Norwalk : Soccer Leagues Suspended From Using School Fields
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education has voted unanimously to suspend all Sunday adult soccer league permits after about 15 parents and residents complained that players and fans were urinating in public, drinking alcohol during games and littering school grounds.
The district had allowed soccer teams and leagues to use facilities at six schools in exchange for custodial fees, Deputy Supt. Howard Rainey said.
District officials said they asked the leagues in November to improve their behavior and not to litter school grounds and surrounding neighborhoods--without effect.
“We must weigh the rights of the citizens to use the facilities with the rights of the residents who live in the area,” Supt. Robert Aguilar said. “The board hopes to . . . find a happy medium.”
At the Monday meeting, the board authorized staff members to return with a report on how to resolve the matter. Members of a residents’ group threatened to recall board members and file suit to halt the games if play resumes.