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 30, 2011 at 02:38 AM
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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
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