Vinod Khosla calls dibs on California beach, lands in legal battle

The billionaire venture capitalist has been fighting a legal battle to keep people away from his private beach in California. But for the residents of the state, the beach is public property.

hidden June 18, 2014 16:57:55 IST
Vinod Khosla calls dibs on California beach, lands in legal battle

India-born Vinod Khosla and the people of California are at loggerheads over access to a beach. The billionaire venture capitalist has been fighting a legal battle to keep people away from his private beach in California. But for the residents of the state, the beach is public property, which no one can lay claim to.

An SF Gate report quotes lobbyists hired by Khosla, explaining the tangle: "Martin’s beach is private property, including the sandy beach and the submerged tidelands seaward of the mean high tide. There are no existing ‘public’ lands to which access is needed."

Vinod Khosla calls dibs on California beach lands in legal battle

Vinod Khosla. Agencies

His opponents have contended that Khosla's demand of disallowing the public from the beach goes against the state's constitution. The issue snowballed into a legal tiff after Khosla erected gates preventing people from accessing the beach. Khosla, who owns the adjacent land has shut off access for all as the only route to enter the beach goes through there.

The Los Angeles Times reported: "The Surfrider Foundation has sued Khosla, contending that his actions (or those of his two limited liability companies) — barring the gate, painting over a billboard that had long welcomed the public and hiring security guards to fend off trespassers — changed the "intensity of use" of the beach and thus required a coastal development permit."

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

As US polls draw near, Joe Biden, in a rarity, attacks Donald Trump from battleground Pennsylvania
World

As US polls draw near, Joe Biden, in a rarity, attacks Donald Trump from battleground Pennsylvania

Playing up his local, middle-class roots, Biden focussed on Trump’s stewardship of the coronavirus, casting the president as a callous leader who cannot empathise with the concerns of most Americans

Donald Trump demonstrates respect for neither Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nor the rules
World

Donald Trump demonstrates respect for neither Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nor the rules

In the context of some epic cheating, jamming yet another of Donald Trump's nominees onto the Supreme Court as the clock runs out is nothing

WSL: Two-time FIFA World Cup winner with USWNT Alex Morgan targets glory with Tottenham
Sports

WSL: Two-time FIFA World Cup winner with USWNT Alex Morgan targets glory with Tottenham

Morgan, who has scored 107 goals in 169 international appearances for the United States, was unable to say how long she would be at the club.