This issue is much larger than me losing my home: Update – 9.10.15

County poised to assign receiver to take control of The Last Resort

The County has filed a lawsuit to appoint a receiver to take control of The Last Resort. The hearing will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9:00am, in front of Hon. Judge Paul M. Haakenson, Marin County Superior Court.

We are so grateful that many of you have already signed the petition and written letters of support. Certainly if you are inspired to write another letter, this would be a good time.

Send letters ℅:
David Lee Hoffman
P.O. Box 10, Lagunitas,CA

or by email to

Our attorney, Paul Smith, will be submitting your letters along with the previous petition signed by 1,000 supporters to the judge.

Additionally, Paul will present Adam Posard, an expert architect and builder as my choice for an alternative to the court-appointed receiver. The county’s receiver will likely work to bring the property up to code as quickly as possible, by destruction and removal of all that does not comply to all codes [the entire property?].

Adam, on the other hand, will not be so trigger-happy; he will focus on health and safety, working alongside expert engineers to preserve the artistic integrity of the entire site and its fully functioning zero-waste systems.

Paul Smith will continue to work with the county to find a resolution to reduce their fines and penalties, which now exceed $350,000, back to the original offer of $60,000, which I have already accepted.

This issue is much larger than me losing my home.

At its heart, the solution to the county’s problem is the recognition of the view held by historic experts: that The Last Resort Lagunitas is an important folk art environment. The sanctioning of new, environmentally friendly water recycling systems is also much needed.

Supporting The Last Resort Lagunitas is a small and important step in the direction of a sustainable future.

David Lee Hoffman

SPACES Website and Letter of Support

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SPACES, a website that aims to document and archive art environments around the world has created a page on their website devoted to The Last Resort. The director of spaces, Jo Farb Hernández also pledged support for The Last Resort in a letter the Marin County Board of Supervisors. See the letter here.

Le Grand Pissour

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Jim Edelhauser & Cecile Lelievre have put together a short film documenting Le Grand Pissour. Watch it here.

David Lee Hoffman CCTV (China Central Television) Segment

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This beautiful short film on David Lee Hoffman was cut from a CCTV series. See it here.

Producer/Director: Weimin Zhang
Cinematographer: Pedro Gomez; Andrew Marson
Sound: Aubrey Moody
Editor: Andrew Marson


Planeta Twenergy Feature

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The website Planeta Twenergy features examples of sustainable design from around the planet. Correspondent Susana Pinar visited The Last Resort and put together a great short film documenting life at The Last Resort. See it here.

Letter of Support from Sim Van der Ryn

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Sim Van der Ryn, an acknowledged leader in sustainable architecture pledged his support for The Last Resort in a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. See the full letter here.

Marin TV Program “Seriously Now” segment on THE LAST RESORT

“Seriously Now”, a Marin TV Program, “show-casing local news, events and the panoramic beauty of Marin County”, has a segment on THE LAST RESORT.

Watch here.

Rick Raznikov writes about THE LAST RESORT

Rick Raznikov has written an article about THE LAST RESORT on his blog.

NBC News Segment on The Last Resort

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Joe Rosato Jr. of NBC News has written an article and aired a segment on NBC News

Marin Independent Journal Editorial in support of The Last Resort

WE HOPE Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey can find a way to resolve Lagunitas artisan David Lee Hoffman’s county permit problems.

Hoffman’s backyard creations are supposed to be models of sustainability. His efforts also have created run-ins with county enforcement officials.

Kinsey hopes he can work with Hoffman and county staff to come up with a compromise where the 68-year-old Hoffman can bring his creations up to county codes and reduce his numerous fines “to a more manageable amount.” An administrative law judge has ordered Hoffman to pay $226,000 in county fines and to tear down the 30 or so structures he built as models of sustainable living. The judge threw the book at Hoffman. [Read more…]