Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill to Fund Purchase of Martins Beach Path

October 08, 2017

Mercury News
By Eric Kurhi

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Sunday that sought to create a pot for money that could have been used to purchase an easement over a billionaire’s land to a popular beach.

In his veto message on SB 42 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County, Brown said that the bill related to access to Martins Beach “does not meet the author’s intent.”

“This bill precludes the use of eminent domain in this instance and limits the state’s options,” he wrote, adding that public access to beaches and parks is a “core value to this state and must be protected.”