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LECC Lends Communications Tools to Proponents & Opponents of Alberhill Initiative Measure A

The Lake Elsinore Citizen's Committee (LECC), a 10-year old non-profit, non-partisan citizen's group, offers its website & email newsletter to any community organization that desires to communicate with Elsinore area residents within the rules established by the LECC board of directors.

Towards serving this LECC community service goal, LECC is helping both proponents and opponents of the Alberhill Initiative measure A.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Lake Elsinore Citizen's Committee (LECC) takes no position on Measure A. LECC offers our communications resources equally to both proponents and opponents of any issue. For more information please contact LECC Chair Dan Baldwin at ateldan@gmail.com.

Best of Lake Elsinore Photo Contest

The City of Lake Elsinore is kicking off its first year "Best of Lake Elsinore" photo contest.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit striking images that capture the "Best of Lake Elsinore": natural beauty, recreational activities, architectural points of interest, as well as people enjoying Lake Elsinore parks, sporting and special events, and other community programs.

All entries must be submitted in a digital, TIFF or JPEG format by the 15th of every month to recreation@lake-elsinore.org.

By entering the contest, photographers grant the City of Lake Elsinore a royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute and publicly display submitted photographs for advertising, promotional and other purposes. The photographer may or may not be credited when their photo is used.

Entry Form/Liability Waiver

Parent/Guardian Release Form (for photographers under 18)

For more information, please click here or contact Community Services Director Johnathan Skinner at jskinner@lake-elsinore.org or at (951) 674-3124. 

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm, "City Finance 101" Presentation at Cultural Center

LECC will host its first 2017 public meeting at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center at 7pm on Wednesday, March 8th. Our speakers will be City Treasurer Allen Baldwin and Assistant City Manager Jason Simpson.

Their presentation topic will be an overview of city finances and what residents need to know about the budget process in order to understand how, if and when specific resident concerns can be resolved in the short or long run by the city's "checkbook".

Additional details about the presentation will be published soon.

Special City Council Meeting 2/1/17 at 5pm Regarding Alberhill Initiative Vote Administrative Changes

There will be a special Lake Elsinore City Council meeting tonight at 5pm at the Cultural Center to possibly save $50,000 on the cost of the election and to extend the deadlines for initiative arguments to February 15th.  

Click the following two links to view the official meeting notices.

Notice 1, Notice 2

Video of City of Lake Elsinore's Presentation to the "Save Our Lake" Booster Group

If you missed the presentation 1/30/17, click the following video to view the presentation by mayor Pro Tem Natasha Johnson. 

Meeting Flyer: http://bit.ly/sol-flyer1 

Meeting Newspaper Article: http://www.pe.com/articles/lake-824212-w... 

SOL Website: http://saveourlakele.com/ 

Subscribe to SOL email newsletter by emailing a request to peterdawson3@verizon.net


Monday 6pm City Meeting to Let Elsinore Voters Decide on $243 Million Alberhill Project?

The Lake Elsinore city council will meet 6pm tomorrow in the Cultural Center at 183 N. Main Street to decide if the $243 million dollar Alberhill development project should be decided by voters in a May special election. 

The meeting is open to all. 

The Alberhill Project will affect Lake Elsinore property owners and tax payers for the next 20 years. To learn about the background please view the following document and news articles. 

City Report on Alberhill Initiative http://bit.ly/alberhill-report1 

Alberhill Project News Articles 

1/20/17 Alberhill Villages Initiative may be headed to the ballot in Lake Elsinore 
Alberhill Villages Initiative may be headed to the ballot in Lake Elsinore Council to decide whether to hold a special election on a voter initiative for a massive development. 

12/14/16 $30,000 study of Alberhill Villages in Lake Elsinore delays special election 
$30,000 study of Alberhill Villages in Lake Elsinore delays special election The city has 30 days to analyze the proposal for a sprawling residential and commercial subdivision. 

12/13/16 Council opts to study development initiative 
Lake Elsinore council opts to study development initiative Group could have put Alberhill Villages project to a citywide vote 

12/12/16 Why Lake Elsinore could face a special election 

10/12/16 Why signatures were submitted in Alberhill Villages campaign 
Why signatures were submitted in Alberhill Villages campaign 

6/28/16 Alberhill project supporters cleared to gather signatures 
Alberhill project supporters cleared to gather signatures Proponents of the massive mixed-use project can gather signatures to mandate an election. 

