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Officials to Consider Moving Quarry Meeting

The County Supervisors will meet Thursday to decide whether to reschedule the last hearing that will decide the fate of a quarry planned near Temecula.

will convene a special meeting tomorrow to discuss rescheduling a final public hearing on a controversial mining project near Temecula.

According to the county Executive Office, Supervisor Jeff Stone, whose district encompasses the area where the mine is proposed, will need to be in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with Obama administration officials for talks about securing federal money for a number of local infrastructure projects.

Tuesday was supposed to be the last day of testimony in Watsonville- based Granite Construction's appeal of a decision by the county planning commission last year to deny grading and zoning permits for its 414-acre Liberty Quarry.

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"Both these issues are vital to our county's future,'' Stone said. "But if we cannot attend the meetings next week in our nation's capital, we do not know when, or if, we will have another opportunity.''

The Board of Supervisors will convene at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the County Administrative Center to decide on what date to reset the Liberty Quarry hearing. Hundreds of people attended hearings on the rock mine on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 at the Riverside Convention Center.

Next Tuesday would have been Granite's opportunity to respond to some of the allegations made by quarry opponents. Granite is seeking a 75-year operating window, during which it plans to remove an estimated five million tons of construction-grade aggregate -- gravel and sand -- from escarpments just north of the boundary separating Riverside and San Diego counties, east of the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and west of Temecula, adjacent to Interstate 15 and Rainbow Valley Boulevard.

The company says the operation would result in 300 direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than $300 million in annual tax receipts for the county and localities.

Opponents argue the quarry would result in noise, pollution, drainage and habitat changes, with lasting repercussions. Additionally, members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians say the project threatens sacred cultural sites.

anotherview February 10, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Nobody has yet addressed this question: Will real estate agents and sellers of homes in Temecula Valley have to notify a buyer of the potential hazards of the proposed aggregate mining operation nearby? If so, then this disclosure could affect home sales.
sherry February 10, 2012 at 04:19 AM
It will be well known, word will get out there, that Temecula is a mining town IF this proposed quarry passes. It will be a disaster for home owners. Why are the big builders not involved in this, and all the businesses in Temecula?
Don February 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Sherry, just for your info; there are 500 businesses that have signed a petition against the quarry, along with 150, doctors, and even the Chamber of commerce who are strictly business orientated. To, 'Another view', Realtors are now compelled to tell prospective buyers of the situation. However on Monday Feb.6th, it will all go away because the Supes; will vote against it.
Tom February 14, 2012 at 04:46 AM
The prevailing wind due to the south west location of the quarry will fill temecula and fallbrook with polluted air with microscopic dust particles affecting the adults and children of Temecula. We all know we live on the shores or the pacific ocean and we are all very familair with the sea breeze that we get here. Liberty must think temecula residents are stupid claiming that the polluation will reduce with the trucks and quarry..
anotherview February 14, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Don: Thanks for addressing the necessity of informing home buyers of the proposed aggregate quarry near Temecula. Let us hope your prediction of the Supervisors voting against this unwanted project comes true. Even if this rejection happens, we may see the parties in court wrangling there, too. The court setting will require GCI to face the facts minus its misleading propaganda. In addition, the Pechanga tribe may push its amendment of existing state law to add aggregate quarries to the list of mining operations prohibited near Indian reservations. In the end, we may expect GCI to eat the $10 million plus it has spent so far on this proposed quarry project, and go away.

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