Skateboarders may have won a significant victory Sept. 23.
The Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee eliminated from a proposed ordinance a ban on skateboarding on steep hillside streets such as Park Avenue. The committee's recommendations will be reviewed by the city attorney and the Police Department before going to the City Council for a final decision.
The council is tentatively scheduled to decide on the issue Nov. 16, said Jim Beres, civilian supervisor for the Police Department. If the council approves the ban, the Police Department will enforce it, he said.
In May, Laguna resident John Bernstein requested that the committee ban "speed-boarding," saying it is dangerous when skaters ride downhill at 50 to 60 mph. A PTC subcommittee formed to review his proposal; it also examined, ordinances in other communities, public comment at the May meeting, and comments from the well-attended meeting held July 22 at Thurston Middle School.