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.

 

STONERIDGE IN POWAY REACHES A COMPROMISE WITH SITR

Monday, November 14, 2016

So SITR is willing to compromise in Poway, but not Escondido?

Representatives of 'Poway Open Space, Inc.' have been meeting weekly with StoneRidge’s owner for the past two months in order to reach a compromise position for the club going forward. A few of the goals this group have set are:   

• Preserve their 18-hole championship golf course

• Preserve surrounding property values

• Provide community benefit

SCHLESINGER IS BACK!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Neighbors and friends -

Remember the 430 unit housing development that we all voted on in 2014 - Prop H?  That's the one more than 61% of Escondido voters turned down.  Well, it's back, and guess who signed the application filed with the City just this last week?  You guessed it - Stuck in the Rough by Michael Schlesinger!  And the project is nearly identical to the one we all voted "NO" on.  
 
What part of "NO" doesn't Schlesinger understand?  Maybe he thinks he can hide behind the name of another developer.  That won't work!  Stuck in the Rough is asking the City to approve a housing development that more than 61% of the voters hate!
 
It's time for the City to send another loud "NO" to Schlesinger and Stuck in the Rough, and the "selected" developer.  Nowhere on the submitted plan does it mention the developer that's been around the last few months, but Stuck in the Rough and Michael Schlesinger's name are all over it!
 
We don't want another massive housing development with 400 houses; our neighborhood can't sustain that!  

OLGA TAKES DEVELOPER'S MONEY

Friday, November 4, 2016

Remember Michael Schlesinger, the developer who dumped loads of chicken manure on Escondido residents and got fined $100,000?  He's the same guy Olga Diaz supported when he proposed Prop H to get his 430 unit housing project built.  Of course, Prop H was turned down by more than 61% of the voters.  Now, we find that OLGA HAS ACCEPTED MORE THAN $4,000 FROM SCHLESINGER in her bid for re-election in District Three (see attached.)

 
KICK OLGA OFF THE CITY COUNCIL!

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Homeless/Drug Dens

Monday, October 24, 2016

There has been speculation that there are homeless people living on the golf course and that there are drug dens within the neighborhood.  ECCHO contacted the Escondido Police Department, which came out to determine if these rumors are true.

 
The ECCHO Board has been assured by the Escondido Police Department that there is no evidence of homeless people living on the golf course or drug dens in the existing club house or maintenance building.  The police have issued citations for skate boarders on the property.
 
If you or your neighbors see any such activity on the Escondido Country Club property, PLEASE call the Escondido Police Department 24/7 non-emergency phone number: 760-839-4722.
 
Thank you,
The ECCHO Board of Directors

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Friends and neighbors -
 
ECCHO has come out in support of Joe Garcia for City Council in District 3.   His opponent is Olga Diaz.  While we cannot vote for him directly, since ECC is in District 2, we can support his candidacy and need to do so.  

He's a man of integrity and will be the impartial third vote when the time comes for a developer to submit a plan to the City of Escondido.   He is pro-development, but stresses that it must be the right project in the right location.  He does not support the development of 392 homes on the ECC property.  Joe will listen to all sides, make a fair decision, then stand by his vote.  His word is his bond

We NEED Joe Garcia on the City Council!  Please VOLUNTEER today to help distribute flyers and walk his neighborhoods.  We've done it before and we can do it again!  We have less than four (4) weeks to protect our neighborhood.   VOLUNTEER TODAY!  Give what time you can.  Thank you in advance! 

 
To help in this effort, please contact the following:

Bob Crowe:  recrowe@cox.net 

Katey Hoehn:  katey01@gmail.com 
 
Send an email to them TODAY!

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ECCHO BOARD ENDORSEMENT OF JOE GARCIA

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

 

ECCHO is a duly formed public service corporation governed by its stated purpose - to preserve and protect the open space and recreational features of the Escondido Country Club neighborhood. Toward that end, ECCHO advanced its Open Space Initiative, and opposed Proposition H, the developer's ballot measure that would have authorized the construction of 400 homes on the Country Club property.

Now, the November 2016 election presents another issue vital to the Country Club community. The City Council election in District Three presents two candidates; Joe Garcia and Olga Diaz. Ms. Diaz has consistently voted against the interests of our community. She actively campaigned in favor of the developer who wanted to subdivide the neighborhood. She is an outspoken opponent of ECCHO and its principles. Joe Garcia, on the other hand, has been a willing listener when presented with our issues. He has pledged to consider the property rights of the long-time land owners in the Country Club community. ECCHO has a stake in this City Council race. The winner will be voting on the future land use decisions important to us.

The ECCHO Board finds that Joe Garcia would be a principled, caring steward of the land use decisions of the City of Escondido. Therefore, the Board has voted, unanimously, to endorse Joe Garcia for election to the Third District City Council seat.

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Poll Results

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Here are the results of the poll:

The total number submitted was 260.

37% - no development

53% - preserve existing green belt & recreational opportunities with low-density housing

4% - 392 proposed unit development

6% - spoiled votes

Spoiled votes: 

A spoiled vote had multiple check marks, no name, no address or an address outside the CC area.

A brief summary of the ECCHO meeting, 20-Sept-2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The REALITY OF OWNERSHIP

  • New Urban West does not own the Country Club Property
  • Michael Schlesinger continues to be in full control of the land and the project
  • NUWI is bound to meet the demands of Schlesinger
  • NUWI will not take title until a project, satisfactory to Schlesinger, is approved

A PROJECT COMPARISON

  • Compare the NUWI proposal to Schlesinger’s plan in Proposition H
  • The TWO are strikingly similar
  • Schlesinger’s plan in Proposition H was soundly rejected

Reminder - Community Meeting, Tuesday, 20-September

Saturday, September 17, 2016

On November 4, 2014, Escondido voters soundly defeated Proposition H, an initiative that would have made it possible for the out-of-town developer to build as many as 430 homes on designated open space property in northwest Escondido.

 
Now, the developer is proposing 392 homes on this very same open space property. This density is very similar to Proposition H. The ECCHO Board is looking for your input on the future of the existing open space; you are invited to attend a community meeting. 

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