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Responding to quarry protesters, Davis says, “It won’t be a scar that is the eyesore people worry about. None of the quarry will be directly visible from the surrounding area, because of the hillsides,” he adds. “The only way you would know there’s a hole in the ground would be to fly over the area with a helicopter.”

Davis thinks that there is no other place they could put the quarry. “If they move the location, there would still be protests but with new names and new faces.”

O.B. Johnson, chairman of the Friends of Liberty Quarry, says that support for the quarry continues to grow weekly. “Over 1000 individuals have submitted Friends of Liberty Quarry registration cards,” he says.

According to Johnson, “As many take advantage of the tours of the Indio quarry and take the time to delve into the facts as to how the quarry will impact our area, they become enthusiastic supporters.”

In the upcoming months, Granite will be holding informational meetings at various locations to educate the public about the benefits of having a quarry in the area.

“However,” says Johnson, “I know that no manner of education or information will convince our hard-core opponents that a quarry is needed.”

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Visduh June 24, 2009 @ 12:19 p.m.

This will be hard to stop, because there is a big need for aggregates, and many of the older sources in San Diego County have closed down. Remember the quarries in Mission Valley? Hanson just recently closed one down in San Marcos close to the Cal State campus at the edge of Discovery Lake. We have to either stop building, or stop using concrete, or just bring the aggregates in from far-away sources, if quarries like this one are to be avoided. While I side with the opponents of Liberty Quarry at this time, it may be a better solution than others that will come along if it is stopped.

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robbieadkins June 25, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m.

The only people who support this quarry are employees of Granite Construction or people paid by them. There is NO benefit to the residents of Temecula, Fallbrook, or Rainbow. Even the projected tax revenue to the county is dwarfed by the $23 million in sales tax currently paid to the county by the tourism industry in Temecula. THAT revenue would truly be in jeopardy. Would you go to a mining town for wine tasting? Please have a look at the two videos I have posted on YouTube about this subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Xr6W... (about the Indio tour) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sez2r4... (about the wildlife corridor) There IS no shortage of aggregate in Southern California. As a member of www.SOS-hills.org, we have the actual facts about the situation posted on our web site, not facts bought and paid for by a huge corporation that is truly at the cost of the will of the people.

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