Public Land for Public Good
With the skyrocketing cost of housing and commercial real estate in the Bay Area, EBASE is ensuring that large development projects meet the needs of the low-income workers and communities of color. And when public land and public funding is at stake, development should serve the public good.
Construction projects should provide living wage, union jobs for local residents particularly those who face barriers to employment such as formerly incarcerated people and immigrants.
Affordable housing and strong renters protections should be a part of any land deal to protect the diversity of the area and prevent low-income folks from being pushed out of their homes.
Finally, development should be both environmentally friendly and create transportation access for low-income communities of color that are often isolated and bare the brunt of pollution.
EBASE is working on securing equitable development policies throughout the East Bay:
- Oakland Public Land Policy: With our Oakland United partners, we are developing a city-wide policy for how public land is developed, including the Coliseum area. It will likely be voted on by City Council in late 2017 and will include good jobs for local residents, affordable housing, a healthy environment, and services Oaklanders need.
- The A’s Stadium: With the Warriors and Raiders leaving Oakland, the A’s are the premier sport team, and the City will be looking to keep them here through an expensive stadium deal. Depending on the site, it may also include housing, shops, and other infrastructure needs. They are considering the current Coliseum area, Howards Terminal, or Laney College for locations. Oakland United is meeting with the A’s to begin to seed community demands as part of the process.
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): After the big Army Base victory in 2012, Revive Oakland won a construction careers policy on AC Transit’s BRT project. As the construction ramps up, the contractors are not meeting their local and disadvantaged hire goals. Revive Oakland members – who are on the AC Transit oversight committee – are holding them accountable.
- Naval Weapons Station: The redevelopment of the Concord Naval Weapons Station is one of the largest development projects in the Bay Area, spanning 2,300 acres. As Concord is the economic center of Contra Costa County with thousand of low-income residents struggling to afford to stay there, EBASE will be working with partners on the ground there to ensure that the project meets the community’s need for good jobs, affordable housing, and a healthy environment.