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Apocalypse
05-22-2012, 08:38 AM
Seems the rich liberals are fighting.


And even as his fame grew, Mr. Lucas earned his neighbors’ respect through his discretion. Marin, one of America’s richest counties, liked it that way.


But after spending years and millions of dollars, Mr. Lucas abruptly canceled plans recently for the third, and most likely last, major expansion, citing community opposition. An emotional statement posted online (http://gradyranch.com/pdf/Grady_Ranch_4_10.pdf) said Lucasfilm would build instead in a place “that sees us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire.” <-- So its not in the US under Obama?


If the announcement took Marin by surprise, it was nothing compared with what came next. Mr. Lucas said he would sell the land to a developer to bring “low income housing” here. <Blue collar trash moving in? Oh no...


“It’s inciting class warfare,” said Carolyn Lenert, head of the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents.


Mr. Lucas said in an e-mail that he only wanted “to do something good for Marin,” waving away accusations of ulterior motives.


“I’ve been surprised to see some people characterize this as vindictive,” he said, adding that there was a “real need” for affordable housing here. “I wouldn’t waste my time or money just to try and upset the neighbors.” <--- I'm laughing about the move. And even I would call it vindictive. They shut you down. Now your hitting them where it hurts.


Whatever Mr. Lucas’s intentions, his announcement has unsettled a county whose famously liberal politics often sits uncomfortably with the issue of low-cost housing and where battles have been fought over such construction before. His proposal has pitted neighbor against neighbor, who, after failed peacemaking efforts over local artisanal cheese and wine, traded accusations in the local newspaper.


The staunchest opponents of Lucasfilm’s expansion are now being accused of driving away the filmmaker and opening the door to a low-income housing development. That has created an atmosphere that one opponent, who asked not to be identified, saying she feared for her safety, described as “sheer terror” and likened to “Syria.”



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/22/us/george-lucas-retreats-from-battle-with-neighbors.html?smid=pl-share

HAHA

And for the "Hot Tubbers" comment for thread title. Remember back to '02 when Bush Sr. called a neighbor in this area a Hot Tubber and got grilled for the insult.

noonwitch
05-22-2012, 08:52 AM
Marin County is a beautiful place that is unfortunately populated by crazy rich people.

Wibbins
05-22-2012, 11:08 AM
No wonder liberals all want to control our lives, the rich ones think poor (and by poor I mean middle-class and lower derp) are a bunch of criminals and the middle-class ones think being altruistic makes them noble lol