Campaign contributions in Azusa give ...

Campaign contributions in Azusa give insight into who is fighting in mining battle

There are 198 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Nov 12, 2010, titled Campaign contributions in Azusa give insight into who is fighting in mining battle. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

A group bent on turning back a new mining plan is hoping its $5,000 in campaign contributions will be enough to overcome $239,000 spent by a mining company to promote the project.

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Mr Pennybags

Norwalk, CA

#1 Nov 12, 2010
How much will they waste on this election?
Artie D

Menifee, CA

#2 Nov 13, 2010
You mean to tell me that these anti-mining folks didn't see that huge hole in the ground?
when they ran out bought their homes?

Since: Feb 10

Azusa, CA

#3 Nov 13, 2010
That was just to stop the referendum to going to ballot. I can only imagine how much Vulcan is going to spend on the campaign.
Foothills lover

Azusa, CA

#4 Nov 13, 2010
Hey Artie, of course people here saw the gaping ruin. We just don't want it expanded and we don't believe the lies about reclamation anymore.
queenbe123

Monterey Park, CA

#5 Nov 13, 2010
Actually, it's always been about the money...if the border between Azusa and Duarte were to put the Vulcan property within the Duarte city limits,and Duarte were to get the fees from Vulcan instead of Azusa, there would not be any complaints from the citizens of duarte.

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#6 Nov 13, 2010
On thing that annoys me is that Vulcan does not even pay sales tax to Azusa because their local office is in Irwindale. Sales tax is 1% of gross sales.

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#7 Nov 13, 2010
One

Since: Feb 10

Azusa, CA

#8 Nov 13, 2010
queenbe123 wrote:
Actually, it's always been about the money...if the border between Azusa and Duarte were to put the Vulcan property within the Duarte city limits,and Duarte were to get the fees from Vulcan instead of Azusa, there would not be any complaints from the citizens of duarte.
Actually, once upon a time the mine was in the City Limits of Duarte and they were working to shut it down. Then, the City Azusa went to the county and requested the lines be drawn differently. That was many, many years ago.
Same People

Calabasas, CA

#9 Nov 13, 2010
Artie D wrote:
You mean to tell me that these anti-mining folks didn't see that huge hole in the ground?
when they ran out bought their homes?
These are the same people that would move to a street named "Aroma Drive" next to the landfill in West Covina and complain about the smell...

They are also the same people that would move to Burbank and complain about the noise from jets...

Don't forget about those that build their home in a canyon and wonder why their home floats away every so many years when there is a heavy rain...

When the real facts come out and the "fear" is gone, the people of Azusa will pass Measure A and these whiners will move on to their next venture!

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#10 Nov 13, 2010
The "real facts" cannot be bought, even with $239,000.00. How much more are you going to spend to spread your lies? Since you're anonymous and I'm not, how about you go straight to hell?
Anonymous

Calabasas, CA

#11 Nov 13, 2010
Threats and intimidation are a good reason to stay anonymous with people like you. Irrational people do crazy things in the belief that it is "the right thing to do" and you my friend are definitely irrational!
AtoZ

La Puente, CA

#12 Nov 13, 2010
David wrote:
<quoted text>
Every penny put in to the referendum came from the AAME. That is a FACT.
You are a liar!

Do you dispute the findings in this article now... Duarte councilmembers, city employees and residents are clearly contributed to the referendum!

It does go on to how the AAME and folks like yourself who stand to benefit at the expense of Azusa and Azusa residents would not stop at anything with their lies...
Mining -VS- Gangs

Murrieta, CA

#13 Nov 13, 2010
Great to see Duarte people fight back about something. When it came to protecting our city with a gang injunction Gaston and the others ran for cover. Guess they are more worried about miners than gang memebers.
AtoZ

La Puente, CA

#14 Nov 13, 2010
Well to be fair... I think here's the breakdown of MAJOR players "for" or "against" Measure A...

For:
1. City of Azusa
2. Azusa residents affected by the mining
3. Vulcan

Against:
1. City of Duarte
2. Duarte residents affected by the mining
3. AAME
Irwin n Dale

Downey, CA

#15 Nov 13, 2010
What I find interesting are the funding sources and the comment by the Anti-mining group explaining that half of their funds are from Duarte as a result of higher household income (which may be true but not a really good reason to explain why Azusa residents aren't contributing as much as Duarte).

This leads me to believe 2 things:(1) This is really Duarte's proxy campaign and the anti-mining group is unnwingly aware to the extent that they are being exploited, and (2) Although the referendum passed it's going to be very tough for the Anti-mining group to drum up much support when it comes to the ballot box; especially since Duarte residents can't vote.

Personally, even though I might not like the big scar on the mountain, but if I was an Azusa resident and was "on-the-fence" on this issue it would definitely tick me off to see Duarte getting into Azusa's business and contributing to over half of the donations. It's now up to the ani-mining group to do a much better job at raising "grass-roots" money from Azusa residents than rely so heavily on Duarte.
JERI LIES

United States

#16 Nov 13, 2010
JeriV wrote:
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Actually, once upon a time the mine was in the City Limits of Duarte and they were working to shut it down. Then, the City Azusa went to the county and requested the lines be drawn differently. That was many, many years ago.
Jeri,that is an outright LIE. It is amazing how easily you lie. That has always been Azusa!
AtoZ

La Puente, CA

#17 Nov 13, 2010
Duarte would not have been getting into Azusa's business if they had gotten what they wanted through their blackmail of Vulcan - Duarte's got dirt all over them...

http://www.allbusiness.com/government/governm...
tired

Claremont, CA

#18 Nov 13, 2010
I would say inquire in to the the Azuza POA. Why are they putting their nose into something that is none of their business. How many of these police officers live in Azuza? They work their 40 hours and get out. Our lungs, cars, houses, and investment are with us 168 hours a week with no sick days, vacation days, paid holidays, OR retirement. Probably the only reason they are behind it is they are benefiting financially.

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#19 Nov 13, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
Threats and intimidation are a good reason to stay anonymous with people like you. Irrational people do crazy things in the belief that it is "the right thing to do" and you my friend are definitely irrational!
No threats, no intimidation...other than $239,000.00. That's pretty intimidating. There is nothing irrational about wanting to stop the destruction of our mountains. Destruction to get common rock that could be found almost anywhere. I don't really blame the mining company, that's what mining companies do. I blame you for not doing more to make them comply and for not making them mine elsewhere.

“The Ravaged Canyon City”

Since: Feb 10

Azusa

#20 Nov 13, 2010
JERI LIES wrote:
<quoted text>
Jeri,that is an outright LIE. It is amazing how easily you lie. That has always been Azusa!
What's wrong with you? These things are historical facts. Why didn't you pay attention in school?

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