Months later, the battle to pry public beaches from the private, lawless control of venture capitalist Vinod Khosla continues. But San Francisco Magazine reports that even though Khosla still has the will (and money) to fight an eternal legal battle, he remains his only supporter:
Though underfunded, coastal advocates aren't entirely outgunned. If the fight moves from the courts back into the realm of the county and the Coastal Commission, the activists should have a distinct PR advantage. As Paul Kibel, a land-use and environmental law expert at Golden Gate University, says, "They'll probably feel pretty good about the politics of that."
Indeed, in February, state senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill that would direct the state to begin negotiating with Khosla for access. If there were no deal within a year, a sort of nuclear provision would kick in: The state would use eminent domain and take part of Khosla's land without his permission, pay him for it, and turn it over to the public—an outrage to Khosla, probably, and poetic justice to his opponents.
Who says government is never the solution in the tech community?