Benoit Responds to Announcement by Granite Construction Inc., Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on today’s news of an agreement between Granite Construction Inc. and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians:
“Granite Construction has worked for many years to address concerns of the stakeholders in the area. I had encouraged them to work with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. I praise both Granite Construction Inc. and the Tribe today for reaching a mutually beneficial agreement that resolves these concerns.
“The problem remains that we still have a looming shortage of aggregate in southwestern Riverside County. Trucks travel excessive long distances through our county to send aggregate to this region and beyond, creating air pollution and wear and tear on roads across much of Riverside County and extra costs to county taxpayers. With Pechanga’s assistance, Granite can hopefully find a new site and begin preparation for a new quarry that is much needed in the region.”