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Granite Construction Rearing Its Head Again

The company, which saw its proposal for a 135-acre quarry on 414 acres of land, has come back with a smaller version of its proposal, with a promise to charge buyers a 20-cent per ton levy to raise the county money.

Updates with more concessions made by Granite in its revised proposal for a quarry.

Granite Construction Co. on Wednesday submitted a revised proposal for a smaller version of its original Liberty Quarry plan, which had been rejected by the Riverside Count Board of Supervisors.

The new proposal outlines a potentially more prolific concern, with less environmental impacts.

In addition to imposing a 20-cent per ton fee to buyers of the aggregate that would be produced by the quarry -- presumably San Diego County builders -- the company also attached the following provisions to its proposal:

  • 30 percent reduction in life of the project -- 25 fewer total years;
  • 20 percent reduction in maximum truck trips per day 160 fewer truck trips/day;
  • 25 percent reduction in maximum aggregate production over the life of the project -- reduced from 235 million to 174 million tons over the life of the project;
  • 20 percent reduction in annual production -- 1 million fewer tons per year;
  • 30 percent reduction in mining depth  --300 feet and;
  • Mining activity will be restricted to daylight hours only

 The fee that would be imposed is expected to generate $92 million in revenue -- $61.3 million of which would presumably come from San Diego County buyers of the aggregate created in the quarry.

"The revised Liberty Quarry project will create hundreds of new jobs and provide a new source of ongoing revenue for Riverside County to support public safety and other public services,” said Gary Johnson, aggregate resource development manager for the company.

"At the same time, this revised proposal substantially reduces the potential environmental impacts of the project," he added.

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Granite Construction, the beleagured company that saw its plans for a quarry outside Temecula go up in smoke, has submitted a smaller version of its development plan, it was reported Wednesday.

The company, which for years had worked to get its Liberty Quarry plan approved, proposes a mine that would produce 4 million tons of aggregate material a year, according to the North County Times.

Originally, the granite proposal called for 5 million tons per year at peak production, according to published reports.

Opponents long lobbied against the quarry, contending it would ruin air quality with silica particles coming from the plant, proposed for the western end of the city.

Supporters argued that the quarry could bring jobs and money to the area.

In an effort to sweeten the deal for the County Board of Supervisors, Granite also proposed to charge a 20 cents per ton levy – the fee would generate as much as $92 million for the county, the NCT article states.

That money would come from San Diego County builders, who would presumably buy the product, according to the Times.

The move by Granite came after the Temecula City Council on Tuesday announced it would file suit against Riverside County for its certification of the company's environmental impact report in May, the Times reported.

