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County Undoes Quarry Rejection, Critics Say

The Board of Supervisors today voted to certify an environmental impact report for a planned quarry near Temecula. The decision all but gives a green light to the project, critics say.

County officials today voted to certify an environmental impact report on a quarry planned near Temecula, and critics said the decision all but reverses a previous vote to reject the plan.

The voted 3-2 in favor of certifying the document that Granite Construction, a Watsonville-based aggregate company, used as a basis for its application to on more than 400 acres just south of Temecula.

Jeff Stone and Bob Buster voted no on certifying the document. John Tavaglione, John Benoit and Marion Ashley voted yes.

When the board rejected the quarry in February, the vote was 3-2 in favor of rejecting. Tavaglione voted no on the quarry, but yes to certifying the document today.

The also rejected the application last year, but the the decision, and the Board of Supervisors in February.

Today's vote was expected to be a technicality to finalize the denial, and the handful of anti-quarry activists at the during the vote were shocked.

"I just never imagined this would happen," said Jerri Arganda, a member of SOS-Hills, an activist group dedicated to stopping the quarry.

Certifying the report means if Granite decides to reapply for a permit, they will not have to make another report, which is a long, expensive process. , according to Karie Reuther, a spokesperson for the company.

The certification means the county accepts the facts presented in the report as reliable. This means critics will be unable to cite problems with the report as their reason for urging the supervisors to reject the project.

"Our whole argument was that (the report) wasn't (reliable)," said Mike Naggar, Mayor Pro-tem for Temecula.

Other officials steeled themselves to launch another campaign of opposition against the plan. "This is a fight to kill. It was before, it still is now," said Mark Macarro, the Pechanga tribal chairman. "This project is a zombie. We thought we killed it... and it's alive again."

Temecula will likely sue the county for its decision, said Peter Thorson, the city's attorney. "We have no choice but to file a lawsuit, but that's just my recommendation," he said.

against the county earlier this year for rejecting the project, and company officials are still weighing their options, Granite spokesperson Reuther said.

"We haven't made any decision at all," she said after the meeting. "(The company's options) should be narrowed down in a couple months."

