Davenport Cemex plant to shut down fo...

Davenport Cemex plant to shut down for good

There are 72 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jan 23, 2010, titled Davenport Cemex plant to shut down for good. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

One of the county's oldest businesses and a monumental chapter in the region's economic history closed Friday.

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john doe

Berkeley, CA

#1 Jan 23, 2010
"I'm not surprised by it but it's too bad," said county Supervisor Neal Coonerty, who represents Davenport. "It's a closing of a 100-year history on the North Coast."
Really? I'll bet the kind of people who elected this guy are celebrating. There goes hundreds of jobs and lots of revenue right down the sewer.
For years, Cemex had been trying to expand its mining of limestone, which provided the raw materials for the Davenport plant, but environmental issues had held up the bid. County officials said the company withdrew that proposal Friday.

The plant also faced pending federal regulations that would have been costly to meet. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the plant was one of the nation's largest mercury-polluting cement plants and was a major emitter of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
It's time shut down and stop wasting money to fight lawsuits and government regulations. Thank the watermelon party for another economic failure in their peoples' republik of pot smoking, tree hugging communists.
diogenes

United States

#2 Jan 23, 2010
Here is a relevant comment I posted on today's other Cemex article:

While its true that some people in Davenport will genuinely miss the cement plant, you need to understand that there has been an element that has relentlessly worked toward the plant's demise. Incredibly, this includes the former owners of eating establishments in the town.

These selfish, hypocritical ingrates not only made a living because of their proximity to the cement manufacturing plant, they became exceedingly wealthy because of it.

Now these hypocrites live in fine country homes and spend much of their time traveling abroad. But make no mistake about it, for years they railed against the plant and worked hard behind the scenes with the likes of Wormhoudt and Coonerty to achieve its closure.

They also formed unholy alliances with powerful environmental groups who used their considerable political clout to throw roadblocks in front of anything the various owners of the plant attempted to do. This dynamic has gone on for years.

If you don't believe this, go to the Rural Bonny Doon Association website http://www.bonnydoon.got.net/ and click on the "check the index of all issues" link. What you will find is a 365-day-a-year tirade about how "evil" the cement plant is.

Mind you, this is the same "evil plant" that has provided drinking water for the city of Davenport for decades, primarily at their own expense. All this time, the cement plant never got a drop of that water for themselves in spite of the fact that a contract provides for that.

I could go on and on about the generosity of the plant; money given to schools, money given to the fire station, treatment of Davenport sewage, untold hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions over the decades, etc.

And yet the truly evil cabal of selfish ingrates finally got what they wanted. You know who you are.

Now you'll reap what you've sown.
Dave C

Olivehurst, CA

#4 Jan 23, 2010
Another job killing win for the coastal commission and Cal Air Resources Board.
Weewillywager

San Jose, CA

#5 Jan 23, 2010
On the bright side. Maybe they can now rip up the rail track and put in a bike path.
Realist

San Mateo, CA

#6 Jan 23, 2010
Hmmm,
10,000 acres? Add that to Coast Dairies property open to the public and think of all the hiking, biking and riding trails we would have right outside Santa Cruz.
Mr Fiz

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Jan 23, 2010
Decision on Cemex quarry expansion postponed
By Kurtis Alexander
Posted: 09/24/2009 01:30:02 AM PDT
SANTA CRUZ -- The decision on whether Cemex can extend mining in the hills above Davenport was punted by county regulators Wednesday after the building materials giant and the city of Santa Cruz agreed to settle the issue on their own.
The two parties are at odds over how much a 17-acre expansion of a limestone quarry, needed to keep the company's cement plant in Davenport stocked and running, would harm a nearby spring that provides drinking water to the city. The county Planning Commission was scheduled to weigh in on the matter this week but instead gave the two sides until Oct. 28 to resolve the matter before it imposed a decision.
"I don't want to be part of the process that ends up sending Cemex out of town," said planning commissioner Steve Kennedy. "I also don't want to be part of a process that hurts the city's water supply."
Thinking out loud

Millbrae, CA

#9 Jan 23, 2010
So Cemex closes and an accomanying article shows government employment is growing at healthy pace while jobs in the private sector plummet. Might be a solution in this...the county government could purchase the Cemex site and convert it into a public employee colony, where budding bureaucrats could create innovative policies to preserve and increase their numbers. Perhaps these policies could even be hung on easels for local taxpayers to view and admire.
August

United States

#10 Jan 23, 2010
See 'er Later!
Yokal

San Jose, CA

#11 Jan 23, 2010
funny, you leftbout the part where they blame their own workforce for unionizing and being the highest paid of any of their employees.
john doe wrote:
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Really? I'll bet the kind of people who elected this guy are celebrating. There goes hundreds of jobs and lots of revenue right down the sewer.
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It's time shut down and stop wasting money to fight lawsuits and government regulations. Thank the watermelon party for another economic failure in their peoples' republik of pot smoking, tree hugging communists.

