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"but does not justify "nearly two and a half hours of (artificial) light" in November. "
which is about the natural light in August, with earlier sun set and time change
they just want to play or practice until 8pm
like they do in August or Septmeber, and no body complains about that
silly silly ppl
The Menlo-Atherton schedule shows the game on September 17 as an away game.
Thanks very much, football fan.
Dear complaining neighbors: when you bought your house next to a high school, did you not realize that there would be high school students there, along with their high school activities? M-A has been thoughtful in trying to minimize the impact of the lights on its neighbors. How about the neighbors being considerate about a slight change (that you would already face if you lived near many of the other area high schools) that will mean a lot to the students?
Wait until the game is over and the silent neighborhood is disturbed by sqeeling tires, and fireworks from opposing schools. The neighbors will be frightened by "those" people.
That's it! It's not us, it's them. And we sure don't want any of those people coming to OUR community.
"lights are the least worrry", the irony of all this is that I saw your child drag-racing down my street when college let out (it happens every break)...and it happened last Thanksgiving too. Let's scrap Thanksgiving, that should solve the problem.
1 - the students elect to stay up later in the evening
2 - the school therefore decides that it needs to starts classes later so that the students can sleep later in the morning
3 - the school therefore says that because of later class starting times that the students will need lights to have their athletic actvities at night
4 - the neighbors are therefore expected to be impacted simply because the students elected to stay up later in the evening
What is wrong with this picture?
What happens when the students next want classes to start at noon because they now want to stay up until midnight?
Tail wagging the dog??
M-A parents argument that neighbors shouldn't be complaining because "they knew they were buying property next to a school is trite and worn. Until 1970 M-A never even had a home varsity game. Now athletic field use has expanded vastly. There's a new PA center, etc. These neighbors deserve the same consideration that M-a parent would expect for herself.
"What is wrong with this picture?"
your premise on #1 and #2 is what is wrong with your picture
your 1 is false, studies show
investigate the why of 2, again the studies show
besides, kids only want to practice until same time they practice in August September
they not change, just time and light change
how does 8pm in November hurt neighbor more than 8pm in September?
anonymous - please read the original article -"The evening activities also align with a 40-minute later start time for the first class at M-A, a change officials made, starting with this school year, in recognition of research showing that teens need more sleep than they typically get."
The forcing issue in the school's decision is the later class starting time - if this is not the case then why was this not a problem in 2009?
You are entitled to your opinion, you are not entitled to your facts.
Substantial research has demonstrated that later start times at school has a measurable and positive affect on student achievement, performance, and health. Documented in many ways, including by our very own SRI. These are a few: Web Link
But more important, the later bell schedule hasn't changed sports practice times. It simply filled an afterschool gap.
Otherwise, we're really dealing with the sun setting earlier, and the popularity of afterschool sports and activities in a community with a dearth of playing fields. Dog wagging tail, doing what good schools and communities with good schools do.
"showing that teens need more sleep than they typically get."
is diff from YOUR
"the students ELECT to stay up later "
quit bashing kids using word ELECT they no diff than you were
"You are entitled to your opinion, you are not entitled to your facts."
funny you too
Reality Check states:"the later bell schedule hasn't changed sports practice times."
School officials state:"The evening activities also align with a 40-minute later start time for the first class at M-A, a change officials made, starting with this school year".
I put more credence on what the school officials state than on Reality Check's undocumented assertion.
This year, the first class starts 40minutes later.
Except for the students who attend an extra class (early).
The point is, that practice times start at the same time.
Because last year, those students went took the extra class, after school. While everyone else waited.
