Gabriele Lorf-Allen 
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Re: “Growing a Better System

Planting Justice has been my favorite organization for years. It is true they are real. Their contribution to the community and society at large is massive. Keep up the good work Planting Justice.

Posted by Gabriele Lorf-Allen on 08/24/2016 at 9:02 PM

Re: “A Rush to Judgment on Fracking

There is a lot of evidence of ground water contamination. Hydraulic fracturing is a great sin against nature. How does Governor Brown come to the conclusion that it it ok to risk contamination on any amount of fresh water in this drought ridden state. This will be the century to get it over with the unscrupulous profit driven corporations. The mindless destruction of our earth for short lived gains has to come to and end, once and for all! This is unbearable for anyone who has an unimpaired consciousness.

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Posted by Gabriele Lorf-Allen on 09/06/2014 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Zoo Gone Wild

Thank you Sam Levin for this thoroughly researched and very detailed article. How refreshing that after so many years of Zoo biased reporting finally someone is finding the heart and courage to do this park and the people who have been tirelessly working for its preservation, justice!
It has been very clear from early on in this ongoing saga of the planned zoo expansion that the motivation for this project is foremostly to secure revenue for the zoo and city of Oakland. If the visioning process of Mr Parrot and Mr. Dehejia was inspired by the honest desire to educate and serve the greater good of the community, they would have used Knowland Park as their educational resource for a long time. Imagine guided nature hikes, owling in the park at dusk, bird watching during migration season. You'd also see coyotes, foxes, deer, skunks and the Greyhornded Owl - frequently! Those are just the big creatures that you can identify without the help of a nature interpreter. And as we know, thanks to people like Laura Baker and Jim Hanson there is so much more fascinating life science to learn in this park! Has the zoo ever reached out to our schools and facilitated field trips into the park? I don't think so. Or imagine Zoo hosted camping in the park. I'm all for it. Not for a hundred people at a time but on a smaller scale and maybe with folks bringing their own tents to an environmental campground? Some ADA accessible trails, so impaired folks can get up there and enjoy the views? Why no? But to this day you can't even find one single bench installed in the park. Instead huge poison oak bushes are growing unchecked into main trails.

No, dear Zoological Society, go fool someone else, the motivation for this project is crystal clear - and it is not education! I do understand though, that for Mr Parrott and Mr Dehejia their personal vision of the use of Knowland Park is the best and only option. Why? Because they have been affirming the rightness of this project in the community and have lobbied with tricks and persistence in the city council [during paid hours of course]for so many years that they totally believe they are doing the right thing. The plan to go forward with this project no matter what - or maybe just to be right - is foolish in light of the environmental facts and the lack of fiscal transparency. There is still time for insight and time to give up the dream of an expansion that would just not 'sit well' in Knowland Park.
Dear Zoological Society, I invite you to begin to embrace Knowland Park for what it already is, a wonderful and freely accessible resource for learning and recreation- and don't hesitate to surprise us with your creativity to use it responsibly for your proposed purpose of education.

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Posted by Gabriele Lorf-Allen on 09/05/2014 at 11:40 PM

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