The City of Escondido should act now to rescue the Northwest side of town.
The problem right now is Michael Schlesinger holds all the cards, and he is determined to get his way, even if that means sitting on the abandoned golf course until it literally turns into a toxic waste farm. Many if not most of the half-century old eucalyptus stands and pine trees are stressed. Some of the already dead trees are laying on their side, uprooted by recent Santa Ana winds. The wildlife is gone. Weeds are covering most of the old fairways, and the wind is spreading their seed into the local yards of adjoining golf course frontage homes. Schlesinger has installed a really cheap rent-a-fence so the whole area is looking more and more like an abandoned nuclear testing ground.
Meanwhile, property values have crashed.
Waiting is not a favorable alternative. As the golf course property deteriates and the future remains uncertain, homeowners have seen their equity vanish. The entire area is suffering property value anemia. As a result, property tax revenues have plunged, local business revenues have dropped, and the whole area has been stalled from enjoying a return to normalcy most of San Diego is experiencing.
I have an idea....
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