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.



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: 

Katey Hoehn: 
Send an email to them TODAY!



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.


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


  • 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


  • 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. 

Communications with City Council

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Friends and Neighbors - 
ECCHO has recently received many requests asking how to get the message to City Council that 392 houses are far too many houses to be built within Escondido Country Club (contact info follows at the bottom.)  We support a viable project that will please all, not "Stuck in the Rough II".  ECCHO will continue to meet with City Council, but the best way to convey your thoughts to City Council is to write/call/email on your own to explain your feelings.  We've provided some points to consider below, but remember, this is your letter, so it should convey YOUR thoughts and emotions, and in your words.  Please don't just copy what is written below.

Trees and stuff ...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Trees and growing vegetation

There have been concerns raised about trees creating a danger to homes and the fear of vegetation causing a potential fire hazard.  Our District 2 City Council Representative John Masson, if they are experiencing these issues: 

Email to Code Enforcement:
Phone to Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650
There also a new app for your phone:  "Escondido Report It" where you can also fill out the form to Code Enforcement

NUWI Reveals Plans

Sunday, August 28, 2016

On November 4, 2014, Escondido Voters soundly defeated Proposition "H", an initiative that would have allowed a developer to build in excess of 400 homes on designated open space property in the Country Club area.

Recently, New Urban West, Inc. (NUWI), in a private meeting this week with approximately 20-25 select residents, announced they would propose a Specific Plan for the property to do the following:

  • Build a number of houses from the high 300's to the low 400's(# of houses)
  • Average lot size would be just 4,000 square feet
  • All two-story houses from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet
  • The planning of houses clustered in 3 villages
  • Trails and restaurant open to the public
  • A possible membership for outsiders to access the HOA-based club house

Now it appears that NUWI is not going to engage in discussions with the ECCHO BoD or the larger ECCHO community, as was previously agreed!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The ECCHO Board has completed a review of the responses to New Urban West’s (NUW) Open House held July 16 and 17.  We received over 100 emails from community members. NUW collected over 400 comment cards.   Both groups redacted name, address, and other personal information, then exchanged the commentary on August 7.  As explained below, the biggest message we drew from our analysis is that the community needs more information from NUW before it can decide on any development proposal in the neighborhood.



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