Vote on U2 rock star's controversial mansions postponed by Coastal Commission

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Los Angeles Times

The California Coastal Commission granted a last-minute request to postpone a scheduled Thursday vote on a controversial project proposed by U2 guitarist the Edge that would allow him to build five mansions on a ridge above Malibu.

The rock star had proposed five widely spaced mansions with swimming pools and spectacular ocean views, but he had been accused of trying to skirt environmental rules by concealing who owns the property.

Commission staff has recommended rejecting the plan, which they said would scar the undeveloped ridgeline, cause extensive geological disturbance and destroy environmentally sensitive native vegetation.

The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, has been fighting for permits since 2006. Environmental groups and local residents who oppose the project have said it is out of sync for a member of a band that has championed humanitarian and environmental causes.

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