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硅谷大亨买海滩,公众使用需付钱?

更新时间:2016-2-26 10:32:21 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

Mogul Seeks $30 Million From California to Give Beach Access
硅谷大亨买海滩,公众使用需付钱?

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist, locked in a battle with the State of California over access to a prime stretch of beach that was popular with surfers, swimmers and fishermen before he bought it and closed it, has proposed a price to restore public access: $30 million.

硅谷一位风险投资人曾买下一片优质海滩,并将其关闭。在那之前,那片海滩颇受冲浪和游泳爱好者以及渔民的欢迎。这名投资人围绕这片海滩的使用权与加利福尼亚州陷入了持久的纠纷。如今,这位投资人为重新向公众开放海滩开出了价格:3000万美元。

About eight years ago, Mr. Khosla, a founder of Sun Microsystems, snapped up a prime 53-acre parcel of Martins Beach for $37.5 million. The parcel, about four miles south of Half Moon Bay on the San Francisco Peninsula, includes the beach and the road. And for a century, California’s State Lands Commission said, the land had been a haven for the beachgoing public.

大约八年前,太阳微系统(Sun Microsystems)公司创始人之一维诺德·科斯拉(Vinod Khosla)花3750万美元,买下了马丁斯海滩一块占地53英亩的优质地。该地块位于旧金山半岛半月湾以南约四英里处,包含海滩和一条路。加州土地委员会(State Lands Commission)称,一个世纪以来,那里一直是海滩爱好者的天堂。

At first, Mr. Khosla let people use the beach, but in 2010 locked the gate on Martins Beach Road and posted guards.

起初,科斯拉是允许公众使用那片海滩的,但2010年,他锁上了马丁斯海滩路上的大门,并部署了保安。

Now, for the first time, lawyers for Mr. Khosla have proposed in negotiations with the state to restore public access for almost the amount that Mr. Khosla paid for the land.

在就重新面向公众开放一事与加州政府开展谈判期间,这是科斯拉的代理律师首次提出,用一笔与科斯拉当初买地的价钱几乎相当的金额解决此事。

But the commission’s executive officer, Jennifer Lucchesi, said in a telephone interview, “We do not agree with that value, and we believe the value is significantly less than that.” Ms. Lucchesi added, “We have not seen any backup documentation to support the $30 million value.”

但州土地委员会行政主管珍妮弗·卢凯西(Jennifer Lucchesi)在接受电话采访时表示,“我们不赞成这个价钱,我们认为那块地远不值这个价位。”她接着表示,“我们没看到任何补充性的文件,可以证明那块地值3000万美元。”

The commission planned to offer its own assessment, she said.

她说,委员会计划给出一项自己的估价。

The two sides are actually trying to agree on the value of a right of public use of Martins Beach Road, which leads from the highway to the beach, and access along the shoreline itself, Ms. Lucchesi said.

卢凯西称,双方实际上是试图就马丁斯海滩路的公共使用权,以及让公众使用海滩的价格达成一致。马丁斯海滩路连接着一条公路和那片海滩。

The talks were initiated under legislation that took effect in January 2015, she said. If the two sides cannot agree, the commission could resort to eminent domain, which allows the state to expropriate private property for public use.

她说,谈判是根据2015年1月生效的一项法律进行的。若双方不能达成一致,该委员会可能会诉诸于国家征用权。后者允许政府征收私人地产用于公共用途。

Mr. Khosla’s lawyer, Dori L. Yob, could not be reached for comment by telephone or email. But in her letter to the commission, dated Feb. 3, she said that Mr. Khosla’s limited liability companies, the legal entity that owns the property, closed the beach because demand was low, asserting that more than 10 cars showed up to use it only about 15 days a year.

记者无法通过电话或电子邮件联系到科斯拉的律师多里·L·约布(Dori L. Yob)。但她在2月3日写给该委员会的一封信中表示,科斯拉名下的有限责任公司(即持有这处房产的法人),之所以关闭海滩是因为公众对其需求很低,称一年中去海滩的汽车超过10辆的时间只有大约15天。

Ms. Yob said that while the current real estate market value of the land was $30 million, the Martins Beach owners previously offered less expensive solutions to meet the “limited demand” for access as a way to avoid lengthy litigation and further expenses.

约布称,这块地在当前的房地产市场上的价格是3000万美元,但马丁斯海滩的业主过去为满足公众对海滩的“有限需求”而提供的解决方案,成本没有现在这么高,这样做是为了避免漫长的诉讼和进一步的花销。

“The cost to acquire the property is significant and should be weighed against the benefits,” she wrote. “There is no vital link to navigable waters at issue. There is not a significant demand for access to the property.”

“买下这块地的成本较高,应对其效益加以衡量,”她写道。“我们讨论的道路,不是连接通航水域的重要通道。对进入那片地区的需求并不大。”

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