This is the perfect case of DM and his minions biting off more than they can chew. The cult has a long record of paying big bucks to expert attorneys to pressure & bully officials to push through a pro-cult agenda.. methinks they've dug a hole on this one. Not that the cult has ceded to realigning the road versus closing it, it means the proposed road will require sidewalks and bicycle safety lanes which would make protests more accessible. Plus, the cult has to pay every dollar & cent for the realignment.
I'm sure DM is sitting on his miniature throne thinking he's invincible and is going to get his way on this.... I doubt he's considered how many 'Basics" he's going to have to sell to pay for the endeavor. The cult's attorney Sam Aldaheff, allegedly, collects a $650/hr. fee. I doubt he's complaining. One thing County officials do not want to do is piss off the tribal officials. Else, they spend a fortune in county funds defending their actions in lawsuits.
"Originally, the applicant sought closure of the road but was open to studying realignment options. The county staff recommends initiating a general plan amendment to evaluate realignment options, with the applicant bearing study costs and any realignment cost.
If realignment is considered, "We would like to be at the table," said San Jacinto City Manager Tim Hults. Last year, the San Jacinto City Council went on record against closure because of the regional significance of the road.
Karl Johnson, attorney for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, presented a letter from tribal Chairman Scott Cozart saying the tribe objects to closure because Gilman is one of two routes in and out of the reservation without crossing the San Jacinto River. Johnson said that if the road is closed, the band expects "replacement of like for like" in an alternate route. Commissioner John Porras cautioned studies by applicants "tend to be skewed in the direction they want it to go." Commissioner John Snell said he has seen cases where applicants have presented "unbiased" studies."
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