6/14/16 Plan for 8,000-home project wins council nod, despite developer's objections 
Plan for 8,000-home project wins council nod, despite developer's objections Developer opposed approval because of requirements placed on the plan for Alberhill Villages. 

6/10/16 New initiative filed on huge project 
New initiative filed on huge project A proponent of Alberhill Villages is pursuing a citywide vote over the subdivision plan. 

6/8/16 Massive development plan gets hearing 
Massive development plan gets hearing City Council to consider approval of 8,000-plus-home Alberhill Villages against proponent’s wishes. 

4/29/16 Justices deny initiative backers' plea 
Justices deny initiative backers' plea Proponents sought to force the city attorney to authorize petition that would launch the campaign to put Alberhill Villages plan on the ballot. 

4/27/16 Initiative dispute goes to state Supreme Court 
Initiative dispute goes to state Supreme Court Proponents of the Alberhill Villages petition are vying to force the city attorney into authorizing signature gathering. 

4/16/16 City appeals to stop Alberhill Villages petition 
City appeals to stop Alberhill Villages petition Barbara Leibold has filed an appeal on a Superior Court judge’s order requiring her to honor petition requirement 

4/15/16 Judge says initiative petition can proceed 
Judge says initiative petition can proceed Ruling allows proponents of the proposed Alberhill Villages master plan to collect signatures supporting a voter initiative. 

4/1/16 City sues to block petition 
The Alberhill Villages master-planned community is proposed to be built on land now encompassing mining operations, as seen beyond the rooftops of the Alberhill 

3/9/16 Petition seeks vote on Alberhill Villages proposal 
Petition seeks vote on Alberhill Villages proposal Castle & Cooke backs an initiative to pave the way for its sprawling development on the north side of town. 

2/17/16 Massive project wins panel's support 
Massive project wins panel's support Alberhill Villages would form the largest master-planned community in the city’s history 

2/12/16 Panel to review Alberhill Villages plan 
Panel to review Alberhill Villages plan Proposed master-planned community would the largest ever developed in Lake Elsinore. 

12/11/15 Developer drops lawsuit against city 
Castle & Cooke launched development of its massive property in northern Lake Elsinore with the Alberhill Ranch subdivision in the 2000s. 

11/25/15 As planned, new community is largest in city 
As planned, new community is largest in city Alberhill Villages would consist of more than 8,000 homes, plus commercial and industrial space


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Elsinore Election Fall Candidate Debate & Expo on 10/12/16 was a Big Success

If you missed watching the live event on Wednesday, October 12th you can click one one of the following two links to watch the video recordings:

Part 1: City Council Candidates Debates

Part 2: School Bond Measure, State Assembly Rep & US Congressional Rep Presentations

Wednesday, October 12th from 6pm to 10pm "Elsinore Election Fall Candidate Debate & Expo"

Is Lake Elsinore on the right path or is a course correction needed? Elsinore residents will hear three of their five incumbent city council representatives debate the state of the city with two challengers that seek to replace them at this year's "Elsinore Election Fall Candidate Debate & Expo" Wednesday, October 12th from 6pm to 10pm at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center at 183 North Main Street in downtown Lake Elsinore. 

Following the city council debate, the Elsinore school district takes the spotlight with a short school board debate and then a brief presentation on the merits of the Elsinore school bond measure. The state and national ballot races will then be spotlighted in our candidate forum.

Finally, all candidates and ballot proposition proponents will have the opportunity to speak with citizens directly during our Election Expo & Mixer at tables around the perimeter of the room.

All candidates on the November 8th ballot in Lake Elsinore are invited to participate in the event which will be professionally moderated by Dane Wunderlich. This event is produced by Lake Elsinore Citizen's Committee and hosted by the City of lake Elsinore. 

If you or your proposition will be on the November ballot and you would like to participate, please email your contact information to me at ateldan@gmail.com

Watch video comments of the various candidates at http://bit.ly/elsinore2016vote


6:00pm: Doors Open, Expo Setup & Opening Mixer

6:30pm - 8:00 pm: City Council Candidate Debate (Incumbents - Natasha Johnson, Robert Magee, Steve Manos; Challengers -   Edwin Castro, Steve Martin; Vote for 3. Candidate Information)

8:00pm - 8:10pm: Break

8:10pm - 8:30pm: Elsinore School Board Debate (Incumbent - Harold E Stryker, Challenger - Steven Wood) Wood Withdraws & Endorses Stryker

8:30pm - 8:45pm: Elsinore School Bond Presentation (Dr. Doug Kimberly, LEUSD School Superintendent)  

8:45pm - 9:15pm: Candidate Forum (Congressional Representative Democratic Challenger Tim Sheridan, State Assembly Democratic Challenger Jorge Lopez & others)

9:15pm - 9:55pm: Election Expo & Mixer (Candidates & proposition representatives at various tables)

10:00pm - Doors Close


Annual "City & Safety" Review Meeting was held July, 28th 2016

Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates & Police Chief Leonard Hollingsworth provided an update as to what's going on with city operations and growth and how our police department helps keep citizen's safe.  


