Judge to decide on neighborhood dispute over high school stadium lights

Complaints include noise, lights, traffic, trash
Posted at 8:26 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 08:23:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - After-school events at the Pt. Loma High School stadium are not at the top of Jeanne Mooers’ list of favorite things.

"The noise, the lights, the trash that's left, the traffic."

Living next door, she's one of the dozens of neighbors who battled San Diego Unified's plan to modernize and upgrade the stadium with more seats, floodlights, and loudspeakers.

And their complaints spill out into the street.

"After the game, quite often, they'll take the trash and stick it in the hedges going up the hill. The lights--they light up the whole house, the noise--you can hear probably 7 or 8 blocks away. Amplification."

The school district moved forward with the project despite the packed house of opposition last year at a public hearing. 

There is support, though, too.   

Christy Scadden lives a couple of blocks over; two kids attended Pt. Loma High, and she says it's been a challenge to have varsity and JV or boys' and girls' games scheduled simultaneously because of limited space.

"Second smallest school in the district; we have very little space; even our baseball teams are off-site so by having more space and time to be able to do it, gives them that flexibility."

Now a judge is mulling over a lawsuit aimed at turning off those lights.