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, .