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Mailbag: Skateboarding debate goes downhill

April 07, 2011

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."

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That's the kind of problem that leads to near misses between cars and skateboarders in Laguna Beach.

Manfred E. Wolff

Laguna Beach

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Skateboarders should run for council

It would be great if the skateboard families who dealt with the Laguna Beach City Council in a patient and civil manner could find someone who has the time and energy to run for City Council in the next election. The parents and children not only spoke well at several long council meetings but contributed literature, ran interesting page ads in local newspapers and also used the well-known decal, "Skateboarding is not a crime." These people are a big part of today's Laguna Beach, so why shouldn't they have their own candidate for City Council? I say, go for it!

Roger Carter

Laguna Beach

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No need for silly 'cat calls'

I really feel the need to respond to a phenomenally ridiculous posting in the Coastline Pilot Police Files of April 1, 20911. As a human owned by two cats, I couldn't help but be amused by the individual who actually called the police to report the "premeditated poo" by his neighbor's cat. I'm sure our Police Department has much better things to do than monitor the actions of a cat and where it decides to evacuate its bowels.

Kerry Strickler

Laguna Beach

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