Say No to the Oakland Zoo countywide "Build a Theme Park" parcel tax Around Town, posted by Taxation w/o representation, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm
The City of Oakland Zoo, which already receives funding from the Hotel Tax in Oakland and pass through funds from EBRPD, plans to come to voters in November asking for a countywide Parcel Tax for all Alameda County residents.
They plan to use the funds for a boondoggle theme park according to this web link. See this information here -- Web Link
The Oakland Zoo does not have an elected board of directors which means such a parcel tax would fund an organization with no actual elected members. If that isn't taxation without representation, I don't know what is.
The draft text of the measure even has language saying that the funds from the parcel tax will be used to defend the many lawsuits that will surely be filed regarding this measure.
Posted by Terry Sayre, a resident of another community, on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:58 am
The zoo and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are together trying to pull the cute fuzzy animal wool over voters eyes with this very deceptive measure, put on the ballot on the last day of their session. It was only by chance that community members discovered this and managed to get an opposition statement in the Voters Information Pamphlet. Please read the measure carefully and you will discover that this 25 year, irrevocable tax, gives the zoological society freedom to spend the approimately $130 million any way they choose, and also states that in the event of any legal challenge to their implementation of the moneys, the tax will pay their legal expences. Do we really want to give taxing authority to a private entity which is not subject to public freedom of information statutes? I, for one, say NO WAY! see www.saveknowland.org for more info
Posted by Taxation w/o representation, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Terry, thanks for the information. I clicked on smartvoter.org for A1 and see this Web Link and that this measure is opposed by the Alameda Creek Alliance and California Native Plants Society. In the arguments, it says the zoo is run by a private nonprofit corporation with no publicly elected representatives and isn't required to follow California's open records and meetings laws.
Very disappointed that superintendent of "public" schools in Pleasanton has endorsed Pleasanton residents supporting Oakland through a parcel tax. I say "public" because by reading some other threads on this forum, it sounds like they aren't very "public" anymore.
Posted by terry sayre, a resident of another community, on Oct 13, 2012 at 6:43 am
Maybe it is better for folks in Pleasanton, but when I opened my property tax bill the other day, I counted 19!!! yes, 19, extra fees added on by the city of Oakland. I am now faced with the possibility of having a whole NEW, tax bill, this time coming from the Oakland Zoo!!! At a League of Womans Voters forum in Piedmont the other night, the zoo ceo, Joel Parrott,when questioned, admitted they have spent $1,000,000 so far on their yes on A1 campaign. Maybe that is why they don't have the dough to pay for animal feed. I do hope our friends and neighbors in East county communities will decide not to buy their false story and join the swelling numbers who will get informed, stand up and join us in VOTING NO ON A1. wwwsaveknowland.org