Escondido Country Club
Conceptual Master Plan 158 Units

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ECCHO Yard Signs Are Here
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Hilltop Group Inc. is seeking to construct a recycling plant that will process Construction and Demolition debris as well as tree trimmings and green waste at 25568 Mesa Rock Road.

The following items are attached:

  1. A general letter provided by an Attorney that can be individually signed and emailed. (POC's and email addresses are included on attachments #3 and #4 below.
  2. Map of where the plant will be, which is just over the hill from ECCHO.
  3. Opposition Flyer
  4. Info on concrete crushing that may include nuclear material (of great concern).
  5. Notice of Meeting on October 24 at Hidden Meadows. County Planning Dept will be present.

ECCHO is pleased to report that we have now received the full amount of settlement funds required to move forward with reimbursement of donations made to ECCHO over the past 6 years.

ECCHO has over 700 individual donors in our database and beginning immediately we will be sending out letters and emails asking for acceptance of the reimbursement amounts we have scheduled for each donor.

Because the donor reimbursement process is being certified by CPAs, it must be conducted in an exacting manner and this will take time. The ECCHO Board greatly appreciates the strong support ECCHO has received during this struggle and we ask for your patience as we complete the donor reimbursement process.

Thank You.
ECCHO Board of Directors

We've received a letter from NUWI and Lennar.
These letters are only going to houses that are within 500 feet of the course. For those that did not receive it, please see attached Construction Notice.
Here are the links to information about the project.

New Urban West: NUWI project website

City of Escondido: City of Escondido project website

Many neighbors have reported that they did not receive the notice from NUWI that they were going to begin demolition.

For those that did not receive it, please click here to find the letter.

Also, remember that this is only the beginning of Phase One.

Thank you for your patience.

NUWI Website
For questions about the Villages Project
please contact Jonathan Frankel at

Reminder: ECCHO Community Meeting
August 5th at 5:30 PM
The Crossing Church
1001 W Country Club Lane

Thank you again for your loyal support.


Click for full Settlement Agreement and Release document.

ECCHO Letter


As the President of ECCHO, I want to personally thank you for your support of the ECCHO cause over the last 7 years.

As you may know, the ECCHO Board has finalized a settlement with NUWI and The City of Escondido. This will bring an end to the long hard fight that ECCHO members have been part of for the last 7 years.

From Day One this has been an uphill battle with Stuck In The Rough, The City of Escondido and New Urban West. Although the deck was stacked against us, with your support ECCHO did everything possible by filing multiple legal actions and standing up for what we believe was right.

When the three disinterested City Council members voted against us to allow the Villages project to move forward, it put us behind the 8 ball, but we didn’t stop fighting for your rights. Despite having 37 separate claims and multiple legal theories for why the project should not proceed as approved, the court denied our action and left us with only one last card to play, an appeal.

The appeal finally brought New Urban West to the negotiating table. Our first demand was for fewer homes and they said everything could be discussed but that. Over many weeks, we worked on the best deal we could get with project conditions and full reimbursement of donor contributions as key deal points.

Our attorney said winning the appeal was "unlikely" and the cost to keep going would have been another $80,000 to $100,000 that we felt would be impossible to raise. So, out of money and with no more cards to play, we signed an agreement with conditions about traffic, a binding effect on all successors of NUWI, multi-unit design limitations and the full reimbursement of donations.

I know we all want less housing and less traffic. But after City Council approval, we lost our ability to make that happen. Fortunately, NUWI is the best choice we could have as a developer and we will continue to monitor what happens at the property.

I understand this is a tough ending to a long battle, but I’m holding my head high certain we did everything we could and made the best possible deal.

Please come to our Community Meeting at the Crossings Church August 5th at 5:30 pm. ECCHO representatives, Mayor McNamara, Councilmember John Masson and Jonathan Frankel of New Urban West will answer all your questions. We hope to see everyone there.

Thank you again for all the loyal support you have given to ECCHO.

Gary Vest


Dear ECCHO Community:

After many months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement with the City of Escondido and New Urban West regarding development of the former Escondido Country Club golf course.

As you know, ECCHO is committed to ensuring that any development results in the enhancement of our property values and protects our quality of life. We are confident that the settlement reached will achieve these objectives.

