Friday, March 28, 2008

Angels Gate HS Opponents Escalate Campaign

Residents opposed to a public high school at Angels Gate Cultural Center have formed a new organization to wage a grassroots campaign against the school.

By its very name, Neighbors Organized and Involved to Support Education (NOISE) signals the group’s vocal intentions.

Still in its formative stages, NOISE is developing its platform and alternative options to counter the Los Angeles Unified School District’s draft plans for a high school serving as many as 1,200 students on Angels Gate land it now owns.

NOISE is printing lawn signs to illustrate its position on the proposed school.

Angels Gate is located in the Palisades area of San Pedro and many NOISE activists are members of the Palisades Residents Association (PRA).

At PRA meetings and other occasions, residents have raised concerns about traffic, noise, the environment and other quality-of-life issues they feel will be negatively impacted by the school.

The proposed high school promises to be a hot topic at the PRA’s annual meeting and election on May 13.

As for the bureaucratic review process, the school district has released its initial study of the proposed school. The district held a public meeting earlier this month to hear input as to the environmental issues that should be studied in considering the project.

The public may submit written comments until May 7.

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