With the skyrocketing cost of housing and real estate in the Bay Area pushing more people out of their homes, EBASE is ensuring that large development projects meet the needs of the low-income workers and communities of color. When public land and public funding are involved, development should serve the public good.
Construction projects should provide living-wage union jobs for local residents, particularly those who face systemic barriers to employment, such as immigrants and formerly incarcerated workers.
Affordable housing and strong renters’ protections should be a part of any land deal, in order to protect diversity and prevent displacement.
Finally, development should be both environmentally friendly and create transportation access for low-income communities of color, which 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 healthier environment, and services Oaklanders need.
- Oakland Army Base Redevelopment: We helped win a landmark Good Jobs Policy on the City’s half of this project in 2012, working with Oakland United to ensure that the development benefits local communities of color. In 2017, we won a similar agreement on the Port’s half of the Army Base, including a step toward racial equity with one of the nation’s strongest “Ban the Box” policies.
- 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 seed community demands and prevent the displacement of communities of color in whichever area the stadium lands.
- 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 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: Spanning 2,300 acres, the redevelopment of the Concord Naval Weapons Station is one of the largest development projects in the Bay Area. As Concord is the economic center of Contra Costa County, with thousands of low-income residents struggling to afford to stay there, EBASE will be working with partners to ensure that the project meets the community’s need for good jobs, affordable housing, and a healthy environment.