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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000
Re "Skateboarder Takes on Principal's Ban in a Battle of Wheels," Oct. 13: Three cheers for Andrew Gazdecki! Here is a fine example of someone who is standing up for his right to get to school in a clean, safe way. Living in smog-ridden Southern California, we should be promoting people to use clean transportation to get to work or school, not hindering them. I am a teacher and would be proud to see more of my students riding bikes or skateboards to my school. Go get 'em, Andrew!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
For 20 years, Diavolo has been Los Angeles' wild child, a company of daredevil dancers leaping and cavorting on pitching wheels, Goliath walls and other playground equipment from a super-sized Wonderland. An unsettling issue kept nagging: Was it circus or was it dance? Artistic director Jacques Heim intended the latter, but he couldn't always convincingly make the case. The choreography's superhuman feats often overwhelmed the metaphorical themes within. But a corner has been turned.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Four teens could face attempted murder charges after police said they chased a man down in Huntington Beach and almost beat him to death with their skateboards. The victim, whose identity was not released, was rushed to UCI Medical Center's trauma center, where he underwent emergency surgery, KTLA reported . Police said the four teens, whose genders were not immediately available, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Two groups of teenagers began fighting about 7:50 p.m. Friday at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach, according to KTLA-TV . During the fight, a woman tried to break it up and was attacked.
NEWS
July 31, 1989
Palo Alto, the city that reimburses its employees 7 cents a mile to ride bikes to work, has taken steps to encourage commuter use of the skateboard. With passage of a controversial ordinance, the city is permitting skateboards on all but 25 of its busiest streets. The move has thrilled skateboarders--many cities, including nearby San Francisco, make skateboarding illegal-- but is unpopular with bicyclists, who fought for years to develop a bike trail system on Palo Alto streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
Citing the sports' increasing popularity, the City Council tonight will discuss the possibility of constructing facilities for in-line skating and skateboarding. City officials have tried to accommodate skaters by hosting chaperoned excursions to skate parks across Southern California. The city last month also had its first Streetwise SK8 Contest, setting up ramps, benches and hop boxes in the City Hall parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
Police arrested three teenagers on suspicion of stealing skateboards from another group of youngsters Saturday after threatening them with a chain and a stick near Pacific Coast Highway and 9th Street. The suspects allegedly threw the skateboards inside a van and were headed south toward Newport Beach when an officer spotted the vehicle. Someone had called police about the robbery and described the van, Police Lt. Jon Arnold said.
NEWS
June 16, 1994
I know it was not James Benning's intent to be amusing in his article (June 2) on banning sidewalk skateboarding in Manhattan Beach, but I had to laugh at his statement that Hermosa Beach already has a similar law, because it's a joke. The signs are posted on Pier Avenue prohibiting skateboards, bicycles and roller skates on the sidewalks, but in the eight years I have been walking on Pier Avenue, not once have I seen any attempt made to enforce that law. Skateboarders, bicyclists and roller skaters use the sidewalks with impunity.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Kids are no longer looking for greener pastures--they'd rather have cement. Or just about any other hard surface to plunk their skateboards on and catch imaginary waves. No place seems to be off limits: drainage ditches, empty swimming pools and even the tops of dumpsters. More than 20 million acrobatic, dry-land surfers have turned skateboarding into an industry that took in almost $250 million in wholesale equipment sales and $240 million for accessories and clothing in 1987.
IMAGE
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.
SPORTS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
HEALTH
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
Running a skateboarding area may be a risky venture, although a survey shows a lack of lawsuits in communities with such parks, according to a report that will be reviewed Monday by the City Council. "The big issue is still liability," City Manager Dan Joseph said. "Our risk management people are telling us that there is a big liability with building a skateboard park."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST
Pressing forward with plans to build a skateboard park somewhere in town, Councilman Wayne L. Peterson will recommend today that the city's Recreation Committee consider two more possible sites for the arena, including the city's popular "Bark Park." The city has searched for more than three years for an appropriate spot to build a skateboard park, which school and city officials say would be well used by local youth. At least 18 sites have been considered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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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