PC, my assertion of the facts is no less documented than yours! (Exclamation point added to prove this is truth.) BTW, which school officials are you quoting? Here's one: Web Link
I am amazed at the never ending myopic views the Lindenwood Homeowner's Association Board seems to place front and center with all the residents of Atherton. Now it isn't just the Board but also the neighbors on Oak Grove who bought their homes for "economic" reasons next to an established high school. As there are pressures on the field usage from "newer" sports like lacrosse, these will lead to greater demand on the fields and the logical solution(s) which would include adding lights to the football field.
it is troubling that the regular bickering in town appears to stem from a select few in Lindenwood. These people seem to feel that they own Atherton and the rest of us should reprioritize everything in town to meet their needs (and more importantly their wants). If we added up the legal costs we all have borne over the last four years due to the Lindenwood influence, we would all be shocked.
It is time to move on and find some real issues to tackle in town like the town budget and how we will manage our town in the future.
What rules will all these sporting games be played by? Will they made up as the games are played?
No other of the several separate entities that exist with our town boarders-for instance HP Park, or Bear Gulch Water, would would ever act with such complete disregard for changes that might impact proximate neighbors. Can any one even imagine a senario where Holbrook Palmer would suddenly announce that the were going put up MA's lights (and the LOUD SPEAKERS), and expect not to need to consider the rights of Watkins or MP Felton Gabels neighbors, or long held covenants with the town, or Atherton's zoning ordinance?
The argument spun out with such aplomb here,-- that the home owners should have known what they were getting into when they purchased their property, makes me see red.
They all knew exactly what they were buying into AND THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO WANT TO KEEP!!!
It is the school that is pushing for a "Game Changer" , not the neighbors.
Everyone wants to see the kids get their athletic opportunities.
But it won't matter in 10 years how healthy and robust they all are, if they are not provided some instruction in good sportsmanship, respect for you neighbors, or why playing by the rules of any game might matter.
This actually a wonderful opportunity for the school teach a lesson in good citizenship by getting the salaried bureaucracy to back off, let the kids write a nice letter to the neighbors asking a favor, and to give the property owners a chance to be generous in negotiating a little give and take.
This should not be portrayed as an example of "tie base going to the runner".
The bases are very much fully loaded, and the batter is not allowed on to an occupied base with out some give and take for mutual accommodation.
I think it's really stupid to be complaining about lights that are on for the same duration of natural light in the summer. What's your REAL problem with the lights?
It's no secret that schools have football fields, gymnasiums, traffic, teachers, students, and neighbors. You know, sometimes farms raise food, and sometimes they have manure. It's all in the package. Ed, honestly, do you think that M-A should ask he city and state to change the laws and regulations and ordinances, now and just because you are surprised that schools want to supprt sports, or the community that would like to attend? And only now, you have an objection?
The school district is acting within the bounds of the law. If they're not, the judge will decide. Please, don't you suggest the school act otherwise, just because you have an opinion. There are already laws, ordinances and regulations in place. And they were in place when you bought your Lindenwood house. Or did you or your realtor forget to think about that?
I live in the hills on the other side of town from MA
Almost 2 miles as the crow flies from Woodside High school.
Every time they have a on the lights I can see them from all the way over here and don't mind at all.
Every time the the Loud Speakers start going I notice but don't mind for myself.
But every single time I feel badly for the neighbors who live much closer and who are expected to be good sports about the events since it all started getting so amped up the last few seasons.
Am I making my point here? I don't have a stake in this, but I can promise you those loud speakers are way too much.
Any of you lawyer wannabees need only read the State Supreme Court decision on West Valley College in Saratoga.
It was identical to the current situation, but the court said that lights on the playing field were "an outdoor classroom experience", so exempt from CEQA mitigation.
Get a grip neighbors, grab a pom pom and cheer on the Bears!
You got great sightlines from your reserved backfence seats!
"and to give the property owners a chance to be generous in negotiating a little give and take."
discuss in other thread with peter and pogo
neighbor do not show up at last school board meeting in paper
neighbor do not show up at council meetings
neighbor only action is call lawyer and lawsuit
what kind of neighbor is that? lawyer? not like to give and take
Put a frog into water and slowly turn up the heat; it won't know when the water starts to boil. But put the frog into boiling water and it knows the temperature.
First it was the new performing arts center; now it's the lights; what's next?
