who we are...

    We are a group of concerned citizens and homeowners in Rainbow, Fallbrook and Southwest Riverside County dedicated to the preservation of the beautiful, pristine hills and open space in the Temecula, Murrieta and Rainbow area.

    Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the approval of a huge open-pit mine on the Temecula border which would destroy the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve currently located on the proposed quarry site, as well as our clean air quality, home values and the booming tourist industry in our area.
          

 

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Say No to Liberty Quarry! Attend the Hearing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOS-Hills is a non-profit group dedicated to preventing the proposed Liberty Quarry

get involved

 

VOLUNTEER!

PLEASE HELP US WITH:

* PHONE TREE (call Kathleen Hamilton @ 951-676-6912 for Temecula)
                      (call Jerri Arganda @ 760-451-2413 or e mail
                       jaarganda13@msn.com  for Rainbow / Fallbrook)

* WALKING NEIGHBORHOODS WITH FLIERS (call Betty Johnson @
                                                                   951-302-2646)

WE NEED:

LOCATIONS FOR BANNERS AND SIGNS ANNOUNCING THE HEARING
IF you want a sign in your yard, call Fred Bartz @ 951-294-0057

FACEBOOK INTERACTION

NEWSLETTERS TO HOA'S, ETC

 

* WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF FUNDING FOR ALL IT WILL TAKE
  TO GET THE "WORD OUT."

  PLEASE SEND YOUR CHECKS OUT TO SOS-HILLS   P.O. BOX 2196
                                                                           TEMECULA  92593

Visit our Contact Us page to send us a submit form with your comments.


DONATE!

"Dimes to dollars grow." 

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. 

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.



Write a letter to the local papers!

The Californian/North County Times
calopinion@nctimes.com (for the Californian)
letters@nctimes.com (for the North County Times)
200 words or less.
Press Enterprise
letters@pe.com
200 words or less;
must be exclusive to the Press Enterprise
Temecula Valley News
(sister paper is Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News)
sstarr@myvalleynews.com
editor@thevillagenews.com
350 words or less; weekly paper, letters must be
submitted by Friday to print for the next weekly edition.
Temecula Bugle
info@thebugle.com
Monthly paper, letters have to be submitted
before end of the month for next monthly edition.
San Diego Union Tribune
letters@uniontrib.com
Los Angeles Times
letters@latimes.com

Be sure to include your name, address, and daytime phone number.

When you submit letters, please send to BOTH Riverside and San Diego County papers, as they do not share letters.

Below is a list of some of the suggested topics. Please feel free to add your own as well. If you have a great topic and don't see it on the list, email it to
webmaster@sos-hills.org

