Sun Microsystems co-founder testifies on decision to deny access to Martin's Beach

May 12, 2014

Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla took the witness stand in San Mateo county Superior Court Monday, and was questioned about decisions to deny public access to popular Martin's Beach near Half Moon Bay, close to property Khosla purchased.

But Khosla appeared to have little memory of it, or of a decision by a San Mateo County judge saying that denying access would first need approval by the California Coastal Commission.

In court Khosla testified he didn't remember seeing certain documents, including one by a San Mateo County judge saying to close off access he needed approval by the California Coastal Commission.

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

"I was dumfounded at the lack of ability to explain or remember," said plaintiff attorney Joe Cotchett, who is seeking public access.

Since Khosla bought the area near Martin's Beach, a locked gate is as close as you can get to the surf. Local surfers remember when they used to go to Martins Beach, before Khosla bought it in 2008.

Kohsla's attorneys argue that as a private property owner he has every right to lock the gate. But the Surfrider Foundation is asking the court to force Khosla to get permission from the California Coastal Commission before closing off access, something Khosla has not done... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)