Welcome to :

Escondido Neighbors United

An alliance of engaged residents working for the benefit of
 urban, and natural communities in the Escondido Area.

Welcome to Escondido Neighbors United!
We live in a vibrant city in a challenging time. It has never been more important for residents to become involved in our neighborhood and government activities. The stakes could not be higher. Our health, our neighborhoods, our environment, and our future are at risk.


We are local residents who came together to respond to issues and to try to improve our community. We are a diverse group of residents with different backgrounds and life experiences, but we have a lot in common about what kind of neighborhood, community, and world we wanted to live in. 

Escondido Neighbors United works to help residents learn about issues, engage with decision-makers, and act in concert to bring about the changes we need. 

Community Updates: Escondido Neighbors United produces periodic updates on our efforts and information that might be helpful to you.
Taking ActionMany people have concerns about what is happening in Escondido and want to take action. Public engagement is an important part of our core mission. We always look for collaborative solutions to problems and  try to provide constructive options where possible. We want to take action to improve and protect the things we love—like Felicita Park and Creek, our wildlife, and our quality of life.  
Building Community: There are lots of great people and organizations doing wonderful work in our area. Our Helpful Links page will provide contact info on other groups that you may want to support. It also includes contact information for the main governmental entities with whom we advocate for change.  
Our priorities for action include:
  • Chatham Barrel Yard Cleanup
    One of the worst hazardous waste sites in San Diego County is located in Southwest Escondido. Listed as a state ‘Superfund’ site, the Chatham Barrel Yard was the site of a failed industrial waste recycling plant which left a terrible toxic legacy in our community. After over 30 years of remedial actions and over $30 million spent, pollution from the site is still contaminating local groundwater and Felicita Creek. More must be done.

  • Felicita Park and Felicita Creek Protection Felicita Park is a 53-acre County Park that is heavily used by local families and groups. Felicita Creek runs through the Park and is heavily eroded, suffers from the presence of invasive plants,  and is contaminated from Chatham industrial wastes.  We want to see more attention given to cleanup, restoration, and protection of the Creek.
  • Public Outreach to the Escondido City Council 
    The Escondido Mayor and City Council need to hear from more residents. Please join our Community Updates list to keep up to date and to learn actions you can take. 
  • Housing Developments
    Safari Highlands Ranch, recently renamed 'Harvest Hills' is a sprawl development we strongly oppose. This project would put people in a high-fire risk zone, worsens already terrible traffic and compromise evacuation for local residents, devastate rare and sensitive habitats, and worsens climate impacts. ENU will work hard to oppose this project. Learn more about how to help stop this project. We are working with San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance. 
  • Oak Creek: A Santa Monica developer secured approval for a high-density gated housing development on farmland and open space near Felicita Park. ENU will be monitoring the mitigation that was proposed as the project moves forward. 
  • Newland Sierra is a tragic development mistake that is under consideration by the Board of Supervisors.  It would upend habitat planning and significantly worsen traffic in an already congested area. 
Understanding Issues: Many of the issues ENU works on are complicated and technical. Our Document Archive strives to be an easy place to find and review documents critical to our issues.