Setting record straight on Measure A1 facts

Misinformed opponents of Measure A1 are making unsubstantiated allegations:

Claim: A1 gives Oakland Zoo taxing authority. Fact: Board of Supervisors has taxing authority, not Oakland Zoo.

Claim: A1 will fund expansion project. Fact: By law, money from A1 cannot be used for this purpose, however important this project.

Claim: Zoo can spend funds with no accountability. Fact: An independent oversight committee will ensure that funds are spent according to expenditure plan listed in A1, namely on animal care, children's educational programs and maintaining affordability. The Board of Supervisors has ultimate authority, not the zoo.

Opponents of the expansion project want people to believe that the defeat of A1 will stop construction of this project. Not true. Regardless of this election, the project continues because it is funded by one-time, restricted donations.

Please vote yes on A1.

Joan Hall

Oakland

Natarajan has been responsible leader

Of the many issues voters consider as we approach Fremont's mayoral election, none is more important than creating and maintaining high-quality jobs and developing a sustainable local economy.

Through it all, Anu Natarajan has been a voice for fiscal prudence on the City Council, and a champion for laying groundwork to attracting, supporting and retaining businesses in Fremont.


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Natarajan understands deeply the role of planning and development in attracting businesses and their employees to choose Fremont.

She has been instrumental in developing a plan for a true 21st-century job center at the Warm Springs BART station, and for preventing land critical to that vision from being developed as railroad switchyards.

While no candidate understands better the importance that destination districts and quality neighborhoods have for attracting quality businesses and their customers, none of the other candidates has done more to make them a reality in Fremont.

I urge you to support economic vitality in Fremont. Visit www.anu4fremont.com, and join me in supporting Anu Natarajan with your vote Tuesday.

Tim Vi Tran

Fremont

Vote no on Measure Y: Piedmont, tax proposal

As Election Day approaches, I urge Piedmont residents to use their heads and not their emotions, and to vote no on Measure Y.

Why? I have yet to hear an honest, forthright response from the city manager or the City Council to requests for factual information on exactly which essential city services would suffer or be cut if Measure Y fails to pass.

An informed electorate deserves facts, not half-truths nor appeals to doom-and-gloom scenarios. No one has provided me or the rest of the voters with information from responsible sources that can be used to assist voters in their choice at the polls Tuesday. Surrogates with opinions abound, but responsible city governance has been factually silent.

I believe in responsible city government with the best interest of the taxpayers, not vested interests, at heart. Until I see this happen, I will vote no on Measure Y and urge other Piedmonters to do the same.

Jim McCrea

Piedmont

Former officials urge yes on Measure Y

On Oct. 8, I joined eight fellow former Piedmont mayors and our current mayor, John Chiang, asking Piedmont voters to vote yes on Measure Y.

Over our long years of service, we have seen Piedmont move forward with successful programs and projects to benefit our residents.

We understand that since Proposition 13 was enacted, limiting the property tax rate, basic property taxes are just not enough to provide for what the residents of this city want. That is why we need the parcel tax.

Furthermore, every dollar from Measure Y stays in Piedmont.

Measure Y will allow the city to continue to provide: Rapid-response police, fire and paramedic services; the lowest crime rate in Alameda County; the highest property values in Alameda County; beautiful parks, playfields and community facilities; well-maintained streets and sidewalks; great recreation programs for all ages; crossing guards for Piedmont students; financial reserves to maintain city buildings and equipment.

Measure Y will cost the average homeowner about $9 a week. Please join us in voting yes on Measure Y.

Valerie Matzger

Piedmont