PHOTOS: Quarry Defeated

A quarry slated for a 415-acre plot south of Temecula is shot down by the Riverside County Planning Commission.

Plans for Liberty Quarry, a mine slated for a lot south of Temecula, was rejected today.

Click on the phot above to see a gallery of images from the meeting at the Riverside County Administration building, where the final vote was cast.

To read about how the vote went, .

Denise September 01, 2011 at 09:04 AM
Good news for the area residents and vineyards / business community
Popeye September 01, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Are the three supporters green unemployed? They look like they are paid to attend.
Jerry Simeon September 01, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Let the creatures of the Mountain and the people sing, dance, and rejoice together. We DO NOT exist because of technology. IT exists, thrives, progresses, and endures because we do. ... The sword has been extracted from the Stone. Can we now say that a sleepy hollow called Temecula can "wag the dog" and champion the cause of the people?
Jeff Myers September 01, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Yes!!!!!!!!!! Reason has defeated deep pockets, that does not happen often. Thank you, everyone who has fought hard against this and remained passionate. My family thanks you. This is a great day for our community.
Alice Zyetz September 01, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Democracy lives! There's hope.
Kat September 01, 2011 at 06:31 PM
The best news ever!! wheres Leroy? out celebrating? ;-D
gordon September 01, 2011 at 07:49 PM
so reason has defeated deep pockets. let's consider reason: 1. the granite dust will cause illnesses (people down in palm springs breath the same granite dust and more of it, no problems there) 2. no worthwhile jobs will be created (i would think any jobs in a depression are worthwhile jobs. i guess unemployment wins again) 3. no reduction in truck miles passing through temecula (ever drive early morning towards corona, or towards escondido. trucks are going empty through temecula to get to the corona pits, then full toward escondido and san diego ) 4. mine will desecrate tribal sacred grounds (oops, tribes can't find their maps) 5. noise pollution from blasting (i havent heard of many people running to the audiologist because of pendleton excercises. in fact, none of us notice it over time) 6. endangering species (there are more homes displacing animal habitat than this mine, but because of the need for property taxes to fund government giveaways, that is forgiven) and you wonder why industry is leaving the state?
Greg September 01, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Don September 01, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Leeeroooy !!! You can come out now, it's over
Don September 01, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Gordon, your'e too late with your comments, if you had attended the meetings you would have had answers to all of them. That's why the vote was 4 to 1
gordon September 01, 2011 at 10:10 PM
don, why do you think industry is leaving california?
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Gordon those arguments pretty much sums the same old boring arguments that nobody cares.....but you and the few. Do we look concerned?
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Gordon, the industry you are referring to is High Tech and Manufacturing. What has been said many time is the Gravel Pit is in the wrong location and does not fit Temecula's Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Industries. The Mining Industry might fit other cities in Riverside County, maybe Hemet or any other city that has unemployed Mine people.
gordon September 02, 2011 at 12:52 PM
popeye, i know you are not concerned, but there are probably a couple of thousand of your neighbors who havent been able to find work who would have rejected your elitist response that somehow a gravel industry does not fit your city (even when it is hidden by a mountain). work is work, whether it is producing gravel and associate products or harvesting grapes or oranges. and yes, california is losing its high tech and manufacturing because of your "not in my back yard" mentality. it is also losing its farms.
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Lets make that number a true realty, there are zero neighbors that are unemployed in my neighborhood and definitely none work in a Mine nor wishes to work in a Mine. You may call it elitist and I call it High Standards which ever you want to spin it, the need for the Gravel Pit is not needed in our area. If you need a job that bad, WALMART is hiring or you be like 90% of Temecula and commute to our jobs. Stop looking at Fox News, the economy is not bad at my view.
gordon September 02, 2011 at 02:03 PM
popeye, i know you are probably a good person, but your last sentence tells me a lot about who your really are. there are probably 250 million americans who would reject your view. good luck my friend and i hope your little world never collapses.
Jeff Myers September 02, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Gordon, ... The reason businesses are leaving our State are mainly because of high taxes, regulation, and a lot of the skilled workforce is leaving because of housing,poor public schools,and other standard of living reasons apparent to many...Before you start, the Regulation I speak of has nothing to do with not being allowed to blow the top off mountains. As for the Health in other areas, I am concerned about my community...the threat is real. Temecula is unique, the very breeze through mountain passes that allows us to grow wine will also pick up the Silica Dust. We are also talking about beautiful country, (sacred or not) The pits in palm springs lie in desert flat lands with little beauty to speak of, and they are huge eyesores.. As for Traffic? It is laughable to think less traffic would have occurred.. Hundreds of trucks entering and exiting the 15 at Rainbow each day....The other Pits are not closing, there would simply be additional trucks to hall additional product..The threats, however insignificant you feel they are, is enough for me to rejoice at this decision. Temecula is my home, if it is yours...you should be happy as well. Unless of course you don't live anywhere near here, or you are employed by Granite Construction. Respectfully, Jeff Myers
