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Sun City Granite is replacing the 12 foot City Seal in Temecula

TEMECULA: Replacement seal in works for Civic Center

Judy Harter, leader of a local nonprofit, walks past the seal in front of the Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 24. The seal is being replaced with a solid granite version
January 27, 2014; 01:45 PM

The city is replacing the large brass and granite mosaic seal at the Civic Center’s main entrance, a handsome piece of work that ended up being a slick annoyance.

It is being replaced with a new seal made entirely of dark grey rock known as Imperial granite. Mined from a San Marcos quarry, it was delivered to the engraver, Sun City Granite of Perris, on Monday.

The old mosaic featured polished granite and brass cut-out elements, including two grape clusters, the bust of a Native American and a stagecoach. When it rained, the surface of the seal became very slick, creating a safety hazard for pedestrians.

To prevent people from walking over the seal, the city put safety cones around it during wet weather.

Temecula Assistant Manager Greg Butler said the city attempted to solve the problem by sandblasting the surface of the seal, which he estimated cost the city roughly $20,000 to $25,000.

“It was simply observed that shortly after the mosaic was treated for the slippery wet surface, the summer heat caused the brass cut outs to expand, bow and break the surrounding granite,” Butler said.

Butler said it will cost about $19,000 to replace the seal and the money to pay for the work is coming from the city’s public art fund that is fed by development impact fees.

The city is not seeking to recover the costs associated with the original installation because it was put in as per the original design.

“We are not seeking to recover any costs from the designer either,” Butler added. “We cannot be certain what caused the brass pieces in the original mosaic to begin to expand and contract so dramatically after the sandblasting treatment.”

Work on the replacement seal is scheduled to begin Feb. 17, when City Hall will be closed for Presidents’ Day, said Bruce Wedeking, the city’s maintenance supervisor.

Teresa Herbers, owner of Sun City Granite, said the design of the new seal — which will weigh around 3,500 pounds –, should eliminate the slipping issues.

“We made a point to make most of the granite engraved so it had a rough texture,” she said. “We were very careful about that.”

When the $70 million Civic Center was unveiled in late 2010, flourishes that elicited “oohs” and “ahs,” according to published reports, were the large video screen in the council chambers, the mosaic artwork that hangs in the hallway leading to the chambers and the seal.

Contact Aaron Claverie at 951-368-9698 at aclaverie@pe.com.

New Seal at Temecula City Hall

Temecula is spending $19,000 to replace the city seal in front of the Temecula Civic Center. The new seal will:

be a 12-foot wide circle of granite

be 2 inches thick


Update From Sun City Granite

Starting to do the layout of the granite and granite is cut and polished,  layout of stencils on new seal photos of Slabs


TEMECULA: Artists craft new city seal


Teresa Herbers and Joe Mehochko owners of Sun City Granite work on creating the new seal to front Temecula’s City Hall in Perris Feb, 12, 2014. The seal is being replaced with a solid granite version after the original, which featured brass elements, became a safety hazard


February 14, 2014; 01:27 PM

A huge chunk of Imperial granite mined from a quarry in San Marcos. Crushed garnet trucked down from the Pacific Northwest. Elbow grease and sweat supplied by the owners of Sun City Granite in Perris.

All these Made in the U.S.A. elements are coming together to create a new city seal that will be set in front of the main entrance to Temecula’s Civic Center, which opened with fanfare in late 2010.

“It’s going to be really impressive when it’s done,” said Joe Mehochko, co-owner of Sun City Granite.

Mehochko – his face, hair, pants and baggy shirt covered in crushed garnet – spent three hours on Thursday, Feb. 13, personally sandblasting one of the four pie-shaped wedges that will form the new seal. He’s going to spend equal time on each of the other wedges as well.

To create the seal pattern, Sun City used a printer — Mehochko noted it was also Made in the U.S. — to create the stencil that is set on the granite. The adhesive on the stencil, applied by Sun City co-owner Teresa Herbers, bonds with the granite and allows it to withstand crushed garnet pumped out at 120 pounds per square inch.

Sun City is doing the sandblasting by hand because the automatic sandblasting machine that it uses for headstones is not large enough to accommodate the huge wedges that will make up the 3,500-pound seal, which will be 12-feet wide when assembled.

