Local Issues: Riverside Supervisors vote against Temecula rock quarry
I have a proposal, let’s halt the creation of new jobs, let’s increase semi-truck traffic on our already overcrowded and crazy highways in Southern California and lets increase city taxes that will help pay for outsourcing for a material that is very widely used for construction of better structures and improving a city’s growth.
This is what will be the outcome due to the quarry opponents against the proposed rock quarry in the Temecula Valley. On Thursday, February 16th the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted against the seven year debate over a proposed rock quarry that would bring at least 100 new jobs, lower city costs due to the importation of aggregate into the city. To be more specific in terms of money, the aggregate quarry would have brought in over $300 million in sales tax revenue and over $41 million in property tax fees.
My reaction is simple and shows lots of disagreement with the people who opposed the rock quarry. I read and fully understand that some of the downfalls to the creation of the quarry would perhaps lessen the air quality within the Southern Inland Empire, dry up the groundwater and a “disrupt” a neighboring ecological reserve. However, what we need right now is jobs and to stimulate the economy. Everyone complains of high taxes, yet when I look at the numbers this quarry would generate, over $350 million? That looks like A LOT of positive outcomes for our local schools and public safety.
Moreover, it would lessen a lot of the traffic and accidents that occur within Interstate-15. It’s very obvious that a lot of huge semi-trucks take up a lot of space on the I-15. A lot of people use this highway on a daily basis so why increase the traffic with more semi-trucks taking up the already crowded highways of Southern California. It’s beyond me but it’s obvious people drive far more erratically and reckless within our streets. Adding huge semi-trucks to...