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
asking the Escondido City Council
to allow him to build 392 homes on the 109-acre course
in Escondido, which he shuttered in 2013. Isnt
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 developers
specific development plan. Mr. Schlesinger cannot
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., NUWIs 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, Its 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. Its 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 Councils unanimous objective for zero development.
Its 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 cant 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
VOTE NO ON THE VILLAGES
SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN.
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
The Planning Division then submits the
EIR with its recommendation of approval, approval
with conditions and restrictions or denial to the
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
The Board encourages all ECCHO supporters
to attend the public hearings to express their displeasure
and frustration with the proposed massive 392 unit
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
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
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
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
A MESSAGE FROM ECCHO:
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.
YARD SIGNS AVAIABLE
We still have more WE SUPPORT ECCHO yard signs. Email
ECCHO.Info@gmail to order yours today. We deliver
ECCHO HIGHLIGHTS - Meeting at the
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 havent
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 thats a significant number
it is not as much as we raised in either 2013 or 2014
when we passed the Citizens Initiative and stopped
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.
Mikes in-depth presentation:
FACT CHECKING NUWIs FAKE NEWS:
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
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.
HELP UP DEFEAT 392 DWELLINGS &
KEEP R-1-7 ZONING
HOW YOU CAN
HELP WRITE 2 DIFFERENT LETTERS PLEASE
1. TO: Mayor Sam Abed (email@example.com),
and Council Members: John Masson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Olga Diaz (email@example.com), Ed Gallo (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Mike Morasco (email@example.com)
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 builders opportunity
to maximize their profits.
2. TO: Address to all above plus City Planning
Division: Mike Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Kristen Blackson (email@example.com)
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
Read the Draft Environmental Impact
Report at www.escondido.org/ecc-deir.aspx
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.