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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
About 35 young people filled the City Council chambers Monday to discuss a proposed ordinance that could put the skids on skateboarding in some areas of Laguna Niguel. The ordinance would allow the council to ban skateboarding, roller-skating and bicycling at commercial centers if requested by business owners. County Sheriff's Lt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
After receiving a number of complaints from merchants, the City Council this week approved an ordinance that bans skateboarding from certain areas of the city, including shopping malls and some public grounds. As store owners and skateboard supporters eyed each other from across the council chambers, council members cited dozens of complaints to City Hall and reports of damage before passing the new law Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991 | ZION BANKS
At the request of miffed 15th Street residents, the city's Traffic Affairs Committee plans to recommend to the City Council that skateboarding along that street from the ocean to the bay be banned. Jean VanOrnum, who brought complaints of property damage caused by skaters to the City Council, said a ban at Newport Pier forced the skaters south to 15th Street. She said skateboarders whiz in and out of traffic, endanger pedestrians and destroy public and private property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1993 | MIMI KO and MARTIN MILLER
The City Council has tentatively approved an ordinance that allows property owners to post "no skateboarding" signs and call police for enforcement. The new law could potentially ban skateboarding throughout the city. Mayor Gail H. Kerry said that is why she voted against the ordinance, which passed Monday on a 4-1 vote. "Now you're going to find people that just like to post signs and call police every time they see someone on a skateboard," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
In a move toward what one councilman called the "decriminalization of skateboarding in Laguna Beach," the City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that would allow skateboarding on some city sidewalks. Currently, skateboarders can legally enjoy their sport only on city streets, an option some believe is unsafe. "Staff recognizes that, much like the surfboarding and bodysurfing conflicts of years ago . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Calling a proposed skateboard ordinance too vague, the City Council on Tuesday night postponed a decision to ban skateboarding in areas of the city where requested. Council members said they wanted city staff to "fine-tune" the measure so that it specifically targets recreational skateboarding that might cause safety problems in commercial areas and other public places. The draft ordinance now makes no distinction between responsible and reckless use of skateboards. Councilman James F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council tonight is scheduled to again take up the controversial issue of whether to outlaw skateboarding in business areas. The council deferred action on the issue two weeks ago after numerous skateboarders showed up at a council meeting and protested the proposed restrictions. At issue are numerous complaints from business owners that skateboard riders are damaging property and endangering pedestrians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991
Despite pleas from several youths, the City Council has banned skateboarding at two of the city's most popular areas for skating and cycling. The council voted 4 to 1 to declare the Pavilion shopping center near Dana Point Harbor and La Plaza Park near Coast Highway off-limits to skateboarders, bicyclists and roller skaters. Violators face a $25 fine for a first offense, $50 for a second.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1991 | JOHN PENNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two months after the city enacted one of the county's most prohibitive laws against skateboarding, city officials and a group of skateboarders have agreed on a plan to designate sites where enthusiasts may legally enjoy their sport. Under a proposal to be presented to the City Council on Monday, the city would spend $100,000 in park-development funds to set up skateboarding areas in three existing parks. The skateboarding facilities would be the only ones of their kind in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1991 | ZION BANKS
Jean VanOrnum and her husband, Walter, watched a neighbor's 2-foot planter along 15th Street being "systematically" destroyed with an unusual tool--a skateboard. "We watched the (skateboarders) bang against it," Jean VanOrnum said. "They did a good job." That's one reason the couple went to the city last month with a petition signed by 18 residents asking for a skateboarding ban along 15th Street and in the public restroom area on the beachfront.
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