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OPINION: Shame On Supervisors Benoit, Tavaglione and Ashley

What’s next? Fast-track a dump next to the quarry? A nuclear plant in Anza? Wind turbines along Highway 79? Guys, are you planning to follow CEQA laws?

Was there ever a doubt that we won? NO!

It cannot be undone. Granite Construction is still the loser.

Now, comes the slimy stuff: First, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione’s flip-flop to the dark side to vote with his colleagues, Supervisors John Benoit and Marion Ashley, to certify the Environmental Impact Report for the project. Then, slick as can be, Granite Construction steps in with a revised, slightly smaller, application for a mine and wants to “As “luck” would have it, they have a certified EIR. Not only has the music died, it is buried deep in a morass of lies and deceit.

Next move on this "BOS" chessboard, Benoit makes a motion to amend the existing fast-track ordinance to allow surface mines to be included. Liberty, by the way, is NOT a surface mine. It is a deep open pit mine. Then, what do you know, Tavaglione suggests, ”Why not fast-track other projects as well?” 

No surprise, the next move was for the “Three Stooges” to vote in favor of the fast-track motion; Supervisors Jeff Stone and Bob Buster were the two dissenters. The final vote is still to come.

This arrogance is disturbing. If these three men are allowed to brazenly change the rules to satisfy Granite, what does that say about their integrity? It is disgusting and simply outrageous.

What’s next? Fast-track a dump next to the quarry? A nuclear plant in Anza? Wind turbines along Highway 79? Guys, are you planning to follow CEQA laws?

There are reasons for the current laws and rules, and ordinances are in place. There are reasons for sensitive projects like mines and landfills to be carefully evaluated as to their effects on the surrounding areas and communities. But you all know that. You just don’t care … and as such, you should not be representing the people. You just want to make the way easier for the “Granites” of this world.

I quote Gandhi, “There is sufficiency in this world for man’s need, but not for man’s greed."

Supervisors, what you do speaks louder than what you say.

Shame, shame on all of you.

Jerri Arganda, Rainbow resident

Scott September 07, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Paul Jacobs, Is it even realistic that Temecula could actually secede to San Diego County if the counsel (Temecula) initiated a movement? I have never heard of such a thing but could the Granite injustice be the facilitator of such a bold move??
Paul Jacobs September 07, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Jim, A city cannot annex an area to stop a project, but when Temecula originally tried to annex the area within and beyond the existing sphere of influence, the quarry was early in the application process. Temecula was the appropriate Local Agency to annex the area and then be the deciding body of government on the land use decision. The City decided not to fight the County Local Agency Formation Commission for this right to local control. It would have made for a great court battle, but the City declined to fight until they were down on the canvas.
Paul Jacobs September 07, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Scott, not really and San Diego supervisors would probably be even more eager than our own county "representatives" to stick a quarry outside of Temecula along the county line. A better idea might be to split Riverside County into two or more counties since Supervisor John Benoit has already taken action to divide people and pit regions of the county against one another.
Tarmack September 07, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Maybe it is time for a recall. After all, actions speak louder than words. You might be surprised as to how much support you have. I have been part of a couple of recalls before, both ended in a way that benefitted the citizens and their voices were heard loud and clear. I found the key is to get a dedicated group of people together first.

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