I own a home in Rancho Calaveras. How do I sign the petition against the asphalt plant? My home is right across the river from it. We talked to a Realtor and learned we have to disclose the plant if we put our home on the market. That affects market value, which has yet to recover fully here anyway.

I have watched them grading the riverside, which started four to five years ago. A recent Google Earth image shows the facility is already built. I don’t know any business that spends that kind of money without already knowing they would win this battle. Someone’s pockets had to get lined for that kind of unconditional support. Has anyone looked into the financials of the supervisors? Say, starting five years back?

And if there has to be an environmental impact study on the growing of marijuana, it’s ludicrous to not require one for an asphalt plant. Just air quality? Calaveras County already has one of the worst air qualities in the state. So really, that shouldn’t be too hard of a battle.

But the joke is, marijuana has been grown in this county for decades. I do own a 40-acre parcel in Burson, where I am living now. And I am not beyond learning a new trade, as long as it is legal. Personal use? None. Lucrative income? I wish. So I think the real argument is over how much would be allowed to grow.

Just my opinion.

I just needed to rant.

Keep up the fight!

Rhonda Garcia

Burson

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