MHS field lights injunction denied

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Construction crews install field lights ahead of the Homecoming football game in October.

A Los Angeles County judge rejected an injunction that aimed to limit the use of athletic field lights a Malibu High School last Tuesday. 

County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied an application for a preliminary injunction from the Malibu Community Alliance that would limit or prevent the use of field lights at the school stadium during the ongoing lawsuit. 

In October, the group also applied for a preliminary injunction to prevent the lights from going up for the school’s homecoming game. Judge Chalfant ruled then that MHS could proceed with the installation of the lights at its football field. The court order allowed for the field lights to be used at Malibu High’s last two home football games of the season. The lights went up just in time for the school’s homecoming game on Oct. 26. 

Members of the Malibu Community Alliance filed the lawsuit in July against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the City of Malibu in an attempt to stop the permanent lights from going up after the Malibu City Council voted 3-0 in June to approve the construction of four 70-foot fixtures at the field. 

Several mediation meetings have been held among the various sides since the lawsuit was filed, but no agreement has been reached.