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August 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
  Probe of LAFCO requested
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Aug. 4

LAFCO's hijinks may yet be reversed
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Aug. 1

 
     
JULY 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor

Commission could reconsider city's annexation bid
The Californian
Wed., July 21

Temecula's annexation, quarry price tag: $644,000
The Press-Enterprise
Sun., July 18

Temecula doctors oppose quarry
The Californian
Wed, July 14

Station to monitor air pollution in the Temecula Valley
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., July 2

Annexation near mine site moves ahead, spurs discussion
of ecological reserve

The Valley News
Fri., July 2

LAFCO's rock and hard spot
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., July 28

Take that 'fork in road' now
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Thurs., July 22

Probe but don't be distracted
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., July 21

Now's time to fight quarry proposal
Marelle Dorsey, The Californian
Sun., July 18

Council afire on LAFCO
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., July 18

First, let's set off the bombs
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Tues., July 13

Location not suited for Quarry
Dan Brunell, The Californian
Sun., July 11

Who are residents to believe?
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Thurs., July 8

No benefit from Liberty 'toilet'
The Californian
Fri., July 30

Health Problems associated with quarry
The Californian
Thurs., July 29

Re: 'Shame on those that discredit Granite'
Fallbrook Bonsall Village News
Thurs., July 29

Stop the Liberty Quarry
The Californian
Wed., July 21

Don't confuse Liberty Quarry with Indio
The Californian
Sun., July 11

Pro-quarry name calling
The Californian
Wed., July 7

Responses to two quarry writers
The Californian
Thurs., July 1

JUNE 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
City extends agreements with quarry consultants
The Californian
Mon., June 28

No timetable for release of final quarry report
The Californian
Sun., June 27

Temecula annexation approved on third try
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., June 25

Temecula annexation gets green light
The Californian
Fri., June 24

Temecula mayor hopeful third try at annexing land will succeed
The Press-Enterprise
Sun., June 20

Temecula annexation bid gets an endorsement
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., June 18

Annexation of land flanking mine site may quiet contrast past hearings
The Valley News
Fri., June 18

Temecula annexation wins support of commission staff
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., June 18

Run for the Hills draws hundreds
The Californian
Mon., June 14

Temecula annexation hearing date set for later this month
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., June 11

Temecula finalists in contest to design new award are honored
The Press-Enterprise
Fri., June 11

Weekend run will raise money for two causes
The Press-Enterprise
Tues., June 8

Hidden beach welcome surprise at preserve
Union-Tribune
Sun., June 6

Boy Scouts earn rare Historic Trails Award
The Californian
Sat., June 5

It's time to retire LAFCO
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., June 30

Quarry advocates continue misinformation push
Marelle Dorsey, The Californian
Wed., June 23

Temecula right to try to save hills, preserve
Robert Locke, The Californian
Sun., June 20

Temecula needs its "knight"
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., June 20

Clouds on our horizon
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., June 16

Temecula embraces the flawed
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., June 13

Air you can't see can make you sick
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Thurs., June 10

Quarry wrong project in wrong location
Jerri Arganda, The Californian
Tues., June 1

Annexation is a win-win for all
The Californian
Wed., June 30

The citizens of Temecula are not confused
Keep Temecula pristine

The Californian
Tues., June 29

Who dictates pro-Liberty quarry letters?
The Californian
Fri., June 25

Residents have right to preserve quality of life
The Californian
Sun., June 20

No Brainer, No Quarry
The Californian
Fri., June 18

Annexation is about open space
The Californian
Thurs., June 17

Liberty Quarry a poorly thought out project
Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thur., June 10

Give us a break on quarry "facts"
Money and greed shouldn't trump health
The Californian
Sat., June 5

Wrong project...wrong location
Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thur., June 10

MAY 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Temecula annexation plan appears headed for June hearing
The Press-Enterprise
Sun., May 30

High School students designing environmental award
The Californian
Tues., May 18

 

 

 

Run for the hills, have some fun
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., May 23

Doings, or not, in the hills
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., May 19

Quarry will hurt region's environment
Marelle Dorsey, The Californian
Sun., May 9

Writer Wilder's legacy
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., May 9

Arrogance places area health at risk
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., May 2

