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— "Those two mansions, they want all that to themselves," says Edwina Goddard, an activist neighbor.

"If the City gives up anything on this, it's the public that loses," says Cynthia Conger, president of the Peninsula Community Planning Board. "Coastal property is going for $350 to $500 a square foot, so this property would be worth $2 million to $3 million." The City must retain ownership and give a reasonable encroachment agreement to Ellis and Sabin, she says.

On November 9, superior court judge Patricia Cowett gave the parties another 60 days to settle the matter. Earlier, she had said she'd given her last continuance, but she changed her mind. Second district city councilmember Kevin Faulconer is trying to get both sides to reach agreement.

The neighborhood has one thing going for it: Michael Ellis has more pressing matters hanging over him.

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