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:  ECCHO.Info@gmail.com.

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

 

A Letter from Jason Han

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The ECCHO Board is posting this letter to keep you apprised of the news we receive. The ECCHO Board does not in any way endorse this letter.

Kind Regards,
ECCHO Board of Directors
 

Dear Members of ECCHO, the Board and the Community,

Thank you for inviting the New Urban West team into your homes during these past several weeks.

Over the course of 39 meetings, listening to 353 residents, we learned a lot. These conversations help us better understand the range of what the community values most.   Your stories and memories help us begin to forge a design response that we hope will ultimately be desirable and economically viable.

In our work, we had the privilege of meeting with families and hearing what makes their neighborhood uniquely their own.   From evening strolls on the Country Club property to “Barbecue Tuesday Nights”, “Sweet-Sixteen” parties and 60th wedding anniversaries, what made the Country Club so special was that it became a cherished and everyday part of the collective memory and identity.

Despite the challenges the community has faced for the past few years, we were genuinely moved to see that kindness to us as strangers and openness to one another continues to flourish in the community.  Most people, though understandably not quick to trust, were willing to speak to us with gracious candor.  We saw a community genuinely seeking the most responsible and sound path to restoring the community pride once felt and the prestige that once came with living in the Escondido Country Club area.

Many asked us, “This is so much work, why are you meeting with hundreds of us?” For New Urban West, it’s important that we do this right.  From the very beginning, our goal has been to gain a greater understanding of not only what the community WANTS, but perhaps more deeply, what the community truly VALUES.  We can only do so by meeting with you, by listening to you, and learning from you.

After dozens of meetings, themes emerged from your collective memory that are starting to guide us in what we may be able to accomplish on the property.

During the course of our those conversations, you reminisced about the gatherings you were part of -- events you attended at the club house and music you heard sitting out on your back porch.  You proudly recalled when the Country Club was known to host city council debates and even state of the city addresses– a sense of prestige.  And the simple fact that if you wanted make a statement in Escondido, you threw a party at the Country Club.   We know -- we’ve hosted a few ourselves and they were some of the best parties in our company’s memory.

You asked us about trails and how those trails might start to serve as a way to provide breathing room and distance between new homes and existing homes.  In fact, trails and walking paths were mentioned more than any other single amenity.

And of course, many of you – especially those who live on the golf course — would like to see at least a 9-hole golf course.  That said, we also heard adamantly from many of you that you don’t want further assessments – you view them as a tax and that doesn’t sit well with you.

In our meetings, I stated that we will not be able to accomplish everything you ask for but if we work together, we have the best chance of accomplishing the most important things.  We’re going to begin putting pencil to paper and start sketching out some concepts. Given our tight timeline, we hope to begin sharing them with the ECCHO board and the community-at-large in June.  We recognize that a club house building, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, outdoor spaces, green spaces, etc. cannot alone restore community pride or identity. But perhaps it can provide a backdrop for a new chapter in the community.  We are going to now explore what it takes to reimagine the possibilities.

We will keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when these follow-up meetings will take place.   Working together, we hope to reach a positive solution to bring closure to this chapter in the community’s history. We’re going to revitalize and reopen this special place, and we’re going to restore its identity — something that’s been missing for far too long.

 If you have any questions, or if you were unable to take part in one of the earlier meetings and would like to provide your input, please contact Linda Bailey at (760) 445-1323 or lindab@nuwi.com.

Yours truly,

Jason Han

Partner

New Urban West, Inc.

A Message from Jason Han at New Urban West

Sunday, April 17, 2016

 

First, I’d like to convey our deep gratitude to those who’ve invested their time in meeting with the New Urban West team.

It has been a fruitful and productive experience for us – helping us understand not only what the Escondido Country Club community WANTS, but what it more deeply and truly VALUES as a whole.

We are continuing our learning process and have lots more work to do.

 

I wanted to provide you with an update on the community meetings we've held so far and what the next several weeks of meetings look like.

Overall, we feel the meetings are going very well and our hope is that those who’ve met us feel the same way.

We are receiving lots of good input which will help us begin to render a picture of the most desirable design response that is financially viable.

 

To date, (thanks to the sign-up) we’ve held 13 meetings with 97 neighbors in the ECC area.

Over the next 2 weeks, we have scheduled 20 meetings hosted by ECC residents, which more than 200 people have confirmed to attend.

New Urban West Community Meetings

Monday, April 11, 2016

All people that contacted NUWI by email have been assigned to a meeting and those dates have been sent to everyone. If they did not receive an email, it may have been sent to spam or returned undelivered. If it was returned, NUWI will contact them to tell them their schedule.

For those that did not provide an email we will be calling in the next couple of days to schedule. In addition, if someone cannot make the meeting they are assigned, Linda Bailey will be hosting additional meetings at Life Church:

Sunday, April 17, 2 - 4
Tuesday, April 19, 10 - 12
Sunday, April 24, 2 - 4
Tuesday, April 26, 10 - 12 and 2 - 4

Please feel free to contact Linda @ lindab@nuwi.com

NUW Meetings

Saturday, March 26, 2016
We had an overwhelming response from those who attended the Tuesday night meeting expressing their desire to meet with New Urban West (NUW).
 
There were many neighbors who wanted to meet with NUW or are willing to host a meeting.
 
While NUW is working to meet with as many folks as possible during their short due diligence period, please be reminded that they will probably not be able to see everyone who signed up.  Please be patient and don't be disappointed if they are not able to get to you in the next few weeks.   In the event they do go forward as the developer of the project, you have their commitment that they will sit down with you to hear your input.
 
Please be patient and thank you all for attending Tuesday night to make your voices heard!  

CHANGES ARE COMING

Thursday, March 10, 2016

BE AWARE . . . CHANGES ARE COMING

ECCHO’S Board of Directors recently learned that New Urban West, a respected community developer, entered into an agreement with Michael Schlesinger and Stuck in the Rough regarding the possible development of the Escondido Country Club property.  Under the agreement, Michael Schlesinger and Stuck in the Rough will have absolutely no role in the design or development of any project.   New Urban West is in the process of contacting local residents to determine what kind of development will best serve the Escondido Country Club community. 

The ECCHO Board is pleased with this change of direction, and respects New Urban West’s promise to work with us to restore and revitalize the Escondido Country Club property in a responsible manner.  ECCHO continues to serve as your independent community organization whose mission is to preserve green space, expand recreational opportunities for the community, and protect the values of all homes in the Country Club area.

To discuss what has happened and what we can expect in the very near future, ECCHO is asking that you to attend our next community meeting:

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!

IT’S NOT OVER ‘TILL IT’S OVER . . . AND, TRUST US, IT’S NOT OVER

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. 

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