After hearing from dozens of parents concerned that synthetic turf may contain harmful toxins and can be too hot for children to play on, San Jose Unified trustees voted Thursday evening against plans to replace the current grass field at Trace Elementary School with synthetic turf.


Trustees Richard Garcia, Veronica Lewis and Leslie Reynolds voted against the turf project; trustee Jorge Gonzalez voted for it. Pam Foley was absent.


“After much deliberation, I’ve decided not to approve it,” said Garcia, who represents Trace and the Rose Garden neighborhood. “So much of my community is against it at this time.”


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