Quarry no good for Riverside County
The Californian
Tues., May 25

Stop the quarry before it's too late
The Californian
Thurs., May 13

True silica dust facts
The Californian
Fri., May 7

APRIL 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Veteran comedy writer, longtime DeLuz Resident dies
The Californian
Mon., Apr. 26

TV writer-producer Myles Wilder dies
Variety
Mon., Apr. 26

Boy, Girl Scouts unite for park cleanup
Taste of Temecula
Mon., Apr. 26

Eco flights spotlight wild lands with an eye towards preservation
Valley News
Fri., Apr. 16

Resident makes anti-quarry documentary
The Californian
Sun., Apr. 4

Comment sounds as if Granite is desperate
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Tues., Apr. 22

What local bucks would quarry bring in?
Barbara Wilder, The Californian
Sun., Apr. 18

Vacancies should be local task
Greg Scharf, The Californian
Fri., Apr. 16

Granite's telephone 'survey'
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Apr. 11

Fight quarry, don't leave decision to chance
Dan Brunell, The Californian
Tues., Apr. 6

Napa quarry not comparable with Liberty Quarry
What the quarry really offers Temecula

The Californian
Wed., Apr. 28

Quarry damage far outweighs its benefits
The Californian
Thurs., Apr. 15

Liberty Quarry questioned
The Californian
Sun., Apr. 11

Granite's putting lipstick on all their pigs
The Californian
Tues., Apr. 6

MARCH 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Temecula groups and city to honor 'Avatar' director with environmental award
The Valley News
Fri., Mar. 12

'Avatar' director wins different award from Temecula-area environmentalists
The Press Enterprise
Sun., Mar. 7

Area environmental groups saluting James Cameron
The Californian
Thurs., Mar. 4

State jobs bill targets project delays
The Californian
Mon., Mar. 1

 

Change we can live with
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Mar. 31

Quarry opponents do have facts on their side
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Sun., Mar. 28

Media should mine quarry records
Paul Howarth, The Californian
Fri., Mar. 19

Liberty, hats and T-shirts
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Mar. 14

The Wrath of Grapes?
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Mar. 7

Granite's blitzkrieg after hypnotic dance fails
Nick Biddle, The Californian
Sun., Mar. 7

Response to letter on Liberty Quarry
The Californian
Sat., Mar. 27

Think with more facts
The Californian
Thurs., Mar. 18

Granite lets others oppose for them
The Californian
Wed., Mar. 17

Supports annexation
Granite resorts to telemarketing

The Californian
Tues., Mar. 16

Hoping life stays good in Temecula
The Californian
Tues., Mar. 9

Quarry 'facts' corrected
The Californian
Sun., Mar. 7

Quality Act or quality of life?
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fri., Mar. 5

Clearing up confusion about annexation
The Californian
Thurs., Mar. 4

Spurn quarry blight
The Press Enterprise
Tues., Mar. 2

FEBRUARY 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
City approves new annexation application
The Californian
Wed., Feb. 24

Commission approves new annexation attempt
The Californian
Wed., Feb. 3

Reckless Favors
The Press Enterprise
Sat., Feb. 27

Granite's sleight of hand
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Feb. 24

Riverside County doesn't need another mine
Jim Brady, The Californian
Fri., Feb. 19

Nature and the damage done
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Feb. 14

 

Time to think with Facts
The Californian
Sun., Feb, 28

An earthquake would be our "Katrina"
The Village News
Thurs, Feb. 25

Is Granite a corporate bully?
The Californian
Tues., Feb. 23

Granite Construction's PR Ploys
The Californian
Tues., Feb. 23

What we cannot see is killing us
The Californian
Sun., Feb. 14

Quarry 'facts' disputed
Quarry is a serious threat

The Californian
Wed., Feb. 10

Quarries cause problems
The Californian
Sat., Feb. 6

It's about where they want to put the quarry
The Californian
Tues., Feb. 2

JANUARY 2010
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Company proposing quarry near Temecula may not fight annexation
The Press-Enterprise
Sun., Jan. 31

Annexation of land flanking mine site to proceed with company's blessing
Valley News
Fri., Jan. 22

Oregon DEQ Penalizes Granite Northwest Inc. $8,000 for July 2009 Hot Asphalt Oil Spill on Interstate 84
Oregon DEQ, Compliance & Enforcement
Mon., Jan. 11

Temecula council to consider trying a third time to annex land
The Press Enterprise
Fri., Jan 8

