The PLHS track and field are pretty unique, sharing property lines not with parking lots or parks or streets or canyons, but with people’s homes, literally their backyards. What used to be a relatively peaceful dark neighborhood at night is about to glow so bright that neighbors will be able to read indoors without lamps. Remember the Clairemont High School lights fiasco? The lights and sound system, of course, are designed to attract and entertain visitors from everywhere. Mostly, they’ll be teens (for school sports) and rowdy young adults (the renters).
Except to copy and paste the warnings of neighbors, the new EIR offered no professional warning that high school drivers are inexperienced drivers, nor that too many young drivers are distracted behind the wheel, nor that nighttime events often involve drinking, drug use, and, sadly, too often gang activity.
“Gangs don’t travel for afternoon football games; they just don’t. It’s a nighttime phenomenon and involves all ethnicities,” retired Police Officer Alan Leff advised the Peninsula Community Planning Board on Feb. 18, 2016, before the PCPB objected to the project in a letter to the School District’s EIR consultant.
In 1973, all night games were banned by the district due to increased violence and gang activities. Do you think gang activity has declined since then or grown exponentially?
Then there are the annoying petty crimes that accompany nighttime youth activity and even weekend daytime Pop Warner renters, thanks to the drinking dads. Neighbors have had to tolerate predictable souvenirs from PLHS field use: beer bottles on our lawns, trash, condoms, graffiti and vandalism.
Opening the field to frequent nighttime use exposes the neighbors to frequent nighttime abuse.