A Modest Proposal for Strybing Arboretum: No Fees on Locals for Ten Years

I’m not sure when the final vote is on charging fees on Outsiders at San Francisco’s Strybing Arboretum, but how about this for an amendment:

“Yes, charge people living outside of San Francisco $7 per capita or whatever, but, in exchange for that, you may not charge San Francisco residents at all over the next ten years.”

See how that works? Do you think the Society people would go for that?

I don’t.

The friendly California quail of Strybing will soon be lonely, it would seem. Do you think their famously sensitive ears can hear Helene Strybing rolling over in her grave?

I do.

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One Response to “A Modest Proposal for Strybing Arboretum: No Fees on Locals for Ten Years”

  1. Harry says:

    The final vote is history. Allegedly, the fee will sunset after a year unless renewed. I think the strategy will be to haul in the unions (who will once again sell out their flock) and then plead “The fees have not been given enough time to work We have spent xxx hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement the fees; these fees need time to have an effect; we have created three more union jobs (or more) for fee collectors, and these jobs will be endangered; and so on, ad nauseum.

    Given a complacent citizenry and a a slothful City government, the fee may well be renewed next year — unless there are complants.

    So get to work!

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