Lake County CA anyone?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Murdock, May 5, 2004.

  1. Murdock

    Murdock Member

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    Does anyone have any personal experience in Lake County CA? I am thinking of moving up that way and would like an un-biased experience about the area.

    How is the job market? Real estate market? How are the schools? Any entertainment besides fishing and cow-tipping? How is the local beaurocracy? Are they very strict with codes and such? Any homesteading possibilities?

    Any help would be very appreciated!
     
  2. Hate to say this, but anyplace in CA has too many rules, six years in the Sacramento area and working in many outlying counties... Too much Gov. and little or no common sense. We will be in Idaho in 2/3 weeks, finally. :)
     

  3. bearkiller

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    Murdock,

    Lake County is absolutely gorgeous. Climate is fabulous...even can grow Persian Walnuts there. I mean commercial orchards. Water is available without much problem, fishing is great. Lots to recommend it in many ways. Great place to develop a fine productive homestead. Lots here doing it, but not many know the word "homestead".

    Good you ask about the gov, though. In the "old days," meaning 25 years ago Lake County took the lead in the state in "getting rid of the Hippies." Anybody to built, and there were lots, without a permit got run out. They resorted to the dozer in their zeal. Potter Valley is the name I best remember where everyone was squatting, many bought though, and nearly every house was "substandard" meaning they had not stolen billions from us all. So they ran red tags, took us to court, and finally brought in the cops and dozers.

    Guess you've figured out, I have little use for the County Gov't there! Can't say how bad they are now...been a lot of years since I had any contact.

    Another problem is it is pretty close to Excremento and the Bay so retirees have moved in by the bijillions. Especially close to each and every puddle of water that could be vaguely termed a lake. And the traffic...whew! Nothing like having a mile long string of cars on the two lane led by some doddering old fellow wearing a hat and travelling 25 mph on the straight and level.

    The last obvious consequence of the population influx is "price appreciation."

    Have no idea what kind of work you want, but there should be some there. Anything from teaching the school rats to running the busses for the old folks. As well as the usual gamut of wait jobs, construction, whatever.

    What do you like for entertainment? The injuns now have their casinos that our Governator wants to steal 25% from. If you want theatre and such Excremento is an hour and a half away. And the Bay 2 1/2 hours.

    Bottom line, there is much to recommend Lake County, but the huge population and consequent traffic and nasty local gov kept me moving. Besides, its right on Highway 20...and that means the start of Lost Angeles. May be just right four you, though!

    bearkiller
     
  4. Cheri

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    Lake County is beautiful. We were there a couple weeks ago to pick up a buck kid.

    According to the people we went to visit, the job market isn't hot. As the last poster said, there are a lot of retirees and not much "industry" unless you are a large equipment driver. Lots and lots of wine vineyards. You would be, depending on the area, about 45 min to an hour out of Sacramento.

    As far as entertainment, there are multitudes of Indian Casinos. In Clear Lakes they have concerts. Being so close to Sacramento you would have plenty of other types of entertainment.
     

  5. Let me guess, you think Idaho doesn't have problems of its own? Funny, I've lived in CA for 4 years now and I have yet to deal with any oppressive rules anymore than anywhere else in the US. I've lived in nearly every region of the US so have a bit to compare on.

    In fact, I find more freedom here than some other places I've lived.

    Almost every person I've seen that complains about California typically has problems anywhere they go. I guess it's much easier to blame the locale.

    One of this states biggest problems is people with your atttitude. Have you voted while you lived here? Did you do anything to change any of the problems? Did you do anything to make CA a better place? If not, good riddance. If you live here and do nothing then you have no right to complain about anything.

    My guess is you showed up in California like many do. With their hands out, expecting paradise and not bringing a single thing to contribute. Many people come here from all over the world with big dreams. Most likely you were one of them. Once here, you did nothing but complain. Many people come here with nothing, not even the english language and eventually find paradise but it's not just handed to you. You, failing to realize that will now leave complaining all the way, blaming your own problems on California. Good luck in Idaho.




    Bearkiller, I think it's high time those casinos start paying taxes like any other business. In fact, 25% is more than fair. I don't know about your area but down here they are popping up everywhere. This has very little to do with native Americans and much to do with big business. These casinos use our resources, clog our roads, and suck quite a bit of money from our economy. In return, they don't contribute much but low paying jobs. They've already gotten many concessions over the years, mostly thanks to the Federal government which has always been a burden to this republic. It's way past time to unwind some of these things that aren't in the best interest of California. Nobody should be getting a free ride here whether it's illegals, welfare recipients or native Americans. Or even the other 49 states that take more from California than what they give.

    Given the terminology you're using in regards to our Governor and the Capital can I wonder, do you vote or do anything to make things better? If not, then why complain?
     
  6. Cheri

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    Dave,

    Were down here are you? We're in the High Desert, Hesperia specifically. There is a proposed Casino that has been voted in by the City Council to be built TWO MILES from our home. Although it was protested heavily, it still passed. Our only hope now is that the tribe cant get land rights and the feds to approve the casino.

    You are absolutely right, they are popping up all over. :no:
     
  7. Bretar

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    Building inspections and gun laws.

