Having spent years as a community planner and having two daughters who attend Point Loma High School, and caring much more about fairness than organized sports, I’ll weigh in. The school has been there for many decades and, thus, the odds are that all of the lighting opponents followed rather than preceded it. PLHS has long had a stadium, and stadiums generally are lighted. Those who oppose stadium lighting effectively seek to misappropriate public assets for their unreasonable needs and gain, not the other way around, as contended by Jennifer Dariani [“Possible permanent PLHS stadium lighting has some all lit up,” Oct. 17 Beacon, Page 5].
What needs to be done is to recognize the legitimacy and primacy of the stadium with lighting and then work to mitigate its effects. Restriction on unnecessary hours and lighting immediately come to mind as mitigation measures. Lights at Robb Field must be visible from outer space, and that seems quite excessive. I doubt that all of the lights are always necessary and their waste is expensive, no matter whether at PLHS or elsewhere. Helix Charter High School has a 9 p.m. weeknight noise curfew, and so could PLHS.
Now, let’s get beyond the frivolous claims of both sides and get on to serving the legitimate needs of athletes and audiences alike without unnecessarily wasting resources or unnecessarily impairing life in the surrounding community.