Temecula celebrates Pu’éska Mountain Day

Riverside County District 3 Supervisor Chuck Washington helps read the Temecula city proclamation honoring Pechanga for their purchasing of land to stop the proposed rock quarry in Temecula. Washington was the mayor of Temecula when the Liberty Quarry battle was put to an end by Pechanga. Shane Gibson photo
The city of Temecula Friday, Nov. 15, again celebrated Pu’éska Mountain Day, the official city holiday commemorating the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians purchasing of the tribe’s sacred place, thwarting a rock quarry proposed by Granite Construction starting in 2007. The holiday and subsequent yearly celebration at Temecula City Hall seek to remind residents how the tribe banded together with the city of Temecula, Save Our Southwest Hills and other community organizations in the Temecula Valley in the fight that lasted for years. “It is extremely important to come outside of wake up and see this beautiful air that we breathe and just the beautiful skies out there,” Pechanga Tribal Councilwoman Catalina Chacon said before the event. “It means the world to me and our futur
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