Susan Parker 
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Re: “No on Proposition 93

Say NO to A and B unless you want to open the floodgates for private corporations seeking taxpayer handouts. Children's own head of trauma services says it will never abandon its North Oakland campus. The hospital is among dozens of private medical centers in California that must meet earthquake retrofit standards, yet it's the only one asking for taxpayer money and using emotional blackmail in the process. Again, it's only required to earthquake retrofit a couple of floors of patient rooms, and yet it wants to build a 12-story, $700 million high-rise right next to single-family homes. That's not a retrofit. That's a mega-expansion - with our tax dollars. What's more, Children's went around the backs of county supervisors to get this tax measure on the ballot. Not one supervisor has endorsed it. Nor have any Oakland city officials. More than 50 immediate neighbors have signed petitions asking Children's Hospital management and trustees to go back to the drawing board and work with the county and the community to come up with a fair plan. We are proud North Oakland residents who feel both protective of the limited pool of taxpayer resources and our vibrant neighborhood, filled with children, seniors, growing families, and people of all ethnicities and professions. We're exactly what Oakland needs, and we're not apologetic about fighting for what we believe in. btw, K. Craig, is your home next to a 196-foot tall tower with a helipad?

Posted by Susan Parker on 02/02/2008 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Community of Concern

If the neighbors of Children's Hospital wanted to live next to a 12-story building we would have bought in downtown Oakland. The land CHO wants to acquire is zoned RESIDENTIAL. We're not asking CHO to move. We're asking them to be good neighbors and do their EXPANSION (it's NOT a rebuild or a retrofit, it's a new building), on their existing campus. We're asking them to work WITH us. We're asking them NOT to take our homes.

And we're asking the Alameda Board of Supervisors and the Oakland City Council not to allow a PRIVATE corporation to tax Alameda property owners to the tune of $300 million. CHO brags that it serves ALL of Northern California, yet it is only asking Alameda County citizens to foot this bill. Highland Hospital needs $600 million. Where will that money come from?

Asking for public money means there must be public and neighborhood input. Vote NO on Measures A and B!

Posted by Susan Parker on 01/30/2008 at 3:31 PM

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