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PERSONAL FREEDOMS AT RISK IN LAGUNA BEACH

PERSONAL FREEDOMS AT RISK IN LAGUNA BEACH


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This letter is not just about skateboarding. It is about the systematic loss of personal freedom that is occurring in our community.
 
SUPPORT SKATEBOARDING in Laguna Beach - Is your community or sport next?
 
Laguna Beach residents can no longer fish our waters; play Smashball or throw a Frisbee at the beach; enjoy the warmth of an outdoor fire pit or the ambience of a tiki torch. Even celebrating holidays with festive lighting has been banned! What’s next? Well, the freedom to get from point A to point B on a skateboard -- a staple of this community for over 40 years -- is what’s next. You may not ride a skateboard, but your freedom to enjoy what you feel passionate about may soon come under attack.
 
 
To clarify,
 
SNAG (special interest group advocating a city-wide ban on skateboarding) claims 600 complaint calls have been made to our local Police Department about skateboarders.
• How many of these calls are generated by the same few households?
• Should kids carrying skateboards warrant a complaint call to the Police Department? Our Police Department has more important things to do with their time and our tax dollars than constantly respond to calls of this nature.
• To date, except for the downtown business district, IT IS LEGAL TO SKATE IN LAGUNA BEACH.
 
SNAG continues to disseminate misinformation regarding skateboarding and skateboarding accidents.
• These accidents are not downhill skateboarding accidents.
• The victims of these incidents were not wearing safety gear.
• The city has never experienced a skateboarding-related fatality.
• The City has never incurred a skateboarding-related lawsuit.
• We support the requirement of safety gear and the strict adherence road rules.


The City Council of Laguna Beach historically relies on “staff recommendations” offered via City-designated committees and subcommittees.
• However, throughout this controversy, particular City Council members have chosen to ignore the unbiased work and study done by the Parking,Traffic and Circulation (PTC) committee, a group responsible for managing city-wide traffic safety.
• The 8-member PTC committee, together with a specially-formed subcommittee, exhaustively studied, held public hearings, conducted site evaluations, and considered input from the Chief of Police to arrive at a reasonable ordinance.
• A portion of the Council has chosen to ignore this goldmine of research and reasonability, and has instead decided to legislate based on pressure from a small, special interest group and a number of their financial supporters.
Please note, according to Mayor Toni Iseman,“Laguna roads are not for recreation… skateboarding isn’t a viable form of transportation.” We disagree. Skateboarders deserve the same rights as cyclists, and all others who use our
roads.
 
The rhetoric and hyperbole SNAG has fed the people of Laguna Beach preys on fear. They want you to be scared. They want you to recoil when a group of kids skate by your house. They want you to worry that around every corner is a reckless skateboarder just waiting to leap out in front of your car.
 
Is this really the Laguna Beach you want to live in? This has evolved into an issue that transcends skateboarding freedoms. Please join us at next City Council meeting, March 22, 2011, at 6 pm to tell the City Council that you will not tolerate being ignored in favor of a big-bucks special interest group.
 
Sponsored by:Share the Road Laguna Beach!
We can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Share the Road - Supports Regulated Skateboarding, Cycling & the 8-member PTC committee in Laguna Beach!
 
PLEASE ACT NOW BY:
1) Joining us at next City Council meeting, March 22, 2011, at 6pm
2) Taking two seconds to sign, the petition at: www.ipetitions.com/petition/sharetheroadlagunabeach
3) Emailing your Support Skateboarding letters to all below:
Elizabeth Pearson  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Toni Iseman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jane Egly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Verna Rolllinger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It's important that the emails are professional. That we Support Skateboarding as the subject and that it's regulated, and not banned. Certain streets we have to give up on for safety but that skateboarding is a valid method of transportation and it should be treated in the same respect as bicycles... We are not criminals, not reckless and safety has aways been a concern to Share the Road! 
 
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