California Trails

Billionaire Appeals to Supreme Court to Challenge Public Beach Access

Vinod Khosla's suit strikes at the core of the California Coastal Act.

For decades, the California Coastal Act has protected public access to the beach, restricted coastal development, and protected beach ecosystems. But tech billionaire Vinod Khosla is appealing to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark law, hoping to restrict public access to Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay. Insiders say the chances the top court will take up the case are slim, but the implications for the California coast mean many stakeholders are watching closely.