A group of Laguna Beach residents wants to put the brakes on skateboarding on Laguna's precipitous downhill streets.
The proposal will be on the Parking, Traffic and Transportation Committee's July 22 agenda. Previous attempts to restrict street skateboarding have been divisive. This latest attempt appears to be no different, with e-mails pouring into the committee and websites providing petitions.
"In my years on the PTC, this is by far the most controversial issue we have had before us," said Curt Bartsch, committee chair. "It's all over the place."
The committee, which usually meets in the Susi Q Community Room, is trying to arrange for more spacious accommodations in anticipation of the large crowd.
"We will accommodate them the best we can," Bartsch said.
Everyone will have an opportunity to speak, he said.
"I hope to present a petition signed by youngsters supporting skateboarding, which is now an international sport and we were the leaders here in Laguna," said Bruce Hopping, a fervent supporter of skateboarding and a resident of Laguna since 1950.