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California has sued tech billionaire Vinod Khosla over beach access, reviving a decade-long legal battle

California has sued tech billionaire Vinod Khosla over beach access, reviving a decade-long legal battle




The state of California filed a lawsuit against billionaire tech investor Vinod Khosla on Monday, alleging that he restricted access to a beach in San Mateo county.




The Sun Microsystems co-founder bought properties bordering San Mateo's Martins Beach for roughly $32 million back in 2008, and closed off public access to it in 2010.




The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands Commission, revives the decade-long bitter legal battle over access to that beach. Their argument revolves on whether Martins Beach has historically been a public beach.




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The state of California just revived a decade-long bitter legal battle with billionaire tech investor Vinod Khosla, over restricting access to a strip of a San Mateo beach bordering his property.
California's Attorney General filed a lawsuit on behalf of the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands Commission on Monday, alleging that Khosla had prevented the public from accessing Martins Beach, a San Mateo spot popular with locals for surfing and fishing. California's Constitution guarantees public access to all coastal beaches below the mean high tide line.
The lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Mateo county, is the latest in a series of exhaustive legal fights that have spanned more than a decade, after Khosla began to block people from accessing the beach back in 2010.
The US Supreme Court's refusal in 2018 to hear Khosla's appeal on a lawsuit filed by the Surfrider Foundation appeared to have put an end to the matter. A San Francisco appeals court had ruled earlier that year that Khosla needed state permission to gate off access to the beach.
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