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Old 07-21-2011, 12:11 AM
 
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Even 25 years ago, parts of Hacienda Heights had it problems, especially the area at the 60 Hacienda Rd off ramp: several shootings there over the years, not just at the gas station there, but in the adjacent streets, as well. I did know someone who lived not too far from there (north of the 60), and it was OK, but that was then.

Today, it is worse, and it seems the local businesses cater to a lower-end crowd. I avoid that area whenever possible.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:50 AM
 
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The issue is the highly active Latino gangs in La Puente, Vallinda, Basset, and Baldwin Park.

Their issues spill over into Hacienda Heights, West Covina, and other nice Latino family oriented neighborhoods. IMO, San Gabriel Valley east of the 605 is poised to turn into something like SFV with still ok areas like WC and HH becoming more like Valley Glen and the south part of Van Nuys, the upscale areas in NE SGV being a outlying fortress like West Hills and woodland Hills, and Walnut/Rowland Heights/Diamond Bar being an Asian version of Sherman Oaks.
Does West Covina still have peckerwood/white power type gangs? They used to exist, and the only NLR I ever met was in West Covina (the brother of some chick I went out with once, needless to say I never had anything to do with her again when I found out about her brother being involved in racist activity - I have zero tolerance for that sort of thing).

The impression I've got of WC is that while gangs exist they're not really an issue.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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I am looking to move to Cali next month to work in City of Industry. I know some about the area, but it has been a few years since I was there. Is West Covina really getting bad? I was looking at moving there, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, or Chino Hills. It will be just me for about 8 months (WM) my family is staying in Idaho but will be coming to visit often. Are these areas still OK?
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:46 AM
 
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Default This isn't Detroit, people

Whenever a nice place has a predominance of non-whites, folks like to find its pitfalls. Whilst Hacienda isn't as exclusive as Diamond Bar or Walnut, it is a nice, suburban area. It's hardly La Puente or Compton. Nice, Brady Bunch homes with large custom homes on the hill. Hacienda Heights has one of the largest concentrations of middle-class Latino families in LA County. It has some marginal places but, on average, it's a nice area.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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Hacienda Heights isn't bad--and I think it's actually becoming a safer place to live due to the Asian-style development and Asian-style gentrification in Rowland Heights, which is right next door.

West Covina is definitely a busier city than before--and it just keeps on developing. West Covina seems to be in a transitional phase of becoming a bigger, more significant city--I think it will bounce back in terms of safety and education once it gets its stuff sorted out.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I'd look at Walnut, Diamond Bar and Phillips Ranch. They are nice areas within a 30 minute commute of City of Industry during rush hour. I currently live in Chino Hills and it's nice but I see no reason to pick it over Diamond Bar and add another 15-30 minutes onto your commute. As far as the other areas go visit them in-person before you decide. I don't think they are unsafe but they definitely are not as nice as the others.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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YA RIGHT!!!!

yall make it seem like if its south central. these places have not deteriorated. they are still pretty nice reas to live in.

i would blame grafitti and vandalism on spoiled and privileged brats from the area with nothing better to do.

they are also the ones that like getting tattoos to look hard. but they stay out in the sticks. those kids dont come out to LA. the real LA. once they come down, some one will check them on their tatts.

poor misguided children of the suburbs...
Totally agree. You can spot them by the way and number of times they use the word "ghetto" without much thought.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
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I don't think you should trust anywhere in LA with the name "Heights" in it.
I heard that was also true for any area that ended with 'wood'. But I don't believe that either.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:44 AM
 
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I am looking to move to Cali next month to work in City of Industry. I know some about the area, but it has been a few years since I was there. Is West Covina really getting bad? I was looking at moving there, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, or Chino Hills. It will be just me for about 8 months (WM) my family is staying in Idaho but will be coming to visit often. Are these areas still OK?
Having worked in City of Industry while living in Diamond Bar, I'd definitely recommend DB. It used to take me about 15-20 minutes to get to work. The city is in a great school district, is very safe and has a lot of parks/recreation. Walnut is another good, nearby option. Chino Hills is very nice, but as the other poster mentioned, it would double your drive times to/from work.
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