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Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

December 08 2014

Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

Beach Access Legal

On Friday, December 5, 2014, Judge Barbara J. Mallach ordered Vinod Khosla to open the gates at Martin's Beach immediately. With the issuance of the Judgment in Surfrider's Martin's Beach case, Judge Mallach clarified her previous Statement of Decision. On December 8, 2014, Peter Allen of the California Coastal Commission…

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The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

November 04 2014

The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…

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California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

November 03 2014

California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though the ink has barely dried on SB 270, the state bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California and require a fee on paper bags, the bag industry has pledged to drag the law onto the state ballot in 2016.

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Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

October 03 2014

Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

Legal Water Quality

Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…

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Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

September 24 2014

Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation was triumphant in a very important legal battle today with the ruling of San Mateo Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach in favor of Surfrider Foundation’s arguments to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach. Specifically, Surfrider Foundation filed this case on March 12, 2013 in order to enforce…

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California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

August 29 2014

California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California’s oceans, waves and beaches are about to become a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of the state legislature this week! SB 270, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags, has been approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

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California Legislature Supports Public Access at Martin’s Beach

August 22 2014

California Legislature Supports Public Access at Martin’s Beach

Beach Access Legal

The state bill to open Martin's Beach SB 968 (Hill) passed out of the legislature yesterday. The bill is key symbolic action by our state legislature to direct the State Lands Commission to address an issue that has now risen to a level of statewide importance.

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Surfrider ‘Finishes Strong’ in Martin’s Beach Access Case

July 16 2014

Surfrider ‘Finishes Strong’ in Martin’s Beach Access Case

Beach Access Legal

urfrider Foundation delivered powerful closing remarks in the Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach I and II LLC case in San Mateo Superior Court today. The crux of the case is to require the property owner, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, to obtain a Coastal Development permit under the Coastal Act,…

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Coastal Commission Now Enabled to Fine Coastal Landowners

July 01 2014

Coastal Commission Now Enabled to Fine Coastal Landowners

Beach Access Legal

The ocean victories of June, World Oceans Month, are pushing into July. A law goes into effect today and enables the California Coastal Commission to assess fines against landowners wrongfully blocking public beach access. California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins successfully pushed this legislation through as part of the state budget…

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HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

June 25 2014

HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

Legal Water Quality

As part of an enduring bipartisan effort and after years of advocacy by the environmental community, Congress passed the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) and Hypoxia Research Control Amendment Act of 2014. This bill directs NOAA to research and devise a response plan to the potentially toxic blooms.

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Lawsuit to Open Martin’s Beach Goes to Trial

April 30 2014

Lawsuit to Open Martin’s Beach Goes to Trial

Beach Access Legal

One year after filing suit to open access to Martin’s Beach, a well-loved beach and surf spot south of Half Moon Bay, California, the Surfrider Foundation’s lawsuit is set for trial on Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. PDT.

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Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

March 04 2014

Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

Legal Water Quality

Surfrider Foundation has intervened in a new federal lawsuit in support of Kauai County's ordinance relating to disclosure of pesticide use and cultivation of genetically modified crops. Industry brought the suit in order to block implementation of the "right to know" legislation. Along with the Center for Food Safety, the…

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This Land is Our Land: California State Legislature proposes Bill to Open Martin’s Beach

February 08 2014

This Land is Our Land: California State Legislature proposes Bill to Open Martin’s Beach

Beach Access Legal

California Senator Jerry Hill has authored legislation to allow public access to Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay. The bill will be introduced on February 10, 2014 in the California State Legislature. The bill will require the State Lands Commission to consult and negotiate with property owner Vinod Khosla about…

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California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

January 31 2014

California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California State Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara recently announced support for legislation to ban single-use plastic bags and place a fee on single-use paper bags in California. These three Senators have partnered with the environmental community, the California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers…

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Marine Plastic Pollution Legal & Policy Solution Briefings for U.S. Senate Ocean Caucus

December 12 2013

Marine Plastic Pollution Legal & Policy Solution Briefings for U.S. Senate Ocean Caucus

Legal Rise Above Plastics

This week, Surfrider Foundation, with the help of UCLA Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, had the outstanding opportunity to present legal and policy solutions available for addressing marine plastic pollution at the federal level. This presentation took place in our nation's capitol, Washington DC, with the help of the…

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Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

November 25 2013

Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

Beach Access Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The legal work at Surfrider Foundation moves at a fast pace; however, we took a few minutes to look back on the year 2013 and acknowledge some of Surfrider Foundation’s accomplishments and strategic movement in legal campaigns. Since the organization-wide programmatic priorities for the past year were (1) Rise Above…

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Martin’s Beach Litigation Update

November 11 2013

Martin’s Beach Litigation Update

Beach Access Legal

The beautiful crescent-shaped stretch of beach in Half Moon Bay is the site of Surfrider Foundation's featured beach access campaign since owner, Vinod Khosla, has gated the only road leading down to the beach. While Surfrider Foundation helped to successfully defend the Martin's 5 from trespass claims last year, there…

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Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

October 11 2013

Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health released their Final Marine Debris Strategy this week, with the help of Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, state and federal government, industry and academia. The goal of the strategy is to lay out a plan to effectively address ocean pollution with an…

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Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

September 11 2013

Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

Legal

The California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") is California's premier environmental law. The law ensures that there is protection of the environment and informed self-government. Projects must be reviewed for their environmental impacts, which must be avoided or mitigated whenever feasible. The law functions by including the public's point of view,…

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The CCC: California’s State Agency for Coastal Decision-making

August 06 2013

The CCC: California’s State Agency for Coastal Decision-making

Legal

Most controversies involving California’s coast eventually wind up before the California Coastal Commission. The California Coastal Act created the Coastal Commission to “Protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.” It does…

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