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East County News Service

April 4, 2017 (Lakeside) – Activists seeking to save El Monte Valley from a proposed sand mining operation are raising money for a legal battle. On Monday, April 17 from 5-10 p.m., a benefit will be held at Eastbound Bar and Grill, 10553 Maine Ave. in Lakeside.

Eastbound will donate 10% of proceeds to the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.  The money will be earmarked to save Lakeside's beautiful El Monte Valley from a proposed sand mine.  The event includes prize gift baskets with horse supplies, fishing tackle, gardening tools and more.

You can also make a contribution today.  Donors of $100 or more will receive a free “Save El Monte Valley” T-shirt. 

Checks can also be sent to Cleveland National Forest Foundation and put El Monte Valley in the memo line. 

Mail to:


PO Box 779

Descanso, CA 91916  

Backers of the sand mine project claim the sand is needed for local roadway projects.  But it’s drawn strong opposition from residents and businesses in the Lakeside valley, as well as those concerned about impacts on this designated county scenic view corridor.

A message from Save El Monte Valley indicates project opponents plan to hire  Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, a San Francisco law firm specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law, that is famous for stopping damaging environmental projects like the sand mine in the El Monte Valley.

“Known for its commitment to promoting environmental and community values, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger is at the forefront of major land use, energy and development issues facing California today. If any legal firm can stop this project in its tracks, it is Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger,” the letter states.

The letter is signed by The Save El Monte Valley Committee: Milton Cyphert, Lisa Woods, Tricia Digenan and friends.  They have raised concerns that the sand mine project would negatively impact property values, well water, traffic, noise, views, and increase risk of Valley Fever. 

They seek help to preserve the valley’s beauty as a “legacy to all of San Diego and our children."