Having attended two County Planning Commission hearings on the proposed Las Pilitas quarry, I have two observations:
The issue seems to be turning into a popularity contest for Mike Cole and his trucking business instead of looking at the planning staff recommendation to deny the project.
Mr. Cole has an excellent business model to be sure, but that is not the issue. The issue is that the project, if approved, will permanently alter the character of Santa Margarita by dramatically increasing truck traffic along the Hwy. 58 corridor, directly adjacent to the elementary school and cross walk, across the Union Pacific Rail crossing, and through town along El Camino Real.
My second observation is that of all the public comment I heard at both meetings, most seemed to be given by non-Santa-Margarita individuals or individuals who have no school-age children and who would not be directly affected by the increased truck traffic as I and other parents are when crossing the school crosswalk on a daily basis.
I urge all interested in this issue to read the County Planning Staff report submitted to the County Planning Commission which recommends denial of the Las Pilitas Quarry project.