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Pechanga Tribe Requests Archeology Tests at Affordable Housing Site

The Bella Linda Residential project would bring 325 multifamily units to a site bordered by Pechanga Parkway and Loma Linda Road in Temecula.

More archeological tests are required to determine if tribal artifacts are located at a potential Temecula site for affordable housing.

Temecula City Council is scheduled to vote tonight during its regularly scheduled meeting to award $13,580 for additional archeological assessments at the site of the proposed Bella Linda Residential project.

Bella Linda consists of 23 acres on the northeast corner of Pechanga Parkway and Loma Linda Road. It includes the proposed development of 325 multifamily apartment units, according to the city website, along with a cluster of 49 single-family homes for senior citizens.

The city published a notice of preparation of a draft environmental report in April, after it contracted in March with Environmental Science Associates to perform the report at a rate of $249,580, according to a staff report.

"The city has determined, through consultation with ESA and the Pechanga Tribe, that additional archeological testing must be conducted for the project," wrote Lynn Kelley-Lehner, senior management analyst for the city of Temecula.

According to an initial study published in February, the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians wrote a letter to the city expressing the project area was located within Luiseno Ancestral Origin Landscape Area—one of the most sacred areas to the tribe.

The Tribe wrote, "...it is almost certain that resources and sacred items, including burials, will be found on the property..."

The Tribe disagreed with a 2006 finding from a previous and scrapped project which showed there would be moderate impact on cultural resources such as tribal artifacts, city Planner Eric Jones wrote.

The Tribe requested a new assessment be completed that takes into account tribal interpretations of any archeological findings and their cultural values, Jones wrote.

There were also concerns from the county's Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan that the protected Stephen's Kangaroo Rat and Burrowing Owl may be found on the site. These issues are also to be studied as part of the EIR.

The developer, Markham Development Management Group, Inc. of Temecula, plans to include a meandering trail adjacent to the property.

