Monday, March 4, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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.

      Monday, February 25, 2019

      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 27th, 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 each
      ____ Intermediate      $60.00  each
      ____ 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, 2018.