This quarry is about greed for money without any concern of all the money the neighbors will lose with the loss of value of their property. I know because I am the local real estate broker for more than 45 years in Santa Margarita. I have sold most of the property at least once to the people who wanted to live and raise their children with open space, peace, and quiet, the same as my wife and I have done with our two sons. I have enjoyed the 47 years of helping all the buyers I helped own their property. If the county approves the proposed Las Pilitas Quarry that is not needed, it will be the only quarry in a rural residential area and on a state highway (58) with only one short passing area on a two-lane highway in the county. Also the fact that the staff EIR states the quarry does not qualify for a permit as is means it should be denied.
The only ones for the project are those who have been told they will benefit, and the others are the ones that will never be affected by the noise or blocked by the 273 trucks per day. We all know that many trucks could never deliver that many loads per day on the two-lane Highway 58, to deliver 500,000 tons of granite gravel a year. It will also recycle asphalt and cement. Therefore, trucks loaded in both directions. The highway will need to be repaired more often. Cole and Souza already make a good living. Why don’t they consider the lives the quarry will change? Loss of property value, delay to go to work due to truck traffic—we cannot pass a bicycle without breaking the law because we have to cross the highway’s double line. I do not believe that any council member or supervisor would want to live next to or close to a quarry.
-- Daryl Nelson - Santa Margarita