Skateboarding, Part of Local Culture

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Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman has given years of time and energy to our city government and is famous for suggesting the popular summer buses and trolleys.

That’s why I find it difficult to believe what I read in a paid advertisement in local papers that quotes her as saying: “Laguna roads are not for recreation…skateboarding isn’t a viable form of transportation.”

The dictionary says transportation is “the means of transport or conveyance.” The other morning, I got on one of the big OCTA buses. Two young men had a skateboard. Hundreds of locals of all ages use skateboards not only for fun (like fishing, Frisbee throwing) but to more easily get from point A to point B day and night.

Ms Iseman has done numerable things for our city, but from time to time, she appears to be coming from a dream state, as when she suggested and attempted to ban the little putsy, putsy airplanes that tow signs behind them in the summer and make less noise than the kids on the next towel on the beach.

Skateboarding is not a crime and has been part of our culture since the 1970’s.

Please come back to reality Ms. Iseman.

Roger Carter, Laguna Beach


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