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Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Editor: On Sept. 25 I attended a PTC meeting because of the fate of two valuable legal parking spots located on an easement (3.5 feet of dirt) on our street. The city had sent out the legal letter notifying homeowners of the meeting and options. Basically, the homeowner does not...

Skateboarding Originated Here

Editor, In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we used to skateboard the sidewalks and streets, packs of us sometimes 15 strong. The police loved us! As Laguna got more popular and MTV took over, the City Council squeezed skateboarding off the streets and sidewalks and downtown area of Laguna...

Acceptable Risks for One Sport, Demonized in Another

Editor, A kid broke his leg. He lay there writhing in pain. A host of other kids are suffering injuries they will carry with them for a lifetime. Yet, the public pays good money to watch these kids do this to each other. Coaches teach and beg the kids to “stick” the...

Local Currents

War on Skateboards “I sat there with SNAG. This has nothing to do with children’s safety anymore. They are only concerned about winning a war.” Chad Gibbs, Facebook, Feb. 14, 2011. Unfortunately, I was in Japan when the City Council held the meeting on skateboarding last...

False Start on Skateboarding Rules

Laguna’s police chief says a proposal to treat skateboarders like bicyclists in an attempt to rein in fast-charging downhillers conflicts with state laws and must be revised. Since state laws define skateboarders as pedestrians, Police Chief Paul Workman says a draft ordinance on...