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June 5, 1991 | ZION BANKS
A month after banning skateboarding near the Newport Pier, the City Council is now considering amending the municipal code to prohibit the use of skateboards and roller skates in other areas of Newport Beach. Currently, the municipal code gives the council discretion to regulate the use of roller skates and skateboards only on public streets and sidewalks.
March 25, 2014 | By KTLA
Students at El Dorado High School in Placentia on Monday paid tribute to a 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by an SUV while skateboarding over the weekend. Logan Wells, 16, was struck by an SUV on Bastanchury Road near Secretariat Way in Yorba Linda around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, investigators said. He later died at a hospital. Friends told KTLA-TV Wells was a typical teen who loved skateboarding and wearing Hawaiian shirts. As the school week began, Wells' classmates honored him by wearing Hawaiian shirts and bucket hats, another staple of his wardrobe.
Despite protests from skateboarders, the City Council on Monday banned the sport entirely from the city's boardwalk to avoid more collisions--and more lawsuits. "We are trying to make it possible to accommodate an impossible situation on that sidewalk," Councilwoman Ruthelyn Plummer said. "I'm sorry, but the skateboards are just one more burden on the sidewalk."
March 12, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
The Times editorial board has written a lot recently about the politics, policies and practicalities of bicyclists and automobiles sharing the road in Los Angeles. Apparently there's some tension on the streets between motorists and cyclists.   Well, get ready for the next rumble over who owns the asphalt: e-skateboards. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) has introduced legislation that would allow electric motorized skateboards to share the road. If passed, riders could use bike lanes as long as they follow the same rules as bicycles, UT San Diego reported . They wouldn't be allowed on sidewalks and roads without bike lanes.  Electric skateboards were banned from streets in 1977, mainly because the gas-powered models were loud and produced a lot of air pollution for their size.
July 18, 1999
Re "He's Chairman of the Skateboard, So to Speak," July 6. Being a young business major, I found this article to be very interesting and somewhat inspirational. Andre Senizergues has become such a success at such a young age, and you might even say at exactly the right time. The skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing business is on the rise right now. Senizergues not only picked the right business to be involved in but also reveals some of his strategies to create a higher profit for himself.
October 18, 1998
"Plan for Skateboard Park Moves Ahead," Oct. 9. I just finished reading the article on the proposed Calabasas skateboard park in which skateboarders are characterized as "kids that enjoy risk" who would otherwise be "sitting in front of a TV eating Chee-tos" if it were not for skateboarding. I am fed up with image of skateboarding as a children's sport that is quickly forgotten about at the same time the kid gets his drivers license. I am a 26-year-old college graduate with a good job, a car and my own house.
May 13, 1991
The City Council tonight will consider a ban on skateboards in the vicinity of Newport Pier, citing damaged concrete and benches at McFadden Square. Under the ordinance to be proposed at tonight's council meeting, skateboarding would be prohibited on McFadden Place between Balboa Boulevard and the ocean, on the oceanfront between 20th Street and 24th Street, on 21st Place and on the oceanfront parking lot.
April 3, 1996
Sighting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--which in this case is the freedom to skateboard--a group of youths has formally complained to Hermosa Beach city officials that there is not enough space in the city for land surfers. At last week's City Council meeting, a group of about 10 skateboarders challenged officials to build a skateboard park. The youths said the city built a park for roller hockey and they want a park of their own.
Skateboarding is highlighting the differences between young and old in Stanton. On Tuesday night, a few residents of Stanton Park, a 130-unit townhouse development off Cerritos Avenue, took their complaints to the City Council, saying that kids, and their skateboards, make too much noise. The residents requested that the council ban skateboarding on their streets.
February 9, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses and restaurants for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at
Businesses that zero in on surfers, skaters and snow sports lovers are aiming at a broad target. There are about 2 million surfers (at least by one estimate), 6.3 million skateboarders and 2.5 million snowboarders, according to statistics presented during an ASR seminar by Angelo Ponzi, president of Trabuco Canyon-based research firm Board-Trac. And there's considerable crossover in these sports. For example, 41% of all surfers also skateboard and 31% of them snowboard.
