Court says stadium lights at Hoover High School went up illegally
SDUSD must pay back money spent installing lights
Last Updated: 247 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A court ruled this week that the San Diego Unified School District must pay back the money it spent to install $800,000 stadium lights at Hoover High School. Residents told 10News they are still not happy and want the lights to come down.
When asked if he felt like the district was trying to dupe him, attorney Todd Cardiff told 10News, "Oh, I think the district was absolutely trying to dupe us."
Cardiff and a group of residents sued the district and won. They argued that the money spent to buy, install and run the lights was not part of the deal when tax payers passed Proposition S in 2008.
"If you're going to provide a bond measure and sell it as a 'safety and repair' bond, don't spend your money on brand new field lighting," said Cardiff.
Proposition S handed over more than $2 billion to San Diego schools to improve its aging infrastructure.
Taking a look at the money spent so far at Hoover – more than $10 million for sports facilities upgrades and another $2 million for track and field, including the lights – that is more than every other Proposition S project at the school combined.
Neighbor Patty Mayer told 10News, "You see a list of projects and you're saying that these are all good for our kids... vote for it, yes. And then what they turn up with is lights for what? Ten home games?"
From here, the case will go back to superior court to iron out the details and decide whether the lights stay up or come down.
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