The settlement results in all the following benefits:

1) Full reimbursement of all members of the community that have donated personal funds to ECCHO

2) Full mitigation of all traffic impacts caused by the project, including the widening of El Norte Parkway and installation of two traffic signals on Country Club Lane

3) Five day’s notice prior to any construction activities, including notification by US Mail to all neighbors living on the golf course

4) A dedicated contact person that will be responsible for responding to all community inquiries regarding construction

5) Guaranteed access to new parks and trails to be constructed and maintained by the developer and new HOA

This has been a long and difficult time in the history of our community. However, with these major concessions from the developer, we know our neighborhood can move forward with the confidence that our community will be protected and remain the jewel of Escondido.

We thank you for your continued support of ECCHO.


ECCHO wishes to thank the entire country club community for the strong support received at the recent meeting at The Crossings Church. Over 175 people came to hear the latest news about ECCHO's continuing efforts to protect the integrity and quality of life in the country club neighborhoods.

ECCHO would like to especially thank former Mayor, Jerry Harmon, for his explanation of the importance of ECCHO's appeal of the failure by the City and Judge Frazier to give full consideration of Proposition S requirements for a public vote to approve the increased density and inconsistent design of the Villages project. Mayor Harmon explained that ECCHO's appeal is a very important first legal test of Prop S.

ECCHO also thanks Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilman John Masson for their presence at the meeting and their words of support for ECCHO's ongoing battle.

Now for some news about ECCHO's current activities:

- At ECCHO's request, Escondido City Manager Jeff Epp is in the process of setting up an online public resource to provide the current status of requests, approvals and permits for The Villages Project. This will include information about the cutting down of trees and a link for the public to provide comments and seek additional information directly from the City.

- In response to New Urban West's (NUW) suggestion that some form of a settlement might be possible for an end of the 7 year dispute about development of the former Escondido Country Club property, ECCHO has agreed to meet with NUW to discuss possible options. Until something concrete has been agreed to, ECCHO's legal appeal will continue.

ECCHO remains committed to its founding principle: Protection of the integrity and quality of life for the country club community. ECCHO greatly appreciates all the loyal support we continue to receive as these events play out. Further information will be provided as it is available.

Community Meeting 28-Jan-2019
Notes & Handouts

(Click below for attachements)

Meeting Summary:

Prop S Handout:

Prop S Full-Text:

Original Subdvision Map:

A Time of Reckoning, Rick Elkin:



Jerry Harmon, an Escondido City Council member for 18 years, Escondido’s Mayor from 1990 to 1994 and head of the committee that obtained voter approval for Proposition S in 1998 will be the lead speaker at ECCHO’s January 28th community meeting at The Crossing Church.

Mayor Harmon briefly lived in the ECC neighborhood and has observed the horrible treatment all ECC property owners have received from the City and out-of-town property owner, Michael Schlesinger.

The subject of Mayor Harmon’s talk will be why Prop S is so important for the future of Escondido and why ECCHO’s appeal of the City’s failure to observe the Prop S guidelines represents a vital first ever legal test of Prop S enforcement.

Mayor Harmon stands with ECCHO in its appeal and will answer your questions about Prop S this coming Monday night.

We welcome all ECC residents, property owners and everyone interested in maintaining a high quality of life in Escondido to come hear Mayor Harmon’s talk about Prop S and the protection of property rights.

Please come to ECCHO’s Community Meeting

Where: The Crossing Church – 1001 W Country Club Lane

When: Monday, January 28, 2019 5:45 pm

ECCHO welcomes all our friends and neighbors to come learn about our current efforts to protect one of the last areas of open space left in Escondido and preserve the quality of life and property values in the Country Club neighborhoods.

ECCHO believes that voter approved Proposition S must be enforced. ECCHO believes the city must be held accountable for its failures to protect our property rights. For these reasons, ECCHO is filing an appeal. Please come to hear why this appeal is important.

Please come to learn why ECCHO will win this appeal and what that will mean to you. Please bring all your questions. Please continue to support our fight for your rights.

ECCHO was formed to protect our neighborhood and we remain committed to that mission. We need your participation. We need your support.

