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Monday, October 01, 2018

With the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of review of the Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach I and II, LLC case, Surfrider celebrates today a momentous litigation victory that requires open beach access be provided at Martin's Beach as it has been for generations. This means the road to the beach must remain unlocked and open to the public until property owner billionaire, Vinod Khosla, applies for and obtains a permit to change access.

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According to LA Times:"The most conservative and divided Supreme Court in my lifetime confirmed that even a billionaire, who refuses to acknowledge that the law applies to him, and retains the most expensive attorneys he can find, cannot create a private beach," said Joseph Cotchett, lead attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, which sued Khosla. "Beaches are public in California, and the immensely wealthy must comply with the Coastal Act just like everyone else."

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Khosla is the Poster Child for the "Do as I say, not as I do" Silicon Valley elite.

Glad to see that most of the posters here who said that SCOTUS would gladly overturn the Coastal Act were incorrect in that assessment.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-01 12:03 PM | Reply

Progressive plutocrat loses. Hahahaha. That's great news for Californians.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-01 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2

Absolutely...now we need to turn our sights on the progressive plutocrats in SB that are limiting access to Hollister Ranch, this is a terrible result for them, they were hypocritically hoping that SCOTUS would allow Khosla to keep Martins private so that their settlement agreement with the Coastal Commission survives the legal challenges filed by the Gaviota Coast Conservancy.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-01 12:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't expect to see any "progressives" on this thread. These plutocrats are big donors to the Democrats.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-01 03:24 PM | Reply

True, next thing you know they are going to become huge advocates of private property rights...for lefty billionaires, of course.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-01 07:31 PM | Reply

*crickets*

-The DR Left

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-01 10:13 PM | Reply

WWMGD?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-01 10:21 PM | Reply

"the nation's highest court could have dismantled a landmark state law that declares that access to the beach is a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone."

All coastal states should have laws like that.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-01 10:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 - I agree. I don't know any liberal that would have disagreed with that sentiment. The only issue was which side SCOTUS would side with. Turns out they rejected this along with ~2,000 other petitions. No ruling, just "good-bye, we're not interested."

Did anyone comment on this on the DR before today? I didn't.

Anyway, doesn't matter what political party someone may belong to, if they're a d-bag, they're a d-bag. Khosla is a d-bag. Glad the lower court ruling stands.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2018-10-01 10:43 PM | Reply

Troll thread.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-10-01 10:49 PM | Reply

"Did anyone comment on this on the DR before today? I didn't."

Its popped up once or twice before. Same M.O., the Usual Suspects using it to smear their asinine caricature of liberals with their California King-sized broad brushes.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-01 10:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sweet. Now if we can only kick them out of funding politics....

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-10-01 11:14 PM | Reply

I wonder how much money Cali limousine leftists are sending out of state to O'Rourke, Gillum and others.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-01 11:22 PM | Reply

Nulli, you oppose getting the money out of politics, right? You don't want to end campaign contributions and political action committees, correct?

Just checking.

I want to get the money out of politics and confine politics to the public square. Keep it away from the distortions of the the board rooms and advertising agencies. A system that lets money buy speech serves moneyed interests, first and foremost.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-01 11:31 PM | Reply

Great place for drinking or, if you have a wet suit, snorkeling. Usually cold on the beach.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-10-02 12:46 AM | Reply

Don't expect to see any "progressives" on this thread.

Because this is a very local concern for some people. Not affecting most people in America.

Also. I'd wager public access to the coastlines, would be desired by all.

Back under your bridge, Trollifidian.

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-10-02 02:59 AM | Reply

*crickets*

-The DR Left

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-01 10:13 PM | Reply

Who cares what LeftCoastLawyer's do with their beaches?? I'm in Kansas for Pete sake.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-10-02 03:24 AM | Reply

--Because this is a very local concern for some people. Not affecting most people in America.

Actually this is just one of many examples of affluent progressive nimbyism in the bi-coastal blue bubble. They say they're for the people, but they don't want "the people" anywhere near "their" beaches. They make homeless-friendly policies that encourage people to come to San Francisco, but don't even suggest building homeless shelters anywhere near Nancy Pelosi's neighborhood, which also isn't where the half million syringes SF hands out to drug addicts end up.

