Worry over quarry
I am a resident of rural Santa Margarita who has concerns about the potential for a quarry in my neighborhood. As such, it has come to my attention that there is a belief that the opposition to the quarry consists of only a few vocal residents. I’d like to take this opportunity to state that the concerns are held by more than just a few.
When I attended the public meeting early on in the project application process, there were very few empty seats, and I heard numerous comments from residents in this area, mostly negative.
This isn’t just a few residents in opposition; it’s a whole lot of people for miles around Santa Margarita, all of whom will be impacted in some way. Every neighbor I speak to about the proposed quarry expresses concern, but very few have the time to get involved. So while there are a few who are more vocal, there are many behind them who support their efforts to voice our concerns and protect our interests.
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My thanks goes to those who put themselves at the forefront, taking the heat for wanting to ensure the protection of our environment and our quality of life.
Melissa St. John-Harder
Based on the facts
In a June 5 article, “Tenacious neighbors delayed quarry,” Sophie Treder, attorney for Las Pilitas Resources LLC, accuses the county of re-circulating the request for proposal (RFP) to seek more environmental impact report proposals “in order to respond to neighbors’ speculation and gossip.”
I’ve followed this application from the start and attended the packed meetings at Santa Margarita Community Center. The actions taken by the planning department were clearly based more on the facts presented than “speculation and gossip.”
The applicant has provided inaccurate and intentionally misleading information throughout the process that will be revealed if a thorough, unbiased EIR occurs.
I am glad (as I know many are) to see that the county chose a different company (URS Corp.) on its second attempt. It surprised me that the June 23 follow-up seemed to suggest that only a few “neighbors” have any concerns regarding the unsuitability of this proposal to its site, and the need for an unbiased EIR.
I am not opposed to the pursuit of business opportunity but believe the regulations are in place to protect the well-being of all and should not be allowed to be compromised and massaged for an applicant to benefit with huge impacts to the rest of us.
Applause for Woods
I am a volunteer at Woods Humane Society and I recently became involved with the Critter Camp summer program. I have been taking a friend’s child to the camp each day this week, and I have been so impressed with her reactions each day to what she has done and learned.
It is such a wonderful program that benefits the dogs at Woods and teaches the children to be good, responsible pet owners. Each child is matched with a dog living in the shelter, and during the week they learn to train and socialize this dog.
They also have field trips to the Cal Poly dairy unit, Animal Services and Atascadero Zoo.
I applaud Woods on this wonderful program that is so beneficial to the animals, by making terrific pets for whoever adopts them and spreading knowledge about how to train current and future pets to children.
I also recommend to anyone that wants to be involved in our community to volunteer or to donate to Woods. Honestly, when you see an animal that you have been working with walk out the door with their new owner, nothing can compare.