City Council to Vote on Amended Bill #120534, Thursday 12/13 @ 10AM
On October 4th, 2012, bill #120534 implicating skateboarding and public art, monument and memorial, went before full City Council for final passage. In light of the many testamonies against the bill, Councilman Oh, moved to suspend the bill so that it could be further reviewed in concert with the skate community.
Franklin's Paine along with other leaders of the local skate community have been in contact with Councilman Oh's office since the bill was put on the suspended list to express our concerns about the high penalties, jail time, and vagueness of the proposed language.
The new version of the bill now mandates signage to enforce, and reduces the $2,000 and 90 days in jail maximum penalty for skateboarding on marked public art, monument and memorial, to a maximum $1,000 with no jail time. While this is a positive change, $1,000 would still be the highest fine for skateboarding in the nation. Note that section 10-200 of the bill on "Ethnic Intimidation and Institutional Vandalism" still carries jail time up to 30 days.
The full amended version of the bill is attached below for your reference and review, and this version of the bill will go before full City Council on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 10am in City Hall's council chambers for final vote. Comments from the public will be welcome up to 3 minutes each and we encourage you to attend!