Fullerton College Desires Brightly Lit, Noisy Stadium at Sherbeck Field

 

Fullerton College Students and Parents: Did you get every course you wanted/needed when registering for classes this Fall? Shouldn’t a 2-year community college do everything they can to promote speedy graduation and transfer to CSU, UC or another 4-year college? Why is it taking the average Fullerton College student 3+ years to graduate from a 2-year institution?

MONEY.

In order to survive, the administrators at Fullerton College and the North Orange County Community College District ($191,000,000 annual budget) must squeeze more and more money from the state, county, and every one of its students, faculty and staff.

Every. Single. Year.

There’s even $6 million in surplus bookstore profits to prove it.  Now the college wants to spend all that money on themselves and a stadium that will benefit an elite few (wealthy outside groups), not the entire student body.

You the students and community are the most important assets the school has. Without you, there is no Fullerton College. It’s that simple.

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Converted for Fullerton College home football games. The District Stadium at FUHS sits just one block west of the college campus.
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Artist rendering of the $6M lighted stadium at Fullerton College. We don’t oppose modest field improvements. We do oppose an unnecessarily large rental stadium that will be rented to wealthy private schools and outside sports groups.

What can I do about this? 

CALL and/or EMAIL everyone on this list today (1st month of school is best) and demand excess college and bookstore profits be spent on more course offerings, lower textbook prices and more benefits and pay for overworked faculty and staff. The entire community, school and student body will benefit.

Fullerton College/NOCCCD Administrators:

President Greg Schulz, CPA: 714-992-7001 gschulz@fullcoll.edu

V.P. Rodrigo (Rod) Garcia, CPA: 714-992-7107 rgarcia1@fullcoll.edu

Chancellor Cheryl Marshall:  714-808-4500 cmarshall@nocccd.edu

Director of Facilities Larry Lara: 714-992-7005 llara@fullcol.edu

Athletic Director Scott Giles: 714-992-7477 sgiles@fullcoll.edu

Dean of P.E. David Grossman: 714-992-7045 dgrossman@fullcoll.edu

NOCCCD Trustees:

Jeff Brown: trustee_brown@sbcglobal.net;  jbrown@nocccd.edu

Barbara Dunsheath: 714-808-4797 bdunsheath@nocccd.edu

(Trustees dare not ignore students, voters, or community concerns. Both the above trustees are up for re-election this November, so ask them point-blank if they support wasteful spending of $6 million for a stadium at Fullerton College when far better, less expensive options (Fullerton District Stadium) exist directly across the street from the college)

Some history and where we are today: Fullerton College now wants to build a 4,417 seat stadium at Hal Sherbeck Field for outside rentals, 6-home football games, competitive athletics, academic instruction and outside rentals.

Built in 2010 using measure X taxpayer bond monies, the 8 year-old Sherbeck Field Improvements are to include 6 lighting towers, a 12 speaker array P.A. system, a press box and field to be lighted until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings.

Good alternatives to building a third stadium exist:

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FUHS District Stadium (converted) with Fullerton College’s 1,200 space North Lemon parking structure in background.

Fullerton District Stadium- (cap. 6,700) at FUHS. The $10.1 Million newly renovated (2017) state-of-the-art professionally lighted football stadium is literally across the street from the college’s campus, and the field can easily be converted/re-striped with narrower hash marks, and colored blue and white to give Fullerton College a true home field look.

Titan Stadium (at CSUF)– (cap. 10,000) an underutilized college field built for a football program that no longer exists using taxpayer money in the form of Fullerton redevelopment funds. Fullerton taxpayers have already paid for a community sports stadium. Why can’t CSUF be made to work together with Fullerton College on a reasonable shared use agreement for that field’s use?

Would either option not better serve the entire community of Fullerton?

For unknown reasons, Fullerton College can’t or won’t reach a shared use agreement for the Fullerton District Stadium- an agreement (according to current NOCCCD board member Jeff Brown) that has eluded several previous Fullerton College administrations. Perhaps Fullerton College president Greg Schulz and his trusted staff will choose to finally work together with the FJUHSD’s board to play their home football games at Fullerton District Stadium (repainted blue and white) for college home games.

FCNAC (Fullerton College Neighborhood Action Council) is a 500+ strong (and growing) group of angry and concerned neighbors & homeowners and we are legitimately Fed-Up with Fullerton College. Fed up with their outright lies, non-transparency, administrative bloat and disregard for their neighbors.

Stay up to date on the latest news by Contacting us today for our newsletter here. Sign our online petition here– Let your voice be heard NOW before it’s too late.

 

Noise & Light Pollution

Transparent neighbor Fullerton College refuses to call the installation of a press box, 4,417 bleacher seats, Six (6) LED lighting towers (guzzling 80,000 watts of electricity/hour) and Twelve (12) sets of loudspeaker arrays at Hal Sherbeck Field a stadium. Why?

    • Sherbeck Field Improvements is code for a noisy Stadium that will permanently ruin the darkness, peace and quiet the surrounding neighborhoods have enjoyed for nearly 70 years.
    • After spending $592,565 for the first environmental impact report (EIR), and not getting the desired outcome, Fullerton College and the NOCCCD have authorized an additional $181,190 for a second EIR study separate for the Sherbeck Field Improvements (a.k.a. Stadium)– this clearly spells out the uncaring college’s true intent for the field improvements: Outside Rental & Profit.
    • As of 10/09/2018, NOCCCD board members awarded Fullerton College an additional $150,000 to complete this environmental report, now bringing the total in consultation fees to a staggering $923,755.
    • Shouldn’t the college spend surplus money on the students? What about spending it on increased benefits for overworked adjunct faculty? How about instead of building a costly stadium, offering more needed classes for students? Lower textbook prices? Higher salaries for teachers and staff? Reduced parking fees?
    • Why all of a sudden does the college need 4,417 seats and permanent lighting to teach Physical Education courses and where all the home football games are played during the daytime?
    • Why is this project now being called a necessary classroom?
    • This is unacceptable, and those who live and own homes nearby (and be most affected by the ‘field improvements’) say enough is enough.