Dawn October 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Maybe I just don't understand. Is this Pechanga Land? Do they own it....?. If a study needs to be performed for the Indians,why is the city of Temecula paying for that. If the Indians want to know if there are artifacts, they should at least help with the cost. If there are artifacts, what then, the land just sits there empty looking like crap.
PD October 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Interesting. I don't remember them ever slowing down at all for any of these things when they built/expanded their monstrous casino/resort property.
Vicki October 23, 2012 at 02:06 PM
You would think after all this time they would have bought the land around and not sell it. Why wait? If its sacred land there should be documentation.
keepn it real October 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
They seem to care more about there land then there people...They keep changing there blood lines so the top of the food chain gets more money. They should pay that money to a family that got there pay check taken away or. To. Send a kid to school. To learn how to manage money ...
Lola October 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
As a resident I'm way more concerned about it being used for apartments!!!!!! It will bring a different element of people to the neighborhood. Wish it could be condos or single family homes. The value has diminished enough and brought enough scum from te casino.
Michael Crawford October 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I agree with you Dawn. If they want to keep this land, then let THEM pay for study to prove it is "sacred". I have no issue with stopping building if it IS sacred, but why should the city pay to prove it is.
KME October 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Wow Lola..that is rude for you to assume that those who reside in apartments are a different element of people or basically as you put it "scum"
kae October 23, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Agree KME.
Yot October 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Well an Environment impact report is not only for the tribe it is also for community and the protected wildlife on site and after the 2006 report which found serval cultural resources and artifacts along with scared items of ancestral people and for the tribe paying for this I see no need because this cost for the most part is paid by the developer and not the city and as for Pechanga monstrous casino/ golf course if u notice there are serval avoidance areas which the tribe has maintained as natural landscape
KP October 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
It should be excavated... At the cost of pechanga money, after that the land should be used for parks and recreation... There's enough homes in temecula for people to live... It's nice to drive down that road and see some sort of landscape other than housing.
albia miller October 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Don't need any more housing. Too much traffic. From where is the water coming? Jobs need to be created by taxing the rich and subdizing already established job bases as in the stores already here. Much better to have a job all year than occasionally at a construction site. Stop builidng projects now or you will get many more quarries. a. miller
Amanda Vasquez October 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thanks Yot for some facts your correct if this wasn't in Temecula and didn't involve Pechanga the developer would be responsible for he environmental impact report regardless of who request it. As for Pechanga's monstrous casino/ golf course. It is large yes but since the casino has been built Temecula has developed quicker then anyone could have imagined and employees thousands of people in a down economy with such a high unemployment rate. I think we all need to be thankful for the positives in our lives & not dwell on the negatives.
Connie Lingus October 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Shouldn't the tribe just buy the land if its within a special area sacred to them?
TVOR October 23, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I don't think the purpose of a site survey is to prevent building on the land. If artifacts are found it requires certain procedures to collect and catalog the artifacts before building begins. It delays the project and adds cost but it doesn't stop it. Correct me if I am wrong folks. I agree though, that we have enough people in Temecula. It is going to become another damn Orange county if we keep allowing high density development.
djschristensen3 October 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Why isn't the developer and Pechanga paying for this? City money should not be spent on this. Pechanga has deep resources. Not to mention, does Pechanga Pkwy really need 325+ more cars on it? Why isn't the city do traffic impact report to determine that this high density project was not appropriate.
michael October 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Well if they put a golf course there they could build around the sacred site like Pechanga did on there’s.
Lola October 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM
KME - I was speaking in general terms. Look at all the apartments on and off rancho cal road and the major issues they are having with crime and drugs. And yes, te casino does attract scum, I have been here long enough to see the effects. Lets keep it real.
Lash LaRue October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
In twenty years there will not be a Pachanga Indian alive. They will have all died from Heart attacks and Diabetes.
Dog October 24, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Trible artifacts? You mean all those piles of liqour bottles left over from before they got the casino?
Adrian October 24, 2012 at 06:20 AM
KME, you took the words right out of my mouth! Lola's comment made me a little sick to my stomach, then it made me laugh a bit. Keep apartments out of nice areas, lest families without unlimited resources are able to live in safe, wholesome communities. Better yet, why don't we send them all to a labor camp to atone for their blight on society? Sorry for the sarcasm, but Lola's comment brought it out of me.
Jim October 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
BELLA LINDA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT PA11-0275 THIS FIRST AMENDMENT is made and entered into as of October 23, 2012 by and between the CITY OF TEMECULA, a municipal corporation (hereinafter referred to as “City”), and Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a Corporation.a. On March 27, 2012, the City and Consultant entered into that certain Agreement entitled “Agreement for Consulting Services”, in the amount of $249,580. b. The parties now desire to add scope of work, extend the term and increase the payment in the amount of $13,580, to amend the Agreement as set forth in this Amendment.
Jim October 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Temecula is supporting Cap and Trade Taxes through this company ESA, Environmental Science Associates. Here is their Cap and Trade website. http://www.esassoc.com/news/global-carbon-markets-now-open-wetland-restoration-and-conservation Cap and Trade auctions for Carbon Credits will begin in a few weeks. Temecula is supporting this environmental nightmare.
Pugua October 24, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Really, what an itelligent remark.....
TVOR October 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Every citizen in this city needs to flood the city council meeting and demand the city immediately abandon this cap and trade shell game. It is nothing but one huge scam.
Candi Oliver October 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Remember we are voting
Jim October 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I agree Candi. Its too late for flooding the city council meeting. They had their chance. They chose this fate. They never listen to the citizens. Yes, its time to remember that on Nov. 6th we can take control of the destiny of Temecula. We no longer have to beg the city council to stop Cap and Trade Tax Auctions. We can kick a couple of them out on November 6th.
Jim October 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Here is the Cap and Trade Website for California. http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm
Rick Jones October 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM
This is going to happen I'm already the contractor thats going to be building the units. STOP TRYING TO TAKE AWAY GOOD PAYING JOBS!!
Bill Hein January 04, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Are we moving forward now?
Bill Hein January 04, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Are we moving forward now?

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