Photos by Billy Ortiz; Facebook screenshots
By Mike Allen
Updated October 26 with comments from Supervisor Dianne Jacob
October 25, 2018 (Lakeside) -- The developer of the El Monte Valley Sand Mine is apparently is so sure the project will get approved he began digging Oct. 24 without a permit, but according to San Diego County he doesn’t need one.
El Monte Nature Preserve LLC, the ironically-named entity that has been seeking county approval for the mining operation on nearly 500 acres of land near Lakeside, sent a heavy equipment operator to the site Wednesday to begin digging holes. That prompted several local mining opponents to block the operation.