Recognize that the impact to the area is not just to the Lindenwood residents.
Ms. Shimko states, "They absolutely can accommodate all school-related practices before it gets dark." REALLY? Soccer practices can't start before 3:30 PM now that school gets out at 3:15, and they last 2.5 hours. Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure it gets dark before 6:00 PM once Daylight Saving ends. Practices would be shortened at least an hour from late November to mid January. Seems to me that someone needs to do her homework and check out when the sun actually sets in the winter!
"First it was the new performing arts center; now it's the lights; what's next?"
What's next? The community will enjoy performances in the arts center and families & fans will attend to sports events. Some day, Atherton or Menlo Park might even build a new park or two, just for all of us to enjoy!
Or was your suggestion the school and community should have stopped building anything after 1952 (when our homes were built)? I'm glad that didn't happen. Would you believe it...I never play tennis, but I do like living in a town that has tennis courts. Same for new gymnasiums and skate parks, because I know that my neighbors enjoy these things. And there are things I enjoy that they dont' use. Go figure.
True. And I added that if neighbors couldn't be bothered to show up and voice their concerns at the SUHSD meeting, then their complaints fall hollow on me.
I'm generally sympathetic to families that live next to a high use area such as a high school. They can bear a greater "burden" (and spare me the lectures, I'm only using that word to make a point) than others, especially if that use intensifies as is the case here. I'm even more sympathetic when the controlling government entity is exempt from local regulations.
In this case, it appears that the district DID reach out to neighbors and that those neighbors did not speak at the recent SUHSD meeting. Both of those factors make me a bit less sympathetic... but that does not mean their interests can be ignored.
My comment has to do with the where these objectional residents chose to live. If you are looking for a home that you plan to stay in, make sure you look at where it is located....I love noise and teenagers and activity so living next to a school or in its proximity would not be a deterrent to purchase that home. However, if I liked to have peace and tranquility, and enjoyed a park-like non urban setting, I would not choose to buy a home in an area near a high school or any school for that matter. Any school district has to adjust to changes in the school calendar, start times, lack of sports facilities to accomodate all sports, (male and female), the rise and fall of the number of students, and the need to expand or close facilities as needed. If you are sensitive to these fluctuations do NOT buy your home near a school. If you overlooked these issues and already live there, get thicker paned windows and air conditioning and perhaps look at selling to someone who would really enjoy that environment.
So if you lived next to a little grocery store and it was replaced by WalMart, I guess you wouldn't complain. After all, you purchased a home next to a store.
Just making a point...
If you buy a house next to commercial property, you might just get a WalMart next door (or BevMo!). Or ask to change zoning for the property next door.
To Pogo -- I'm all for progress but workable progress understanding that there are boundaries.
My point was that one can usually find justification and rationalization for improvement and growth. However, this may have other side effects. These should be considered and potentially incorporated.
Here's another for you -- Laurel School is in the process of doing upgrades. In being a good neighbor what have they done to address the traffic impact on Ringwood Ave. when all the parents wait or park to pick up their kids? This causes significant delays almost every school day.
Since the Town of Atherton has virtually no control over what M-A does I suggest that the Town de-annex the school property and let the school district provide all of its own services.
that will make town look real good to folks
can not bother to talk to school or board or kids so you kick them out
goes back to - call lawyer first instead of say hello
mp take over ma hs laurel encinal menlo school and college sacred heart all others?
a-town already anti kid now anti family and education
HRS and PGE are both public services like schools. Are people allowed to be concerned about how they might be personally effected by the impact of proximate changes? Or is this really none of their concern?
Bob, please meet Ed.
This thread, like most, is testament that anyone can justify anything. Politicians can justify things - wars, insurance reform, taxes, high speed rail, school lights, whatever - better than most of us.
But you both make the same excellent point - please involve neighbors, early and often. No, it will never make everyone happy, but it definitely helps and it at least lets us vent!
I just wonder why politicians keep ignoring their constituents?
