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September 10, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
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.
May 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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?
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.
May 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A new smartphone app, debuting next month for iPhones and iPads, will help people locate legal but often hidden access points to Malibu beaches as well as places to plop down on the sand once they get there. The app, called Our Malibu Beaches, is the enterprising idea of Jenny Price, an environmental writer who has made a mission of seeking out beach access through some of the least accessible and most coveted land along the coast of California. If only Los Angeles County and the state could be as ingenious in helping beachgoers use those paths.
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