They want to fight global warming with regressive taxes and higher utility and gas prices they can afford, but hurt the bottom 80 percent and especially the poor. And they are not about to reduce their own huge carbon footprints. They'll roll out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants with sanctuary cities and make California a "sanctuary state", but they don't have to compete with them for jobs and won't suffer from the resulting low wages. Instead they get cheap slave labor to serve them. And if housing prices go up their net worth goes up while other people live in their cars. They claim to believe in progressive taxes but don't dare take away their SALT deduction that mostly goes to the favored fifth. Paying state and local taxes are for the little people, so they have no problem raising them. They love to virtue-signal their love for refugees, but don't settle them in their communities.

The list goes on and on and...

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-02 04:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He just hasn't paid off the right people....yet.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2018-10-02 06:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"They'll roll out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants with sanctuary cities and make California a "sanctuary state", but they don't have to compete with them for jobs and won't suffer from the resulting low wages. Instead they get cheap slave labor to serve them."

So many lies in that post I won't even try to refute them all but we, the progressives, are in favor of immigration reform which would prevent "slave wages" but it is your team that opposes such legislation because so many of the donors to the GOP make huge profits off of illegal immigrants while your run your stupid mouth completely clueless about how our economy actually works.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-10-02 08:27 AM | Reply

"Who cares what LeftCoastLawyer's do with their beaches?? I'm in Kansas for Pete sake."

Why should I care what happens to you in Kansas, I live near a beach. Perhaps because we are all Americans and there should be a level of justice we all want even if we live far apart. Someday, I hope you get to visit California and get to go to one of these beaches and enjoy it as any American should be allowed to.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2018-10-02 08:30 AM | Reply

progressive plutocrats
affluent progressive nimbyism in the bi-coastal blue bubble

For an example of one of these "progressive plutocrats" see Jack Dangermond who bought all the land from Vandenburg AFB to Hollister Ranch and turned it into a nature preserve. What a scumbag, huh?

#22 | Posted by BluSky at 2018-10-02 08:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#22

And he's a huge Republican donor who made the donation to the Nature Conservancy to buy the land.

What a scumbag, huh?

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 11:11 AM | Reply

"Who cares what LeftCoastLawyer's do with their beaches?"

Still working that sad sockpuppet theory I see.

#24 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 11:14 AM | Reply

He just hasn't paid off the right people....yet.

#19 | POSTED BY 726 AT 2018-10-02 06:47 AM

He already tried, he made huge donations to the Half Moon Bay Planning Commission and wined and dined a number of Coastal Commissioner, to no avail.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 11:16 AM | Reply

If the locals want the property, or use of it, raise some local taxes and buy it. This property owner has the right to protect his property. Expecting him to maintain it, and assume the liability associated with giving free access to Surf Nazis, drug addicts and homeless is just plain wrong. This guy should have the same right to protect his property with a fence and armed guards as long as the Feinstein and Pelosi compounds are protected by fences and armed guards and prohibit even attempted contact.

#26 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-10-02 01:21 PM | Reply

In other California news:

Californians to try to kill high-speed rail project by referendum

hotair.com

Looking forward to voting to kill Moonbeam's Moondoggle.

#27 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-02 02:34 PM | Reply

In other California news:
Californians to try to kill high-speed rail project by referendum
hotair.com
Looking forward to voting to kill Moonbeam's Moondoggle.
#27 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You should try reading your article. The big cost and delay is from bridges and roads being in disrepair. This is a national problem that we continue to ignore.

Even Trump talked about it...then forgot about it apparently.

#28 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-10-02 02:40 PM | Reply

--The big cost and delay is from bridges and roads being in disrepair

Thanks, Moonbeam!

#29 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-02 02:51 PM | Reply

Just an FYI to Nulli and ROC - Khosla plays the field. He isn't Right or Left. He gives to both. He's a true capitalist. He's in it for the money.

#30 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-10-02 04:47 PM | Reply

FYI to Pete: Khosla, since 1998, has given to over 40 Democrats and 4 Republicans and was a bundler for Kerry, Obama (twice) and Hillary.

He is certainly in it for the money, but mostly when it has a (D) attached to it

#31 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 07:26 PM | Reply

I see that your anger with Khosla is because you don't like the team he usually plays for.

Not that the game itself is crooked.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-02 07:31 PM | Reply

First of all, I just pointing out Khosla's actual donations to Pete, who tried to make a point that was incorrect.