Newsletter: January 2018

Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field EIR Scoping Process Resumes January 2018

Hello Neighbors,

First off, thank you for the time and effort you have contributed–signing petitions, going to meetings, sending letters, making phone calls–to protect our community in this ongoing battle to stop the construction of a stadium on Sherbeck Field. If you are one of the 500+ residents who shared your email address and signed the petition asking for Fullerton College NOT to build a stadium, you will receive our monthly newsletter, which will provide important updates and announcements.

As many of you may have heard, Fullerton College is planning a separate EIR for the stadium in January. In fact, they hired a company to do a sound study on December 15, the last day of class (pictured below–notice how empty Berkeley is). According to public records, FC has authorized an additonal $181,190 on a study specific for Sherbeck Field ‘Improvements’.  This “piecemeal” process diminishes analysis of the cumulative impact of all FC projects taken together.

Despite the amount of signatures against the 4,500 seat stadium more than doubling since the 2009 fight, Fullerton College and the NOCCCD trustees are still pursuing these plans.

Our stance is that a stadium on FC’s landlocked campus will not only be a waste of taxpayer money, it will also exert too great a negative impact on our neighborhood.

Therefore, we are pursuing an honest and committed attempt to find a workable joint-use solution to accommodate college football play at FUHS, which is less than 1,000 feet away from Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field.

We need your help.

Pressure from the public does make an impact on those who can influence these decisions.

  • Email Board Trustee Jeff Brown (jbrown@nocccd.edu) and send letters to the Fullerton Observer to spread the word to other residents.
  • Contact Chancellor Oakley’s office through his assistant, Karen Gilmer,  at kgilmer@cccco.edu or by calling (916) 322-4005.
  • Yard signs are available to display around your neighborhood. Click here for a free yard sign and we’ll deliver within 24 hours.

Also, stay tuned for the announcement of the Fullerton College EIR meeting date. We will need as many people there as we can get!

Letters to the Editor…

Opinion piece printed by the Fullerton Observer Mid-November 2017

Please click here for original story.

– Stadium: Little Truth in What Fullerton College Says

Fullerton College is downplaying impacts and spreading several falsehoods in their effort to justify building an unnecessary football stadium eighty feet from quiet neighborhood homes. Most infuriatingly, the perfectly usable and newly renovated Fullerton District Stadium exists less than 1/4 mile from the Fullerton College campus. We don’t get it. Why such disregard for real lives of thousands of people? Our fact-checking reveals:

It’s a HUGE STADIUM.  The college conveniently neglects to mention their plan to build at Sherbeck Field 4,500 bleacher seats, six 100′ lighting structures, and a mega-watt P.A. system. Also, the college has gone into hiding with respect to its planned field use policy, outside school use, and/or other sports teams who may wish to use the field.

The “need” for a stadium is not supported by reasonable facts. The college already offers sufficient physical education courses to provide the 1 unit credit necessary for a student to gain an AA or transfer to CSU schools. Further, the purported $100k/year savings (amount college would save by having a stadium of their own) is a totally false argument. Why spend $67,000 per year on bleacher rentals when there’s the beautiful, $10 Million renovated FUHS 6,700 seat stadium available for a fraction of the cost? The actual “savings” the college claims would be just $35,100 per year.

Doing a separate EIR for the stadium isn’t good for Fullerton. In fact, it’s illegal. This is because California environmental law requires all aspects of development projects be evaluated. By analyzing the stadium separately from the Measure J projects, the college could falsely under-represent the impacts of the Measure J projects. This is because impacts from the stadium (traffic, noise, trash, light, etc.) won’t be included. Further, it means the cumulative impacts of all projects together will be harder for the public to assess.

Recent legislative changes DO NOT prevent community colleges from playing post-season at high schools. It merely requires easily provided modifications to goal posts and hash marks on the field. A quick online search found adjustable goal posts can be purchased for $5,400. Certainly, Fullerton College can implement these easy modifications to preserve the quality of life for thousands of people.

The college has NOT strived to be a good neighbor. It’s a well-documented fact that the college has been a horrible neighbor over the years. One need only look at the ongoing parking, traffic and trash problems in surrounding streets. The massive, ugly, zero-setback North Lemon parking structure. The 2009 attempt to build a stadium without CEQA review. False invocation of veteran support in Measure J. The list goes on and on. Now, despite formal objection from over 500 neighbors (and growing), the college still wants to build a giant, unjustified, noisy, light polluting, quality-of-life destroying stadium next to a quiet residential area. That’s not neighborly or caring.

According to Bob Singer, Fullerton High School Board Member,  “The high school has been consistently supportive of working out a shared arrangement with Fullerton College for joint use of the (high school’s) newly renovated stadium.”

Contact

We’d love to hear from you- send us a note to fedupwithfjc@yahoo.com

…or let’s keep in touch via text message:

Text @nostadium to the number 81010 for the very latest updates via text message.

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Sign petition HERE to encourage College to use $10.1M Fullerton District Stadium:

Make your voice heard and your opinion count even if you can’t physically make it to the meetings. We urge you to sign this petition and let Fullerton College know our right to peace, quiet and darkness is more important than a unnecessary, noisy, light polluting football stadium for rent. Good stadium alternatives exist within the city already. It’s important you let the trustees of the NOCCCD know you oppose a third stadium and it’s a waste of taxpayer and city resources. Invest in students not stadiums. Sign petition by clicking link below-

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