UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 5:
A judge has denied a request by the city of Temecula for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked the Riverside County Board of Supervisors from voting on fast-track approval of Liberty Quarry.
The judge's decision means the vote can go ahead as scheduled during the Board's meeting Tuesday morning.
A hearing for a restraining order sought by the city of Temecula against Riverside County and its Board of Supervisors has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.
The city of Temecula—by way of a temporary restraining order—seeks to halt a supervisors' vote scheduled for Tuesday morning on the revised Liberty Quarry project.
As per the published agenda for Nov. 6 board of supervisors meeting, District 4 Supervisor John Benoit is recommending the board award the fast-track process for the project south of Temecula that is being brought forward by Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction.
but according to court records had been delayed until Tuesday morning.
However, in an email to Patch, Betsy Lowrey, senior management analyst for the city of Temecula, said: the Temecula city attorney "received a call from the Court Clerk that the Presiding Judge has assigned this case to Judge Dallas Holmes and that Judge Holmes will hear the case this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Department 4," in Riverside.
Granite’s original 414-acre Liberty Quarry just south of Temecula was voted down 3-2 by the board on Feb. 16. Supervisors John Benoit and Marion Ashley supported the mining operation while Supervisors Bob Buster, Jeff Stone and John Tavaglione opposed it.
Since that time, Granite Construction has proposed a scaled-down version of the project.
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