Summer 2013 Newsletter is Here!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world;indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
In the highlands to the northeast of Elfin Forest, northwest of Harmony Grove, and south of San Marcos, lie two peaks known to locals as Frank’s Peak and Mt. Whitney. Towering over a thousand feet above the valley floor in Harmony Grove, these peaks make up the ridgeline that is commonly referred to as the “Sleeping Lady” because of the image of a silhouetted sultana in repose, a chaperone over all points east as far as the granite hills east of Escondido.
At the beginning of this year The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) took a 12 month option on the 502 acre property on which the Sleeping Lady rests. We refer to this property as University Heights because of the 1200 unit housing project proposed on the site several years ago, an idea that evaporated in the recession of 2008. But at least one major developer has plans for over 300 houses on the site if somehow the open space acquisition plan falls through continue reading.