A settlement has been reached between an Asian American socialite and the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hillsborough over the famed Flintstone House, reports the Palo Alto Daily News.
The home inspired by the Flintstone cartoon can be seen from the freeway off Interstate 280 and has long been the subject of both amusement and fascination from those passing by.
The city accused former SF Examiner publisher Florence Fang of violating city code when she added Flintstone characters, large metal dinosaurs and a sign that read “yabba dabba doo” to the property without seeking approval.
Fang attorney accused the city of Hillsborough of racism saying others who are not Chinese Americans in similar situations are not facing “harassment” like Fang.
The settlement calls for the city to pay Fang $125,000 and to approve the new additions.
According to the SF Chronicle, Fang purchased the home for $2.8 million in 2017 and immediately began making modifications. The city issued two stop work orders in December of that year and again in August the following year.
The city alleges Fang continued to make changes to the property and subsequently was hit with multiple code violations.
The Daily News reports the settlement included a gag order imposed on both parties about the lawsuit other than the following statement:
“The parties have reached an amicable resolution of the case to the satisfaction of all the parties, such that the improvements made to the Flintstone House will be permitted to remain.”
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