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April 30, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Pamela Anderson, the Playboy Playmate who went on to portray a lifeguard on "Baywatch," liked the beach so much that in 2000 she rented a home in Malibu for $16,000 a month. In 2001, she bought a house there. Now she has the itch to move again. She listed her 2,300-square-foot home, in the gated Malibu Colony, at $6.5 million. Has Anderson lost interest in the beach? Area real estate agents say she just wants more privacy.
May 27, 2005 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The cameras were rolling and one of Hollywood's biggest producers was watching. And on Thursday, an excited group was auditioning for what could be this summer's hottest feature: Malibu beach-going. Coastal-access advocates set foot on the sand at Tinseltown titan David Geffen's sprawling beachfront estate, some for the first time, celebrating the opening of a 9-foot-wide public pathway to the ocean.
April 15, 2005 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Ending a long-running dispute over coastal access, music producer David Geffen gave up the key to locked wooden gates next to his Malibu home, allowing the public to enter an exclusive stretch of beach walled off by multimillion-dollar homes.
September 16, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
The state Coastal Conservancy on Wednesday agreed to contribute $34.5 million toward preserving the Hearst Ranch as open space, but altered the deal slightly to require more public access along the ranch's 18 miles of beaches, grassy bluff tops and rocky headlands. The Coastal Conservancy, which has a legal mandate to maximize public beach access, insisted that the Hearst Corp.
July 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A Superior Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit brought by homeowners at Malibu's Broad Beach who claimed the California Coastal Commission had devised an illegal scheme to require public access to their oceanfront lots without payment. The commission is pushing for public access to the beach, removal of "Private Property" signs and a halt to motorized security patrols. Judge James C.
July 14, 2004
Re "The Sand and the Fury in Malibu," July 10: The fight in Malibu over public beach access at Broad Beach is the classic class struggle: the haves against the have-nots. The people of California own this land and not the moneyed few. I personally hope our new governor does not give in to the political pressure from his rich Hollywood cronies and fight against keeping our beach free to public access. Charles Beck Diamond Bar So, once again, the good burghers of Malibu are raising a fuss about sharing the beaches in front of their homes with the rest of us. Enough already, let them declare their independence and keep us off their beaches.
March 23, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday took the first step toward removing the Western snowy plover from the list of endangered species, a move that could end more than a decade of beach restrictions and other government efforts to keep the shorebird from going extinct.
November 16, 2003 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
THE thought of renting a villa may fill you with visions of Tuscan sunsets and sprawling gardens -- or with fears of being left a pauper after paying the bill. But with more affordable choices available, there's rarely been a better time to rent. And let's face it, villas are fun. Whether it's a Caribbean beach house or a vineyard manor in France, renting a villa enables you to explore at your own pace.
August 27, 2003
Re "A Malibu Civics Lesson: Beach Is Open," Aug. 25: I congratulate The Times for being involved in educating the public about its public access rights. I also congratulate Sara Wan of the California Coastal Commission for her bravery and tenacity when confronted by the ignorant security guards and sheriffs who patrol Broad Beach and regularly deny beachgoers access to which they are legally entitled. The manipulative and selfish activities of the homeowners on Broad Beach are particularly illuminated by resident and attorney Marshall Grossman's accusation that Wan was merely "seeking a publicity stunt."
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.
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