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Pechanga: No Need to Delay Quarry Vote

The tribe says the planning commission heard enough evidence to deny a quarry planned near Temecula.

Delaying the final vote on a proposed quarry near Temecula was unnecessary, according to Pechanga tribal leaders.

The Planning Commission heard enough evidence to deny mining permits and a sound ordinance exception for the planned Liberty Quarry, wrote Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro in a letter to John Roth, chairman of the commission.

"The Planning Commission, we believe, has received more than ample evidence to deny the mine at this time," Macarro wrote.

To read the letter, click on the photo gallery above.

Granite asked the final hearing for the project to be pushed back by three weeks. To read about the request, .

The company wanted extra time to talk to the tribe about a piece of legislation it sponsored that would kill the planned quarry.

The legislation would prohibit activities, such as mining, near Indian sacred sites.

"We remain interested in beginning a meaningful dialogue with Granite to find a mutually acceptable path forward that results in locating the quarry away from our creation area -- which includes the places where our ancestors were born, lived and died," Macarro wrote.

To read about the legislation, .

Popeye August 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM
I hope the planning commission does the right thing and denies Granite.
anotherview August 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM
One cannot quantify a cultural value. Yet, intangible religious and spiritual values remain real. These values guide and shape human behavior. Meanwhile, the proponent of the proposed aggregate quarry will justify this project by listing all the factual benefits -- tax revenue, more jobs, economic advantage, air quality, traffic flow, and so on. These benefits and suchlike relate to the economic picture today. The land in question speaks to the eternal. All rational people may grasp this distinction. But the parties with an economic bias governing their outlook will favor the use of land for money-making. Hence, these biased parties would erase the signs of civilization, whether their own or others, for the dollar. Let us hope the State Legislature sees the wisdom of acting to protect a unique place central to the identity of Pechanga and other tribal peoples.
Peter Terezakis August 28, 2011 at 10:26 PM
The referenced meeting is for the planning commission in Riverside scheduled for Wednesday. AB 742 is what is being considered on the state level. Difficult to figure what side of the rock Granite will ooze up from under. I am going to plan to be at the meeting in Riverside just in case. I am hopeful that Granite is not going to have time to allow its newly hired lobbyists and PR firms to go to work.
Don August 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Anything between Granite and the Pechangas' has absolutely nothing to do with the City and the peoples objections to the quarry.
Peter Terezakis August 29, 2011 at 12:31 AM
I haven’t read a statement exactly to that effect. I do know that the City of Temecula has been on public record opposing the quarry since 2005. If the City of Temecula had been successful in stopping Granite Construction Corporation through the efforts of local government, there would not have been a need for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to become involved the way that they have. Regardless of the reasons, Native American and non-Native American majority representatives of Temecula are in agreement with their opposition to the quarry. This is something the elected representatives at the County and State levels, as well as Granite Construction Corporation, now understand.
anotherview August 29, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Riverside County Supervisors, Riverside Planning Commission, and Riverside County Planning Department in bed with land developers. The uncontrolled land development in Southwest Riverside County occurred from these triplets giving the green light to one project after another, with minimal scrutiny. The triplets favor economic development as if a savior of the populace. The triplets have swallowed the concept of putting land to its highest and best use, meaning allowing that human activity on the land which generates the most money, as far as the law permits. Under this doctrine, the citizens of Southwest Riverside County can expect both the Planning Commission and the Supervisors to say Yes to the proposed aggregate quarry near Temecula. This matter at bottom lies in the hands of the California State Legislature. Write your elected state officials to vote Yes on 742, to prohibit an aggregate quarry near a site sacred to tribal peoples.
Peter Terezakis August 29, 2011 at 02:12 AM
This petition does not data mine the people who sign and send: http://sacredskysacredearth.com/ab-742/ Copies go to a number of elected officials. It may not turn the tide. It will let a lot of people know how you feel and it is better than doing nothing at all.
Popeye August 29, 2011 at 02:45 AM
We are on the same path of not wanting the Quarry at that location.
