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January 18, 2012
The Occupy L.A. group that camped out at City Hall for months before being ejected in late November may have chosen the wrong venue: Not only would protesting in Malibu have been more scenic, it would have more appropriately symbolized the group's struggle against the unfairnesses perpetrated by the 1% — such as the refusal by certain super-wealthy individuals to allow public access to public beaches. A recent report by the California Coastal Commission showed that some progress has been made across the state in improving access to the 1,100-mile shoreline, whose wet sands and craggy tide pools are part of the birthright of all Californians and cannot be privately owned below the high tide line.
December 9, 2010 | By Bonnie Neeley
The Times' Nov. 23 editorial on local municipalities imposing beach curfews was well intentioned but misinformed. While recognizing fundamental public beach access rights and acknowledging that allowing local governments unilateral discretion over beach closures ? which the California Coastal Commission opposes -- is not a good idea, the editorial the commission's historic approach to dealing with this issue. The Commission is always concerned about public safety issues and takes them into careful consideration when reviewing locally imposed access restrictions.
November 23, 2010
The California Coastal Act guaranteed public access to the coastline, ensuring that state residents would share equally in their most famous, and perhaps most treasured, resource. Even without a house on the sand, we all have the right to catch a wave or a view of the sunset. It's wonderfully democratic, but is it entirely practical? What happens on the coast after sunset can be worrisome. Late at night, the beach can be a magnet for crime. For gang skirmishes, or kids drinking and smoking weed.
November 2, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Broad Beach is home to the rich and famous, a secluded stretch of coastline where the houses seem to practically sit on the sea. But for those who don't live in the Malibu enclave, the public beach has been all but impossible to visit. For years, Broad Beach has been the epicenter of high-profile battles over public access, and now chains, locks and barricades that have blocked the only two entrances to the beach have revived that fight. The gates were locked last winter when residents got an emergency permit from the California Coastal Commission to build a 1.1-mile seawall to protect their multimillion-dollar homes from the advancing ocean.
June 8, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The longtime executive director of the California Coastal Commission and an author of the state's landmark Coastal Act is fighting lung cancer and will step aside from most of his day-to-day duties overseeing the agency charged with protecting the state's coastline. Peter Douglas will begin chemotherapy this week, he confirmed in an interview Monday with The Times. He will no longer attend monthly public meetings but will remain executive director and continue to be involved in decisions on most important issues.
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)
June 13, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has sold a bluff-top contemporary in Malibu that had been listed at $7,999,000. The main house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,374 square feet. Walls of glass frame ocean views in the living room. A guesthouse has two one-bedroom suites, and a stairway leads to the beach. DiCaprio, 34, put the property on the market in mid-November. He purchased it for $6.35 million in 2007, according to public records.
April 6, 2007 | Steve Lopez
The new guy hasn't taken over yet, and already I've got to thank Chicago mogul Sam Zell. If not for the new boss, who struck a deal this week to buy the Tribune Co., I might not have stumbled onto yet another beach access battle pitting wealthy Malibu homeowners against the hoi polloi. As I said the other day, it seemed only fair to check out whether Zell's seaside Malibu compound was the subject of any access disputes.
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.
November 26, 2006 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press Writer
The small Quileute Indian Reservation sits on a shoreline of storm-tossed driftwood and pebble beaches, with dramatic views of rock formations rising out of the Pacific Ocean. But the same ocean that crashes daily on these beaches could roll ashore and sweep away the tribe's lower village in a tsunami. That fear is stoking the fire under a long-simmering boundary battle between the Quileute Tribe and the National Park Service.
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