I’d like to clarify a few details and public support related to community input at the latest Planning Commission hearings. I am, for the second month, asking why it is repeated or reported, that the speakers at the last two 58 quarry meetings have been called “evenly divided” regarding the strip mine proposed by Las Pilitas Resources LLC on Highway 58 outside of Santa Margarita?
This is a real and very serious issue for the majority of us in Santa Margarita. Using “about even” or “evenly divided” sends the wrong message to the Planning Commission and, more so, the general public.
This is our front yard, not just our backyard. The proposal would send large trucks through our town, past our homes, an elementary school and a park, waste precious water, create excessive noise, add more pollution, increase traffic and use explosives to blow up and haul away a mountain. A total of 120 speakers presented to the Planning Commission at the Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 hearings. Of those, 82 opposed it and reinforced and supported staff’s recommendation to deny the project, while 38 supported an approval. The fact is, it’s 2-1 or better, and by no way, near 50/50.