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Azusa Rock Company Agreement
City of Azusa
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 2250 / 68.0% Yes votes ...... 1059 / 32.0% No votes
Index of all Measures
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If Measure A is approved, it will adopt the Ordinance approving the Development Agreement and vest the rights granted by the modiﬁ ed CUP. Approval of Measure A will also do all of the following:
Rejection of Measure A would prevent the City Council from adopting the same Ordinance and Development Agreement for one year. However, Vulcan could apply for a substantially different development agreement, which the Council could approve prior to expiration of the one-year period.
Regardless of whether the voters approve or reject Measure A, Vulcan may continue mining operations on the eastern portion of the site through 2038 under the 1989-issued CUP and a Reclamation Plan that does not require any additional reclamation of the "Mayan Steps".
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|Arguments For Measure A||Arguments Against Measure A|
|Voting YES on Measure "A" STOPS MINING EXPANSION.|
Voting NO on Measure "A" WILL NOT STOP THE MINING.
It will just keep Azusa from receiving signiﬁ cant ﬁ nancial and environmental beneﬁ ts. The current City Council adopted a NEW Conditional Use Permit and a NEW Development Agreement which both assure that mining will end in 2038. The Conditional Use Permit establishes the requirements for mining. The Development Agreement adds the ﬁ nancial beneﬁ ts that the City will receive from the mining and adds additional contractual requirements. Voting NO will give away these additional beneﬁ ts from the mining. Voting YES will keep them.
Vulcan gives up all rights to mine on the East Side and contracts not to try and get it back. Vulcan also contracts that it will not make any application for additional hillside or canyon mining in the City. This protects the value of homes in Mountain Cove, near the Canyon, and in Duarte. In return the City grants Vulcan the right to mine the same amount of area on the West Side.
With the Development Agreement:
Reclamation is assured with an $81,125,000 bond. This includes the micro benching method that the State considers to be superior, and revegetation to match the existing untouched hillsides.
The City will be paid for overburden extraction, estimated at $1,750,000.
City staff estimates that the total payments to Azusa will increase from an estimated $53 million to an estimated $65-68 million over the life of the project. This money will include funds for purchasing open space, and for community beneﬁ ts, including a new library.
Reclamation will happen sooner instead of later. Vulcan will begin immediate reclamation of the East Side of the canyon, and will do concurrent reclamation on the West Side of the canyon.
Voting YES on Measure "A" beneﬁts Azusa's present and its future.
Azusa City Council Members
The $81 million reclamation bond is effective only for the ﬁ rst year. After that time, the amount will be drastically reduced by the state mining board.
Claims of large ﬁ nancial beneﬁ ts to the city are wildly exaggerated. The mining company has paid less than $1 million in mining taxes over the previous 22 years, so we shouldn't trust Vulcan's promises of grossly inﬂ ated future tax revenue. Even if the city gets $4.8 to $12.4 million how will this pay for open space and a new library, which, at minimum, costs $18 million?
Why is Vulcan Materials Company supporting Measure A, if defeat of Measure A only saves them money they would have had to pay to the city of Azusa? It's because, Vulcan knows that defeating Measure A takes away their windfall proﬁ ts from the mining expansion plan approved by the city council.
Do not be deceived! Voting NO on Measure A STOPS MINING EXPANSION IN AZUSA.
/s/ James Ayon, Azusa Resident
|JUST SAY NO TO MINING EXPANSION!
The Azusa City Council, in a 4-1 vote (WITH MAYOR JOE ROCHA VOTING AGAINST), approved a revised use permit and development agreement with Vulcan Materials Company (Vulcan). Measure A expands strip mining in Azusa's mountains.
Voting NO on this development agreement, which is legally bound to the use permit, WILL PREVENT THIS EXPANDED DESTRUCTION OF OUR MOUNTAINS.
Vote NO ON MEASURE A because the plan:
IS FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE:
VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE A
/s/ Cristina Cruz-Madrid, Former Azusa Mayor
Measure A Prevents Mining Expansion in Azusa - Forever!
Measure A is Fiscally Responsible:
Measure A - Facts:
Measure A will permanently ﬁ x our Hillsides and Prevent Expansion. Visit CanyonCityAlliance.com or call the City and ask to see the documents!
Vote YES on Measure A.
/s/ Robert L. Donnelson, Azusa Resident