Wednesday, July 22, 2009
DUTRA VOTE DELAYED AGAIN BY SUPERVISORS KELLEY, KERNS, AND CARRILLO
Shirlee Zane and Valerie Brown were each strong and determined in their voice voting to deny the Dutra asphalt project, however Efren Carrillo switched sides and voted to allow the project to live for another day.
EMAIL EFREN AND LET HIM KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
CONTACT EFREN ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR AN EXPLANATION
Dutra's concessions do nothing to answer the jurisdictional issue of whether County Supervisors have the right to re-zone, to industrial use, the parcels located in a voter mandated scenic view corridor. Only the voters can change this zoning designation. Lowering the production capacity of the plant lessens, but does not eliminate the toxic impacts of this asphalt production facility on a wildlife preserve, 22 schools, hundreds of residences, and 150,000 visitors (and growing) to Shollenberger park per year. Foregoing the recycling part of production still leaves recycled tires (used for rubberized asphalt) in piles on the property. Excessive noise is still created at the barge unloading site and will still require amending the General Plan to allow Dutra to exceed the county noise limits.
So what does Dutra gain and why does Supervisor Carrillo want to reconsider his NO straw vote of June 9th? Dutra gains time to wear out the community's opposition. But they underestimate our staying power - For Friends of Shollenberger and all of the other Environmental and Community organizations this isn't about profits, it’s about future generations. With that long view, we will never stop fighting to preserve and protect Shollenberger Park. There is no compromise possible with a company whose environmental record is as worrisome as Dutra's.
We hope Supervisor Carrillo will reject the project at the next “Final Vote”, knowing that he went the extra mile for the applicant and its supporters in the construction and aggregate industries, but voting to reflect the wishes of his 5th District.
Posted by Friends of Shollenberger Park at 12:07 AM