    As have I.

    Nope, enjoyed both the South and New England areas.

    Every time, even small local only elections.
    Donated to different charities, helped get petitions signed, even taught my children to volunteer for community service.
    Sorry, came here when my In-laws health was bad, worked the entire time, never collected aid from the gov. of any sort. Love the land here, it is beautiful, most of the folks are pleasant to deal with (pretty much like anywhere else). But the cost of living is outrageous and it is the most over-regulated place I have ever lived.

    Also thought I was logged in on my first post on this thread.
     
  8. bearkiller

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    Dave,

    You bet I vote. Every time! Do I get much of what I want? Nope! Why? Because there are too many economically illiterate left wing amoral thieves among the voters of California who expect the government to transfer my money to their pockets. Thievery and greed is the prime motivation for left wing politics and this state is among the worst for it.

    I refuse to vote for any taxes on anybody because it only encourages the political vermin to grow the government and steal even more of the money from the people. As far as I am concerned the Indians can keep every dime they make and the same for every business in California. Just what is it that suggests you should have penny of it for any reason? You certainly did not work for that money. Only left wing economic morons keep talking about "fair" and that includes our wonderful Governator who was elected to solve the budget problems without raising taxes. What has he done? He's made a few cosmetic cuts, but no meat. And now he wants to rob more people of more money. Lets see him make some serious cuts...but then considering his family political views and affiliations, I frankly doubt he will turn out any different than any of his predecessors. Please, let me be surprised!!!

    You and I are quite in agreement that NOBODY should be getting a "free ride" in this, or any other, state. And I would include you in that statement. I'd not be surprised to learn that you vote FOR every bond issue ever dreamt up in the tiny minds of morons.

    I'd suggest you go back to the books and go to first causes for such issues as you protest. If you did so your attitude of steal from everyone else so I can have more would end. Far as I'm concerned you can take your attitude and go elsewhere! Enough said!

    bearkiller
     
  9. Cheri

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    Dave-we were in Temecula Monday for a musical performance my son was in and the fire in Elsinore was nasty.

    Last year we were evacuated due to the fires. We have them every year but last year was terrible. Talk about fun....evacuating 8 goats a lamb, 4 dogs to the fair grounds, along with hundreds of other people. The inside of our garage is still covered in ash.

    I grew up in Corona. Holy cow has it gotten packed since the 80's! We used to cut threw the orange groves to walk to school. You could drive down Ontario when the trees were in bloom and the smell was incredible.
     
  10. bearkiller

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    Brad,

    I owe you an apology! My posted response was directed at "Unregistered," but I confused your name with the post. I'm sorry!

    bearkiller
     
  11. bearkiller

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    Brad and Dave,

    Guess I'm asleep at the wheel here! Oops!

    bearkiller
     
  12. Surveyorwill

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    OK, my question is, why is it every time someone ask about homesteading somewhere in California, we get off subject. Seems to me I remember this same rhetoric about a month ago (I know because I contributed some of it :) ). You know when I left the military (a service I am proud of) twelve years ago I came home to Northern California to find an economic slump, could not find a job, so after two months I moved to Utah, lived there over seven years. It was nice and all but, it was not home, so we moved back to California. This is where we love to be, so those that don’t like it go and leave. I hope you find what you want but please, if all you want to do is bad mouth the whole state based on how you were treated or what you know of a small part of it, say what you know of firsthand and get over it already.

    The subject at hand Lake County, what I know is that they were the poorest county in the state three or four years ago, but I have not kept up on the conditions recently, sorry could not give more info.
     
  13. Murdock

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    Bearkiller and Cheri, Thanks a ton for the info!

    As to the CA debate... I agree that CA has its issues, however for some of us, there are other circumstances that make CA the best choice for a place to live... Taxes and Government crap is not the only issues in deciding a place to live you know...
     
  14. Surveyorwill

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    Murdock,

    Try this link to the county it may give you some of the info you are looking for as far as codes.

    http://co.lake.ca.us/

    I use county web sites all the time in my job, some are good some not so good, I did look around on this one so I'm not sure how good it is.
     
  15. iowahopefuls

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    Hello! Sorry this isn't so much a post on the original question, just california in general. I was born and raised in Ca. and I am torn about staying or going. I love where I live! I live in Crestline, we were also evacuated last Oct. for about 4 weeks. I have to say everyone was so helpful. I have pretty clean air, and a little room to roam. My hubby has to work in Ontario (45 miles) then from there he can work as far as San Diego- he's a carpenter. There is always something to do, car shows, air shows, tattoo shows-- anything that you like can be found here. For the most part weather is good- not enough rain or snow in my opinion. Yeah there is always traffic to deal with and sometimes there is a language barrier. The only thing that makes me want to pack up the family and go is the crime. I know there is no such thing as a perfect place and where ever we go there will be crime, fact of life. I also dislike the pressure put on familys to compete finacially with each other. No I won't let my 12 year old have a cell phone but her best friend does. I think im just rambling now. California is a pretty good place to live, you just have to make your place in it.
    Good luck!!
    Danielle
     
  16. mightybooboo

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