Sorry for neglecting the blog. I've been busy helping put together Oaklanders Against The Parcel Tax, a group of community and NCPC leaders, homeowners, renters, public safety activists, and others working together to defeat the latest parcel tax proposal - Measure I.
Briefly, just to summarize where things are now: the Council approved putting the tax on the mail-in ballot, with the deadline for submitting votes being November 15, 2011 It's the same ballot proposal that I discussed in an earlier post (with the changes that resulted from my previous objections!). An $80 a year tax for homeowners, with a provision for a pass-through to renters, for five years, that promises absolutely nothing. No additional police, no improved services - nothing! And even less oversight than Measure Y has. I won't belabor all the many reasons to vote against the new tax here - just check out our new website at http://noonoaklandparceltax.blogspot.com, and pass on the link to any person or group you think might be interested. (You can also just click on the link on the right-hand column of this page).