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February 17, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The fastest-growing county in California rejected a massive, mountaintop rock quarry Thursday that supporters called an essential source of the ingredients that fed the region's economic ascent. In the end, however, neighborhood objections to increased traffic, possible health hazards and environmental destruction won out, a rare outcome in the pro-development frontier of the Inland Empire. Fierce opposition in Temecula, a city known for its vineyard-covered valley and rock-ribbed conservative politics, persuaded the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to vote down the proposed rock mine by a 3-2 vote, despite the promise of hundreds of new blue-collar jobs to the recession-flattened region.
June 25, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
A plan to beautify 300 acres in Sun Valley now occupied by four massive pits has been suggested by a landscape architect. The pits, used as quarries and a landfill, would be transformed into a giant greenbelt connecting lakes, an industrial park and other improvements from the edge of Hansen Dam to Tuxford Street in Sun Valley.
A divided City Council this week delayed a decision on whether to shut down the Azusa Rock quarry after a lively public hearing in which environmental activists accused quarry owners of plundering two mountains bordering the Angeles National Forest. Most of the 120 people at the hearing Monday applauded and whooped as local residents and environmental activists called for the Azusa Rock quarry to be closed, saying it pollutes the air and the San Gabriel River. Quarry spokesman G.
January 5, 1989
For the benefit of the citizens of Azusa, we wish to clarify some information on matters relating to the rock quarry on the hillside (Azusa Rock Inc.). First, in March of 1987, the City Council requested staff to review the Azusa Rock quarrying situation. In March of 1988, the council directed the Planning Commission to also review this matter. After hearing numerous hours of public testimony and reviewing many documents over several months time, the City Council elected to proceed with mitigation instead of a long and expensive court fight.
November 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The remains of four woolly rhinos found in a quarry in central England will provide important clues about the Ice Age, scientists said. The remains of the extinct mammals, which were found at Whitemoor Haye in Staffordshire, are among the most complete ever found in Britain. One had plant material in its teeth, providing clues to its diet, said Simon Buteux, director of the field archeology unit at the University of Birmingham.
May 24, 1990
The El Monte City Council and the Arcadia Planning Commission are at odds over the future of an Arcadia rock quarry. The Arcadia Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend that the quarry be used as an inert landfill for concrete and building material waste. That recommendation will be forwarded to the Arcadia City Council. Meanwhile, the El Monte City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appeal the Arcadia decision.
October 2, 1991 | Reuters
Two Indonesian deer hunters riddled their porter with bullets after mistaking him for their quarry, the newspaper Kompas reported Tuesday. The 50-year-old porter had dropped behind to adjust the switch on his flashlight during a night hunt in central Java Saturday evening. Mistaking the light for the glimmer of a deer's eyes, the hunters opened fire with automatic rifles.
December 26, 1985
The Planning Commission has asked for a status report from its staff on a proposed 300-acre residential project centered on the old Chandler gravel quarry. Portions of the project, which calls for 600 homes, would be located in Torrance and discussions are under way between the planning staffs of the two cities and Cayman Development Co., which is proposing the project. The report should go to the commission in January.
The fate of the Azusa Rock Co. was shuffled back to the Planning Commission by the City Council for further review. The order for reconsideration came after a hearing in which some residents called the quarry a nuisance that creates dust in the air and has scarred the mountainside. In May, the council directed the commission to review the operations of the rock quarry on Fish Canyon Road to determine if its special-use permit, granted in 1956, should be revoked.
November 29, 1988
The Azusa City Council has approved a compromise that will allow a rock quarry firm that has mined the San Gabriel Mountains behind the city for 32 years to continue operating under guidelines designed to protect the environment. Agreement was reached among Azusa, the neighboring city of Duarte and the Azusa Rock Co.
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