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Update: Stone Blasts Quarry

Supervisor Jeff Stone challenges Granite Construction.

Temecula's county supervisor attacked a proposed quarry project today.

After a period of questions during a hearing at the County Administrative Center, supervisors moved on to make their own statements.

Stone used the chance to attack Granite, calling the facts it presented misleading, and many of its arguments "unconscionable.

"Studies do not always end up as planned," he said.

To read about the quarry plan, click here.

He cited the health risks as a major concern. "The biggest health risk to this project is health quality," he said.

He pointed to a group of physicians who opposed the project as evidence.

"Why have over 160 local physicians opposed to this project?" he said.

To read about what the physicians said, click here.

The location of the quarry was another concern, he said. "We get all the impact of the project, Granite gets all the profit and San Diego gets all the product," he said.

The traffic studies were also flawed, he said. "The number of trips has been exaggerated," he said.

To read about the challenges to the traffic studies, click here.

Granite stated 40 of the 90-100 jobs it will generate will be truck-driving jobs, he said.

But the company also stated it will take truck trips off the road, which means fewer truck drivers, which is a conflicting argument, he said.

He supported the Planning Commission's decision. "They don't have to run for office, which liberates them," he said.

Planning commissioners are appointed, supervisors are elected.

"Please support the supervisor who opposes this quarry in his district," he said.

Chris February 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Why is there no update about the project being denied?
SPB February 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
has it been denied or is all of this still in progress?
Chris February 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Denied, 3-2
Megan Reily February 16, 2012 at 09:50 PM
WTG SOS!!! thank you thank you!!!
Megan Reily February 16, 2012 at 09:50 PM
WTG SOS!!! thank you thank you!!!
wolfcreek February 17, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Thanks to all the Temecula residents who did something about this!
sophie February 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Thank you Jeff Stone for standing together with your community.
Jerry Simeon February 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM
A statue should be erected in honor of our hero Jeff Stone's Fortitude and Community patriotism !! He rightfully stated what the negative impact of this project would be on the southwestern portion of the county without any benefit to the people who would suffer it. Beyond the environmental and negative health impacts for the community, the Temecula area would suffer to provide products and income to San Diego county and Granite only. Jeff you're the man.... thanks.
JenX November 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I moved to Temecula (off 79 south) 20 years ago. I left the Inland Empire because the air quality was so bad. I have enjoyed driving down the 15 south from Ontario because you could always see a noticeable difference in air quality. I have bragged and bragged to people about how wonderful the air quality is in Temecula. It is shocking to think that 1 person can over turn this just because he is getting paid by the Granite company. It is shocking to think that 1 person can force us hundreds of thousands to live in, what will become, poor air quality.

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