POLL: The Lights Are On—Does Anyone at Home Care?

Approving nighttime lights at the driving range was a controversial decision earlier this year. Now that they're on, what do you think?

The lights at San Juan Capistrano’s driving range are on. Have you noticed? 

When the folks at the first approached the city about their desire to offer after-dark tee time, they got a chilly reception from the Planning Commission, .

But in January, , allowing the lights to go on and stay on up until 10 p.m.

The move was not without controversy. Fifteen residents spoke to the council, nine in favor, six against. A former councilman, Mark Nielsen, wrote an . It garnered 43 comments.

So now that the lights are on, what do you think? Tell us in our poll!

Mike Johnson July 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Are you kidding me, people? When you are driving east on san Juan Creek Road, the lights behind the golfers are right in your eyes! Go up on La Novia, and the glow is huge. the city counsel didn't even bother to go to any ranges that had them installed. Instead, they trusted all of the info the golf course contractor gave them. The most inportant opinions that count? Go ask the people that live at Atria.
Frank E. July 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Our Planning Commission is a heck of a lot smarter and more diligent than the City Council. Maybe they should trade places for a month!
Phyllis Taylor July 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Try living on Via Capri and having them shine in your windows! It's like LAX! Hate them and is anyone really using the range at night!!!???
Phyllis Taylor July 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Actually, now that I think about it, it must be runway lights for La Rhonda!
Lauren July 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Too funny Phyllis!! ;-) Honestly, I didn't even know the lights were up & running, but I guess I don't drive around too much at night.
George bacich July 12, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Most of the people around here are in bed. So the lights Are on big deal. Keeps the crime rate down in that area. George bacich
Stephanie Frisch July 12, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I didn't even notice them when I drove by for the first few weeks. I live above the golf course and I don't see them from my view.
Joel Peshkin July 13, 2012 at 09:15 AM
They don't light up the sky (good) but they sure have a lot of glare at ground level. If I lived near them, I'd be seeing red (spots). It used to be you could see on San Juan Creek Road. Now, everything is dark shadows. Crime rate on the golf course itself should be nice and low, so we can stop worrying about "grand theft golf ball" but the surrounding area is full of hiding places. We need to stop permitting ADDITION of new major light projects and concentrate on fixing the really bad spots like the sports park by REPLACING its lighting with updated fixtures and have code enforcement get on the job with the rest of the problem spots.


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