Local Group Sues To Block New KXRS Tower
January 15, 2013 at 4:32 AM (PT)
Having failed to block the construction of a new tower at PISGAH PEAK for LAZER BROADCASTING Regional Mexican KXRS (RADIO LAZER)/HEMET, CA through opposition at the city Board of Supervisors level, a local group is taking its case against the tower to court. The YUCAIPA/CALIMESA NEWS MIRROR reports that the CITIZENS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF RURAL LIVING has filed a Petition of Writ of Mandate under the CALIFORNIA Environmental Quality Act against LAZER and SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY to try and undo approval of the move.
The station's move from a hill south of HEMET to the peak east of SAN BERNARDINO, which will allow the station to increase power and move from 105.7 to 105.5 FM, covering a larger portion of the RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO market, has been controversial with some local residents, who do not want the 43-foot-tall tower in their area. The suit alleges various failures to adequately consider or document the tower's environmental impact.
Attorney JOHN MIRAU, who heads the plaintiff group, said that his group "is not opposed to LAZER BROADCASTING constructing a radio tower on property that is not environmentally sensitive. CPRL offered to purchase the LAZER property and help them find a suitable location to construct the tower, increase their audience and respect the wishes of the communities that the state park be protected from visual blight. LAZER continues to ignore that offers.”