Jabba the Hutt, the bloated, slimy gangster of the"Star Wars"universe, both made and ran into plenty of trouble on the desert planet of Tatooine, his home base for crime. But he might have found Huntington Beach even more treacherous.
That's because, despite his hairy dealings within the criminal underworld, bounty hunters and Jedi Knights, he never had to deal with California Department of Transportation mandates.
His sail barge, the Khetanna, which he used for pleasure cruises and more sinister business, hovered off the ground and had no need for turn signals, headlights or compact width. And there wasn't much air traffic in the Dune Sea.
But those are precisely the issues Lenny Francoeur, senior director of the Octagon Global Events, a marketing company, is facing as he oversees the construction of a replica of the sail barge that was seen in "Return of the Jedi." The vehicle will roll by the Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday as part of a "Star Wars"-themed charity relay called the Course of the Force.