Monterey Bans Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks

July 2, 2014

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France


The East Village Coffee Shop attracts more patrons than can be accommodated in chairs every Saturday morning, leaving many to sip their coffee while seated on the sidewalk. Don’t hold your breath waiting for these customers to be moved along or cited under Monterey’s new ordinance.

Ever since a unanimous Supreme Court declared the country’s vagrancy laws unconstitutional in 1972, cities across America have been busy creating new crimes aimed at keeping the homeless moving along to somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »


Martins Beach Tidelands Declared Private Property

May 29, 2014


Ed Ghandour claims ownership of the beach

A little over a year ago, we discussed Monterey Bay Eco-Resort developer, Ed Ghandour’s claim that his rights under a Mexican land grant gave him ownership of the beach in front of his proposed resort; a claim that sought to undo at least 1,500 years of legal precedent firmly establishing tidelands as public property.

That argument became a lot more serious last fall as lawyers for billionaire, Vinod Khosla, who has been excluding the public from the long-popular Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay, got a San Mateo County judge to issue an order finding that Khosla owns Martins Beach, tidelands and all. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Owns the Beach?

April 30, 2013

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sandMatthew 7:26


A sign of things to come? Can a Mexican land grant and an eroding coast give a developer private ownership of the beach?

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Xasáuan Today Guide to the November 2012 California Propositions

October 30, 2012

Unlimited political spending for corporations, while unions are silenced? Vote NO on Prop.  32

We’re feeling a bit soured on politics at the moment and hadn’t planned to do this, but do it once, it seems, and you’re committed to doing it again. And we do appreciate that so many of you have asked for it!

So here we go – better late than never? – for all you last minute voters out there – the official Xasáuan Today Guide to the 2012 California Propositions: Read the rest of this entry »

Wildflower of the Week: Opium Poppies

June 30, 2012

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, in one of its many guises (Photo:

We’re making opium poppies our Wildflower of the Week due to an article on page 11 of this week’s Carmel Pine Cone concerning an alert Carmel police officer who discovered an opium poppy growing on a city easement along the side of a Carmel street. The offending plant, you’ll be glad to know, was seized before it could further damage the town’s moral character. After the plant tested positive for morphine, down at the station, it was renditioned to a federal crime lab for “further analysis.” The article concludes by noting that “it’s unknown who planted the illegal poppy.” Your tax dollars at work. Read the rest of this entry »

What Happened to FORA’s $100 Million?

March 6, 2012

Cyclists enjoying Ft. Ord backroads

Keep Fort Ord Wild, the coalition that formed last year to protect open space and trails on the former Ft. Ord, filed suit against the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) yesterday. The lawsuit seeks to enforce the California Public Records Act and compel FORA to reveal what was done with nearly $100 million in grant money awarded by the federal government, in 2007, for the purpose of cleaning up certain Ft. Ord lands. Read the rest of this entry »

Rationing and Ruin! State Water Board Cease and Desist Order Goes Into Effect

April 22, 2010

The Carmel River meets the ocean

A Santa Clara County judge today removed the temporary injunction, imposed last November by a Monterey County judge, and allowed the much-feared Cease and Desist Order (limiting Cal-Am’s ability to pump from the Carmel River) to go into effect. Read the rest of this entry »