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Grady Ranch Supporters Expected at Supes Meeting

Grady Ranch supporters are being encouraged to attend Tuesday Supervisor's meeting to voice their support of the project.

Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold wrote a letter to Grady Ranch supporters last week, encouraging them to attend the Tuesday meeting.

The letter said:

I have heard from many of you expressing your concern and frustration at the few individuals in Lucas Valley Estates that have caused George Lucas to believe that they will continue to delay his project and prevent him from his plans of a digital film operation.

There has been a suggestion that individuals who support the project come to Open Time at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. to state your support publicly so that George can see the webcast.

I am inviting you to come and do just that.

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The Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association, after the , said in a letter that they don't oppose the project.

"We have raised concerns about public safety, environmental compliance and adherence to zoning regulations," the letter said. "We have continued to publicly suggest more well-suited locations in Marin County that could better benefit the local economy."

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Tuesday's meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Room 330 at the Marin Civic Center.

valeri hood April 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
19. Why didn’t the project go ahead? Applicant concluded that it was infeasible (as they knew in Dec.) due to the State and federal regulations and conditions. 20. Has the Board of Supervisors disqualified itself from approving Grady Ranch by privately taking a public position for the Applicant’s proposal? Yes, but they can say to their constituents that they tried; in doing so they have disqualified themselves from voting on the appeal and may have jeopardized their ethical records and violated several laws. Individual Supervisors have also incorrectly placed blame on individual neighbors and neighborhood associations and regulatory agencies performing due diligence at normal speeds *In addition the Grady Ranch does not have a water supply, is outside of the MMWD service area and may be dependent on the Desalination Plant if ever built.
valeri hood April 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
13. Does S. F. require employers of more than 20 people to pay a living wage and offer health insurance? Has Lucasfilm outsourced to Singapore its major operations? Yes. 14. Has Lucasfilm withdrawn its application at the Community Development Agency? No, not as of this writing according to the County personnel at the CDA on Thursday, 4/12/12. 15. How much dirt was planned to go into Miller Creek? 68,000 cubic yards of untested, unstudied soils 16. Was Applicant engaged in a disallowable parallel review of environmental impacts with State and Fed agencies, unbeknownst to the Co. of Marin? Yes. 17. Did nearby neighborhood organizations ever threaten litigation, express rancor or bitterness? No. At their own expense, they provided 50 pages of expert analysis of the CEQA requirements. 18. Does a County practice of exceptionalism promote stability and future capital investment in Marin? No, capital investors require stability and predictability.
valeri hood April 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
7. 2 of the 3 Creeks (Miller, Grady and Landmark) are federally-protected salmonid waters. 8.Was there a massive landslide above the building site? Yes, the building site just below the alluvial "fan" and on the aquifer, just 9 miles from the San Andreas Fault according to Lucasfilm experts. Yes, the building site just below the alluvial "fan" and on the aquifer, just 9 miles from the San Andreas Fault according to Lucasfilm experts. 9. Is the proposed building of 263,000+ sq. ft. feasible if the excavated soil has to be trucked offsite? No, according to Lucasfilm representatives 10. How many elements of the current proposal were not included in the 1996 Master Plan, nor evaluated as required under the California Environmental Quality Act? With the change in use to industrial zoning: 7. A. Operating hours no longer 9a-5p, but 24/7. B. Heavy truck traffic not evaluated though the road is inadvisable for trucks over 40 feet. C. Outdoor stage. D. Wine cave. E. Artificial knoll height. F. Downstream impacts of major alteration to Miller Creek. G. New height of building (eight and one-half stories) mandated massive excavation and 50’ retaining wall. 11. Has George Lucas retired from creating major motion pictures? Yes, according to the January 18, 2012 issue of the U.K. Guardian interviews.12. What % of the Letterman Digital facility in San Francisco is occupied by Lucasfilm or affiliates? 10% or less.
valeri hood April 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
start here- read up :interesting letter:GRADY QUIZ: 1. What is the property zoned for? Planned Residential, one unit per one acre to one unit per ten acres; RMP-0.031, Residential Multiple-family Planned District, one unit per 32 acres maximum density and RMP-0.379, one unit per 2.64 acres for Big Rock and Grady Ranch. 2. What category of zoning is a film production studio? Industrial 3. What year did the nearest subdivision begin? 1986 4. What year did the Lucasfilm /Skywalker Master Plan vest? 1996 5.How much square footage would be allowed at Grady Ranch, if approved? 456,000 sq. ft. at Big Rock & Grady Ranch (only the Marin County Civic Center would be larger or the Buck Center can compare). The first building would have been more than 263,000 sq. ft. (about 3 Costcos). 5. 456,000 sq. ft. at Big Rock & Grady Ranch (only the Marin County Civic Center would be larger or the Buck Center can compare). The first building would have been more than 263,000 sq. ft. (about 3 Costcos). 6. Was the nearest neighborhood ever notified of the project by the Applicant as required? No. 7. How many federally-protected salmon creeks are on the property?
valeri hood April 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
breaking news- japan has now shut down it's last nuclear reactor- if only people who care about the environment, jobs etc could put energy into closing down the reactors in the US- seaweed off the CA coast- 500 times higher radioactive iodine, 5-10 rads/day came to the west coast in the months of march and april last year according to arnie gunderson- former nuclear commissioner- we need to see this as current news!

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