EBCNPS is currently meeting with Oakland City Council Members to discuss the Oakland Zoo’s proposed expansion plans.  In this time of fiscal austerity, the fact that the Oakland Zoo’s expansion plans are being considered without a thorough understanding of how much the project and ensuing mitigations will cost the City of Oakland is cause for concern.  Without complete and transparent plans for funding, this development and its associated mitigations have a high probability of stalling before completion, at which point, both the precious environment of Knowland Park and Oakland’s economy in general will suffer.  You can find a copy of the background letter to City Council Members addressing our concerns here: letter to council members.  We will keep you updated on any new developments that arise from these meetings and the upcoming budget hearings.