We Encourage Everyone to Come to This Important Meeting. Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization


View Meeting Presentation



On December 14, 2017 ECCHO filed a lawsuit against the City of Escondido, challenging the City's approval of the 380-home development known as The Villages.

Since then, the wheels of justice turn slowly, but we have our FIRST LEGAL WIN! On June 8th, Judge Ronald Frazier ruled that the case should move forward despite New Urban West's attempt to stop the case. This created A SECOND VERY IMPORTANT LEGAL WIN that we'll discuss at the meeting.

We'll also provide an update of where we are and the next steps we'll take in our fight to maintain the integrity of our neighborhood.

You're invited to join your neighbors, friends, and the ECCHO Board of Directors for a community meeting. In addition to the ECCHO BoD, we'll have guest speakers: Jerry Swadley, Mike Slater, and Rick Elkin.

Crossing Church
1001 West Country Club Lane
Escondido, CA 92026

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 5:30 PM

We look forward to seeing you there.

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization


ECCHO Wins an Important Court Ruling
June 11, 2018

The Judge in ECCHO’s appeal of the Villages development project has denied the attempt by New
Urban West, Inc. to use an administrative technicality to prevent the full case from being heard.
Recognizing that ECCHO is entitled to its day in court, Judge Ronald Frazier has ruled that the case should move forward.

As always, ECCHO’s sole goal is to assure that anything built in the Escondido Country Club community is legal and respects the design and nature of the surrounding neighborhoods.

A Message From ECCHO to the Escondido Country Club Community
April 3, 2018

The ECCHO Board of Directors is pleased to report that the issue relating to ECCHO’s legal status has been corrected and ECCHO’s legal status has been fully restored. Following an investigation, the current ECCHO Board determined that former ECCHO Board Members were given inaccurate professional advice regarding the filing of tax returns. That administrative error has been fully corrected.

ECCHO will continue to pursue its legal efforts to set aside the improper approval of a 380 unit project on the former site of the Escondido Country Club. Ongoing donations to support our fight are extremely important. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

To All ECC Neighborhood Homeowners and Residents
March 16, 2018

The recent claims being made by New Urban West, Inc. in the ECCHO lawsuit are based on an administrative issue that is being corrected. ECCHO will be taking all actions required to keep the lawsuit on track. Updates will be provided as events occur.

To All ECC Neighborhood Homeowners and Residents
January 22, 2018

We've received many queries about the exact content of the City of Escondido's Proposition S, which is mentioned in our lawsuit.

In the spirit of transparency, we've attached the entire Proposition for you to read by clicking the link below.

Proposition S - full text

November 3, 2017

The Villages Project

City Council Meeting
Wednesday 11/15/17 at 4:30 PM
in City Council Chambers

The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project to the
City Council but we still have time to voice our objections.

The ECCHO community is not against development but we want a reasonable and responsible project that is consistent with the character of our existing community and keeping the 2012 General Plan at the current R-1-7 zoning.

This may be your last opportunity to write letters to the Mayor and City Council Members.

Let Mayor, Sam Abed and our City Council Members know that you will not accept the 380 unit project!

We have only one chance to get this right! We can and will do better! We must!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the
City Council meeting on Wednesday,
November 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM
in the City Council Chambers.

U.S. Mail: Mayor and City Council Members
201 N. Broadway Ave., Escondido, CA 92025





The ECCHO Board of Directors wants to thank everyone in the ECCHO Community who attended the Planning Commission Hearing last Tuesday evening.
October 27, 2017

The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project to the City Council.

It was obvious that the Commissioners had made up their minds before the vote was taken. Their message was that the ECCHO supporters should accept this project and move on. They are kicking the can down the road to City Council.

The ECCHO Community faces yet another challenge. This may be your last opportunity to write letters to the Mayor and City Council Members with your reasons to reject this 380 unit project. Addresses below

Please attend the City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM.

The City Council Members will be voting on The Villages project !

Let Mayor, Sam Abed and our City Council Members know that you will not accept the 380 unit project!

The ECCHO community is not against development but we want a reasonable and responsible project that is consistent with the character of our existing community and keeping the 2012 General Plan at the current R-1-7 zoning.

We have only one chance to get this right! We can and will do better! We must!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM in the City Council Chambers.

