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Dan Stephenson, Founder of the Rancon Group,
comes out against the quarry

"...It has become very clear to me that the proposed site for Liberty Quarry is not an appropriate location. I have not come to this conclusion lightly. After carefully weighing the information being brought forth, I realize that approval of the project would be a mistake and would seriously undermine this beautiful community that we have all fought so hard to preserve."

See the heights that one of our supporters scaled in order to show his support against the proposed Liberty Quarry!

William Patton, thank you for your amazing efforts and support!

We didn't let a little heatwave keep us down!


Ronald Reagan sports Park in Temecula
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

Hundreds protest proposed quarry...




SOS-Hills Update

The comments from the D.E.I.R. (Draft Environmental Impact Report) have been answered by a consulting firm and the results are in the hands of the County.  The County will now decide if response to the comments are adequate.  If so, the County will finalize the D.E.I.R. and send it to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will then set a date for a public hearing. This event will cause a "CALL TO ACTION"!   There has been no date established yet, and the County has not yet decided if they are satisfied with the consultant's answers to the D.E.I.R. comments.  A November date is a possibility and when a date is established we will keep you informed. 

After the Planning Commission Hearing, the recommendation from the Commissioners will be sent to the Riverside Board of Supervisors. At which point another public hearing will be scheduled.  This will be our most important "CALL TO ACTION"!



 City of Temecula Annexation Update

On June 24, 2010, the City of Temecula went before L.A.F.C.O. (Local Agency Formation Committee) for the third time. 

1st Request: 4500 acres that included the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and the proposed quarry site. 
2nd Request:  Ecological Reserve and some property near by but not the proposed quarry site. 
3rd Request: The same as the 2nd request. L.A.F.C.O. has agreed to this 3rd request, provided the city gives up its SPHERE OF INFLUENCE on the proposed quarry site.


This annexation proposal should take effect by September, however there is still some opposition to this annexation.  So we must keep our fingers crossed.  Again, we will keep you informed.

Our Inaugural Run for the Hills Event
was a huge success!

Thank you to our sponsors and to all of those who came out to run, walk, cheer or volunteer.
This successful event would not have been possible without all of you!


Thank you to Robbie Adkins for putting together this great video!

Congratulations to all of our race winners!

Men Women
1st Place: Michael Chavez
2nd Place: Sergio Gonzalez
3rd Place: Okwaro Raura
1st Place: Daniela Alonso
2nd Place: Joey Bonfiglio
3rd Place: Heather Wilson
Boys Under 18 Girls Under 18
1st Place: Michael Froboese
2nd Place: Brandon Messerly
3rd Place: Zachary Chimileski
1st Place: Taylor Maggiocomo
2nd Place: Haley Richins
3rd Place: Miranda Kewley

Sign Waving is back!

Temecula Valley Unified School District asks the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to consider the
potential air quality impacts as indicated in the Draft Environmental Impact Report.
"The DEIR states even with mitigation measures, air quality issues remain considerable and unavoidable. We are also concerned
that ground level dust studies were not conducted on the fields or playgrounds of our schools downwind from the proposed quarry."
Click here to read the full letter.

View this new video created by Laurenn Barker and find out why
Liberty Quarry is the wrong project and the wrong location for our area!

Visit our Get Involved page for more information on how you can join us in our fight against the mega-mine!

Draft Environmental Impact Report released

The County of Riverside has released the draft EIR for the proposed Liberty Quarry. Because of the size of the report, we are providing a link to the Riverside County Planning Department's draft EIR site. You can download the sections of the report directly from their site.

Read/Download the Draft EIR


Article from The Californian, July 21, 2009

TEMECULA: Report says quarry would affect air quality, traffic

Impacts called 'significant and unavoidable'


Want the real truth about the proposed Liberty Quarry?
Check out our Truth Updates...


Is Granite Construction really a good neighbor? A Federal agency has launched a criminal investigation of Granite for overcharging the City of San Diego for cleanup after the October 2007 wildfires.
Follow the link to


Other ways you can help include writing letters to local, state and federal legislators and the local newspapers. To view all their addresses, follow this link or click on the Get Involved button above.

We are also asking people to consider making a donation to help us in the fight! We need money for legal review and comment on the 8000+ page Environmental Impact Report Granite paid for and produced, in addition to money for technical experts to evaluate the accuracy of data in that report, money for advertising, and other mailings.  Every dollar we get goes to our fight against the quarry.  SOS members are all volunteers and no one gets paid a penny. We have supporters that have committed thousands of dollars, and others only a few.  "Dimes to dollars grow."  Please help us in our "David vs. Goliath" battle! All of your contributions are tax deductible. 

To donate via PayPal, click the Donate button below. If you send a check please mail to SOS Hills, PO Box 2196, Temecula, Ca. 92593-2196.   Our Federal Tax ID # is 33-0807157.


Is this what we want in our hills?


A big thank you to Greg Cress for producing the video!

What are the differences between Granite's Indio facility and the proposed Liberty Quarry?
Click the above link to view a movie about a tour of Granite Construction's Indio Quarry
and to see just how different their proposed Liberty Quarry will be.
This short movie also illustrates how close the proposed open pit mine will be to Temecula.

PO Box 2196, Temecula, CA 92593  951.676.6912

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