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City Asks Court To Determine Quarry EIR Illegal

This Motion for Judgment relates to the City’s first cause of action in the lawsuit, which alleges that the county erred in an attempt to certify the EIR after it denied the Project, according to the city attorney.

The city of Temecula earlier this week filed a motion with the court to rule that the county acted illegally in certifying an Environmental Impact Report for the controversial Liberty Quarry project.

City officials contend that once the Riverside County Board of Supervisors rejected the proposal to build a large quarry on the outskirts of town, the EIR for that project should not have been certified.

Granite Construction Company, which proposed the quarry, has since reduced the scope of its proposal in the hope of having some sort of mining project approved.

"This Motion for Judgment relates to the City’s first cause of action in the lawsuit which alleges that the County erred in an attempt to certify the EIR after they denied the Project," City Attorney Peter Thorson wrote in a news release.

"Specifically, the City argues that CEQA does not apply to disapproved projects and thus the County lacked the discretionary authority to certify the EIR.

"This motion provides an opportunity for the Court to find that, under the law, certification of the EIR was improper."

The city hopes the court will make a speedy judgment on the illegality of the certification, thus making it void. 

Granite Construction, which is trying to bring the strip mining operation to Temecula, has since reduced the scope of its proposal in the hope that the county will allow the project to move forward.

Thorson added that should the court find for the county, the lawsuit filed by Temecula will move forward.

Katheryn September 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Check this out. A good friend sent this email and said the following: "Do you think this is what happens when a mining operator/Developer seems to be in control of your elected politicians and the appointed officials these same politicians put in positions of authority. Do you think government employees have to follow the instructions of these same politicians in order to keep their government jobs? Do you wonder if someone would be fired if they didn't do what the politicians wanted them to do?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m_HypxyudI&feature=relmfu Have you seen the MaryAnn Edwards video featuring the Aberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club with Castle & Cookes aggregate mining operation in the background it's across the street. Paul Jacobs may be onto something? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhckrqXX-L4 Another video of the Alberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club which puts things in prospective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12kTmWvn7U&feature=related
Stanley September 29, 2012 at 03:32 PM
What took them so long to do this?
Cononwind September 29, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I saw the video and all I can say is wow. I sure hope that Alberhill Ranch area saw this, and pulled there children out of there.
Ron Wilkens September 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Here's the noise you get when you have a quarry start up in your backyard after the houses were built. Don't let them fool you, it's not quiet and it's got silica dust which is a known CANCER producer in our bodies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQKeNzUkofE&feature=relmfu
Winchester Collection October 01, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Back in 1990 my company tried to put an industrial plant in that area but was forced out by the people in control at the time. The fight was not worth it. Can I ask everyone a question, what will go there??? Homes, a factory, bars and clubs? what is good enough. Just regulate traffic in temecula so it is inconvenient for these tractors to drive through our town. Impose air quality laws for the area. Let just buy that land and incorporate it into our city that way we have real control. How many people want to buy those Bonds to preserve quality of life. Lets see how big that line gets :)

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