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Monday, June 21, 2010

Made it into the chambers for the SF budget hearing.

Got to hand it to these Supervisors... They've been listening to public comment for almost 4 hours with no end in sight. Don't know how they do it.

It seems everyone here wants to save their piece of a shrinking SF budget pie. That is part of what makes this so frustrating. Sharp Park is a net contributor of operating funds to City overhead salaries and services. Closing Sharp Park makes the budget problems worse.

We are probably the only ones here to advocate a plan to contribute more to the City coffers. Sharp Park golfers are not going to solve the City budget woes, but we can make it a little better.

Here is the plan: Keep the course. Raise green fees or apply a $5 surcharge across the board on residents and non-residents alike. Split the surcharge between course improvements and city overhead. This modest increase should not unduly burden the blue collar golfers who enjoy the course, and the improvement in course conditions will increase rounds played at this landmark Alister MacKenzie gem. Win for the City. Win for the course. Win for the frog and snake. It is the right thing to do.

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

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