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On promises and propaganda 

In Matt Fountain’s article “A rock and a hard place” (Aug. 15), Las Pilitas Resources LLC agent Ken Johnston is quoted: “There is a lot of misinformation out there.”

I agree. In fact, it is the reason I decided to do my own homework, obtain accurate project details, and follow the permit process closely. Initially, after hearing word of a proposed quarry on the adjacent parcel to our home, I started seeking information. Only after mentioning the proposal several times to our neighbor did he tell us that he was a partner in the project.

We were then told not to worry—it was just a small quarry that would not be visible or create any impacts. Later, we learned a hot-mix asphalt manufacturing plant was also part of the application. Further research revealed the industrial size and other details of major concern.

Fortunately, a public process exists to find out the actual details of any proposed project requiring a discretionary permit, and to voice your concerns. The evaluation of a discretionary land use permit is not based on who is proposing the project, but on site suitability, compatibility with surrounding land uses, and ability to mitigate impacts. The permit, if granted, stays with the land, not the applicant. Promises, propaganda, and hearsay are just that.

I encourage everyone to become accurately informed of the actual project details. Be proactive, respect your right to voice your concerns, and you will respect yourself and be respected.

-- Tamara Kleemann - Santa Margarita

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