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From Sewer to Safari

A Blue View for Escondido has posted an interesting summary and opinion piece on issues surrounding the recent water rate increases adopted for Escondido water rate payers (5.5% annually for the next five years) by the Escondido City Council in February 2017. Click...

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Hole 14 Flooded

Recent storm flooded Hole 14 of the Eagle Crest Golf Course, the proposed location of the entry road to Safari Highlands Ranch.

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SHR EIR Delayed Once Again

The EIR for Safari Highlands Ranch has been delayed - again.  The latest revised timeline now anticipates the EIR will be released for the 45-day public review period between late April and mid June.  Revised project schedule available here: SHR Revised Project...

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Check Out Our Facebook Page and Our Twitter Feed!

SPVPA is excited to announce the launch of our social media expansion.  We can now be found on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook: Twitter: As always, we strive to keep our...

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SHR EIR Delayed until February/March 2017

The SHR EIR is now expected in February/March 2017.  The most recent revisions to the proposal included the removal of the on-site waste water treatment facility and the five-acre public park.  The City of Escondido determined there was no money in the City budget to...

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EIR Will Not Be Released Before the New Year

Several of you have reached out to us following a City of Escondido email blast suggesting the Safari Highlands Ranch EIR could be released by the end of THIS YEAR despite earlier statements that the reworking of the EIR would delay its release into early 2017.  To...

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Measure B Fails – San Diego Says NO

Measure B Fails! Despite prolific TV commercials and signage throughout San Diego county, Measure B was solidly rejected by the San Diego County voters on November 8th, 2016.  More than 735,000 voters (63%) made their voices heard by voting NO on Measure B - the Lilac...

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Amazon Smile

SPVPA is now registered with Amazon Smile!  Click on the banner below to be connected directly to Amazon Smile. Select the "San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance" (sorry, typing "SPVPA" alone will not locate us) as your charitable organization of choice and 0.5% of...

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Safari Highlands Ranch



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’


Prop S


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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