Never bring a knife to a gunfight.
The Escondido Country Club Community of mostly retirees and seniors, who built their lifestyle around the iconic 18 hole golf course, swimming pool, clubhouse, restaurant and bar, were outgunned from the very beginning in the war to repurpose the 110 acres of prime North County real estate.
We were armed with a ton of passion, of motivation and community spirit, but compared to Michael Schlesinger's ruthless team of legal eagles, public relations agents and political mercenaries, we may as well have been armed with nail files.
Even with the huge disparity in weapons, our community effort managed to put up a good fight. All I ever expected to get out of this war was to force the owner to respect the character of the community, to replace the abandoned golf course community identity with something else we could relate to as a 'Club'. To integrate new residences into the resort style neighborhood in a way that preserved the quiet, retirement themed homes, so the next generation of baby boomers would be drawn to the area and seamlessly adopt our lifestyle. I see no reason the whole community needs to change demographics to survive, as the representatives for New Urban West declared.
As the blood dries, people are asking ECCHO leaders if they are going to sue.
In my opinion, the upside is too remote to justify more swings of our nail files. If there is a case to be made that laws were violated, or the environment is endangered, fine. But that is a war for another army.
What Happened to Our Community?
The story of how a quiet corner of paradise has devolved into
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