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Mon, Feb 10, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Lawmaker Weighs In on Beach Battle Between Billionaire, Locals


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Pelican Rock marks the northern end of Martins Beach.
Amy Standen/KQED
Pelican Rock marks the northern end of Martins Beach.

For over five years, local surfers and Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla have argued over access to Martins Beach south of Half Moon Bay. The only road to the beach runs through Khosla's private property - and Khosla wants to keep the public out. On Monday, state senator Jerry Hill proposed legislation that would use eminent domain to ensure public access to Martins Beach. The bill would only take effect if Khosla and the California State Lands Commission cannot reach a deal within a year.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Mark Massara, attorney for the Surfrider Foundation and former director of coastal programs for the Sierra Club
  • Paul Beard, property rights attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation

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