Two Denounce, One Supports Quarry

Two of the five planning directors criticize the quarry, one says he supports it.

Commissioners John Snell and John Petty renounced Liberty Quarry, and Commissioner James Porros praised it today.

The commissioners were deliberating on whether to approve mining permits and an exception to the county's noise ordinance for a quarry proposed by Granite Construction.

They will vote on the project today, commissioners said. To read more, .

The quarry will destroy a beautiful, untouched area, Snell said. "In my mind, you have an area that seems pristine and we are going to disturb it," he said. "I consider that (impact) to be significant."

Many of the studies in a county report studying the environmental impacts was flawed, said Petty.

"The assumptions made in the report were not good assumptions," he said.

The benefit would go to San Diego County, while Riverside County will pay the cost. "This is a classic environmental justice issue," he said. "You desecrate, you harm a less wealthy area to benefit a wealthier area."

The county's studies were good enough for almost every other project in the county, and they were good enough for the quarry, said Commissioner Porras.

"The study (methods) have been adequate for other cities and other projects," he said.

He also criticized the Pechanga tribe for failing to raise issues with the quarry's location sooner. "Since 2005, the tribe had the opportunity to negotiate with Granite and address this particular issue," he said.

Peter Terezakis September 01, 2011 at 06:32 AM
Sherry, good comment. I do not think that anyone in the room will ever forget Mr. Porras's rubber-stamping of Granite's EIR. Possibly worse than pandering to Granite, was his language and mocking attitude about how "disturbed" and "troubled" he was by the Tribe's "backdoor" creation and support for AB 742. I do not know who he believed he was representing, except for the predatory interests of Granite Construction Corporation. "I can't ignore (the public's passion), and it does sway me," Porras said. "I find myself having dreams and nightmares about this thing. This has been very tough." (Porras) Does the term "disingenuous" come to mind for anyone else?
Richard Roble September 01, 2011 at 09:41 AM
Is Porras an elected crook or an appointed one?
Peter Terezakis September 01, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Mr. Porras was re-appointed by County District Supervisor Benoit and his term ends June 2015. Mr. Porras lives in Indio. Granite has a facility in Indio (http://www.graniteconstruction.com/about-us/ca-scalifornia.cfm). Indio's Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Miller is also quoted in Granite's anti-AB 742 press release (http://www.libertyquarryfacts.com/press/8-4-11-Granite-Construction.pdf). Connecting the dots.... Could be what's "adequate" (Mr. Porras used that term at least seven times yesterday in terms of his approval of the EIR) for Indio may not necessarily be the same for Temecula-Rainbow-Fallbrook areas.
Curt McDowell September 01, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Maybe Mr. Porras, the studies in the past weren't that great. Once people care and start looking at these things we find a lot of mistakes, flaws, misrepresentations, and convenient omissions. Goes to show how we can't just sit back and let companies fool the people for their benefit. I find it insulting that Granite would protest this decision as well.
Peter Terezakis September 02, 2011 at 04:18 PM
I suggest anyone who was/is upset by Mr. Porras's condescending attitude, wrong and potentially injurious decision, take two minutes and call the office of the elected official who appointed him. Just let them know who you are, and what you think: County Supervisor John J. Benoit's (District 4) Palm Desert office: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222 • Palm Desert, CA 92260 • Phone: (760) 863-8211 • Fax: (760) 863-8905 We won this battle, for the moment. Granite has already said they will appeal. The war to remove Liberty Quarry from the community is not over. Granite has invested close to $10 million dollars on their project, and has recently hired two top lobbying/PR firms. This is not the time to become complacent. Please sign and promote this petition: http://sacredskysacredearth.com/ab-742/


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