EDITOR'S NOTE: This corrects an earlier version of the story. Arnie Pike did not sue the Orange County Transportation Authority. He criticized its accessibility, but did not sue the agency.
BALBOA ISLAND — The Balboa Island Ferry and the shops along Marine Avenue are some of the most charming places in Southern California.
That's unless you are disabled, Arnie Pike contends.
Pike, a wheelchair-bound man, and another disabled woman are suing the city to make Balboa Island more accessible. They claim there aren't enough disabled parking spaces along the main shopping street, that the sidewalks are too crowded with benches and signs, and that the Balboa Island Ferry is inaccessible.
After two years of negotiations and court proceedings, the parties are going to trial.
"I want it to be improved for everybody who is disabled," Pike said, "so we can all use the facilities like normal people."
Pike, 72, began using a wheelchair after he suffered a stroke in the 1990s. His co-plaintiff, Christie Rudder, 48, was in a car accident that left her a partial quadriplegic. She also uses a wheelchair.