Local residents soon will be able to use Temescal Valley as their mailing address instead of the Corona designation.
The Temescal Valley Identity Committee has been working with the United States Postal Service to make “Temescal Valley” a recognized location within the 92883 ZIP code.
The new designation was announced in an email to the Identity Committee from Romina Allen, Address Management Systems manager at the USPS regional office in Santa Ana. Allen wrote, “Effective March 1, 2014, the residents of Temescal Valley will be able to use “Temescal Valley” as an accepted last line for Zip Code 92883. Please remind the residents that they must continue to use 92883 as their Zip Code. ”
According to Tracy Davis, committee chairman, “It’s always been ridiculous that our mailing address was Corona. People buy homes in the Valley and think they are living in Corona. There are Realtors who don’t know that this is unincorporated Riverside County.”
Once the announcement was shared on Temescal Valley social media pages, posters wondered if the Temescal Valley designation would impact home values. US Census Bureau QuickFacts list the median value of owner-occupied housing units in Temescal Valley at $418,400 and in Corona at $341,600. (See Valley census data HERE. See Corona census data HERE.)
Davis said that after the city’s unsuccessful attempt to annex a portion of the Valley, the Identity Committee was formed with the goal of “shoring up our identity.” The official designation by the USPS “is a major step toward making that goal a reality,” Davis said.
Committee members will be reaching out to residents and businesses to use the new Temescal Valley designation in correspondence and advertising material.
Q. Why weren’t we given our own ZIP code?
A. The Identity Committee did seek a separate ZIP code designation for Temescal Valley. In early communication with USPS manager Allen, she stated, ” I regret to inform you that our
policy does not allow for our office to consider requests for ZIP Codes based
solely on establishing community identity. The assignment of delivery ZIP Codes
is an internal process of the USPS for the enhanced efficiency of the processing
and delivery of mail.” Additionally, it’s costly for the USPS to establish a new ZIP code.
Q. Do I have to use Temescal Valley as my mailing address?
A. No, you can continue to use Corona. People living in Trilogy who use Glen Ivy, which is a recognized postal designation, also can continue to do so.
Q. Do I have to submit a change of address card to the post office?
A. No, the change for USPS automatically goes into effect March 1. Whether you bank or pay bills online or by check, your mailing address can easily be changed by looking for change of address information.