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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...

Take a Deep Breath

Dear Editor,   Motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters must figure out a way they can all share the roadways of Laguna. Although drivers are obviously the most powerful, dangerous, and numerous, the streets are not exclusively theirs.   Drivers: Drive kindly....

Designating a Safe Street Day

Editor,   I am so afraid for those kids I have come so close to on curves in broad daylight and those in dark clothing around a car or corner in the twilight.   Truth be told…I am so afraid for me if I ever hurt or killed one of them. Being a mom of a now 26 year...

Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

My Dear Sons and Daughters,   Many of us who fought for women’s reproductive rights in the early 1970s came to assume in later years that those rights were safe, and we allowed our memories to blur.  Few of us want to remember a time when simply being a woman meant our...

Ban Speedboarding in Top of the World

Editor,   As a resident of Top of the World, I am very concerned about the presence of speedboarders in our neighborhood. On many occasions, I have come around the corner to my street, Zell, after going up the hill on Temple Hills, only to be shocked to find a young person,...

Ban Speedboarding in Manzanita Area

Editor,   Help! Somebody is going to be killed if speedboarding continues on our street (Manzanita off La Vista/Skyline and Park).   We have three blind corners, one of which is at the Annneliese School, where congestion involves small children and their parents picking...

Support for a Speedboarding Ban

Editor,   Since I travel up and down Nyes Place at least once a day, I have been frightened by dangerous speedboarders there  – frightened for their safety and for my liability. Please prohibit speedboarding on our steep hills, including Nyes Place.   Eleanor...

Don’t Shove Your Views Down My Throat

Editor, It was beyond annoying to come home and find a piece of skewed propaganda taped to my mailbox this past week from the SNAG group! This is the second time that they have broken the law and done this. It happened a few months ago, and they supposedly received a lot of flak;...

Skateboarders Are the Least of Our Worries

Editor, Forget the skateboarders. Look out for the cars ripping up and down our street! We live on a steep part of Temple Hills, and cars hit 40, 50, and 60 mph past our house on a regular basis. Many folks do drive reasonably, and we thank you. But we’ve had three accidents...

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...

Designated Hours for Skateboarding

Editor, I like the idea of a permit, but might we also designate say a half hour a few days a week  during non peak traffic hours, posted so the drivers are aware that the boarders are likely to be there? The main problem seems to be the element of surprise.. Maybe we can issue...

Track Lock-out Lacks Justification

Editor,   I am writing to express my strong displeasure with the recent decision to lock the tax-paying neighbors out of the enclosed high school track during school hours. We, the taxpayers, voted to fund the construction of our beautiful track, partially based on the fact...

Track User Angered by Losing Access

Editor, I have lived in Laguna Beach for 19 years.  The funds for the track were raised from the public with the understanding that we would be able to share the facilities. I have been running there for many years, often during school hours, along with many others, often...

Design Review Slowed by Backlog

Editor, Last October, the City Council decided to scrap the alternate position for the Design Review Board in favor of a full member five-person panel. At the time, I testified that this was a bad idea and predicted that it would lead to significant inconvenience for applicants...

An Insider Perspective on the Homeless Issue

Editor, This is in reference to the letter about the homeless situation from Mr. and Mrs. Klein that appeared in the Indy and the Coastline Pilot recently. First of all, I would like to thank the Kleins for writing. At least it draws some attention to the matter. I also very much...

Speedboarding: Flirting with Russian Roulette

Editor: I’m afraid that much of the discussion on these pages about speedboarding down our city’s steepest hills fails to address what I consider the key problem, which is the speed at which speedboarders and automobiles are hurtling towards each other. Speedboarder Bryn Jones...

Skateboarding Permit Is the Answer

Editor, The ban on skateboarding in Laguna Beach must be lifted. When man created the law banning women from their right to vote, women did not get their say. This ban on skateboarding down Bluebird Canyon has happened much the same way. The skateboarders did not get their chance...

Scold-Free Skateboarding

Editor, I am writing to get the word out: there is a new Saturday skate park in Laguna. It is in partnership with Basics of Skateboarding Camp (which provides programs through the City of Costa Mesa and Ladera Ranch) and Laguna’s very own local youth development experts, the Boys...

Scare Tactics Lead to Track Closure

Editor: The Laguna Beach Unified School District has closed the high school track and field to the public during school hours.  If you are angry or upset about this decision, please do two things: 1.      Show up at 6:15 p.m. sharp for the March 8 school board meeting to register...

Pharmacist Goes Above and Beyond

Editor, Over the top and beyond the call. That is how Billy, at Laguna Sunset Drugs, handled my insurance problem. My insurance company had exasperated me, and Billy unselfishly took the time to straighten the problem out. Thank goodness for special people like Billy and...

Winged Natives Disregard Fishing Rules

Editor, On Tuesday, Feb. 22, a day that will live in infamy, my wife and I watched helplessly as hundreds of violators of the marine preserve plucked hundreds of fish from the ocean a short distance from the beach. When they were sated they came ashore and rested on the rocks...



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