It’s a story so typically Northern California that of course a couple of hipster bros would show up and launch into impromptu song and dance. Meet the MacNiven brothers, who, according to this KNTV report, are cycling from San Francisco to Mexico, but stopped off at Martins Beach in Half Moon Bay to celebrate a recent judge’s ruling.
A little too stoked? Yes. Move along, boys.
But the story behind their joy is pretty interesting. Martins Beach, located about 20 miles south of San Francisco along the Calif. coast, has been open to the public since there’s been a public. But a few years ago, Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the property and immediately slapped up “no trespassing” signs, and erected a gate at the only entrance, which he locked. Khosla is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
But it seems that Khosla didn’t apply for a permit to close access to the beach, so the Surfriders Association sued to reopen the beach. And last week San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach ruled that Khosla did indeed violate the the California Coastal Act by closing the beach without checking with the coastal commission first, and she ordered the road to the beach to be reopened.
The MacNiven brothers approve.
So do many other beachgoers and surfers, who have been staging a nonstop victory party there ever since. Khosla, by the way, plans to appeal — and says he’ll take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary, according to this report.
And now I’d throw down some “John From Cincinnati” quotes, except that show hasn’t been on since 2008 so never mind.
Oh, what the hell.
“My bird told me that we should become friends, despite our dissimilarities.”
“He said dissimilarities?”