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At a January 14 meeting of the Kensington/Talmadge Planning Committee, committee members took an official stance on the proposed improvement project for Hoover High School. The committee unanimously agreed to write a letter in opposition to the project and send it to state representatives, school-board officials, city councilmembers, and the mayor. The members agreed the letter should be concise and list only the most severe impacts they expect the improvements will have on the community.

The most contentious part of the project is the plan to install 90-foot light towers around the football field. The committee and members of the audience said the night games would bring more crime, trash, noise, and light into their quiet neighborhood. They said the light towers don’t fit in with the character of the community.

During the meeting, several residents who live near the school complained about the potential impacts they would experience from night games.

“At the first meeting with the community, the principal stood up and said they would have 5 events every school year; the very next meeting, they started talking about 15 events. So, where’s it stop? When you think of 15 events, most likely there will be one per weekend, so that’s nearly a quarter of our weekends [annually] where we will be affected. You know, we would like some peace and quiet during our weekends.”

The noise created by a new woodshop building, the height of the bleachers for the baseball field, the widening of Highland Avenue, and the pedestrian entrance on Monroe Avenue were also cited as concerns.

Kensington residents in opposition of the improvements have another problem: the planning committee has no jurisdiction or influence on the project. One concerned resident spoke to that issue.

“We need your support for legal reasons. A lot of neighbors are talking about coming together and doing a mass lawsuit against the school district.”

For more information, go to bajatalmadge.org.

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SubBass49 Jan. 19, 2009 @ 5:17 p.m.

Bunch of NIMBYs. YOU moved into the SCHOOL'S neighborhood...NOT the other way around. That school has been there since the 1930s...and it USED to have lights.

Don't like what comes with living near a high school?
Don't buy a house next to one.
Simple.

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nativesd123 Jan. 20, 2009 @ 8:30 p.m.

well it might help if you did a little research before you posted your uninformed opinion... If you had you would have found out that the lights were removed due to violence issues, the area has existing crime problems and there have been issues with the schools activities on the field that have not been addressed even when the residents have requested assistance from the school many times. Also most of these issues were not a problem when the majority of residents bought their homes, they arose from a new field being installed and the school renting the field out after normal school hours. There is not an issue with activity during normal school hours the majority of issues occur after school hours. But if you lived in our neighborhood or even owned a house maybe you would have been better informed.

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community_watch March 11, 2009 @ 1:27 p.m.

SubBass49

You may want to get your facts straight. Yes, Hoover High School was built in the 1930's and it had permanent lights then but the old football field and bleachers were torn down in the early 70's and a new field and bleachers were built. Not in the same location, mind you, but at a new location that changed the original North/South orientation along a wide street (Highland Ave) to the present East/West configuration along a narrow street (Monroe Ave). This placed the field closer to residential homes along both Monroe Ave and Highland Ave. The new location even required the purchase and demolition of numerous homes along Monroe Ave to accommodate the new football field and visitor bleachers. Permanent lights were never installed at this new location based in part on an agreement with the neighbors and also due to the crime element that night games brought in. Yes, there are still many neighbors that live in the community (much longer than the new field existed) and have first hand experience of the crime element that night games brought into the neighborhood back when night games took place.

The homes in the surrounding residential neighborhood have been there longer than the field!

  • Don't like what comes with building/encroaching on a residential community.
  • Don't try installing permanent lights adjacent to them.
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community_watch March 24, 2009 @ 4:19 p.m.

Actually I got my facts wrong SubBass49. I just came across an article that was published in the Evening Tribune on Aug 17th, 1972 titled 'Quake Law Prompts Hoover Land Plan' that was written by Donald Coleman about the school prior to the demolition of the pre-existing field, bleachers, and school buildings in the early '70s. Tribune staff photo provided by photographer Thane McIntosh. The article included an aerial of the area and showed that there were not only existing homes along Monroe Ave that got purchased by the school district and demolished to make way for Hoover expansion, but there were also homes all along Highland Ave that stretched from Monroe Ave to just short of El Cajon Blvd. I believe the article stated that there were 18 homes in all that were purchased and demolished by the school district to make way for the new earthquake proofed school classrooms and the newly located field with bleachers.

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