The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council voted 15-1 against building a high school on LAUSD property at Angels Gate.
The proposed school has met with opposition from nearby residents concerned about noise, traffic and other potential effects on the neighborhood.
The standing-room-only crowd, numbering approximately 150, was nearly unanimous in opposing the school. Dozens of individuals and the grassroots group Neighbors Organized and Involved to Support Education (NOISE) testified against the project at the April 21 meeting.
NOISE leader Yvonne Schueller narrated a PowerPoint presentation setting forth reasons to not build the school and referring to the school board’s authority to certify its own environmental impact reports as the “fox guarding the henhouse.”
No one in the audience offered support for the school.
(However, one San Pedran is publically expressing support in a unique way. Re-purposing opponents’ lawnsigns, this message is displayed in the 4000 block of So. Pacific Avenue.)
Representatives of school board member Richard Vladovic were also present. Chief of staff David Kooper offered assurances that Vladovic is paying attention to community opinion.
LAUSD administrators answered questions about the environmental process and the need for another high school in San Pedro.
Responding to a question about the number of San Pedro HS students who live outside San Pedro, Local District 8 High School Director Rita Davis told the crowd there are only four non-resident students at San Pedro HS.
The magnet programs have considerably more out-of-town students, but total less than 200 out of a student body of about 3,500.
Following the action to oppose the school at Angels Gate, the Coastal board recommended that officials conduct more intense study of traffic, light, noise and pollution during the environmental analysis phase.
These recommendations constitute the council’s official response to the district’s initial study or notice of preparation regarding the project.
LAUSD expects to the release the draft environmental impact report in late summer.
The topic will be a central point of discussion at the Palisades Residents Association annual meeting on May 13.