Meeting Time: September 24, 2019 at 9:30am PDT
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7 18-2201 Subject: Vacant Property Tax Implementation Ordinance & Administration From: Finance Department Recommendation: Adopt The Following Pieces Of Legislation: 1) An Ordinance Amending Oakland Municipal Code Title 4, Chapter 4.56 To Clarify And Further Define Various Sections Of The Oakland Vacant Property Tax And Establish A Method For Identifying Vacant Property; And

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    Oakland Resident about 4 years ago

    United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development has specific land use policies to implement in every city, county, state & nation. Governmental control of all land, rights taken away from private property owners. Communities more important than individuals, people packed into housing by employment & transportation. 

    Affluence of Americans major problem to correct - redistribution of wealth lowering our standard of living so poorer countries will have more = social justice.

    Non-governmental International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, carrying this out worldwide. Over 600 U.S. cities are members incl. Oakland & Alameda County. Costs paid by taxpayers.

    Read Oakland & Alameda County's General Plans- policies nearly identical to Agenda 21. Expose this evil agenda so we can take back our power and set our own policies in accordance with our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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    Alan Wofsy about 4 years ago

    In order to remediate the flaws in the Ordinance, the following exemptions should be added:
    - Properties that are being actively marketed for lease or sale.
    - Properties that are inaccessible or otherwise impacted due to City actions
    - Properties that are within 200 ft. of homeless or vehicle encampments

    There is also no rationale for one of the exemptions that the Ordinance grants:
    Non-profit organizations
    Non-profit organizations are public or private entities that do not pay income or other taxes. The various Mafias are often cited as such non-profits benefiting from this naïve and myopic view of the world. There is no reason why a non-profit organization that owns vacant land or buildings should receive an exemption from the Ordinance while taxpaying persons and companies bear the burden.

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    Lucia Gilbertson about 4 years ago

    We still can’t believe you put an ordinance on the ballot to force landowners to develop their land or face additional taxes on top of the property taxes they already pay!!! There were not enough of us to defeat the measure and you knew that. It’s immoral and unethical to expect a small group to finance your homeless projects. We bought our lot to protect our view and it has become a sanctuary for deer and birds. We have two protected Oak trees that would be cut down to allow for a house. We already own one home in a vulnerable fire area and you want us to build another!! We currently keep the lot fire safe and trimmed like a garden. The idea of dealing with the city and your complicated permit process makes our heads spin. We are retired and want to be left alone. We use no water, electricity or gas for the property. We should not have be hassled to justify how we “use” our land. Shame on you for thinking you can pull this off in the land of the free.

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    Janet Broughton about 4 years ago

    My husband and I own a vacant lot on McKillop Road, one of the many properties devastated by the McKillop Slide in 2006. The City of Oakland settled our claims in the complex litigation that followed the slide. I can't imagine the City would ever give us permission to build on our lot, given the condition in which the slide left it. I would also worry that disturbing the soils on our lot could have serious negative consequences for the adjacent church and for our home property below the slide, on Hickory Street. I strongly urge that in implementing the tax, exemptions be provided for properties that have been rendered unusable by major landslides like the McKillop Slide. Janet Broughton, home address 2607 Hickory Street, Oakland CA 94602.