UPDATE: Liberty Quarry Hearing Underway

Board of Supervisors hearing from both sides today in Liberty Quarry appeal.

UDDATE 6:30 p.m.  Pechanga and consultants are final speakers for tonight.  The hearing isexpected to end by 7:00 p.m. 

Granite Construction and quarry supporters are expected to be  heard on February 14, when the BOS is expected to approve or deny the appeal on the Liberty Quarry project.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Chairman Tavaglione calculates that all speakers will not be heard today and will end at 6:00 p.m.  Hearing will continue at 9:00 a.m. on February 14. 

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:  San Diego State University researchers spoke of the unique outdoor  laboratory the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve has provided since 1962. 

The location of earthquake faults and an unexpected rare find in the composition of  the clay between rock surfaces were topics of discussion.  The clay is more akin  to what would be expected in a rainforest and this explains why the nearby  Rainbow ridge lines stay green compared to the dryer mountains on the east side of Interstate 15.

According to a SDSU researcher, the rare habitat linkage through the
proposed quarry site cannot be mitigated by rerouting wildlife to an overpass.   Animals currently traverse Interstate 15 over the freeway and in underneath culverts that exist for drainage.

City of Temecula Planners then played recordings from the City's County
application to annex the ecological reserve and hundreds of other acres in and around Temecula's Sphere of Influence.  The County Local Agency Formation  Commission (LAFCO) required that the City remove the proposed quarry site from the annexation area before granting the annexation in 2010. 

Granite Construction gets an opportunity for a final rebuke and though it
is possible the Board of Supervisors could come to a decision late today, it
appears more likely a third hearing will be scheduled.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Public speakers opposed to Liberty Quarry have finished speaking before the Board of Supervisors.  Granite Construction will get to offer a rebuttal.   Quarry opponents have a number of consultants prepared to speak with boxes of material at the ready.

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: City News Service reports that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will not vote on the appeal until a third meeting this week or next week.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m.:
Liberty Quarry is an economic boon for the concession stand at the
Riverside Convention Center as Granite Construction again provides $13.00 meal tickets and new green shirts for the second Board of Supervisors hearing to appeal the Planning Commission's 4-1 denial of the project.

Chairman Tavaglione said there is a chance that the appellant (Granite Construction) could be heard  toward the end of the day and the Board could deliberate the decision today.

The crowd has thinned after lunch and appears evenly split between
orange-wearing quarry opponents and green-clad trade workers in favor of the quarry.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: 
Advocates for protecting the unspoiled land from Liberty Quarry continue to
address the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at the Riverside Convention Center nearly filled to capacity. 

Former Temecula City Manager Shawn Nelson has been at both hearings and today spoke in opposition to Liberty Quarry.

Granite Construction provided trade workers with green shirts and meal
vouchers as they did at the first hearing on January 30.

The lunch break will halt proceedings very shorty.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m: Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione provides instructions to public speakers and states hearing may take another hearing of a half day or longer.

Hearing from last week continues with those opposed to Liberty Quarry addressing the Board.  Granite Construction will have a rebuttal period and proponents, opponents and neutral speakers who did not get a chance to speak previously will  have an opportunity to speak. 

Public comments are expected to continue until  lunchtime.


The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is set to begin the final day of hearings on the Liberty Quarry project near Temecula.  Granite Construction is seeking approval of the project that would provide jobs and a local source of construction materials; while opponents claim the quarry will cause be an environmental hazard and be a on-going problem for residents.

Patch blogger Paul Jacobs will provide updates from the 9:00 a.m. hearing.

Return here to for the latest from the hearing.