Proposed Liberty Quarry will likely remain top local issue in 2010
The Village News
Thurs., Jan 7

 

Parallels: 'Avatar' the film to Granite's quarry
Bobbe Wilder, The Californian
Thurs., Jan. 28

Just keep saying ka-ching
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Jan. 27

Rainbow Gap worth preserving
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Jan 3

Quarry brings no jobs
Opponents of quarry aren't 'extremists'
The Californian
Fri., Jan. 29

Alternative to mega mine
The Village News
Thurs., Jan. 7

Granite's site is in wrong location
The Californian
Sun., Jan. 3

The Californian, Thursday, July 1
Letters to the Editor


Re: "Who dictates pro-Liberty quarry letters," by Jerri Arganda, Community Voices, June 25: Ms. Arganda points out that certain phrases that appear in a letter are often duplicated in other letters. I think what she is telling us is that every letter writer has his own style of expression. You might say that every writer has his own writing fingerprints.

It's uncanny. I was putting together a letter in response to one written by Ezra Chapman that appeared on June 11. In that letter, Mr. Chapman pointed out that the letter I wrote on June 5 had the wrong information about the size of the gravel pit Granite plans to dig. Chapman then went on to rake me and all others who oppose the pit over the coals. He complained we all are spreading misleading information. What's the old saying about people who live in glass houses? ...

Joe Benvenuto

Temecula

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2009
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Temecula School Board critical of proposed Liberty Quarry
Southwest Riverside News Network
Mon., Dec. 28

Tribe urges county to pursue other sites for quarry
The Californian
Fri., Dec. 11

School board to send letter of concern regarding quarry
The Californian
Wed., Dec. 9

Board to consider quarry letter
The Californian
Mon., Dec. 7

Waiver granted for annexation request
The Californian
Thurs., Dec. 3

Physicians join to fight quarry proposal
Dr. Daniel C. Robbins, The Californian
Sun., Dec. 20

Are Granite's true colors showing?
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Fri., Dec. 4

A world without 'quarry days'
The Californian
Fri., Dec. 25

I have a better name for Liberty Quarry
The Village News
Thurs., Dec. 10

Opposed to so-called 'Liberty' Quarry
The Californian
Thurs., Dec. 10

Schools do get involved with students' health
The Californian
Fri., Dec. 4

NOVEMBER 2009
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Critics slam study on proposed Quarry near Temecula
The Press Enterprise
Wed., Nov. 25

Crunching the quarry's traffic studies
The Californian
Sat., Nov. 21

Quarry sides were prepared to discuss project
The Californian
Fri., Nov. 20

School Board asked to take position on quarry
The Californian
Thurs., Nov. 19

Comment period on quarry report closing
The Californian
Thurs., Nov. 19

Don't let Liberty Quarry loose on us
Wendy Chowning, The Californian
Thur., Nov. 26

Good to use brakes sometimes
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Nov. 22

Liberty Quarry project fails our students
Pete Friedrich, The Californian
Sun., Nov. 15

Please help save this land from being ruined
Marilee Ragland, The Fallbrook Village News
Thurs., Nov. 12

Take your monster quarry far away from here
Jerri Arganda, The Californian
Thurs., Nov. 12

Liberty Quarry could hold earthquake danger
Ken Johnson, The Californian
Sun., Nov. 1

Oppose the Liberty Quarry
The Californian
Wed., Nov. 25

Quarry is threat to our land
The Californian
Wed., Nov. 11

OCTOBER 2009
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Federal agency launches probe of debris haulers
The San Diego Union Tribune
Sun., Oct. 25
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
The Union-Tribune investigated the debris removal program in mid-2008 after fire victims and private contractors complained that Diani and Granite charged the city far more than companies that homeowners hired on their own. In stories published over the course of more than a year, the Union-Tribune found that Diani and Granite removed questionable quantities of debris, overcharged for materials, billed for work they didn't perform, provided receipts that didn't back up their charges and cost the city millions more than stated in their contracts.
“I understand there is a special place in hell for those who take advantage of disaster victims.” Janis Rasmussen, outreach coordinator for RB United, one of seven nonprofit fire-recovery centers in San Diego County.

