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Sactown’s Why Not Here? George Lucas Museum

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Could George Lucas find the force in Sacramento to fulfill his fantasy of a new museum filled with his massive art collection? That's the proposal put forth by Sactown magazine in its latest issue.

"After being rejected by San Francisco and Chicago, George Lucas still needs a home for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art," writes Editor Rob Turner in his popular "Why Not Here?" column. "Let's form a rebel alliance against competing cities and get him here."

Turner joined Insight with Beth Ruyak Wednesday to explain his idea of a rebel alliance and why he thinks Sacramento has a shot (even if it's no bigger than a womp rat).

The effort to bring the museum to Sacramento includes a growing online petition.

In his column, he describes Sacramento as an ideal location because it is between two major freeways and near the railyards.

He also makes the case that Sacramento would be more likely to welcome the museum with open arms.

“I think there’s a big fan base here that’s built-in, but I also think that it would attract people from all over the world, frankly no matter where you put it," Turner says. "I think he wants it to be in California so we have a leg up there. It’s the capital, and I think the location’s perfect."

The cities of Los Angeles and Oakland also made pitches, but Turner is hopeful that Lucas will pick Sacramento because he was born and raised in Modesto.