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Malibu's skateboard crackdown

March 15, 2009 | 10:36 am

Malibu got  a lot of publicity with its effort to ban a dangerous type of downhill skateboarding on hilly streets. But the Malibu Surfside News took a look at the city's new skateboarding rules and found they were much more extensive than originally believed. And that won't make skaters happy:

Local skateboarders, who were assured by the city spinmeisters  that the ordinance banning the sport only applied to steep mountain roads in the city, may be surprised to learn the ban as finally codified is a lot broader in scope. Even a quick reading of the summary of Ordinance 334 approved by the Malibu City Council two weeks ago will prove so. The city attorney, with the council concurrence, expanded the ban to include any public facility, but what that turns out to mean in the lexicon of law is far more widespread that many adherents of the sport might have thought.