 Temecula's annexation 'redo' request denied by regional agency
Valley News
Fri., Oct. 2

Granite Construction cuts 150 jobs, including 30 in Watsonville
Contra Costa Times
Thurs., Oct. 1
 

A special place...disaster profiteering cannot stand
Union Tribune Staff
Tues., Oct. 27

National anti-quarry 'tea party' blasting across web
Nicholas Biddle, Jr., The Californian
Sun., Oct. 18

County should remember Brockovich before vote
Mike and Kitty Meyer, The Californian
Wed., Oct. 7

The ugly, other side of liberty
Paul Jacobs, The Californian
Sun., Oct. 4

Panel's ruling on new annex bid disappointing
The Californian Opinion Staff
Thurs., Oct. 1
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
"After all, with the quarry removed from the equation, who would better assure that the area remains unspoiled open space ---- the city next door, or the county government headquartered 50 miles away and trying to oversee an area the size of several Eastern states?"

'Outrage' not strong enough for hearing reaction
Barbara Wilder, The Californian
Thurs., Oct. 1

Residents do not want Quarry here
The Californian
Thurs., Oct. 29
SEPTEMBER 2009
News Articles Opinion/Editorials Letters to the Editor
Temecula annexation bid denied
The Press Enterprise
Fri., Sept. 25

City, Landowner stymied by commission
The Californian
Thurs., Sept. 24

Granite Construction downgraded to "underperform"
Forbes.com
Mon., Sept. 21

FCPG votes to oppose Liberty Quarry, notifies Riverside County Supervisors
Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Sept. 3
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
“In order to approve [Liberty Quarry], the FCPG would have to find that the benefits of the quarry would outweigh the environmental problems it would cause,” said FCPG board chair Jim Russell. “A majority of the benefits surround having a larger aggregate supply, but Fallbrook isn’t going to get much of that. This does not outweigh the degradation of the community’s health.”

Housing, hospitals and holes
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Sept. 30

Writer's comparison of reserve, park incomplete
Pam Grender, The Californian
Wed., Sept. 30

LAFCO can dig out of hole
Phil Strickland, The Californian
Wed., Sept. 23

Quarry is an insult to our liberties
Jeff & Siegrid Stillman, Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Sept. 17

Granite reported as a bad neighbor in Oregon
Joe Howard Crews, Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Sept. 17

 

Granite not good neighbor
The Californian
Sat., Sept. 26

Granite's greed warps its respect for others
The Californian
Thurs., Sept. 10

Granite, you will never forget us
Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Sept. 3
 

AUGUST 2009
News Articles Letters to the Editor Opinion/Editorials
Liberty Quarry debate continues at local events
Valley News
Fri., Aug. 28

Granite hires Sparks replacements, plans no negotiations with Teamsters
Reno Gazette-Journal
Thurs., Aug. 20

Quarry report comment period extended
The Californian
Fri., Aug. 14

No significant artifacts at quarry site, says county official
The Press-Enterprise
Thurs., Aug. 13 
BEHIND THE HEADLINES

The study's apparent conclusion is at odds with the tribe, which holds the quarry site and the surrounding area sacred. Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro has said the site is an essential element of the tribe's story of creation.

"We respectfully disagree with the archaeologist," Macarro said in a written statement released Wednesday.

"They can claim it is not a major archaeological area in terms of science, but it is deeply upsetting and mistaken to say it is culturally insignificant," Macarro said in an emailed statement.

Distinguish between quarry friends, foes
The Californian
Sun., Aug. 30

Afraid of what might be found?
The Californian
Wed., Aug. 26

We don't have to live with quarry
The Californian
Sun., Aug. 23

Take nothing for granted, give nothing to Granite
The Californian
Sat., Aug. 22

Forum was Granite propaganda
The Californian
Tues., Aug. 18

Granite's record for 'neighborliness'
The Californian
Fri., Aug. 14

Quarry will have detrimental impact
The Californian
Thurs., Aug. 13

It's time to stand and fight
The Californian
Thurs., Aug. 13

Block invasive quarry
The Press-Enterprise
Mon., Aug. 10

Time to throw Temecula under the bus?
Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Aug. 6

Granite Tussles with Teamsters
Nita Delnay, Falbrook/Bonsall Village News
Thurs., Aug. 27

Quarry report shows impacts can't be mitigated
Bobbe Wilder, The Californian
Sun., Aug. 23

