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CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING AND DECISION
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
at 4:30 PM

City Council will vote on The Villages development on 11/15/17 at 4:30 PM in City Council Chambers. WE NEED EVERY ABLE ECCHO SUPPORTER TO FILL THE CHAMBERS.

 

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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 OR REJECT
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 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

Email: sabed@escondido.org, jmasson@escondido.org, egallo@escondido.org, mmorasco@escondido.org, odiaz@escondido.org

WE NEED EACH AND EVERY ABLE SUPPORTER TO ATTEND 11/15/17

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 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

Email: sabed@escondido.org, jmasson@escondido.org, egallo@escondido.org, mmorasco@escondido.org, odiaz@escondido.org

WE NEED EACH AND EVERY ABLE SUPPORTER TO ATTEND 11/15/17

WEAR YOUR ECCHO BUTTON OR SOMETHING GREEN


The Final EIR for The Villages is online now for your review.
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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


NOTICE 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).

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.

UPDATE: FINAL EIR UPDATE AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

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.

STAY INFORMED

Visit the City’s 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 at
kblackson@escondido.org.

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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.

VOTE “NO” ON “THE VILLAGES” SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

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:
- Myneighborhoodupdate.net
- ARJIS.org

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.

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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: www.EscondidoHomeowners.org. 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.

HELP UP DEFEAT 392 DWELLINGS & KEEP R-1-7 ZONING

HOW YOU CAN HELP – WRITE 2 DIFFERENT LETTERS – PLEASE

1. TO: Mayor Sam Abed (sabed@escondido.org), and Council Members: John Masson (jmasson@escondido.org), Olga Diaz (odiaz@esconidido.org), Ed Gallo (egallo@escondido.org), Mike Morasco (mmorasco@escondido.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 builder’s opportunity to maximize their profits.


2. TO: Address to all above plus City Planning Division: Mike Strong (mstrong@escondido.org) and Kristen Blackson (kblackson@escondido.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 CA 92025


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.

sabed@escondido.org, odiaz@escondido.org, egallo@escondido.org,
jmasson@escondido.org, mmorasco@escondido.org, kblackson@escondido.org

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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
ECCHO.Info@gmail.com

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