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U2 Guitarist Malibu Plans Advance

A drawn-out battle over plans The Edge submitted for the building of large estates overlooking the California coast just north of Los Angeles tipped in his favor after the U2 guitarist and his partners reportedly forked over $1 million to fund trail easements along with a $250k 'consulting services' payment to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.  While other regulatory and legal challenges remain, overcoming resistance from the SMMC is considered a big step forward for the five large estates planners insist will be ecco-friendly.  The guitarist and his wife bought the 156 acre tract of land six years ago and have faced an uphill battle to get approval for the controversial development. (story)
DailyMail.co.uk

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