Oakland Zoo Measure A1 Falls Short of Two-Thirds

Results not yet certified but no surprises expected.


A property tax measure that would have benefitted the Oakland Zoo won 62.77 percent of the vote according a tally posted Wednesday night, but that was shy of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, .

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has not yet certified the results but told Patch earlier today that it expected to have finished counting the last ballots by the end of Wednesday.

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." 

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Jessica Gardner November 15, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Time for the zoo to let some animals and employees go.
JJH November 15, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Thank god.
David Ross November 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
What a surprise! EVERY tax increase says it has "strict fiscal accountability." What a bunch of bologna! If this tax increase requires a 2/3 majority, why didn't the hideous prop 30 require the same majority? Aren't tax increases suppose to be done by a 2/3 majority?
joel November 15, 2012 at 09:56 PM
They do want to change the law , they will no longer need 2/3 . Iheard so many negative/horror stories the way the Zoo was run I could not vote yes and I am glad I did.
My2Cents November 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Sorry but glad this did not pass. Why should we the taxpayers have to fund a private organization? I am so tired of having to pay for everything. The zoo would have been $12, Las Positas would have been $24 ( I think), and we are stuck paying for prop 30 (however much that will be !?!?!) aand the list goes on. It's all going up except our income. Wish people would stop spending my hard earned money! I'm trying to live within a shrinking budget. I don't have anyone I can tax to pay for my whims.
Joy Kekki November 19, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Right on, David.
Joy Kekki November 19, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Sorry it did not pass for humane reasons; but, for the same reasons, why haven't the zoo people been fined for their violations to the welfare of the animals? It would be a better source of revenue than making over-taxed Californians pay again. Wish the State would get the heck out of my pocketbook!
Mark Irons November 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I voted no on A1 for a number of reasons, but Prop 30 and taxes in general are not purely about fairness, but about pragmatism, compromise and services. People should be more intellectually honest about services and what government provides. There is a collective benefit to keeping this state from slipping even deeper into a hole. At least Prop 30 comes with sunset after 7 years. People like Tea Party rail against big government, but when an event like Sandy occurs do you think Tea Baggers on the Jersey Shore eschew aid from FEMA based on principal? I somehow doubt that. We're trying to get second child through state college. https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/13b1edeadbdb735f
John November 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Because the corrupt governor implemented into prop30 a constitutional amendment for money shifting for prisoners.
Jennifer November 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
My2Cents: The zoo is owned by City of Oakland and managed by East Bay Zoological Society. It is not privately owned.
JJH November 21, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Well if the zoo is owned by the city of Oakland then they should be the one paying for it.
Fred Eiger November 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
What's your point? We should just pay and pay and pay? How much of a person's earnings should go to the government?
Fred Eiger November 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
David Cohen November 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I think that this anti-A1 / anti-Zoo sentiment has created strange bedfellows. One group includes anti-government/anti-tax know nothings, like Mr. Eiger. Another group includes more rational people wanting to burnish their fiscal responsibility credentials. For them, the Zoo was an easy and expendable target. Clearly, the Zoo needs to do a better job in getting the message out. But, somehow lost in the mix has been the tremendous contribution the Zoo makes to the region.
G. Cobre November 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
David Cohen... You might have missed this .... https://dl.dropbox.com/u/79887406/Courtney%20Ruby%2009.28.2012.pdf Also the sneaky deals that went on behind closed doors didn't help them. There are many comments on this blog.... http://laurendo.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/who-im-voting-for-hospital-board-and-city-council/#comments
G. Cobre November 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
This also will explain why so many of us voted against the measure. http://rri.org/blog/?p=655
Jennifer November 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
JJH, all cities get their money from the people in the way of taxes.
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