"Blocking Californians' Beach Access Will Soon Carry a Hefty Fine"

"Frustrated beachgoers this summer will finally have a remedy against anyone who blocks public access to California's shoreline.

Under a new law that takes effect Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission will for the first time have the authority to impose fines on violators.

The change, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown as part of the state budget, gives the commission the most powerful tool it has had since its 1972 inception to crack down on property owners who use illegal gates, security guards, fake "no parking" signs and creative landscaping to keep the public out."

Tony Barboza reports for the Los Angeles Times June 30, 2014.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014