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Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

Lexi posted a comment to which another responded anonymously. Having an ability to read maps, and having a concern about litter, I happen to agree with the response submitted (and remove by the editor because it was anonymous) and I repost it here, as reflecting my own sentiment too.

"Lexi - What an absolutely cynical comment. You use NIMBY as a pejorative to obfuscate the fact that people actually take the future of an undeveloped, natural space seriously. I take it seriously, and I visit the park several times a week, and I can even find it on a map - yup, I'm not that dumb.

"I do call upon the Zoo to better maintain the park"? It sounds to me like you have never visited the park... Have you? In the many dozens of times I've walked there I've seen enough trash to maybe fill a small trash can. That's just more misdirection away from the central point of the argument. You don't bulldoze a park in order to keep it clean and preserve it.

The argument is NOT about the effectiveness of the Zoo at community engagement. That has zero to with the issue of Knowland Park.

Stay on track and it might become clearer to you what this is all about. "

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Posted by Peter Rauch on 12/18/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

This comment was originally submitted anonymously and removed by the editor. Here is a copy, FYI. I agree with the original poster's comments.

"For an idea of how vast the complex is, take a look at a virtual tour of the prospective Knowland Park development as shown in this video:…

If you are familiar with that ridge at the park, this is just sickening"

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Posted by Peter Rauch on 12/18/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Knowland Park Advocates Launch Referendum to Block Oakland Zoo Expansion

"Dehejia said the zoo is on track to break ground next year...."

That is exactly correct. The Zoo will be destroying ecological ground of ancient standing in the East Bay. Shame on the Zoo !

"Nik Dehejia, chief financial officer of the Zoological Society, said "... we should be spending more time devoting our resources and our dollars to taking care of animals and furthering our educational capacity."

Again, CFO Dehejia is exactly correct. The Zoo 'should' be spending more time caring for its existing animals, and not spend its resources planning on how to destroy the Public's Park lands. The Zoo is educating the public on how to destroy locally-accessible rare native habitats. Shame on the Zoo !

"Disingenuous", and "poor stewardship", two terms used by other commentators to describe the Zoo's contemptuousness for Oakland citizens' native, rare natural resources, are not strong enough labels to describe the loss that is being foisted upon our regional citizenry. Shame on the Zoo !

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Posted by Peter Rauch on 12/16/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion


Many of us loved the abundance of small wildlife that those turkeys consume. Get closer to the ground and see what native species are locally missing and/or less abundant to observe now.

It's not a matter of "in addition to", but one of "instead of".


Sadaya stated: "there are many of us out there who love to see the turkeys---I have worked on a campus where we have a flock and live near a flock for years now, and the novelty has never worn off--they are magnificent birds and I am thankful every day I get to see them in addition to rest of the limited wildlife we are privy to in an urban environment."

Posted by Peter Rauch on 11/15/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Save Knowland Park Releases Poll Showing Strong Voter Opposition to Oakland Zoo Expansion

It amazes and stuns me that Mayor Quan and Mayoral Candidate Libby Schaff have not yet come out in support of creating a Win-Win deal for preserving our regional --not only City of Oakland-- Knowland Park heritage wildlife habitat, while still allowing the Zoo to augment/expand its offerings WITHIN its existing AND roomy footprint, where the native habitats have already been destroyed.

I've been compelled to urge my Oakland resident family voters (4) to look to other candidates --who support preservation of Knowland Park's rare native habitats-- for mayor.


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Posted by Peter Rauch on 10/16/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 17, 2014

Elmano Gonsalves states, "The Oakland Zoo brings people to the area who otherwise would never come to enjoy Knowland Park. The zoo is the attraction. The people of Oakland, living well below the view ridge, deserve a vibrant and prosperous city with attractions that bring people to Oakland to spend money, which in turn contributes to the tax base and to the general fund."

So, keep the citizens of Oakland down in the flats, while "the city" prospers from those who from afar have money to spend entering the Zoo ?

Better to make the FREE Knowland Park more accessible to the Oakland flatlanders, providing them with direct access to their wild heritage, and nurturing their appreciation of the environmental services provided to them by Knowland Park Nature, for FREE. People, even flatlanders, will want to live in Oakland because it ALSO can provide natural amenities, like an open and free-access Knowland Park.

That's what the people of Oakland deserve. The City should be obliged to provide it.

Peter Rauch

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Posted by Peter Rauch on 09/19/2014 at 1:23 PM

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