anotherview August 29, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Give voice to your opposition to the proposed aggregate quarry. The little people have a say, too, not just big business interests. Know that all politicians count votes. Your vote matters. Your action matters. Take a few moments of your time to sign the petition. A story of creation and the land nearby where it took place lie in the balance. Your signing of the petition may help save this special place on Earth.
Jerry Simeon August 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM
If the Ancient Mountains could shout and Mother Nature would Cry Out would they not say that the laws of Man are formulated to protect and defend the meek, the timid, the helpless, and those who fear and plead for protection and justice??.... Then who will speak for them and champion their cause against assault and annihilation? Their once mute voices will not be silenced or stilled until justice prevails. The people have rallied and have spoken out on their behalf, yet, the conspirators are at the door and threatening the health, safety, and security of all. Where then is our Protection, our Champions, our Comforters who would shield us and bring their strength and powers to bear against our common enemies?
Popeye August 30, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Here are my predicted results: YES: REP: Bob Buster District 1: Jeff Stone contributions NO: DEM:John F. Tavaglione District 2: YES: REP: Jeff Stone District 3: Granite contributions, but may sway to NO due to Temecula. NO: REP:John J. Benoit District 4: Pechanga gave more/Granite NO: REP:Marion Ashley District 5: Jefferies contributed and associated w/Pechanga Predicted results: Liberty Quarry is denied.
Popeye August 30, 2011 at 02:38 AM
This site give more on contributions: MERIT, NOT MONEY http://www.fallbrookdemocraticclub.com/grancon.html
Dave August 31, 2011 at 08:55 AM
This will get a lot of you all worked up and I am sure I will be called names, just as some of you are comparing a legal Corporation in the United States to the KKK... As a Tribal Member of a different Tribe (Seminole) I find it ironic and extremely hypocritical that the local Band is all about building Las Vegas Style Gambling in our area which brings huge amounts of noise, traffic, pollution and crime to our area. I think the Tribal Leadership needs to explain how they are not impacting the rest of us with their businesses. It is time for the Pechanga tribal chairman Mark Macarro to come clean on the hugely negative impacts that his business is having on OUR Valley. I get disgusted listening to Tribal members speak as though they OWN the entirety of the Valley or have some claim to it...
Peter Terezakis August 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Dave on the flip side, if it weren't for the wealth which casino activity generates, there would be even less of an opportunity to make a stand against this destructive project. Granite has spent close to $10 million dollars on Liberty Quarry to date: without buying a piece of land or putting a shovel to the earth. Within the past few weeks they have hired a two top lobbying and PR firms in Sacramento. Their battle plan has been lifted, play by play, right from Sun Tzu's Art of War and Hitler's Mein Kampf. As such they have very few weaknesses - especially with the wealth that they wield. They were not expecting any resistance at all - $10 million dollars and advance work was to have seen to that. I digress. IF we are able to keep the land alive, perhaps we can turn our collective attention to how we may best preserve this LAST wild river and LAST coastal wildlife corridor for future generations. http://sacredskysacredearth.com/ab-742/
anotherview August 31, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Dave: You offer a flawed opinion of the impacts from the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Per the environmental review process and state law, the casino impacts have been addressed and mitigated -- and if not yet fully mitigated, will become so in due time. Meanwhile, PRC brings many benefits to the local community and its businesses. PRC employs about 4000 individuals. These individuals spend their money locally, boosting business. The sales tax revenue from this employee spending fills the coffers of the City of Temecula. Some revenue from the PRC goes to the State of California to augment its budget. As to crime, years ago, the Riverside County Sheriff's office described the crime level at PRC as similar to the local Target store. Coming from the State of Florida, you may not know local history. Until the Spanish missionaries arrived, the tribal peoples of this area occupied a large territory that included the land on which the City of Temecula later became established. The U. S. Senate, in the 19th-Century, declined to act on treaties with the local tribal peoples who signed these documents in good faith. In consequence, President Arthur acted to set aside small homelands for the displaced tribal peoples. By this action, in 1882, the Pechanga Indian Reservation came into being. About a 100 years later, President Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act authorizing tribal peoples to put casinos on their lands. Tribal life and the community have benefited.
Popeye September 01, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Out of touch

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