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Duarte, Calif., Council Dodges Bullet on Azusa Quarry

According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, no criminal charges will be filed against the California city of Duarte’s council for misuse of public funds regarding the use of a lobbyist in advocating against Vulcan Materials Co.’s Azusa, Calif., quarry mining plan. The Public Integrity division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office was investigating the case. The city faced allegations that it used the lobbyist to help orchestrate a referendum effort against the Azusa plan, which is a violation of the law. Officials with the Public Integrity office said the case was closed. Vulcan has a permit from Azusa to mine 190 acres of its property near Fish Canyon. With the council's approval, Vulcan will be able to mine 80 acres on the western part of its property instead of 80 acres on the east. Voters later approved the plan following the referendum in question that put the plan on the ballot.