MALIBU—The stadium lights at Malibu High School will keep burning, after a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge denied a request to block-out the 70-foot-tall lights.
The request, made by a faction of Malibu residents that want to block out the lights because of their impact upon the beach community’s natural environment, filed a lawsuit in 2012 to halt the initial construction of the lights.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that the Malibu City Council violated environmental procedures and overstepped its bounds in granting permission to install and operate the lights without first putting the construction plan before the Planning Commission.
Following the ruling made by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr., the alliance of Malibu residents against the use of the stadium lights will consider making an appeal.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District supported the court ruling in a news release, saying, “Our students will continue to have the opportunity to use the venue to support their educational and extracurricular aspirations.”
“We look forward to continuing to be a great neighbor in Malibu while making sure Malibu children have access to a great public education experience.”