The first rule of Fight Club is, of course, Don’t Talk About Fight Club!
Similarly, the first rule of managing property that’s a part of the coast of California is It’s Very Hard To Manage Property That’s A Part Of The Coast Of California!
If you don’t already know this, then you might be a naive billionaire like Vinod Khosla. Or Sean Parker, who didn’t know(!) he needed to get permits to do what he done with his recent wedding.
Hey, here we go:
Vinod Khosla blames costly demands for Martins Beach trial, by Peter Fimrite
Now this is a remarkable bit in that the writer had to use the word “said” 19 times. Check it:
So I guess that the Vinod Khosla PR people feel that this new article helps to make up for stuff like this:
Martins Beach billionaire evades questions on stand
But I don’t think so.
In any event let’s praise writer Peter Fimrite for not falling into the CW Nevius trap of believing everything a source says hook, line, and sinker, and then regurgitating it in the pages of the Chronicle. No no, Peter Fimrite plays it straight.
Here we go:
“The ugly courtroom clash over Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay, would not have happened if government and environmental zealots had not made unreasonable and costly demands, billionaire investor Vinod Khosla said Thursday in defense of a beach closure that has captivated Californians up and down the coast.
Gee Vinod, you didn’t know that doing anything on the coast is hard? Are you stupid?
“If they wanted you to make your backyard a park, would that hurt you?” he asked.
The reply to this is that Martin’s Beach is not anyone’s backyard.
“The Coastal Commission and the county have been completely unreasonable. They have been taking an extreme view and don’t want to compromise on anything.”
Well, IMO, from an outsider’s perspective, is that they haven’t been unreasonable at all.
“The founder of Khosla Ventures characterized the lawsuit Thursday as a dishonest attempt to wrest control of his property regardless of his rights while, at the same time, impugning his reputation.”
Well, make a deal now and your reputation will improve, Vinod.
The fact is, he said, Martins Beach had been run like a business by the previous owners for many decades. The Deeney family set up the first cabin in 1918 and continued building through the 1950s.
Uh, this was a vanity purchase from a billionaire. Martins Beach really isn’t a “business,” right?
“What’s amazing to me is that we did not change anything about how the property had been run for 50 or 60 years and then one day out of the blue we got a letter from the county saying we had to have 1973 prices and be open 24/7,” Khosla said, meaning he was limited to charging the visitors only $2 and could never close the gate. “Does the county charge 1973 prices?”
So there’s just three paying customers a day and what they get charged will make or break the “business” of Martins Beach? Does that make sense?
Speaking of which, why does this billionaire dude care about the reputation of some business in Marin?
The shellfish operator’s lease was not renewed and Khosla said the organization’s reputation was wrongly and unfairly dragged through the mud in the process.
Oh well. Leaving you with this:
“Who is going to take a half-million dollars in liability and losses for something that is actually dangerous?” he asked…”
I can answer: a naive billionaire.