CA Fires: SDU-T Article Addresses What Went Right and One Thing That Continues To Go Wrong
In the wake of the Lilac Fire, today’s San-Diego Union Tribune discusses the valuable lessons learned from the ‘03 and ‘07 fires - and one lesson that is still being ignored: ongoing efforts by developers to build in known, fire-prone wild lands (SHR specifically...
LAFCO Among Agencies Not Notified of DEIR Release
As we mentioned earlier this week, the City of Escondido failed to properly notify more than one agency of the draft EIR for SHR when it was released in mid-October. Today the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that LAFCO was one of the agencies that was not notified of...
Support SPVPA on #GivingTuesday
It's a busy week: we gave thanks on Thursday, looked for splashy sales on Friday, supported small businesses on Saturday and scoured the Internet for deals on Monday. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is fast becoming known as Giving Tuesday, an international...
The Coast News Reports SPVPA’s Pushback on SHR
Another powerful newspaper article about the Safari Highlands Ranch development battle. “It’s still very rural land zoned for 27 houses. That’s what they bought, that’s their land and they are looking for a mechanism for which they can flip that into being worth, and...
SHR “Open House” at Escondido City Hall Nov. 7th
A lot of you have asked about the Safari Highlands Ranch “open house” at City Hall tomorrow - What is it? Are any decisions being made? Should you go? Here are the details: Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 4:30-7:00pm in the Mitchell Room at City Hall (201 N. Broadway,...
Angel Donor Update: We Did It!
And the magic number is....(drum roll, please)...$10,013.56! We reached our goal and will get the full donor match! Thank you to all who stepped up and made this possible. You are all amazing! Ok, now for a bit of perspective... For those who have taken a look at the...
Angel Donor Emerges
SPVPA is thrilled to announce that recent discussions and media coverage have inspired an angel donor to offer a dollar for dollar match on all donations received between today and Sunday, November 5th 2017...up to $5,000! Click here to be linked to our...
U-T Reports on SHR Draft EIR Release
Another good article in the San Diego Union-Tribune pointing out several issues that remain unresolved despite Safari Highlands Ranch, "the largest residential development to come before the Escondido City Council in decades," proceeding with the EIR release. "The...
How Can We Help Stop SHR?
SPVPA has come a long way. We started out as a small group of tenacious people with an idea about what community stewardship is all about, and have matured that idea into a non-profit organization pursuing meaningful outcomes throughout the San Pasqual...
Safari Highlands Ranch Draft EIR has been released!
The long-awaited draft of the Environmental Impact Report for the Safari Highlands Ranch development proposal has been released! We know there is strong public opposition to this project and rest assured, it remains a top priority for SPVPA too. You can read the...
Safari Highlands Ranch
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Escondido election outcome puts Safari Highlands vote in question
- The Coast News: San Pasqual Fire renews concerns for Safari Highlands proposal
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands Ranch housing development moving towards final decisions
- San Diego Reader: One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Lessons learned? Lilac Fire tested strategies drawn from ’07 and ’03 fires
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Noticing error likely to delay Safari Highlands vote
- The Coast News: Lines drawn over proposed Safari Highlands Ranch
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Decision nears on Safari Highlands project
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Next step looms in Safari Highlands debate
- The San Diego Reader: Escondido neighbors call it sprawl
- San Diego Union-Tribune: 2017 should bring decision on Safari Highlands project
- The Escondido Grapevine: Tale of two master-planned developments
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands project delayed
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Little school faces big changes
- The Escondido Grapevine: Escondido road closures and (Lilac Hills, Safari Highland ranches) developments – scroll to bottom of article for SHR info
- Voice of San Diego: Developer Tries to Make Escondido Bigger to Accommodate 550 Luxury Homes
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Housing projects continue slow march forward
- San Diego Union-Tribune: New regulations prompt threatening letter
- Times-Advocate: Public meetings inform on proposed Safari Highlands Ranch project
- San Diego Free Press: Escondido Can’t Afford the Safari Highlands Ranch Development
- San Diego Free Press: Escondido’s Lyin’ King Sees Riches in the Safari Highlands Ranch Proposal
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Neighbors decry Safari Highlands Ranch plans
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands Ranch inches forward
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Boom or Doom? Huge projects loom
Regional News Affecting Escondido and SHR
Lake Wohlford Dam project has been halted indefinitely after it was revealed the project is ineligible for a $25M loan to pay for the project from the CA Dept. of Water Resources. As a result, $15M in matching state money will be lost because those funds required that the dam project be completed by the end of next year. The implications for Escondido and water availability throughout the North County is significant; Escondido gets ~30% of it’s water from Lake Wohlford as well as parts of Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside and Carlsbad. Given the structural instability of the Lake Wohlford Dam in the event of an earthquake, the water level in that lake has been lowered by half which means less water availability, less electricity generation capability and environmental concerns for the water quality of the lake.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Wohlford dam replacement delayed
For the second year, State Route 78 at Twin Oaks Valley Road is rated as San Diego County’s worst traffic bottleneck. Transportation data estimates 475,000 total vehicle hours were wasted in that stretch of the 78 alone. On average, registered drivers in San Diego county spent an average of 3.5 days waiting in traffic last year, or about 20 minutes per workday.
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County’s 10 worst bottlenecks
Residents and local politicians gather to learn more about the Lilac Hills Ranch ballot initiative process and its impact on the quality of life in San Diego County.
Valley Roadrunner: Lilac Hills Ranch opponents decry initiative process’s vulnerability to “deep pockets”
Accretive Investments is taking a new approach to get the Lilac Hills Ranch project done: collecting signatures to put it for a county-wide vote, conveniently side-stepping CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) requirements in the process.
Voice of San Diego: Lilac Hills Ranch Developer to Try Yet Another Way Around ‘No’
Although Safari Highlands Ranch will not trigger Prop S because it does not require an amendment to the City of Escondido’s General Plan, this article on Prop S is a good primer on the purpose behind Prop S and how it has served Escondido growth trajectory well for many years.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Prop. S helped save Escondido
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