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To the editor- The TRPA In 2026

To the editor-

As government and quasi-governmental agencies like the TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency) bloat and adopt even more regulations and hire more employees and create more application, filing and miscellaneous fees – they also attempt to take on more responsibilities. Let’s skip forward in time 25 years, it’s the year 2026 and the TRPA has adopted the duties of regulating human and animal reproduction within the Lake Tahoe Basin.

In order to purchase or adopt a pet, including but not limited to, “dogs, cats, birds, fish, and mice”, a certain procedure is to be followed in order to receive the highly valued and simultaneously logically ridiculous and legally bogus TRPA approval. The process begins by obtaining and submitting a short 20-page application, Domestic Pet Request Form 420, stating all the pets you currently own including their species, age, last vet visit, etc. with a $4,500 filing fee. After TRPA acknowledges the receipt of this application and, most importantly, the fee – you will be given another application. This second brief 15-page application, Domestic Pet Explanation Form 5671, will serve as an explanation for your reasons for wanting the pet in question. Of course, you must not forget the meager $1,517 filing fee for this application.



Once TRPA is in receipt of the fees and the appropriate applications, you can expect a timely processing period of 18-24 months. TRPA will send you an acceptance certificate or a denial letter after the processing period. If you receive approval for the pet, you can now sleep easy at night because you waited almost two years, paid $6,017, and spent hours filling out the appropriate application forms for your pet (which you already have, but have been hiding in the basement).

The process for applying for a new child is very similar to the one for a new pet, with a few minor changes. The forms you will need are: Live Human Child Request Form 145750 for $13,051 and the Excuse For Request To Reproduce/Adopt Form 145900 for $3,002.


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