Alameda voters overwhelmingly told the City Council on Tuesday night that they want the final say in determining if public park land should be sold or traded.
With all of the votes counted, Measure D won, with 15,247 yes votes, or 78.21 percent to 4,249 no votes, or 21.79 percent. A simple majority was needed to pass.
Meanwhile, a countywide measure to raise money to remodel the Oakland Zoo and care for its animals was leading by a margin of nearly two to one but did not have the necessary two-thirds approval with 100 percent of precincts tallied early Wednesday. It was losing with 62.69 percent of voters in favor of the tax and 37.31 percent opposed
Updated at 11:18 a.m. Friday, September 14 to include comments offered by Oakland Zoo officials after this story was posted.
OAKLAND – Elephants lope through their enclosure and lions doze in the midday sun at the Oakland Zoo. Moms wheel strollers through the grounds and groups of school kids run from one exhibit to another to marvel at the animals eating, climbing trees or just chattering.
It’s what you would expect at a zoo.
But a battle has been taking place involving the future of the popular attraction, which has been located in its present spot in Knowland Park since 1939. Four years in the making, the latest conflict revolves around county Measure 1A on the November ballot.
Alameda voters are being asked to decide whether to take away the City Council’s ability to sell or trade the city’s park land, which the city’s charter now allows the council to do if a suitable replacement is found. Measure D would eliminate the council’s ability to make those calls and put them into the hands of voters.
Golfers and Bay Farm Island residents put together the measure after the council decided to consider a proposal to allow developer Ron Cowan to build homes on the Mif Albright golf course in exchange for cash and land he owns on North Loop Road, which would have been used to construct new ball fields. The council unanimously opted not to pursue the plan.
Today The Alamedan is reposting our March piece on a county sales tax measure to fund transportation expenses that is on the November ballot. The ballot language for Measure B1 is available in this list.
Alameda County transportation leaders are set to ask voters for more money for roads, trails and transit in November. The Alameda County Transportation Commission wants to double the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and make it permanent.