s
s
Sections
Sections
Subscribe
You've read 5 of 15 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
You've read 10 of 15 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
You've read all of your free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
We've got a special deal for readers like you.
Get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app starting 99 cents per month and support local journalism.
Already a subscriber?
Thanks for reading! Why not subscribe?
Get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app starting 99 cents per month and support local journalism.
Already a subscriber?
Want to keep reading? Subscribe today!
Ooops! You're out of free articles. Starting at just 99 cents per month, you can keep reading all of our products and support local journalism.
Already a subscriber?

His Kenwood hilltop parties have drawn the biggest names in California politics to chomp Cuban cigars, sip fine wine and dance to live bands.

The lavish affairs of Sacramento lobbyist Darius Anderson also have angered neighbors. They complained to sheriff's deputies about noise and said the prodigious Democratic fund-raiser invited several hundred guests without telling them first.

Their ire got the attention of Sonoma County planning officials, who issued a notice to Anderson in December saying the events violated county code and could be shut down.

Now Anderson - master fund-raiser for Gov. Gray Davis and a lobbyist for Station Casinos, which is involved with the proposed tribal gambling hall in Rohnert Park - is firing back. On Jan. 20 he sued his most vocal critic, neighbor Linda Hale, saying she invaded his privacy and humiliated him in front of guests.

The suit, Anderson said, was a last resort when Hale refused to talk.

"My wife and I made two attempts to reach out to the neighbors as well as the Hale family," Anderson said Tuesday. "In both attempts, no one returned our phone calls or responded to our letters. We felt motivated to respond the way we did based on the fact there was no contact."

Hale wouldn't comment.

Anderson, who lives in Sonoma, bought the 76-acre hilltop in Kenwood in the late 1990s with plans to build a replica of Jack London's Wolf House, which burned shortly before the author was to occupy it.

His Kenwood land with 360-degree views remains mostly undeveloped, except for the driveway and a barn.

Last fall, Anderson erected white tents, throwing first a wedding party for a high-powered lobbyist couple and then a birthday party.

During the Sept. 25 wedding bash, attended by hundreds, including state lawmakers and Doug Boxer, the son of Sen. Barbara Boxer, Hale called deputies to complain about noise. Because it was before a 10 p.m. quiet time, little was done.

Then Hale called back, insisting on a citizen's arrest for Anderson, who she said was disturbing the peace.

Anderson got a citation and the party ended abruptly.

The next weekend, Anderson's wife threw her husband a Cuban-themed 40th birthday party that drew more than 200 people, among them Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and ex-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Deputies showed up again, this time to check reports that admission was being charged. Someone apparently thought it was a rave party, he said.

Anderson said he called Hale several times to talk about her concerns, but she wouldn't take his calls.

When prosecutors decided not to pursue the noise complaint, Anderson sued Hale, claiming emotional distress and loss of social reputation.

Hale's complaint was "extreme, outrageous and beyond all bounds of acceptable conduct in a civilized society," according to Anderson's suit, which was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Meanwhile, locals said noise from Sonoma Valley events is an ongoing problem.

Del Rydman, president of the Valley of the Moon Alliance, said music carries from one end to the other. He's heard complaints from Oakmont residents about winery parties several miles away near Kenwood.

Rydman, who said he wasn't familiar with the complaints about Anderson's parties, has asked Supervisor Valerie Brown to create an event coordinator post to prevent what he said was a proliferation of loud parties. "It's an unfortunate situation that a poor neighbor who complained is now on the carpet," Rydman said. "She was just trying to protect her rights and ask someone to live by the rules."

Brown agreed the number of events in the valley has increased, but said she wasn't sure if creating a county position was the solution.

She attended Anderson's birthday party and didn't think the noise was ear-splitting. People who complain might have other motives, she said.

"There certainly wasn't anything I noticed that was out of line," Brown said. "But I'm sure there would be people who could claim it was noisy."