HAHAHAHA, this made me laugh. My boyfriend called me and told me to answer this question. I can give you plenty of reasons to change your mind about moving to southern Cali. I was born and raised in Riverside County. In a little city called Mira Loma (kind of a village of Riverside about 10 minutes from down town). Back in the 80's it was a wonderful place to live. However, not so much anymore. To start, the cost of living in California is so high, that my mom's little half acre of land is worth over 300,000 dollars. Not only that, but during the summer, the smog is so bad, that not even1 mile ahead is visible. I used to live where you could see the mountains from my front yard. Not during the summer. It's so bad, that you can see the haze of smog sitting in trees a quarter of a mile down the road. The traffic, don't get me started. I used to drive a 25 miles to Orange County every day for work. It would take me an hour in the morning to get there and an hour and a half in the evening to get home. The streets and freeways are way crowded and you should plan to sit in traffic every day. Riverside is surrounded by Rialto, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Corona, Orange County, and on to Los Angeles county. So it is one big huge metropolitan area. Not only that, but the sprawl (development houses that are 5 feet apart, 500,000+ per house in cul-de-sacs surrounded by walls) is absolutely the worst I have ever seen. I had read that Riverside County was number 2 had the biggest sprawl development behind Florida. Mira Loma used to be farm land and now has been bought and built over by more developers only to put more people than the freeways and streets can handle. Not to mention that illegal aliens are the absolute worst! They are disgusting, will blast their horrible music at all hours of the night, throw trash in their yards, pee outside in broad daylight, and can't freaking drive!!!!!!!!!!! Also, like someone had mentioned, Meth! I read somewhere that Riverside and San Bernadino was one of the top 10 cities with the biggest meth problem. Now Riverside IS 45 minutes from L.A. and about 30 or 40 minutes from the nearest beach and mountain, but totally not worth it. I moved out of California and I will NEVER go back!!! I am now happy in Louisiana. My family still lives there and I hear that crap is still hitting the fan. Anywho, if you still want to move to California, Northern Cali is beautiful. You have access to the beach and mountains all in one. Above San Fran of course. Hope this changes your mind before you make a HUGE mistake.
Lived in Riverside 22 years to long!!!!!!!