The original seal – which featured large brass cut-out elements of grape clusters, the bust of a Native American and a stagecoach – cost around $20,000. It was praised for its appearance but it quickly became a headache for the city.

During rainy weather, the surface became slick and the city had to put safety cones and warning signs around it: not a particularly positive first impression for a $70-million building designed to be the focal point of a revitalized Old Town.

To create a tacky surface and make the seal safe to walk on, the city brought in a sandblasting crew. Shortly after the seal was blasted, however, the brass pieces started to pop out of place and the granite started cracking.

Assistant City Manager Greg Butler said the city did not seek to recover the costs associated with the initial installation because it was put in according to all specifications. And the city was not able to determine if it was the sandblasting that damaged the seal or abnormal weather conditions.

The city eventually removed the brass elements, creating an odd looking piece of work that sat atop the steps of City Hall for months.

On Presidents’ Day, while City Hall is closed, crews will be jackhammering the old seal out and creating a pad for the new work. Butler said it’s going to cost around $19,000 to complete the job, which includes the money paid to Sun City Granite.

The new seal should stand the test of time, Mehochko said.

“You could drive a car over it!” he said.

Sun City is hoping to have the new seal placed and set by next week, possibly as soon as Wednesday.

Contact Aaron Claverie at 951-368-9698 at aclaverie@pe.com.

Install Day of the Temecula City Seal

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Plaicng one of the four pieces of the seal total weight 3500


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TEMECULA: New city seal signed, delivered

March 01, 2014; 07:31 PM
 The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014.

The city spent almost $20,000 to replace the city seal atop the front steps of the Civic Center for weekends like this.

As wind whipped the trees and Rod Run banners in the Town Square and rain poured down on the center, water beaded atop the new city seal without turning the 12-foot wide circle into a slip ‘n’ slide.

The old seal, which was unveiled along with the rest of the $70 million Civic Center in late 2010, featured a combination of slick granite and brass cutouts of a Native American bust and a stagecoach.

During wet weather, it became so slippery that when it rained, the city took to placing safety cones and caution signs around it.

To rectify the slipping issue, the city brought in a sandblasting crew. After the work was done, however, the granite began cracking and the brass cutouts popped out on hot summer days.

On Presidents’ Day, a crew jackhammered out the old seal to make way for the 3,500 pound, all-granite seal that was etched by Sun City Granite in Perris.

The new seal was sandblasted with crushed garnet to give the entire surface a tacky feel that should prevent a slipping accident.

“I think it’s ‘done done,’” said City Manager Aaron Adams, fielding questions on the seal before heading into a lunch event with the mayor at the center’s conference center on Friday.

The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014.


The new seal at the Temecula Civic Center's main entrance was replaced after the old seal became a slipping hazard in wet condition in Temecula, March,01, 2014. Maryann Edwards said she is happy with how the seal turned out and she personally checked out the surface by shuffling atop it to test its grip.

To create the pattern, Sun City Granite used a printer to create a stencil that was applied to the four pie wedges of granite that make up the seal. The surface was personally sandblasted by one of the co-owners of the company.

Contact Aaron Claverie at 951-368-9698 or aclaverie@pe.com.

Temecula Civic Center’s new city seal

Size: 12-feet wide

Material: Imperial granite

Weight: 3,500 pound slab

Cost: $19,000

The process of making a Headstone Monument

1) The first step is to choose the type (typically marble or granite) and color of the stone. The granite block is then cut from the bedrock. There are three ways of doing this. The first method is drilling. This method uses a pneumatic drill that bores vertical holes 1 in (2.54 cm) apart and 20 ft (6.1 m) deep into the granite. The quarrymen then use 4 in (10.1 cm) long steel bits that have steel teeth to cut away at the core of the rock.



2) Granite blocks are usually about 3 ft (0.9 m) wide, 3 ft (0.9 m) high, and 10 ft (3 m) long, weighing about 20,250 lb (9,185 kg). Workers either loop a cable around the block or drill hooks into either end and attach the cable to the hooks. In both ways the cable is attached to a large derrick that lifts the granite block up and onto a flatbed truck that transports it to the headstone manufacturer. The quarries tend to be independently owned and sell the granite to manufacturers, but there are some larger companies that own quarries.





