The homeowners' association that took aim at billionaire George Lucas' plan for a film studio at Grady Ranch wasn't officially authorized to represent the community and didn't conduct a vote to determine how residents felt about the plan, according to a San Francisco lawyer who lives there.
Jeff Tanenbaum, who moved to Lucas Valley Estates last September, said he has talked to numerous neighbors, reviewed documents and made inquiries about the role of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association in prompting Lucas to pull the plug on the project.
Several other Lucas Valley Estates residents in recent weeks have complained that they supported the Grady Ranch project, but the association never asked them how they felt about it.
Tanenbaum, also a supporter of the ranch film studio plan, said he was stepping forward to set the record straight. He contends that Liz Dale, who serves as president of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, has no authority to speak for the community.
Tanenbaum called the saga a tragedy, saying that while the board asked some residents to fill out a questionaire on the project, no vote of neighbors was held.
"Incredibly, Marin County has lost a significant and beneficial project from a terrific community citizen, not because of the objection of an entire neighborhood, but because a group of four or five individuals improperly used the banner of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association to suggest they represent an entire neighborhood," Tanenbaum said. "They do not."
Geez, if he thought the outcry was bad when he was going to build a movie studio nearby, just wait until the neighbors find out they might be living near poor people.
I'm sure he doesn't give two fucks about the actual inhabitants of this proposed affordable housing, or he wouldn't try to locate it in a remote and inappropriate site in a petty game of revenge against his neighbors.
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