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.

Unless the citizens of Escondido take action NOW, all of this will be lost.

City Report on SITR Initiative: Financial Impact

Wednesday, July 30, 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 financial impact:
 

Financial Impact – Recreational Facilities and Active Open Space Areas

The specific plan proposed by the SITR Initiative identifies a number of public recreational amenities, including the community center, Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis courts, as well as active open space areas including parks and multi-use pathways (trails).  While no preliminary cost estimate has been prepared by the City, it is likely that the proposed facilities within the SPA would use all available funds from this source, and additional funding sources would likely be needed to construct all the anticipated improvements. Use of the improvements by the general public is linked to the type of financing mechanism and does not guarantee public access to all proposed facilities. (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 30)

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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Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Financial Impact

Monday, July 28, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  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.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s Financial impact:

Financial Impact – Construction of Offsite Transportation Improvements and Potential for Condemnation

The specific plan proposed by the SITR Initiative identifies a number of offsite street improvements that it deems necessary to mitigate the project’s traffic impacts.  The implementation of these measures is predicated on the timely cooperation and approval by these third parties and could potentially result in the need for the City to initiate condemnation proceedings or waive the improvements.   (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 30)

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

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Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Financial Impact

Saturday, July 26, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  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.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s financial impact:

Financial Impact – General Fund

Assuming an average sales price of $450,000-$500,000 for the 430 homes on the 3,650 - 7,000 SF lots, the annual property tax revenue at buildout is estimated at $251,000 - $279,000. This, as discussed in more detail below, would be offset by maintenance and operations costs for City facilities and services to serve the new residents, including police and fire service, road maintenance, library, parks and open space.   (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 29)

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

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Matching Funds Update

Friday, July 25, 2014

Donations continue to grow for Keep It Green, which is being matched by generous supporters. You have FIVE more days to get matched funding, so get those donations in. And remember, you can use our credit/debit link to contribute too:

http://www.escondidohomeowners.org/content/donate-now

Please remember to make your checks out to: Keep It Green

Send donations to:

Keep It Green Escondido 
1026 W El Norte Pkwy
PMB 47
Escondido CA 92026

Thanks for your continued support!

Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Aesthetic Impacts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  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.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s aesthetic impact:

Aesthetic Impact – Scenic Vistas

The proposed 430 units on areas that served as golf course fairways would eliminate the scenic vistas and potentially block views of surrounding hillsides. The loss of these scenic vistas would be considered a potentially significant aesthetic impact given that over 71% of the golf course’s original acreage (78.6 acres) would be developed for residential purposes.   (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 29)

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

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REMINDER: CITY COUNCIL MEETING TODAY!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don't forget to attend the City Council meeting TODAY! At this meeting, the Council will discuss the 30-day report ordered by Council at the June 25th meeting, and place the SITR initiative on the ballot in November.

Let's show City Council that we remain as united as we were a year ago, and we will not stop until we drive the Beverly Hills Developer  back to L.A. where he belongs.

Escondido City Council at 4:30 PM, TODAY, Wednesday, July 23rd! 

201 N Broadway

We need you! Arrive early for the best seats. 

Wear your GREEN!

City of Escondido: Golf Course Development Would Increase Traffic By More Than 5,000 Daily Trips

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

New report says Beverly Hills developer has ‘not provided the various economic, traffic and related reports upon which its initiative is based’

 

ESCONDIDO (July 22, 2014)---The City of Escondido has released a revealing 36-page report that says a proposed housing development would:

·      Increase traffic by more than 5,000 daily trips

·      Use 173,600 more gallons of water each day than the golf course did

·      Drive up maintenance and operation costs for the City of Escondido, eliminating all property tax gains

·      Reduce open space and diminish the aesthetic appeal of Northwest Escondido

·      Conflict with existing land-use policies

·      Lead to costly street and roadway improvements

 

The report is good news for “Keep it Green Escondido” a local campaign recently formed to oppose Beverly Hills developer Michael Schlesinger’s misleading initiative headed for the November ballot. Schlesinger’s initiative would turn the former Escondido Golf Course into a massive housing development that would bypass state environmental laws and add hundreds of students to overcrowded schools.

 

Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Land Use Impact

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  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.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s land use impact:

 

    Land Use Impact – Conflicts with Land Use Plans, Policies and Regulations 
 

Conflicts with land use plans and policies are further exacerbated by the proposed development because it conflicts with the rationale for increasing development intensities in other areas based in reliance on the golf course’s open space offsetting the impact.  (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 28-29)

 

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Reminder: City Council Meeting Wednesday

Monday, July 21, 2014

As you go over your calendar for the week, don't forget about the City Council meeting on Wednesday.  At this meeting, the Council will discuss the 30-day report ordered by Council at the June 25th meeting, and place the SITR initiative on the ballot in November.

 
Let's show City Council that we remain as united as we were a year ago, and we will not stop until we drive the Beverly Hills Chicken back to L.A. where he belongs.
 

Escondido City Council at 4:30 PM, this coming Wednesday, July 23rd! 

201 N Broadway

We need you!  Arrive early for the best seats. 

Wear your GREEN!

If you'd like to see the report in advance of the meeting, you can find it at the link below:
 
 
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