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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ski California getting increasingly difficult thanks to Nanny State regulations

California now officially a "No Fun Zone"

by Eric Dondero

Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, getting increasingly difficult at California's famous resorts? Blame it on the Nanny State, more specifically un-elected bureaucrats and the Democrat-controlled legislature. Authorities in California are getting increasingly safety conscience to the point of outright bans on those seeking a little Winter fun.

From Frank Girardot, Metro Editor for San Gabriel Valley News Group, Whittier Daily News, "Nanny state forces us to settle for slush" Jan. 25:
Forget about taking responsibility for your actions anymore.

"Officials" and "authorities" take a strong stand against personal responsibility. At least that's what I got out of an article that appeared in Monday's newspaper.

The story, by staff writer Brian Day, had some information that makes clear just how much we've become a nanny state:

About 900 people drove up San Gabriel Canyon Sunday seeking snow.

Unspecified safety concerns caused authorities to close roads above 3,200 feet.

Families hoping to enjoy a day frolicking in fresh fallen snow instead settled for slushy remains at lower elevations.
Gabriel sums up his frustration:
Enough already.

We've allowed anonymous "authorities," "experts" and "officials" to control our lives and turn California into a virtual no-fun zone.

Events in San Gabriel Canyon this weekend and in the state Legislature this month stand as good reminders for us all. California is now a place where... snow is too dangerous.

So we settle for slush.
But it doesn't stop at higher elevation closures. Democrats in the state legislature are now seriously proposing mandatory helmets for California skiiers.

Nanny-statism should be part of California culture says Democrat lawmaker

From the Sac Bee, "Two Bills would require helmets on Ski Slopes" Jan. 25:
California children must wear a helmet to ride a bicycle, skates, skateboard or non-motorized scooter...

The measures by Sacramento Assemblyman Dave Jones and San Francisco Sen. Leland Yee, both Democrats, would make it clear that the constitutional right to pursue happiness does not include skiing bareheaded.

"Lots of Californians take advantage of some wonderful skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and we want to make sure that they are as safe as possible," said Jones, whose bill also targets other aspects of snow-sport safety.

Yee said families would abide by a mandatory ski and snowboard helmet law, realizing that the goal is to reduce the number of head injuries in a sport where one fall can cause permanent harm.

"People will understand that the culture has changed and that (wearing helmets) is the way we do it now," he said.

Republicans, a minority in both houses, have reacted swiftly to oppose the legislation. Continuing:
Opponents criticize the new legislation as "nanny government" in which lawmakers usurp parents in deciding what is best for children.

Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, characterized the proposal as "kind of silly."

"I think it's overregulation," he said. "I'm sensitive to sometimes the government watching out for people, but people need to learn to take care of themselves, and look out for themselves."

Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R- Irvine, said life and sport inevitably pose risk of injury and overzealous government, left unchecked, someday could require thrill-seekers to wear a full crash helmet and cover themselves in bubble wrap.

"Where do we stop?" DeVore asked.
As of yet, ski enthusiast, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not indicated where he stands on the proposeld legislation.

Of course, runaway entitlement spending by the Democrat-controlled legislature has also led to state park closures, adding to the woes of winter fun seekers.

California's loss may be other states' gains. Ski Utah anyone?

8 comments:

William said...

Frankly, I'm happy to see how bureaucrats are regulating every aspect of people's lives in my home state. Maybe now young people will do what young people do best: Rebel!

It is difficult to imagine youngsters (of any age) putting up with this bullshit. You can only pressure people so far before they retaliate. Oh sure, there are girly men who would never don a pair of skis, but they pale in comparison to the male population throughout the state, especially in rural areas, of which there are many.

I truly wish a ban on surfing, for whatever moronic reasoning; polluted waters etc. Once that happens, you can bet your Butthole Surfers and Black Flag LP's, a dangerous revolution will start... and it won't be pretty. "Progressive" politicians will be next on the endangered species list, and rightly so.

Eric Dondero said...

It will start when the punk rockers who are "libertarian at heart," turn on their natural inclinations to side with Democrats.

Watch the punk rockers real, real closely. They turn, the whole culture will follow.

John Morris said...

I don't know, slush can be very slippery and with all the polution caused by corporations; it's probably not safe to play in or touch. Also, it melts causing potential mudslides or just slippery mud filled with toxic chemicals.

Think of the children! Sure, we grew up playing in the snow but that was before we knew better.

If you or your family have been injured by slush call a lawyer.

Eric Dondero said...

Good advice John. Thanks for that.

Doom said...

Amazing, if not surprising. In a state that is pretty much going bankrupt, the Democrats (that is who the statists, nannies, whatever you want to call them, are after all) decide to cut income streams on top of spending what the state does not have and taxing the rich out of their state. I would have to find a way out of that state before they put up dmz stations at the state lines, and perhaps begin building fences to enhance that. Or, do they do that already?

Wow, all I can say is Wow.

John Morris said...

The irony of all this is that it's very likely that in a few years after perhaps California has a near third world economy, there will be a desperate push to allow anything that will bring in cash.

Look at what's going on with gambling in the former Rust Belt. It's gone from totally illegal to a rush. Pennsylvania is betting next years budget on it.

Next I predict strip mining in the national parks. Look at what happened in the USSR.

Eric Dondero said...

The good thing is that we're very likely to gain seats in the California Assembly and Senate in 2010. Perhaps some sanity can return back to the State. Though, I'm not terribly confident in Meg Whittman. Good image and all, but a bit too squishy.

John Morris said...

I really don't know if gaining some seats will do it. California is a cancer, a seriously infected limb and honestly I think it might be best if it's cut off.

Keep those 10th amendment resolutions at the ready. You know there will have to be some type of bailout and we have to be ready to stop it.