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Not a safe place for skateboarding

April 17, 2013

We live on the corner of Chula Senda Lane and Georgian Road in La Cañada.

Coming south on Georgian, past the fire station, there is a completely blind curve — there are dense bushes right next to the curb, making it impossible to see more than three feet in front of you. Traveling east on Georgian there is a steep hill and you cannot see the street at the bottom of the hill for about 20 yards.

The steepness of the hill makes it a big draw for skateboarders.

For about a year now, we’ve had a growing faction of young boys getting together almost every day practicing their skateboarding skills on this corner. I’ve stopped several times to warn them of the danger, and I’ve seen many other drivers stop as well.

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I don’t know any of the boys, but they seem to be in fifth through ninth grade (there are different groups). Several other neighbors have approached me and are concerned about potential accidents and are wondering what actions we should take.

My desk faces the corner, and as I sit there, I see countless falls and cars swerving to avoid the boys. I have the urge to go out and supervise them myself, but feel that it is not my place — although I did supervise my own boys skateboarding on that hill when they were young. But if something were to happen to a single one of these boys, I couldn’t live with myself for not speaking up.

Mothers and fathers: If your sons go out skateboarding, please ask them where they are going, or come to the corner of Georgian and Chula Senda and see for yourself if your son is there. Supervise them, take them to a skateboard park, or find a safer area for them to practice.

Jody Platisa
La Cañada Flintridge

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