By Miriam Raftery
November 18, 2018 (Lakeside) – Lakeside activist Barry A.Treahy and his wife, Jackie, have submitted a letter and petition to County Supervisors opposing a sand mining project in El Monte Valley. Treahy says the petition has been signed by a majority of property owners deemed by the County to be within the “sphere of influence” of the El Monte Nature Preserve LLC project, the ironically named sand mining endeavor. Barry Treahy has also filed a complaint with the County Grand Jury (see attachments 1, 2, 3, 4)
Treahy contends that adding sand mining in the 1970s as an allowable land use bypassed critical notification to neighbors. He further contends that the county’s Planning and Development Services program, which is funded entirely by developer fees without tax revenues, “opens the door to salary abuse, overcharging clients, outside influence, extortion and corruption. The obligation of a Government entity is collect taxes to fund necessary activities. The correct method to avoid those pitfalls,” Treahy’s Grand Jury complaint states.