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Vulcan’s Azusa quarry plan heads for a vote

A special election is scheduled for Jan. 25 so that residents of Asuza, Calif., can vote on Vulcan Materials’ request to rezone its quarry operation there. The election will cost $60,000 to produce versus the minimal additional expense of adding it to the already scheduled municipal election in March.

Councilman Angel Carrillo said Vulcan Materials Co.'s Azusa Rock Quarry mining plan amendment has been talked to death and if the people want a vote, sooner is better than later.

"The people elected me to make tough decisions and I stand by my vote," Carrillo said. "But if the people want their voice to be heard, then let's do this." Carrillo and councilman Uriel Macias were the first to express interest in a January special election.

NIMBY group Azusans Against Mining Expansion gathered 2,088 signatures to put the Azusa Rock Quarry's development agreement to a vote of the people. The group believes that by rescinding the development agreement, it will nullify the conditional use permit for the amended mining plan.

The Azusa City Council in July approved an amended mining permit allowing Vulcan Materials Co. to move mining operations at its 270-acre Azusa Rock Quarry.

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.