U.S. Mail: Mayor and City Council Members 201 N. Broadway Ave., Escondido, CA 92025




The Final EIR for The Villages is online now for your review.
Click to view

Now planned: 380 dwellings - 192 single- family lots & 30 condominium lots with 188 detached & attached condos.

October 24, 2017 6:00 PM in City Council Chambers


Remember the Planning Commission makes their recommendations to the City Council Members


November 15, 2017 4:30 PM in City Council Chambers



The Escondido Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the city Council Chambers, Escondidio City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, California at a special time 6:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017, to consider the:

Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Tentative Subdivision Map, Specific Alignment Plan, Development Agreement, and Final Evironmental Impact Report - (Sub 16-0009, PHG 16-0018, ENV 16-0010).

See attached Flyer for full details.

The Villages – Escondido Country Club Project Proposal
October, 2017

The City is currently reviewing an application to redevelop the Escondido Country Club and golf course. As part of the process, the City created a e-newsletter to provide timely and informative news about the project.


As you know, the City released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for public review and
comment. The public comment period began with the publication of the Notice of Availability,
issued on June 28, 2017. The City also held an informational Open House to discuss the EIR
review process and collect comments. Since this time, our staff has been engaged with the
applicant and their consultants in an on-going basis to respond to public comments and provide
edits to the EIR and specific plan application. This work is nearly complete.

A Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled to consider the proposed Project on
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM, in the Council Chambers of the City of Escondido.
Please mark your calendars. City staff will physically post a notice on the project site and a public
hearing notice will be mailed to surrounding property owners next week.

We are expecting the Final EIR to be released for public review on the Project website on October
13th to meet required timeframes for the October 24th Planning Commission hearing. The final
EIR incorporates draft EIR comments and written responses to the comments. Public comments
or concerns related to the Final EIR can still be expressed to staff, the Planning Commission and
the City Council. Our staff is also in the process of preparing a staff report for the Planning
Commission to accompany the other documents. The staff report will include our analysis of the
project and a staff recommendation. That report will be available to the public on October 19th.


Visit the City’s Project website at for more information about the process. This is an online source to review all project related documents, as they become available. For all project related questions, please contact Kristin Blackson at

Click for Flyer

President Mike Slater is sharing this message sent on 9/20/7
by ECCHO's Past President, Jerry Swadley
September 24, 2017

Per the San Diego UT, “Michael Schlesinger is … asking the Escondido City Council to allow him to build 392 homes on the 109-acre course in Escondido, which he shuttered in 2013.” Isn’t this in direct violation of his agreement with the City of Escondido to drop his “takings” lawsuit and stay out of negotiations between the City and the developer if the City would consider the developer’s specific development plan. Mr. Schlesinger cannot be trusted.

Jonathan Frankel, of the development company New Urban West, which was chosen by Schlesinger to pursue the Escondido project, told a gathering, theoretically more than 800 housing units could be forced upon the city should the council not approve the lesser density, i.e., NUWI’s “The Villages” Specific Plan. Mayor Sam Abed said Monday the threat of 800 homes is not credible.

Thank you, Mayor, for identifying the tactics from Mr. Schlesinger and Mr. Frankel as a “threat” intended to menace and intimidate the City Council, Escondido citizens and ECC residents to do the unthinkable, i.e., support and approve “The Villages” overcrowded specific development plan that violates the current zoning law. To quote Mr. Frankel, “It’s just the reality.”

The Escondido City Council could have pursued a proposed development plan from Mr. Schlesinger for 270 housing units presented back in 2013, but their research of master planning committee history indicated the ECC open space was never intended to be developed; and leaving it zoned as R-1-7 was a mistake that needed correcting. Mayor Sam Abed, Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz (who stated she reviewed the master plans and talked to master planning committee members), Mike Morasco, Ed Gallo and John Masson unanimously voted “no” to the proposed 270 housing unit development and changed the zoning. It’s been over four years since the City Councilmembers directed ECC open space was not intended to be developed and meanwhile ECCHO (over 90% of ECC residents) and Escondido voters (over 61%) have supported and defended the City Council’s unanimous objective for zero development.

It’s unfounded and preposterous that even one City Councilmember would consider voting to approve “The Villages” overcrowded specific development plan for 392 housing units that violates current zoning law after unanimously leading their constituents against, even 270 housing units, development for over four years.

