Homelessness, drug use cause problems for Temecula homeowner

Carlos Porter, standing behind his home, points out the suspicious activity he observes in a vacant lot on Bedford Court. Porter says he has heard the sound of spray painting and has observed drug use behind his home. He says he’s concerned for his family’s safety which includes his wife, 3-year-old son and 19-year-old stepdaughter. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Homelessness is a problem that’s not unique to any one particular area of Southern California. While it’s an issue that was perhaps not quite as common in southwest Riverside County, residents of the Temecula Valley are now all too familiar with the daily sight of people panhandling on street corners and wandering with nowhere to go for shelter except maybe a tent in a remote creek bed. But there’s a difference between seeing California’s homeless crisis on the streets and experiencing the effects of it every night near your home. And that’s exactly what is happening to Carlos Porter. Porter, 40, is an active duty U.S. Marine who owns a condominium in south Temecula, off La Paz Road and Temecula Parkway. The complex was nice and quiet when he purchased it in 2007,
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