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Vote for measure Y
to support the Oakland Zoo

If you live in Oakland, you’ve probably heard of Measure Y, which would provide financial stability and enable critical growth for the Oakland Zoo.

As the zoo celebrates its 100th anniversary, don’t confuse longevity with stability. Measure Y is essential so that the zoo can survive another pandemic, provide better care for its animals, save more injured animals from wildfires, expand educational programs and significantly increase free access for students and underserved families of Oakland. Measure Y would also allow the zoo to give a 25% discount to all Oakland residents.

Conclusion: Investing in the Oakland Zoo through Measure Y is an investment in Oakland and in our community. Major US zoos, including those in San Francisco, Fresno and San Diego, rely on public funding and receive far more than the Oakland Zoo.

We have spent years carefully crafting an investment plan. An independent oversight committee would review these funds twice a year to ensure they are used to support the specific programs outlined in our pledge.

What we hear, over and over again, is the pride the people of Oakland have in their zoo and their desire to see us do more for the community. That’s what it’s about. Please vote yes on measure Y.

Nik Dehejia
CEO, Oakland Zoo – Conservation Society of California

The city maps would guide
Measurement of Berkeley Bonds

The East Bay Times opposed Berkeley’s Measure L — a bond put on the ballot by a unanimous city council — saying the lack of specific dollar amounts and projects undermines accountability. We do not agree.

Measure L spending would be guided by existing urban plans developed with years of community input. The obligation measure does not name specific projects or amounts, as this would not serve the public interest or taxpayers. Here’s why:

If the federal government is investing billions in affordable housing or infrastructure — which has happened recently — specifying dollar amounts could force taxpayers to use Measure L dollars instead of those funds.

If a wildfire razes Berkeley next year, Measure L resources could not be used to rebuild because the damage was not considered by voters this year.

If we award dollar amounts and construction prices skyrocket like they have during the pandemic, will projects remain unfinished?

Tying the council’s hands would not guarantee the best use or the best deal. We elect representatives to exercise discretion in these matters every day.

Berkeley bears one-third of Oakland’s debt for every $100,000 of estimated land value. The average Berkeley homeowner would pay just 72 cents a day to build affordable housing, improve wildfire safety and renew our infrastructure. Vote yes on Measure L.

Jesse Arreguin
Mayor of Berkeley
Gordon Wozniak
Former Berkeley City Council Member

Oakland voters should
reject Measure R

Oakland’s R measure has garnered little attention, without even a pro/con argument in the city’s voter guide.

Yet her effort to eliminate all “gendered” references in the City Charter takes a major step in an often implicit cultural conflict. “He” and “she” would be replaced with “they” as all such references are removed from the document governing Oakland.

In this clause, “they” generally replace what is already “he or she” or “he or she”. Another possibility available is s/he.

Suddenly and “officially” making “they” a singular pronoun rather than a plural pronoun, apparently breaking the rules of the English language in government documents at the request of a tiny minority without democratic justification, at an undetermined cost, and then surrounding this sleight of hand with indefinite semi-magic words like “inclusion” and “equity,” is an idea that makes most of us less comfortable with our language. Measure R is expected to be rejected by Oakland voters as a result.

Steve Koppman

TWU will find commonalities
ground for AC Transit

I’ve worked closely with Alfred Twu for several years in a Democratic organization in Oakland, but that’s not partisan endorsement. It is recognition of the experience and talent he would bring to AC Transit’s Board of Directors.

He has a bright and focused mind, works quickly and always does his job. He is also a conciliator who finds common ground between divergent opinions.

Alfred works as an architect, designing affordable housing and public transit infrastructure throughout the Bay Area. With all the debate about how best to rebuild AC Transit ridership and how to coordinate AC Transit buses with BART and area bus routes, his skills are on target.

AC Transit serves two counties and a population of over 1,570,000. He needs a board member who can find common ground to get things done.

Gary Sirbou

Dianne Jones top pick
for the Fremont School Board

Dianne Jones is the top choice for Fremont School Board Administrator in District 3.

Dianne’s 18 years of experience in the Fremont School District where she has held many different positions, her current seat as District Council President and her impressive record of support speaks volumes about commitment and dedication. of Dianne to improving her community of Fremont. Fremont teachers support Dianne’s re-election and need her continued leadership in the Fremont Unified School District.

Christina Singer Monkman

Connelly will lead ethically
The Contra Costa Elections

One of the most important responsibilities for voters next week is the election of the next Contra Costa Clerk-Recording Officer, who serves as the election clerk.

With the integrity of elections in question across the country, we need someone with the highest ethical standards and management experience to lead this office. That person is Kristin Connelly.

The unethical behavior of his opponent, Vicki Gordon, during the primary gave rise to this article calling on Gordon to give up. I vote for Kristin Connelly.

Bradley Kane

Support Oakland Measure
for the vote of non-citizens

The research that shows that students with involved parents are likely to have higher grades and test scores and attend school more regularly is compelling. We should expand the means for immigrant parents and legal guardians to become more involved in the education of their students – with Measure S.

The goal of Mesure S is to give 13,000 immigrant parents and caregivers a voice and another tool to support their children’s education. Measure S provides that avenue, simply giving the Oakland City Council the ability to allow non-citizen parents and legal guardians to vote in Oakland School Board elections, if it so chooses in the future. The Unity Council and Parent Voices Oakland are proud members of a coalition of supporters of Measure S. This ballot initiative is what fairness looks like in practice in Oakland.

Karely Ordaz, The Unity Council
Clarisse Doutherd
Voice of parents


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