a-1566355742 Apr 03, 2019 01:13 AM Skateboarder Wanted for Assault A week ago I, with my 85-year-old friend (one who is recovering from a broken hip and walks with use of a cane) and my 50-lb dog (on-leash) were walking slowly up that bit of sidewalk toward Victoria St, just north of and behind the Victoria Post Office. We were about 10' from the curb when, no exaggeration, a young guy on a skateboard came rapidly hurtling toward us, jumped the curb and came to an amazingly sudden and impressive halt about 3' from us. My dog, who is by no means a fan of skateboarders, was surprisingly well-behaved-----until the guy on the skateboard started talking back to me. I said, "Get off the sidewalk! You're not supposed to skate here!" The young guy was actually well-mannered about it at first, but then he proceeded to inform me that a police officer had told him it was "okay" to skate downtown, just not on State St. I replied, "That's not true. The officer was mistaken." A bit of back and forth ensued, wherein I mentioned the parameters of downtown off limits to skaters: Sola to Cabrillo, State St and both sides of State including Santa Barbara St, Anacapa St, Chapala St and De La Vina St, where it is illegal for skaters to be on skateboards or for anyone one using inline skates/roller skates. The guy did not believe me. He continued to talk and at this point my dog became agitated and I asked the skater to please move along, which he did---skating off and away down the sidewalk. I do believe what the skater had said about being told what he was doing was okay. I don't think he was making any of it up. It really annoys me no end that our SBPD would give out false information about skaters and the ordinance against them skating downtown. Skaters are not even allowed to skate in the roadway, much less on the sidewalks. I am just happy my geriatric friend wasn't hurt and that my dog kept his cool. And I wish that SBPD would crack down on these skaters before someone is injured for life.