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Supervisors vote to ban skateboarding on Alameda County-owned property

But new law exempts county roads, alleys, sidewalks

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban skateboarding on all county property, which means that violators can be cited after the ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

The board's vote on Tuesday came at the request of Sheriff Gregory Ahern, who told the board in a memo that skateboarders "are creating significant damage" to the front steps of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, the county administration building across the street and other county properties.

Ahern said that in addition to the damage, "These skateboarders are creating a liability issue for the county."

Ahern said that currently there is no Oakland city ordinance that would allow for issuing skateboarding citations and no county ordinance against skateboarding that would apply to county facilities in Oakland.

The sheriff said the ordinance is site-specific to the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, the administration building and any other county property, as long as the property "is clearly and conspicuously posted with signs stating that skateboarding is prohibited."

The ordinance doesn't apply to county roads, streets, highways, sidewalks, lanes or alleys.

Jeff Shuttlewort, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Larry D. Smith
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

I'm sad to see our supervisors vote to issue citations for skateboarders.
Really? This is a sport like any other sport. Would you cite them for playing baseball? Basketball? etc. Do we have any supervisors that skated in their youth? I'm guessing not...This is America, or have you forgotten?
God Bless America and our skateboarders.


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Posted by Pleasantonian
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

Pleasantonian is a registered user.

I was almost knocked down by a skateboarder in front of Raley's one day last year. When I asked him if he could read the sign that said no skateboarding, he flipped me off. When they are damaging property and infringing on other people's rights to walk on the sidewalk, I have no sympathy for them. JMHO of course.


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Posted by Commentor
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

Not all who skateboard are of the flipping-off, property-damaging, infringing-on-other-people's rights kind. Some skateboard for fun, physical activity, and/or to get from point A to point B. While a agree that anyone who damages public property should be cited, to enact a law "banning skateboarding" sounds like a lazy solution.


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Posted by Just Sayin'
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

I think they were saying the law would only pertain to county property like the courthouse steps etc. "...The ordinance doesn't apply to county roads, streets, highways, sidewalks, lanes or alleys..." And yes, if it is damaging property, it is because they are using the steps to perform stunts - there are skateboard parks around specifically for that purpose. Go use one of those.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

FrequentWalkerMiles is a registered user.

"I'm sad to see our supervisors vote to issue citations for skateboarders.
Really? This is a sport like any other sport. Would you cite them for playing baseball? "

Larry, I'm pretty sure you can't play baseball on county building steps or retaining walls.


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