The owner of the former Escondido Country Club property seems to need a lesson on how to make nice in order to make things happen as a land developer. Michael Schlesinger, whose Beverly Hills-based company Stuck in the Rough LLC bought the 110-acre country club and other area distressed properties nearly a year ago has done little, if anything, to endear himself to the community in which he’d like to build a couple of hundred homes.
Last week's action by the Escondido City Council to forever preserve the 110-acre Escondido Country Club as open space has transferred the issue from the court of public opinion, where community relations activities created resounding support for the decision, to a court of law, where law suits and judges' opinions prevail.
The major news in North County thus far this summer is a continuing willingness on the part of buyers to select homes from a shrunken inventory, pay more, and take less time to do so than in recent months.
The big news in North San Diego County this past month is there is now little North County news to read. What once was U-T San Diego’s daily North County section, meager as it was, is now a couple of pages in the back of the Metro section and a small separate section on Sundays. All of which are filled by just a handful of reporters who are trying to cover eight cities and several hundred square miles.
Several recent events have helped brand Escondido as the haven for anything with wheels. While its new-car dealerships are second only to San Diego, its city-of-wheels image extends beyond how many vehicles are for sale.
Growing numbers of voters will have fewer local elected officials to complain to and about, thanks to a broad-swathed California law that is chopping cities and school districts into political fiefdoms.
For longer than anyone can remember, there have been chambers of commerce in place to protect and promote business enterprise within their areas of influence.
The man’s tired and in a hurry. Pushing one or two grocery carts, laden with food and other stuff out of the local Vons, his singular task is to get to the car, load up and leave. Nothing’s going to get in the way; he’ll be homeward bound in a couple of minutes.
For some, the election season didn’t come to an end Nov. 6 when most people thought — or wished — it had. In North County’s two largest cities, political activism, in one form or another, seems to reign eternal.
"Any discussion of a region’s economy would be incomplete without taking a look at its housing market. Housing not only is a major generator of jobs and demand for goods and services, but it also helps define an area’s quality of life and economic viability. The condition of the housing market itself is the most important indicator of consumer confidence, given the fact that a home is typically the largest single purchase a consumer will make."
Given the snaillike speed in counting nearly 500,000 absentee and provisional ballots, it’s taken the better part of two weeks to learn the final outcome of several tight countywide races. But it was clear from the very first tally election night that North County voters were keen on doing some fine-tuning of several boards and councils.
With three weeks to go until the 2012 election becomes history, the outcomes evident thus far are not likely to change the political directions of most North County cities, despite who is elected. Or, who is not.
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Dick Daniels has been a public relations practitioner the past 34 years and presently operates a regional firm bearing his name and based in Escondido. He has been in leadership positions with several ...About the author