A letter writer recently wrote a secondhand report (apparently she wasn't there) concerning two seventh-grade skateboarders who allege that a black Mercedes tried to hit them on Skyline Drive on March 28. If that actually happened, it is not noted in the Police Files on page A8, which list reports for March 28, ranging from a fatal crash on Broadway to a stray goat on Dunning Drive. Rather than taking it up with the police, the writer prefers to engage in a potentially libelous smear asking, "Is the driver possibly a member of Speedboarders Neighborhood Action Group?"
The reality of the skateboarding issue in Laguna is more responsibly described in the April 2 New York Times by Ian Lovett. Referring to 14-year-old Chance Gaul, Lovett writes "[w]hile Porsches and Mercedes-Benzes precariously descend the windy canyon roads here at 25 miles per hour, Chance bombs down at 40, sometimes even 60 mph on his skateboard, savoring the sea breeze on his face."