for the city of Hemet? Cushy job, over paid, overly generous benefits?
I have noticed a common trait among many public employees. Whine and moan, whine and moan. Go to your little City employee lunches, whine and moan. Go on you four a day breaks, whine and moan. Meet with public employee union rep, whine and moan
I donít agree with some city politics, but I donít live in or work for the city.
If I did I would be a proponent of contracting out all services. The citizens of Hemet deserve better than the city offers.
Stand up for yourself, share you feelings, City council meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday, every month.
Hemet Person

Hemet, CA

#14 Aug 3, 2010
Arnold:
Contracting is not always the solution. There are times that it makes sense and times that it does not. Before you say "everything," do the research and find out which services would be better served and more affordable with a contract. You will find that police and fire are more affordable with the city and provide a better service than the county would. Refuse and Water may be a money maker.
Arnold

San Diego, CA

#15 Aug 3, 2010
Hemet Person wrote:
Arnold:
Contracting is not always the solution. There are times that it makes sense and times that it does not. Before you say "everything," do the research and find out which services would be better served and more affordable with a contract. You will find that police and fire are more affordable with the city and provide a better service than the county would. Refuse and Water may be a money maker.
OK- Almost always.

Please note, the jury is still out on city police and fire having more bang for the buck.

Career public employees get lazy and apathetic, and then taxpayers are stuck with them for life.

Contract employees can be let go for being non productive
Hemet Person

Hemet, CA

#16 Aug 3, 2010
What makes you believe that a contract employee can be let go for being non-productive? A contract with the county for police and fire would only mean that certain individuals could be transfered to another sheriff/fire station for non-productivity. They are still public employees and would still be employed by the county.
Hemet Person

Hemet, CA

#17 Aug 3, 2010
and do not misunderstand me:
I agree that lazy employees need to be fired, but just because someone works for the county and not the city, does not mean that they can be fired.
Arnold

Moreno Valley, CA

#18 Aug 3, 2010
Hemet Person wrote:
and do not misunderstand me:
I agree that lazy employees need to be fired, but just because someone works for the county and not the city, does not mean that they can be fired.
You are right, public employees cannot be fired.
That is the problem with a lot of things.
perspective

Anza, CA

#19 Aug 3, 2010
Public employees CAN be fired, but it takes a manager who cares to do the paperwork involved. If there is any apathy, it is with the managers.

BTW, I do not take 4 breaks a day, and I do not go out for lunch. Not all city employees are standing around, leaning on shovels, or going to strip clubs and drinking on duty.

Do not judge my work ethic, because you have no idea who I am, or what I do for a living.
perspective

Anza, CA

#20 Aug 3, 2010
Contracting Police and Fire almost always costs more, because the County raises it's fee every year, or they decrease services.

And from what I know, Hemet Trash actually makes money for the city, until they are raided for money for other purposes. Supposedly, their funds are not to be used for certain things, but it does happen. There is always a way of sneaking around regulations, and some people are very good at it!

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