A KNIGHT FOR TRUTH
Temecula, CA – In the time since my last report on Autumnwood, a high-end housing tract located in Wildomar, dated Dec. 10th, much has been filled in, including how the site for the homes became toxic and by whom. However before we reveal the culprit and bring you up to date since the 10th, let's take a moment to remind our readers that the reality now dawning on small groups of people everywhere, cough, Liberty Quarry solution, is just a plank in the platform of the Occupy Movement. Like the Biblical Jews who will one day rent their clothes in despair at realizing Jesus was their messiah, so too will folks one day recognize the hidden in plain sight message of the Occupiers.
‘In a meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 18, Wildomar residents who blame their homes for making them sick told state, regional, and county officials that they want a prompt and thorough investigation of the properties and complained that nothing has been done, months after making their concerns known. Officials with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control [DTSC] said they won't test the soil in the Autumnwood tract until the region’s air quality district finds a problem first. South Coast Air Quality Management District crews will test at least three homes in the next two weeks, district spokesman Sam Atwood said.
John Scandura, a branch chief with the toxic substances agency, said the department has no evidence* that the Autumnwood site or fill material brought to the site before construction was contaminated. Meanwhile, the Riverside County Department of Public Health is accepting health records from residents.’
So what happened? Local publisher and activist Nancy Knight gave this account to me:
“The dirt originally came from an illegal operation owned by Leroy Black, Black's Towing, who also did dismantling. This fact was testified to before the Riverside Planning Commission before* Murrieta cityhood was granted. In 2003, D.R. Horton got approval for a 159 unit condo project to be built on that site. Horton used what dirt they needed for fill on the corner of Jefferson and Ivy for a second condo project then took the oil-soaked waste dirt away in trucks that a concerned citizen followed as far as he could toward Wildomar before he was stopped from following them any further to the dump site. Never knew exactly where the dirt ended up but now I think this is a highly probable end point. This condo project was noted in the "Corrupt County - Corrupt City” editorial [of The Bugle].”
The meeting at Wildomar Elementary School provided little comfort to some of the 70 people who attended. Several demanded that the toxic substances agency take action.
“How long is it going to take to test our soil?” asked Thomas Ciccarelli, whose wife died in August. “You get off your ass and please do something.”
“What else is it going to take?” asked Xonia Villanueva, whose family abandoned their home.
Many residents reiterated that more people could get sick or die while the government does nothing at the taxpayers’ expense [SNAFU].
At least four families abandoned their homes in the Autumnwood tract near the school after a series of illnesses that they blame on the houses. Other people who live on the same street have said they haven’t been sick.
Several families have described illnesses that included headaches, rashes, nosebleeds, breathing difficulties, pneumonia and gastrointestinal problems. They said they suffered frequent colds, flu and sinus infections, and two women, both in their 30s, died due to the toxicity, according to family members.
Some residents said they were dismayed that, after months of inaction, officials were calling a meeting rather than testing the homes for contaminants.
Tests commissioned by an attorney for several residents and summaries of illness were shared with the city of Wildomar in September. The results showed traces of carbon tetrachloride, a solvent and coolant banned in consumer products, and ethylene dichloride, a plastics ingredient and toxic chemical that has been discontinued for some uses, among other industrial toxic chemicals.
Wildomar city officials notified the county and several state agencies. Experts in the Department of Toxic Substances Control reviewed the tests results and said in October that the contamination levels were not high enough to merit further investigation. And that, Sports Fans, was the reason for the “Your call is very important to us” gag photo. It paid off.
The meeting Tuesday was set up initially to be a ‘workshop’ where residents would individually speak to representatives of each agency at separate tables. Many of the residents, however, demanded an open forum.
“We want everyone to hear our questions,” said Wil Lybarger. “And we want everyone to hear the answers.”
The officials capitulated.
This is a developing story…
(Additional sources – Press-Enterprise; all emphasis – Ed)