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October 28, 1988 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
It's not every day that you bump into a skateboard ramp while browsing through the racks in your favorite clothing store. Which is one of the reasons why the designer of Beach Access decided to include a ramp in the South Coast Plaza shop. She wanted to shake up the customers. But it's not just the skateboard ramp that commands attention at the 2-month-old operation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | STEVE LOPEZ
Surf shop owner and former Malibu Mayor Jefferson Wagner attended a celebrity-infused Memorial Day party on Billionaire's Beach and, according to him, all the buzz was about a beach access story in the L.A. Times. No surprise there. My colleague Martha Groves' story that day was about Jenny Price, the activist behind a smartphone app designed to "help beachgoers outfox privacy-loving millionaires and open up the coast once and for all. " So what was the take among Hollywood glitterati, moguls and other luminaries at Monday's soiree?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The California Coastal Commission agreed Wednesday to a settlement proposed by entertainment mogul David Geffen to end decades of wrangling over public access to the beach at his Malibu estate. The 12-member commission unanimously agreed to forgive Geffen for mistakenly building a deck that intruded into a public easement over the sand in front of his beach complex in exchange for his opening a 42-foot stretch of beach that had been closed to the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
After a decades-long struggle to win approval for a 121-acre gated community of 118 homes and a resort on a commanding bluff in Dana Point, developers made extraordinary concessions for public access, including four access points and an inclined railway called a "funicular" that shuttles visitors to a secluded beach known as the Strand. But now that the bluff-top lots, marketed as the "last undeveloped oceanfront property" in Southern California, have started to sell for as much as $12 million, locked metal gates have gone up and signs posting hours have appeared at the top of the stairways: "Coastal Access (Limited to Sidewalk)
NEWS
December 22, 1993 | DAVID REYES and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Responding to a growing trend among local governments to limit beach access through curfews, parking lot closures and other means, the California Coastal Commission has issued a warning that such curfews are illegal without commission approval. In a letter sent to 73 cities and counties situated on the state's 1,100-mile coastline, the commission also indicated that it will not approve any long-term closures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - For decades, surfers, smelt fishermen and picnickers flocked to Martin's Beach - a crescent-shaped haven south of Half Moon Bay, backed by stunning cliffs. They paid a small entry fee to the family that ran the property for a century, and their good times were memorialized in bucolic postcards. Then in 2008 a new owner came along and barred the gate, spurring protests and a spate of litigation. That battle intensified Tuesday when a suit was filed on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation, alleging that the limited liability companies that own the land - with a Silicon Valley billionaire behind them - are in violation of the California Coastal Act. Helping to litigate the case is former Republican Rep. Pete McCloskey.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
It isn't often we hear from those who empathize with Malibu homeowners in the continuing battle for beach access in that oceanfront city. Which isn't surprising, considering this fight pits moneyed residents against less-well-off beachgoers seeking access to publicly owned land the homeowners seek to confiscate. Readers tend not to speak up for beach-dwellers who can afford to hire security guards to harass the unwashed off their sand. So this time, some Malibu residents are speaking up for themselves.
NEWS
July 4, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On this Independence Day, with the presidential elections looming and the Olympic games starting in Atlanta, Americans are wearing their pride on their shirt sleeves, not to mention their ball caps, bikinis and boxer shorts. The spirit of '96 has caused a wave of star-spangled clothing and accessories. Old Glory is everywhere, unfurled across board shorts, T-shirts, ties, jewelry, swimsuits, sweatsuits, hats, jackets and socks.
NEWS
December 11, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the state moves to secure public access to the beach at hundreds of locations along the California shore, it finds its toughest challenge coming from a surprising quarter--the billionaire environmental philanthropist who recently bought Santa Barbara's daily newspaper. In twin lawsuits making their way through the California courts, Wendy P.
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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