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Quarry Decision to Be Appealed

A Granite Construction official said the company will appeal a decision blocking its quarry project sometime next week.

A decision blocking a quarry planned near Temecula is scheduled to be appealed next week.

A construction company's application for mining permits and an exception to the county's noise ordinance were denied in two votes -- one in August, and a final one today. To read about today's vote, .

Granite Construction, the applicant, will appeal the decision, according to an official from the company.

"We still think the studies clearly show (the quarry) will benefit Riverside County," said Karie Reuther, a spokesperson for Granite.

After the company files its appeal, the decision will go to the for a final vote.

Board members ignored much scientific evidence that showed the company's proposed mine, called Liberty Quarry, would lower the cost of aggregate, take traffic off the freeway, reduce air pollution and benefit the county's economy, Reuther said.

"(The commission's) findings don't agree with any of the stuff the (environmental impact) report said or any of the scientific findings," she said.

For details about the quarry,

TVOR December 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM
The decision that is made on this matter will determine who needs to be removed next election cycle. This issue is no less than a litmus test for which county supervisors care about their constituants and which ones are in it to enrich themselves at the expense of the people. I will watch this with great interest.
Popeye December 14, 2011 at 03:42 AM
The city should sue Granite Construction for 1 billion dollars. Repealing the decision removes growth from future Temecula businesses that want to come here. I can't imagine the job loss the city is incurring.
nicholas biddle, jr. December 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Popeye's right. Why are we so defensive and only meekly wait to respond to Granite's next harassment of us. The City of Temecula should at least sue to recover their out of pocket expenses of $900,000 so far, and another $1 billion for lost business and real estate values. Separately, we citizens should file a triple damage tort suit for our wasted time and mental anguish over the last six years. I'll never forget the young mother at the June 22d Planning Dept. hearing. It was nearly midnight as she approached the microphone to give her speech, in the 15th hour of the marathon hearing. Her exhausted 3yr old son was sound asleep over her shoulder, as she gave her tearful, passionate speech to the Planning Department. They listened, but Granite's lawyer laughed. (I was across the aisle from him.) Let's make this the "mother of all" lawsuits against Granite. The little $400,000 fines and criminal fraud suits in the past are mere speed bumps to them, and insufficient to stop them.
Tonto December 14, 2011 at 04:49 AM
Ain't you supposed to be at a Occupoo meeting spinach breath?
Laura Reames December 19, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I have a question. If the Riverside Board of Supervisors denies the quarry can Granite appeal to the State of California or is it a done deal? We want to buy a house in De Luz, but we won't unless we know that the quarry cannot come back to haunt us. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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