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Temecula under fire by quarry owners over annexation plan


Last updated 4/10/2008 at Noon

Temecula will spend more than $275,000 to annex a 5,000-acre swath of granite-strewn hillsides, a rising cost that has sparked debate over the lone development plan in the rugged area at the city’s southern doorstep.

“I think whatever they spend is an inappropriate expenditure,” said Gary Johnson, aggregate resource development manager for Granite Construction Co., which hopes to develop part of a 414-acre tract as a surface mine at the core of the proposed annexation area. “The revenues are not there and I fail to see the benefit.”

He called the proposed Santa Margarita Canyon...

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