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
September 10, 1999 |
An alliance of community groups opposed to development at Crystal Cove State Park is holding a rally Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park's Historic Cottage District. Headed by the Sierra Club, the alliance--Save Crystal Cove--is opposed to plans that could retrict beach access in the historic district, halve the number of available parking spaces and see the historic cottages converted into expensive resort accommodations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2003 |
Malibu residents lack the right to a popular vote on a state-imposed land-use program, a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled Tuesday. Under state law, local governments must devise a plan to manage coastal areas that balances the public's right to beach access with protection of the environment and private property. But after more than a decade, Malibu still had no plan. So the Legislature ordered the Coastal Commission to develop one for the city, which it did.
May 29, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
It's possible that fire rings on the beach are a major contributor to air pollution. But there's reason to doubt it, especially since air regulators don't appear to have been worried about the venerable tradition of the Southern California beach bonfire until the city of Newport Beach got into the act. There aren't as many fire rings as there used to be; many cities got rid of them years ago because of liability issues. They're certainly not used every day, or pretty much at all during certain seasons.
February 28, 2002
C'mon, man! Whatever happened to the mellow surfer dude from sunny Southern California ("Too Many Surfers and Too Few Waves," Feb. 24)? One of the greatest appeals of the beach is that everyone from every walk of life can comingle peacefully. Even in ritzy Malibu the wealthy residents cannot legally block the public from beach access. It would be a shame to close off some of the most beautiful bluffs to all but a few whose property lines end just short of the beach but do not include the beach.
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?
October 28, 1988 |
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.