Posted by: 4pack | October 31, 2008

Santa Monica Cracking Down On “Public Exercise”???

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE…OGGIES MUST UNITE BEHIND THS GROSS “MISALLOCATION” OF POLICE AUTHORITY…LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT…WE HAVE AN OBESITY EPIDEMIC…TYPE 2 ADULT ONSET DIABETES IS SURGING…AND THE ANSWER IS……POLICE CRACKDOWN OF PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF “FITNESS”?????? WE WILL BE ALL OVER THIS…THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN IN THE “SAND”….

“…James Birch, 62, who was cited for some sit-ups and push-ups, attacked the crackdown as “a misallocation of police resources…”

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3287592/Fitness-fanatics-fined-for-doing-press-ups-in-streets.html

Locals in Santa Monica Canyon, California, said so many people were coming to the area to exercise it had turned the streets around their home into a makeshift gym.

The community has steep public staircases linking streets that hundreds of fitness enthusiasts run or power walk up and down every day.

Residents complained some were also bringing exercise equipment such as benches, mats and balls to work out on grassy areas, leaving behind water bottles and even peeing on people’s gardens.

Only jogging and walking are permitted under a local ordinance so recently police began issuing warnings and even some fines of around £100 to people caught doing anything else.

James Birch, 62, who was cited for some sit-ups and push-ups, attacked the crackdown as “a misallocation of police resources”.

“I was more than a little outraged that as a taxpayer I was no longer able to use public property for exercising,” the online music company executive told the Los Angeles Times. He is due in court on November 13.

Santa Monica authorities have been questioning residents about the issue and whether they support the police crackdown.

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Responses

  1. The People’s Republic of Santa Monica strikes again! Here are my thoughts on this outrage: http://justmypointofview.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/santa-monicas-no-exercise-zone/

  2. Santa Monica’s No-Exercise Zone: Get Off My Traffic Island!

    This sunny story from the (People’s Republic of) Santa Monica brightens our days.

    It’s just the kind of entertaining story that puts everything in perspective: On the East Coast,we’re wringing our hands over the gloomy economic news (and the years of deregulation that have helped get us into this mess).

    And, meanwhile, some of our sun-drenched sisters and brothers on the West Coast are actually getting all worked up over working out. Now that’s something I can get behind!

    Read the rest at http://www.justmypointofview.wordpress.com


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