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Mailbag: 'Quiet zone' should extend to motorcycles

February 24, 2011

If sold in pieces to private real estate companies or the general public, it would over the years create another great city and reduce the national debt by tens of billions of dollars. The government could send the Marines to other military locations in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and other places. Similar (in a small way) was when the Irvine Co. sold parcels of land between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Now, after a few years, it's a community called Pelican Hill.

Ross B. Wankier

Laguna Beach

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City should foster skateboarding as a sport

Roger Carter, a Laguna Beach resident and sports/civic activist for decades, had his letter published ["Plan to restrict skateboarding 'insane'," Feb. 11, Coastline Pilot] stating the egregious sanctions the city and its law enforcement are imposing upon K-12 skateboarders. Kalos Kagathos Foundation's sports cultural exchanges have, since the '60s, introduced skateboarding throughout the world, fostered by Laguna Beach middle and high school teams representing the USA.

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Laguna Beach has a sad history of making skateboarding an untouchable: jailing a 10-year-old for skating down Temple Hills when it was an undeveloped, open space paradise.

Laguna middle schooler Jessie Roach was a national champion, sharpening his skills along Park Avenue's Alpine peaks.

Costa Mesa has scheduled mobile skate parks and on school campuses, providing instruction, training and contests. Kalos Kagathos Foundation has officially proposed to City Council and its Recreation Committee: rather than banning the impossible to enforce, let us foster skateboarding as a legitimate sport and recreation, imprinting the disciplines of mind and body, integrated with the social and cultural legacy of an internationally-acclaimed art colony.

Bruce Hopping

Laguna Beach

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Community shut out of school track

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 your opposition to the new school policy.

2. Send an e-mail to openthetrack@yahoo.com to join a group of grassroots activists on this important issue.

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