I found this article to be really odd. I am an Eastlake stay-at-home mom, and I can't help but be a little offended. You thought my lifestyle was "charming," but in the end I guess I didn't meet your expectations. What!? There are all types of women in this community (and yes, some wear makeup and sunglasses as I would assume most Southern Californian women do), yet you have us all figured out?
I looked you up on Facebook to see if I know you and found this, "At a school performance with all the fancy, perfumed Mexican moms. Kinda wish I'd plucked my eyebrows." You sound really insecure, and as someone above said, that has nothing to do with Eastlake. Instead of focusing on the negative, I would suggesting keeping an open mind and try being positive. I feel badly for you because you are missing out on meeting a lot of great women.
I am not sure what is more disappointing, someone complaining that they live in a diverse community, with a low crime rate, that is well manicured, has great schools, a large newer house at an affordable price (which will not put her in the situation most of Americans are in with inflated house prices), an abundance of conveniences, and friends who have embraced her and love the community OR that SD Reader has deemed this a newsworthy cover story. What really deserves the cover is what can be done to lower the crime rates in the areas the author loves so much and make them safer for the residents living there. I find this article insulting and feel the author and SD Reader should be embarrassed for publishing a whiney rant from someone who lives somewhere too nice. I am sure there are people reading this article in less desirable areas of the city and in much worse conditions that would give anything to be living in a community like Eastlake. Shame on all of you.
So what's the point of this article? I assume you live in Eastlake, but your observations are of someone suffering from severe depression and not those of the many active residents. Get yourself treated and then take a high school level writing course. Your article is meandering, pointless, and not well reseached. And what the hell is the race "problem". Ignoramus! Go back to your crappy schools, high crime, noisy, dirty city you seem to miss so much.
BTW, the schools in Eastlake are far superior to those in Kearny Mesa (Eastlake High is ranked among the top in the NATION) so yeah, driving 25 miles to keep your kid in the same school was a complete waste of money, as your loving husband pointed out.
Dear Ms. Salaam,
I read your article and all the comments as well. A writer's viewpoint is usually offered to elicit commentary, provoke thoughtful ideas and spark intelligent discussion from readers. However, when a writer submits a piece that is loaded with racial remarks and derogatory comments, it clearly proves the writer is ill-experienced in the topic. If your sole purpose in publishing this article was to create a name for yourself, you've done exactly that - your name is not credible. Readers will not be able to take seriously a writer who loads text with complaints sans solutions, racial remarks and negative pessimism about the state of a community. Be a doer, Ms. Salaam. Invent something interesting for Eastlake. Create something meaningful for Eastlake's high-scoring school districts. Make a change. But do so positively. Your piece slams a community that you are not bound to. As my mother used to say, "If you don't like it, leave." Your slant is narrow and it is not surprising that you have not made solid friendships in Eastlake. Good people generally see transparencies in others, and if you have not built good relationships in Eastlake perhaps it's because what's clearly visible - your own inability to see past races, even the SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) race. Please be a responsible writer. The goal is not to offend, right? Isn't a writer's goal to expose their viewpoint to a larger audience via words? Words and their delivery should be chosen wisely. Your baseline viewpoint has been exposed now. As you note in your article, Eastlake is a small community. You may find it hard to build good friendships now that you have torn everyone down, including yourself.
Why Elizabeth Salaam, you forgot to mention all the free government money you used to move to Eastlake, that you referenced in the article you wrote when you got the house. In fact you were practically bragging about the so-called programs you qualified for.
I'll tell you what. Sell the house, pay back the government grants, and move if you do not like Chula Vista. It's really that simple, right?
sdsu4life - not to take anything away from the fine young athletes in North Park but
ARE YOU WATCHING THE '''''EASTLAKE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM'''''???????????!
yes, the melting pot called Eastlake does know a thing about Little League!!!!