The Edge knows how to deal with annoying hippies - bribe 'em
Legal bribe from U2 rocker secures pristine clifftop coastal compound
On the day of the royal wedding, a Southern California news story also
echoes the notion that the rich can do whatever they like.
U2 guitarist the Edge (nee David Evans) struck a deal with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
this week that will allow him to build five mansions on pristine Malibu
cliffs known as Sweetwater Mesa. One of the conservancy's own advisers
called area "one of the most impressive coastal-mountain interfaces in the country." Critics say the mansions will mar an undeveloped ridge line that's visible from much of the Malibu coast.
The government agency dropped its long-standing opposition to the
compound in exchange for $750,000 in cash, $250,000 in kind (work
provided by a consultant who works for the rocker) and 97 acres of
conservation easements. One corner of the compound will also eventually
host a short length of public trail.
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