Sometimes good things do happen. As reported in today’s LA Times, David “The Edge” Evans had proposed to build five (you read that right) mansions along a coastal ridge in Malibu.
From the LAT:
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday rejected a controversial proposal by U2 guitarist The Edge to build five mansions on a rugged stretch in the hills above Malibu.
The 8-4 vote was the culmination of a hard-fought battle between the musician, whose real name is David Evans, and the agency that regulates development along the California coastline.
“In 38 years of this commission’s existence, this is is one of the three worst projects that I’ve seen in terms of environmental devastation,” Peter Douglas, the agency’s executive director, said. “It’s a contradiction in terms — you can’t be serious about being an environmentalist and pick this location” given the effects on habitat, land formation, scenic views and water quality.”
“Can’t we knock down all of the trees just like this?”
Read the rest here.
Photo by Gussifer via Flickr.
The’re also being protested by Irish right wngers for tax avoidance sine they base their company in Holland to avoid paying their fair share, or as Bono likes to say “Of course we want to be tax efficient- who doesn’t?” I guess when you become so associated with sanctimoniousness, that’s the price you pay.