The City of Oakland’s $500 million redevelopment project of Oakland Army Base aims to create a modern logistics and warehousing center on 140 city-owned acres of the base, which was closed in 1999 after decades of being a major regional employer.
All parties involved agreed on the importance of extending the benefits of development into the surrounding community. The details were finalized after an extensive, yearlong stakeholder engagement process, involving labor, community-based organizations, employers, and others.
The core tenets of the resulting “Jobs Policies” were incorporated into the many agreements necessary for a project this size, addressing both construction employment and permanent operations employment. The final development agreement was approved in 2012.
Julian Gross was retained by the City of Oakland to assist in development and negotiation of the following documents:
To address concerns of ongoing monitoring and enforcement, a formal Community Jobs Oversight Commission, made up of representatives from community organizations, labor, employers and City of Oakland, was established to review compliance reports and address issues related to the implementation of the Jobs Policies.