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I asked the Oakland city attorney's office, after the first EBX article to investigate both the proven campaign violations, as well as the allegations of the zoo using tax payer dollars for their campaign. NO RESPONSE. I asked again, also by e-mail after the second EBX article. NO RESPONSE. Does anyone in the City of Oakland government care about the misuse of the public trust by the zoological society?
Please listen to KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, Monday at 0930 am-1000 am for a discussion of measure A1 with the Oakland zoo director of strategic initiatives, Nik Dehejia. Perhaps he will have read this article by then. It will be very interesting to hear what he has to say. email@example.com 866-7336786 to call in with comments or questions for the guests. Dr Ruth Malone of Friends of Knowland Park will represent the coalition of environmental groups who stand in opposition to the county wide parcel tax measure A1. It repeats in the evening and will be archived at http://kqed.org/radio/programs/forum/
Many people express dismay that, "my vote doesn't really matter, doesn't really count." This is sad but true. Voting should be seen as one of our most cherished rights, and I believe it is everyones responsibility to stand up and be counted by VOTING. There are several measures on the ballot where a voter has the opportunity to make a big difference. A case in point is Alameda County measure A1. A no vote becomes the greatest chance to date of halting the Oakland zoos proposed destruction of an amazing, free and open space which is Knowland Park. They do this under the mantel of "conservation." This is an instance of where EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Please take the time to read the actual wording of this deceptive measure, and for more information go to www.saveknowland.com. As someone who will vote, I strongly urge the Express to stand up in favor of the environment and take a NO stance on measure A1 Do not allow the zoo to "take paradise and put up a parking lot."
This reporter clearly did not thoroughly check the facts. He is right that questions swirl around this issue, and the zoo with the very deceptively worded measure tries to pull the cute fuzzy animal wool over voters eyes. However that may be, the zoo receives millions of $ from numerous sources besides the city of Oakland. They use smoke and mirrors to hide where the $ come from and how they use them and it is difficult to unravel, but it is easily discovered that the authors statement regarding zoo funding is inaccurate. Does Dr. Parrott really believe that thoughful voters will believe him about not trying to deceive them with the measure wording? He says he just wants to leave open the options. This, after he signed a 1998 Memorandum of Understanding, worked out with community volunteers over many hours of meetings, which he later declared not legally binding and irrelavant, thus completely betraying the communities trust ? This MOU agreement, which he signed contained a very very different plan for the expansion than is currently planned. If indeed they have the moneys for this expansion and as he says it will go on whether this measure passes or not, then why do they not have enough money for their current needs? Where lies the truth among the smoke and mirrors? If this measure should pass they can do with this 25 years of money whatever they please. Read the measure BEFORE you vote and decide based on understanding what the measure really says, and take note that should any legal challenge arise during the course of 25 years, the zoo will have their legal expenses paid by us, the taxpayers.
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