Lunada Bay Surfers Targeted by A Class-Action Lawsuit

Surfers at Lunada Bay have been grouped into the same category as the Bloods and the Crips according to a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by El Segundo Police Officer Cory Spencer and surfer Diana Milena Reed.

El Segundo police Officer Cory Spencer is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the Bay Boys surfer gang and the city of Palos Verdes Estates. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The two claim that the locals of Lunada Bay, a pristine right-hand point break in Los Angeles County, “confront, threaten to kill, assault, vandalize property, extort, and bring harm to other persons” who try to surf the break.

The Dailly Breeze reported that the federal class-action lawsuit aims to represent those who cannot enjoy their constitutional right to access and surf the break.

El Segundo police officer Cory Spencer and Diana Milena Reed are the plaintiffs in the case. They’re asking a federal judge to stop the Bay Boys from congregating and perpetrating their various forms of mayhem, however cliché they may be.

The suit seeks numerous fines and payments for emotional and physical damages as well as a gang injunction. The California Penal Code defines a criminal street gang as a group with a common name or symbol whose members engage in specific crimes.

Lunada. Photo: Levin

According to the list of crimes which can classify an organization as a criminal street gang often include the following: assault, robbery, homicide/manslaughter, drug trafficking, intimidation, kidnapping, burglary and rape.

The L.A. Times reports that last month the California Coastal Commission sent a letter to Palos Verdes Estates officials that said the Bay Boys are so “entrenched” that they are subject to the commission’s watchdog regulations and permitting processes.

“Plaintiffs are suffering ongoing irreparable harm, including loss of sleep, emotional distress, and mental anguish as a proximate result of Palos Verdes Estates and Defendant Chief of Police Jeff Kepley’s deliberate indifference to Plaintiff’s rights,” the suit says.

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