What do you call an artificial-turf college football/soccer field with 4500 permanent bleacher-type seats and permanent lighting designed for nighttime play? Give up? A STADIUM! Yes, that’s right folks. A stadium, and Fullerton College refuses to call ‘Sherbeck Field Improvements’ a stadium. We must hold the president and trustees accountable to the fact that they have never once been transparent about their sneaky insistence on trying to build an unwanted stadium 80 feet from a quiet and quaint neighborhood. The intrepid public citizens must really begin to ask themselves why do the trustees keep pushing for this project despite vehement opposition? Vanity? Profit? Greed? Be a bad neighbor on purpose? Why is the NOCCCD pushing so hard build this stadium project?
Citizens of Raymond Hills and the Fullerton College Park area residents and homeowners: Your peace and quiet are at serious risk of horrible nighttime light and noise pollution compliments of the NOCCCD Board of Trustees and Fullerton College’s President Greg Schulz. The stadium lights at FUHS are visible from several blocks away as evidenced by the photographs in this post. What the school and trustees don’t seem to understand it that 96% of area residents vehemently oppose any permanent lighting or permanent seating at Hal Sherbeck Field. The school calls these things ‘improvements’ and to this day refuse to call what they wish to ultimately build a stadium. Seems a bit odd that the college didn’t mention a P.A. system in their recent article submission to the Fullerton Observer.
If you don’t believe this blog or this blogger, go have a look for yourselves at the brand newly refurbished football stadium at Fullerton Union High School. This is the exact lighting that FJC proposes to install at their practice field (Sherbeck Field). Fullerton College President Greg Schulz selfishly wants to ruin the Raymond Hills Neighborhood with a clone copy of this stadium for his school, Fullerton Junior College. President Schulz and NOCCCD trustee Jeffrey P. Brown are now using colorful language which is quite the opposite of ‘we want to build a 5,000 seat stadium and rent it out to every organization who will pay our rental fees’ to this: ‘That is the only area of campus that cannot have any kind of nighttime instruction, because there is no permanent lighting installed. They’re now calling it a ‘lighted classroom’ or ‘nighttime learning center’ which is a red herring and just another fancy name for a noisy football stadium Fullerton College will rent out every night and weekend. Has anyone ever heard of a junior college classroom needing 5,000 seats before? We haven’t either!
Fullerton College: please use the field at Fullerton High School- it’s already been approved by the school’s superintendent Dr. Scott Scambray, so why do you continue to let this zombie stadium project not just die a noble death. Use one of the two extremely viable fields (CSUF or FUHS) that are already constructed, which you have permission to use, and won’t ruin an entire neighborhood and go against the wishes of 96% of concerned and affected neighbors, some of whom have lived in this neighborhood their entire lives.
Fullerton College and president Greg Schulz: you do not need 5,000 seats or an amplified Public Address system for ‘student instruction’ or a ‘lighted classroom’ as you and the trustees like to tell the concerned folks who will directly be impacted by a noisy, light polluting, unnecessary stadium at Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field. We highly encourage you to use the brand new/refurbished stadium at Fullerton Union High School less than 1,000 feet away from the Fullerton College campus, which incidentally got the exact field upgrades you claim your football team needed to play their home games. Two 5000+ seat stadiums less than 1,000 feet from each other is both ludicrous and unnecessary. This is a vanity project for the college and nothing less.
If you’re really the stand up fellow everyone claims you to be president Greg Schulz, we encourage you to update your NOCCCD bond projects page, which for your convenience can be found here. It is after all, our tax dollars you’re freely spending over there at the college. I see now that you are no longer calling it a bond projects page, but rather a campus projects page. Why is that President Greg Schulz?
Do explain what is happening with the Sherbeck Field ‘Improvements.’ Give us the truth Greg Schulz. You cannot run or hide from this. Explain how you’re paying the same environmental consultants (DUDEK) for the same work they did before, for another Environmental Impact Report. A new report which will somehow now magically give you (the college and district) the ‘correct’ findings about the stadium and its harmful impacts this time around? Does that sound about right president Greg Schulz?
This is but a small sample of what it will look like to the area residents if FJC gets their way and builds a 5,000 seat lighted stadium for ‘student instruction’ as NOCCCD area trustee Jeff Brown and Fullerton College’s president Greg Schulz like to say to the pesky neighbors who will never give up their fight for peace and quiet in their very cherished neighborhood. We see through all your obfuscation and stalling tactics.
NO STADIUM AT FULLERTON COLLEGE’S SHERBECK FIELD!!
Empty parking stalls at Fullerton Junior College February 14, 2017 at approximately 8:33 a.m- just two weeks after classes started for the Spring semester. Shouldn’t all the spaces be full just two weeks into a new school year?
