URGENT ACTION NEEDED: TOXIC RECYCLING PLANT IN
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:
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.
of where the plant will be, which is just
over the hill from ECCHO.
on concrete crushing that may include nuclear
material (of great concern).
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.
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
Thank you for your patience.
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.
for full Settlement Agreement and Release document.
As the President of ECCHO, I want to personally thank
you for your support of the ECCHO cause over the last
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
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 didnt 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,
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 Im 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.
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
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
The settlement results in all the following
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
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
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
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
Now for some news about ECCHO's current
- 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)
Prop S Full-Text:
Time of Reckoning, Rick Elkin:
IMPORTANT ECCHO COMMUNITY MEETING
FORMER MAYOR OF ESCONDIDO TO SPEAK AT ECCHO COMMUNITY
Jerry Harmon, an Escondido City Council member for
18 years, Escondidos 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 ECCHOs
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 Harmons talk will be why
Prop S is so important for the future of Escondido and
why ECCHOs appeal of the Citys 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
We welcome all ECC residents, property owners and everyone
interested in maintaining a high quality of life in
Escondido to come hear Mayor Harmons talk about
Prop S and the protection of property rights.
Please come to ECCHOs 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
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
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
ECCHO IS HAVING A COMMUNITY MEETING
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.
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
STRIVING TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
ECCHO Wins an Important Court Ruling
June 11, 2018
The Judge in ECCHOs 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
As always, ECCHOs 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
A Message From ECCHO to the Escondido Country Club
April 3, 2018
The ECCHO Board of Directors is pleased to report that
the issue relating to ECCHOs legal status has
been corrected and ECCHOs 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
S - full text
IT'S NOT OVER - NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP!
November 3, 2017
THE CITY COUNCIL DECIDES ON 11/15/17 WHETHER TO ACCEPT
The Villages Project
SHOW UP & BE COUNTED
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
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
WE NEED EACH AND EVERY ABLE SUPPORTER TO ATTEND
COME EARLY TO GET A SEAT INSIDE
WEAR YOUR ECCHO BUTTON OR SOMETHING GREEN
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
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
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
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
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
WE NEED EACH AND EVERY ABLE SUPPORTER
TO ATTEND 11/15/17
WEAR YOUR ECCHO BUTTON OR SOMETHING
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.
PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING
October 24, 2017 6:00 PM in City Council Chambers
WE NEED A HUGE CROWD THERE.
Remember the Planning Commission makes
their recommendations to the City Council Members
THE CITY COUNCIL DECIDES!
CITY COUNCIL HEARING & DECISION
November 15, 2017 4:30 PM in City Council Chambers
WE NEED EVERYONE TO ATTEND
OF PUBLIC HEARING
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).
attached Flyer for full details.
The Villages – Escondido Country
Club Project Proposal
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.
UPDATE: FINAL EIR UPDATE AND PUBLIC
As you know, the City released a Draft
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for public review
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
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 Citys Project website at www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
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
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:
- 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 doesnt 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and Council Members: John Masson (email@example.com),
Olga Diaz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ed Gallo (email@example.com),
Mike Morasco (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com) and
Kristen Blackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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
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.
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
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
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.
p.s. - For ECCHO yard signs, please send a request to
the above email address.