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ASB President steps down by dianaDING & saumyaKUMAR In the race of ASB, the baton was passed two weeks ago, as ASB President Kevin Chuang stepped down and ASB Vice President Sebastian Liu took his place as the new ASB president for the rest of the semester and school year. After much consideration and discussion, Chuang has decided not to return to his position second semester due to personal reasons. Chuang released a public statement on Wednesday regarding his resignation from offi ce. It is as follows: “Dear Lynbrook Vikings, After giving it much thought and talking to a multitude of people, I have decided that I will not be coming back as your ASB President for the second semester. I hope all of you can support Sebastian as you have with me. The best is yet to come!” Liu will now take on full responsibility of ASB and the Leadership class. “I am supporting Kevin in his decision and I hope that this time off will be benefi cial to him,” says Liu, “The decision is his, and I am doing my best to step in to support him as vice president.” As for the remainder of the school year, Liu has some slight changes that he wishes to make with the goals of see ASB pg 3 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS? PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NEWS SECTION Track and fields renovation delayed by EIR and concerns from a community activist group, LMU by teresaLIU & candyCHANG In June 2009, Principal Gail Davidson was playing with paper cutouts. Important cutouts, of the track and fi elds. After hearing community complaints about the orientation of the fi elds that were planned to begin construction during the summer 2010, Davidson realized the necessity of responding to their concerns and promptly began creating a new design. Now, it is fi rst semester of the 2010-2011 school year and the fi elds have not changed. Since Davidson’s new design, which was approved later that summer of 2009, events have delayed the approval of the fi elds, namely the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR makes observations on potential impacts and possible mitigation measures of a proposed project. Lynbrook has just fi nished the Draft EIR, which had a comment period from July to Sept. 2010. The report received comments from 33 people. FUHSD Superintendent Polly Bove says that it is considerably diffi cult to process such a large volume of comments, some of which are more complex than others. Regardless, she says, “We are working hard to make sure we respond and do what is legally responsible to respond to those comments.” Not all of the community, however, is pleased with the possible impact of the new construction. An activist group made up of concerned residents from the Lynbrook and Monta Vista communities (where renovations are also scheduled to take place) called Lynbrook-Monta Vista United (LMU), submitted many of the concerned comments seen in the DEIR. Bob White, one of the residents who helped establish the group, says that LMU is “not against the school, but we certainly want to make sure that the community as a whole is included.” LMU is most concerned with the 80-feet tall stadium lights—evening games typically translate to additional noise, traffi c and light impact on the privacy of neighboring homes. Although the lights have minimal spill, the streets adjacent to the football fi eld, such as Oak Park Drive, would still be signifi cantly affected. In the DEIR, however, the overall impact on the neighboring community of the tracks and fi elds renovation with some limits on the times and number of days the lights can be used is “less than signifi cant.” Assistant Superintendent Glenn Evans clarifi es that “CEQA doesn’t say you can’t have the environmental impact; it just says that you have to make an informed decision and make a defensible, justifi able decision with the knowledge of what the impact [is], if any.” In addition, the LMU is concerned that if the lights are see LIGHTS pg 2

Issue 2, 2010

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