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Civil trial over public access to beloved Martin's Beach gets underway
Civil trial over public access to beloved Martin's Beach gets underway

A civil trial over a beloved beach that the public can no longer access got underway Thursday, with plaintiffs painting billionaire landowner Vinod Khosla as a scofflaw who violated the California Coastal Act when he barred the private road to Martin's Beach without seeking a coastal development permit. The nonprofit Surfrider Foundation contends that the act of locking the gate, painting over a billboard that had welcomed the public and hiring security guards changed the "intensity of use" of the beach south of Half Moon Bay and therefore required a permit. San Mateo County planning officials told Khosla the same thing five years ago, records show, as did a judge who...

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