Barbara and Robert Klein
Skateboarders need more visibility
A definitive and fair-to-all-sides decision regarding skateboarding on Laguna's roadways is probably no closer than a national decision on gun control.
Accordingly, in the interim I would strongly suggest that the city ask or require skateboarders to wear an orange, or other brightly-colored helmet, while skateboarding on Laguna's roadways.
A skateboarder's typical outfit of black T-shirt and black pants renders them almost invisible to motorists and makes them subject to unintended interactions with motor vehicles.
Whether skateboarders are in the right or in the wrong, no motorist wants to hit one. The problem is we can't always see them as they swoop down the road on their skateboards.
Simply making them more visible to motorists is a reasonable request by the city while the different sides duke it out over long-term rules and laws.
Fearful of hitting a speedboarder
My husband and I spend the winters in Laguna Beach in our home on Morningside Drive, which is steep down to where it merges into another steep hill, Rancho Laguna. I live in terror, even as I drive carefully up the hill, that I will encounter a skateboarder or a speedboarder who might veer into my oncoming vehicle. Such an accident would be potentially fatal to the child, and ruin his parents' and siblings' lives, as well as that of mine or any other driver.
If the parents of these children want them to pursue this dangerous wheeled sport, the fair thing would be for those parents to purchase land and build a track. Today, a crew of speedboarders flew through a stop sign without so much as looking left or right. If cyclists have to stop, why shouldn't skate/speedboarders?