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 our Council Member, John Masson

Friday, June 12, 2015

Here’s the latest that came out in Clay’s City Manager Report:

“A letter has been sent to the applicants for the proposed vesting tentative subdivision map on the former Escondido Country Club property advising that until the litigation is resolved and the City decides not to appeal, the ECCHO initiative remains in effect and would prevent a residential project from being processed. The letter also advises the applicant of the necessary items to complete the application for processing should the litigation be resolved.”

John Masson

Councilmember District 2


Escondido Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required. 

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

We can take this opportunity to tell Mayor Abed directly that we want the City to appeal Judge Maas’ incorrect decision.  Or tell the Mayor how the proposed 270 home development, while made to sound like a compromise, is actually worse than the 430 homes that we voted down in November.  This 270 plan has NOTHING for current residents; the amenities are for the new homes HOA ONLY.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Over the past three weeks, the ECCHO Board has received numerous questions from the community concerned about the status of the ongoing dispute with Stuck in the Rough.

The most often-asked question – “What is the City going to do?” … in response to the conclusion by Judge Maas that the open space ordinance unfairly discriminates against Stuck in the Rough’s property.  Since the day the ruling was issued, ECCHO has encouraged the City to appeal. After the ruling, ECCHO’s lawyers prepared and delivered to the City a research memo that points out the legal deficiencies in the ruling, justifying – compelling – an appeal.  The legal experts retained by the City have reviewed the memo and are, reportedly in agreement.

A Celebration of a Life

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Paul Frank DeLaurentis, 70, of Escondido, passed away peacefully on February 27th, 2015 at 3:04pm — after a 14-month battle with mesothelioma, with his family by his side. He lives on in the heart of his wife of 38 years, Nancy; his children Dana and Paul Jr. (fiancée Andrea), his grandson Avry; his extended family, and his dear friends who were his chosen family. 
Paul was born in White Plains, NY, in 1944 to Anthony and Irene (Pili) DeLaurentis. He was the youngest of five brothers; Dominic, Rudolph, Giulio, and John — all of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1963, and was accepted into Cornell University in New York, but was unable to attend due to family business obligations.
Paul was part owner and operator of Anthony DeLaurentis and Sons Inc. (also known as Bryant Farms) in Hudson, NY from 1963 — 1990. He was the 1st two-term president of the New York Horticultural Society, and served as a member of Mario Cuomo’s Agriculture 2000 Committee. He was also the owner and sole proprietor of a successful landscaping business after moving to California in 1990. 
Some of his favorite things (in no particular order) included: playing with his grandson Avry, reading, playing golf, hot dogs, history, horticulture, his wife Nancy (and her cooking), college sports, heated political discussions, and his daughter’s golden retriever Bailey.
Before his passing, Paul gave specific instructions asking everyone to celebrate his life by raising and taking a shot (or two, or three) of Jameson, in his honor.
He was also known to read the local obituaries every day to ensure he wasn’t in them. (I’m sorry, Dad, but today is your day — we hope we did you justice.)
He’d always say we’d miss him when he was gone, and there were never truer words spoken. He was truly a legend. Dad, we will miss you the same way we loved you, with every fiber of our being.
In lieu of flowers, the DeLaurentis family asks that you consider alternative ways to honor Paul: Donate to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, support ECCHO in the continued battle to preserve the green space initiative in Escondido, schedule your annual physical and get screened for cancer, plant and tend to your spring garden, and/or get outside and play 18 holes.
The family will be holding a Celebration of Life gathering to honor Paul on Friday, April 17th from 6pm - 9pm at 1700 Woodland Heights Glen Road in Escondido.

A Letter from ECCHO

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Escondido City Council should be informed by concerned citizens that it has a duty to support the open space ordinance it unanimously passed by APPEALING Judge Maas’ erroneous Order Granting Writ of Mandate. 

While the ECCHO Board of Directors was pleased that Judge Maas determined that the open space ordinance at issue (Ordinance  No. 2013-10) met technical drafting standards and was entirely consistent with elements contained in the City of Escondido’s General Plan, Judge Maas’s conclusion that the ordinance “unfairly discriminates against SITR’s Property” is extremely distressing. 

Judge Maas’s order, quite simply, is factually and legally INCORRECT.  It should be appealed for that reason alone!  But of even greater concern is the decision’s failure to recognize and support the constitutional right of Escondido citizens to petition their local government and the City Council’s duty to engage in city planning and implement zoning in a manner consistent with the public interest.  These extremely important rights must be protected!

Meeting: Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 1, 2015

As you plan your week, remember to be at City Hall on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 PM.  Help plan the future of our City. Let the Escondido Planning staff know your feelings on the Future of the Escondido Country Club. You must get there before the meeting to fill out a speaker card.  Then your name will be called to speak in the order the cards are received.  Talk about your vision of the City.

Support your Neighbors, support ECCHO, support the future of your City.  
The Planning group has already received the summary of the work you've already done where 86% of you wanted some sort of golf back.  Now it's your turn to tell them directly.
Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 PM

Remembering a Friend

Friday, February 27, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that ECCHO announces the passing of Paul DeLaurentis.

Paul was very active in our community as a golfer, agronomist, painter, ECCHO Director and ALL AROUND GREAT GUY!

Paul will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

The ECCHO Board of Directors


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