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,

Martha L. Bridges December 08, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Save your orange tee shirts and your energy. We will need them for the next round to stop the quarry. The battle may have been won, but the war has not stopped.
teachintemec December 08, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Completely agree with you, Martha!!!
Greg December 08, 2011 at 03:34 PM
We must remain diligent and resolute in our opposition to Granite Construction's desire to open Liberty Quarry.
Martha L. Bridges December 08, 2011 at 03:46 PM
The people of Temecula and the whole valley have made their opposition to this project about as clear as possible. The fact that Granite Construction and their Liberty Quarry project will still need our attention, energy and time to defeat it again is a travasty of our democracy. The corporations have too much power, and the people too little. I don't care if you are liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. What matters is that we are having our rights sucked away by a system that allows a corporation to threaten the very quality of life we have created for ourselves and our children. That's wrong and we need to work together to defeat Granite...and for that matter the LEAPS project that seems to come back time and again. This is our valley and we shouldn't let anyone destroy it. We also shouldn't have to pay our hard earned money on this battle again and again. The taxpayers are being robbed by having to pay for this insane legal battle at a time when the money is needed for other crucial things.
Candi Oliver December 08, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Here we go again, the only one this Quarry will benefit is Granite in their pockets. They don't care about Temecula or anyone but themselves.
TVOR December 08, 2011 at 04:18 PM
We must send the message to the county supervisors that we will hold them accountable for their decision in this matter. If they are foolish enough to vote to approve this project then they should see the end of their term as supervisors.
Martha L. Bridges December 08, 2011 at 04:25 PM
@ TVOR I agree and it is none too soon to prepare for the next battle. Lay it on the line in plain, simple language. Any supervisor who votes for the Liberty Quarry should be voted out of office. Let's start sending this message today, and not just to Bob Buster. We need to reach all five supervisors!
Alice Zyetz December 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I totally agree wih all of the above. Unfortunately they have the money to pay the lawyers and keep this alive. Enough! The people have spoken.
Kim Wilder December 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I am so tired of Granite's Karie Reuther and her disgusting brand of fact skewing and truth obfuscation. To say that they Board Members "ignored the scientific findings in the EIR" is a perfect example of how to lie with statistics and create smokescreens with faulty research. What the Board Members DID do was see right through Granite's ridiculous attempt at making a harmful, ugly and enrironmentally devastating project that will affect the health of hundreds of thousands of people appear in any way beneficial. It's time for Granite and their soulless minions to stop treating the citizens of Temecula and our governing bodies like we're idiots. We can see through their lies and deceit. And no amount of appealing will ever make this project right or beneficial to the citizens of Temecula.
nicholas biddle, jr. December 08, 2011 at 06:19 PM
"It's as if the Planning Commission hearing never happened. Essentially, it all starts over" Granite's Kool-Aid lady Karie Reuther, quoted by Aaron Claverie in today's Californian. WHAT?! Five hearings in Temecula filled with distinguished experts and many Temecula citizens never happened? Now we know why Granite has years of huge multistate fines and criminal actions against them. They lie.
Kathleen Katz December 08, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Let us hope Jeff Stone and the the other Supes are noting these comments as well as the the powers that be.. We are all over the map, both politically and economically, yet we coallesce on this, lining up against both a filthy business and a union on the wrong side of this. And let us thank the Pechanga's once more. I think their involvement was at the heart of the decision.
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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