The claims made by supporters of the 'Escondido Open Space Community Revitalization Initiate' are not only inaccurate, they are outright LIES because the LA real estate speculator bankrolling it KNOWS they aren’t true!
IT IS VITAL THAT VOTERS BE AWARE OF THE DECEPTIVE NATURE OF WHAT WILL INEVITABLY BE AN INITIATIVE ON THIS NOVEMBER'S BALLOT.
Besides the obviously deceptive name of the initiative, here are some other things voters should consider:
SITR Claim: Project ‘preserves’ 27 acres of open space.
Truth: Most of those 27 acres will actually be asphalt/concrete driveways and roads or ground rock walking paths. The new homes will occupy all of the property that is currently covered by golf course grass and vegetation.
SITR Claim: New home project will improve existing home values.
Truth: SITR sites a study of new developments, claiming they raise existing home values. What is omitted is the fact that THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE BUILT IN THE MIDDLE OF A SETTLED NEIGHBORHOOD!
Other studies show when newer homes are wedged into older neighborhoods, older home prices plunge. Older homes can maintain their value, but much of that is based on the desirability of the neighborhood. What makes Escondido desirable is the semi-rural atmosphere, precisely what the City and the original developer agreed upon when the Country Club project was approved in 1964.
HOW DOES BULLDOZING THE EXISTING NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF TALL EUCALYPTUS AND PINE TREES AND INDIGENOUS FLORA, ROCK OUTCROPPINGS AND GREEN SPACE, AND REPLACING IT WITH URBAN SPRAWL INCREASE THE DESIRABILITY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
SITR Claim: The design and lot size of the new homes will closely resemble the existing homes of the Escondido Country Club community.
Truth: The average lot size will be less than 3600 square feet; about the size of a typical mobile home community or about half of the average lot size of existing single-family homes. In other words, UNLIKE THE EXISTING NEIGHBORHOOD, the new project would be mostly high density, wall-to-wall patio-style tract homes.
SITR Claim: Influx of new students will have little or no impact on public schools.
Truth: The local school district has been asking for more capacity for years; in some cases using portable classrooms! Adding nearly 1000 new students will simply overwhelm them.
SITR Claim: Thousands of additional travel hours added to local drive times will not increase traffic delays.
Truth: Caltrans estimates Northwest Escondido residence already lose 40 hours a month fighting traffic on Highway 78 alone! That is a week of lost productivity per month! Imagine adding 1000 more cars to our local streets? Cars that will have to access the main transition corridors of Highway 15 and Highway 78, adding more traffic to what Caltrans already rates the worst bottleneck in the County. Everyone in Escondido will feel the pain...
When the Golf Course was sold …..
Shortly after acquiring the Escondido Country Club in March of 2012, Michael Schlesinger told the community that he would have kept the golf course operating it if he had known it was insolvent.
If you believe that...why would you want to place the future of Northwest Escondido in the hands of someone so naive?
Or could it have been a lie?