6:30pm - Doors Open & Opening Mixer
7:00pm - Introduction of LECC & Guests
7:05pm - City Manager Grant Yates Remarks
7:45pm - Police Chief Leonard Hollingsworth Remarks
8:30pm - Closing Mixer
9:00pm - Doors Close, Meeting Over


 Spring Candidate Forum & "Expo" Was Held May 26th 2016

Over 100 people attended to hear the seven local political candidates listed below on our June 7th California primary ballot participate in our Spring candidate forum and expo Thursday, May 26th from 7pm to 9pm at the Tuscany Hills HOA clubhouse located at 75 Via Scenica in Lake Elsinore.

Riverside County Supervisor District 1: Kevin Jeffries (incumbent), Britt Holmstrom (challenger) and  Debbie Walsh (challenger)

California State Assembly District 67: Jorge Lopez (Democrat challenger) and Melissa Melendez (Republican incumbent)

US Congressional District 42: Tim Sheridan (Democrat challenger) and Kerri Condley (Independent challenger)

The first hour was divided up for candidates to individually speak for 10 minutes each to the entire audience about why they are running for office. The second hour was a "candidate expo" of sorts where each candidate will have a table so attendees can individually meet with the different candidates.  

Click the video below to watch.  

The candidate "fast forward" start times in the video are:

03:00 Melissa Melendez

15:00 Jorge Lopez

27:20 Kevin Jeffries

39:00 Britt Holmstrom

51:10 Debbie Walsh

1:03:00 Tim Sheridan 

1:14:50 Kerri Condley 

Click here to RSVP              

Click here to Print an Event Flyer is Distribute

View Sample June Ballot for Lake Elsinore Residents

Click here to Submit a Candidate Question      



Sacramento Legislative Update & Election Year Preview with Melissa Melendez 10/8/15

Lake Elsinore's own Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez shared a Sacramento legislative update & previewed the upcoming 2016 election season at LECC's final 2015 meeting.

Click the following video to view the presentation.


Elsinore Police Chief Shares Current Law Enforcement Trends Affecting Lake Elsinore

Over 70 Elsinore residents were in attendance for the briefing with Lake Elsinore's police chief Captain Leonard Hollingsworth who shared current Lake Elsinore & Riverside County police trends.

If you missed the meeting watch the video below.


RSVP for August 13th Meeting with Police Chief Hollingsworth

RSVP to hear Police Department Captain Leonard Hollingsworth discuss the current law enforcement trends affecting the Lake Elsinore area on Thursday, August 13th at 7pm at the Tuscany Hills Clubhouse at 75 Via Scenica, Lake Elsinore. 

Capt. Hollingsworth will entertain questions at the end of the meeting.

Venue limited to 75 seats so RSVP now by clicking here!

Submit questions for Capt. Hollingsworth in advance by clicking here.

No LECC Meeting in June

The next meeting will be 8/13/15 with Lake Elsinore Police Chief, Capt. Hollingsworth 

April EVMWD Meeting was Attended by 60 Residents, THANKS!!!

Following is a videotape of the presentation for those of you who missed it.

Please Donate $$$ Today to our Speaker Microphone Fund by Clicking Here

LECC is trying to raise $400 for a portable speaker and a wireless lavaliere microphone so we can all better hear the speakers who come out to speak before us at our meetings.

We are half way to our goal thanks to generous donations from our members including George Cambero, Paul Niehouse, Randy Mellinger, Allen Baldwin Wayne Carpenter  Joe Ball.  

If you can help us with any amount paid from your credit card, please click here now.

Gov. Brown Orders 25% Mandatory Water Reduction, EVMWD's Response?

Next Meeting  "EVMWD's Plans to Deliver the Cleanest Water at the Lowest Prices"

On 4/9/15, Greg Morrison, Public Affairs Director for Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will speak to Lake Elsinore residents about EVMWD's 2015 vision to deliver the cleanest water at the lowest prices.

