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Rosanna Xia

Rosanna Xia covers the environment, with a focus on California's coastline. She previously reported on natural disasters and wrote articles that connected science, infrastructure and policy. With a team of reporters, she published a series in 2013 that prompted lawmakers and the public to confront thousands of buildings at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. She has also covered higher education for The Times and reported for the Business section. An East Coast transplant, she graduated from Tufts University.
The fight is on at Hollister Ranch, as coastal officials delay development in push for beach access

In a one-two punch on Wednesday, coastal officials revived efforts to implement a long-delayed ranch-wide public route while also unanimously agreeing to start a new fight with one ranchowner.

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California beaches are supposed to be public. So why is the Hollister Ranch coast an exception?

With officials now looking into every way possible to open up Hollister Ranch, many have asked: How exactly did 8.5 miles of California's most pristine coastline remain so private, and with so little scrutiny, for four decades? The answer lies in a special section of the Coastal Act.

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