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In the newspaper this morning there was an article about how a half dozen white Buddhist-convert monks from the homeless collective under the freeway overpass on Grand Ave showed up at the City Council meeting advocating that the city should allow property taxes to be paid in “good will” and “yaks”.
One of the city councilors asked exactly how many yaks the Buddhist Collective had down there at the camp under the freeway and the monk replied, “Seven or eight, perhaps more” and then the City Council meeting apparently digressed into a byzantine discussion about whether or not yaks were allowed within city limits and it ultimately turned out that they are, because of a 1968 city charter amendment pertaining to the rights of citizens to keep and care for “beasts of burden” within “reasonable tolerances”.
When asked whether or not any members of the the homeless white Buddhist-convert Collective paid property taxes in the first place, the same monk replied, “Not under current regulations, as such.”
There was very little additional discussion of extending the payment remediation types to “good will” or “generally pleasant vibes”, as was also briefly proposed.