Sprawling Safari Highlands Ranch back on the Agenda WEDNESDAY August 26th

Another disastrous project is before the Escondido City Council again. Pages 43-46 of the Agenda Packet AUGUST 26 is the staff report for this project.

There are many reasons this project should be denied.  It is yet another assault on the County General Plan.  (See the Lilac Hills issue as well)   It will severely impact precious habitat, water supply, water quality, local quality of life, and could feed more sprawl development to the east into pristine areas.  Sprawl development does not ‘pays its own way’ in the long-run and is well-known to bleed money away from the city core and existing neighborhoods which needs infrastructure and support.

The Council should stop this project now by refusing to expand the Sphere of Influence to accommodate this project.  The land is currently in the County and zoned for 27 homes.  This project will put 550 units where only 27 are allowed under the County General Plan.

Please learn more about this project and help the residents defeat it.  The hearing held last year shows many of the concerns about it  Council Meeting Video April 23, 2014  and the Escondido 2014 posting   

Here are some articles about it.
SDUT escondido-sphere-influence-safari-highlands/

SDUT escondido-safari-highlands-development-pasqual/

Our backgrounder is here http://www.escondidoneighbors.org/projects/safari-highland-ranch

ENU Opposes Sewer Project that will trench in areas of Chatham Plume- City Hearing WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19

Escondido Neighbors United filed a letter opposing the adoption of a mitigated declaration and of the sewer trenching project.  ENU Sewer MND Letter

The Final MND up for adoption is here MND SW Sewer Replacement project

In summary,  we believe this project is too risky and should not be undertaken.

project is not necessary as current system handles the current level of sewage.  If and when improving the system is needed to maintain current loads, current
lift stations can be upgraded.
project threatens to impact a highly serious contaminated waste site and potentially
discharge waste into Felicita Creek/Lake Hodges through the MS4.   
plan for management of risks has not been disclosed.
City cannot assure residents along the road that they will be protected.
City cannot assure the workers in the trenches their health will not be put at

project could provide a new conduit for the contamination from the Chatham
site.  If this occurs, the City may be
liable for the contamination of any new areas. 

We urge everyone concerned about this project to write the Council and please attend the August 19th City Council Hearing if you can to oppose this project.

More Jewels of Escondido: Coastal Sewing and Vacuum Cleaners

The next nominee for our “Jewels of Escondido” series comes from one of our members.  Enjoy!
Sewing and Vacuum Cleaners http://coastsewingandvac.com  are situated in downtown Escondido on Grand and Broadway. They have been in
business for over 40 years. They sell really high quality vacuums, particularly
a brand called Simplicity which is American made, and sewing machines and have
a repair service that is efficient and very reasonable. I love that they sell
all non-toxic cleaning products. You can also a hire a carpet cleaner from
them. The owner, Armando, is of Italian descent and is Spanish speaking – he is
very friendly. He demonstrated a vacuum cleaner by letting my dog eat a biscuit
and then vacuuming up the crumbs! 
This is the kind of store we need to support

Oppose Lilac Hills Ranch at County Planning Commission tomorrow, Aug. 7th at 9 am

Our first opportunity to oppose this terrible project is tomorrow, Friday, August 7th.  Please check out this website  http://saveoursdcountryside.org/ for more information.

Please help defend the
General Plan and speak in Opposition to Lilac Hills Ranch at  the Planning
Commission Hearing

Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:00 AM –  

County Operations Center  Conference Center Hearing Room – Building 5520
5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, California 92123
The closest parking is in the
Multi Story Parking structure close to Building 5520.  It usually fills up
quickly. However, 
there is plenty
of parking to the North near Building 5600 – Registrar of Voters.

A large cafeteria is in the
same building.  There are lots of other restaurants within walking
How to Speak or Oppose the Lilac Hills Ranch Project
1.Fill out a Pink Opposition
Speaker Slip for Agenda Item 2 – Lilac Hills Ranch – a sample is attached.
2. IMPORTANT – Slips must be handed to Lisa Fitzpatrick
by 8:50 AM
If you wish to speak
against the project, you must complete an OPPOSITION speaker slip (PINK
SLIP).  Also, if you wish to  register your opposition to the project
but not speak, you must also fill in an OPPOSITION
 speaker slip (PINK SLIP).  Speaker slips must be submitted  by
8:50 am to Lisa Fitzpatrick or her assistant

Each speaker is given
2 minutes to address the Planning Commission

Palomar Birding Class Register by September 1 Learn about your Birdy Friends

               Four weekly Tuesday evening classes
Two Saturday field trips
Designed for beginners to intermediate birders
             –  Covers bird classification,
field markings, bird behavior, vocalization, tracking and habitats
 Class leader, Phoenix Von Hendy
Palomaraudubon.org  or click here Birding registration form