A few houses cling to Sweetwater Mesa, the 150-acre hillside property in Malibu where U2's “The Edge” and his partners plan to build five houses. The group hired more than 60 lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in their 10-year fight to win permits from the California Coastal Commission.
A few houses cling to Sweetwater Mesa, the 150-acre hillside property in Malibu where U2's “The Edge” and his partners plan to build five houses. The group hired more than 60 lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in their 10-year fight to win permits from the California Coastal Commission. Allen J. Schaben TNS
A few houses cling to Sweetwater Mesa, the 150-acre hillside property in Malibu where U2's “The Edge” and his partners plan to build five houses. The group hired more than 60 lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in their 10-year fight to win permits from the California Coastal Commission. Allen J. Schaben TNS
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