Billionaire Landowner To Testify In Court Over His Closing Off Access To Popular Peninsula Beach

May 12, 2014
CBS Local SF Bay Area

A billionaire venture capitalist is expected to testify Monday afternoon in aRedwood City courtroom in a case where he’s accused of violating public access laws when he closed off part of a San Mateo County beach.

Martins Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay, has been popular with surfers and swimmers alike and had been open to the public for 100 years.

Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, is accused of blocking the only road to the beach after he bought a 53-acre parcel in 2008 that included the access road.

There have been a series of lawsuits over the past year including the latest brought by the Surfrider Foundation, which alleges closing the access to Martins Beach is a violation of public access provisions of the 1976 California Coastal Act... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)