1. PUBLIC LANDS
Feds sell land to highest bidder, snubbing state park and earning local enemies
In spring, schoolchildren come to Crown Memorial State Beach armed with nets and wearing boots up to their hips so they can sift through the mud flats and eelgrass of an inlet known as Crab Cove. The California state park is popular among locals for its marine reserve and 2.5 miles of beach on San Francisco Bay. But soon, visitors will share the view with a housing development, after the General Services Administration denied attempts by local officials to buy adjacent federal property for more parkland.