POGO -- excellent last sentence "I just wonder why politicians keep ignoring their constituents?" and true for all levels of government.
Everybody says we need to be better at communication, and yet it keeps getting repeated over and over which must mean we don't learn from the past. Communication is both listening and talking.
Ed also asks a good question regarding companies in the public space. There needs to be accountability, communication, and exchange. Many issues can be minimized if they are addressed early rather than having them become volcanoes.
"I just wonder why politicians keep ignoring their constituents?"
do they ignore?
neighbor do not go to board meet
call lawyer first
why blame politician for lazy neighbor who like lawsuit
> neighbor do not go to board meet
Cue the Vogon poetry and hold on tight to your Hitchhiker's towel.
"As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system, and regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less that two of your Earth minutes. Thank you."
The PA died away.
Uncomprehending terror settled on the watching people of Earth. The terror moved slowly through the gathered crowds as if they were iron fillings on a sheet of board and a magnet was moving beneath them. Panic sprouted again, desperate fleeing panic, but there was nowhere to flee to.
Observing this, the Vogons turned on their PA again. It said:
"There's no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department on Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now."
The PA fell silent again and its echo drifted off across the land. The huge ships turned slowly in the sky with easy power. On the underside of each a hatchway opened, an empty black space.
By this time somebody somewhere must have manned a radio transmitter, located a wavelength and broadcasted a message back to the Vogon ships, to plead on behalf of the planet. Nobody ever heard what they said, they only heard the reply. The PA slammed back into life again. The voice was annoyed. It said:
"What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? For heaven's sake mankind, it's only four light years away you know. I'm sorry, but if you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs that's your own lookout.
"Energize the demolition beams."
Light poured out into the hatchways.
"I don't know," said the voice on the PA, "apathetic bloody planet, I've no sympathy at all."
Observer, why did you have to bring high speed rail into this?
He didn't, that was me.
And yes I do think there are parallel tracks here that connect both of these and many other issues.
The later start time for the students was/is predicated on a mountain of evidence suggesting that students learn better with a later start time than typically seen at most schools. Historically early school start times and release times are a relic of an agrarian society.
Here's a link summarizing the existing data:
As for students staying up later, for my high-schooler, this has nothing to do with texting, IMing, surfing the web, cavorting. It is an artifact of the pile of homework that he has every night. This obnoxious homework trend is one that started around the time I was in high school and appears to have continued or gotten worse: quantity is used as a proxy for quality.
As for the rebuttle to POGO, no I wouldn't mind. I chose to live in an urban setting. I did not go up into the mountains nor did I go out in the country. I chose to be in a local community where the convenience of a grocery store would be a benefit to me...a WalMart is just a bigger store...still offers me benefits but more of them. I can walk to my grocery store, my WalMart, my school, my coffee shop, laundromat, the bus stop, the train...I do not use all of the services availed to me in my community but others do and it is a benefit for them. The world continues to move on, live and let live and life will be more enjoyable for all of us in it.
Watch out, Menlo Park & Atherton residents - you're getting as picky, NIMBY & annoying as Palo Alto residents w/these complaints.
Thank you for your answer. I appreciate your intellectual honesty and philosophical consistency.
However, I suspect you are in a very small minority for two reasons. First, I would find it very hard to believe there are many other people in Menlo Park who would find living next to a grocery store as acceptable as living next to a WalMart. Not many people would agree with you that it's just part of living in an "urban setting." Similarly, living next to a school isn't the same as living next to a school with night football games, high intensity lighting and PA systems - unless you don't live next to that school, of course.
Second, we live in an area where our residents routinely protest cell phone towers, bike riders obeying local traffic laws and BevMo replacing Chili's. I would think having high intensity lighting, blaring PA systems and night football games going on right in your backyard - which represents a NEW use - would have a far greater impact on a family's quality of life than any of those things.
My point is that it's a bit too convenient to be in favor of the changes at M-A High School when they don't adversely impact you. But I do believe in karma so I'm sure eventually some project will impact those supporters and it will be their turn to cry "foul."
