Just a few months after his Prop H initiative to turn the Escondido Country Club property into a housing tract was totally rejected by the voters, Michael Schlesinger is back with another housing tract plan (UT/Local Jan 20th 'A new Plan'). He calls it a compromise, and says it will increase the value of the surrounding homes.
That is exactly what he said about The Lakes project the voters trounced.
The message is clear: the people of Escondido don't want to strip the area of it's identity.
Why are we going over this again now? Is it a last ditch effort to get the housing option back into consideration before a judge has a chance to codify the open space designation? Is Mr. Schlesinger concerned that if he waits to see which way the proverbial coin lands he may end up capitulating to the city? Something that would really burn him?
He won't entertain offers to sell the property because it would undermine his position that by designating the property open space the City rendered it 'worthless.' So he has doubled down that Judge Maas will decide that the 'open space' designation is not compatable with the Escondido General Plan, which would overturn the City councils
decision to adopt the community sponsored open space initiative.
Another missed opportunity to actually ask the community what it would like to see happen.
There are a number of ways the property could be redeveloped that would serve Mr. Schlesinger's interests as well as the interests of the community at large. If he won't accept other alternatives, there are several other developers eager to buy him out.
Now is the time to get serious about hashing out a great new plan that Escondido will support.