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Pechanga and Granite Construction Reach Historic Accord to Transfer and Preserve Site of the Proposed Liberty Quarry

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Granite Construction Co. have forged a historic accord that will amicably resolve a long-standing land use dispute involving the proposed Liberty Quarry project in Riverside County and end the proposed quarry.

Pechanga and Granite announced today the sale of 354 acres of land that was part of the Liberty Quarry Project site to the Tribe for $3 million and the completion of a separate inter-dependent and comprehensive settlement and release agreement under which Pechanga will pay Granite $17.35 million to settle the dispute over Granite’s proposed Liberty Quarry Project on the Riverside-San Diego County line.
 
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Granite has also agreed to not own or operate a quarry within a six mile radius to the north of the property along the Riverside-San Diego County border and three miles to the south through 2035. For its part, Pechanga has committed to providing Granite input regarding potential impacts to tribal historic and cultural resources at other potential aggregate sites outside of the restricted area that Granite may consider over the same 23-year period.
 
“This area holds profound historic, cultural, and spiritual importance to the Pechanga and Luiseño Peoples,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “Today, a small yet essential piece of our historic territory is once again united with its original stewards to preserve for future generations.”
 
“Granite has a strong history of cooperation with stakeholders in communities where we work and is pleased to have been able to reach an equitable solution with the Pechanga Tribe regarding this project,”  said James H. Roberts, Granite’s President and CEO. “We remain committed to Western Riverside and San  Diego Counties and look forward to continuing to grow our business in this area.”
 
Granite first submitted an application to Riverside County for the quarry project in 2005 that would serve Riverside and San Diego Counties with a long-term supply of aggregate. The Pechanga Tribe opposed the project, arguing it would have desecrated an area with strong cultural and spiritual importance to the Luiseño Peoples. After seven years of environmental review and numerous hearings by the County, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors denied the Project but certified the Environmental Impact Report in May, which is now the subject of two lawsuits. In July, Granite submitted a revised project application for a slightly smaller project.
 
About the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians has called the Temecula Valley in Southern California home since time immemorial. The Pechanga Band was recognized as a sovereign tribal government in 1882 by President Chester A. Arthur. Today, the Tribe is recognized as a leader in preserving cultural and sacred sites throughout Southern California and provides essential services for its members including healthcare, public safety, education, and infrastructure. Pechanga is Riverside County’s second largest private employer, providing jobs to 4,000 people through its various economic enterprises including the award-winning Pechanga Resort & Casino. www.pechanga-nsn.gov.
 
About Granite Construction Incorporated
Granite is one of the nation's leading infrastructure contractors and is a member of the S&P 400 Midcap Index, the FTSE KLD 400 Social Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Granite is one of the nation's largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers serving public- and private-sector clients nationwide. In addition, Granite has one of the oldest and most robust ethics and compliance programs in the industry and has been recognized by the EthisphereTM Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for three consecutive years. For more information please visit www.graniteconstruction.com. Granite Construction Co. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Granite Construction Inc.
 
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10/5/2012

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9/21/2012

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9/12/2012

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9/11/2012

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9/1/2012

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8/6/2012

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7/31/2012

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7/30/2012

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7/29/2012

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7/28/2012

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7/27/2012

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7/26/2012

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7/25/2012

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6/19/2012

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5/28/2012

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5/22/2012

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5/17/2012

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5/16/2012

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5/15/2012

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3/21/2012

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2/18/2012

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2/16/2012

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2/15/2012

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2/14/2012

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2/10/2012

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2/9/2012

article Temecula Creek Inn housing plan under review
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2/8/2012

article Tuesday’s supervisors meeting may be delayed
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2/6/2012

article County supervisors hold final public hearing on Liberty Quarry project
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article Opponents hit project; next meeting set
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2/2/2012

article MORON ALERT: If it is orange, vote it out
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1/31/2012

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1/30/2012

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1/28/2012

article Quarry debate hits county supervisors’ dais
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1/26/2012

article 1st hearing Monday on quarry appeal
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1/23/2012

article Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for quarry hearing
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1/12/2012

article More hearings on strip mine near Temecula
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1/11/2012

article County sets quarry appeal dates
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1/10/2012

article Quarry appeal will be heard in Riverside
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1/2/2012

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12/27/2011

article Chamber board opposes Liberty Quarry
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12/16/2011

article Quarry developer appeals to county supervisors
(California) -- Granite Construction on Thursday filed an appeal of the Riverside County Planning Commission’s rejection of the proposed Liberty Quarry.
article Quarry proponent appeals permit denial
(California) -- A construction materials company has appealed the rejection of its proposal to build a 1,000-foot-deep quarry on a mountain overlooking Temecula.

