Since the 1960’s, the manicured grass, majestic trees and welcoming facilities of the Escondido Country Club have provided beauty and value to create one of the most treasured neighborhoods in Escondido.

In August 2013, the Escondido City Council unanimously declared the 110 acres of land as a dedicated open space.  In November 2014, the land owner, a Beverly Hills developer who wanted to build a massive housing development on the property, was shot down by Escondido voters in a 61% land-slide, declaring that Escondido does not want a 430 unit housing development.

Now entering Phase 3 of our journey, determining how the land will be used.  For more information, please email:

Thank you for taking the time to help build a better Escondido.


A Message from Jason Han at New Urban West

Sunday, April 17, 2016


First, I’d like to convey our deep gratitude to those who’ve invested their time in meeting with the New Urban West team.

It has been a fruitful and productive experience for us – helping us understand not only what the Escondido Country Club community WANTS, but what it more deeply and truly VALUES as a whole.

We are continuing our learning process and have lots more work to do.


I wanted to provide you with an update on the community meetings we've held so far and what the next several weeks of meetings look like.

Overall, we feel the meetings are going very well and our hope is that those who’ve met us feel the same way.

We are receiving lots of good input which will help us begin to render a picture of the most desirable design response that is financially viable.


To date, (thanks to the sign-up) we’ve held 13 meetings with 97 neighbors in the ECC area.

Over the next 2 weeks, we have scheduled 20 meetings hosted by ECC residents, which more than 200 people have confirmed to attend.

New Urban West Community Meetings

Monday, April 11, 2016

All people that contacted NUWI by email have been assigned to a meeting and those dates have been sent to everyone. If they did not receive an email, it may have been sent to spam or returned undelivered. If it was returned, NUWI will contact them to tell them their schedule.

For those that did not provide an email we will be calling in the next couple of days to schedule. In addition, if someone cannot make the meeting they are assigned, Linda Bailey will be hosting additional meetings at Life Church:

Sunday, April 17, 2 - 4
Tuesday, April 19, 10 - 12
Sunday, April 24, 2 - 4
Tuesday, April 26, 10 - 12 and 2 - 4

Please feel free to contact Linda @

NUW Meetings

Saturday, March 26, 2016
We had an overwhelming response from those who attended the Tuesday night meeting expressing their desire to meet with New Urban West (NUW).
There were many neighbors who wanted to meet with NUW or are willing to host a meeting.
While NUW is working to meet with as many folks as possible during their short due diligence period, please be reminded that they will probably not be able to see everyone who signed up.  Please be patient and don't be disappointed if they are not able to get to you in the next few weeks.   In the event they do go forward as the developer of the project, you have their commitment that they will sit down with you to hear your input.
Please be patient and thank you all for attending Tuesday night to make your voices heard!  


Thursday, March 10, 2016


ECCHO’S Board of Directors recently learned that New Urban West, a respected community developer, entered into an agreement with Michael Schlesinger and Stuck in the Rough regarding the possible development of the Escondido Country Club property.  Under the agreement, Michael Schlesinger and Stuck in the Rough will have absolutely no role in the design or development of any project.   New Urban West is in the process of contacting local residents to determine what kind of development will best serve the Escondido Country Club community. 

The ECCHO Board is pleased with this change of direction, and respects New Urban West’s promise to work with us to restore and revitalize the Escondido Country Club property in a responsible manner.  ECCHO continues to serve as your independent community organization whose mission is to preserve green space, expand recreational opportunities for the community, and protect the values of all homes in the Country Club area.

To discuss what has happened and what we can expect in the very near future, ECCHO is asking that you to attend our next community meeting:

An update from ECCHO

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A quick update to let you know what's been happening:
  • ECCHO's board continues to meet regularly.
  • ECCHO continues to monitor the City's development application process; thus far, none have been filed.
  • ECCHO board members will continue to monitor the quality of water after the rains, testing the run-off.
  • ECCHO continues to encourage the City to complete its density study.
We'll keep you posted, as soon as we have more to report.
Have a great weekend!
ECCHO Board of Directors

An Update from ECCHO

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Your ECCHO Board received a request from New Urban West, Inc. (NUWI), a land developer, to meet and discuss the future of the Country Club property. After deliberation, we agreed to meet; the meeting happened on Monday, November 30th .

We had been hearing for several weeks that the owner, Michael Schlesinger, was interviewing a list of developers, one of whom might be selected to take over the job of improving the property. Rumor had it that the list was whittled down  to three or four “finalists.” We’re told that certain of those developers have even been meeting with the City and showing project plans.  However, until recently, no developer had ever made contact with ECCHO, the community based organization. That changed on Monday.

Summary of ECCHO November 3rd meeting

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thanks to all of our neighbors who attended the November 3, 2015 meeting at Life Church

There was a good turnout for the ECCHO meeting.

There was a lot of frustration and anger directed at the Mayor, City Attorney, and Council Members who voted for the settlement with Stuck in the Rough (SITR).  They arbitrarily decided that they knew what was best for the community without involving the community.  We all voted, but it didn’t count!


Monday, October 19, 2015

ECCHO’s Board of Directors is extremely disappointed with the Escondido City Council’s recent decision to settle the vexatious litigation brought by Stuck in the Rough.  In doing so, the City Council majority ignored the wishes of the many registered voters who signed the Open Space Initiative, and the large majority of voters who soundly defeated Proposition H.  We do not understand why three City Council Members abandoned us, nullified its unanimous vote to maintain the Escondido Country Club property as open space, and refused to appeal a clearly erroneous lower court decision that the City Attorney said the City could not lose.  Nevertheless, that is where we now find ourselves.


To discuss this matter further and to explore our future actions in a responsible manner, join ECCHO’s Board of Directors and our City Councilman John Masson at a community meeting as follows:


                   Date:                    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

                   Time:                   5:45 PM

                   Location:              Life Church

                                              1001 W. Country Club Lane

                                              Escondido, CA 92026


Your continued assistance in helping us protect our green space and property values is critical. Please take time out of your busy schedule to attend the meeting. 

Wednesday's Closed Session City Council Meeting

Monday, October 5, 2015

More information about Wednesday's closed session. If you want to speak to Council before the closed session, you should be at the Council Chamber's at 3:15 PM to fill out a submission of speaker form.

Also, a few people have asked what date is the meeting or what time.  The link should provide all the information you require.


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