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New Stadium Approved for El Toro High

Saddleback Valley Unified unanimously approves bleachers and lights for the field over objections of residents who fear more noise and traffic.

The Saddleback Valley Unified board has approved installation of bleachers and lights at El Toro High School’s sports field, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

That means the school's football, lacrosse, soccer and track teams will be able to play at home instead of traveling to other area fields. And the school can hold graduation ceremonies on campus instead of at UCI’s Bren Center.

The Tuesday night school board vote was unanimous despite complaints by residents worried about noise and traffic.

The revamp is expected to start in May and finish in August. Read the full Register story here.

JMTobias November 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
These types of projects are happening all over California. There is some sort of push for these mega athletic facilities. They are not needed and are generally pushed through by a few aggressive parents and a "compliant" school district. We need to all take a look at how school dollars are being spent. Our academic outcomes in California are terrible, but for some reason, there is ALWAYS money for these types of building projects.
JMTobias November 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Malibu-Community-Alliance/127496454069076 http://home.earthlink.net/~sfoceanedge/ http://www.tfasbs.org/TFASBS.HTML These are just a few of the groups that are fighting this battle. High intensity stadium lighting, generally promoted by a company called Musco, is gaining a foothold up and down the state. Just so you know, it is not over for this neighborhood. There are ways to fight it. Get organized and get ready. Please visit our facebook page and take a look at what lights have done to our neighborhood in Malibu. Visit the website of the group in San Diego and see what 100 foot poles look like in a residential setting. See what is going to happen in San Francisco in a National Park. These lights have NOTHING to do with kids. This is about revenue.
JMTobias November 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
One last thing. The lights at Malibu High consist of four 70 foot tall poles. The lighting expert that we hired compared the light emitted from these lights to 15,000 full moons.
JMTobias November 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if that were actually true! This has NOTHING to do with the children. This is about revenue. Take a look at the company that provides these lights. They are being installed up and down California.
JMTobias November 19, 2012 at 09:20 PM
No EIR was done. Since school districts operate as lead agencies SMMUSD was able to submit a MND in place of an EIR. And I am fairly certain the only reason that they had to to submit anything is the fact that this involved the Coastal Commission. The person running the San Diego group has a more similar experience to your situation.

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