Supervisors Ask LucasFilm to Reconsider Grady Ranch Withdrawal

They express disappointment and have asked Skywalker Properties to reconsider its decision.

The following statement was made on Wednesday, April 11, in response to its application for a digital media production facility at Grady Ranch on Lucas Valley Road in San Rafael:

County Expresses Disappointment Over Withdrawal of Grady Ranch Proposal


The Marin County Board of Supervisors is deeply disappointed that Skywalker Properties has withdrawn its application to proceed with its plans for Grady Ranch, originally approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1997. More recently, the project was unanimously recommended for Board approval by the County Planning Commission and a parade of appreciative community members and businesses. While our Board delayed final action at the applicant’s request to allow them to review a last minute legal threat raised by neighbors, Board members universally praised the applicant’s strong track record of environmental stewardship, excellent design, quality jobs, and civic generosity.

Immediately upon learning of Skywalker Properties’ decision, our Board reached out, encouraging them to reconsider and offering County support needed to complete the approval process and move forward with construction. We recognize the important opportunity this project represents for our community and will continue to work towards its realization.


Steve Kinsey

President, Marin County Board of Supervisors

The Marin Economic Forum estimates that the Grady Ranch project could produce a total of $216 million in revenues for Marin County. it's decision to withdraw the application for the 263,000 square foot facility due to

Pat Ravasio April 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I find it ironic and disgusting that at the same time the Board of Supervisors was putting this excellent employer through the ringer, they put a 2000-unit residential 'Priority Development Area" on the San Quentin penninsula -- ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR!!! Thank God it got pulled off that very morning, or we were going to have a whole new urban community without a single public hearing! We need to start over with a new board of supervisors if you ask me. June 5 is our chance to do just that.
James Dalessandro April 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'm not "disappointed that Skywalker Properties has withdrawn it application", I"m furious that for decades now our elected officials let that miniscule group known as "I Don't Like It So Screw Everybody Else" torture George Lucas, when everything he has done has reaped creative, financial and environmental benefits for the entire county. Here's the punchline: PASS GEORGE'S PROPOSAL, GRANT HIM ALL THE PERMITS HE NEEDS, and THEN ask him to reconsider. When the NIMBY's - strangely silent through out this overwhelming outrage - tiptoe back to the hearing room, we'll make sure the majority of us appear to voice our anger at the self-serving prima donnas who created this nightmare.
MichaelG April 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Is there a petition anywhere going on to bring the proposal back? I imagine we could gather a fair number of signatures asking Lucasfilm to reconsider. I have never used this site, but it might work: www.ipetitions.com a few thousand signatures from locals could make a difference...
Michael April 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
you are correct in that we do need new blood on the Board. Too many career taking heads on it now. We do have some good new choices if you do a little research prior to the June elections. I think the priorities of the Board need to be re set.
Michael April 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
in CA we have a climate that says "we welcome and encourage all business to set up shop in beautiful California. However just be sure to note that at all levels of government we have put in so many laws, fees, building codes, labor codes, restrictions, ordinances, roadblocks, taxes upon taxes etc that it will take you forever to set up your business and lots of your cash too. Sure you could go to another state that welcomes business with open arms. Other states that remove as many roadblocks as possible, reduce taxes, streamline the permitting process etc. so that businesses can set up and employe their citizens and add to their tax revenue. But hey this is California man! Doesn't every business want to be located here?" The cost of doing business in CA is prohibitive for most businesses now. And our elected officials talk a good story but their actions tell the real story. They do basically nothing except add more layers of bureaucracy, laws, fees, taxes, permitting etc. that businesses must deal with. Pitiful really. But hey... they have shoved the smart train down taxpayers throats in Marin and isn't this just what we need? Don't we see the businesses flocking to set up shop in Marin? We will have more transportation to move people around to those jobs that don't exist here. Great planning huh!
CLM April 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
George Lucas has been incredibly patient with the troublemakers...but given his extensive business experience, it is highly unlikely that he would have "pulled the plug" without having a Plan B already well in place. While it is wonderful to see all the enthusiastic ideas and support now being expressed, I would imagine (and this is only a guess) that Mr. Lucas is already beyond being able or willing to reverse his decision. He has been a loyal, generous friend to the people of Marin. It is truly unfortunate that a few bad apples have been allowed to block the economic and creative opportunity that the Grady Ranch project would have brought to this county. I've only lived in California/Marin County for a year, and love it here already, but I'm beginning to wonder how a small group of short-sighted people can manage to rule the day on such an important issue...it's troubling, indeed!
chris April 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
James, I completely agree and I too am furious.
chris April 13, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I would like to point out that the developer / neighbor who gave Lucas so much grief according to the Lucas spokesperson in the IJ, last August submitted plans to the San Rafael Design Review Board to demolish two historically significant Victorians on 2nd and B Streets in San Rafael, and to build a huge (and in my opinion) ugly big boxy apartment building on that site. The same company that has been invloved in litigious issues on the 33 North and Drakes Cove developments. Monahan Pacific of San Rafael. This Grady Ranch disaster should be a wake-up call to inform ourselves, watch-dog, and express our opinions about these issues, before it is too late.
chris April 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
p.s. James I read your excellent book Citizen Jane, and will now buy "1906."
adsfadsf April 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Holy...fools. Complete fools in Marin County. Talk about taking a golden goose and throwing it down the well. You guys are idiots. Enjoy your property tax increases, too, btw.
gwen omalley April 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I agree with James, and others. Why stop this resposnsible party/project when the contraversial irresposible soccer complex project is praised by the board?????????
adsfadsf April 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
And love that it will go to low income housing. Enjoy...fools. Since you've come accustomed to the tax benefits of Lucas, it will hit particularly hard when that is gone. Expect a 30% increase to property tax within 3 years, and another 30% in another 3 years when your realize that isn't enough either.
Aline O'Brien April 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
It's counter-productive for authorities to be giving George Lucas so much grief about his proposed projects. He has proven to be a good, engaged citizen of the county. I love it that he's offered the property for low-income housing, which could also mean extending public transit out to that site.
chris April 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
This new in the IJ "Open time" at Tuesday's Marin County Board of Supervisors' meeting may take a long time. Supervisor Judy Arnold has invited supporters of George Lucas' plan for a film studio at the old Grady Ranch to show up and sound off at 10 a.m. at the Civic Center. "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 for a digital film operation," she told constituents in an email this week. "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 a.m. to state your support publicly so that George can see the webcast." "I am inviting you to come and do just that."
Toni Benoit April 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I understand the public is able to support Grady Ranch and George Lucas on Tuesday April 17 at 10:00 am in the Board of Supervisor's chambers at San Rafael Civic Center. Spread the word!


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