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VIDEO: MHS Turns on the Lights

Malibu High School parents, students, and school board and city officials are on hand for a ceremonial switching on of the lights and special ribbon cutting ceremony.

On a blustery evening, the Malibu High School community celebrated the turning on of 70-foot tall lights at its athletic field for the first time in years.

The ceremony -- which featured MHS parents, education activists as well as Malibu City Council and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education members -- kicked off Friday’s homecoming game against the Fillmore Flashes.

Starting off the event was a parade of student athletes, coaches, Malibu officials, and donors to the “Bring on the Lights” campaign, which funded the lights.

Malibu Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal praised the community for coming together.

“I just want to say this is a great example of our city and our school district working together with all of you in the community,” Rosenthal said.

MHS Principal Jerry Block also praised the turning on of the lights.

“Now on our 20th anniversary as a high school, we take part in this American institution and come together to support our kids,” Block said. 

MHS parent Pete Anthony, who is also a member of the steering committee for the “Bring on the Lights” also thanked the community for its hard work and generosity.

SMMUSD Board of Education member Ben Allen acknowledged that the homecoming game under night lights came down to the wire.

“I’m excited about this partnership and I’m excited about this field. Every time I come here, this is the most beautiful high school athletics field in the country. I’m excited about this 6-2 football team … and go Sharks!” Allen said.

Under a temporary restraining order stemming from a lawsuit seeking to block the lights, the 70-foot lights can be installed and turned on for football games, but not any other sports at this time.

The lights will be allowed for games until Nov. 8, when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will hold the first hearing in the case.

