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Andy    August 14, 2016

I participated in VAVi and my experience was it is more about encouraging social drinking than healthy participation in sports. At the conclusion of events, players were often given coupons entitling them to a free pitcher of beer. Gathering at bars is a big part of VAVi”………  Andy, San Diego

Michelle Leff   June 2, 2016

We care about nearby future PLHS students who will not be able to sleep due to the “significant and unavoidable” noise produced by events at the stadium until 10 or 11 p.m., as the environmental impact report warns. We also care about the safety of current students who will have to walk over a mile in the dark across busy intersections to get to their cars after games because of inadequate parking on campus.

Angela Holmes Shaw   May 24, 2016

Mr. Hans Becker, principal of Point Loma High, claims that our field will not be rented frequently because the students will be using the field often and they have priority.  I find this hard to believe that the school has enough use for 365 days and nights a year.  The EIR clearly states the field will be made available to third parties any day of the year, all year long and until an 11 p.m. curfew.  Those of us who live nearby fear the worst.  Why else would the School District increase the capacity to 2,500 people when the largest-ever recorded attendance, according to the EIR, was the 2012 Homecoming game of about 2,100 people, and the expected attendance at a regular home football game, played at night, is 1,400 people?  It is because the district plans to rent to third parties with large income-producing attendance like VAVi and Albion Soccer.  

Dr. Leslie E. Penzes, Certified Acoustical Consultant, P.E.   Feb. 23, 2016

Based on the Noise Ordinance of the City of San Diego, the only feasible design to satisfy the Noise Ordinance limit of the City of San Diego (Ref. 1) is to completely enclose the stadium with a dome. Based on preliminary analysis, it is very unlikely that it can be proved that any sound-wall design is feasible for the mitigation of the stadium noise.

Stephen Hinkle             July 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Here is a suggestion for a reasonable compromise between allowing the children to have some night games but keep the neighborhood livable. I support the stadium lights but limiting their usage. Suggestions include:

1) Limit the number of night events per year (School would get priority, and very few or zero night rented events)

2) Limit PA system usage to school games (not practices), graduations, and a limited number of school assemblies

3) Mandatory “Lights out” at 7:30PM (Practices – Late October through March only) and 10:00 PM (Games). Games or lighted events beyond 7:30PM can only take place on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. A limit of one beyond 7:30PM lighted event per week.

4) Insist that the lights have an LED source vs a traditional HID source. LEDs are much more focused due to the narrowing of the beam and reduce the spill light. Musco invented the LED lights just recently and from what I heard they really do a good job at keeping the field bright but the outside area dim. Additionally they consume far less power, saving the school money.

5) Insist on a spill light shield.

6) Go with a multiple light level. Practices and field maintenance should be able to be set at a reduced intensity level.

Richard and Vicki Robbins September 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

The intent of the San Diego Unified School District to install huge night lighting despite compelling safety and residential quality of life concerns is unconscionable.

The fact that it materially increases the possibility of a loss of life due to an otherwise preventable aviation accident is but one of many considerations.

Moreover, the arrogance of school district officials toward those whose considerable taxes fund the county’s educational enterprise (including their salaries) and their lack of concern toward the safety and well-being of these taxpayers is reprehensible.

Albert Powell September 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stadium lights make no sense at PLHS. The homes surrounding the school are too close to the field to even consider having night time activities, there is no parking, all the attendees would be exiting the games/events into a dark neighborhood. I cannot imagine how SDUSD could even consider installing these lights, particularly considering the environment.


Pro Point Loma  September 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Sept. 6

I have lived in Loma Portal for 26 years, am a homeowner and raised two daughters here. I have been following letters to the editor in the Beacon to find out what is happening on this unfortunate community situation. Today, while shopping at People’s I interacted with a SDUSD representative and what I learned is very troubling. From that conversation, I am under the impression that the decision has been made to move forward with this project (kept hearing the word “attorneys”). I am left with the impression that the project is a GO pending an environmental impact study (whatever that means) and FAA approval. The representative does not live in Point Loma (Pacific Beach) and had a “talking point” for every issue I brought up in terms of the negative impact to the Loma Portal community. I finally told him to basically LISTEN which further leads me to believe this is out of the community’s control Is this a lost cause?

Jean Center

Sept. 17

Dear Jean,

You are correct that school district staff have an “answer” to every point that is brought up; however, the talking points are intentionally vague and deceptive. Examples of this include meetings regarding the lights at Hoover High School, where school officials kept saying that there would only be “15 to 18 lighted events” a year, which everyone including school board members thought meant lights 15 to 18 times a year. But what was really meant, and only admitted after repeated pressing and questions at follow up meetings, is that there will be 15 to 18 high school games between two teams a year and the field will be lighted up on other nights for practice or if it is rented out. At Clairemont High School, neighbors were told lights were to be used for “Friday night lights,” and what they got was rental 4 to 5 nights a week for 5 months out of the year.

I am so glad you finally told the person to listen to you!! The school district has tried to intimidate us; Scott Barnett has said things that were outright lies about PPL in public and in the press; and night light boosters who don’t live in the neighborhood try to paint us as a “small group of NIMBYs.” However, we are not backing down and we continue to fight the commercialization of the PLHS athletic field.


