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Commission Staff Recommends Rejecting U2 Guitarist’s Proposal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials for the state agency that oversees coastal development has again recommended denying a proposal led by U2 guitarist The Edge for a cluster of mansions overlooking Malibu.

California Coastal Commission staff on Friday recommended that the board reject the project’s application at its June meeting. In February, officials made the same recommendation before the item was pulled from the agenda at the request of the musician and his partners. At the time, project manager Jim Vanden Berg expressed surprise but said he believed they could work with staff to “clarify misunderstandings.”

The proposal includes five multilevel homes ranging from 7,220 to 12,785 square feet to be built on 156 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Commission staff and representatives for the project could not immediately be reached for comment.

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