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Herald residents worried about gravel mining proposal

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:00 pm

Sacramento's most prominent housing developer has been waiting almost eight years to mine 330 acres of topsoil and gravel, but ranchers in the Herald area have continually objected to the project because it would destroy the area's peace and quiet.

Angelo Tsakopoulos is waiting for a traffic study to be completed to go with the draft environmental impact report that has already been prepared.

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  • posted at 3:20 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2008.


    Well said essayjay; I would just point out that the deep ripping court case was on the Borden Ranch, The recent willful environmental abuses that you are speaking of by Tsakopoulos was abandoning his agreements to preserve watershed habitats on his current development on grantline, douglas, and sunrise roads. That was a court battle won by The Native Plant Society; This is the very issue of mistrust and abuse of power that Herald residents have about the Borden Ranch proposal. Thanks essayjay for keeping a watchful eye.

  • posted at 3:27 pm on Tue, Jul 22, 2008.


    Typical Angelo Tsakopoulos, he doesn't care what gets in the way of his money making schemes. This is the same man who went all the way to the Supreme Court when he was sued by the government for his destruction of vernal pools when he deep plowed enviromnetally sensitive areas off of Grantline Road a few years ago to put in thousands of acres of vineyards. Why the grapes you ask? Oh only to wait development for housing when he can pay off the people in charge of rezoning in Sacto County. This man is greedy and dishonest. Oh yeah and stinking wealthy too, a great combination. Tamany Hall right here in our little community.

  • posted at 11:19 am on Sun, Jul 20, 2008.


    "Statistics show that truck traffic and mining reduce residential property values by 50 percent. Why should people living in a community be expected to endure such a loss? It cost over 600,000.00 a mile to construct roads. Rock trucks comprise 3 percent of traffic on roadways, and 12 percent of traffic fatalities. It takes a fully loaded rock truck,which weighs 40 tons, traveling at 55 mph a minimum of 300 feet to stop in an emergency, why should folks living not more than 50 feet from the centerline of the roadway risk life and limb to be outside their homes? Mining will use as much water on a weekly basis as a family of 4 uses in an entire year. Many are using Galt as a comparison for comments, let me point out that Herald is not Galt. We are a farming community and a very rural place.

  • posted at 11:05 am on Sun, Jul 20, 2008.


    "Thanks for raising awareness about an issue that has the making for an environmental dissater. We can thank the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors'for their decision to appease the mining interest pressures to allow rezone and amended language to allow mining which leads to development and future sprawl south and east, beyond the Urban Service Boundary of the Consumnes River. This means water consumption we can't afford. Loss of farmland. Incremental increases in air pollution. 200 rock trucks a day is the equivilant of 12,000 cars added to the air pollution problem. The nox emmisions from soot cause permanent lung damage in the young and cause premature heart attacks in people under 50 years of age. The Herald community has been told to expect about 285 trucks a day. The recent County zoning amendments also allow the introduction of language stating:" if mining operations deem that a public need for rock and related materials is required for any projects, that a special use permit can be obtained and then a mine can haul out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of the community hardship it might cause. (continued)

  • posted at 11:13 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    Check out State Route 104 Transportation Concept Report 2006 by Cal Trans. The link is http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/planning/tcr/draft_tcr_104_jan_2006.pdfNote that this is a 20-year plan and that is states that the level of service will be the same in 20-years (E), there are NO plans for any major improvements (just bike lane stripping) and that an overpass upgrade is needed at Hwy-99 & SR-104 at a cost of $100 MILLION. I know for a fact, that the Galt City staff sent a comment letter in addressing their concerns (in 2006) about this 20-year plan, but note that no comments are included in this report. Interesting, I guess since the State makes the rules, they can do whatever they want when it comes to public comments.

  • posted at 10:26 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    While I too understand and sympathize with neighbors concerns, I also think it's unfortunate that the developer can't use his own property the way he wants to. 330 acres amounts to a mere .039% (or just under 4%) of the total 8400 acreage owned by Tsakopoulos. Once again, it's another example of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) thinking that seems to pervade our country these days.

  • posted at 10:21 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    I think that super Walmart will be on Twin Cities Road, too. Galt is hurting for revenues now and that would be the ticket for them, like it or not. It would be the best location, with great freeway access from 99. I look for that area to be the next commercial growth area for Galt, before Elk Grove encroaches any further south. That'd scare me more than a 120 trucks or so a day.

  • posted at 10:07 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    Galt is going to be over run by Rock trucks on Twin Cities Road. Galt may have a new Wal-Mart on Twin Cities Rd. and a new High School very close to Twin Cities Rd. A new small shopping center is going in too. Galt has three stoplights now with a fourth one going on Twin Cities Rd.in about a month. This may help slow them down. How do we stop them?

  • posted at 8:16 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    spiker: I can understand the concerns of the people that live in the area, also a developer that wants to get his hands on the area. You and everyone else should know by now that a dozen lawyers and a judge will have the final word. Just like the building of the Wal-Mart in Lodi, the people of Lodi voted for it, a lawyer, the union supermarkets and a judge stopped the entire construction in its tracks, good luck with a bunch of high priced shysters and a judge in their pocket.

  • posted at 3:30 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2008.


    Thanks for the article. San Joaquin County residents should also be concerned because this will affect their water table and traffic as well. The Borden ranch sits right at the county line. I hope people from that county will get involved and help us STOP THE ROCK. Join us at our next meeting on July 24th.



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