Public’s Right to Access Challenged on California Beaches

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A beach closed sign warns against contaminated water due to rain runoff.  (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A battle is raging over who gets to use Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which is currently operated under lock and a $100 annual fee. Another lawsuit about access to Martins Beach in San Mateo County could end up at the Supreme Court. These are just two instances where California property owners are in conflict with a 1972 initiative that made all beach property below the high tide line public. We'll get the latest on these battles, and hear about a new law authorizing the California Coastal Commission to consider underrepresented communities -- in addition to the environment -- when making its decisions.

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Los Angeles Times: Santa Cruz Neighborhood Rejects State Orders to Open Beach for Free

 

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