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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.

Nita German - Dancin DJ October 01, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Absolutely..... should be of concern along with seniors, joggers, golfers & all athletes, any employees working outdoors, mothers walking their infants in strollers, etc etc etc. NO QUARRY in Temecula - Thank You
Candi Oliver October 01, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Granite does not care about our kids or us and either do the supervisors that are in Granite's pocket You think a letter from the TVUSD means anything to them. Their kids don't live in Temecula. Those cockroaches crawl around in disguise.
Katheryn October 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Have you seen the MaryAnn Edwards video featuring the Aberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club with Castle & Cookes aggregate mining operation in the background it's across the street. Paul Jacobs may be onto something? MaryAnn talks about how safe the kids are across the street from Castle & Cookes, Pacific Aggregate aggregate mining operation. Did you know a Temecula Charter School operates out of the same Boys and Girls Club. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhckrqXX-L4 Another video of the Alberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club which puts things in prospective, and the B.S. MaryAnn is dishing out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12kTmWvn7U&feature=related Read this article in the Temecula Patch and be sure to watch all the videos. then share this with all your friends on facebook if you are angry and not going to take it any longer. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds "Do you think this is what happens when a mining operator/Developer seems to be in control of your elected politicians and the appointed officials these same politicians put in positions of authority. Do you think government employees have to follow the instructions of these same politicians in order to keep their government jobs? Do you wonder if someone would be fired if they didn't do what the politicians wanted them to do?" Listen to the Pechanga why the game change? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m_HypxyudI&feature=relmfu
Barry Bruder October 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
If the needs of the many (the good citizens & constituents of Temecula) outweigh the needs of the few who stand to profit, then the answer seems clear. Safety first. Bravo TVUSD and our Pechanga Indian Brothers and Sisters. We love our precious little community. Let Granite pay for a bonafide independant citizen approved impact study to the children and elderly downwind; as well as psychologically to have an environment raping on our land. We've seen this in the hills of Tennesee; to say nothing of the Gulf of Mexico. Please join in and raise your voice. Mayor Washington, Mr. Stone, thank you both in advance for helping by making sure your voices are heard protecting our people. Barry Bruder Temecula Resident
TVOR October 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Where is Al Gore when you need him?
TVOR October 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Where is Al Sharpton to claim the quarry would disproportionately effect the poor black community?
TVOR October 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Where is the reverand Jesse Jackson to claim the quarry is a racist attack on the poor and underprivelaged in our community?
Jerry Simeon October 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
We should approach the ethical, political, and demographic fashion of this problem as the true modern day Republicans that we are...... with incredible ignorance and unfathomable rhetoric with no possible meaningful solution as we see have been offered above and probably will follow. We have an unprecedented opportunity to re-fashion this nation and our society to what was foreseen for us 236 years ago..... and this is what is being offered as progressive thinking.
Stanley October 02, 2012 at 03:10 PM
TVOR what was it like riding the short yellow bus to school?
TemeculaMom9 October 02, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I can't imagine that Kristi Rutz-Robbins being on the school board and her husband being the BIGGEST anti-quarry dupe has anything to do with this push now does it??? It's astonishing that after over 7 years of the quarry being a proposed project that the school board decides to finally chime in.Huh!
TVOR October 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
LOL! I thought you guys would appreciate some good sarcasm to start the day off :-P
sam shepperd October 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
San Diego County ought to make THEIR county easier to permit for a strip-mine. It would probably be a lot more convenient for all the Granite employees in San Diego County who the vast majority of the jobs will go to.
5150 October 02, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Criminals,they all need to be impeached, Obama too!!
Don October 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
TVOR, I don't think we have a lot of "black and "Poor" communities in R/Side anymore, they are all serving in Afghanistan and other places on behalf of the rest of us who have jobs and medical care etc;
Don October 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Temecula Moms, The TVUSD have made their voice heard during the last seven years of fighting the quarry, this is not something new
Kayla October 02, 2012 at 09:03 PM
5150 Get off your political bandwagon this isnt about politics , if it were I could bring up the party of the putzs who voted "yes" on the quarry but I wont because, repeat after me , this is not political
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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