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New Streetlights at San Juan Hills Are an 'Interim' Solution

San Diego Gas & Electric installed the long-awaited lighting on La Pata Avenue, but the area still quite dark.

San Diego Gas & Electric has finished installing lights on La Pata Avenue near .

The lights, however, are pretty dim.

For months, school board members at the have inquired whether the lights near the district’s newest high school, which graduated its first senior class in June, are actually doing their job.

But a spokeswoman for the utility confirmed Friday that the streetlights—all six of them—are indeed installed. They’re clustered around the intersection with Vista Montana, the street that leads to the school.

“This one is considered completed,” said Allison Zaragoza.

Jessica O’Hare, a spokeswoman with Orange County Public Works, said that the county considers the current lighting condition an “interim” solution until, ultimately, through to San Clemente.

For years, the road only supported traffic to the Prima Desheca Landfill. Besides the school, , will be built off La Pata.

Construction started in March and was finished mid-May, Zaragoza said.

“The project went pretty smoothly once we got the permitting,” she said.

Vista Montana has a full set of working street lights.

Jim Reardon July 20, 2011 at 03:53 AM
Not bad. It only took them 3-1/2 years since the school opened. The San Onofre siren has been there since before day-1. Why do street lights take so long?
Alberto Barrera July 20, 2011 at 05:18 AM
The only traffic on that road is during the day as I understand, and since the sidewalks are currently useless, there was really no point in having to pay for the electric bill.
Jim Reardon July 20, 2011 at 07:21 AM
CUSD spent more than $150 million to build this school. Vista Montana was created to provide access to the school. How could anyone forget street lights? Sadly, street lights were not the only oversight. For example, CUSD "forgot" to buy all the property on which the school was built. They also "forgot" about the 230,000 volt electrical transmission that are right on the school boundary. Sadly, the location of this school is so poor that nighttime use of the facility is limited and undesirable. That's unfortunate.
shelly July 20, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Jim Reardon, Yes, the location selection was poor and certainly not ideal and mistakes were made but the school is open and thriving. Can you please be specific about the use of the facility at night being limited and undesirable? There are meetings, theatre and sporting events and practices that go on all year at sjhhs at night.
Jim Reardon July 20, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Shelly - once again, you make my point very nicely. SJHHS is used at night and should be, despite the inconvenience and isolation of the site. An earlier comment suggested that the traffic on "that road" is during the day. You make the point that this is untrue. The school construction was well underway in 2005. Why did it take six years to install street lights?
shelly July 20, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Please ask caltrans or Orange county because they are the ones responsible for street lights. The board and CUSD were asking for the lights. The county is responsible so perhaps you should write them a letter of inquiry.
shelly July 20, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Jim Reardon, Please clarify the following statements and what you believe because you contradicted yourself, you stated, "the location of this school is so poor that nighttime use of the facility is limited and undesirable" but then you state "SJHHS is used at night and should be, despite the inconvenience and isolation of the site". SJHHS has a state of the art theatre used all year round day and night and it has sports facilities used all year long day and night. There are also classes and meetings held at night during the school year just like at any other high school.
shelly July 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Tesoro is just as isolated.
Dusty w Otero July 21, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Give me a brake the school will not be in the middle of no where ..there going to be building around the school u know I went to San Clemente High school back in the 60 sss ..did you Jim?? if so u would know that the school was ,in the middle of no where .. da da da ...Enjoy where you live dont be so negative ..
Marsha July 22, 2011 at 06:04 AM
@ Dusty, 60's? When I graduated SCHS in 1981, it was the last building on Ave Pico, one little 2 lane road that lead out to TRW. When I started driving a school bus in 1989, the Ziggurat in Aliso Viejo was the ONLY building in that entire valley. Nothing stays isolated for long around here.
Marshall November 07, 2011 at 04:46 PM
There are games and events that take place during the evening at San Juan Hills High School, I am a school bus driver for CUSD, once you reach the bend above the Polo fields, it's like entering a black hole after dark, not fun in a school bus, even with the high beams on.

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