Since the 1960’s, the manicured grass, majestic trees and welcoming facilities of the Escondido Country Club have provided beauty and value to create one of the most treasured neighborhoods in Escondido.

In August 2013, the Escondido City Council unanimously declared the 110 acres of land as a dedicated open space.  In November 2014, the land owner, a Beverly Hills developer who wanted to build a massive housing development on the property, was shot down by Escondido voters in a 61% land-slide, declaring that Escondido does not want a 430 unit housing development.

Now entering Phase 3 of our journey, determining how the land will be used.  For more information, please email:

Thank you for taking the time to help build a better Escondido.


An update from ECCHO

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A quick update to let you know what's been happening:
  • ECCHO's board continues to meet regularly.
  • ECCHO continues to monitor the City's development application process; thus far, none have been filed.
  • ECCHO board members will continue to monitor the quality of water after the rains, testing the run-off.
  • ECCHO continues to encourage the City to complete its density study.
We'll keep you posted, as soon as we have more to report.
Have a great weekend!
ECCHO Board of Directors

An Update from ECCHO

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Your ECCHO Board received a request from New Urban West, Inc. (NUWI), a land developer, to meet and discuss the future of the Country Club property. After deliberation, we agreed to meet; the meeting happened on Monday, November 30th .

We had been hearing for several weeks that the owner, Michael Schlesinger, was interviewing a list of developers, one of whom might be selected to take over the job of improving the property. Rumor had it that the list was whittled down  to three or four “finalists.” We’re told that certain of those developers have even been meeting with the City and showing project plans.  However, until recently, no developer had ever made contact with ECCHO, the community based organization. That changed on Monday.

Summary of ECCHO November 3rd meeting

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thanks to all of our neighbors who attended the November 3, 2015 meeting at Life Church

There was a good turnout for the ECCHO meeting.

There was a lot of frustration and anger directed at the Mayor, City Attorney, and Council Members who voted for the settlement with Stuck in the Rough (SITR).  They arbitrarily decided that they knew what was best for the community without involving the community.  We all voted, but it didn’t count!


Monday, October 19, 2015

ECCHO’s Board of Directors is extremely disappointed with the Escondido City Council’s recent decision to settle the vexatious litigation brought by Stuck in the Rough.  In doing so, the City Council majority ignored the wishes of the many registered voters who signed the Open Space Initiative, and the large majority of voters who soundly defeated Proposition H.  We do not understand why three City Council Members abandoned us, nullified its unanimous vote to maintain the Escondido Country Club property as open space, and refused to appeal a clearly erroneous lower court decision that the City Attorney said the City could not lose.  Nevertheless, that is where we now find ourselves.


To discuss this matter further and to explore our future actions in a responsible manner, join ECCHO’s Board of Directors and our City Councilman John Masson at a community meeting as follows:


                   Date:                    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

                   Time:                   5:45 PM

                   Location:              Life Church

                                              1001 W. Country Club Lane

                                              Escondido, CA 92026


Your continued assistance in helping us protect our green space and property values is critical. Please take time out of your busy schedule to attend the meeting. 

Wednesday's Closed Session City Council Meeting

Monday, October 5, 2015

More information about Wednesday's closed session. If you want to speak to Council before the closed session, you should be at the Council Chamber's at 3:15 PM to fill out a submission of speaker form.

Also, a few people have asked what date is the meeting or what time.  The link should provide all the information you require.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Have a look at the agenda for the Council's CLOSED session -SITR:

Let's show up at the open session to tell City Council to support an appeal and DO NOT negotiate a settlement with the BEVERLY HILLS BULLY!  We should not give in to a bully that has shown repeatedly that he CANNOT BE TRUSTED!

Remember:  We've shown that the neighborhood (and all Escondido City voters) do not want his development, and we've shown that twice:

1.  Our all-volunteer force gathered enough signatures, then the City Council unanimously put our initiative into law.

2.  The VOTERS of Escondido voted 61% to 39% to send the bully packing back to LA LA land.

The link will show you how to register to speak directly to Council.  Tell them what you think!  

Include ECCHO in ANY negotiations.  We'd sooner have a fallow field than SITR houses!

Still no plans for the weekend?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Come join your neighbors wine-tasting at Belle Marie Winery Saturday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  While you're there get an update from the ECCHO Board of Directors on the state of our fight.  Meet our Council Member John Masson.

If you'd like to do the wine tasting, it's just $20 to cover the cost of 3 tastes and one full glass.  They'll be FREE appetizers for all and FREE bottled water for the non-wine drinkers.

If you haven't already RSVP'd, it's ok to just show-up at the door.  Ask for the ECCHO group.

See you there!

Escondido Town-Hall Meeting: Wednesday, 16-September at 4:30PM

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Escondido Town-Hall Meeting

Dust off your green ECCHO t-shirts and come to the next town hall meeting, sponsored by Mayor Abed:  Wednesday, 16-September at 4:30 PM at City Hall.

Lets remind the Mayor that his constituents in North West Escondido still want him to appeal the unfair Judge Maas decision.

For more information:

Reminder: BELLE MARIE COMMUNITY MEETING 12-Sept, 2pm - 4pm

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Reminder: BELLE MARIE COMMUNITY MEETING 12-Sept, 2pm - 4pm


If you'd like to partake in the wine tasting, it's just $20 to cover the cost of 3 tastes, one full glass, and appetizers. They'll be bottled water for the non-wine drinkers.

Reminder: We need to get a head-count prior to the event, if you haven't already done so please, send an email to or call Mike at 619-990-6377 if you plan on attending.


Our City Council Representative, John Masson, will be there to discuss our concerns about the future of our neighborhood. The ECCHO Board of Directors will be providing an update of what's been happening, too.


Come spend an afternoon with your neighbors!


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