Colleen O’Connor September 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

If any project in San Diego needs a great big “onion “it is this proposal for lights at Point Loma High School stadium. If the stadium were located in an open field far from homes, that would be a different story. But if you take a good look at the neighborhood, you will see that it is surrounded by homes. Clairemont high school is the perfect example of what NOT to do. SDUSD should be ashamed of themselves for even contemplating this in this wonderful, old neighborhood.

Angela Shaw September 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Hi, my driveway was blocked by a truck during PLHS football game on Saturday. . . . I complained to the principal who did answer my email promptly. He did also tell me that the stadium entrance on Voltaire St. will be moved to the other side of the stadium, it’s part of their master plan. He didn’t say exactly where the new entrance would be. He also told me they might take out the auto shop and add 48 new parking places. Obviously that is a band aid approach to resolving the parking problem. I also told him that I thought it was too bad to eliminate auto shop since they should be providing that type of education to students who may not be college bound.

Glenn Mouritzen    July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM Concerned about the lack of parking at The high school. Over flow parking already occurs in front of our house during school hours. Also concerned with the lights and noise level in the evenings.

Selma Vassall July 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

This is intolerable. Isn’t Point Loma crowded enough? Must I think about traffic at night as well as during the day . . .? [As it is] I plan my trips around P.L. and off the Point according to what’s happening with traffic. We can’t have that happen. Please do what you can to stop this ruining of our neighborhood.

Lee Fernandez June 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Proposed changes will lead to increased crime, graffiti, and noise. Spend the money on the teachers.

Gary Trout June 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The prospect of expanded night use for PLHS Athletic field and the lighting necessary for this simply shows the arrogance of the school district and total disregard for the residents in order to generate income for the school district. Its all about money, as usual. We live in a residential neighborhood not a commercial one where such a “stadium”- as proposed-belongs . . .

Roberta Dyer June 20, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Many thanks to all of you for taking action to protect Loma Portal. We have been residents of Loma Portal for almost forty years. Our children attended the neighborhood public schools, including Point Loma High School, and both children participated in varsity sports. We support Point Loma High School and its varied programs. We do not, however, believe that the neighborhood should be compromised by the school district to the District’s advantage over ours. Preserving a safe, beautiful neighborhood close to downtown should be a priority for all of San Diego.

Tom Ford January 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

The football stadium at Clairemont HS was completely rebuilt and includes four 100 foot light towers and a massive PA system. It has ruined our neighborhood! Many residents have had to leave their homes during games because of the PA sound level. The field has been rented out nearly every night for 3 months now and I no longer enjoy going in my back yard at night because of the light intensity. Many summer evenings are difficult to bare because we can’t open our windows to cool our homes when a game is in progress, the sound system is extremely loud. We, the residents, were never asked, interviewed or informed about the up coming stadium lights and PA system. It was built and turned on before we had knowledge of it. We HATE the lights and PA! We’ve written emails to the school administration and have had little or no response back. One family has moved away and another is moving out in a few months to escape the lights and noise.

Deanna September 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Bringing more traffic and noise into Point Loma is a terrible idea. Stating the obvious, we live on a peninsula which is already impacted by too much noise and traffic. We have it coming in from all sides including Ocean Beach, Sports Arena, and Rosecrans Avenue. I will admit to living close to Rosecrans which is a little further than most folks in the immediate area of PLHS but my husband and I already contend with traffic and noise from the airport, the military, Humphrey’s concerts, the Rock Church, marathons, walk-a-thons, Hi-Tech High, not to mention the ongoing water-main breaks at the intersection of Rosecrans and Nimitz which are always repaired at night.

Besides the constant nuisance endured by the noise pollution, don’t forget that we have no emergency rooms nearby. The closest ones are UCSD, Scripps Mercy and Sharp Memorial. If there were any major disasters in our area, the ability of emergency responders to get to some areas of PL could be greatly hindered by the traffic.

Enough is enough. Stop trying to cram so many people into one small area. We can’t let our quality of life be further eroded by decision makers that don’t even live in this area and frankly, couldn’t care less about the people that do live here.


Gail Kersgard September 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

There is no parking to support additional cars and traffic. If expansion is approved, all street parking should be restricted by permit for residents only as is in place in Hillcrest.

Additional traffic , cars and night activities will be detrimental to our neighborhood.

Don and Carol Hildre September 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

No more traffic…it’s bad enough that high school kids park cars all over neighborhood every school day…drive like a bat out of hell after school paying no attention to stop signs or people walking their dogs or children …if this goes in at nite it would endanger our lives and property…we need more traffic controls now in areas where these kids use some streets without traffic controls as throughfares with no regards for speed or pedestrian . No lites at PLHS and more traffic controls are the answer …

Philip Virissimo August 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

We have lived directly across the street from the football field for 22 years and have never felt a need to complain or have any concerns until now. In the past we have had problems with traffic, people blocking our driveway, trash, loud music, speeding cars, and nowhere to park during sporting events. This will only intensify our problems in this neighborhood. And having lights beaming into my home is not appealing to me and my family. The only peace we have is Summer and evenings which will end with these changes and this concerns us.