A 4-story parking structure costing North Orange County taxpayers approximately $29,000,000 that will net just 630 new parking spaces (that’s an astronomical cost of $46,000 per space) and require the addition of two new traffic signals on Berkeley Ave is both ludicrous and unnecessary. It’s difficult not to notice empty parking spaces at Fullerton College a mere 2 weeks after classes started for the Spring 2017 semester. The college and NOCCCD (using your property tax dollars) want to build a 4-story parking structure that will require the installation of 2 new traffic signals on Berkeley Ave to accommodate the additional inflow and outflow of 630 automobiles. The cost to build this parking structure is approximately $29 million dollars.
You read that correctly- $29 million dollars and your beloved Berkeley Ave- originally constructed to help north and west bound travelers avoid the intersections of Chapman/Lemon and Chapman/Harbor- will now have two additional traffic signals to contend with. The college selfishly wants to build a 4-story parking structure just to the west of the Athletic Department’s ‘Field House’ because, well, the college always and forever needs more parking and to hell with neighbor concerns. This blogger and the entire neighborhood disagrees with and will fight you and your plan to ruin our community with the unnecessary building of parking structures and football stadiums. We eagerly await the Draft EIR, as we love to read documents like that for fun. I know you’ll personally let me know when the report is ready to be downloaded and viewed.
Here’e the shiny new toy the college wants to have all for themselves:
I wanted to follow up with you as some of our staff met with Dudek Consultants earlier today.
Although the draft EIR timeline as of last November projected that the EIR report could be completed by the end of spring, it will in fact take a little longer to complete. This is due to the fact that the analysis and scope of work expanded for a couple of reasons, including some additional work that was needed due to the historical aspects of many buildings on campus. As a result, the updated draft EIR report is projected to be available later this month and when it is ready, we will be sharing it with you and other community members. All will be invited to share comments and feedback.
After carefully considering the feedback and comments on this part of the project that we received following the EIR scoping meeting last November we made a decision this spring to conduct a separate EIR process specific to Sherbeck Field. The contract for this new EIR scope of work was just recently approved so the process is in the very early stages. The projected timeline at this point is that this EIR process would begin this summer and conclude late in the summer of 2018. A public scoping meeting for this EIR is projected to be held in early 2018. I will have more information to share on that in the future, as more details are confirmed.
If you are open to meeting with me in the near future I would be happy to meet with you at a time that is convenient for you. I hope to talk to you soon.
Greg Schulz, Ed.D.
321 East Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
There you have it. FJC did not get the answer they wanted from Dudek environmental consultants the first time because we residents actually care enough to show up to the meetings and write the letters. Sherbeck Stadium is not meant to happen Greg, FJC, Jeff Brown, Molly McClanahan… We will never give up our quiet neighborhood to an unnecessary, noisy and light polluting football stadium at Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field- Trustee Jeff Brown and president Greg Schulz you can call it a ‘lighted classroom’, a ‘learning center for nighttime instruction’ or whatever else you want, but a noisy football stadium is a noisy football stadium by any other name… 5,000 screaming and cheering fans make a lot of noise. A lot. of. noise. and we’re especially speaking to you Greg Schulz, Jeff Brown and Molly McClanahan.
Update: August 19, 2017:
Still no updated draft EIR for Fullerton College’s Master Planned Expansion even though it was due out for public review in late Spring. Still no transparency from the NOCCCD trustees, Fullerton Junior College, or its Boy Scout president Greg Schulz either. The neighbors are still still waiting. How much taxpayer money does an EIR cost? You guys must be swimming in bucketfuls of money over there if you can afford to purchase another report since you didn’t like the results of the first environmental impact report (EIR). You can’t purchase your way into this stadium. We said no before, we say no now, we say no forever. Show us the draft EIR.
Update: August 30, 2017:
Finally, the draft EIR for Fullerton College’s Master Planned Expansion which is conspicuously missing the part about the Sherbeck Field ‘Improvements’ can be found here.
However you slice it, the stadium simply isn’t straight. Never has Fullerton Junior College been straight, honest or transparent with the neighbors of Raymond Hills regarding the stadium proposed for Sherbeck Field. Everything looks on the up-and-up when you’re enjoying a leisurely lap or practicing football or soccer, but the aerial shots do not lie nor do the perfectly parallel and straight white lines atop the provided photos.
