UPDATE: City's Request for Quarry Restraining Order Denied

The judge's decision means the vote can go ahead as scheduled during the Board's meeting Tuesday morning.

UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 5:

A judge has denied a request by the city of Temecula for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked the Riverside County Board of Supervisors from voting on fast-track approval of Liberty Quarry.

The judge's decision means the vote can go ahead as scheduled during the Board's meeting Tuesday morning.


A hearing for a restraining order sought by the city of Temecula against Riverside County and its Board of Supervisors has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.

The city of Temecula—by way of a temporary restraining order—seeks to halt a supervisors' vote scheduled for Tuesday morning on the revised Liberty Quarry project.

As per the published agenda for Nov. 6 board of supervisors meeting, District 4 Supervisor John Benoit is recommending the board award the fast-track process for the project south of Temecula that is being brought forward by Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction.

but according to court records had been delayed until Tuesday morning.

However, in an email to Patch, Betsy Lowrey, senior management analyst for the city of Temecula, said: the Temecula city attorney "received a call from the Court Clerk that the Presiding Judge has assigned this case to Judge Dallas Holmes and that Judge Holmes will hear the case this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Department 4," in Riverside.

Granite’s original 414-acre Liberty Quarry just south of Temecula was voted down 3-2 by the board on Feb. 16. Supervisors John Benoit and Marion Ashley supported the mining operation while Supervisors Bob Buster, Jeff Stone and John Tavaglione opposed it.

Since that time, Granite Construction has proposed a scaled-down version of the project.

This is a developing story. Stay with Patch for updates.

Gandhi November 06, 2012 at 04:54 AM
This is a bunch of crap!! How on earth do they expect anybody to be there when it was originally scheduled for this morning, then switched to late afternoon? Nobody from Temecula I'm sure was even there!! Well, Paul, there are LOTS of us voters/citizens out here ready to help as needed with criminal investigations, and other means of stopping this avalanche from destroying this town. This is outrageous, but not too surprising, just follow the money trail and you'll usually find a politician at the end of it. Cheri - there is a site, its called "Change.org", you may have heard of it, on that site you can start petitions, and get THOUSANDS of signatures in a short amount of time - possibly this might help also? Paul - what do you think? Good luck tomorrow Paul by the way, you have two votes from this house, as you know! Cheri - my real name is Linda McDonald and you can find me on Facebook.
Dee Daniels November 06, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Yes, 5150........! you are not a real 5150, but the Temecula CLOWNS are.....!! vote these insane incumbents out!
Candi Oliver November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Cheri left a message with the Channel 4(NBC) switchboard regarding our issues down here it will be interesting to hear if we hear anything. Thanks for your effort.
Eric Cartman November 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Big shocker here, the current council are criminals. Vote Patrice Lynes: http://youtu.be/t6b_jOzPz44
Brenda November 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM


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