The Riverside County board of supervisors voted down the proposed 414-acre mining operation, Liberty Quarry in February. Chairman John Tavaglione, sided with Supervisors Marion Ashley and John Benoit in certifying an environmental impact report that concluded many of the mine's negatives could be mitigated.
The county left open the door for Watsonville-based Granite Construction to return with a modified plan for mining the site. Last week, the company proposed a scaled-down version of its original proposed Liberty Quarry.
The majority of citizens of Temecula, CA do not want a mining quarry in our backyard. The county supervisors do not even live in Temecula and yet Supervisors Benoit, Ashley and Tavalione voted in favor of the quarry and to fast track approval of the mining operation despite the citizens' opposition.