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
It used to be that when a skateboard had shredded its last empty pool or hopped its last handrail, it took a one-way trip to the great halfpipe in the sky. But thanks to a Long Beach-based company called Art of Board, there's now new life for some of the battered and broken slabs. Wooden skateboard decks - in all their scuffed, gouged and worn glory - are finding new uses in board shorts, T-shirts, hats, socks, pillows, wallets and a range of flooring and wall tiles. Through its "I Ride, I Recycle" program, Art of Board collects broken wooden skateboard decks from 400 skate/surf shops, skate parks and the like from New York City to Los Angeles.
February 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The happiest 10th-place finisher in the history of the Olympics sat on her motionless sled in the middle of the ice. Her race was over, but she didn't want to leave. She pounded the slush. She waved to her weeping family. She climbed above the finish line and began to boogie. "Everybody was chanting, 'Dance, dance, dance,'" Kate Hansen said. "I'm so grateful to be here, I didn't want to be that kind of person to just walk away. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And so the luger who once flew down the streets of La Cañada on a skateboard charmingly skidded through the Sanki Sliding Center on Tuesday night with a whoosh of perspective.
January 26, 2014 | By Richard Simon and Matt Pearce
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A day after another shooting brought community grief and national headlines, police said they had no explanation for why a 19-year-old skateboarder killed two skate shop employees and sent mall-goers running for cover before killing himself. Howard County Police Chief William McMahon told reporters Sunday that authorities had found a journal at the home where Darion Marcus Aguilar lived with his mother in College Park. In it, Aguilar expressed some "general unhappiness," McMahon said.
January 25, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
January 17, 2014 | Barbara Odanaka
Scott Hostert has heard it all: You're too old. You're nuts. You don't want to live the rest of your life being fed through a tube, do you? Hostert scoffs, then smiles. Too old to ride a skateboard? Just watch me. With that, the 51-year-old Brea tax consultant steps on his board and plunges down a wall of concrete, piloting his personal time machine through a series of moves some skaters half his age won't try. Two hours later, Hostert is sweat-soaked and oh-so stoked. "Nothing compares to how young skating makes me feel," says Hostert, who rediscovered skateboarding after a 35-year break.
January 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 15-year-old Murrieta girl was in a coma and on life support Thursday after she was injured over the weekend in a skateboarding accident, according to a report in the Riverside Press Enterprise . Maddison "Mads" Olson, a sophomore at Murrieta High School, tumbled while speeding down a steep hill in Mission Viejo on Sunday. She was found unconscious, her father said in the news report. She was not wearing a helmet. Fire crews took the girl to the Mission Viejo campus of Children's Hospital of Orange County.
July 30, 1991
Despite some residents' opposition, the City Council on Monday night voted 6 to 1 to spend $23,190 in start-up funds for building public skateboard facilities in Edison and Murdy Community parks. The two facilities, which would cost a total of about $77,000, would become the only public skateboard areas in Orange County. The council earlier this year cracked down on skateboarders by banning them from commercial areas in the city.
October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Tuesday night were looking for a man who has sexually battered three women in Van Nuys while swooping by them on a skateboard. The man approached the woman from behind and grabbed them, the Los Angeles Police Department said.  The incidents took place between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. in an area bordered by Sherman Way on the north, Vanowen Street on the south, Van Nuys Boulevard on the west and Hazeltine Avenue on the east. The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie, grey pants and sunglasses.
August 3, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Bucky Lasek slammed his skateboard down on the top of the vert ramp in celebration. It was only his first run of the day, but it set the tone for the contest and ultimately was enough to win. After winning the first vert gold medal at X Games Los Angeles in 2003, Lasek won the last Saturday, securing an unprecedented fourth straight gold and eighth overall in the event. "The fact that I opened up X Games with a win and closed it with a win, that's pretty gratifying," Lasek said.
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