The Marin County Elite Are Trying to Ruin George Lucas’ Dreams
So by now many people have seen the new teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie, but that’s not the only interesting thing in George Lucas’ life right now. What’s not getting as much attention is the fact that the “Star Wars” creator has plans for an affordable housing complex in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he intends to pay for the whole thing from his own pocket! Originally Lucas wanted to use the area where he’s going to build the housing as a studio expansion for his production company, but his neighbors refused to let that happen. “We’ve got enough millionaires here,” says Lucas through his lawyer Gary Giacomini. “What we need is some houses for regular working people.” This is a great proposal for lower-class families who can have a nice home in a safe, affluent area, especially when you take into account how mind-bogglingly expensive it is to live in California.
According to The Washington Post, they way it’s gonna work is “The 224-unit affordable housing complex would go on Grady Ranch, where his once-planned studio expansion would have been, according to a plan being submitted to the Marin County Development Agency this week, the Contra Costa Times reported. The plan, which would allow development on 52 acres, includes workforce and senior residences, as well as a community center, pool and an orchard.
Income requirements could be set so eligible residents had to make less than 80 percent of the area’s median income, the paper reported. The median household income for Marin County is $90,839, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.”
Unfortunately, the neighborhood’s wealthier residents don’t want this to happen either out of fear that the lower-class people will “ruin” what they got. According to Carl Fricke, a board member of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, which also represents houses nearest to the Lucas property, said “We got letters saying, ‘You guys are going to get what you deserve. You’re going to bring drug dealers, all this crime and lowlife in here.’” Right, because every poor person is a criminal, good one rich people (plus there’s pretty much little to no relationship between poverty and crime). So does this mean that the residents of Marin County will get their way again and sabotage the “Star Wars” creator’s philanthropic and selfless dreams? Hopefully not, because it’s a great idea and poor people deserve good housing and kudos to George Lucas for doing something this cool. It’s also really good publicity in the midst of the upcoming Star Wars film but I want to believe this isn’t just for the sake of good press. He’s also doesn’t seem that bad, like half his fortune is going to charity after he dies, and he basically founded Pixar. His biggest crime however is the Star Wars prequels (okay and maybe Howard the Duck), but when you compare that to the blood on other people’s hands, especially the affluent ones from Marin County who are trying real hard to separate themselves from the lower classes, then there really isn’t much to get upset about. I hope they don’t ruin this idea either because this is also a really good housing opportunity for college graduates who are trying to make a name for themselves in the big city and want a nice, affordable place to live while they’re getting their lives together. If this plan does work out, the housing project is said to be ready by 2019.