PLHS stadium lighting, PA system funds better spent on other needs
by JON and JOAN CUNNINGHAM, Point Loma
Jun 04, 2014 | 914 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We have been big supporters of Point Loma High School through the years. We both attended PLHS in the 1950s, as did our four children in the ’70s and three of our grandchildren in the ’90s.  

We have kept up on the negative issues caused by nighttime activities at other schools with lighted stadiums. These include the many problems that can result from large crowds getting together after dark in an area that is not set up to handle a crowd. Another problem resulting from night games is a major increase in traffic in an already-congested neighborhood. Virtually all of the parking is off campus, which impacts the surrounding neighborhood. And there is no way that the glare of these huge sets of lights on 90-foot poles can be diminished enough not to be an intrusion into the surrounding homes.  

PLHS is the most overcrowded of any high school in the San Diego Unified School District. Until this problem is solved, we support increasing the number of athletic fields available for student use during the daytime. including those at Correia Middle School and Dana Middle School.

There seem to be so many problems with expanding field use and capacity at PLHS that we hardly know where to begin. We can start by letting the students know we care about their welfare. We hope they respect and care about the community of Loma Portal, as well. Many people still ask what the Support Our Neighborhood versus Save Our Neighborhood signs are all about. The answer is, there are over 500 area households who oppose lights and expanded public-address system at PLHS stadium. We do support spending money on classroom improvements, field upgrades and student parking.

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