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.

A Beverly Hills developer who wants to build a massive housing development on the property changed all that in a matter of months.

  • The ​housing development would overload our roads with 5,000 additional daily trips, according to the City of Escondido.
  • The 430 homes would use 173,600 more gallons of water than the golf course did, according to the City. The development also bypasses state environmental laws, and reduces open space from 110 acres to 27.​
  • It would add hundreds of new students to already overcrowded schools in Escondido and San Marcos
  • It would drive up taxpayer costs for maintenance and operations in Escondido, eliminating all property tax gains, according to the City
  • It’s being proposed by a ruthless Beverly Hills developer who ​has destroyed our neighborhood and ​dumped chicken manure behind our homes

Please join us in voting against the development this November.

Lastly, please email ECCHO.Info@Gmail.com if you would like to volunteer on the Keep It Green campaign, or if you would like a yard sign.

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COMMUNITY MEETING TUESDAY AT LIFE CHURCH

Monday, August 25, 2014

 

Don't forget, Tuesday evening is the NO on H Campaign kick-off meeting.  Please attend this important Community meeting.  You'll hear from our Campaign Committee and Campaign Strategists.

 
Tuesday, August 26th at 5:45 PM.
 
Life Church
1001 W Country Club Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
 
Your voice and presence at this meeting are vital to begin our campaign.  Please attend.

City Report on SITR Initiative: Water Impacts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s water impacts:

Water Impacts

The estimated water demand indicates the SITR Initiative would generate a net increase of anticipated daily water usage totaling approximately 173,585 more gallons than when the golf course irrigation was operational and 453,048 more gallons than currently used for the site. (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 35-36)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report
 
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Meeting with the Mayor

Friday, August 15, 2014

The ECCHO Board of Directors met with Mayor Sam Abed this afternoon.  Mayor Abed said he continues to support the Escondido Country Club community, he stands by his comments at the July 23rd City Council meeting in which he expressed his strong opposition to the Lakes Initiative, and would be commenting further about the initiative in the upcoming Mayoral campaign.

City Report on SITR Initiative: Water Quality and Hydro-Modification Impacts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s water quality and hydro-modification impacts:
 

Water Quality and Hydro-Modification Impacts

The project proposed by the SITR Initiative drains to San Marcos Creek which discharges into Lake San Marcos and ultimately into Batiquitos Lagoon.  San Marcos Creek is listed as impaired for DDE,145 phosphorous, selenium and sediment toxicity. Lake San Marcos is listed as impaired for Ammonia as N and Nutrients.  Because a Water Quality Technical Report has not been provided by the project proponent, the effectiveness of the proposed detention ponds to treat or retain pollutants in the water cannot be confirmed. (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 34)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report

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City Report on SITR Initiative: Drainage Impacts

Monday, August 11, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s drainage impacts:

Drainage Impacts.

Large portions of the proposed specific plan area proposed by the SITR Initiative are within FEMA mapped 100-year floodplain areas that convey drainage from both on and offsite areas. Page C-40 of “The Lakes Specific Plan” proposed by the SITR Initiative states that “Stormwater runoff will increase with planned development of the SPA.” The SPA further states that detention ponds will be used “at major discharge points to reduce peak developed condition runoff to levels approaching pre-development condition peak flows.” These statements indicate that the project’s drainage impacts may not be fully mitigated and that mitigation may not be implemented at all discharge points.  It is expected that without full mitigation increases in storm water runoff draining to systems with inadequate capacity would increase the potential for flooding of the surrounding areas.(City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 33-34)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report
 
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Vote NO Campaign Headquarters!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Our Campaign is in full swing now!  We are excited to announce we are opening a campaign headquarters!  It is located at 1451 Industrial, Escondido 92029--corner of Andreasen & Industrial.  It will be open for business August 15.  Our hours will be from 9 am to 5 pm.  Our phone number will be 760-703-0112.  Watch for the news of our grand opening shindig!!!

Now we need your help furnishing this space.  We need to borrow from you the following items for only three months:

a nice chair on rollers to sit behind the main entry—lent by Ken Lounsbery
3 small trashcans suitable for an office
Trash bags for said cans
small refrigerator to hold water and cokes—lent by Mary Ahler
bottles of water
cokes
coffee maker and coffee, sugar, cream, stirrers
coffee cups
Fake flowers or potted plants to brighten up the space
Cool framed pictures/posters of ECC or some CA scenes to hang up—Mary Ahler is lending one

Office supplies such as tape, stapler, pads of paper, pen

Please keep in mind this is not a garage sale—we need items suitable for public/media viewing. It would be helpful if you could both deliver the items and pick them up after we win the election on November 4.  We need them ASAP.  Call Suzanne Hall 760-741-3776 to arrange a time to pick up/drop off if needed, or if you have a question about the item(s) you wish to lend us…..

We need volunteers to man this office from 9 am to 5 pm.  Those of you who can’t walk door to door could help us by manning the office, or by furnishing the space.  Everyone needs to help us in this effort, and not rely on 20-30 of your neighbors to carry the load.  We would like to have 4 hour shifts, from 9 - 1, and from 1 - 5.  It would be great if you could commit to a regular schedule, such as every Tuesday from 9 - 1, etc.

Please send a email NOW, telling us what office items we can borrow, and when you can man our HQ office.  Email ECCHO.Info@gmail.com with questions or donations.

Thanks
Keep It Green Escondido campaign committee
Suzanne Hall, Pat Hunter, Mike Slater, Connie Smeyres

Matching Funds a SUCCESS!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thank you to those ECCHO supporters who made our "matching" program a huge success!  Between July 15 and July 31 we received donations of $30,240 for the Keep It Green Escondido campaign from 117 ECCHO members.  The 33% matching funds from 5 generous sponsors will provide an additional $10,080.  Combining this with the money we have already raised gives us a campaign fund that matches the budget we have developed.  

We do not have anywhere near the money Schlesinger will spend, but we have enough to fight.  What we do have that he does not are volunteers.  Now we need to build that base of volunteers to reach the voters all over Escondido.  Please consider joining your friends and neighbors who will be canvassing registered voters, distributing flyers, placing signs and making phone calls.

Contact any of our Campaign Committee members - Mike Slater, Connie Smeyres, Suzanne Hall and Pat Hunter - to see what you can do between now and November 4th.   ECCHO.Info@Gmail.com

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

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City Report on SITR Initiative: TRAFFIC Impact

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s traffic impacts:
 

Traffic Impacts

The project proposed in the SITR Initiative is expected to generate traffic in excess of 5,000 average daily trips.  Because a Traffic Impact Analysis has not been provided by the project proponent, the current and future levels of services cannot be confirmed. In addition, it cannot be determined if the proposed mitigation measures are adequate to mitigate traffic impacts to below a level of significance.

It is anticipated that project traffic will use streets that are not fully improved. Portions of El Norte Parkway (Rees Road to Nutmeg) and Nutmeg (Gary Lane to El Norte Parkway) are narrower than City standards and lack sidewalks. The ability of these roadways to accept the anticipated additional vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic cannot be confirmed.

Currently, there are a number of intersections along Country Club Lane (Golden Circle Drive to Center City Parkway) that are controlled with stop signs for all directions. Additional traffic generated from the area subject to the specific plan proposed in the SITR Initiative is likely to result in poor levels of service at stop controlled intersections along Country Club Lane and may require signalization or other traffic control measures. (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 32-33)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report
 
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