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| From WarOnEscondido.com
May 8, 2018
"We have been forced to hunker down in war zone
trenches, turning to each other for moral support when
our elected officials and judiciary have emasculated
our effort to save our neighborhood from a violent financial
rape...Some will say I am insensitive to use such an
analogy, but like that barbaric crime, once a woman
has had her virtue compromised, as unfair as it is,
there is no way to restore it."
Reputations are under assault and the verbal abuse
continues. According to one recent PR report, a few
ECCHO members have "taken over ECCHO" in a
hostile attempt to hold the neighborhood hostage for
personal revenge on the property owner. According to
news stories, the new board members are "rich"
and "selfish" obstructionists. But the truth
is quite the opposite. The change in ECCHO leadership
was dictated by legal and financial exposure. The personal
risks outgrew the ability of same neighbors to continue
the fight. Legal bullying is a strategy to wear down
the resistance and is a tool the owner is quick to employ.
The property owner has filed dozens of lawsuits, but
when a neighbor fights back, he is accused of abusing
the legal system!
"In our honorable battle, we have taken major
casualties. Many of our brothers-in-war have been wounded
by lawsuits, most of which were designed to intimidate,
but have had much wider real-world impacts on their
lives, both emotionally and financially...Some have
decided to relocate, usually at a substantial financial
loss due to the depressed value of their golf community
homes that are now viewed as 'distressed' properties."
This is a war. One side is fighting a moral battle,
an unselfish attempt to preserve a community identity.
The other is in it for a boatload of money, plain and
simple. It doesn't take courage to use financial weapons
to overrun a distressed community. It takes courage
to stand up to overwhelming odds and stare down a bully.
Rick Elkin is a local author and
blogger. He has written an e-book about our battle,
called The Neighbor Hood Hijacker: The Heroic
Effort to Stop the Plundering of Our Community.
It is available on Amazon for $5.99. You can follow
RickElkin.com or visit
his blog WarOnEscondido.com.