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Billionaire who barred beach access takes stand

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:37 a.m. HST, May 13, 2014


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. » A billionaire technology mogul testified that he didn't recall details about the decision to deny public access to a once-popular Northern California beach.

Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla appeared in a San Mateo County courtroom Monday afternoon to testify in the civil dispute.

Khosla said he didn't remember seeing certain documents, including one from a judge saying he would need approval to close off access to the beach.

"I get 500 to 1,000 pages of documents a week. I'm not trying to be unreasonable, that is what my life is like," Khosla testified, according to KTVU-TV.

Khosla is accused of closing the only road that leads to Martin's Beach in violation of the California Coastal Act. The beach is about 35 miles south of San Francisco.

"I was dumfounded at the lack of ability to explain or remember," the plaintiff attorney Joe Cotchett told KTVU.

Under state law, the entire coast is public property, including beaches below the mean high tide. Without the road access, however, Martin's Beach can only be reached from the ocean.

Khosla purchased the adjacent property in 2008.

Khosla's attorney, Jeffrey Essner, says the public was previously allowed to access the beach for a fee, so there was never a right of public access.







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WalkoffBalk wrote:
Get off my lawn beach.
on May 12,2014 | 09:33PM
den wrote:
what a p r i c k.
on May 12,2014 | 11:21PM
joeglick wrote:
I second that nomination.
on May 12,2014 | 11:39PM
droid wrote:
Force Khosla to build an access road adjacent to his property. The state or city could administer the road, but Khosla would be responsible for maintenance.
on May 12,2014 | 11:23PM
joeglick wrote:
"I get 500 to 1,000 pages of documents a week. I'm not trying to be unreasonable, that is what my life is like," Khosla testified. Excuse me, your a freakin billionaire hire a small town read them for you !
on May 12,2014 | 11:44PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Typical progressive.
on May 13,2014 | 03:43AM
Slow wrote:
Typical rich Republican. Hey I can make up names too. Justlike when we were kids, yeah?
on May 13,2014 | 06:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Khosla's attorney, Jeffrey Essner, says the public was previously allowed to access the beach for a fee, so there was never a right of public access.

Ambulance chasers will say anything.
on May 13,2014 | 06:59AM
ryan02 wrote:
Isn't appropriating public property for your own private use a crime (like theft)? They should charge him with a crime for every day that he used the beach as his private property. The jail time would add up quickly, especially considering the "value" of the beach is in the millions of dollars.
on May 13,2014 | 07:32AM
hiloboy wrote:
Sounds like the Hawaii of old. Many Kahala residents tried to restrict beach access to non-residents as late as the 40's and 50's.
on May 13,2014 | 08:12AM
SueH wrote:
Many people live in Kahala, and they don't all have beachfront property. I assume your comment refers specifically to Kahala BEACHFRONT property owners, who often do take down beach access signage and let vegetation grow up around the public access right-of-ways to discourage public access to "their" beach.
on May 13,2014 | 08:50AM
entrkn wrote:
The court should declare imminent domain over the Khosla properties and give him 1 dollar and 2 weeks to vacate.
on May 13,2014 | 12:46PM
alohacharlie wrote:
Where did this guy come from that he thinks he can restrict public access to public beaches in California? All that money must have made him forgetful. Maybe he needs some mental health treatments.
on May 13,2014 | 01:06PM
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