Going out of town/Important skateboarding hearing Feb. 9, 1pm (SF City Hall)

Assuming the passport office cooperates in expediting my passport renewal tomorrow, I'm going to be out of the country -- ask me privately if you want details -- and probably away from email starting this Saturday until February 16. So I will unfortunately be missing this month's meeting.

  Jeanine Ring and I will be driving down to L.A. for the convention on Thursday Feb. 17, and may have one or two extra spaces in the car if anyone wants to carpool (depending whether or not Eric Dupree decides to come with us).

  In the meantime, there is an important hearing on Weds., Feb. 9 on skateboarding in the city, if anyone is available to attend. Although of course it doesn't go far enough, this is an effort to get some positive changes to the law. See details below. My own hearing before the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee to get on the task force has not yet been scheduled, by the way, but I have gone to a couple of the group's meetings (though I'll miss the next one along with this hearing).

Yours in liberty,
        <<< Starchild >>>

From Skateboard Task Force Chair Ted Loewenberg <tedlsf@...>:

Starchild,

Have a safe and pleasant trip.

Marcy

  Assuming the passport office cooperates in expediting my

passport

renewal tomorrow, I'm going to be out of the country -- ask me
privately if you want details -- and probably away from email

starting

this Saturday until February 16. So I will unfortunately be missing
this month's meeting.

  Jeanine Ring and I will be driving down to L.A. for the

convention on

Thursday Feb. 17, and may have one or two extra spaces in the car

if

anyone wants to carpool (depending whether or not Eric Dupree

decides

to come with us).

  In the meantime, there is an important hearing on Weds., Feb.

9 on

skateboarding in the city, if anyone is available to attend.

Although

of course it doesn't go far enough, this is an effort to get some
positive changes to the law. See details below. My own hearing

before

the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee to get on the task force

has

not yet been scheduled, by the way, but I have gone to a couple of

the

group's meetings (though I'll miss the next one along with this
hearing).

Yours in liberty,
        <<< Starchild >>>

From Skateboard Task Force Chair Ted Loewenberg <tedlsf@s...>:

> 2. VERY IMPORTANT SESSION FOR SKATERS
> The Land Use Committee, chaired by Sophie Maxwell, will hear

public

> testimony on Sup. Ma's revision of MTC 100. That is our

legislation

> that Ms. Ma has agreed to carry for us. I believe Ms. Maxwell is

also

> co-sponsoring the bill. It is vital that as many of you attend

and

> speak as possible in support of the bill. In summary, the bill:
>
> a. makes it legal to skate at night, with proper lighting or
> reflective gear
> b. expands skateboard use from residential sidewalks only to also

use

> business district sidewalks AFTER BUSINESS HOURS
> c. calls for the city to educate and inform skaters of their

rights

> and responsibilities while boarding
> d. cleans up obsolete language in the regulation
> e. leaves room for other interests (BMX, in-line skaters, etc.)

to

> insert their own provisions for rules changes. The Task Force did

not

> presume to speak for non-represented groups.
>
> Major talking points:
> 1. the law is designed to cut skateboarders a little more slack

while

> remaining within the acceptable State of California rules

governing

> the roadways.
> 2. Skaters will still continue to skate as they are now. It does

not

> effectively change the current state of enforcement.
> 3. It is important that ALL users of the public sidewalks share

that

> space safely and responsibly. The task force will take the lead

in the

> outreach program.
>
> That's the deal. The hearing will be held on Feb. 9th, at City

Hall,

> probably room 263 at 1:00 pm. Please make every effort to attend,

and

> bring your friends who skate. This is the part of the political
> process where our ideas turn into changes for skaters.
>
> Please let me know if you have any questions. I will send out

another