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UPDATE: City's Request for Quarry Restraining Order Denied

The judge's decision means the vote can go ahead as scheduled during the Board's meeting Tuesday morning.

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.

This is a developing story. Stay with Patch for updates.

Candi Oliver November 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
5150 November 05, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Listen up people, Vote the Incumbent Clowns out of Temecula City Council, we need some new leadership. Cmon Man!!
JohnJ November 05, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Might be good.
JohnJ November 06, 2012 at 12:02 AM
It's not them doing anything. The judge saw fit to get them in today and not wait until it's too late for the hearing. Like I said. It might be good news.
Cheri November 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I just spoke with the Environmental Protection Agency, and they even thought this whole thing sounded really fishy. She advised me to have an online letter sent to the Attorney General's office, The Governor's office, along with them. All people would have to do is print them out sign and send-so if that meeting after the election is taking place lets compose some nice letters so the people can finally have a say, because if enough are sent to those three entities believe me something will change-the truth will come out. I do not understand why SOS has not done something like this yet, I asked a long time ago if I should write a letter to the Governor, and was told not to? Well now its time to get busy!
Paul Jacobs November 06, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I tolf you so! Paul Jacobs 11:56 am on Saturday, November 3, 2012 This is another shameful political ploy of the sitting Council the day before the election. First the open up their Rancon substation where a proper Police Station should be in the old City Hall and then file for a silly restraining order that will get swatted down like a gnat. Where was this gumption when the City Council gave away the farm with the Sphere of Influence? The City must prove "immediate and irreparable harm" for a Temporary Restraining Order to be granted. Fast-tracking the quarry is merely an administrative decision that a judge is likely to allow to proceed. The Court will state that the City has other legal and administrative remedies as the project moves through the county process. I warned the City Council http://vimeo.com/47631009 and they moved ahead with their preordained agenda with no ears for an alternative approach. Liberty Quarry is just one more New Opportunity to area developers. I am the ONLY city council candidate demanding a Criminal Investigation.
Gandhi November 06, 2012 at 04:54 AM
This is a bunch of crap!! How on earth do they expect anybody to be there when it was originally scheduled for this morning, then switched to late afternoon? Nobody from Temecula I'm sure was even there!! Well, Paul, there are LOTS of us voters/citizens out here ready to help as needed with criminal investigations, and other means of stopping this avalanche from destroying this town. This is outrageous, but not too surprising, just follow the money trail and you'll usually find a politician at the end of it. Cheri - there is a site, its called "Change.org", you may have heard of it, on that site you can start petitions, and get THOUSANDS of signatures in a short amount of time - possibly this might help also? Paul - what do you think? Good luck tomorrow Paul by the way, you have two votes from this house, as you know! Cheri - my real name is Linda McDonald and you can find me on Facebook.
Dee Daniels November 06, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Yes, 5150........! you are not a real 5150, but the Temecula CLOWNS are.....!! vote these insane incumbents out!
Candi Oliver November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Cheri left a message with the Channel 4(NBC) switchboard regarding our issues down here it will be interesting to hear if we hear anything. Thanks for your effort.
Eric Cartman November 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Big shocker here, the current council are criminals. Vote Patrice Lynes: http://youtu.be/t6b_jOzPz44
Brenda November 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM


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