Oakland Tribune and East Bay Express cover Knowland Park case

On December 14th both the Tribune and the East Bay Express wrote articles about our ongoing fight to preserve the park.

Lawsuit against Oakland Zoo continues as environmental group make new claims

Attorneys for two environmental groups have filed an amendment to their lawsuit charging that the city of Oakland approved a 54-acre Oakland Zoo development for the wildland areas of Knowland Park in violation of an act that requires geologists to map out seismic hazard zones.

In July, the Friends of Knowland Park and the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society filed a lawsuit against the city and the zoo to stop the zoo’s plans to expand about 54 acres into undeveloped Knowland Park to build a veterinary hospital, new animal exhibit, aerial gondola, camping area and an educational-interpretive center.

The environmental groups originally sued the city and the zoo on the grounds that they broke the law by approving the project without a full Environmental Impact Report. Read the rest of the Oakland Tribune article here.

Oakland Zoo Expansion Opponents File New Legal Appeal

If you thought the Oakland Zoo had cleared the legal and environmental hurdles impeding its controversial expansion, you were mistaken. As you may remember from our first story on the conflict, opponents (including both neighbors and members of regional environmental groups) have argued since February, when the zoo released its mitigated negative declaration report, that the project’s environmental impacts were unacceptable and illegally accounted for under the California Environmental Quality Act. Read the rest of the East Bay Express article here.

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