Scott, San Francisco:
Hey, this is Scott. I think one thing we could do about the cost of living in San Francisco is to dissuade so many tech workers from Silicon Valley from living up here while not paying their fair share of municipal services. For instance, the commuter buses could be charged for the amount of space that they take up and the damage they’re doing to our roads. In addition, we could consider charging a FasTrak toll like the North or East Bay residents have to pay to come into the city, only it’d be in reverse, potentially from the South Bay. Anyway, that’s just a thought. Thanks.
Mary Franklin, San Francisco:
Hi, this is Mary Franklin. I’m actually standing in the Conservatory of Flowers right now. It’s Free Tuesdays here and it’s making me think about one way to help offset the cost of living. It would be really nice if there were more cultural institutions that offered free entry or pay-what-you-will entry. I used to live in New York City and Washington, D.C., where as far as I can tell they’re a lot more free or pay-what-you-will cultural institutions. And socializing around San Francisco is expensive enough as it is, so it would be fun and nice if there were more free places to go to learn and play. Thanks.
Sarah, San Francisco:
Hey, my name is Sarah and I’m from Denmark. Back home we were battling with high living costs as well. At times we’ll see all of Europe where only few people can afford to live in the city center due to the rising number of companies increasing tourism and Airbnb apartments. Consequently the cost of living is rising and people with less money are forced to move away. But despite of the similar issue back home, I must admit that I’m pretty shocked how expensive it actually is to live in San Francisco. So my suggestion for the citizens here would be to organize in communities and to minimize our consumption, since it’s like the only way for us to live now. And in the future from a climate perspective, we should not be throwing perfectly fine food out and we should we use much more waste. If we get better at sharing and using the resources we already got the cost of living will dramatically drop.
Hey, this is Freddie. My answer for how to make California more livable is that we should take the lead of the city of Stockton and try out a livable wage. And maybe we try that out on a smaller scale, let’s say for university students. Maybe not so much a large school as UC Berkeley but perhaps a smaller private school, perhaps the University of San Francisco or Holy Names University. Let’s give it a thought.