Editorial: Beaches are a public trust, not reserved solely for billionaires

The California State Lands Commission, an obscure state entity, took a bold step this week in confronting Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla over a beachfront property he owns on the San Mateo County coast.
The commissioners – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Controller Betty Yee and a representative of the Department of Finance – had little choice if they were to remain true to the California ethos that this state’s magnificent beaches belong to us all.

Survey: MinoSurvey: Minority Hiking, Camping Participation Surge

A recent survey of nearly 3,000 Americans and Canadians found that among the 1 million people who began camping for the first time last year, nearly 1 in 5 was black and 11 percent were Latino, nearly twice the rate for those groups in 2014. The survey, commissioned by Kampgrounds of America, showed that the latest generation of campers more closely represents the nations’ overall ethnic breakdown.

Trestles Saved…Forever

The word “historic” is frequently overused in today’s public discourse. However, few words are more fitting to describe the landmark lawsuit settlement that was reached between the Save San Onofre Coalition and toll road developers, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), to end one of the most hard fought, long-lasting environmental battles in California history.

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