40 years ago, David Lee Hoffman returned to California from a decade long journey traveling the world. Although he was leaving his nomadic lifestyle behind, he kept the lessons of the zero waste communities he was once part of. Now that he had put roots down in Marin, he was determined to create a home with sustainable systems that would eliminate his carbon footprint. At 72 years old, he is on the verge of achieving that goal.
David’s home is the epitome of tranquility, filled with inventions that are both sustainable and beautiful. He has designed a complex solar powered black and grey water system, which means he can address nearly all his water consumption with rain. The major elements of this system are themselves works of art, and all have threads of the different cultures he’s lived with woven throughout.
However, Marin County never issued permits for any of the 25 structures erected on his property, and they are now, decades later, preparing to seize and demolish everything.
David has dubbed his property The Last Resort and has surrounded himself with a group of devoted supporters to fight for historic landmark status. However, even with a petition signed by over 1000 local residents and the support of three recognized historians, the county has largely ignored the community’s pleas.
The demolition of this property would mean the loss of David’s life’s work and the loss of a historic creation that we should all have the opportunity to enjoy. Please share this short video and spread the word.
This story is far from finished and I am planning on following David's plight until it comes to an end.
Please contact Steve Kinsey, our local Supervisor at email@example.com and encourage the county to conclude an agreement with David.
To donate, volunteer, or sign the petition please visit: TheLastResortLagunitas.org