Jeff Baugh October 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
So thrilled for the parents and students at MHS. Considering all the questionable things that young people can be distarcted by these days nothing...can be better then School, students AND parents getting together...under the lights!!! Bravo everyone!!! Jeff B.
Pamela Conley Ulich October 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
paula hart October 27, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It was a great night for both the children and the community!
Geraldine October 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
These lights are sooo ugly, I feel like crying. Couldn't they at least make them retractable for $600k??? They stand like 4 light monsters, cutting in our beautiful ocean views, killing our sunsets and last night, those bright lights made me feel I was in downtown LA!! Please help, somebody stop this. There are other places for games, why here? People come here for the nature, the silence, the views, the dark nights, the serenity of it all. You want games? Go to the City where they have all this - the lights, the noise, the pollution, lots of people, lots of cars - go there. Don't bring this here, please!!! Let's preserve our beautiful Park.
Hans Laetz October 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Oh, for Pete's sake. Stand at the end of the cul de sac on Clover Heights, and the poles are shorter in perspective than the backstops that have been there for decades. Stand at the corner of Busch, next to the field, and the lights are BARELY visible over the hilltop. Then turn left or right and look at the jumble of wood poles, cables and wires. Downtown LA? Really? The sight of Malibu getting together and having a community event BROUGHT YOU TO TEARS? You exhort us to "go to the city where they have these events." Got news for you: They have these events in communities all over this nation. Large. Small. Rural. Wilderness. Why here? Because WE care about our community. Because WE as a community decided that this is important. Because this is a beautiful thing. Look at those puny little poles (much less intrusive then the web of wooden poles that the peopleof Malibu Park have somehow lived with for 60 years. Then look at the lagoon. ANY objective party has to ask -- "this is what upsets some people so? This is what tears Malibu apart? Really?"
Hans Laetz October 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Who won?
Geraldine October 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
A community event at what cost? How about the other half of the community who does not care about the games and needs to stare at your 70-foot tall light poles? How about RESPECT for people that live in Malibu Park? You don't care right? How about that for a sense of COMMUNITY?
Hans Laetz October 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Please. Walking around the campus periphery and surrounding streets shows how overblown and overwrought this has become. This is not a waste transfer station, or a ugly building. The poles are shorter -- in perspective -- than the backstops. The ocean and the previous beautiful view is still there in the other 359 degrees of panorama. In fact, I think the grid, the seating, the lights (without any feed wires) and the entire tableau is very organized, very elegant, very civilized. It shows a community that cares about its youth and its health. Since you ask, you want to talk respect? How about respect for the democratic process? The city, the school board, the Coastal all voted for the lights, with significant concessions to the neighbors. NO SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA OPERATES UNDER SUCH RESTRICTIVE HOURS OF USE.
MHS Student October 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Dear Geraldine, Please join us next Friday under the lights where we come together to celebrate the students, our children, who are the future of Malibu. It is a community filled with warmth and love. The only tears to shed are tears of joy.
Lenny Shaw October 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
This is a wonderful thing for the whole community....Spirit and joy.... Fridya night football in the Fall is a great American tradition Geraldine, most people in America have a cinder block wall for a view! Mellow out and enjoy BOTH the beaufy of Malibu AND the community spirit.... True, Malibu is not a city, nor should it be.... Neither is it the High Sierra.... Malibu is not rural..... It is a SUBURB of Los Angeles... A beautiful one...but still a suburb
Lenny Shaw October 28, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Ah, you feel like crying....Right up there with the mother in that city you refer to who is not sure her child is going to get home without being targeted by a gang, like that mother in the Midwest with fracking in her water supply, like that descendant of the Chumash who sees your house on her sacred ground.... No, you don't need to feel guilty. I think you should just be grateful... Just enjoy and CELEBRATE the fact that you live in such a beautiful place that the only thing you have to worry about ( other than a brush fire ..a REAL worry) is a slight impediment to your view so kids can enjoy a tradition I am poking fun at you because your not famous enough for Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or South Park to do it.... which they would.
Geraldine October 29, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Well, let me say this - It’s a huge financial commitment to live in Malibu. Unfortunately we are not all movie stars. But you get what you pay for and we chose this Paradise for our families. For most of us, it’s been a long journey to get here... we love it and we’d like to preserve it as it is. For us, Malibu Park is a rural neighborhood: Flourishing nature, horses, birds, hikes, amazing water views, pure beaches, peaceful dark nights, star gazing, singing crickets, it’s amazingly beautiful. And we paid the big bucks to have precisely that! And you want to take this away with your lights every Friday night and maybe more? The Friday nights we most enjoy after our long hard working weeks? You want to ruin our skies, our views, our sounds, our privacies with these matches? Are you kidding me??? No school in California is located at the heart of a beach front, hillside park like this one. These super bright 70-foot tall metal pole lights are now in the direct views of over 100 homes surrounding the school with either front or top view on the field. They are grotesque! In addition to ruining our sceneries and invading our privacies, these lights will cause a considerable loss of value for our homes. It is unfair and unacceptable. No one who is directly affected by the lights voted for this! I hope our City Council comes to her senses and help us preserve what we cherish the most. Football may be a nice community event, but you have no right to take this all away!
Malibu Magoo October 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The game Friday night was big fun, and a big community event... let's see how many show up in the future.
Just Wondering... October 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
It is a good thing that the arguments against the lights at MHS never include any exaggeration: "Malibu Park is a rural neighborhood: Flourishing nature, horses, birds, hikes, amazing water views, pure beaches, peaceful dark nights, star gazing, singing crickets, it’s amazingly beautiful. And we paid the big bucks to have precisely that! And you want to take this away with your lights every Friday night and maybe more?" Yes, football is played year-round and all games are home games. So Malibu High will be playing all 52 of its games this year at home on Friday nights, unless they decide to play a game against every high school team in California next season, and institute the always-dreaded 365 game football schedule, which means a home football game EVERY, SINGLE NIGHT OF THE YEAR! Egads! Actually, most high school football teams usually have about five home games a season, between early September and mid-November. For those whose eyeballs apparently melt from three hours of field lights every once in a while, I suggest going into the closet on those Friday evenings with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and pulling the door shut for three hours. I would also suggest bringing a flashlight into the closet with you, so you are sure to spoon the Cherry Garcia into your mouth, rather than your eye, but I fear any source of light source might ruin the ambiance you so covet.
Lenny Shaw October 30, 2012 at 02:06 AM
A community means many things. Including the participation of all of its members and the warm hospitality exuded to visitors Friday night football is an American tradition. It is only a few nights out of the year. The lights are off by 10:30. And the kids feel like they are part of something. I understand that you made a huge financial investment to live where you do. But that is the extent of your gripe. You want a return on your investment. Nothing wrong with that. But HARDLY something to cry about. Or even anything remotely ranking you as any kind of a victim. Or any kind of a message you want to give to kids. ("Hey, I got mine.... Now all the rest of you go away") As for rural vs suburban, it is not just crickets and coyotes. There is also a cultural definition. And by that standard, Malibu fits the classic definition of a suburb. It is serviced and catered to by Los Angeles , both ecomically and culturally. In any case, just be aware of how it comes across when you put yourself in any kind of a victim mode. Actually, it is not about money. Some of the most snobby and provincial comments in Malibu often come from people living in their cars. I am not impressed by wealth, only by class. And I see low class attitudes all over the financial scale I guess May Rindge still lives on. But at least in her day Malibu TRULY WAS rural :)

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