Granite rep's reply to new rules amazing
Fred Bartz, The Californian
Wed., Aug. 5

Granite's Ultimate Spin Doc
Greg Scharf, The Californian
Fri., Aug. 7

Granite not out to do area favors with quarry
Jim Brady, The Californian
Sun., Aug. 2

 

JULY 2009
News Articles Letters to the Editor Opinion/Editorials

Granite responds to county push for smaller quarry
The Californian
Sat., July 25

Report says quarry would affect air quality, traffic
Impacts called 'significant and unavoidable'
The Californian
Mon., July 20

Talks under way to get more access to Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
The Press-Enterprise
Wed., July 8
 

Aggregate is Everywhere
San Diego Reader
Wed., July 1
San Diego needs new quarry more than Temecula
Phil Ponder, The Californian
Wed., July 29
JUNE 2009
News Articles Letters to the Editor Opinion/Editorials
Fallbrook's Mine -- A hit or the pits?
San Diego Reader
Wed., June 24
 
   
 
 

 

Health problems associated with quarry (reprinted from the Californian, Thurs., July 29

I need to state my opposition to the proposed Liberty Quarry. While I recognize various concerns regarding the quarry, we need to recognize the health problems associated with it.

While the Liberty Quarry would like us to believe that the quarry would not introduce any health problems, I used two scientific search databases (EbscoHost and Proquest Direct) to research health issues. There are other researchers who have found significant health problems from people who are exposed to such operations.

I urge you to research the issues yourself, and contact our local representatives with your concerns.

Richard Kandus

Temecula

JACOBS: A case of 'fair ball' in Temecula

By PAUL JACOBS | Sunday, December 14, 2008 12:11 AM PST

I have been reading a book titled "Foul Ball" by Jim Bouton, a former pitcher for the New York Yankees in the early 1960s. "Foul Ball" recounts the efforts Bouton and good friends put forth to save an old minor league ballpark in Pittsfield, Mass., which happens to be the state I was born in nearly 49 years ago. The book is less about baseball and more about the madness that ensues in too many municipalities.

If I were to write a book about Temecula's municipality, I would title it "Fair Ball." The reasons are self-evident for anybody who has followed the local political scene as I have for the last decade. The latest example occurred Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to annex a large swath of land between Temecula's southern border and the boundary of San Diego County. 

The council meeting was designed to allow for public testimony. Sadly, that seems like a novel concept in a land where we are told we have a government of, by and for the people. In "Foul Ball," public input is a formality ---- if it is put up with at all. But in Temecula, a council meeting starts an hour early and ends just before midnight to ensure everybody is heard.

For anybody keeping score, there were a dozen speakers against annexation while 60 people supported the council's effort to annex land within and just beyond Temecula’s sphere of influence.

Surprisingly, Mayor Mike Naggar omitted the typical admonishment to refrain from repeating comments that another speaker might have offered. Incredibly, there was not a lot of repeated testimony. Instead, myriad groups and individuals offered a multitude of perspectives in support of annexation.

While a number of people questioned claims made by Granite Construction that they are good stewards of the environment, many more spoke of the benefits of the natural, unblighted land. Individuals addressed everything from the undisturbed flora in the ground to the ruination of the dark skies above for the nearby Palomar observatory. People spoke of the prevailing winds that will blow dust and diesel emissions directly into the Temecula Valley.

Ultimately, the reasons put forth for annexation were less about preventing a rock quarry operation and more about preserving a natural environment that receives global recognition from the ongoing studies at San Diego State University's Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, which has been in operation since the 1960s.

Councilwoman Maryann Edwards encapsulated why the area is so attractive to Granite Construction as it couldn't be closer to a freeway for distribution of aggregate material in the tri-county (San Diego, Riverside and Orange) area. While the quarry makes perfect business sense, the location couldn't be worse for the ecological reserve and more than 100,000 people living downwind.

In baseball-ese, Temecula's council meeting was a win in a regular season game. The World Series will be played before the Local Agency Formation Commission that approves or denies annexation ---- a decision likely to come in the spring when real baseball begins for the boys of summer.

Residents need to take the field and play ball. It will either be a win for the home team or a victory for outside interests.