12/15/2011

article Granite Construction files appeal to supervisors
(California) -- Granite Construction today filed an appeal of the Riverside County Planning Commission decision denying the proposed Liberty Quarry, the county’s...

12/9/2011

article Quarry formally denied, appeal likely
(California) -- Denial of Temecula’s Liberty Quarry project must go before the County Supervisors before Granite Construction mounts an appeal. The County Planning...

12/7/2011

article Commission denies permit for Liberty Quarry
(California) -- Months of meetings and deliberations, public opinion from several municipalities including the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, coupled with more than...
article Commission finalizes denial of quarry
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday morning to finalize its denial of Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry project, a 135-...
article Planning commission expected to deny Liberty Quarry permits
(California) -- Permits for a controversial surface mining operation planned near Temecula are expected to be formally denied by the Riverside County Planning Commission...
article Planning Commission formally denies the project
(California) -- The next chapter in the showdown over a proposed Temecula-area quarry can begin after the Riverside County Planning Commission this morning formally...
article Quarry developer vows appeal after panel’s vote
(California) -- A new front in the battle over a proposed Temecula-area quarry can begin now that a planning panel on Wednesday officially rejected the open-pit mine.

12/6/2011

article County Planning Commission set for final denial of Liberty Quarry
(California) -- Although they stand on opposite sides of the issue, supporters and foes of Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry each have their reasons to look...

12/5/2011

article Mining Operation Expected To Be Denied
(California) -- Permits for a controversial surface mining operation planned near Temecula are expected to be formally denied by the Riverside County Planning Commission...

11/23/2011

article Granite Spends $138,000 to Beat Pechanga
(California) -- Granite Construction increased its spending more than six-fold after the Pechanga Tribe introduced legislation that would kill the company's plan to...
article Stone-Cold Cash [3rd Item]
(California) -- New lobbying reports show the extent to which Granite Construction opened its wallet to defeat a late-breaking bill intended to scuttle the company...

10/26/2011

article Commission postpones final denial of quarry until December
(California) -- Looking to make sure it is on legally sound footing, the Riverside County Planning Commission decided Wednesday to postpone finalizing its denial of...
article Official planning commission denial delayed
(California) -- Nothing is routine when it comes to Liberty Quarry, which remains in limbo nearly two months after the Riverside County Planning Commission rejected the...

10/23/2011

article Commission's denial of quarry project could be delayed
(California) -- Riverside County's Planning Department says it needs more time to draw up the paperwork that will complete the Planning Commission's denial of...

9/15/2011

article Quarry Opposed by Native American Tribe Rejected By County
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission rejected Granite Construction’s proposed Liberty Quarry August 31, but the fight isn’t over yet for...

9/7/2011

article Letter-Writing Campaign Fights Quarry
(California) -- Anti-quarry activists kicked off a letter-writing campaign to block a quarry planned near Temecula. Peter Terezakis, a quarry opponent, sent out an email...

9/4/2011

article LOVE: Quarry losing at halftime
(California) -- If the battle over the Liberty Quarry was a football game, the announcer might say: "And in a surprise at halftime, the environmentalists lead the...

9/3/2011

article Casino Money Goes To Protecting Indian Sacred Sites
(California) -- The Pechanga Band, which owns the largest casino on the west coast, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby for a state bill, AB 742, to...

9/1/2011

article Commission votes against proposed Temecula quarry
(California) -- Planning commissioners in Riverside tentatively voted to reject a proposal for a new quarry in the city of Temecula. Granite Construction wanted to build...
article Proposed quarry in Temecula dealt a blow
(California) -- A proposal to build a quarry on a mountain overlooking Temecula was dealt a blow on Wednesday when planning commissioners voted against the project and...
article Quarry appeal could be heard before year's end
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission's 4-1 vote Wednesday to tentatively deny Granite Construction's request for a surface mining permit...
article Supervisors could ponder quarry this year
(California) -- A plan to build an open-pit quarry just outside Temecula could come before the Riverside County Board of Supervisors by the end of the year. The county...

