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TVUSD Raises Red Flag On Liberty Quarry Project

The school district is expressing concern that the proposed quarry has the potential to negatively impact TVUSD students.

The Temecula Valley Unified School District has drafted a letter to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors expressing its concern over the proposed Liberty Quarry project that's slated for local hillsides.

The letter dated Oct. 2 (see attached) will be considered during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled TVUSD governing board meeting. School district staff is recommending that board members approved the letter signed by Robert Brown, president of the TVUSD board. The public is invited to weigh in on the discussion.

The letter, addressed to all five supervisors, states the district is concerned the proposed mining operation has the potential to negatively impact TVUSD students. Namely, the letter points to concerns over air quality outlined in the Environmental Impact Report for the quarry that’s being proposed by Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction.

The letter also states the district is concerned that ground level dust studies were not conducted on the fields or playgrounds of TVUSD campuses located downwind from the proposed quarry.

The school district joins the City of Temecula, the Pechanga Band of Indians, and San Diego State in denouncing the project.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted down that proposed 414-acre mining operation at Rainbow Canyon Road and Interstate 15 in February. However, three months later, the swing voter against the project, Supervisor John Tavaglione, sided with supervisors Marion Ashley and John Benoit in certifying an Environmental Impact Report that concluded many of the mine's negatives could be mitigated.

the county left open the door for Granite Construction to return with a modified plan for mining the site, and the company did just that, proposing a scaled-down version of its original quarry.

Today, Temecula City Council is meeting in closed session to discuss litigation it has filed against the county over the proposed project.

Cheri October 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I am very HAPPY to see that the TVUSD is voicing their opinion, we need as many positive opinions, against the quarry as possible.Temecula is a beautiful city, filled with lots of wonderful people. This quarry can move anywhere, and build their own roads to get wherever they go...obviously they could actually give people jobs to do that and create a quarry that would not negatively affect, people, air, land, animals, property values, tourism...BUT MOST OF ALL OUR HEALTH-THAT IS SOMETHING MONEY CAN NOT BUY!!! Thank you Barry Bruder-great comments! Cheri Fether Leclerc-Temecula
david October 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I thought we the people decidid on this already! Maybe this country is changing but I say Granite Co. can go pound sand somewhere else.
Curt McDowell October 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM
David, this was decided and a couple Riverside Supervisors didn't like the outcome so they changed the process so it lies only in their hands and far from the process in place.
Don October 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Thank you Curt, you have saved me a lot of frustration

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