Help Save Knowland Park!
Vote NO on Alameda County Measure A1
Measure A1 is an irrevocable 25 year tax that:
Could be used to fund $72 million massive zoo expansion into public park land in Knowland Park (Oakland’s largest wildland park)
- Would allow taxpayer funds to be used broadly, even to build a 34,000 square foot restaurant, gift shop, visitor center and office complex.
- Paves over and destroys ecologically rich wildlife and native plant habitat.
- Displaces a rare plant community used by many species of native wildlife, including threatened Alameda whipsnake.
Gives taxing authority to a private organization with no publicly elected representatives.
- Allows privately elected Zoo Board to tax residents without being required to follow state public open records laws. A 25-year tax for privately-run operation, with no true public accountability, is unacceptable.
Vote No! – The Zoo already gets public funds from multiple sources – other needs are much higher priority.
- Zoo currently gets millions of dollars in public funding, including Oakland city funds, hotel taxes, East Bay Regional Park District funds, other bonds, and a multimillion-dollar State Parks grant.
- Schools, libraries, and other public programs should take priority in tax-based funding.
Measure A1 is Opposed by:
- East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
- Friends of Knowland Park
- Alameda Creek Alliance
- California Native Grasslands Association
- Resource Renewal Institute
- and many other individuals and organizations that care about protecting our precious parklands.
The effort to save Knowland Park: www.saveknowland.org
Measure A1 and how you can help: www.noonmeasurea1.com
Full text of Measure A1: http://www.acgov.org/rov/documents/2012-11-06MeasureA1.pdf
Paid for by No on A1 to Save Knowland Park, PAC #1351843. Sponsored by East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society