I'll try to keep my smile to myself.
"I would think having high intensity lighting, blaring PA systems "
i think it that way 3 nights a year
over at 10
Ram-a giva JAMA*
say homework lika sledgehamma
don wanna school lika alabama
or student bed late in pajama
* see Ram's link
If the prior two posts were written by current or former students of the Sequoia Union High School District, then supporting the local football team is truly the least of our problems.
Quit being a twerp and have a little fun.
How do you know if somebody went to Stanford?
When they first meet you, they will let it slip within the first three sentences.
I would think that if you live in a home near a high school, you wouldn't be surprised that there are going to be night games during football season. As long as they end at a reasonable hour I don't see what the fuss is all about.
In the Stanford graduate's defense, he or she did not let it drop until asked. And I thought the point made about twerpishness was a fairly good one. Certainly acceptable in arguing about something and staying within the bounds in good taste.
[Post removed by Almanac Online staff.]
How do you get a Stanford Graduate off you front porch?
PAY HIM FOR THE PIZZA!
Joe and Ram -
I never asked if anyone went to Stanford. In fact, I never asked anything at all, mainly because I don't care where you went to school, only that I can understand your post and point.
And there's almost nothing more twerpish than posting things that have no point.
Rama lama ding dong.
Wow. I'm not sure how I got dragged into this back and forth, but I only had one point to make to Mr. Carpenter above about the change in school start times.
Outside of that, I'm just a mildly amused observer.
What a sad commentary this is. We live in a country where so many parents are struggling just to encourage their children to go to school and stay there. These kids are bombarded day after day with videos and messages related to sex and drugs, that when we were young, would have been considered outrageous. Teen pregnancy, drug use, drop out rates, unemployment, unemployability are problems all parents are facing today...And whats YOUR problem...Well these darn kids want to have lights so they can play football...WAKE UP [portion removed]. Most people in this country would die to have your problems....
Take a good look outside of your little well-heeled bubble and count your blessings.
Well said Interested and thanks for the reminder. As I said a number of days ago on this same posting site, we have many more important issues to deal with than lights at a high school.
As a community, we are lucky to have talented managers running MA and the District. MA is a very diverse school in terms of the student body and their backgrounds. This cannot be easy for the school leaders and their vision to make MA a great school overall is commendable.
Just schedule your outside Bar B Q's for nights when there are no games.
Har har har.
Jefferson notches big win over Menlo-Atherton Friday night 17-0
Maybe night games aren't the answer.
So, you are saying...
If the Bears visit to Daly City on Friday night resulted in a victory over Jeff, you would be supporting lights at MA?
I am neither for or against lights on the football field.
The 17-0 loss under lights simply suggests that night games for M-A may not be all they have cracked up to be.
Your sometimes sensible comments seem not, this time.
What in the world is your point. That having lights have some bearing on winning, or that winning is virtuous?
You do realize this was an away game. Daly City has lights, and they won.
May I add, that the MA Bears JV squad won their game v. Daly City. The lights were not a factor, except that the game did not end in a tie.
I guess that my attempt at humor was too subtle - sorry.
I think that a thank you is in order.
Humor can be difficult to express in email and forums, but I'll have to say, this topic deserves a lighter moment, here and there. Maybe too subtle, but still appreciated.
Thank you, Peter.
"Sorry, Coach, I lost the ball in the lights"
" I don't want to make excuses, maybe if we could practice under lights on our home field we could
be used to them next time?"
"Sequoia has 'em, Paly has 'em, and most of our league opponents have them, why not us? Are we that poor a district?"
Reality Check-in your post thanking Peter, you made a subtle, but I think, important point I had not thought about. You mentioned that the lights didn't have an impact on the JV game--except it didn't end in a tie. If what your saying is that some games played at MA get called due to darkness - tie or no tie - that makes a case for lights I hadn't considered.
Also, while we're thanking people for humor to brighten our day, POGO, your rama lama ding dong comment had be LOL! Thanks!
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