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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fundraising for High School Field Lights Is Now Underway

• $400,000-plus Is Approximate Cost of Special Environmentally Sensitive Equipment

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN

Fundraising efforts are officially underway for the estimated $400,000-plus required to fund the installation of permanent lights at the Malibu High School football stadium.
“Permanent lights for the MHS athletic field are on their way,” a fundraising invitation signed by MHS principal Mark Kelly, Shark Fund Vice Chair Seth Jacobson, Boosters President Tony Perez and Steering Committee Chair Pete Anthony, states.
“Malibu will have Friday night football again! We will be able to host evening games for our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, our lacrosse team, and hold events that draw us together. All of our students—from athletes to cheerleaders to musicians—will benefit from this important upgrade to our facilities…but we need your help.”
“In the next four months, we must raise the money for a state-of-the-art lighting system which will minimize impact to neighbors and be sensitive to the environment,” the invitation states. “Please join our ‘Bring on the Lights’ fundraising effort.”
According to the announcement, all donations for the project, payable to the Shark Fund, are 100 percent tax deductible.
Sponsors who contribute $40,000 –plus will have the opportunity to have “prominent permanent signage on one of the four light poles,” four “lifetime passes,” and recognition on a group plaque.
Donators who contribute $10,000 –25,000 will have “engraved nameplates on four seats on the ‘50 yard line section,’” and two “lifetime passes.”
Those who make a donation of $5000 will have two passes and two engraved name plates; $1000 donors will have two engraved names; $500 donors will have one engraved name.
Sports enthusiasts Janice and Jeff Nikora have already contributed at the $40,000 level to the fund drive, according to the invitation, while longtime Malibu residents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber have donated at the $10,000-plus level of support, a second donation at the same level was made by an anonymous donor.
Eric Gruendemann and Patricia Manney have contributed at the $1000-plus level. The 2012 Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team Catherine Cassone and her parents, Trevor and Linda Colby, Nicholas and Maria Moss, Ron Recht and Tracey Bregman Recht, Richard Scott, and Marie and Alan Wexler have donated at the $500-plus level, according to the announcement.
According to a Mitigated Negative Declaration Addendum released by the school district last week, “the revised project would consist of four 70-foot galvanized steel light poles that would be installed at approximately both of the 10-yard line of the Athletic Field outside of the track that circles the field. Each light pole would be approximately 19 inches in diameter at grade level, tapering off to approximately 10 inches diameter at the top. The revised light poles will be equipped with twelve LSG fixtures each with cross arms 12.3 feet in length, with fixture spaced 2.3 feet apart, and cross arms spaced at 29.5 inches apart. Each fixture would utilize a 1500-watt Musco Z lamp.
“As required by the LCP Amendment 1-11-A, light fixtures would be outfitted with the best available visor technology,” the MND document states. “Specifically, each light fixture would be outfitted with an LSG 14-inch visor, which covers more than a third of the surface lenses and does not include any external holes or riveted parts that let light escape outside of the visor.”
“The LSG visor would direct light downward, reducing the spill of light into the sky and reducing glare. The average illumination on the Athletic Field’s surface would be 50.8 foot-candles, the maximum illumination would 63 foot-candles, and the minimum illumination would be 36 foot-candles.” Installation of the permanent light poles would begin in summer of 2012.
Approval for the lighting plan has been a complicated and laborious process. Neighbors and enviromentalists called foul when the district initially proposed permanent lighting. The Coastal Commission finally approved the project last year, after attaching a series of conditions to minimize environmental impact, that included the requirements that any lighting “shall be minimized, directed downward, and shielded using the best available visor technology and pole height and design that minimize light spill, sky glow, and glare impacts to public views and wildlife to the maximum extent feasible. Lighting may only occur for a maximum of three days in any calendar week and must be limited to the following time restrictions: During Pacific Standard Time (defined as of 2011 to be the first Sunday in November to the second Sunday in March), the lights may be illuminated no later than 7:30 p.m. except as indicated below. ii. From each Sept. 1 through May 31 period, inclusive, the lights may only be illuminated after 7:30 p.m. up to 18 times, and then only until 10:30 p.m., never on consecutive nights, and on no more than two nights in any given calendar week. The lights may not be illuminated at any time between June 1 and Aug. 31, inclusive, of any year. For lighting that is to be allowed during bird migration periods (Fall Migration: September through first week in November, and Spring Migration: Last week of March through May), an Avian Monitoring Plan, that is prepared by a qualified ornithologist/ecologist and reviewed and approved by the City Biologist, shall be required prior to issuance of the coastal development permit, and the permit shall be consistent with and require compliance with that plan. The plan shall, at a minimum, include the following elements: Monitoring shall be conducted by a qualified ornithologist/ecologist to assess potential adverse impacts to migratory and resident bird species. The monitoring design and schedule shall include a paired monitoring design (i.e. a night with lights immediately preceded or followed by a night without lights), and a monitoring frequency of once per week during any week when lights are operated during Fall and Spring migration periods for at least one year.”
More information on the fundraising effort is available at http://malibuhigh.org/bringonthelights.

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