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." 

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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