Election Results: Oakland Zoo Measure A1 Falls Short of Two-Thirds

The zoo parcel tax won 62.7 percent of the vote, but that wasn't enough.

A property tax measure that would have benefitted the Oakland Zoo won 62.7 percent of the vote, but that was shy of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, according a final tally Tuesday night.

Measure A1 had proposed for a $12 per year tax on single family homes over the next 25 years to be used for humane care, veterinarians and educational programs.

Critics slammed the program, questioning the lack of government transparency by funding such an institution with public monies and fearing that the money could be used for expansion projects in Knowland Park, which environmentalists have opposed. 

A1 supporters said the measure had "strict fiscal accountability, including independent financial audits, citizens oversight, and an Expenditure Plan to ensure funds are spent as promised." 

Sean C. November 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thanks to the founders and supporters of Save Knowland Park, http://www.saveknowland.org, for helping to preserve open space and hold the private operators of the zoo financially accountable. Congratulations!
David November 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Yay. thank heavens the extortioners lost
Thomas Fiedler November 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Thank god thought those ass------ would win now my dogs are happy
Jennifer Smith November 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
It was a close fight. The zoo spent over a million dollars and the grass roots had only 1/50th that. But, we were able to reach enough people to reveal the truth about A1! The fight isn't over. The zoo still plans to bulldoze huge areas of natural land, displacing wild animals and destroying wild plants. We've now seen how they think (hint: Profit profit profit!). They won't have more of our tax dollars to do it, but they are using our tax dollars they already get to do so. Don't let your guard down yet.
Rachel Piche November 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I see from these comments that people still didn't really know what this measure was about. The Oakland zoo (OZ) is not about profit and people in this line of work are not in it for the money but for the love of wildlife! "The Friends of Knowland Park and No on Measure A1 argue the zoo could use the tax revenue as an "open checkbook" to support an expansion of zoo grounds, which the group has tried unsuccessfully to block in court for environmental reasons." Angela Woodall Oakland Tribune Jul 21 Knowland Park is concerned about an area on zoo grounds. They believe that the environmental repercussions would be devastating. After a 4 year battle, the Oakland City Council unanimously agreed to upgrade and expand the OZ which opened the door for the construction of the California Trail Project to begin. The results of measure A1 won't change that. It's also very clear that the money from A1 couldn't have been used for this expansion. The California Trail exhibit is about California's wildlife, not against it. The conservation efforts at OZ have already proven helpful for the California Condor, is helping increasing the population of the Western Pond Turtle (extinct in many areas), etc. The opportunities to help more local species is great with this expansion. As for the wildlife living there, I know they would make themselves at home like they currently do on the developed grounds. This is about preservation not destruction! Take example of the Arroyo Viejo creek restoration
Matt November 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I support the OZ and their work, but in this economic environment, these types of improvements need to be paid for with use fees, not more taxes.
Kevin November 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Bulldoze land that a few people use to walk their dogs, yes. I'm all for expanding the zoo, bring in money for Oakland, improve the food area, and create jobs for Oakland youth.
John Reimann November 10, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Below is the zoo board of directors. If you seriously think these land speculators, Chevron executives (!) and the like are in it for the love of wildlife, please let me know because I have a very nice bridge I'd like to sell you. "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…."
Rachel Piche November 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
John, you probably meant: "Below is a list of 6 of the 24 East Bay Zoological Society's Board of Trustees" correct?
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