Derrick Coetzee 
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Re: “Oakland Zoo Operators Violate Election Laws

I was very indecisive about A1. Although it does allow for expansion, interviews say that the expansion is already funded and they plan to go ahead with it regardless. Although it is a private organization, it includes accountability measures and a sunset clause if money is misused. At the end of the day I was left with two significant issues that can't be contested: one is that it disproportionately taxes businesses over individuals, apparently to make its cost more palatable. The other is that it requires the zoo to process exemptions from low-income elderly people, and they have no legal obligations with regard to correct management of private financial information. If this was a uniform tax and a publicly managed zoo, the situation would be different. I am also concerned that they are entertaining such an expensive expansion if they truly need additional funding to care for their existing exhibits.

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Posted by Derrick Coetzee on 10/27/2012 at 9:34 PM

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