Say Good Bye to our Friends- Decimation of Oaks for ‘Oak Creek’ in full gear

Oak Creek-– never was there a more wrongly named development. The decimation of the Oak Trees is in full swing as you can see if you drive on Felicita Road near the Park. The chainsaws and bulldozers are hard at work, indiscriminately destroying hundreds of oak trees on site.
It is too late to save them.

The former Mayor and Council majority (Thank you Olga Diaz for voting no) refused to even examine modest changes to the plan that could have saved many of these trees. This is happening in Escondido in Mike Morasco’s district, who supported it.

Even the staff agreed with us that a bike path alignment that reduced the tree cutting was possible.  But Abed and his supporters Morasco, Gallo, and Masson ignored it all.

So, while (under new leadership) we develop a new climate plan that calls for planting of new trees, Oak Creek developers are busy cutting down established, threatened, and healthy oaks on their site and in the park. Neighbors downstream are concerned about flooding with good reason. It is a terrible result from a bad process to facilitate an ill-advised development.

So, please take a moment to say good bye to these beautiful trees who have offered their air, beauty, greenery, and carbon sequestration for us for so long. Our neighborhood will be forever degraded as a result.

All we can do is bear witness and remember this legacy of Mike Morasco and John Masson and former elected officials Sam Abed and Ed Gallo.

Please send your photos and videos to us.  We may need them in the future.    Video below


Escondido wants to hear from you- Great opportunity!

The city is asking for your input
and best ideas for our future.  Please communicate your thoughts to them.

On the City Council Action Plan.  Submit Your Form    The City
Council’s collective vision for Escondido’s future and the key activities
that will be used to achieve that vision. It is developed every two years
following a workshop where key policy interests are identified and
discussed by the City Council and City Staff.Please be sure to use this
opportunity to let your leaders know what you value! Fill out this
form to let the city know your thoughts!   Submit Your Form You can also contact
your Councilmember by clicking here.   

Please support our requests. We will ask

  • the city to require the developer of Oak Creek Development to reexamine the stormwater and transportation aspects of the project to reduce oak tree loss and stormwater flooding!
  • city should stop annexations that increase fire risks, worsen traffic, impact the climate, cause habitat losses.
  • city should partner with state and County to take more action on the Chatham Barrel Yard remediation!
This is a great opportunity!  Please exercise your
rights!  As the last flood showed so clearly, (and the tens of thousands of dollars we have to spend fixing our bridge) demonstrates very clearly, even if you are in the sphere of influence and not the city
direct, what they do impacts us greatly so please comment.

2.  On the city budget 
click here
All residents are also invited to
attend the City of Escondido will be holding two community workshops in March
and June:
  • The first will be on Wednesday, March 6 at the East Valley Community Center, Vineyard Room, at 6 p.m., regarding how the City develops the annual Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program and Budget. This meeting will provide an overview of what is included in these budgets and how the information directly affects the community.
      • The meeting on June 3 will be at the Escondido City Library, Turrentine Room, at 6 p.m. and will provide an overview of the preliminary budget documents for fiscal year 2019/2020.

      Palomar Audubon offers Birding Class

      A great way to learn about all of our avian neighbors!  Palomar Audubon Society is
      again offering bird classes on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday
      April 16, 2019. The first three classes will be for beginners and the last
      three (starting Tuesday May 7th) will be for intermediate birders. The classes
      will be integrated for beginners taking both classes. There will be three
      Saturday field trips, April 27
      th, May11thand May 25th.
      Classes will start at 6:30 Pm
      and run for 90 minutes. They will be held at the Glassman Recreational Center
      at 18448 RB Community Center Drive off West Bernardo Drive (the large Casa De
      Las Companas Retirement Home is on the east side of this intersection).
      The classes will cover the
      classification of birds, field markings of local birds, behavior, vocalization,
      tracking, and the different habitats in San Diego County.
      Cost for either class is $
      60.00 and the cost for both is $ 90.00.
      The course will be led by
      Phoenix Von Hendy, a long-time birding leader in North County and a certified tracker
      naturalist. For questions about the course contact Richard  at To register, complete the form below and send with
      check to
      Palomar Audubon Society, P.O.
      Box 2483, Escondido, Ca. 92033-2483 by April 13, 2019.
                                            REGISTRATION FORM
      Name(s):___________________________  Phone:______________________________
      ____ Beginner/novice $60.00
      ____ Intermediate      $60.00 
      ____ Both classes       $90.00 each               Total inclosed : __________________
      Mail form and check to
      Palomar Audubon Society, P.0. Box 2483, Escondido, Ca.
      92033-2483 by April 20th,

      City wants your input on Escondido City Action Plan

      Everyone in Escondido has an opportunity to help the Escondido City Council shape the vision and set priorities for the 2019-2020 Council Action Plan.
      The City Council Action Plan represents the City Council’s collective vision for Escondido’s future and the key activities that will be used to achieve that vision. It is developed biennially following a workshop where key policy interests are identified and discussed by the City Council and City Staff.
      Fill out this form to let us know your thoughts! File comments here.
      Or contact your Councilmember by clicking here.
      This is a great opportunity to let the City Council know what you think. Please let them know what their are doing that you like and other things you hope they will work on or prioritize/ or move off the list. 
      Escondido Neighbors United will be asking for the city to add the following to the priority list:
      1. Support local community efforts to secure more cleanup action on the Chatham Barrel Yard plume. 
      2. Revisit the Oak Creek development stormwater retention infrastructure in light of climate change and expected and extreme flooding events.
      3. To support the adoption of a North County Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) to protect sensitive species in our area.

      REMINDER: Chatham Open House today at 4-8 pm

      We know it is a very busy day, but please stop by the Chatham Open House today.  The Installation of the new Mayor and Council will occur at 6 PM but there is still time (before or after) to attend the open house.

      Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., located at: California Center for the Arts Escondido (Theater Lobby) 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

      More info here 

      Chatham Responds to ENU, Open House on Dec 12th 4-8 PM

      DTSC responded to our comment letter.   DTSC_response_ENU_28NOV2018. As usual, we have disagreements with many of their comments.  However, we think it is important that the letter states, “DTSC acknowledges that this remedy has not reached the offsite RAPs sent in the RAP.  We are not there yet.”  On this we agree.

      Escondido Neighbors United encourages everyone to attend the DTSC Public Workshop on Chatham Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., located at: California Center for the Arts Escondido (Theater Lobby) 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

      ENU will, again, be raising concerns about the failure to monitor all of the required wells, the lack of action on the toe of the plume, and other issues we have raised before.

      Further, per this new letter, which states “Before site certification, a final allowable level will be established [for 1,4-dioxane] to ensure that an appropriate risk-based health protectiveness level is achieved.” (DTSC at 5)  We will want to know how that will be done.

      Again, we will ask for more appropriate posting of the worst part of the creek and more action to address the releases into the creek.

      Last, it states that, “DTSC has not found a ‘silver bullet’ that would have allowed us to reach the RAOs by today”. (DTSC at 2)   To this comment we want to reassure that we are not so unsophisticated to think that a highly complex situation such as this would respond to a simplistic, single action ‘silver bullet’. It will take many actions. Further, we do not see the finding of  these strategies, as DTSC’s job.  It is the job of the PRPs to propose additional actions needed to get us to the RAOs to be reviewed by DTSC.  We will be asking what new and innovative technologies they have proposed to address our site. It is incumbent on them to bring options to the regulatory agencies as they are ‘potentially’ responsible.

      But, it is incumbent on all parties to estimate when, if ever, this will be remediated.  We have waited long enough.

      The post about our original letter is here.