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Lobbyist who held lavish Kenwood fetes sues vocal neighbor who made citizen's arrest over noise

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.


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