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Laguna Beach skateboard ban 'criminalizes our children,' critics say

April 11, 2011 |  7:52 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef014e86f0182a970d-600wi

Click to read brochureThe Laguna Beach City Council gave final approval to a ban on skateboards on some of its steepest streets despite a last-minute effort by critics to halt the ordinance.

"We are not prohibiting skateboarding in Laguna Beach, we are just prohibiting it on dangerous streets," Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson said during last week's hearing.

Some critics say the rules are too harsh and seem to unfairly target skateboarders.

"My concern is these kids have been vilified," Kimberly O'Brien-Young said.

"I read the prohibitions in the ordinance," John Shad added. "This will criminalize our children. It's tough enough being a kid today. Have a heart."

The new regulations and information about skateboarding in town are contained in a brochure that will be available at the Police Department and from patrol officers. Police Chief Paul Workman has prepared a draft of the brochure

Read the full story here: Skateboarding limits affirmed

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-- Barbara Diamond, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot / Times Community News

Photo: Skateboarders in Laguna Beach in 2010. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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