3) After arriving at the manufacturing house, the granite slabs are unloaded onto a conveyor belt where they are cut into smaller slabs. The slabs are generally 6, 8, 10, or 12 in (15.2, 20.3, 25, and 30.4 cm, respectively) thick. This step is done with a rotary diamond saw. The saw is equipped with a 5 ft (1.5 m) or 11.6 ft (3.54 m) solid steel diamond blade. The blade usually has about 140-160 industrial diamond segments and has the ability to cut an average of 23-25 ft

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4) The cut slabs are passed under a varying number of rotating heads (usually eight to 13) with differing levels of grit arranged from the most  to the least. The first few heads have a harsh diamond grit, the middle heads are for honing, and the last few heads are equipped with felt buffer pads. These pads have water and aluminum or tin oxide powder on them to polish the stone to a smooth, glossy finish. The polished slab is then moved along the conveyor belt to the hydraulic breaker. The breaker is equipped with carbide teeth that exert close to 5,000 psi of hydraulic pressure . The headstone is then ready for finishing. Rock Pitching entails chiseling the outer edges of the stone by hand, giving a more defined, personal shape. Then the monument is crated and sent to the monument shop.



5) The design department will take the customer ideas and create a headstone layout of what the memorial will look like and then this will be presented to the customer for approval of the art work and Inscription



6) After approval of the  headstone memorial,the workers apply an adhesive-backed rubber stencil to the granite headstone face that is to be personalized. This stencil is used as a guide to engrave any information, such as words, dates, or emblems, into the granite headstone surface. In earlier years, the design was hand drawn onto the stone, and then hand-carved. This process, obviously, left a lot of room for error, which was very difficult to correct once engraved. Now the stencils are generated in a computer program that will accurately produce the best stencil for the requested design and information to be etched. While computers are now used to help the engraver in producing a more precise outcome on the stone, the process is still greatly reliant on the artisan’s skill and ability to work with the programs and machinery.

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7) Once the stencil has been applied, the engraving (also known as carving) is done in a special sandblasting room. In this room, workers use a high-pressure air hose to trace the design from the stencil into the granite headstones. Once the design is carved from the stencil, the engravers fill in the crevasses with black litho, so that the lettering stands out against the natural coloring of the stone. The uncut portion of the stencil is then removed, and, after the standard final preparations, the granite headstone is ready to be shipped.

You can add photos, vases, and other items to personalize your headstone memorial.

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  About Paradise Pictures, LLC

Paradise Pictures® introduced the first high fired color photo ceramic process to the memorial industry in 1991. Our process ensures the best reproduction of your client’s photos through digital scanning, computer color adjustment, and proprietary high-resolution digital imaging. This unique process creates a ceramic memorial portrait that exceeds the requirements for durability in memorial applications. Ceramic colors fired at very high temperatures in our photo ceramic process endure the extremes of weather and environment. Colors will not fade and the medallion finish will not deteriorate, thus ensuring the permanence expected in the memorial industry.

Our process creates a finished product with an image as sharp as the original photograph with natural skin tones and detailed color quality. We begin with the family’s photograph, scan it at a high resolution, digitally clean the photo as needed, and correct any color imbalances. Imaging is accomplished using our proprietary process and the medallion is fired at a temperature of up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to the efficiencies of our unique equipment and digital technology, our process is typically completed in less than 15 working days. This union of time-honored ancient enameling and high-resolution digital photography brings the finest quality portraits to the memorialization industry.

Lake Elsinore High School adding on to Veteran’s Memorial

Teresa, Let me give you some recent history on the impact what Sun City Granite has done for the EHS community.  Every year at the beginning of the football season they meet at the memorial and talk about what real sacrifice means; people are often seen at the memorial and we hear comments how grateful they are; and one of the greatest signs of respect…to my knowledge it has never been tagged!  We are so grateful.  If the color can’t be matched, we are certainly up for suggestions as to what you think would look best.  Thanks again for all you’ve done, Stan

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