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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992
Did I read that correctly? Did that article on the Surfrider Foundation say they are opposing the restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands because the waves won't be as good ("Wetlands Project Prompts a Wave of Protest," Dec. 7)? I thought the Surfrider Foundation was an environmental organization that cared about good stewardship over the Earth. Boy, was I wrong! This group has unmasked its selfish motives, and I think its position is an embarrassment to the organization. JIM RUZIECKI Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000
Re "Sewer Systems Across O.C. Need Help, Group Reports" (Oct. 11): The Surfrider Foundation has performed another public service by quantifying the obvious; namely, the decentralized, fragmented, local approach to planning and maintaining our water is beyond the professional abilities of the local agencies. The article illustrates the problem. Six organizations were referenced for their expertise and comment, and that count does not include the Surfrider Foundation and the 34 separate local agencies they studied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1993
The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental organization dedicated to the protection of the coastal environment, as stated in its mission statement. And yes, the surfers are fighting for the protection of the waves. Waves, an integral part of coastal dynamics, are threatened by pollution, overdevelopment and urban encroachment. Calling surfers, especially those who volunteer hundreds of hours to protect and enhance their local communities, "selfish" is irresponsible. Although the surfers were definitely the most visible "paddle-out" participants, do not forget the families, bird-watchers, beach-goers and many Bolsa Chica area residents who instinctively know smaller jetties and fewer homes built so close to a fragile coastal environment is better stewardship of the wetlands, not to mention more economically feasible than building revetments and dredging sand to replace lost beaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
Maintaining that recent water tests at two popular beaches show bacteria counts that could make swimmers ill, members of the Surfrider Foundation will take their case to the City Council on Tuesday and recommend ways to address the problem. In a letter to the council, foundation members say they test the waters at six swimming areas and that "people have a right to know" about the outcome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1991 | RHONDA NOWAK
Local surfers, environmentalists and city officials are joining together in the new Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to try to protect the Gold Coast. The group will work to curb coastal pollution, ensure public beach access and preserve county shorelines, organizers said. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at Ventura City Hall, Room 202. Participants should park and enter at the rear of the building, organizers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
The Surfrider Foundation will soon begin testing bacteria levels in often-polluted waters near Seal Beach, a task abandoned by the county Health Care Agency in the wake of the collapsed county investment pool. The county has indefinitely suspended routine testing of coastal waters because of its bankruptcy, according to Larry Honeybourne, chief of the Health Care Agency's water quality control program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994
Chevron agreed to create an artificial reef in the Santa Monica Bay to make up for the surfing spots that disappeared after the oil company built a jetty in El Segundo, it was announced today. The joint agreement between Chevron, the Surfrider Foundation and the California Coastal Commission is the first time a major corporation, public agency and citizens group have joined forces to re-create surfing spots, said Surfrider Foundation Executive Director Jake Grubb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
Thank you for your coverage of the Greenock groin and Surfrider Foundation's concerns about Ventura's plan to build a 100-foot addition onto the existing structure. We'd like to point out that Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County chapter, has never categorically opposed the project. There are two phases to the project, and we strongly support Phase 1, which is the reconstruction and reinforcement of the existing groin. By doing so, we believe that beach erosion could be halted, homes in the area could be protected and currents at Marina Park would be reduced.
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