"The Key Question about Proposition H
is why are the locals so opposed to this plan
to build homes on the golf course?"
Recently released campaign financials show Mr. Schlesinger has personally written checks for $1M to fund the Yes on H campaign.
Ask yourself, "Why would One Man from LA spend over $1M to get legal control so he can effectively flip the property?"
Could it be that if he succeeds, he stands to pocket over $50M in quick profits? Remember, this man from LA is not a builder. He is a real estate speculator.
Using an army of political campaign professionals, this man is painting Proposition H as a way to 'solve the blight,' 'save water' and move the area forward from years of 'legal squabbles and decay.' All problems that he has caused!
Take a closer look at what is happening. His campaign template goes like this:
The former golf course had become an untenable business model and could not continue. He came to this conclusion based on a report he commissioned. Very convenient...
The neighborhood has become 'blighted' by the decaying condition of the former golf course. Due to his neglect, the golf course looks like a toxic waste dump! The blight he caused is a campaign tactic! It forces neighbors to choose between environmental destruction or new homes.
He claims he has the right to build because the golf course has always been zoned as R1.7 (SFH residential, 7 units per acre). This is a matter of legal interpretation which the City Council resolved by adopting the Homeowners Property Rights Initiative unanimously. The property is now legally restricted to open space/park/golf course uses only.The only way he can implement his plan is to fool the voters.
The measure is called an Open Space and Revitalization plan. A great example of Orwellian Doublespeak!
The truth is, what was open space will become high-density, wall-to-wall homes. The new open space will be about the size of the golf course's parking lot!
His campaign commissioned a report that claims the new houses will use 50% less water than the old golf course. The City of Escondido issued an impact report that says 430 new families will use 62% more water. They can't both be correct
This property speculator makes his living buying troubled properties and flipping them. His financial and legal tactics indicate a ruthlessness that cannot be trusted.
- This man's legal machine has dragged dozens of homeowners into court, for minor property border infringements, forcing them to hire defense council at great expense. He is currently suing the City for $100M. That qualifies as legal bullying.
- He hired a chicken ranch to dump tons of raw, unprocessed chicken waste on the course, adjacent to leaders of the resistance. That qualifies as a childish act of revenge.
- He says his Specific Plan is a compromise, yet he has never made any concessions since he has never collaborated with anyone. The plan is his plan and his plan only.
- Property values around the neighborhood have plunged 15 -20%. The destruction of the environment has destroyed up to $50K in equity from the surrounding homes. This loss effectively neutralizes the resistance movement.
So let me ask the 'Key' question one more time... Why would One Man put over $1M of his own money into the campaign he is waging against thousands of local, grassroots volunteers?
The answer is obvious; it is all about money!
What a surprise!
Voters should be aware of the long term implications of giving any Special Interest so much power to determine the future of any neighborhood.
You neighborhood could be next!