A group of about a dozen Atherton residents whose homes are near the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School have filed a lawsuit over plans to install temporary lights so that the school can have night football games, an attorney for the group told The Almanac.
The Sequoia Union High School District has failed to comply with town regulations, including those on lighting of athletic fields and noise, and state regulations on environmental impacts, said Anna Shimko, a San Francisco attorney who specializes in environmental and property law.
The San Mateo County Counsel's Office, which represents the Sequoia district, did not respond to a request for comment.
The Atherton residents filed suit under the name "Protect Atherton's Residential Character," according to the complaint.
"They have not followed the protocol of the state's environmental quality act at all," Ms. Shimko said.
The light towers are 53 feet high and Atherton's zoning code limits structures to 35 feet, Ms. Shimko said, adding that the school district has "absolutely no limits" specified as to the number of activities to be held at the field and the hours during which they would be held.
The school district's obligations are limited in that the state grants public schools an exemption from local zoning requirements.