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Dogs, Too, Are Invasive in the Wildlands

Editor, Who could object to a dog being able to frolic and be carefree roaming in the natural open space? A dog off its leash chasing birds and critters. The dog is having a ball, and likely its owner has a big smile, and is blissful and happy. So, who could object? Well, me. I...

Speedboarding Is Incomprehensible

Editor, We are in favor of banning the speedboarding in our neighborhood, for the safety of these teens and residents, and for decreased personal and city liabilities. We are convinced that this activity is dangerous and should not be allowed in the neighborhood streets in Laguna...

A Tale of Two Flyers

Editor, Over the past few weeks two very different flyers have been circulating in our fine town. Both pertain to the issue of  skateboarding. One flyer, poorly written and xeroxed on the cheap by a grumpy, old group called S.N.A.G. continues to rant and rave about the dangers of...

Ban Speedboarding in My Neighborhood

Editor, I have been meaning to write for several weeks, but reading the letters in The Independent this week prompted me to drop everything and respond. Two days before the last City Council meeting I had a frightening experience while driving home. I was slowly driving up Park...

Points Against Speedboarding

Editor, I am writing to you as a homeowner and resident of Morningside Drive to share my concerns and thoughts about the issue of speedboarding in the neighborhood. Most of us who purchased homes in the neighborhood did so in part because it was quiet, secluded, beautiful and...

Support for Ban on All Steep Streets

Editor,   Whilst I support, in principal, the American ideals of freedom of expression and freedom to pursue one’s own happiness, as a resident of the Park, Temple Hills, Skyline neighborhood, I support a speedboarding ban on those streets.   Both while driving my car...

Drivers and Skaters Can Co-exist

Editor,   I have only one thing to say to the members of SNAG (you know, the group of folks feverishly working to make skateboarding illegal on any street with a grade greater than 5 percent in Laguna Beach) and that is:  slow down.   If you drive the speed limit you...

Lives More Precious Than Thrills

Editor,   Many years ago, my son loved to skateboard down Park and Temple Hills. Then I got the call: an ambulance was taking him to the emergency room – – he had hit and flipped over the barrier at the hairpin turn on Temple Hills. Luckily he didn’t die,...

How About Requiring Insurance of Skateboarders?

Editor, This is a crazy discussion. Speedboarding is dangerous for the boarders, but that is their problem. Let kids of all ages have fun. It is also unfair to motorists and cyclists who pay to use the streets and must obtain licenses and insurance for the privilege. If the...

Open Paved Fire Roads to Skateboarding

Editor,   Hi. I just wanted to share my thoughts of speedboarding as a homeowner on Summit Drive.   Personally I have no problem with speedboarding as a sport, but on public streets it does create unnecessary risks for speedboarders and drivers. As a cyclist I am...

Say ‘No’ to Thrill Seekers

(This letter was also addressed to council members.) Editor, I am writing to ask you to prohibit speedboarding on Park Avenue.  I live near the top of Park Avenue and I have been scared many times while driving up Park by speedboarders flying past my car while I’m travelling up...

No Solicitations, Please

Editor, To the good people that SNAG wants me to write to:  Please tell SNAG to “Keep your mitts off my mailbox!” And seriously, Snaggers, get a real issue.  There are so many greater, more compelling things to worry about in life today. I hope this note finds you well.  ...

Leave the Skateboarders Alone

Editor, Thank you to Pam Estes and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach for living in the solution. Their introduction of a “semi-portable skate park” will go a long ways towards insuring that Laguna Beach kids get a chance to hone their skateboarding skills in a safe and...

Don’t Ban Skateboarding

Editor, I found a flyer taped to my mailbox today from SNAG (Speedboarders Neighborhood Action Group) that urged me to contact all of you regarding the ban on skateboarding. However, I must disagree with SNAG’s position. It is true that after the initial ban on other streets, I...

Other Alternatives Than a Skating Ban

Editor,   I am 20 years old, a current student at Orange Coast College, and live a short ways up Temple Hills Drive on Cerritos Drive. Hopping on my skateboard and cruising down the hill is my way of trying to do something positive for the environment, saving money, and...

Angered Over Anonymous SNAG Literature

Editor, I was sickened to find my house littered with SNAG trash last week.  I’m assuming that it’s from Alan Bernstein. But I’ll never know because it was unsigned. And by the way, it’s illegal to tape or place letters on private mailboxes and I have filed a complaint with the...

Ban Speedboarding on Temple Hills

Editor,   I support the potential ban on speedboarding on Temple Hills Drive. I live on Temple Hills Drive, and have seen on many occasions speed boarders flying down the hill at any time of day or night (even laying on their boards!). They cross back and forth over the...

Ban Speedboarding on Balboa

Editor,   Please be advised that I strongly support the ban on speedboarding currently up for adoption by the Laguna Beach City Council.   My house is located on Balboa Avenue, which, unfortunately, is very popular with the boarders as a starting venue. Daily activity...

Yes on Speedboarding Ban

Editor,   I am a long-time resident on Dorn Court at Temple Hills Drive in Top of the World. I strongly support the ban on Speedboarding. Speedboarding threatens the safety and well being of both the speedboarder and the drivers in my neighborhood, and we must put a stop to...

Ban Speedboarding on Skyline!

Editor,   I personally have almost hit two of them head-on coming around the corner in my lane of travel. I was so shaken that I had to pull over to regain my composure before heading up the hill to my home.   Just because someone decides to do something suicidal like...

Ban Supporters

Editor, As a resident of Laguna Beach, living on a steep hill, and having had several close calls with reckless people directly in front of our home, we would express our complete support for the banning of speedboarding on any and all streets in Laguna Beach.  ...

Ban Speedboarding on Temple Hills

Editor,   Speedboarding on Temple Hills Drive is not only dangerous for the skateboarders themselves, but for those of us who live on that street and have to back out of driveways, not being able to see them coming around a curve. It is truly dangerous at the speed at which...

Step Up to a Ban on Skyline

Editor,   We are residents of Laguna Beach living on Skyline Drive.  It is distressing that the City Council recently banned speedboarding on certain steep Laguna streets but exempted Skyline Drive.   A steep public road, blind curves, autos and heavy equipment in daily...

Ban Speedboarding on Nyes Place

Editor,   As a concerned parent, grandparent, and citizen, this so-called “sport” should be banned on a very dangerous street, Nyes Place. Please pass this along to all our City Council members.   Sheila Jacobs Laguna Beach

Parenting Skateboarders

Editor,   The constant jawing from both sides regarding skateboarding is getting old!   So please allow me to add my jaws.   First, what happened in Laguna in the ‘60s is irrelevant. Laguna is a different place (sadly) with way more vehicular traffic. Skateboards...



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