Davenport Cemex plant to shut down for good

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

Portland, OR

#65 Jan 24, 2010
It is a sad day when one hears of a closure that affects such a large group of workers.
It is also sad to hear someone say that such a closure was due to the union work force.
I started my working career as a yard hand during the summer at then PCA. I have been a union member ever since.
A union work force assures the owner that the facility will be operated with professionals at the controls and a guarantee that it will be efficient with well trained personal. Having bargaining rights makes sure that each person working will have a dignified lifestyle and an income that reflects this.
Curious

Oakland, CA

#66 Jan 24, 2010
Curious news. I heard that CEMEX turned down millions from Sempervirens to buy their 10,000 acres.
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

#67 Jan 25, 2010
pee wee herman wrote:
<quoted text>Yea your right there is a water source right under the quarry, and btw, the city only uses about ten percent of that water source. I still like the land fill idea, that will give the RBDA something to chew on.
From what I understand, the city depends on Liddel for closer to 20% of its water. But even if it was a mere 5%, that is water that the City of Santa Cruz cannot spare. This is a city that is regularly so short of water in the dry season that it imposes watering restrictions, it seems, every summer. It's a city that has toyed with the idea of a desal plant. Santa Cruz is desperate for water.

Now there is an idea for Davenport... a desal plant.
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

#68 Jan 25, 2010
Curious wrote:
Curious news. I heard that CEMEX turned down millions from Sempervirens to buy their 10,000 acres.
"Heard" from whom, or where?
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

#69 Jan 25, 2010
Big J wrote:
Well its time to look foward folks! maybe installing a Wind-Mill Farm!
Need something on the Green way of thinking and keep the air-water pure!
Two words: Pacific flyway.

Ain't gonna happen.
J Golder

Alamo, CA

#70 Jan 26, 2010
At least a quarter to a third of the material in new building construction is from mines & quarries, including concrete, stone, glass, insulation, asphalt, wire, nails & bolts, tile, putty, paint, etc.

It's a sad day in paradise when the people living there forget where the materials they use really come from. We were lucky to have that plant so close for so many years. If anything the county & City should have done more to help it thrive.

The plant made huge investments to improve & upgrade their facilities & reduce pollution over the years.

And yes, the North coast would be a great place for a wind farm. Unfortunately our ruling Floral Majority will raise hell if such a truly sustainable project is suggested.

In another decade Santa Cruz County may not even tolerate disposing of its own garbage (landfill).

Who do we think we are?
Resident

Boulder Creek, CA

#71 Jan 26, 2010
Whilst_thou_Wait wrote:
<quoted text> HEY! They have been there for OVER 100 years! NO ONE said that the local residents HAD to move there. They chose to live there... Get a grip.
HEY had Cemex come to town and really cleaned up the emissions and dust I think that they would have more support from the residents. The town was less dusty when RMC ran the plant!
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

#72 Jan 26, 2010
Resident wrote:
<quoted text>HEY had Cemex come to town and really cleaned up the emissions and dust I think that they would have more support from the residents. The town was less dusty when RMC ran the plant!
I, too, noticed a huge change in attitude when Cemex took over the operation of the plant and quarry. RMC did try hard to work with the surrounding communities. Cemex just sent out cookie-cutter public relations publications to all the local addresses. And remember that the chromium 6 problem happened under Cemex's ownership! It was the tainted materials (cheap materials) that they purchased for use in the kiln that created the poison: mill scale and steel slag. It is and was known in the industry that these waste materials create chromium 6 in the heat of the kiln. The crocodile tears that Satish Sheth shed on behalf of his employer ("We were alarmed when we learned about this" was one of his quotes...as if!) did not fool anyone. Cemex has been in the cement business for how long? They knew. They just got caught this time.

Good riddance.
Davenporter

Rodeo, CA

#73 Jan 30, 2010
diogenes wrote:
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.
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So many inaccuracies here -- where to start?
1. I don't know what Diogenes has against the "eatery owners," but from what I saw, most of their customers were tourists driving down the coast, not cement plant personnel.
2. Many people who live in Davenport did not like the toxins spewed from the cement plant, not just the eatery owners.
3. The environmental activists who spent the most time tracking cement plant emissions had nothing to do with the eatery owners.
4. I went to the RBDA website and couldn't locate the section with tirades against the cement plant. I did find RBDA correspondence, but didn't find any particular bias against the cement plant.
5. As part of negotiations with the County, the cement plant did provide drinking water to the town of Davenport. Contrary to what the cement plant says, it does not own the water. The State Water Board has said that the County can apply for water rights for Davenport on its own.
6. As for the water, the cement plant had access to all the untreated water it needed, and was allotted approximately 8,000 gallons a day of treated water. Whether the cement plant used it or not was the cement plant's choice.
7. Yes, the cement plant did make contributions to the schools, fire department, Davenport Resource Center, etc., but there was a price to be paid for that "generosity." Many years ago, some Davenport residents were told confidentially, "Don't ever expect our support going against the cement plant -- they give us money every year." And when the cement plant requested an increase in production tonnage with no environmental review, the County went along with it. At the County hearing, no one against the increase (without environmental review) dared speak -- the room was filled with cement plant employees showing pictures of their children, saying they would get no Christmas presents if the increase was not approved and their dads could not work during the month of December. No concern that Davenport children were exposed to poisonous toxins on a daily basis. At any rate, the cement plant patted itself on the back for being a "good neighbor," reciting all the groups to which it donated money. This is not generosity -- it is purchased PR.
8. Finally, this is not about those who voiced concern about toxic emissions over the years (and there were many), this is about the global financial collapse. From what I've read, the Davenport cement plant was the most expensive of its plants in California to operate. It's time to move on -- the limestone would have petered out soon enough anyway -- what to do with the site now? It's time to create new opportunities for the North Coast.
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

#74 Jan 30, 2010
Davenporter wrote:
<quoted text>
... the cement plant patted itself on the back for being a "good neighbor," reciting all the groups to which it donated money. This is not generosity -- it is purchased PR...
Exactly. They did the same thing in Bonny Doon.
unemployed

Pacific Grove, CA

#75 Jan 30, 2010
Sue wrote:
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.
And the monies that the Davenport people pay should stay in Davenport and not go to the Santa Cruz County funded.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78 Dec 8, 2011
This is a big move towards preserving the Santa Cruz Mountains and axing unwanted progress keeping Santa Cruz out of danger from over development and corrupt businesses.

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