BUT, “here comes the Judge” and some development must be allowed because the City cannot change the zoning. Therefore, proposed development plans presented to the city should meet current zoning law requirements for Residential, 1 single family, and 7000 sq. ft. lots minimum

Sorry, Jonathan Frankel and NUWI, but if you can’t provide a “fiscally possible” plan, meeting current zoning requirements law; then “Schlesinger indicated other developers have been beating down his door with other ideas.” Let them have a go at meeting R-1-7 zoning law.

I support our Mayor Sam Abed, Deputy Mayor John Masson and every other City Councilmember that has the courage, determination, integrity, and principles to stand firm; will not give into threats and will provide leadership that the City of Escondido needs to defend against bullying and, as some were quoted, blackmail.


Thank you.

Jerry Swadley

A Message from ECCHO President, Mike Slater
August 31, 2017

The City Council has NOT yet made a decision regarding New Urban West Inc./Stuck in the Rough's 392 dwelling unit project on the Escondido Country Club property.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was prepared by an Engineering Consultant, Dudeck Engineering, for the City. State Law allows developers to request a City to hire a consultant with contract planners to prepare a DEIR. The developer pays the City who in turns pays the consultant.

The City of Escondido Planning Division asked for public comment on the DEIR which closed on Aug. 18, 2017. The Planning Division then asks the consultant to address the public comments and prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Planning Division reviews the EIR to make sure it meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The City is currently at this stage.

The Planning Division then submits the EIR with its recommendation of approval, approval with conditions and restrictions or denial to the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission will hold public hearings and all individuals concerned with the project will have 2-3 minutes to speak to the Planning Commissioners. This will be everyone's first opportunity to speak out against the project to city officials. The Planning Commissioners will then send their recommendation of approval, approval with conditions and restrictions or denial to the City Council.

The FATE of the project will ultimately be decided by the City Council. The City Council will also hold public hearings which will give everyone a second opportunity to speak out against the project for 2-3 minutes. The public hearing dates will be determined by the City Council and Planning Commission agendas. Everyone will be notified when we know the dates.

The Board encourages all ECCHO supporters to attend the public hearings to express their displeasure and frustration with the proposed massive 392 unit project.

The community will prevail because we live in the City and vote for our City Council. The developer and owner do not live or vote in our City of Escondido.

ECCHO will be holding a community meeting at the Life Church in the near future.

Let's set the record straight!
August 12, 2017

NUWI/ROCC has been stating over and over again how the crime rate has increased in the ECC neighborhood since the closure of the course and how the massive housing development of 392 homes will solve all the crime problems.

To address these claims, the ECCHO Board requested a crime analysis from the Escondido Police Department for the last three years, beginning August 1, 2014, and ending July 31, 2017. This analysis shows the overall crime rate in the ECC community has gone down. Incidents of Vehicle Burglary, Residential Burglary and Vandalism (includes graffiti and malicious property damage) have gone down, the latter by 50%---from 8 vandalism incidents in 2014/2015 to 4 incidents in 2016/2017. There were no Vehicle Thefts during the past year, down from two (2) during the 2014-2015 year.

The only real change has been in the Theft from Vehicle category. Those incidents rose from 15 to 23 during the last 12-month period---all reported thefts were from cars/trucks that were unlocked. Who leaves a car unlocked overnight? These were crimes of opportunity.

Our community is not crime-ridden and residents should not be intimated by the media-seeking headlines. Our Police Department is writing citations for the few skateboarders who are trespassing and using the abandoned pool as a skateboard park. If you recognize your neighbor's children, tell your neighbors. The majority of these teenagers/young adults are locals.

To track the crime statistics for yourself visit the following crime mapping websites:

Please help us continue to keep our neighborhood safe for all. If you see something suspicious, call the Police Department and report it.

Your ECCHO Board

August 9, 2017

Not since Prop H days, has ECCHO needed your financial support as much as we need it now.
Some ECCHO supporters have committed to match 25% for each dollar contributed from now
through 9/9/17. For example: $1000 donation will be $1250 - a $500 donation will become $625 - a $100 donation will become $125. Help ECCHO to oppose NUWI's proposed The Villages development of 392 dwellings. Please - mail your check or click on the link provided to donate with your credit card or Pay Pal account.

