Yee proposes new bill to aid Half Moon Bay

The coastside city could receive help in a land dispute from an unexpected place — a state parks bond.

A judge had awarded Charles “Chop” Keenan $41 million, saying Half Moon Bay was responsible for creating wetlands on property owner Joyce Yamagiwa’s land. Yamagiwa, a trustee for Keenan, purchased the property, known as Beachwood, for $1 million in 1993.

In March, a deal between Keenan and the city was reached that would allow Keenan to build 129 single-family homes on the land and allow Half Moon Bay to avoid appealing the judge’s ruling.

That deal, however, hinged on the passage of Assembly Bill 1991, which was put forward by state Assembly­member Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco-San Mateo.

If that bill failed, Half Moon Bay would be forced to pay $18 million and take control of the land.

Saying the bill is likely to fail in the state Senate, Yee has proposed another bill that would give the city $10 million in Proposition 1C funds, said Adam Keigwin, a spokesman for Yee.

Yee said he will present the proposal to Half Moon Bay officials, and if they approve of it, he will introduce the legislation Monday.

The proposed legislation has also earned the praise of the Sierra Club.

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