Many issues are of concern to our committee (Citizens Protecting Azusa), as well as the citizens in Azusa, and need clarification. The strip mining of our mountains has been going on for many years as many have stated. But, when their permit expired, and also had been violated, the city of Azusa had a chance to step in and close them down.
Unfortunately, the council allowed this to go on, with Mayor (Eugene) Moses and Councilman (Bruce) Latta voting no on this unwise decision, supporting the Planning Commission's unanimous decision opposing the destruction of the mountains.
It was reported that one of the rock quarry vehicles had toppled from the roadway, landing in our water supply. This vehicle sat in our water supply leaking oil, which caused a 300-square-foot oil slick. This is very serious, just as our mountains are. We cannot allow the tearing apart of our mountains. The dust is harmful to the people of Azusa, and the trucks are gradually destroying our roadways. It appears that these trucks are operating around the clock, more so in the Gladstone, Azusa Avenue areas, as reported by residents who are very disturbed over this.
While the mountains are a concern to the north of our city, the landfill, which is directly to the south at Vincent and Gladstone avenues, poses a serious concern. As the water is being tainted by quarry operations from dust, and most recently an oil spill, what is to be expected from the current landfill expansion?