Okay, so I was going to attend Saturday’s town hall, but then I decided that making myself huevos rancheros and sampling my brand new Hangar One limited edition Chipotle vodka in a bloody mary before all the tomatoes are gone sounded like a more fun way to spend a Saturday morning than listening to people yell at Dellums about crime.
But now I’m kicking myself, because the newspaper reports of something Dellums said are totally befuddling to me.
The Chronicle article said:
He said he wants a citywide zoning plan, high density concentrated in the downtown area, and a mixed-used development of the former Oakland Army base that would produce a minimum of 10,000 jobs.
And then the Trib story had:
That industrial development on the former Army base in West Oakland will bring 10,000 new jobs to Oakland.
Okay, so this makes no sense to me whatsoever. Is he talking about the actual Army Base, or the entire Army Base Redevelopment Area? Of the Army Base itself, the Port has 200 of acres, and the redevelopment agency has only 170 acres, and a lot of them are already spoken for. Did he specifiy “industrial jobs” as the Trib story claims, or not, as the Chronicle implies? Did he say what type of industry? Because industrial land is doing really well if it produces 10 jobs per acre. The Port gets about half that many per acre…um, you see where I’m going with this. The numbers don’t add up. The garment industry can do better, but I’m unaware of any plans to turn Oakland into a fashion capitol.
More than anything, I’m just totally confused. Did he imply that there is a project in the works that is actually going to achieve this? Was this a reference to the seemingly dead Wayans Brothers project? Or did he just say that he wanted something to happen? What about the auto mall? And the Outer Harbor Intermodal Terminal (PDF!)? Are those part of this vision? Is he including Port-generated employment? Or was 10,000 just some random number off the top of his head?
Also, what is this “citywide zoning plan”? Something other than the General Plan? Does he want to throw everything out and start over? (Because if he does, I’m all for it. dto510 has written well recently about how backwards our zoning is.)
If any readers attended the meeting and could share more details about what he said on these matters, I’d really appreciate it.
Okay, so Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor’s column today sort of answers my questions.
2. Rethinking development of the old Oakland Army Base to be “strategy driven” and “vision driven” rather than “project driven” as it has been in the past.
Mayor to report to the City Council in the near future with a new vision for the Oakland Army Base to produce a minimum of 10,000 jobs with a mix-used strategy that recognizes the “vital maritime uses” of the area close to the Port of Oakland, as well as a regional shopping center, office space, and “creative industry.” Dellums proposes to bring this vision to developers and ask them to shape their development projects based on its parameters. No timetable given on when the vision package would be completed and presented to council.
So basically, the answer is that Dellums has no idea what he’s talking about and has no plan. Great. Dude sure does like that number though, doesn’t he?