Granite Aims to Delay Quarry Vote

A company planning a mine near Temecula wants to put off a hearing that will decide the fate of the controversial project.

A company planning a mine near Temecula wants to delay a decisive vote on the project.

Granite Construction sent a letter on Thursday to the Riverside County Planning Commission asking to put off voting for three weeks.

The company wants to negotiate with the Pechanga Tribe over a piece of legislation that could kill the quarry before the commission votes, according to Gary Johnson, the company's aggregate resource manager.

The legislation aims to stop certain activities -- such as mining -- near Native American sacred sites. To read the text of the legislation,

"Granite and Pechanga publicly committed to further talks in an effort to find a compromise solution to address Pechanga's cultural concerns," Johnson wrote in a letter addressed to John Roth, chairman of the commission. "Granite takes this commitment seriously and has pledged to meet with Pechanga representatives soon."

The meeting is set for Aug. 31 at the Riverside County Administration Center. Johnson asked to move the hearing to Sept. 21.

To read the letter, click on the photo gallery above.

Leroy Achoy August 28, 2011 at 05:54 AM
This is clearly stated in the second paragraph on page 2. The comma before the word" and" makes it apply statewide. This bill would also prohibit a lead agency from approving a reclamation plan for an aggregate products operation if the operation is located on or within 2,000 yards of the external boundaries of an Indian reservation < NOTE: IF THE BILL IS SITE SPECIFIC IT WOULD STATE PECHANGA. and is on or within 5,000 yards of a Native American sacred site,( at this point the law applys statewide) and is on or within 4,000 yards of the Santa Margarita River or an aquifer that is hydrologically connected to the river, unless the tribe whose reservation < NOTE AGAIN IT DOES NOT SPECIFY PECHANGA THEREFORE IT APPLYS STATEWIDE is nearest the operation consents to the operation. Without Cleary Stating that this law only applys to Pechanga it is in fact applys statewide.
Leroy Achoy August 28, 2011 at 06:02 AM
AGAIN Stories are just hearsy not facts. By the way, at the 3rd hearing, it was disclosed by experts, that an historian traveled in the area hundreds of years ago and learned about the tribes and drew maps and labeled sacred sites and turned some of the oral STOREIS into a book. Stories are hearsay: The theory of the rule excluding hearsay is that assertions made by human beings are often unreliable; such statements are often insincere, subject to flaws in memory and perception, or infected with errors in narration at the time they are given.
Leroy Achoy August 28, 2011 at 06:08 AM
It's funny how I get told I'm stupid or that I need to correct my grammar. But you never dispute the facts of what I am posting. The truth must be painful.
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 06:48 AM
It's just you are not making any point. You are babbling. Copying and Pasting text with no meaning.
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 06:57 AM
I don't understand the question?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 06:58 AM
What do you mean?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 06:59 AM
Where did you get the statement?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 06:59 AM
What is clearly?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:09 AM
What stories?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:10 AM
Why do you hate?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:11 AM
Who is Pachanga?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:13 AM
Who's job?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:14 AM
What bill are you referring to?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:16 AM
Why are you moving?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:17 AM
What is statewide?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:18 AM
What are your facts?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:20 AM
Who's Earth?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:21 AM
What is your point?
Popeye August 28, 2011 at 07:22 AM
Who is funny?
Marelle Dorsey August 28, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Leroy, Do you not know that historically passing on culture and has been mostly oral. Until the printing press, only very wealthy people could afford handwritten manuscripts. When a story is told for 10,000 years, containing life lessons about ancestors, it has merit. These stories teach how the population should live, and what virtues should be nourished, as well as respect and pride. All cultures have done that. The Bible is full of stories that were oral for centuries. By the way, AB742 does not have to mention Pechanga to be site specific. If all the facts only fit this one location, then it is site specific. Saying it is not a million times does not make your misunderstanding any more correct. I would debate the facts with you as long as you like. I have been gathering facts daily for years. Such as: Did you know that Granite just paid $1.1 million to settle a Minnesota lawsuit concerning the construction of a light rail system. That is your ethical company! A couple of months ago they paid $400,000.00 to San Diego to settle a lawsuit that accused them of overcharging (by double),on a cleanup contract they had after the 2007 fire. I have volumes of facts! I can support everything I say with solid written references. Bring it on!
Leroy Achoy August 28, 2011 at 07:03 PM
How much was the BRIBE MONEY that was paid by the Pechanga Early Asian Immigrants to an Assemblywoman from LONG BEACH introducing a bill that affects Temecula? This is a job killer for ALL of California. IT IS NOT SITE SPECIFIC. It clearly states within 2000 yards of any Indian reservation or "sacared site". This is a job killer for ALL of California. Read it it says: with in 5000 yards of a "Sacred Site" what ever Early Asian Immigrants might think is some BS fictional site.
Sarah August 28, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Leroy: for a guy who gives no credence to oral history, and who quotes the Bible regularly, you apparently don't know much Biblical history... best guess is that most of the new testament was WRITTEN decades, if not centuries, after the deaths of the authors...how did it get passed on so it could be written down later... oh, oral history. But that apparently only counts if it is Christian history, not Native American history. You are a supremely prejudiced, uneducated, coarse individual, and since you don't live here, it is beyond me why you care what Granite is doing or not doing in Temecula. You have never answered the questions about taking their money for your campaign against the people, the tribes, the environment.... because you are. What your involvement proves beyond a doubt, since there are SO MANY voices raised against you in every debate, voices of all political stripes, all colors and creeds, is that if the county supervisors want to win another election, they better realize that voting for the mine will be the end of their political careers. I hope they read these posts and see just how ridiculous and petty your arguments are - the mine is just the wrong idea at the wrong time in the wrong place, and only guys like you support it - that should be the number one reason that they vote it down.
Sarah August 28, 2011 at 09:12 PM
How much bribe money are you getting from Granite, Leroy?
Sarah August 28, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Leroy continues to spew hatred toward anyone not like him: http://temecula.patch.com/articles/the-heat-is-on-for-sunday
Don August 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Hey folks, do us all a favor and don't answer or refer to Leroy's silly comments anymore then maybe he will go away. Thanks
Leroy Achoy August 29, 2011 at 01:02 AM
So Don is it Free speech for just the anti quarrt folks? Don 2:38pm on Saturday, June 18, 2011 I think "Patch" is a great idea. It gives us real local news of interest, and allows us to join in with our criticisms, or praises. Thanks, Patch
Popeye August 30, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Leroy we just do not like Bigots, so please take it personal.
Popeye August 30, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Leroy you are the Job Killer. California is doing great, I have no issues and neither do my neighbors. We have everything we need. We just don't need a Gravel Pit. Also 9 Senators and 31 Assemblywoman/man sponsored the bill. Pretty quick.
Greg August 30, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Hey Leroy. Washington called. They need you in D.C. NOW! You have got a great future there as a lobbyist. The pay is good and you should be able to afford a dictionary. I suggest you take the next plane out. Adios.
Peter Terezakis August 30, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Jeff, there is a lot of truth in your post that I wish others would think about as well. Granite has spent close to $10 million dollars on this project and has yet to buy a piece of land. The electronic petition below will be received by all the planners, some senators, congressmen, and eventually the Governor Jerry Brown. Only confirmed signatures send the letter: http://sacredskysacredearth.com/ab-742/


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