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Katheryn May 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You guys don't get it Buster is all about mining, he is also enjoying the campaign contributions made by his pals Kathleen, Fred and Jerri and many more. I am sure he says one thing in the open but behind closed doors who knows? We need new supervisors and assembly people who are for protecting the environment and endangered species. Heck Granite Construction is even backing an inexperienced woman canditate running for the State Assembly from Lake Elsinore Melendez.
Susan Marsh May 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Tavaglione is currently running for 41st Congressional District. Make sure the people you know in Riverside, Moreno Valley know not to vote for him. Check out Vince Sawyer for congress, he knows what the constitutions says and is ready and willing to fight for it.
Thetis Pressley May 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
There are plenty of underpopulated areas where the quarry could go. This location is right in the path of our afternoon breeze from the ocean, and the dust would bombard our homes, the air we breath, etc. We need jobs and we need a quarry, but we absolutely do not the quarry in the location that brings us fresh air. This area was selected to grow grapes by a UC Davis graduate because of the air flow from the ocean through Rainbow Pass to the Temecula Valley. I would like to see the suitcase full of money and promises John Tavaglione has from Granite and their supporters to support his next bid for election (which he will lose).
TVOR May 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
This was not so hard to predict.
Paul May 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Here is a number to John Tavaglione office (951) 955-1020 if you want to let them know how upset you are with his decision to hurt the residents of Temecula.
redhawk May 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Corporate Campaign contributions for vote. He needs cash to win and keep his political career despite the people he supposedly represents.
DeAnn May 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Did the citizens not speak LOUDLY enough the last time? It really is about the money isn't it......the hell with our quality of life. If the Riverside County Board of Supervisors back peddles on this issue - then I say it's time to clean house - every last one to be voted out of office. No back room "you vote yes and I'll vote no and next time we'll reverse it". Don't underestimate the people. Represent us or get out! The residents of the area have shown, without a doubt, that this quarry is unwanted, over and over again. We're not talking about jobs, we're talking about loss of quality of life, i.e. air quality, pristine water from the Santa Margarita River, wildlife corridors; agriculture (hello - have you seen all the avocados that grow there and yes, the quarry will have a detrimental effect even on the avocado industry) as well as loss to the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve. The Riverside Co. Planning Committee and Board of Supervisors should take heed. You WILL be voted out of office if you back peddle on this issue.
Carole Masson May 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
We have many existing quarries here now that Granite will try to run out of business. I bet those job losses were not figured in their fake job creation report. Granites materials are going to San Diego, why should we take the brunt?
Carole Masson May 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I will remember that and exercise my vote!
Carole Masson May 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I will be calling to lodge my dis-satisfaction!
DeAnn May 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Yes, it's called vote him out of office! Please call his office and let him know!
DeAnn May 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Call his office and let them know how you feel!
sam May 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
BACK STABING CROOKED A-HOLES AS USUAL., THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE CITIZENS OF THESE COMMUNITIES. NONE OF THEM HAVE AN OUNCE OF MORALS OR HONOR when it comes to lining their pockets. We must vote out all incumbents everywhere and clean house with good honest citizens. " As Susan Marsh stated Tavaglione is currently running for 41st Congressional District. Make sure the people you know in Riverside, Moreno Valley know to NOT vote for him Tavaglione. Check out Vince Sawyer for congress, he knows what the CONSTITUTION says and is ready and willing to fight for it".
DeAnn May 16, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Here's the number to let him know (951) 955-1020
TVOR May 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM
So when is the protest at a meeting of the supervisors?
DeAnn May 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Next Riv. Co. Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 8:30 am Co. Administrative Offices, 5080 Lemon St., Riverside, CA in the Board Chambers.
Hardone Buttmanos May 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The Santa Margarita river, one of the last free flowing rivers in So Cal will be raped and polluted by such land hungry god hating bastards. Temecula's fresh air will now be silica filled and we might as well be smoking since that air will be healthier and cleaner than mine dust. Isn't Governor Brown a Democrat? Don't they believe in protecting the enviroment? My *** ,closing state parks and allowing such an atrocity on natural beauty in Temecula.
AFR May 16, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Once again, large corporations with plenty of money, want something done...it's gonna get done. Especially with politicians like Tavaglione willing to lend an open pocket. Screw the constituents who voted him into office. It's all about the money. Believe me, Buster would of done the same thing but he knew it was going to be a winning vote any which way he voted, so this time he gets to be the "good" guy. Gotta love politics!
David Shisler May 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I get gas at the local Shell station, but that doesn't mean I need the refinery in my back yard.
Carole Masson May 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
So you are saying the aggregate was hauled from Rosemary Mt. Quarry? What about the other quarries in Riverside. I thought I heard there are 11 of them. I agree these products are needed but the placement of this particular proposed quarry is WRONG!
Denise Lemeiux May 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I didnt trust Tavaglione from the beginnning . We need to besure this is his last term in office.
Denise Lemeiux May 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I didnt trust Tavaglione from the beginnning . We need to besure this is his last term in office.
Denise Lemeiux May 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Interesting ! There all in it to pad there own pockets.
DeAnn May 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Yes Carole, I agree, the location is wrong, wrong, wrong!!!
Rita Gregory May 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington
KB May 18, 2012 at 06:30 AM
You better believe Reuther and company are celebrating right now. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE ANY OF THEM. For all we know the public employee unions are behind this quarry as well. Granite and their filthy politicians are in this fight for the long haul, we better be in this fight for the longer haul. At this point the Pechanga legislation may be the best bet.
Michael Crawford May 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Better put up the for sale sign FAST. I am a realton in the Temecula Valley area and you can be assured that if this ever gets built, it WILL adversely affect property values in the area. It will have to be "disclosed" on contracts for homes for sale and buyers will think twice about buying in the area. This is NOT good for our economy.
Scott May 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
At this point Pechanga legislation is the ONLY bet.: "Taking on Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry project via Sacramento, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is sponsoring legislation that would amend the Public Resources Code to include aggregate operations on the list of mining activities restricted near American Indian sacred sites" Introduced Aug 2011. Anyone know the updated statues?
Carole Masson May 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I don't think this is over. Camp Pendleton gets their water from the Santa Margarita River which will be impacted by Liberty Quarry. I think the water board and Camp Pendleton will put the brakes on at the last minute.
SoCalTemWineGal May 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Join us on Facebook and protect our community... We have to let the local politicians know that we are not going to take it quietly... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Temecula-Valley-Real-Estate-De-Luz-La-Cresta-Wine-Country/37746274332

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