The Citizens Property Rights Initiative
STATUS: ADOPTED AUGUST 14TH, 2013
HISTORY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO IT
In the early 60’s about 500 acres of land was developed into the Escondido Country Club Neighborhood. While most of that land became homes, a portion of the land was designed for community use and 100+ acres was designated to be green space primarily used as a golf course. Since then the financial and human value of our neighborhood has been defined by that green space.
For 50 years the Country Club facility has been home to both recreational activities and wildlife. The Country Club has been a community center and the site of many memorable events. It has been the heart and identity of our community.
Now, the property has been acquired by a real estate speculator. This speculator quickly closed down the club in order to convert the green space and golf course into a housing tract. This out of town speculator is ignoring the original design and historical use of the property, he is ignoring the promises made to the residents when they bought their homes, he is ignoring the negative impact on our property values, and he is ignoring the impact on our schools and traffic. He wants to permanently destroy the heart of our community to build a sea of houses.
IS THE PETITION LEGAL?
ABSOLUTELY YES. This Citizen’s Initiative is a process guaranteed by the California Constitution and the California Government Code. The petition asks that the 100 acres be preserved as green space for future generations as originally intended and promised. By signing this petition, you are asking that this issue be legally presented to the Escondido City Council for either adoption or a public vote by the Citizens of Escondido. It is your constitutional right to sign the petition just as much as it will be your constitutional right to vote for it in an election.
WILL THIS INITIATIVE COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY?
NO. The entire cost of circulating this petition is being paid for by the Citizens’ Property Rights organization. If the petition is adopted, it will remain private property. The initiative does not require the City to buy the property or maintain the property, so there will be no expense for the taxpayers. There will be no cost to the taxpayers if the City Council decides to adopt the initiative or set it for a General Election. The only possible cost to the City would be if the Council calls a Special Election, but this decision will be up to the Council, not the Citizens’ Property Rights organization.
WHY SHOULD I SIGN THIS? BECAUSE I SUPPORT THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OF THE EXISTING OWNERS!
This initiative does not take away the rights of the speculator; it allows him to continue the golf course he bought less than a year ago or to change it to something similar. This petition will prevent the speculator from ignoring the property rights of the other landowners in the area by lowering their home values and breaking the promises that were made to them when they bought their homes.
IS THIS GREEN BELT UNDEVELOPED LAND?
NO. Much like a city park with mature trees, lakes, and pathways, this green belt was developed at great expense for a specific use; a golf course. It is a landscaped green belt, not back country scrub brush.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH MORE HOMES ON THAT LAND?
Because of the existence of the golf course and green belt, the Country Club area already contains condominiums, duplexes and homes on lots smaller than the zoning would otherwise allow. Taking away the green space would leave the community with increased density without the compensating green space for views and community use. Worse, replacing the green space with more houses would subject the community to unacceptable impacts on traffic, water, schools, police and fire services.
THANK YOU FOR SIGNING OUR PETITION!
THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH US, YOUR NEIGHBORS!