We still have more WE SUPPORT ECCHO yard signs. Email ECCHO.Info@gmail to order yours today. We deliver too!

ECCHO HIGHLIGHTS - Meeting at the Life Church
July 25, 2017

Approximately 300 plus people filled The Life Church for this meeting including many of the news media.

President Mike Slater opened the meeting and announced Connie Smeyres has resigned from the Board as our IT expert, email and website administrator. Connie diligently served from day one though June. Pat Hunter agreed to become Secretary and is handling email, Facebook and website coordination with host.

Please visit our updated website: Scroll around and open all links. Be sure ECCHO has your email address so you can get all our updates. We are gathering names and addresses for anyone who needs to receive our updates via U. S. Mail.

Treasurer, Jack Hall told the ECCHO members we need their support in responding to the draft EIR. We will be engaging experts, including a land use and environmental law attorney and other professionals to assist us. This will require that we raise a substantial amount of funding. We haven’t needed to do much fundraising over the last 2 1/2 years since we defeated Prop H. But now we estimate we will need to raise $75 to $90K in the next few months. Although that’s a significant number it is not as much as we raised in either 2013 or 2014 when we passed the Citizens’ Initiative and stopped Prop H.

We are launching a “matching” campaign for 45 days, beginning today (July 25) through September 8. Every dollar received will be matched by a 25% donation from a group of ECCHO supporters. That means your donation of $200 gets $250 for ECCHO, $500 become $625, etc, etc. Also the updated ECCHO website now includes a PayPal option, allowing you to use your credit card to donate. So, checks, cash and credit card are all available sources for your contribution.

Kathie Taylor, Director of Events & Fundraising told the group she is working on future fundraising events. On Sunday, 9/24/17 from 2 to 4 there will be a wine tasting at Belle Marie. Donation of $100 includes wine, cheese, fun and raffles.

Mike Slater announced ECCHO has retained new land-use attorney: Delano & Delano because Ken Lounsbery is unable to continue to represent us.

Mike’s in-depth presentation: FACT CHECKING NUWI’s FAKE NEWS:

  • ECCHO has compromised from golf only to a reasonable and responsible development at R-1-7 zoning (7000 sqft minimum lots)
  • If this plan is rejected, a new plan will be proposed that would call for more houses. Nonsense. The city was forced by an incompetent judge to allow SOME density and that is all – not 392 not 600 but SOME
  • NUWI will reinvigorate the long-suffering community because the property has fallen into disrepair – well obviously the owner has done nothing but totally ignore the whole property.
  • NUWI will increase our property values with their proposed amenities – there will be no public parks – NUWI has long standing reputation of making promises it cannot keep.
  • NUWI spent more than a year meeting and listening to us – their proposal is nothing like what they discussed with us.
  • NUWI & supporters claim increased crime by homeless, vagrants, drug dealers & gangs – The Police Chief said he is not aware of increased crime in our area other than some graffiti and citing skateboarders using empty pool & tennis courts
  • ECCHO doesn’t have a plan – We are against changing the zoning. There have been two alternate plans submitted as reported in the draft EIR.

It is up to the majority of our community to make the decision as to what is a “reasonable and responsible” project that we will accept.

It is essential each ECCHO supporter write / email the Mayor and City Council members telling them 392 dwelling units is too many – keep the existing zoning in accordance with the 2012 General Plan.

We may not have the financial resources of NUWI, but we have something else. We live in this community and WE VOTE! The owner and NUWI do NOT live in our community nor can they vote here.

We urge you to read the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that is out for review by the City Planning Division. Deadline for written comments is 8/11/17. Reading the Summary will give you a good overview. Also read those sections that are your “hot buttons” i.e. Traffic, Aesthetics, Biology, etc.



1. TO: Mayor Sam Abed (, and Council Members: John Masson (, Olga Diaz (, Ed Gallo (, Mike Morasco (

Subject: R-1-7 Zoning per 2012 General Plan: We are against a zoning change on the ECC property. The 2012 General Plan designated ECC property as R-1-7 zoning. The owner bought the land knowing this. It is not our community responsibility to accommodate the owner, developer and builder’s opportunity to maximize their profits.