8/31/2011

article Commission tentatively denies quarry vote
(California) -- A county commission has tentatively denied a proposal to build a quarry near Temecula that faced ardent opposition from residents, a university and an...
article Commission votes against California quarry
(California) -- A Riverside County commission tentatively denied a proposal Wednesday to build a quarry on a mountain overlooking Temecula that faced ardent opposition...
article Commission votes against California quarry
(California) -- A Riverside County commission voted against a proposal Wednesday to build a quarry on a mountain overlooking Temecula that faced ardent opposition from...
article County Planning Commission denies Liberty Quarry
(California) -- The future of the proposed Liberty Quarry has hit a roadblock. The Riverside County Planning Commission has tentatively denied the project.
article County Planning Commission Rejects Mining Operation
(California) -- A surface mining operation planned for just north of the boundary separating Riverside and San Diego counties was voted down today by the Riverside...
article County Planning Commission Rejects Mining Operation
(California) -- A surface mining operation planned for just north of the boundary separating Riverside and San Diego counties was voted down today by the Riverside...
article Liberty Quarry project denied in Riverside
(California) -- A permit to construct a large open-pit rock quarry just north of San Diego County near Temecula was denied Wednesday afternoon by the Riverside County...
article Liberty Quarry Up For A Key Vote
(California) -- A key vote today will decide if a huge rock quarry north of San Diego can go forward; the Liberty Quarry faces strong opposition. The Riverside Planning...
article Massive rock quarry proposed near Temecula is rejected
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission on Wednesday rejected a proposal for a massive rock quarry near Temecula that was strongly opposed by the city...
article Panel nixes proposed quarry
(California) -- Dismissing a call to delay its decision, the Riverside County Planning Commission voted Wednesday to deny Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry...
article Planners deny mine permit
(California) -- Plans to build an open-pit quarry near Temecula took a significant hit Wednesday when the Riverside County Planning Commission denied a mining permit and...
article Riverside County panel rejects proposed rock quarry
(California) -- The Riverside County Planning Commission on Wednesday rejected an application for a massive rock quarry proposed near Temecula that was strongly opposed...
article Tides Turn in Quarry Deliberation
(California) -- The tides turned in favor of the quarry planned for near Temecula today. Only one commissioner praised Liberty Quarry during a hearing today.
article Two Renounce, One Supports Quarry
(California) -- Commissioners John Snell and John Petty renounced Liberty Quarry, and Commissioner James Porros praised it today. The commissioners were deliberating on...

8/30/2011

article CA city, tribe, ecologists fight proposed quarry
(California) -- Wine-tasting rooms and antique shops line the streets of Temecula's quaint downtown fashioned after the Old West. Tour vans wait to whisk visitors to...

8/29/2011

article Commission will hear requests to delay Liberty Quarry vote
(California) -- The county Planning Commission will meet Wednesday in Riverside to consider requests to postpone a decision on Granite Construction's Liberty Quarry...
article Confusion on supervisor's quarry position prompts calls
(California) -- Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster has fielded more than two dozen telephone calls and emails over the past week from people who wrongly interpreted...
article Proposed law sponsored by Pechangas could derail Temecula quarry
(California) -- Riverside County planning commissioners will consider postponing a decision Wednesday on whether to approve a contested quarry project near Temecula....

8/28/2011

article Pechanga: No Need to Delay Quarry Vote
(California) -- Delaying the final vote on a proposed quarry near Temecula was unnecessary, according to Pechanga tribal leaders. The Planning Commission heard enough...

8/27/2011

article Company Seeks To Delay Liberty Quarry Vote
(California) -- A company planning to mine near Temecula wants to delay a decisive vote on the project. Granite Construction sent a letter on Thursday to the Riverside...

8/26/2011

article Granite Construction Seeks to Delay Liberty Quarry Vote
(California) -- An August 25 letter from Granite Construction—the company that has proposed building a quarry in Riverside County, California—asks the...
article Quarry meeting still on for now
(California) -- Riverside County's Planning Commission is still scheduled to meet and vote on a proposed quarry near Temecula despite the developer's request to...

