Hi, Bryan Here…..
Now, most of you who know me or read this site, already have figured out that I’m not too keen on George Lucas. While I might like his original version of Star Wars (the unaltered versions) and not the prequels, Lucas has garnered an awful reputation for hating his fans on every level. Well, normally I post movie news and reviews mostly on this site, but when I came across this story, it was too good to not share it with you. Yes. George Lucas did something funny.
So, over the past few years, George Lucas has been wanting to build yet another movie studio, in his neighborhood of Marin County, which is in the San Francisco Bay area. He’s been trying to transform his rach style estate into a 300,000 square foot state of the art movie studio with all the fixin’s; including a 200 car garage. Needless to say the very wealthy community he lives in is in and has been up in arms about this whole thing. His neighbors have fought him over the past few years on this issue. They clearly have raised enough of a stink to garner a reaction to the creator of the Jedi universe.
The community is worried that it will bring a few years worth of loud construction, more unwanted foot traffic, and general unwanted visitors to their quiet wealthy neighborhood. His response is much like the Jedi way and is probably the best thing he has done since Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Below is Lucas’ official response and statement:
“The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors.”
“We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough. Marin is a bedroom community and is committed to building subdivisions, not business. Many years ago, we tried to stop the Lucas Valley Estates project from being built, but we failed, and we now have a subdivision on our doorstep.”
So, George Lucas is going to convert his property into low-income housing, saying, “If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.”
How amazing is that? Lucas is working with the Marin Community Foundation to construct low income housing for low income families and seniors living on small fixed incomes. Because, let’s face it, what is one thing rich people hate the most? Having poor people move into their backyard. For once in twenty something years, Lucas has made me laugh by sticking it to the man.
Lucas has altered the deal. Pray he doesn’t alter it any further.