Jeff Myers September 02, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Replace "Hall" with "Haul" I was on a roll and did not edit :)
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Gordon are trying to tell me my views are the minority? I don't quite understand your statement on little world?
gordon September 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM
popeye, it was your views on the economy. regards
gordon September 02, 2011 at 04:38 PM
jeff, many valid points on reasons for leaving. main one is the regulation of industries. if someone doesnt like something, petition the government to regulate it our of existence. i think you exaggerate blowing the tops off mountains, just as there were many exagerations re health issues. as i stated previously, people in the desert communities live with granite dust all the time (not from mines, just occurring naturally) and there doesnt appear to be any health issues related to that, despite what all the doctors claim. in fact, i would submit that many of the doctors live and play in the desert, unworried about any health consequence. you are correct about the corona pits remaining open, but my point is that the san diego trucks would not have to pass through to get their material. i too live in temecula, am not employed by granite, and am equally concerned about our quality of life as you. that quality requires jobs. we differ and probably always will. regards to you as well.
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Opening a Quarry in this area will not fix the economy. Like most proponent have stated, a Quarry should be built in a area that fits the area. You wouldn't put a prison next to a elementary school just because it would employ 99 people and create revenue. Maybe a Democratic with liberal views.
Jeff Myers September 02, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Yes the Blowing the top off Mountains was a bit of artistic license, more like blow the top off hills as well as create great chasms in the earth. I don't see this as a huge Job creator, at least not for the local citizens. San Diego has it's own pits back in the hills (there is now a moratorium) So, The Granite Pit would have trucks going both North and South to supplement both areas. As for the Health risks, there are many doctors on record stating the potential risks of Silica dust. I have a small Son with developing Lungs...I don't care how small the risk is... it is enough for me to be against this 100%. Businesses do not care about the people, or the effects they leave behind. Here is a bit more artistic license, go watch Avatar...the same principles are in display...albeit somewhat magnified :) Anyway...I have nothing against those with differing opinions, as long as they respect all participants with a stake in the communication. So I appreciate your civility Gordon, Regards, Jeff
Popeye September 02, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Cars and all kinds of trucks pass through Temecula (15). I do not get your point.
Greg September 02, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Hey Popeye. You have been spending too much time with Olive and Bluto. The national economy sucks. And it is worse in California. You and yours may be fine, and good for you. But to not acknowledge a very sick economy is myopic. No surprise since you obviously watch Olbermann, Matthews, Maddow, et al. At least we agree on one thing - we both are against a filthy, stinking, belching quarry in our community. I am all for free enterprise, a free market system, and so on and so forth. However, that doesn't mean any old Tom, Dick or Quarry can come along, open up shop and begin to stink up the place with their explosions, silica, hard hats and gravel haulers, bad economy or not.
gordon September 02, 2011 at 05:54 PM
yes, jeff, i think avatar as an example of business practices is a great leap. i work for a business that cares mightily about its impact on the community and i will venture that the great majority of businesses are like that, despite what you read and hear, especially via the internet and the news. i think a great number of people cannot differentiate between license and fact, and that is the major shortcoming of our educational systems. and before some readers accuse me of not caring about children, i raised two in a different era when we werent constantly bombarded by a media frightening parents with stories of tainted this, or dangerous that. i kinda like capitalism and free enterprise. if a company screws up and hurts someone, or the community, then, of course, go after them. but let's not use the broad brush which this new era is prone to use. good debating with you jeff.
Kat September 02, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Whats with everyone bringing politics into this discussion?? what does this have to do w/ libs, servs, who voted for who, whos the president, whos running?? good grief people stick to the subject, people of every political and economical persuasion , race, religion- for the most part in this community are against it, that's what this is about ....Off my soapbox
Popeye September 03, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Greg keep drinking the kool aid.
Popeye September 03, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I agree, this project that Granite is ramming down our throats has to do with threatening our community, not politics and especially economy.
Popeye September 03, 2011 at 06:37 PM
I am a Republican, I am just hoping a candidate will come out that I think is not a joke. Example of dumb asses, Sara, , Trump, Rudy, Mitt, Michele, Newt, and anybody from TEX ASS.


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