Re-cap of argument in San Diego seawall appeal

July 15, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Yesterday, I argued Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.  As I explained last week, the appeal centers on the Commission’s refusal to allow two families to rebuild a shared, private staircase down to the beach, and its imposition of an arbitrary 20-year expiration date on a seawall (with a 75-year design life) that is necessary to protect their homes.

The three justices had plenty of good, thoughtful questions for me and my opponent.  The court has 90 days to render a decision, and we remain hopeful it will affirm the families’ rights.  Listen to my podcast for more discussion about yesterday’s argument.

The appeal—and what’s at stake—was widely covered by local media, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, and local TV affiliates for ABC and NBC.

Watch the case video for more