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.
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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 (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
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.
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