Zoo measure isn't about expansion

The opposition to Measure A1 is trying to tie this funding measure to the Oakland Zoo's planned expansion, but the two are not connected. Voting against Measure A1 will not change the zoo's plans for growth.

What Measure A1 will do is provide a reliable source of funding for animal care and education programs at the Oakland Zoo, and this will benefit us all.

Institutions like Oakland Zoo make Alameda County a family-friendly place to live. The Oakland Zoo is a tourist destination, bringing in visitors from surrounding communities and around the world who then spend money at our hotels, restaurants and other businesses. And the zoo is one of the largest youth employers in Oakland.

If you have been a longtime visitor to Oakland Zoo, you've seen the incredible transformation that's taken place as small, concrete cages were replaced by large, naturalistic exhibits. Clearly this organization spends its money wisely.

For these reasons, I will be voting yes on Measure A1 and I encourage you to do the same.

Sarah Cramer

Zoo Camp director Oakland

Natarajan best choice for Fremont mayor

The future of Fremont will be chosen Nov. 6 when we elect a new mayor. Anu Natarajan understands the needs of Fremont and knows its history of five small communities merging into a modern city, one of the largest in the Bay Area.

With her professional training, her years of experience and her passion in serving our community, Natarajan as mayor will set a high standard of leadership.

Join me in voting for a dynamic Fremont, vote for Anu Natarajan.

Lila Bringhurst

Fremont

Paper was wrong to oppose measure

This paper was wrong in its opposition to Alameda County Measure B1 for transportation funding.

The objection that the extra half-cent added to sales taxes would be a burden for "the less wealthy" does not consider that it is those, including seniors and the mobility challenged, who would gain most from improved transit.

Vote for B1.

Joyce Roy

Oakland

Voting against all new tax measures

I am voting no on any proposition that would raise income taxes. I am also voting no on any bond issue that would raise my taxes. This is why:

There is so much waste, fraud, spending abuse and duplication of boards and agencies. There is also too much partisan influence from the unions, the teachers, and, yes, even the media.

Let the state and city governments do as I do:

I budget, I prioritize, I economize. And if that's not enough to cut expenses, I eliminate.

Ava E. Harrison

Emeryville

Vote no on measure for hospital district

The Washington Hospital District is asking citizens to pay for another monstrous bond package totaling some $186 million -- Measure Z on November's ballot.

According to board member Pat Danielson, "it is only for emergency room upgrades, and won't go toward administrative salaries."

Do the research: Measure FF, a $190 million bond, passed in 2004, was meant to, among other things, "upgrade and expand the hospital's emergency room facilities, and was not going toward salaries."

I question the transparency and oversight of this original bond. Where has all that money gone? I believe it has paid for many real estate purchases -- clinics in Newark and Union City, and upgrading Nancy Farber's salary package to $1 million.

We should question if the district needs this money -- has anyone checked if the hospital district receives money from the facilities on its property? Washington's own website lists "construction upgrades" in Phase 2 for emergency room upgrades, but does not list the need for more money from the taxpayers.

Please vote no on Measure Z. Let's not give the district another blank check to do whatever it wants.

Sally Morgan

Fremont

Must vote no on tax to stop addiction

Read the Voter's Guide summary on Proposition 30. I did. It describes how the governor and the Legislature fashioned a budget funding their favored programs but were $6 billion short. They want taxpayers to cover the shortfall, popularizing it as a "soak the rich" tax when it's actually a regressive sales tax increase producing the reliable revenue.

Realizing voters weren't likely to accept higher taxes for bloated public employee wages and pensions, high-speed rail and water-stealing canal projects, they applied 98.4 percent of the shortfall to an education budget, which constitutes only 37 percent of total expenditures. They now tell us it's our fault the schools will suffer so horrendously if we don't approve more taxes! We are being extorted by our own inept government.

Anyone having experience with addictive behavior knows this type of enabling merely prolongs the problem. We need to start their rehab process by voting no on Proposition 30.

Jeffrey A. Riley

Walnut Creek