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Parents rally to be heard by Poway Unified School Board over proposed Costco

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 22:42:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Parents rallied at Poway Unified District Headquarters during their monthly board meeting, asking them to pause on proposed plans to bring a Costco to land zoned to build a school.

The vacant lot is at the corner of Camino Del Sur and Carmel Valley Road and was labeled a surplus by the Poway Unified School District.

That means they don't need it and believe they have enough schools in the area.

Parent Gianni Nguyen said that's not true, "in our particular area the schools are impacted, so no."

Nguyen said she doesn't mind the idea of creating mixed use retail, restaurants and a Costco, but she was angered by the process the board went through to get the deal.

"I felt like we were just robbed... We just want to be part of that process, bring us to the table, give us a voice, let us share with you what our opinions are," she said.

The board voted unanimously at their September meeting to pursue a long term lease with Costco, that spans decades. Nguyen said the community was blindsided.

"I have four kids in the public school district, four young kids, my oldest is only 12, so I am very passionate about this," she said looking away.

She hopes the rally makes the board pause and reconsider moving forward on this deal.

Nguyen added, "we're going to unite and say we do have a voice and there should be a choice and you guys should be in there to represent us and if you're not representing us, who are you representing?"

The deal was not on the agenda Thursday.