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OPINION
May 31, 2013
Re "The Malibu app," Editorial, May 29 Malibu provides a great example of why California's voters overwhelmingly voted to take coastal resources out of the hands of local politicians. Those who live along our beaches are apt to be among the most wealthy and powerful local citizens, who naturally want all the privacy they can buy. Parking restrictions are among the first tactics used to exclude all but locals from the beach. We're having a similar problem in Venice. A group of upscale residents wants preferential parking restrictions here too. The Coastal Commission has voted them down twice, but the group sued its way to a third hearing this month, claiming preferential parking is some kind of right and demanding local control.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The state Senate approved a measure Friday that would give the California Coastal Commission the ability to impose fines. The bill , which would grant new power to the agency that oversees land use and public access along California's 1,100-mile coastline, passed narrowly on a 21 to 17 vote. It now goes to the state Assembly, which is expected to approve the Senate's amendments and send the bill to the governor. Unlike more than 20 other state agencies, California's coastal regulator must go to court to collect penalties from those who harm coastal habitat, build without permission or block public access to the beach.
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OPINION
January 18, 2012
The Occupy L.A. group that camped out at City Hall for months before being ejected in late November may have chosen the wrong venue: Not only would protesting in Malibu have been more scenic, it would have more appropriately symbolized the group's struggle against the unfairnesses perpetrated by the 1% — such as the refusal by certain super-wealthy individuals to allow public access to public beaches. A recent report by the California Coastal Commission showed that some progress has been made across the state in improving access to the 1,100-mile shoreline, whose wet sands and craggy tide pools are part of the birthright of all Californians and cannot be privately owned below the high tide line.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Screenwriter Melissa Mathison has sold her Malibu home for $9.6 million to commercial real estate developer and USC benefactor Sonny Astani. The Zen-inspired home, built in 1973, incorporates fireplace stone, Balinese wood and other materials gathered from around the world by earlier owner Gail Zappa, wife of the late musician Frank Zappa. The 3,940-square-foot home contains six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property has 84 feet of ocean bluff frontage and deeded beach access.
OPINION
December 9, 2010 | By Bonnie Neeley
The Times' Nov. 23 editorial on local municipalities imposing beach curfews was well intentioned but misinformed. While recognizing fundamental public beach access rights and acknowledging that allowing local governments unilateral discretion over beach closures ? which the California Coastal Commission opposes -- is not a good idea, the editorial the commission's historic approach to dealing with this issue. The Commission is always concerned about public safety issues and takes them into careful consideration when reviewing locally imposed access restrictions.
OPINION
August 28, 2002
California's 1,100-mile coastline is a public treasure, by law and by custom. The rich have no more right to the sand, at least below the high-tide mark, than the poor. This shouldn't need restating but it does, because wealthy landowners are struggling on every front to keep the beaches to themselves. Their campaign is not always direct. For instance, not a single individual or group is on the record as opposing state Sen.
OPINION
January 8, 2002
I think Steve Lopez ("A Walk on the Beach Is No Stroll in the Park," Jan. 4) and the public have this beach access story all mixed up. The uproar in Malibu is not really about public access to a five-foot-wide rocky beach, but about the steps that were taken to make this "beach" a public access point in the first place. The California Coastal Commission is the only true dictatorship in California. What it says goes, and it is as political an organization as you can find in this state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1985 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
About $375,000 in Coastal Conservancy funds will be granted this summer to restore three major beach access points along the Encinitas and Leucadia bluffs, including a new stairway to the popular Swami's surfing area.
REAL ESTATE
December 14, 1986 | DAVID W. MYERS
Friend-of-the-court briefings will be filed Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court in a Ventura County case that could have a broad impact on California's coastal communities and might also affect key land-use issues in the nation's interior. The case, Nollan vs. California Coastal Commission, involves the government's ability to demand that property owners allow the public access to their lands.
OPINION
July 17, 2013
Re "Verdict not a surprise to some," July 15 The state of Florida does not have a third option it could have used to prosecute George Zimmerman such as the one a few states have, including California. We have an "imperfect self-defense" provision in our criminal code, effectively Door No. 3 that can be picked by California prosecutors. This provides that the person killing another in self-defense made the wrong decision in assuming that his life was in immediate peril, and that the defendant bears some responsibility for overreacting.
OPINION
July 17, 2013
Re "For Gavin Newsom, it's lonely just below the top," Column One, July 15 With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom having no influence on Jerry Brown, clearly our governor does not subscribe to Abraham Lincoln's "team of rivals" leadership style. So if Newsom feels he is powerless, I invite him to switch places with me. I am a member of a neighborhood association and a board member of a neighborhood council. I lobby my local City Council member's office and other departments regularly to try to improve the quality of life in my community.
OPINION
July 17, 2013
Re "New rules for beach blazes," July 13 The founders of the South Coast Air Quality Management District would no doubt roll in their graves at the excesses and political favors being done under the agency's auspices today. The agency's valiant efforts to protect neighborhoods near the beach has begun, but whether that protection has more to do with air quality or the nature of the people using the beach is open for debate. Now that many of those nasty fires have been restricted, perhaps the next step will be to permit only electric vehicles to drive in the area.
OPINION
July 17, 2013
Re "Foes of border bill focus on House," July 14 I chuckle when I see advocates of curbing immigration attacked for not being truly conservative. We're also attacked as just racists for not being truly liberal supporters of workers and the environment. In reality, immigration cuts across political lines. Some fiscal conservatives want mass immigration for cheap labor. Some social liberals want mass immigration for diversity or to help poor and oppressed foreigners. By contrast, some cultural conservatives want less immigration to preserve America from an unassimilable human wave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
California lawmakers adopted  a resolution  Monday in support of beach fire rings as a California tradition, according to a news release from the office of the resolution's author, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach). The action came as officials and residents throughout Southern California continued to debate a ban on beach fires proposed by regional air quality regulators, which has split those concerned about negative health effects for those living near the fires and those fighting to keep the tradition alive.
OPINION
May 31, 2013
Re "The long haul in Syria," Opinion, May 29 The recent successes of the Syrian army are causing some to rethink their belief that President Bashar Assad's government faces imminent collapse. Meanwhile, our government and our allies are eager to see a just and quick end to Assad's oppressive rule. Support for the rebels has been limited, as we have mainly concerned ourselves with diplomacy with the Russians. Those who want U.S. military intervention against Assad must now ask themselves: What if this regime should come out triumphant and once again become the despised but legal government of that country?
OPINION
May 30, 2013
Re "Putting Malibu's shore on the line," Column One, May 27 I'm glad that environmental writer Jenny Price is helping Malibu beachgoers find the accessways often deliberately obscured by wealthy beachfront homeowners. But it's too bad that because these gazillionaires think they own these public beaches, this issue is taking so long to get resolved. If you visit my town (right on the Pacific Ocean), you will find easily accessible beach walks and parking lots. Walkers, surfers, boogie boarders, horses and dogs can use the beach whenever they want.
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