George Lucas’ affordable housing plan is already turning the so-called one percenters into the evil Empire, with regular hardworking people being cast as the Rebels. But will this housing project turn Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch into a battlefield for class warfare politics, or simply a place where people can afford to buy a home?
In a related report by the Inquisitr, when George Lucas was interviewed Stephen Colbert, he asked if the comedian would be interested in taking over for Jon Stewart since he quit the Daily Show. Lucas may not have much control over Star Wars anymore, but based upon the trailers, some are wondering if Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are making a comeback.
Lucasfilm had originally planned on transforming Skywalker Ranch by upgrading to a new art studio, but residents of the valley were concerned that their picturesque countryside would be ruined by traffic and noise.
“We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough,” the company said in 2012 after giving up on the project. “We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire.”
Apparently, this history caused the famous director to strike back at the one percenters who currently enjoy living in the valley. George Lucas’ affordable housing plans call for 224 homes to be built in Marin county’s Lucas Valley, and when Lucas made the announcement through his lawyer, he took a swipe at his neighbors.
“He said, ‘we’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people,’ ” attorney Gary Giacomini told CBS.
Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey was a little bit more diplomatic when he accepted the premise of George Lucas’ affordable house project, but he seemingly agreed that the Jedi Master might be taking revenge on the rich in the valley named after him.
“One could take it that way, and I’m sure that some neighbors will, but for the rest of us in Marin County, we just see it as a continuing contribution from George Lucas to the quality of our life.”
The neighbors believe their quality of life will suffer from the decision. For example, Carl Fricke, a board member of the Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, once said the regular working people who could afford the housing would include certain undesirables.
“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,’ ” Fricke told the New York Times in 2012.
At one point, George Lucas was attempting to sell the land to a developer in order to develop the affordable housing, but now he’s paying for the project himself. The plan involves 52 acres, and in addition to the 224 homes, Lucas will be building workforce and senior residences, a community center, pool, and an orchard. In order to be eligible to live in own of these homes, Lucas is also requiring that people make less than $72,671.20 per year.
Because of such conditions, Carolyn Lenert, who once was a leader for the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents, called these plans an incitement for “class warfare.” What do you think?