Paul Jacobs of Temecula is a regular columnist for The Californian. E-mail him at TemeculaPaul@aol.com
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October 2008

Prioritize values over Party (column by

September 2008

August 2008

The California contractor on the star-crossed straightening of U.S. 20 west of Corvallis will pay a $48,000 penalty and another $192,000 for three stream improvement projects to compensate for construction-related erosion into the Yaquina River and several tributaries.

The $240,000 agreement between Granite Construction and Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, announced Friday, is the third highest settlement of an environmental violation in the past 10 years, agency records indicate.

A criminal investigation is continuing, Oregon State Police officials said.

In 2006, Granite cleared 160 acres of forest above the new roadway without adequately considering the effect on streams, the DEQ said, then failed to put up adequate erosion controls. Rains sent dirt sliding into salmon- and trout-bearing streams from June 2006 to May 2007. That reduced the ability of the fish to feed and reproduce.

Construction on the seven-mile highway segment, to replace a winding section of U.S. 20 between Corvallis and Newport, resumed this summer after road building was halted to assess a host of ancient landslides that had set back the work.

Granite, based in Watsonville, Calif., and doing business in Oregon as Yaquina River Constructors, expects to complete one-third of the $205 million project by the end of September, finishing in 2011. It's Oregon's largest highway project since Interstate 205 was built in the 1970s.

Under the agreement announced Friday, Granite has until October 2009 to complete three restoration projects covering eight miles of Deer, Cougar, Sugarbowl and Hayes creeks, all in Lincoln County and all considered key habitat for salmon and trout.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife oversees the projects, which will include placing more than 450 conifer logs to create debris jams and pools to help adult fish spawn and young fish find refuge. Cougar Creek was one of the tributaries affected by erosion from the road building.

Last year, DEQ assessed a $240,000 penalty against Granite, which the company appealed. Negotiations led to the three projects and the far smaller penalty of $48,000.

Had the company simply paid $240,000 in fines, the money would have gone to the state's general fund under Oregon law, not to environmental projects, said Jeff Bachman, a DEQ environmental law specialist. Granite will have to use third-party contractors and submit receipts to show that it paid at least $192,000 for the stream work, Bachman said.

Company officials are eager to move on and look forward to seeing the improvement projects completed, said Geoff Boraston, Granite's director of environmental affairs. "It's always better to know that the money is going to something that actually improves habitat."

Scott Learn: 503-294-7657; scottlearn@news.oregonian.com For environment news, go to oregonlive.com/environment

July 2008

Opposition to quarry is rock solid (July 21, 2008 - Los Angeles Times)

June 2008

Quarry discussed at meeting of town leaders (June 19, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

Fallbrook artist becomes activist (June 18, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry quarrel gets scientific (June 14, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

April 2008

Quarry and City continue to quarrel over purpose of annexation (April 7, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

March 2008

Group of physicians oppose quarry, cite health concerns (March 26, 2008 - The Press Enterprise)

Doctors say quarry is a prescription for trouble (March 26, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

February 2008

The High Cost of Low-Priced Aggregate (February 28, 2008, Community Forum article by Michele Bain - NC Times/The Californian)

Critical review of Temecula annexation on tap (February 21, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

Opponents of quarry emphasize issues to residents (February 4, 2007 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

Liberty quarry meeting draws full house (February 1, 2008 - NC Times/The Californian)

December 2007

 Mix of good news and difficulties expected in 2008 (December 31, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

They are fighting for our environment (December 27, 2007 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

November 2007

Region's water belongs to all of us (November 16, 2007, Community Forum article by Michele Bain - NC Times/The Californian)

 

October 2007

Rosemary's Mountain in the spotlight once more (October 20, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Planning group forms committee to examine Liberty Quarry (October 15, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

September 2007

River painting on display (September 20, 2007 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

Quarry proponents seeking water service (September 5, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

August 2007

Peace in our time -- and valley (August 18, 2007 - Paul Jacobs column in the NC Times/The Californian)

Ragland's Santa Margarita River painting moves on to Temecula (August 14, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

July 2007

Roses & Raspberries (July 26, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

June 2007

Liberty Quarry - A Rock Hard Sell (June 20, 2007 - la.indymedia.org)

Builders only concerned with building (June 5, 2007, Community Forum article by Barbara Wilder - NC Times/The Californian)

May 2007

Free-flowing Santa Margarita is a rarity (May 28, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Annexation comments focus on mine plan in Temecula (May 11, 2007 - The Press Enterprise)