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Sonny Lambert July 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM
TAVAGLIONE YOU ARE AN IDIOT.....Temecula residents will fight Granite construction to the end. FBI will be watching and will prosecute any council member accused of any wrong doing. Take your killer pit somewhere else!
TVOR July 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM
No surprise here. No doubt the county has more motivation to go in their favor this time.
Candi Oliver July 26, 2012 at 02:07 AM
do they not understand, what no means! these council members better watch what they are doing and who they are backing. What allows a councilman to change his mind after the vote is over. Hmmmmmm is it those green backs or what
wolfcreek July 26, 2012 at 03:19 AM
People, they are supervisors not councilmen. The people of Temecula must be vigilant and once again defeat this ridiculous project. The unfortunate issue in this is the money involved. Millions will got to County revenue and the leftovers to the Supervisors that support the project. Demand transparency.
Burkey Devitt July 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Still 414 acres is not smaller.
Scott July 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
In all due respect to all, most residents are completely naive to this issue. Temecula residents can do NOTHING to stop this project, they did nothing before and can do nothing again. The marching, calling, posting etc, although great emotional and psychological support for each other, had NO effect on the outcome of this project......obviously. The project rest on County Supervisors who, apart from 2, could care less what we think, do,or say. Lets stop being naive and come to the reallization that the only way that this project is to be killed is by the Pechanga Tribe to get off their ass and aggressively pursue what they started which is pushing through AB 742 legislation......... "surface mining: Indian reservations and Native American sacred sites". Our city councel is already purseuing a lawsuit but in reality, if the Indians do not solidify this legislation to protect that land, a granite is inevitable. If you really want to do something to make a real differance, call, write or go to Pechanga, speak to those in charge and encourage them to push through what they started. For those who arent in the loop, know that the Pechanga Indians along with Sacramento are only one step away from locking out Granite forever.... http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/Bills/AB_742/20112012/
Carole Masson July 26, 2012 at 08:31 PM
How do they push it through any quicker? What does the average guy or gal do to help?
TVOR July 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Carol, what people have to do is get as many people as possible to stand up in opposition to this with them and let our county supervisors know we will not stand for this company negatively effecting our quality of life. The one thing which stands the best chance of directing a politician's actions is the possibility they will be voted out for those actions if they don't act in accordance with the needs of the people.
TVOR July 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
My apology, Carole.
Scott July 27, 2012 at 04:34 AM
TVOR, Pease dont take this the wrong way (we are on the same team) but unfortunately the majority of people believe this way and it is in vain ( to no end) perspective. Riverside County supervisors could care less who Temecula residents vote for (as evidenced by this previous vote where Tavaglone WON despite his flip flopping on the Granite issue). As well, Riverside residents (Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Paris,. etc) who vote for these representatives could care less about Temecula and how we residents feel about our "quality of life". The reality is that Riverside county and the teachers union will stand to win big $$$ WHEN this thing is pushed through. Another sad fact is that we residents are truly powerless.......No one is more sorry to embrace this fact than I. Another reality is that the power belongs to 5 people only and for 3 of them, your vote doesnt mean squat. There is only one final hope to stop this project for sure and as mentioned in my post above, is that the Pechanga tribe will re visit and push through the legislation that is sitting in "limbo" in Sacramento. Its up to the Indians now and they havent released any information as of yet.....and I dont know why.
Scott July 27, 2012 at 08:10 AM
In case anyone is interested, here are a few quotes from Pechanga chairman in regard to Granite issue as well as a brief article I found: "As any other people would, we will bring to bear all of the resources at our disposal to protect this sacred area from the permanent destruction this massive mine would cause." An 8,500-page environmental study of the quarry concluded its effect on cultural resources would be "less than significant," a finding Macarro called "disgraceful." "Because county planners have failed to honor the spirit of the law designed to protect such areas, we are forced to seek additional legislation to protect our place of creation from destruction," he said in the tribe's statement. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/article_d06fe6b5-2f94-530c-86f9-1a122c94e298.html
Carole Masson July 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Fast Track would mean no new Environmental Report, no Planning Commission hearing, and possible no public comments. A simple YES or NO vote by the Board of Supervisors is ALL that would be needed. The Board will vote on an amendment on Tuesday to allow surface mines to be fast tracked. We need to be there along with all the hoopla and media spotlight we can possible generate to defeat this amendment. A project of this magnitude and controversy need a full and complete evaluation and input from the public. Will you please come to the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING - TUESDAY, JULY 31 at 9am, the County Administration Building, 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside. Buses will be available at 7:30 am from the Ronald Reagan Sports Park. They will be back in Temecula at 3:30. PLEASE, also call all your friends and neighbors and any other interested parties and ask them to come on Tuesday too. They can call me Cheryl Alkema (fellow Woman's Club member) at 951-587-6308 for answers to anything. Also, please call Mariann Byers at 951-699-3089 or Fred Bartz at 951-216-3030 to reserve a seat on the bus (we do need a head count to know how many buses will be needed). Sorry for the late notice, but we were just hit with this yesterday. Thank you for your continued support. WEAR ORANGE !!!!!!
Scott July 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
My friends, whoever is reading this undertand that Granite will not lose this time around. Nothing but legislation from Pechanga will work. If you want to make a differance, contact this man and encourage him to pick up where he left off: http://www.pechanga-nsn.gov/page?pageId=128

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