Topics

Sun Microsystems Inc.
Martin's Beach: Trial begins in billionaire's cutoff of public access
Martin's Beach: Trial begins in billionaire's cutoff of public access

A civil trial over a beloved San Mateo County beach now closed to the public got underway here Thursday, with plaintiffs painting billionaire venture capitalist and landowner Vinod Khosla as a scofflaw who intentionally violated the California Coastal Act when he cut off access 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 and therefore required a permit.  San Mateo County planning officials told Khosla the same thing five years ago, records show, as did a...

Loading