Rainbow Water delivers a victory (May 1, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

April 2007

Rainbow nixes call for talks with Granite Construction (April 26, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Rainbow rejects water tap to proposed quarry (April 26, 2007 - The Union Tribune)

I-15 Corridor destined for development, increased traffic (April 20, 2007 - Temecula/Murrieta Valley News)

Company asks Rainbow for water for Liberty Quarry (April 19, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Visitor's Center planned for reserve - (April 13, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

As Sergeant Friday says, "Just the Facts" - (a reply by Mark Mush to Gary Johnson’s Community Forum in the NC Times/The Californian on March 17, 2007)

Granite meeting resistance in Temecula (April 9, 2007 - Joe Benvenuto commentary in the NC Times/The Californian)

Quarries attract more quarries (April 5, 2007 - Jim Mitchell commentary in the NC Times/The Californian)

March 2007

Temecula to look at land needs (March 27, 2007 - The Press Enterprise)

Johnson's concrete facts are mush (March 25, 2007 - Meryle Hammat commentary in the NC Times/The Californian)

Opponents of planned mine hold rally at Temecula park (March 19, 2007 - The Press Enterprise)

Group spells out opposition to gravel quarry (March 19, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

First Liberty Quarry forum in Fallbrook draws crowd (March 10, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Temecula begins process to annex quarry land (March 7, 2007 - The Press Enterprise)

Temecula begins process to annex quarry land (March 7, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Temecula moves in on quarry: Council OK's the initiation of annexation process for 4,700 acres (March 7, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Plans for Rosemary's Mountain grinding along (March 4, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry meeting on tap in Fallbrook (March 3, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Anti-quarry group prepares for rally (March 1, 2007 - The Press Enterprise)

Quarry an environmental disaster (March 1, 2007 - Armondo P. Lopez commentary in the NC Times/The Californian)

February 2007

Cracks in Granite's claims showing (February 28, 2007 - Mark Mush column in the NC Times/The Californian)

Latest study more smoke (February 25, 2007 - Paul Jacobs column in the NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry opponents plan meeting in Fallbrook (February 24, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

You won't have to say 'cheese' for this photo (February 23, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Rally against Liberty Quarry planned (February 17, 2007 - Temecula/Murrieta Valley News)

Schwarzenegger M.I.A. on Liberty Quarry (February 14, 2007 - World Sentinel)

More money for quarry studies (February 13, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Anti-quarry message spreads to Fallbrook (February 9, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

City of Temecula may block quarry (February 1, 2007 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

January 2007

Schwarzenegger M.I.A. on Liberty Quarry (January 31, 2007 - San Diego/Indymedia.org)

Temecula to pursue annexation study (January 23, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Temecula to consider annexing quarry site (January 18, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

SDSU Official leads tour of proposed quarry area (January 19, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Locating a quarry here is all cracked up (January 18, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Reserve offers educational hike (January 12, 2007 - Temecula Valley News)

Town-hall meeting on quarry draws a crowd (January 11, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Resolve to make a difference (January 10, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

Rainbow residents to meet over Liberty Quarry proposal (January 9, 2007 - NC Times/The Californian)

2006

Quarry draws ground swell of opinions (December 30, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Miyamoto to play benefit concert at Old Town Temecula Community Theater (December 27, 2006 - NC Times/The Californinan)

Quarry will be a poor legacy (December 20, 2006 - Jerri Arganda Commentary in NC Times/The Californian)

A tale of two governments (December 19, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Residents rally against proposed Liberty Quarry (December 15, 2006 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

Council to fund its own study (December 12, 2006 - The Press Enterprise)

Temecula wants independent review of quarry; Council OKs $41K for consultants (December 12, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Liberty Quarry rally draws large crowd in Rainbow (December 6, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Overflow crowd fills mine forum (December 5, 2006 - The Press Enterprise)

Sensitive Habitat (December 3, 2006 - The Press Enterprise)

Property right go both ways (November 30, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry 'facts' misleading at best (November 28, 2006 - Norman Block Commentary in NC Times/The Californian)

Rainbow residents plan meeting to discuss quarry (November 26, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve - The land that bridges time (November 17, 2006 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

RATq group to meet - (November 17, 2006 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

Voters pick 7 in Rainbow Planning race (November 8, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

