Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2012

Help Save Knowland Park – No On Measure A1 – Updated 10/15/12

Updated 10/15/12

Important Environmental Issue for Residents of Alameda County.

The Oakland Zoo has a proposal (Measure A1) that would allow the zoo to expand into and destroy parts of Knowland Park. Knowland Park is an ecologically rich wildlife and plant habitat. It is a rare chaparral plant community used by many species of native wildlife, including mountain lions and the threatened Alameda whipsnake. Once a chaparral community is destroyed it is gone forever. I urge you to vote against the measure and encourage others to do so.  To learn more about this issue click read more or go to www.saveknowland.org

You might also want to check out  Laura Baker’s post in the Berkeley Daily Planet http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-09-21/article/40239?headline=Vote-No-on-Alameda-County-Measure-A1

NO on Measure A1 in Alameda County!
www.saveknowland.org
Sets in motion a stealth plan to expand zoo into parkland, paving over precious native wildlife habitat.

This parcel tax for the Oakland Zoo is presented as a humane animal care measure, but its stealth purpose is to fund a massive zoo expansion into ecologically rich wildlife and native plant habitat in Knowland Park, Oakland’s largest wildland park. It allows taxpayer funds to be used for building a 34,000 square foot restaurant, gift shop, visitor center and office complex beside a rare chaparral plant community used by many species of native wildlife, including mountain lions and the threatened Alameda whipsnake. Zoo executives refuse to consider environmentally superior locations.

Would fund $72 million massive zoo expansion into public park land in Knowland Park (Oakland’s largest wildland park)

 Allows taxpayer funds to be used to build 34,000 square foot restaurant, gift shop, visitor center and office complex.

 Paves over and destroys ecologically rich wildlife and native plant habitat  Displaces a rare plant community used by many species of native wildlife, including threatened Alameda whipsnake.

Gives taxing authority to a private organization with no publicly elected representatives.

Allows privately selected Zoo Board to tax residents without being required to follow state public open records laws. 25-year tax for privately-run operation, with no true public accountability, is unacceptable.

Save Knowland Park!

Vote NO on Alameda County Measure A1

www.saveknowland.org

Measure A1 is an irrevocable 25 year tax that:

Vote No! – Zoo already gets public funds from multiple sources – other needs are much higher priority.

Zoo currently gets millions of dollars in public funding, including Oakland city funds, hotel taxes, East Bay Regional Park District funds, other bonds, and a multimillion-dollar State Parks grant.

Schools, libraries, and other public programs should take priority.

Measure A1 is Opposed by: East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Friends of Knowland Park, Alameda Creek Alliance, California Native Grasslands Association, Resource Renewal Institute and many other individuals and orgs. that care about protecting our precious parklands.

Gives tax authority to private body with no publicly elected representatives.

This hastily-crafted measure would create a troubling precedent of taxing residents to fund a private operator. The nonprofit corporate board running the zoo has no publicly elected members and is not required to follow state public open records laws. A 25-year tax for a privately-run operation, with no true public accountability, is unacceptable.

Zoo already gets public funds from multiple sources and there are too many other needs that are higher priority.

The zoo already takes in millions of dollars in public funding, including Oakland city funds, dedicated hotel taxes, East Bay Regional Park District funds, bonds money and a multimillion-dollar State Parks grant. Schools, libraries, and many other public programs and services should take priority for new taxes – we can’t fund everything at once. Zoo executives are saying they don’t have enough funds now to care for the animals they already have, so why are they planning on building a huge expansion, which will further increase their operating costs?

Creates burden for low-income seniors.

Low-income seniors who want to apply for an exemption from paying this tax would have to apply each and every year to the zoo operator, creating an additional burden and requiring them to submit their personal financial information to a private entity with no accountability to voters.

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Responses

  1. Great blog! Thank you for helping keep the public informed about measure A1 and the part it plays in the destruction of Knowland park. I hope you keep writing.

  2. Your posting is complete one-sided. Did you even bother to talk with someone at the Zoo or to see their website – itsyourzoo.org? The Save Knowland Park folks have been very misleading and often completely wrong about Measure A1. I’m disappointed in your lack of research.


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