Tully February 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Why does the Southwest Legislative Council, which for years has served as Temecula & Murrieta Chamber's Legislative Committee, appear on the list of Liberty's supporters? I though the chamber was opposed to the quarry.
teachintemec February 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM
We are not elitists here in Temecula. We just don't want a dirty quarry. Where do you live, Steve? How is it a democracy if the people it affects don't have the deciding voice? It's much easier to be for something when it isn't near you, and it doesn't affect you. The only vote that matters should be the vote of the people in the proposed quarry's proximity.
trenchf00t February 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Locate it a few miles upwind of his house and see how he feels. He lives in Murrieta. Moreno Valley, Hemet, most of them think the quarry is a wonderful idea; unless it's right next to them. The reason: A huge open pit mine does not belong so close to so much land zoned for residential use. The zoning of the quarry land is a crime as it is. I would oppose it if it were next to Steve's house too. It's the wrong thing everywhere, not just here.
Paul Jacobs February 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM
We are all residents of Riverside County so do you want the entryway from San Diego County to be a switchback road with gravel trucks belching diesel fumes up and down all day and night long? There have been rock slides in the area without the daily blasting Liberty Quarry promises to bring. This quarry is the wrong project in the wrong place and the supervisors should endorse the decision of their appointed Planning Commission to deny the application for Liberty Quarry.
Cheryl Williams February 07, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Wale up folks don't believe this information. The appearance of equally split is ONLY because the Liberty Quarry has the Union bussing in, giving green shirts, buying lunch and paying people to be there that are not from this area or affected by the damage this quarry will bring. The Orange Shirts are the opposition, citizens of the communities affected, buying their shirts and caps, buying their own lunches, some driving themselves and absorbing the cost of gas. Unaffected union thugs should not be allowed to interfer with the fight to save Temecula from the devastation the Quarry will bring. That is just a bunch of complete BS! If the Supervisors are swayed by them then it's time to clear them out and vote in those that can see fraud when it's staring them in the face! All Orange Shirts needed to attend the February 14th Hearing and invite others from our communities. We do things the fair and legal way! No damn Unions doing our work for us.
SPB February 07, 2012 at 03:23 AM
you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that lives in Temecula that actually supports the quarry Steve. I guess that makes the entire city elitist. How dare people want fresh air!?! Bourgeoisie monsters!
Paul Jacobs February 07, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Next Hearing is 9:00 a.m. on 2/14/2012 at the County Administration Building, NOT the Convention Center. Get there early because seating is limited.
Tom Courbat February 07, 2012 at 05:22 AM
The photo of the two supervisors, labeled Benoit and Buster is actually Marion Ashley and Bob Buster.
Popeye February 07, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Granite is a terrorist organization with green shirt followers. Another reason why Unions are bottom feeders.
mariann byers February 07, 2012 at 05:32 AM
According the testimony from the City's expert, the EIR stated that air quality levels if Liberty Quarry were to commence operating a gravel mine would be within 2% of maximum allowable standards, up from 44 below maximum allowable standards. Does this mean that once Liberty Quarry went operational no further development that had even the slightest impact on air quality could be permitted? Talk about putting the brakes on future economic development in Temecula Valley.... and putting the brakes on JOBS!
Renee King February 07, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Obviously Temecula is not against jobs and progress when we have hospitals and medical buildings being built and the best schools in the country creating the future of our nation.We are just against tearing down our vital structures that make Temecula what it is.
Popeye February 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Renee, Temecula is against Terrorist Organizations like Granite Construction. We already have jobs, if you had a clue..
JEFF ALLEN February 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The creation of two hundred jobs does not supercede the huge negative impact on the over 260,000 residents of Temecula, Murrieta, Rainbow and Fallbrook. There are real quality of life and health considerations related to this misguided project. In addition, how will it impact the Temecula wine country???, the sales of wine along with the growing tourist trade can be affected. How about the economic impact of decreasing property values driven by the health threat of Silica Dust? Every propsective homeowner will read about it in the required disclosures.Any gain these two hundred jobs will foster will be reversed ten fold. The beauty of this area is at stake, this valley is unique. This project cannot be allowed to go forward. The type of jobs Granite construction will provide are not what we need in the Temecula Valley. We have a very educated workforce, I would rather see an increase in additional health related jobs similar to what Abbott provides along with an increased technological presence. Establishing a base in Temecula will cut the commute times for thousands of workers. The Planning commission denied this project, if the board goes against the decision it will be a travesty, and one need to do one thing....follow the tainted money. Considerable time and effort has been spent fighting this project, the citizens that will be affected DO NOT WANT IT! Deny the Quarry and lets get back to more productive plans for this beautiful valley.
Renee King February 07, 2012 at 08:00 PM
POPEYE,please re-read my statement and WATCH what you say.I am AGAINST the quarry,that was in response to Byers...
Paul Jacobs February 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Steve, you must be another flunky Granite hired because you know nothing of Temecula's history with Southwest/UHS or the fact that the City sued Pechanga not too long ago. Pechanga contributes to city, county, state and federal politicians. Somebody needs to buy you a clue.
JEFF ALLEN February 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Steve, How many does Abbott employ?...Very short sighted thinking, the economy will grow and the Health care industry will be huge as the baby boomers continue to age. I like thousands of other white collar professionals drive to San Diego each day as they have a huge Tech enclave, I see no reason we can't have that right here. By the way, I am not a snob playing the Murrietta vs Temecula childishness,I would be happy if the jobs I speak of came to "Your" city Murietta,. Make no mistake, this quarry affects all of us, I included the fine people in Murietta in my post. Lets elevate the discussion. The Hospital is being built on Temecula Parkway. I also have news for you, the Hospitals in Murietta are not for your exclusive use, Temecula is a beautiful city with so much to offer, if you dispute that then you live in a different reality.
JEFF ALLEN February 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Fair enough Steve, its hard to decipher true meaning from posts. To Me, Temecula and Murietta are sister cities and run together.....our fates are tied. I certainly spend enough time at Toy r Us off Murietta Hot Springs Road :)
Popeye February 08, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Sorry Renee
TVOR February 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
To me this is a simple matter of majority rule. This country was founded on the principle of majority rule but more and more the minority is able to impose their will on the majority. This goes against teh founding principles of the United States. The majority say no. That should be all there is to it.
Popeye February 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The problem I will have, if the Board of Supervisors do not listen to the Planning Comission results. "Liberty Quarry denied....."


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