Other groups doing great work and government links.

Local community protection groups

The San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance was created to educate, protect and advocate for the ongoing preservation of the San Pasqual Valley, it's surrounding lands, habitats, resources and wildlife.  Currently we are joining other state and local groups opposed to the proposed Safari Highlands Ranch development, a sprawling 550 home development being planned for the untouched lands to the north of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and east of existing homes in the San Pasqual Valley. This land is presently undeveloped and mostly inaccessible open space, home to a variety of habitats, animals, cultural and natural resources that face significant and/or long-term disruption and destruction if development of this size, scope and duration is undertaken.  Future areas of concern are protecting the San Pasqual Valley Agricultural Preserve and opposing efforts to develop Rancho Guejito.

Friends of Eden Valley
Located in the Harmony Grove area this community groups is an unincorporated association dedicated to maintaining consistency through responsible development in our area. Sign up for regular emails at EdenValleyNews@aol.com

Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council
Dedicated to preserving our rural environment in Harmony Grove area.

Lakes, streams, oceans, water quality, marine habitat


San Diego CoastKeeper
San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.


Escondido Creek Conservancy
The Escondido Creek Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of the natural open space within the Escondido Creek watershed.

Birds, Wildlife, and Habitats

Palomar Audubon Society
The mission of Palomar Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.


Endangered Habitats League
The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants.


San Dieguito River Conservancy
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a non-profit, citizen-based organization helping to implement the San Dieguito River Park and its Coast to Crest Trail stretching 70 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the ocean between Del Mar and Solana Beach.


San Diego Audubon
San Diego Audubon leads the way in fostering knowledge and appreciation of the natural world and seeks to become an even more significant resource for our communities through our education, environmental recreation, and numerous conservation programs.




Cleveland National Forest Foundation
The Cleveland National Forest Foundation is made up of private citizens who believe that action must be taken to protect the remaining undeveloped lands within the forest, as well as those lands whose future may impact the integrity of the wilderness. We are not political. We are dedicated to preserving land and educating the public. Our goal is to acquire or help to maintain privately held land that's still in its natural state and preserve it in perpetuity.
A partnership-based international conservation team preserving the endangered marine species and coastal wildlands of the Californias.

San Diego County Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP)
The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) is a comprehensive habitat conservation planning program for southwestern San Diego County. The MSCP will preserve a network of habitat and open space, protecting biodiversity and enhancing the region's quality of life

Climate Change

San Diego 350.org
 SanDiego350.org is an all-volunteer team of San Diegans dedicated to raising awareness, developing leaders, and advocating for climate change action.
 Whether you are an activist, lawyer, scientist, designer, educator, programmer, speaker, student, videographer, nurse, or musician, you can make a difference.
Join us to work on public education, public policy, demonstrations, coalition building, and more.

Climate Action Campaign

Climate Action Campaign has a simple mission: to stop climate change.
It’s a simple purpose to protect the people and places we love from the ravages of a warming world.

Recently published climate science overwhelmingly demonstrates that previous actions by local, national, and global actors are not enough to solve this problem. In order to stop climate change, we need experienced advocates at the local, state, and national levels promoting relevant, achievable, and legally binding climate policies. Climate Action Campaign is unique in the San Diego region in that it is solely focused on stopping climate change through policy action. 100% of our time, energy, and finances are dedicated toward achieving this essential mission.

Our Approach
We believe change happens from the bottom up. That’s why we’re focused on working with civic leaders and policymakers at the local level to enact legally binding policies designed to stop climate change. Our work in the City of San Diego has already resulted in the passage of the City’s groundbreaking 2015 Climate Action Plan, which has made San Diego the largest city in the United States with a legal commitment to reach 100% clean energy by 2035. We are also working with eleven other city, county, and regional government agencies located throughout San Diego County to help them implement similar 100% clean energy climate plans and other important climate action policies. We believe our locally based actions toward stopping climate change will yield measurable improvements in our communities and will create the momentum necessary to pass similarly effective and enforceable policies at the state and national levels.


Community Groups

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Lake Hodges Fire Safe Council
The Lake Hodges FireSafe Council is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing fire safety information and education to residents of the Greater Lake Hodges Area in the 92029 zip code, west of the San Pasqual Valley and east of the Lake Hodges Dam.


Sustainability and Sustainable Living

Sky Mountain Institute
 Sky Mountain Institute's Expressive Arts Therapy Trainings and Ecological and Community Programs have the living earth at their core. They are designed to realign us with an ecological vision of a sustainable human-earth presence, imaginal competency, and relational depth as members within our global and local communities.

Escondido Garden Club
 Come together with other gardeners and permaculture practitioners and learn how to care for yourself and care for the earth—and eat well! Monthly meeting.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Health Coalition
The region’s leading environmental justice organization working in San Diego and Tijuana region to empower people, organize communities, and achieve justice in communities heavily burdened by toxic pollution. 

California Environmental Justice Alliance 
 CEJA is a statewide coalition of grassroots, environmental justice organizations. We are working to achieve environmental justice by organizing in low-income communities and communities of color – those most impacted by environmental hazards – and by pushing for policies at the federal, state, regional and local levels that protect public health and the environment.


Media and Information Specific to North County and Escondido

A Blue View
A blog about the body politic in Escondido and an important source of the meeting-by-meeting discussion of the activities of the Escondido City Council.  Highly recommended if you live in Escondido or its sphere of influence..  


Alianza North County
The closing of the North County Times in 2012 ended Escondido’s 125-year history of a daily, local newspaper. Alianza North County (available on line in both English and Spanish) now provides a source for local news and a platform for residents to express their opinions. Covers communities along the 78. Monthly.

Coast News Inland Edition
The Coast News is a weekly newspaper that covers North San Diego County’s coastal cities, from Del Mar to Oceanside. It is one of the remaining community papers in the region not bought up by developer Doug Manchester, publisher of U-T San Diego. In June 2014, the paper expanded to Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista.



DeLano & DeLano
The law firm of DeLano & DeLano specializes in land use and environmental law, with a commitment to preserving and protecting communities and the natural environment. Representing individuals, non-profit groups, and unincorporated associations.


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties
The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties fights for individual rights and fundamental freedoms for all through education, litigation, and policy advocacy.
We are always open to suggestions about other groups to include and events to promote. Please send us your ideas.


City of Escondido
Email your elected officials here:
Mayor Paul McNamara, pmcnamarapmcnamara@escondido.org
Councilmember Olga Diaz, odiaz@escondido.org
Councilmember Consuelo Martinez, cmartinez@escondido.org
Councilmember Mike Morasco, mmorasco@escondido.org
Councilmember John Masson, jmasson@escondido.org

Key Staff
Jay Petrek, jpetrek@escondido.org    
Barbara Redlitz, bredlitz@escondido.org 
Bill Martin, bmartin@escondido.org

County of San Diego
Supervisor Kristen Gaspar (District 3)

Environmental Regulators

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.

State Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region
 The mission of the San Diego Regional Board is developing and enforcing water quality objectives and implementing plans that will best protect the area's waters while recognizing our local differences in climate, topography, geology and hydrology.
State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
 OEHHA’s mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment by scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances.
San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District strives to protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution, achieve and maintain air quality standards, foster community involvement and develop and implement cost-effective programs meeting state and federal mandates, considering environmental and economic impacts.