Town Square

Post a New Topic

Say No to the Oakland Zoo countywide "Build a Theme Park" parcel tax

Original post made by Taxation w/o representation on Jul 25, 2012

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.

Say No to this tax measure!

Comments (9)

Posted by NO !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

NO!
NO!
NO!


Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

But..."It's for the Chiiiiiiiiildren!" How can you be so selfish?


Sorry, just had to make that comment before some do-gooder, numbnut said it and really means it.

As stated above

NO!

NO!

NO!


Posted by Of Course, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

I always vote NO for new taxes/fees. The government is already too big. For once I'd like to see a ballot initiative to REDUCE or ELIMINATE existing taxes/fees so that I could actually vote YES.


Posted by Renter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

As a renter, a voter and a Zoo lover....

YES!

YES!

YES!!!


Posted by Parent, a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Jul 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

No new taxes!

Until the government can show they are responsible with OUR money, I will continue to vote No on every Proposition that increases taxes and yes, even a parcel tax!


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 Another Pleasanton 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


Posted by mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Please people, send A1 down to a crushing defeat. This proposition gives taxing authority to a private company.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

A Norman Rockwell Town
By Roz Rogoff | 6 comments | 1,168 views

David Brooks at his Best and Worst
By Tom Cushing | 4 comments | 736 views

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads
By Tim Hunt | 15 comments | 587 views