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San Diego Unified School District needs to Improve Schools for Daily Use, not ruin neighborhoods by building large Stadiums with massive lights & Public Address systems blasting for 150 + nights per year with 3rd Party Usage until 10 PM.

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A group of San Diego El Cerrito Residents has come together as a community to shift the priorities of the proposed renovation of San Diego Unified School District Crawford High School that plans to build a football stadium before classrooms and before fulfilling the needed changes that the school requested and voters approved in propositions S and Z bonds.  
We are deeply troubled by the proposed Stadium's size, lighting, P.A.
system and especially, third-party use and the impacts from these on our
neighborhood.
 
We are putting forward alternatives to SDUSD. In an effort to focus our
strategies, we have formed the "El Cerrito Coalition for Livable
Neighborhoods and Quality Schools."

The SDUSD continues its campaign to destroy neighborhoods by erecting massive sports complexes at middle and high schools within its district, severely affecting the quality of life guaranteed to us by law.  The Board has remained completely silent on this issue -- in fact, never once responding to emails. 

The SDUSD recently amended its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the next project by including a note that the SDUSD might use the Crawford fields to rent to 3rd parties for profit until 11 pm every night, and it has resulted in a swift and fierce backlash by our community, as you may have seen on the news.  El Cerrito is a 60+ year old post-war residential neighborhood -- our  homes simply were not constructed with insulation, insulated windows, etc. to block out the Qualcomm-like high-intensity lighting arrays and multi-channel speaker system plans for the project.  Currently, SDUSD rents out Clairemont H.S. fields almost 200 nights a year, and it has decimated the surrounding neighborhood leading to adverse health issues and to long-time residents moving to escape the tragedy that neighborhood has become.  In addition, citizen groups have spent thousands of hours and dollars in the Hoover H.S. area in Talmadge to sue the SDUSD over the sports stadium lights and speakers there. And the residents around Point Loma H.S. are mounting a significant challenge to the modernization plans there.  This is a substantial, ongoing problem throughout the city and it needs to be addressed without delay.

No one is against kids having an updated track and field to benefit the students, under a reasonable field use policy, but the potential the SDUSD reserves to rent it out to unrelated, non-student 3rd parties as much as they want for profit at the complete and utter expense of the surrounding community while exercising City of San Diego parking and other exemptions is unacceptable no matter what the legally-required EIR indicates. 



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