August 22, 2013 |
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.
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?
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.
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.
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May 29, 2013 |
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?
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February 15, 2007 |
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.
December 22, 1993 |
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.
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March 12, 2013 |
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.
July 4, 1996 |
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.