It looks like San Francisco may finally relinquish Hetch Hetchy and not because of pressure from environmentalists. They can’t pay the rent. Up until now the City of San Francisco has been paying a mere $30,000 a year to keep a section of one of the United States’ most visited National Parks impounded with water.
Under a new plan by the Bush administration the rent is being raised to $8 million.
The question is what will happen if they can’t afford to pay for it.