A Quarry Quandry (October 22, 2006 - San Diego Union-Tribune)

Councilman listened when it counted (October 19, 2006 - Bobbe Wilder Commentary in NC Times/The Californian)

Champion for Mountain Lions (September 29, 2006 - Temecula Valley News)

NO to the quarry (August 18, 2006 - Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)

Quarry means silica dust, diesel fumes (August 13, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Mining company defends quarry site choice (August 2, 2006 - Press Enterprise)

Lt. Governor Candidate: No Tunnel, No Quarry (Aug. 1, 2006)

Quarry will devastate values (August 9, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

People have spoken against quarry (August 2, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry report uses junk science (July 29, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Stone will be on spot soon (July 20, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Nothing 'free' about Liberty Quarry   (July 19, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Scientist is community consultant (July 18, 2006 - Press Enterprise)

The time to fight is now (July 1, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Acoustic musicians raise their voices to halt mine plans (June 25, 2006 - San Diego Union Tribune)

Protesters Gather Signatures Against Rock Quarry  (June 24, 2006 - CBS2.com)

Group says 70 percent oppose quarry   (June 24, 2006 - MSNBC.com)

Quarry will be very obvious (June 20, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry will destroy Temecula (June 19, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

County dumped on again (June 17, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Protestors hit asphalt in united front to say "move on" to Liberty Quarry mine (May 12, 2006 - Valley News)

Quarry a disaster in the making (May 12, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Temecula residents protest proposed gravel mine (May 8, 2006 - Associated Press)

Crowd comes out in Temecula against quarry (May 8, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry company currying favor (May 7, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Protest planned against proposed quarry (May 4, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Scientist will give us the truth (Letter to the Editor, April 1, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

Rainbow leaders to talk about traffic at weigh station (January 17, 2006 - NC Times, The Californian)

Community officials, public invited to town meeting (January 11, 2006 - NC Times/The Californian)

2005
Air violations raise questions about quarry operator (October 2, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Haynes' legacy a hole? (August 20, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Rainbow Planners to seek Horn's help (August 18, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Get your own rocks (August 18, 2005 - John Hunneman, columnist for The Californian)

Opponents sound off on quarry (August 18, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)  

Quarry not a good fit (August 17, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Opposition mounts to Riverside County Quarry (August 16, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Quarry scoping meeting set for Wednesday (August 12, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

State Supreme Court rules that regulators can intervene when local governments
fail to adequately curb damage caused by mines and quarries

(August 9, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Group makes case against quarry (June 28, 2005 - NC Times/The Californian)

Conservation districts to meet on quarry issue (May 23, 2005 - North County Times/The Californian)

A quarrel over quarry (March 26, 2005 - San Diego Union Tribune)

Riverside County quarry idea rocks Rainbow (March 18, 2005 - North County Times/The Californian)

Quarry faces minefield of opposition (March 6, 2005 - North County Times/The Californian)
 
 

Scientist will give us the truth

The Redhawk Community Association announced the hiring of David Gemmell in order to assist the members of its board of directors in the evaluation of the scientific aspects of the environmental impact report regarding Granite Construction's proposed Liberty Quarry open pit mining operation. This environmental report is scheduled to be received by the county Board of Supervisors sometime this summer.

Mr. Gemmell is a scientist possessing an in-depth background in the determination of air quality standards. He has worked extensively with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and is thoroughly familiar with its objectives and mandates.

Just days before the Redhawk announcement, Save Our Southwest Hills was privileged to attend a presentation by Mr. Gemmell. His approach is analytical and non-political. His report will conclusively determine the level of impact of dust pollution in the Temecula Valley, produced by an aggregate mine located "upwind."

This is in contrast to Granite's approach, which, while busy pledging responsibility to our community, is part of a mining coalition urging SCAQMD to relax its standards. For example, current standards prohibit aggregate mining during high-wind conditions. The coalition wishes to purge that standard.

Other effects of concern involve aesthetics, traffic and light pollution.

This open pit mine is scheduled to operate 20 hours each day, with 1,400 gravel truck trips per day, 5-6 days per week for a period 50 to 75 years. Granite's Gary Johnson tells us not to worry. We feel otherwise.

KATHLEEN HAMILTON

President, Save Our Southwest Hills
Temecula

Reprinted from The Californian Newspaper, 4/01/2006
 

 

 

 

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