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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 | 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.
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.
September 15, 1995
Re "Blocking the Way to the Beach," Sept. 3: You deserve credit for bringing the issue of dedications of land for beach access to the public's attention. However, defining the problem as a denial of public access rather than the acquisition of property rights leads to an unbalanced article. Echoing the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that requiring dedications of land for the good of the public can only be done without just compensation where it is reasonable and proportional to the impacts created by real estate development.
Wendy McCaw, the billionaire owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press, has paid $460,000 in fines as part of a settlement over a beach access dispute with the California Coastal Commission. The settlement, however, does not end McCaw's legal battle to block public access to a 500-foot strip of beach below her 25-acre bluff-top estate. McCaw continues to pursue a companion lawsuit to prevent Santa Barbara County from acquiring the easement it needs to open up the stretch of beach to the public.
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.
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.
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