For years, I’ve been following the saga of U2 guitarist The Edge and his attempt to build 5 houses on 150 acres in Malibu. It’s almost as if it’s a metaphor or something for Malibu celebrities’ Locals Only xenophobia, but which is of course utterly different from deplorables in the hinterland wanting to enforce immigration laws.
Plus, it’s revealing about why talk of Affordable Housing in California never goes anywhere.
It has been a pretty evenly matched fight: after all, The Edge is the buddy of Bono, the ultra-connected U2 singer.
Now, from The Daily Mail:
The Edge’s five-home project overlooking Malibu, called ‘Leaves in the Wind,’ has been 14 years in the making amid a drawn-out battle with environmental protesters who claim he wants to ‘pave over paradise’
Now the California Supreme Court denied his petition to review the case, shattering his construction plans
The 57-year-old rocker could re-apply to Los Angeles County planners for new building permits, but it would be another costly years-long battle
‘He’s finished – the California Supreme Court was his last resort,’ a lawyer for the Sierra Club tells DailyMailTV
His lobbying and legal bills are estimated to be more than $10million, a small fraction of his estimated $340million net worth
Evans bought the 151 acres of untouched land at Sweetwater Mesa in 2005 for $9million, overlooking Malibu’s pier a thousand feet below
The project would have set Evans back an estimated $78million in construction costs, including $24million for the access road alone
By RYAN PARRY, WEST COAST EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and NEIL BLINCOW FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:46 EDT, 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 18:52 EDT, 18 June 2019