8/25/2011

article Anti-Quarry Bill Gets Some Support
(California) -- The anti-Liberty Quarry bill, sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, was approved with a 7-0 vote Tuesday morning by the state Senate's...
article Bills Could Bypass Public Debate On Gregory Canyon, Liberty Quarry
(California) -- The Gregory Canyon landfill and the Liberty Quarry have something in common. Developers have spent more than a decade and millions of dollars to get...
article Developer wants quarry vote delayed
(California) -- The developer of the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula is asking the Riverside County Planning Commission to delay a Wednesday meeting on the project...

8/24/2011

article Pechanga Tribe Earns Small Victory In Sponsored Quarry Bill
(California) -- The anti-Liberty Quarry bill, sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, was approved with a 7-0 vote Tuesday morning by the state Senate's...

8/23/2011

article Anti-Liberty Quarry bill in Sacramento limbo
(California) -- The anti-Liberty Quarry bill sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians was approved with a 7-0 vote Tuesday morning by the state Senate's...
article Anti-Liberty Quarry bill set for committee hearing Tuesday
(California) -- A bill that would prohibit rock quarries on land considered sacred by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians will be taken up Tuesday by the state Senate...
article Council supports Pechanga anti-Liberty Quarry bill
(California) -- The city of Temecula on Tuesday threw its weight behind legislation that would allow the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to block the permitting of rock...
article Debate begins over legislation that could block controversial Temecula rock quarry
(California) -- A California state Senate resources committee is considering a measure from Long Beach Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal that could block a...
article Senate committee passes, and then parks, anti-quarry bill
(California) -- A bill to stop the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday but will likely go no further for the remainder of...
article Will quarry bill move forward?
(California) -- The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing this morning on legislation meant to block Liberty Quarry near Temecula. But the end-of-...

8/22/2011

article Last-minute legislation would help tribe in SoCal quarry fight
(California) -- Legislators will consider this week last-minute legislation that would give an influential Native American tribe the power to block a Southern California...
article Quarry clash looming as session nears end
(California) -- Legislation to block the proposed Liberty Quarry near Temecula is quickly emerging as a Capitol showdown in the closing days of the year's...

8/21/2011

article Text of Quarry-Killing Legislation Released
(California) -- The text of the legislation that, if passed, would kill a proposed quarry was released. The bill, called AB 742, is backed by the Pechanga tribe. It...

8/17/2011

article Anti-quarry bill spurs online petitions
(California) -- Supporters and opponents of a proposed Temecula-area quarry have started online petitions for and against state legislation that seeks to block the...
article Anti-quarry bill would protect tribe's creation-story landscape
(California) -- An Assembly bill sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians would prohibit the approval of a rock quarry if sits on land that the tribe says is...

8/16/2011

article Commission to vote on quarry Aug. 31
(California) -- After holding five hearings, hearing countless speakers and receiving a mountain of documents, Riverside County's Planning Commission is ready to...

8/15/2011

article Battles Continue Over Proposed Mine Site
(California) -- The site of a proposed quarry near Temecula is on holy ground, according to the Pechanga Tribe. Granite Construction, the company planning to mine the...
article Developer refutes sacred-land claim
(California) -- A proposed Temecula-area quarry will not harm land deemed sacred by a local American Indian tribe, an expert and lawyer speaking on behalf of the quarry...
press release Granite issues deceptive press release about Pechanga support of development on its Place of Creation
(California) -- Granite Construction this afternoon issued a highly deceitful press release asserting that the “Tribe previously supported 81 new homes on quarry...
article Mining officials, Pechanga members argue over quarry
(California) -- A contentious hearing on Monday over a massive rock quarry proposed near Temecula drew hundreds of people and sparked a heated exchange between mining...
article Pechanga officials speak at quarry hearing
(California) -- Offering up testimony that at times appeared to be emotionally painful, members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians defended the cultural...
article Sixth, final quarry meeting set for Aug. 31
(California) -- Following an eight-hour-plus meeting that featured emotional and passionate pleadings and an assortment of dry, technical presentations, the county...
article VIDEO: Indian tribe against quarry project on 'sacred' land
(California) -- A public hearing is planned over a controversial quarry project in Riverside County Monday morning. Granite Construction is looking to establish a strip...

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