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Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Silicon Valley billionaire who locked the gates at a popular Northern California beach must open them to the public, a state appeals court has ruled. In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on other coastal access cases, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he ended decades of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay, after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach. Upholding a 2014 ruling by the San Mateo County Superior Court, the appeals court judges, in a 50-page ruling released Thursday, ordered Khosla to open the gates immediately.

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"This is one of the most important issues of the day," said Joe Cotchett, of Burlingame, an attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental group that filed the lawsuit. "Can wealthy individuals buy up our beautiful beaches and say, 'Screw you, you can't walk to the water any more?'"

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Granting a nice easement is very Californian.

privatizing beaches is very fascist.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2017-08-10 10:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

With billionaires there are no real court victories because they will just keep appealing to higher courts and now they own the SC so when they get there they win. In case you haven't been paying attention, in America today, Justice is for sale to the highest bidder.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-11 03:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 5

Bastard....

#3 | Posted by Droffilc1945 at 2017-08-11 08:28 AM | Reply

The progressive plutocrats have made our beaches their own personal playground for decades. This is a very minor setback. They own the state and local politicians and have passed all kinds of regulations to keep "the little people" away from "their" beaches.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 08:57 AM | Reply

It would be interesting to know if this ruling could also be applied to other waterways, such as western rivers, where the public is increasingly being locked out of recreational opportunities such as rafting and fishing, because private land owners want to sell access to these publicly maintained resources for their own profit.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-08-11 11:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's ridiculous to force him to open it up unless the law specifies it. The guy just bought property and doesn't want anyone on it. Every homeowner is impacted by this decision. This is just the beginning of the government forcing us to allow quartering again. If you think that sounds extreme, the Amendment was created because of extremes. Think about that.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-11 11:51 AM | Reply

With billionaires there are no real court victories because they will just keep appealing to higher courts and now they own the SC so when they get there they win.

The highest this can go is the California Supreme Court, which probably won't even grant certiorari, so the appellate court decision will be final.

It's ridiculous to force him to open it up unless the law specifies it.

California law prohibits closing access to any beaches in the state, the Coastal Commission enforces a Public Access Program statewide.

The guy just bought property and doesn't want anyone on it.

It was open access for almost 70 years, but Khosla put up a gate and posted security guards in violation of State law. This decision just confirms the public's right to access under the Coastal Act.

Every homeowner is impacted by this decision.

Every beachfront homeowner has known about this law for decades, and some of the biggest douchebags in the State have been trying to close off the beaches since the Coastal Act was enacted in 1972.

This is just the beginning of the government forcing us to allow quartering again. If you think that sounds extreme, the Amendment was created because of extremes. Think about that.

This isn't some kind of new precedent in California, just the Appellate Court confirming long established State law.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-11 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

The progressive plutocrats have made our beaches their own personal playground for decades. This is a very minor setback. They own the state and local politicians and have passed all kinds of regulations to keep "the little people" away from "their" beaches.

They keep trying but the Coastal Commission keeps smacking them down. The irony is that most of the people trying to close off access are big Democrats (Khosla, Geffen, Streisand, Oprah and Ellison, to name a few).

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-11 02:16 PM | Reply

--The irony is that most of the people trying to close off access are big Democrats (Khosla, Geffen, Streisand, Oprah and Ellison, to name a few).

Agreed, but I was thinking of more than beach access, like construction of housing or motels in the plutocrat playground. I would love to see a Motel 6 built across PCH from Streisand's Malibu digs.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 04:24 PM | Reply

So when some stoner falls down and skins his knee, does he still get to sue the rich guy?

#10 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-08-11 04:50 PM | Reply

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#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Good post, RoC.

#11 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-08-11 04:56 PM | Reply

The progressive plutocrats have made our beaches their own personal playground for decades.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian

Yeah because conservative plutocrats are much more generous.

They'll happily give you all the mercury you desire pumped into the oceans.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-11 05:00 PM | Reply

Yeah because conservative plutocrats are much more generous.
They'll happily give you all the mercury you desire pumped into the oceans.

Interesting, I didn't know that generous conservative plutocrats had mercury pumps installed in their oceanfront mansions...

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-11 05:13 PM | Reply

I didn't know that generous conservative plutocrats had mercury pumps installed in their oceanfront mansions...
#13 | Posted by Rightocenter

No, they let their oil companies and coal companies do it for them. It's much cheaper that way. Particularly since they now don't have to worry about the EPA.

#14 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-08-11 05:25 PM | Reply

Interesting, I didn't know that generous conservative plutocrats had mercury pumps installed in their oceanfront mansions...

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter

THe mercury pumps are the coal plants they're fighting to keep using.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-11 05:26 PM | Reply

--Yeah because conservative plutocrats are much more generous.

The people who dominate the Cali coast are overwhelmingly Dem donors, as roc has documented numerous times. Sorry if the facts don't support your narrative.

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The people who dominate the Cali coast are overwhelmingly Dem donors, as roc has documented numerous times. Sorry if the facts don't support your narrative.

#16 | Posted by nullifidian

Yeah because conservatives don't want to live in a state where they don't own the government.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-11 05:54 PM | Reply

to bad rocket launchers are so hard to come by

#18 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-08-11 09:54 PM | Reply

This is just the beginning of the government forcing us to allow quartering again.

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Is this a joke? Or are you seriously retarded?

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2017-08-12 02:16 AM | Reply

He is seriously 'tarded!

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-12 07:24 AM | Reply

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