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The Inequities of Beach Access

Over 80% of Californians live within an hour’s drive of a beach, but that does not mean that everyone has easy access to beaches.

July 15, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

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Long Beach Gated Community Must Provide Public Access

The development never fulfilled its mandate to build a public walkway through its property. Now, the Coastal Commission wants it to open its gates.

July 1, 2021 - Long Beach Post

An aerial photo of the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside. The Oceanside Marina is also visible.

Oceanside Debates the Future of its Coastline

As sea levels rise, California's coastal communities face difficult decisions about how to preserve coastlines and mitigate the looming threat.

June 24, 2021 - Voice of San Diego

Vinod Khosla

Khosla Wins Surprise Court Ruling on Beach Access

The controversy over a tech billionaire blocking access to a Pacific Ocean beach is back from the dead.

November 27, 2019 - Bloomberg

Balboa Peninsula

Beachfront Residences Can't Extend Yards Onto Public Beaches, CA Coastal Commission Decides

"It's like squatting by the rich," said one commissioner.

July 12, 2019 - The Orange County Register

Malibu

A Plan for More Low-Cost Lodging on the California Coast

The promise of the California Coastal Act—to maintain public access to the Pacific Coast—is challenged by the extreme costs of coastal property. A new plan aims to put vacations and overnight stays on the coast in reach for more Californians.

January 26, 2019 - LAist

Vinod Khosla

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Case Threatening the California Coastal Act

A conservative and partisan court handed a victory to public access and California's environmental law by refusing to hear an appeal sought by billionaire Vinod Khosla.

October 2, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Hilton Hotel Harbor Island San Diego

Court Reinstates Coastal Commission's Decision on San Diego Harbor Island Project

A long-running legal battle over proposed hotel developments in San Diego appears to have come to an end.

September 24, 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Point Dume

Landowners Restrict Access to California Beach

A homeowners group has successfully moved to severely limit public access to the beaches of Hollister Ranch, a 14,500-acre parcel to the west of Santa Barbara.

June 1, 2018 - The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed Warns of Grave Threats to the California Coastal Act

One of the most powerful agents of environmental protection in the state of California is faced with what some believe is an existential threat.

January 28, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

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