“Oh well, been called worse ”

Since: Sep 09

Santa Cruz

#12 Jan 23, 2010
This plant as far as I understand hasnt been in operation for quite some time. So the job loss has already been in effect for a while and personal adjustments have been made long ago.

Good riddance to another out of country based business that has been anything but people , economy or environment friendly .
Long time resident

Hayward, CA

#13 Jan 23, 2010
Well I hope all of you who wanted the plant closed are happy. I also wish that your taxes and only yours would go up. Now look at what you've done to all of the rest of the long time residents. I'm sure that it's only a matter of time before you up and move leaving us with your caused tax increases. Thank you!:( The last of manufacturing in Santa Cruz County leaves our area. So sad.
consumer

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Jan 23, 2010
Realist wrote:
Hmmm,
10,000 acres? Add that to Coast Dairies property open to the public and think of all the hiking, biking and riding trails we would have right outside Santa Cruz.
...And no more dirt in the water...
consumer

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Jan 23, 2010
Mr Fiz wrote:
Decision on Cemex quarry expansion postponed
By Kurtis Alexander
Posted: 09/24/2009 01:30:02 AM PDT
SANTA CRUZ -- The decision on whether Cemex can extend mining in the hills above Davenport was punted by county regulators Wednesday after the building materials giant and the city of Santa Cruz agreed to settle the issue on their own.
The two parties are at odds over how much a 17-acre expansion of a limestone quarry, needed to keep the company's cement plant in Davenport stocked and running, would harm a nearby spring that provides drinking water to the city. The county Planning Commission was scheduled to weigh in on the matter this week but instead gave the two sides until Oct. 28 to resolve the matter before it imposed a decision.
"I don't want to be part of the process that ends up sending Cemex out of town," said planning commissioner Steve Kennedy. "I also don't want to be part of a process that hurts the city's water supply."
...And your point is? Are we supposed to roll over and give up the water supply so Cemex can keep operating with no regard for the various natural resources they were impacting? Lots of greenwash from that company, but not a lot of substance. Do your homework...
natas

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jan 23, 2010
jimi doss wrote:
This plant as far as I understand hasnt been in operation for quite some time. So the job loss has already been in effect for a while and personal adjustments have been made long ago.
Good riddance to another out of country based business that has been anything but people , economy or environment friendly .
Good riddance to you senor taco aka JD
Donald Gumps

San Francisco, CA

#17 Jan 23, 2010
Now if we could replace it with a high-end Hotel and Golf Course funded by private investors we may begin to attract some quality tourists. Will never happen though. The only thing a Green-Whacko-Have-Not-NIMBY fears more than toxic waste is a person with money - Ouch!
Sue

United States

#18 Jan 23, 2010
If Cemex contributed to cost of supplying the town's water and sewerage, who is going to make that money up? I live in Santa Cruz and I'm gonna make sure my tax dollar does not go to support Davenport. People of Davenport want to live there, then they're gonna have to pay for it. I'm not.
Ex Liberal

United States

#19 Jan 23, 2010
Say bye-bye to yet another business the anti-business Liberal radical environmentalists managed to run out of the county! Need more taxpayer public assistance? Too bad! No corporate tax income available any longer. Send a message to Obama. He'll send someone else’s taxpayer funded money to assist you komrads!
Ex Liberal

United States

#20 Jan 23, 2010
Realist wrote:
Hmmm,
10,000 acres? Add that to Coast Dairies property open to the public and think of all the hiking, biking and riding trails we would have right outside Santa Cruz.
Not one dime of income would be derived from your plan, komrad! Who's going to pay to maintain the property? Oh, that's right... the taxpayers who live throughout the State. There's plenty of excess taxpayer money available to provide Santa Cruz residents with a newly aquired open space to go commune with nature! Loser!
Ryan

United States

#21 Jan 23, 2010
jimi doss wrote:
This plant as far as I understand hasnt been in operation for quite some time. So the job loss has already been in effect for a while and personal adjustments have been made long ago.
The plant has been temporarily closed since March 9 when myself and the majority of the other Davenport employees were laid off. This was initially a temporary closure and not everyone has found other work. Yes, some adjustments have been made but many people were counting on the plant to reopen.
jimi doss wrote:
Good riddance to another out of country based business that has been anything but people , economy or environment friendly .
I believe this comment is coming from someone who is unfamiliar with the plant and its operations.

I've been to a fair number of cement plants in the United States and Davenport is much cleaner and has to meet much stricter emissions limits than any other facility I've visited. Yes, it is an industrial plant, but good luck making cement more cleanly/efficiently. And I don't know how you can say they are not people-friendly when the company donated money, provided maintenance support to local schools, water to Davenport, among other things. And just this past summer the company and the few remaining employees at the plant worked extra shifts and supported the watertrucks/firefighters battling the Lockheed fire.

I for one am very sad that the plant is now closed and I won't have the opportunity to work there again.
Lucas

United States

#22 Jan 23, 2010
The county lets stupid people buy homes next to a cement plant. Stupid people complained about the toxic dust. The county screws around with the rail line to the cement plant. Another business leaves Santa Cruz.

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