Fullerton College officials, NOCCCD trustees and FJC President Greg Schulz are all crooked just like the unneeded and unwanted stadium, yet they insist they need it for student instruction. They claim the stadium is not for rental. Sherbeck Field at Fullerton Junior College will absolutely, positively be rented to outside groups and teams. We residents demand answers Greg Schulz. You have the forum and opportunity to share your version of the stadium proposed for Sherbeck Field right here. You may correct any of the record here or we will assume you’ll rent it out at every opportunity and keep the lights and loudspeakers on until 10-11 p.m. every night. The neighbors say no more opaqueness regarding the Sherbeck Field Stadium project, its true cost, where the money is coming from, and where again are you building the brand new Veterans Center voters were promised in 2014?
Fullerton College President Greg Schulz- why won’t you answer any of the questions or challenge any of the information on this site? Please contact us and we’ll publish your stadium concept renderings, and your side of the story if you think you can handle the collective energy, disappointment and anger of 466 residents, speak your mind. Stop hiding behind yet another version of the EIR. You know the residents don’t want a stadium, so let’s dance. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues… you can even wear your fancy red robe and puffy hat.
Just peruse Google Earth Street View and have a look at how ridiculously close the neighborhood homes are to Fullerton College’s proposed football stadium at Sherbeck Field. FJC officials, president Greg Schulz and the NOCCCD trustees (namely Jeffrey P Brown and Molly McClanahan) are insistent on jamming an unwanted football and soccer stadium into these neighbor’s backyards ruining the peace and quiet everyone who lives there enjoys. If you are fed up also with this unnecessary taxing and spending of our tax dollars (Bond Measure J- passed by 15 votes), please write to anyone on the following list telling them ‘enough is enough’. Fred Williams or Cheryl Marshall would be good candidates for your ire.
For the record: The officials at Fullerton Junior College have not been transparent about the size, use or plans for the stadium since day one. Nor has the college president Greg Schulz. Can you now begin to understand why 466 residents from 400 nearby homes signed a petition vehemently opposing any and all stadium construction?
They just keep moving the shells around hoping nobody notices under which one the money is hidden. It’s our tax dollars you’re spending and we won’t let your ruin our lives with a stadium. College officials, NOCCCD trustees, and FJC President Greg Schulz have not been transparent with the neighbors or neighborhood about the stadium plans at Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field since day one when they tried to slip it right under the neighborhood’s watchful radar.
Now is your chance President Greg Schulz- As a good member of your community, man-up and comment or email us.
Picture for one second living in one of the houses circled in red in the photo above. It’s like a very bad version of “Where’s Waldo”?
Some residents living in the neighborhood have young children and families and other residents have lived here their entire lives… they’re all kind people who have worked hard to live here and deserve to continue their peaceful existence without the permanent increase in ambient noise, traffic, and especially light pollution a giant lighted stadium will certainly bring. Someone in the group asked about an illumination summary at the public scoping meeting held at the FJC student center, Thursday 11/17/16. They look something like this:
Unfortunately, we residents can’t see the study done for the stadium proposed for Fullerton College’s Sherbeck Field. Nor can we see any renderings yet of the stadium or noise studies, even though we asked about that at the meeting also, but when you bought your ‘doctor’ title at USC, they gave you special training on how to cleverly avoid or divert all the difficult questions posed (and rightfully so) by the concerned and affected neighbors.
Fullerton College officials, President Greg Schulz and the NOCCCD board of trustees will not be using Measure J bond money for their prized stadium after all, or was it ‘leftover’ money from another fungible fund, bond or measure? Or is it from bookstore profits President Schulz? How are you going to pay for it exactly? What about the Veterans Resource Center voters were promised???
We residents cannot allow you to shoehorn a giant 4500 seat lighted stadium right in our quiet, unassuming neighborhood. A lighted stadium will forever ruin this. No matter what your final EIR looks like or says, even with mitigation, this stadium will positively ruin a beautiful and quiet neighborhood.
How many more unneeded and unwanted projects, stadiums, parking structures and new traffic signals can you slam down the neighbor’s throats? Another stadium is preposterous when there is another one just about one thousand feet away at FUHS which itself ironically is actually undergoing modern restoration and upgrading to its lighting, sound system, and artificial turf field.
How many millions of taxpayer dollars will it cost to build the stadium exactly? At the scoping meeting we heard first heard the figure of $15M then you somehow changed course and you said $4M… what’s the honest answer President Greg Schulz? Where is the money coming from exactly and why aren’t the neighbors’ concerns being addressed properly? Are you using bookstore profits to build this stadium at Sherbeck Field that 96% of the residents oppose? Please tell us this is just a very bad dream and you are just kidding about building this stadium at Sherbeck Field that will permanently ruin our lives. And that means forever. And that’s a mighty long time…
R.I.P. Raymond Hills of Fullerton.
But I’m here to tell you… FJC President Greg Schulz- this is your forum to set the record straight with the Raymond Hills neighborhood and answer us truthfully. For Once.