You know I'm a staunch supporter of clean air and stopping pollution. [I was opposed to previously proposed asphalt plants.] But I spoke with Mr. Weir...it is hard for me to believe, and I know it will be hard for you to believe, but I'm here tonight to support Mr. Weir's asphalt plant. Especially since I have asthma...I understand it will be a small portable plant... It will be extremely low pollutants. I love his sound wall... The towers are short.
I've lived in Escondido since 1977...I represent many real estate agents who live and work in Escondido... Local contractors currently drive all the way to Miramar for asphalt. I have physically looked at the facilities of George Escondido Asphalt Company and found the projects well kept and aesthetically pleasing. George is a well-established local businessman who will service the needs of Escondido first...
I'm the president of GScott asphalt...we have customers here in Escondido. Once they close down the San Marcos plant, we won't be able to come here and work, to service the customers here in Escondido. I don't know where they will get their asphalt other than Miramar, and you stand the chance of getting cold material once it gets up here. Once it's cold it's no good.
I've watched three plants close in North County. I'm a small business, I maybe do 25-50 tons a day. [The Escondido plant] will relieve congestion on the 15, 78 and 5 [because trucks don't have to come from south county]. George is a great guy, I've had my equipment break down, I'd call him up he'd say, 'Hey, come over and use mine,' that's the kind of guy he is.
I support George and I support his project. I've done business in Escondido since 1972. I've used George Weir - he might have been one of my first asphalt contractors, I still use him to this day.
I grew up in Escondido and my extended family all live here in Escondido... I'm the medical director for the Culture of Life Family Services clinic; we're one of those non-profit organizations that George Weir came through and helped get our parking lot paved. I'm also the medical director for the Elizabeth Hospice... I'm very sensitive to the health issues concerning those people who come to our clinic... We have to strongly consider the impact this plant will have on our patients... The technology shows this plant to be very clean. And you have to consider all the trucks that come in and all the emissions from that. If we don't have our own local plant they're going to have to drive a long distance, in traffic, and produce a lot of emissions. I think on the balance one has to consider that this will actually be a decrease compared to all the trucks that would have to haul asphalt up and down I-15. As a native of Escondido, I strongly support this plant.