Residents from The Springs of Escondido protest water treatment plant
A large group of politically-savvy seniors at The Springs of Escondido, a Holiday Retirement community, banded together to protest the construction of a proposed water treatment plant right next door to the senior living community. What started as a few casual conversations in the retirement community's dining room lead to a group of more than 100 Escondido community residents voicing concerns about potential construction noise and chemical pollution from the plant.
Fired up residents met with Escondido city officials at the Holiday Retirement community to speak out against construction of the plant, which they argued would cause noise, hurt property values and most importantly, negatively affect the health of residents and employees.
This isn’t the first time the plant has caused controversy. The city of Escondido originally planned to build it on a different site, but was forced to change locations after encountering fierce opposition from local homeowners also concerned about health risks and property values. Senior activists at this latest meeting hoped their protests would change officials' minds again, potentially choosing another site farther away from their home.
In addition to making their voices heard at the meeting, The Springs of Escondido's impassioned residents held protest signs that urged officials to "think of the future" and circulated a petition opposing the plant. The community's assistant general manager, Russell Nakaoka was inspired by the residents' tenacity.
"I'm blown away by our residents," Nakaoka said. "I couldn't be more proud of the community for coming together to stand up for their rights and the rights of others."
While city officials voted to move forward with the water treatment plant on the land adjacent to The Springs of Escondido, determined residents and allies have pledged to continue their fight against the plant as planning and construction advance.
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