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Friday, June 14, 2013
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Let me see if I have this right. Should I be walking a dog down the sidewalk and should this dog defecate on the sidewalk, I would be subject to a fine if I did not clean up the mess. Correct? I would also be seriously fined if I drove my car on the sidewalk. Correct? I could possibly be incarcerated and have my vehicle impounded. Correct?

But I could get on a skateboard/bicycle and whiz down the sidewalk actually knock people over and nothing would happen to me. There would be no fine or impounding of my skateboard or bike. Correct?

If this city is so broke, why not start ticketing the *&%$#@()_%^&$#@ and impounding their weapons. Yes, skateboard and bicycles are weapons. Just wait until one knocks you down, and you will agree.

I no longer walk to my office; it isn’t safe, so I take my car. I no longer spend lunch hours in restaurants and spend money because I don’t feel safe walking around. I don’t shop in Santa Barbara but spend my money out of town where I am not bombarded by these terrorists on wheels.

Something tells me you won’t print this letter because it might put you out of favor, or because the solution is far too simple. Require a license to ride a skateboard or skates, bicycles, etc. and suffer the consequence of a ticket if you do so on the sidewalks of Santa Barbara.

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You need to spend less time writing letters and more time on an analyst's couch.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"I no longer walk to my office: it isn't safe...."

I can understand how you may think that given your experience. But there's a world of difference between fear and reality.

It makes me sad that you're not able to differentiate between something that happened once and something that never happens, 9/10 times you might be downtown.

I don't agree with a snarky response that says you need therapy. But I do think there's a disconnect between reality and your fear. If you spend your money out of town, I can guarantee you that the same possibility is true, it's just that you haven't experienced it, yet.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

it's a changing of cultures.. middle-aged walkers in town (I am one) now need to be much more alert and often look back while pacing the city sidewalks. As I've said before, it's nothing in town like it is at UCSB: mayhem, baby. I know, KV, you content the more creative and rebellious do this, & I can go along with it most of the time. If I have, I'll give a bump to repeat zooming guys hemming me or my spouse in; a very few give the 95% of boarders a bad rep. Hey, that's like mountain bikers, just 5 or 6% crazy-scary ones can make others hate ALL mountain bikers (or, skateboarders). Be honest, KV, many of these males are aggressive types, no?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Given the increasing aggressive habits I see among drivers and bicyclists I would tend to think the author is probably telling the truth.

It isn't about skateboard, bicycles, or motorized vehicles per se, it's about too many rats in the cage paying hyperinflated prices for the privilage of living in California who are flipping out under the stress.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 9:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

OK, Bill, so they then go to a local bar or to the Casino out your way, get lit up, and roar out and kill themselves or other drivers or luckily just get a DUI. Of if young boarders, smoke some weed, do something else to get high, then roar down the sidewalks in town. Cultures changing....
I am sorry for J. Williams, but she also needs to adjust. It is not so difficult to whip out your cellphone and take a pic of one of these as****les, just to frighten them, let them see you doing it...or yell at them...stand up for your rights. I have been verbally accosted by one of these wheeled-yahoos about the pic, and it's kinda fun to growl F*** O**!
And yes, lots of skateboarders are very polite and pleasant, but not all.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 15, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds as though you enjoy the tete-a-tete with them Dan, but some people would rather be able to ambulate without fear of getting knocked over. Plus, being a man gives one a bit of an advantage in a confrontation that might turn physical.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 15, 2013 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Happy Go Skateboarding Day!!

All around the country people big and small, young and old are grabbing a deck and having some fun, join us!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Grab your board and go sidewalk surfin' with me....

equus_posteriori (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2013 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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