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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1998
Performing aerial gymnastics on a skateboard requires an extreme sense of balance--and so does crafting municipal policy on skateboard parks. The city of Ventura hit the right mark with its decision to post warning signs at its skateboard parks that require visitors to wear helmets and elbow and knee pads, but not to make enforcement a high priority. The decision leaves the responsibility for safe skating where it belongs: with the skaters and their parents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a way of protecting the city from lawsuits should someone get hurt, the Ventura City Council on Monday night decided to post warning signs at its skateboard park that require visitors to wear helmets and elbow and knee pads. But believing most youths would avoid the new park if forced to wear protective gear, city officials promised the new law would not be actively enforced. The council voted 6 to 1 to approve the ordinance, with Deputy Mayor Ray Di Guilio dissenting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1998 | JOHN POPE
With the specter of liability removed by recent state legislation, Westminster officials have decided to give local skateboarders a place to ride. The City Council this week gave its preliminary approval for the construction of a skateboard park, along with a $100,000 budget. "We've been thinking about doing this for a while, but it was the recent legislation that really pushed us forward," community services director Charlene Lent said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was built as a promise to local skateboarders, who for years have been chased from one public staircase or downtown sidewalk to the next. Problem was, as "No Skateboarding" signs peppered the city, officials didn't give skaters an alternative. Until Friday, when city officials unveiled the first of three mini skateboard parks set to open across the city within the next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL
The first of three skateboard mini-parks set to open this summer will be unveiled Friday during a grand opening ceremony. Constructed at Westpark in the Avenue neighborhood, the 3,400-square-foot park--and two others being built in the east and midtown sections of the city--was built as a promise kept to local skaters, who in recent years have been booted from commercial parking lots and downtown streets over merchants' safety concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1998
The City Council has approved a final design for the Hermosa Beach Skate Park, which includes a quarter-pipe ramp, railings, stairs and pyramids of several heights. The 7,700-square-foot park will be built next to the Hermosa Beach Community Center with similar obstacles to those that skateboarders find on the street. Construction of the $70,000 park, which was designed with the help of hundreds of skateboarders who participated in workshops, is scheduled to be completed by the fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1998
The Parks and Recreation Commission has given a preliminary design for the long-awaited skateboard park a thumbs-up and the City Council is expected to give the plan final approval next month. Architects unveiled a preliminary design this week that calls for a 8,000-square-foot skateboard park that has the same obstacles that skaters look for on the streets. The design includes railings, stairs, benches, ramps and flat surfaces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL
With the city's three new mini-skateboarding parks set to open within the next two months, city leaders on Monday will hold their first hearing on an ordinance designed to shield the city from injury claims. Under a 1997 state law, cities can protect themselves from liability claims at skate parks if they pass an ordinance and post signs requiring skaters to wear helmets, elbow and knee pads. Failure to wear the protective gear would subject skaters to citations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO and JOHN POPE and DEBRA CANO
A new law that would allow bans on skateboarding on public and private land in the city has won tentative approval from the City Council. The ordinance, expected to be approved Tuesday, regulates the use of skateboards, roller-skates and similar recreational items. Private-property owners as well as the city could ban such activity in parking lots or certain public areas. Violators would face fines of $75 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $150 for the third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
It was so long ago when Mayor Peter Buffa first suggested a skateboard park, he said, that "I didn't have gray hair." Eleven and a half years later, Buffa's hair is salt-and-pepper, and the City Council has tentatively agreed to build a skating area at Lions Park. On Monday, the council allocated $800,000 for the park and set a public hearing for next month to discuss specifics.
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