My anger is at the hypocrisy of the Lefty elite, who say one thing and do the exact opposite.

At least the plutocrats on the Right walk the talk with their scumbaggery.

#33 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 07:39 PM | Reply

"My anger is at the hypocrisy of the Lefty elite, who say one thing and do the exact opposite."

Since hypocrisy angers you so much, are you angry at the hypocrisy of your anger at the hypocrisy of the Lefty elite, but not at the hypocrisy of the Righty Elite?

Just curious.

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-02 07:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And he's a huge Republican donor
Lie

He is worth 4 billion and his company relies on government contracts. He gives to both parties like every other billionaire in the country. Standard baksheesh.

I think I sense a pattern. Rich guy does something you like = "huge" republican. Rich guy does something you dont like = progressive plutocrat.

#35 | Posted by BluSky at 2018-10-02 08:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He gives to both parties like every other billionaire in the country.

Just 9x more to one party than the other, which preaches to that party's base something 180 degrees from what he actually does.

There's that.

#36 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 10:02 PM | Reply

the hypocrisy of the Righty Elite?

That would have somewhat made sense but for the fact that I called out the Right Elite for their direct douchebaggery, no hypocrisy involved.

#37 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 10:05 PM | Reply

#35

Sorry, I thought you were talking about Khosla, but the same applies to Dangermond, who donates, according to Open Secrets, at least 6x more to GOP candidates.

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-02 10:07 PM | Reply

at least 6x more to GOP candidates
www.opensecrets.org

Post your link, I dont believe you.

#39 | Posted by BluSky at 2018-10-02 11:33 PM | Reply

"Looking forward to voting to kill Moonbeam's Moondoggle."

"The leaders of both companies lobbied incessantly for government aid. Their efforts led to the Pacific Railroad Acts of 1862 and 1864, which provided several forms of assistance. Each railroad received its right-of-way along with a land grant of ten alternating sections on both sides of every mile of track (about 12,800 acres per mile); the government retained the sections in between. In addition, the companies received government bonds totaling $16,000 a mile for each twenty-mile section of track completed on the plains. For the plateau between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains the amount per mile went up to $32,000 per mile and for the mountain regions, $48,000. Each company could also issue its own first mortgage bonds for the same amount as the government bonds, relegating the latter to a second mortgage."

ap.gilderlehrman.org

Progress costs money, conservatives want that money in their own pockets but pretend that they want progress. Can't have it both ways. They just gave themselves a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut which could have rebuilt roads and other infrastructure. I hope their expensive cars fall apart from the poor roads they drive on.

#40 | Posted by danni at 2018-10-03 09:00 AM | Reply

--#40 | Posted by danni

Nothing in there relevant to Governor Moonbeam's goofy train through the desert.

#41 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-03 09:23 AM | Reply

What amazes me is how everyone turns something like this into a partisan scuffle FFS. Maybe you should all just chill out a bit. This was a classic case of perceived property rights versus public access rights. Nothing more, nothing less.

#42 | Posted by DMTDust at 2018-10-03 01:11 PM | Reply

Post your link, I dont believe you.

#39 | POSTED BY BLUSKY AT 2018-10-02 11:33 PM

LOL, you need to run more than just Dangermond in Opensecrets to see what donations are made, individual donations are capped at a low level so only provide a fraction of the money spent.

Run ESRI, ESRI, Inc., Environmental Systems, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. under Donors, Lobbyists, Members and Groups and you will see that there are major donations, mostly to Rs and the RNC Committees and PACs from entities controlled by the Dangermonds.

#43 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-03 01:45 PM | Reply

Oh my! The world does not love us any more! It is better to be feared than loved. Most of the world is run by monsters.

#44 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-10-03 01:49 PM | Reply

Don't expect to see any "progressives" on this thread. These plutocrats are big donors to the Democrats.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian

Khosla gives money to republicans and democrats.

Progressives dont donate to republicans.

Try again.

#45 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-10-03 01:53 PM | Reply

Progressives dont donate to republicans.
Try again.

#45 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-10-03 01:53 PM

Money to Candidates

SOROS, GEORGE
NEW YORK, NY 10128 SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT 06-17-1996 $1,000.00 Specter, Arlen (R)

#46 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-03 02:30 PM | Reply

#46 | Posted by Rightocenter

Did you put the decimal in the right place on that?

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-10-03 02:45 PM | Reply

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