Calif lawmaker seeks to reopen Martin's Beach

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Updated: 2/10/2014 6:04 pm

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A state senator is introducing legislation that seeks to re-establish public access to a popular Northern California beach that was closed after a Silicon Valley billionaire bought the site.

Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo says his bill will require the State Lands Commission to negotiate the purchase of land at Martin's Beach with Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder Vinod Khosla.

If no deal is reached within a year, Hill's bill gives the commission power to seize all or part of it through eminent domain.

The move comes after a judge last year ruled that Khosla could legally block the road used previously for public access.

The judge cited the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which settled the Mexican-American War and required that the U.S. recognize Mexican land grants.

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