AIR QUALITY
Crystalline silica, nuisance dust, diesel exhaust pollution, diesel soot pollution,dust from blasting, fugitive dust from land clearing, grading, loading and unloading bulk materials (as sand, gravel, aggregate), transferring material into storage bins, discharging them into hoppers, and so on.  Residents of Riverside County are already receiving  "F" Grades on Ozone and Particle Pollution from the latest (2009) State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association. We do not need more trucks on our roadways.
Read more here: http://www.stateoftheair.org/2009/states/california/riverside-06065.html
BLASTING
Noise, high frequency vibrations and effects on humans and wildlife.
HAZARDS and HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Diesel fuel and dangerous explosives will be stored on the site.  What else?
BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
The quarry is inconsistent with the needs and land use in the area. The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve is NEXT DOOR!  Over 40 years of research could be lost to us. On this same land, the last Wildlife Corridor between the coastal Santa Ana Mountains and inland Palomar Mountains is in danger of extinction. The last free flowing river in Southern California, the Santa Margarita is in danger of becoming polluted. Failure to adequately address environmental issues can lead to serious, long-lasting, and irreversible environmental consequences, either in the vicinity of the site or at locations distant from the site.
TRAFFIC
1600 truck trips per day between 6:30 am and late afternoon.  Potential accidents, back up, rocks hitting windshields, condition of roadways, etc. There will be 370 aggregate trucks, 197 concrete trucks, 164 asphalt trucks,23 recycle trucks, 12 cement trucks, 2 fuel trucks, 12 construction trucks and 233 cars coming and going on this site as well.  We are talking about a “MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREA” here! "The I-15 corridor through the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah is over 840 miles with approximately 220 miles traversing through urban areas. Currently, the average daily traffic throughout the entire corridor is over 56,000 with a maximum over 250,000. Average daily truck traffic is over 9,000 with a maximum over 60,000. Among the 220 mile urban segments, over 60 percent is currently under heavy congestion. Without any further improvement to the corridor, the projected 2035 average daily traffic will be over 150,000 which includes over 27,000 trucks. By 2035, 98 percent of urban segments will be under heavy congestion. Congestion for non-urban segments will increase from the current 21 percent to over 85 percent." http://www.corridors.dot.gov/i15.htm
NOISE
From blasting, digging and crushing, generators, machinery, asphalt plants, concrete plants, trucks.
WATER ISSUES
Quarry’s needs are 370 acre feet annually.  This would displace the needs of  3,700 residents.  Granite is digging down 1000’+.  What if they pollute the aquifer?  What about wells in area and other nearby areas? Will pollution runoff into the Santa Margarita River? Camp Pendleton? (Santa Margarita River is their water source.)
ALTERNATIVE SITES
Failure to address these adequately; What about areas not located so close to heavily populated areas or in other counties?
ALTERNATE SOURCES OF AGGREGATE
Failure to address this adequately; Rosemary’s Mountain quarry is not mentioned. Marine transported aggregate is not mentioned. Quarries in Corona are permitted until 2026 and can be re-permitted  for 100+ years. “ Portable” quarry locations (which are temporary) provide hundreds of  thousands  of tons of aggregate and are not addressed. Recycling aggregate from torn up roadbeds is not mentioned.
ROSEMARY’S MOUNTAIN QUARRY
They anticipate being up to full production by 2012.     After 20 years, they CAN file to be RE permitted.  According to the General Manager, Gary Nolan, “There is not a lot of aggregate being sold and we don’t foresee a lot in the future.”
EARTHQUAKE FAULTS
What faults are in the area of the site ?  The Elsinore fault line runs along the site. 
SCHOOLS
In the neighboring communities number over 100…this does not even count all of the preschools!
CULTURAL RESOURCES
Granite Construction DISRESPECTED THE  NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL BELIEFS.  The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians  has identified this area as a sacred site; their place of “Creation”. 
ASPHALT PLANTS
(2) on site; noise and stink from them.  These plants will remain even after the granite quarry is gone. They begin production at 4:00 am.HOW RELIABLE are all of Granite’s studies?  AGAIN, we need to demand that INDEPENDENT STUDIES be done to compare with Granite’s reports from paid consultants.
TOURISIM
Cost to ALL of our communities, the Temecula Wine Country, Old Town Temecula,  Fallbrook downtown activities (Avocado Festival, Hot August Nights, etc)
AGRICULTURE
How WILL avocado, citrus, flower growers, nurseries be affected.  How will the wineries be affected?  “Fugitive dust deposited on leaves and foliage reduces crop yields.” (California Air Resources Board) . Will the dust affect pollination/ vital insects? Bees? Will more pesticides be required?
FIRE ISSUES
Storage of diesel fuel and explosives on the property.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS
The adjacent area has Native American artifacts.  They have never lifted a shovel to the property to look.
WHAT AGGREGATE SHORTAGE?
Quarries in Corona claim that they have reserves until 2026 and CAN get re permitted for at least 100 years. Rosemary’s Mountain Quarry is more than sufficient to provide San Diego’s needs. The last State of California Aggregate Reserve Study was done in 2006 and nolonger represents the current demand for aggregate.
BANGO LIST
There are currently close to 500 businesses and non profit groups who have signed statements opposing Liberty quarry.There are over 100 Medical Doctors who have signed statements opposing Liberty quarry. There are over 25,000 names on petitions opposing Liberty quarry. View the BANGO List.
AFTER 75 YEARS?
Will the quarry be re permitted for another 75 years?  Will it become a reservoir? Reservoirs made from abandoned quarries are proven to be conducive to earthquake activity. What do you DO with a 1000+ pit in the ground?

 

 

 


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