Friday, August 19, 2005

Like we need another reason to hate them

Those rich fuckheads in Malibu are at it again.

They try to keep their beaches private by blocking public access roads, obscuring or removing official signage, and erecting erroneous "no trespassing" signs. They've even been known to bulldoze huge sand berms to prevent the hoi polloi from getting to the coastal beaches which, by law, belong to all of us and cannot be owned.

Now, apparently, the residents of Serra Canyon in Malibu are trying to claim a state park for themselves. But that's so typical isn't it? People with money want to live next to parks, and oceans, and lakes, and on riverfronts, but they don't want the great unwashed masses to come anywhere near them and ruin their own private enjoyment of public assets. And when they can't keep them out by trickery, and hiring guards, and building gates, then they call their city councilmen and get them to shut down the attractions and events and festivals that inconvenience them so.


Some who have hiked Malibu Lagoon and upstream to Malibu Creek State Park,
which ties into a vast trail system in the Santa Monica Mountains, said they are
outraged by what they consider a denial of their rights by Serra Canyon

"Malibu Creek is one of the most scenic areas and beautiful creeks in Southern California," said Mark Abramson, stream manager of Malibu Creek for Heal the Bay, an environmental group in Santa Monica. "But some of the richest people in the world live in there, and they're using this state park as their own personal park, and not providing access to anyone else."

The Serra Canyon fight is a classic clash between public access and private property rights that has played out all over California since 1972, when voters approved creation of an agency to control coastal development and protect public access rights.

The 27-mile Malibu coastline has had more than its share of those disputes, officials said."It's not a big problem statewide: The ones I really think of are in Malibu," said Linda Locklin, access manager for the Coastal Commission. "In this case, the issue is not only access to the state park but to the whole Santa Monica Mountains trail system that's being blocked."

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