Thursday, April 9th at 7pm at Tuscany Hills Clubhouse at 75 Summerhill Drive in Lake Elsinore.

Please submit your questions to Mr. Morrison by clicking here or on the "Questions Link" at the top of this page.

Seating is limited to the first 75 members so please RSVP by clicking here.


Marine Corp Builds Two Bridges Next to Lake Elsinore Levy

Click the links below to get a taste of the activity this week behind the stadium.

Click here or image above for Google slide story.

Click here or image above to view their public information handout for civilians

Access album of all photos


Watch the Video of City Manager Grant Yates on the Rising Fortunes of Lake Elsinore

Click the video below to hear Mr. Yates' 45-minute address before Q&A.

If you were one of the 67 members who attended the meeting please provide constructive feedback at this link.  

If you wish to support future similar meetings please make a financial pledge to LECC at this link.

If you like LECC, tell your neighbors about us with a "Like" at FB.com/LakeElsinoreCC

If you're motivated to improve your own Lake Elsinore neighborhood please join or start a Nextdoor.com. (The Nextdoor group in Tuscany Hills has 500 members

Next LECC Meeting is on 4/9/15 where EVMWD's Greg Morrison will speak on "Plans to Deliver the Cleanest Water at the Lowest Prices"



City Manager Grant Yates Shares "Past, Present & Future Plans for Lake Elsinore" Thursday, Feb. 12th at 7pm 

Picking up where the mayor left off after her "State of the City" address this past October, City Manager Grant Yates will speak to the Lake Elsinore Citizen's Committee Thursday, February 12th at 7pm at the Tuscany Hills HOA clubhouse located at 75 Summerhill Drive, in Lake Elsinore.

Mr. Yate's speaking topic will be "Past, Present & Future Plans for Lake Elsinore". 

Mr. Yates, is basically the CEO of Lake Elsinore and the top manager of all Lake Elsinore city departments and employees. He's the full-time boss who answers only to the five part-time members of Lake Elsinore's city council who are in turn elected by Lake Elsinore voters. 

So what questions about Lake Elsinore's past, present or future would you like addressed?

Please submit your questions in advance at http://www.lecc.us/questions or comment on the submitted questions at the same link. 

The top three questions ranked most important as judged by the comments at http://www.lecc.us/questions will be posed to Grant to be answered at the event. 

Seating Limited to 100 guests due to fire regulations. RSVP for your free seat now by clicking here.


Did you miss the last two "State of the City" addresses? See the two videos below.

October 2014 - Delivered by Mayor Natasha Johnson


August 2013 - Delivered by Mayor Bob Magee



2015 Meeting Dates, Speakers & Meeting Topics Announced

The LECC board has extended invitations to following local leaders to speak before LECC's members at our 2015 meetings.  

Meetings are scheduled for 7pm on the dates listed below which are the second Thursday of even months.

Meetings will be held at the Tuscany Hills HOA Clubhouse at 75 Via Scenica, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532.

  • 2/12/15 City Manager, Grant Yates "Past, Present & Future Plans for Lake Elsinore"

    Mr. Yates will share how he directs the various city departments to achieve the goals and visions of the city council as stated in their 2014 and 2013 annual State of the City addresses. 

  • 4/9/15 EVMWD, Greg Morrison "Plans to Deliver the Cleanest Water at the Lowest Prices"

    Mr. Morrison, Public Affairs Director, will share how EVMWD is accomplishing the goals and visions debated at the 2014 District 1District 3 board of directors' candidate forums. 

  • 6/11/15 LEUSD Super., Dr. Kimberly - "Answers to the Top Questions Parents Ask LEUSD"

  • 8/13/15 Police Chief, Capt. Hollingsworth - "The Top 10 Services LEPD Provides Citizens"

  • 10/8/15 State Senate & Assembly Update - "2015 Legislation & 2016 Election Preview"

Please post your speaker questions directly to the LECC website by clicking on the "questions" link.


Future or Possible Online Meetings

  • Lake Department Manager - "What LE is Doing to Best Manage Your Lake"
  • How to Start a Small Business in LE - "Be Your Own Boss, Minimize Red Tape"
  • Maximizing Home Values in LE - "What to Know About LE Real Estate Values"
  • City Recreation Manager - "What LE is Doing to Maximize your use of Parks & Rec."
  • Home Safety Seminar - "10 Ways to Make Your Home Safe from Criminals"
  • Emergency Preparedness Seminar - "10 Ways to Prepare for 'The Big One'"
  • Public Safety Commission  - "What We Do For You & How to Use PSAC"



Please Support (by donating money) to LECC in 2015

The LECC has a fairly lean operation. Our only costs are renting meeting halls, promoting meetings, managing the website, managing the membership database and doing our annual non-profit paperwork filings.

