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Pamela Drake complains that the Express is saying that the Zoo is "run by some kind of corporate types." The fact is, that is who is running the Zoo. Here is what an article in the SF Chronicle (http://blog.sfgate.com/abraham/2011/02/11/…) writes about their Board of Directors: "Jim Wunderman is President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a business-backed public policy organization…. Sebastian DiGrande is a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy…. Daniel Boggan, Jr…. assisted the municipal firm of Siebert, Branford & Shank Co. in business development from 2003 to 2006…. Cassady Hudson is a Senior Revenue and Royalty Analyst at Hands-on Mobile…. Mark McClure is a partner at California Capital and Investment Group, a real estate brokerage and development firm based in Oakland CA. He has worked on both residential and commercial development projects primarily in the City of Oakland…. Lora Tabor is the General Manager, Corporate & Services HR, for Chevron Corporation in San Ramon…."
We can like or dislike the fact that "corporate types" are running the Zoo, but the fact is that that is who runs it.
As a long time resident of Oakland's "flatlands", I am disgusted with the zoo board of directors. They say they have to tax residents in order to give the animals proper care - in other words they can't afford it now - but they can spend $1 million on this campaign. And they have already gotten commitments for tens of millions for their expansion. Why didn't they raise the money for animal care instead? As for the tax: Somebody explain to me why it's fair that a homeowner should pay the same tax as the owner of a multi-multi-unit apartment or why a small business should pay the same as a multi million$ corporation.
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