Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CA Senate PARKS Anti-Quarry Bill and Tells Pechanga Tribe and Quarry to DEAL

A bill to stop the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday but will likely go no further for the remainder of the legislative year.

Members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee had a unanimous message to quarry developer Granite Construction and the Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Indians, which sponsored the measure to protect what it considers to be its site of creation.

Make a deal.

"Don't get to the checkmate stage. You really have to get to the point where you...try and work this out," said state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who had a similar, years-long dispute in her district. Otherwise, she said, "there is never an end to this."

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