All the above does cost money though. Can you please help LECC pay our bills in 2015 with a $5 per month donation?

Please click the "Support LECC" button at the top of our home page or this link http://www.lecc.us/support-lecc to donate now with your credit card.

You can make a one-time donation or one-a-month donation. Everything helps!

Thanks in advance for your support.



LECC's 2014 Fall Voter's Guide

To help Lake Elsinore voters evaluate the candidates on the November 2014 ballot in seven local, state and federal races, the LECC has created this voter's guide. Please watch the campaign debate videos below and then click on each candidate's "letter to voters" to learn how they stand on issues important to you. If you still have questions for particular candidates please contact them directly or post them at this link.


Lake Elsinore City Council 

Daryl Hickman (Incumbent) vs. Rick Morsch vs. Brian Tisdale (Incumbent)

Moderator's Candidate Questions

"It was an ideal opportunity to acquaint the citizens of Lake Elsinore of our backgrounds and the reasons why we are running for City Council. I feel the questions were fair and relevant to the current issues facing our City." Rick Morsch    
Rick Morsch's Letter to Voters


California State Assembly District 67

Melissa Melendez (R - Incumbent) vs. Conrad Melton (D)

Moderator's Candidate Questions

"The LECC Candidate Forum was a well organized and a great way to allow the candidates to share their views with the electorate. The moderator and the questions approved in advance by the LECC Board were fair to both my opponent and myself and I thank them for their civic engagement." Melissa Melendez   
Melissa Melendez's Letter to Voters


Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District EVMWD Water District 3

Judy Guglielmana (Incumbent) vs. Jimmy Flores vs. George Cambero

Moderator's Candidate Questions

"Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers and the LECC who offered the unique opportunity to be seen and heard. I appreciate all of your hard work to produce a video that can be viewed by those who could not attend. I enjoyed participating in the event and answering the concerned voters questions." George Cambero 
Top 10 Reasons to Elect George Cambero


Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Trustee Area 4:

Mary Anne Motte (Incumbent) vs. Virniecia Green-Jordon

Moderator's Candidate Questions

"Your debate was a terrific invitation to present the current issues at Mt. San Jacinto Community College.  The moderator was professional and able to present questions clearly and keep candidates "on topic". Thank you for an enjoyable evening." Anne Motte 
Anne Motte's Letter to Voters

"This debate was a great opportunity to express views from many of the TA 4 community as well as myself. However, equal time was not allowed for the MSJC candidates as per other forum candidates." Virniecia Green-Jordon  
Virnicia Green-Jordan's Flyer for Voters



US Congressional District 42:

Ken Calvert (R- Incumbent) vs. Tim Sheridan (D)

Moderator's Candidate Questions


California State Senate District 28

Bonnie Garcia (R) vs. Jeff Stone (R) 

Moderator's Candidate Questions

“I want to thank the Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee for hosting what proved to a thoughtful and deliberate debate for the 28th Senate District.  The questions were well constructed, and I appreciated the format that allowed for an open and honest discussion about the issues facing California. It was a pleasure being able to share my vision with the members of your organization, and I appreciated the fair and neutral questions that focused on good public policy rather than political rhetoric and theatrics.” Jeff Stone 
Jeff Stone's Letter to Voters

“The Lake Elsinore Citizen’s Commission’s debate was fair and balanced. It was a great opportunity for the people of Lake Elsinore to actually hear where candidates for public office stand on the issues outside of all of the mudslinging. I was honored to have the opportunity to take part and look forward to future debates.” Bonnie Garcia  
Bonnie Garcia's Letter to Voters


Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District EVMWD Water District 1 

Nancy Horton vs. Mike Norkin vs. Peter Weber vs. Kenny Duckwald

Moderator's Candidate Questions

"Great job moderating the debate, the questions were very good." Peter Weber 
Peter Weber's Letter to Voters

"I am grateful to the LECC for all the work that went into the forum, and feel they did a great community service." Nancy Horton 
Nancy Horton's Letter to Voters



Questions? Contact Jeanie Corral at 951-674-4228 jeaniecorral@gmail.com or Dan Baldwin at 951-251-5155 ateldan@gmail.com