Saturday, March 15, 2008

Neighbors Question Proposed Angels Gate High School

The proposal to build a public high school at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center was the topic of two heated community meetings this week.

Opponents voiced concerns at a public meeting Thursday at Dana Middle School. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the forum was an opportunity for public input on the issues that should be considered in the draft environmental impact report.

Harbor Area board member Richard Vladovic was among the school district officials and bureaucrats who attended the meeting. Vladovic has not taken a position on the school proposal.

Most community residents strongly criticized the plan, citing traffic and parking problems foreseen if a school of 800-1200 students is built.

Several San Pedro High School students spoke about overcrowding and the need for more classrooms.

Responding to residents’ concerns over an April 7 deadline to submit public comment, officials agreed to extend the comment period another 30 days, to May 7.

Earlier in the week, dozens of community members packed a meeting of the Palisades Residents Association. Spilling out into the hallway, Palisades residents expressed opposition in a long and spirited meeting.

Palisades Residents Assn. President Terry Miller, standing at right, leads an impassioned discussion of the proposed high school.

Related documents:

  • LAUSD Notice of Preparation and Initial Study: describes the proposed campus and contains information on how to submit public comment.

  • For more information about the LAUSD process, call Roberta Jones-Booker, LAUSD Community Outreach, (213) 893-6802 or (800) 704-1267.

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