2. TO: Address to all above plus City Planning Division: Mike Strong ( and Kristen Blackson (

Subject: Draft EIR:
Write in your own words your objections to the proposed Developers mitigations to remedy the problems caused by building 392 dwellings on the ECC property. Significant Effects include: Traffic, Biological Resources (Animals, Plants, Trees), Air Quality, Green House Gases, Flood Plains and Drainage, Noise and Aesthetics .
example: Traffic - Our streets were not designed to add approximately 800 vehicles from new residents. The proposed traffic increase would require expansions on the already traffic-burdened El Norte/I-15 southbound on ramp, though the developer is unsure a construction project would be allowed. Commuters are currently dashing through our streets in order to avoid the I-15 / 78 interchange which is a serious safety concern.
example: Aesthetics – All 2 story detached and attached dwellings on lots averaging less than ½ of designated zoning is not compatible. The tightly packed 2 story houses can be 25 to 30 foot high structures after grading. That is the same as building a giant wall to replace the former open space.
example: Noise & Air Quality - Construction will take years. The noise and dust will eliminate our quiet enjoyment of living in our homes. Most area residents are seniors who are more sensitive to reduced air quality and pollution. Add your name, address and e-mail to bottom of letter.

To send via US Mail: Escondido City Hall, Planning Division, 201 North Broadway, Escondido CA 92025

Read the Draft Environmental Impact Report at
July 7, 2017

What's your Hot Button issue? Traffic, Density, Air Quality, etc.? Read that section first - then make your comments to all the City Council Members & Planning Department's outside contract Planner Kristen Blackson.

Tell them why you do not accept the EIR as written & why you think 392 dwellings are way too many to build on the old Escondido Country Club property! We have until August 11, 2017 to give written notice to the city council and planning department. We cannot wait until the last minute - we must be proactive today and everyday until the City Council makes it's final ruling on NUWI's development plan.,,,,,

Click to send your message!

The Impact on Property Values
June 10, 2017

Since the property owner acquired the former ECC property, closed the club and shut off all water to 109 acres, our property values have suffered the consequences. The deteriorated condition of former Escondido Country Club buildings, amenities and fairways has severely impacted appreciation of our property values. The overall area of Northwest Escondido and adjacent San Marcos are experiencing a steady increase in property values while our values have not kept pace and remain stagnant.

Local real experts state there may be further appreciation restriction, if the current developer hired by the property owner is successful in their plan to rezone the land from R-1-7 to a Specific Plan to build 392 two-storied dwelling units on extremely small lots. Historically, high dense areas with heavy traffic restricting commuter routes experience negative impact on area desirability and property values.

A Message from ECCHO
June 10, 2017

Dear ECCHO Supporters,

I would like to pass along some information that I received from a community leader in Camarillo which is north of LA.

The 180 acre Camarillo Springs golf course property was bought by a Beverly Hills-based attorney and real estate developer who has hired New Urban West Inc.(NUWI), the Santa Monica Developer.

The community leader was inquiring about NUWI actions and what they were telling the Escondido Country Club Community. It appears that they are saying and doing the same thing in each community.

NUWI is trying to divide their community with a group who support their plans mainly because NUWI is making familiar promises and those who oppose the community leader's group and who are against a massive housing development. According to the Camirillo Acorn paper, NUWI is trying to do a general plan amendment that was originally denied by the council in January, 2017.

NUWI is holding meetings with small groups and apparently are indicating that they will seriously look at a 9 hole golf course, the new houses will be 50' - 100' away from existing houses, there will be a club house with amenities, the new houses will be one story and will not block existing views. Doesn't that all sound familiar. NUWI is trying to divide and conquer both in Camarillo, Escondido and most likely elsewhere.

I found it so eerily similar that NUWI and the property owners are trying to Bully and Intimidate other communities in the same way they are doing it in the Escondido Country Club community. They are working together to destroy communities with massive housing projects with a total disregard to the communities where they purchase the properties.

I know there are some in the Escondido Country Club Community who support NUWI but they have to ask themselves "Does NUWI really care about our community?"

ECCHO simply wants to see a reasonable, responsible project that preserves the benefit of some open space and enhances our community.

Mike Slater
ECCHO President

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