Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)

The equity-centered Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits Agreement (“CBA”) is an opportunity to set a national precedent. It will be the first CBA to use existing conditions of racial disparities data from the Oakland Race and Equity Baseline Indicators Report that was published in 2019 to establish race and equity baselines from which CBA will be developed. It will also be the first to be developed through a collaborative multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and developed from a grassroots level through seven working groups that have been identified as Topic Cohorts: Community Health & Safety, Culture Keeping & History, Economic Development & Jobs, Education, Environment, Housing, and Transportation.

Steering Committee Members

Culture & History

David Peters, West Oakland resident

Eric Arnold, Black Arts Movement District

Community Health and Safety

Marj Wolf, West Oakland resident

Angie Tam, Communities for a Better Environment

Economic Development / Jobs

Derrick Muhammad, West Oakland resident

Saabir Lockett, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Education

Phyllis Hall, West Oakland resident

Denisha DeLane, Civic Corps and West Oakland Community Collaborative

Environment

Victoria Harris, West Oakland resident

Alvina Wong, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Housing

Jabari Herbert, West Oakland resident

Elaine Brown, Affordable Housing Developer and Activist

Transportation

Mercedes Rodriguez, West Oakland resident

Steve Lowe, Old Oakland resident

Chinatown At-Large

Mike Lok, Asian Health Services

Jack London Square At-Large

Nina Moore, Everett & Jones

Savlan Hauser, Jack London Square Improvement District

Old Oakland At-Large

Michael Schaefer, Resident

West Oakland At-Large

Stefanie Parrott, Resident

City of Oakland

Molly Maybrun, Project Manager

Port of Oakland

Amy Tharpe, Director – Social Responsibility Division

Oakland Athletics

Lydia Tan, Managing Director – Real Estate

Upcoming Howard Terminal CBA Meetings

Graphic recording from CBA Orientation
Sep 26, 2020

Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee Meeting

The next Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee meeting will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9am-12pm. Amid COVID-19 precautions, the meeting will be hosted on the digital platform Zoom (details below). The meeting is open to all Oakland…

Due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place guidelines, the Steering Committee and Topic Cohorts will meet remotely using all technological resources that community members and stakeholders have accessible until further notice. Each Topic Cohort has set its meeting schedule, and the master meeting schedule can be accessed here.

The public virtual CBA meetings are recorded on Zoom and the videos are archived here.

Please monitor this webpage for updates.

Previous Howard Terminal CBA Meetings

Engaging Working Together graphic recording image
Mar 28, 2020

Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee Meeting

The Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee meeting took place on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-12pm. Amid the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, the meeting was hosted on the digital platform called Zoom (details below). The meeting was open to all…
Education Topic Cohort initial gathering at CBA Orientation
Apr 02, 2020

Howard Terminal CBA Education Topic Cohort Meeting

The Howard Terminal CBA Education Topic Cohort held a digital meeting using the platform Zoom that included reviewing the Equity Matrix that will be used to develop content for the CBA. See below for instructions on accessing the meeting: Join…

Partners

Port of Oakland logo

Visit the Port of Oakland's website for additional information on the Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits.

Oakland A's logo

Visit the Oakland A's website for additional information about A's in the Community.

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project logo

The West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project is one of two community partners that are co-designing the Howard Terminal CBA process with the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland, and the Oakland Athletics. Visit the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project's Facebook page for additional information and to stay updated.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center logo

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, located in the heart of Oakland's vibrant Chinatown, is one of two community partners that are co-designing the Howard Terminal CBA process with the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland, and the Oakland Athletics. Visit oacc.cc for more information about the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

About

The Howard Terminal proposal Community Benefits Agreement (“CBA”) is an opportunity to set a national precedent. It will be the first CBA to use existing conditions of racial disparities data from the Oakland Race and Equity Baseline Indicators Report that was published in 2019 to establish race and equity baselines from which CBA will be developed. It will also be the first to be developed through a collaborative multi-stakeholder Steering Committee.

Equity-Centered

The Howard Terminal CBA process is equity-centered and community-focused. The City of Oakland is leading the process, working closely with community members and other stakeholders such as community advocates, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, health-care providers, public agencies, and partners from the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Port of Oakland, and the Oakland Athletics.

Community Driven

The Howard Terminal CBA content is community-driven and developed from a grassroots level through working groups that have been identified as Topic Cohorts. There are seven Topic Cohorts: Community Health & Safety, Culture Keeping & History, Economic Development & Jobs, Education, Environment, Housing, and Transportation. Topic Cohorts will meet between 2-4 times per month beginning February 2020, and membership is open to any Oakland resident or stakeholder.

A multi-stakeholder Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee is responsible for the deliberation of the comprehensive CBA that unites the Topic Cohort content. The Steering Committee also works in collaboration to arrive to a legally-binding and enforceable Community Benefits Agreement. The Steering Committee was formed by the following: 1) Each Topic Cohort selected two members to the Howard Terminal CBA Steering Committee. 2) In addition to the Topic Cohort representatives, the Steering Committee has four At-Large seats that represent the high Impact Areas (Chinatown, Jack London Square, Old Oakland, and West Oakland). 3) Lastly, the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland, and the Oakland Athletics each has one seat on the Steering Committee.

Community First

Community involvement, particularly from those who are typically marginalized in public processes, is integral to identifying the appropriate steering committee, equitable metrics and terms, and a holistic and inclusive Community Benefits Agreement. The Howard Terminal CBA focuses on participation from Oakland’s community members who are most impacted by racial, economic, and health disparities. Residential community members from the geographic areas that may experience higher impact levels (Chinatown, Jack London Square, Old Oakland, and West Oakland) are especially sought to get involved with the development of the Howard Terminal CBA.

Guiding Principles

The Howard Terminal CBA process adopting the following guiding principles:

  • To be inclusive: Developing alternative methods for public engagement for racial/ethnic communities; establishing rapport and trust with racial and ethnic groups and individuals who are traditionally not involved in decision-making processes.
  • To be transparent: Sharing with community the pros and cons of options, and informing the community about steps actions, changes to or new services.
  • To be collaborative: Develop a comprehensive and exhaustive CBA based on extensive engagement by community members and stakeholders who: 1) offer previous CBA development experience, 2) whose lived experience can inform the development of the Howard Terminal CBA, and, 3) stakeholders who have policy and other technical expertise through their professions.
  • To have integrity: Have open discussions and garner consensus by respecting what stakeholder peers support or oppose. There will be no “backroom deals”.
  • To seek solutions: Identify feasible solutions to problems that may be long-standing, or unique to the Howard Terminal ballpark development.

Contact Us

Phone Numbers

Email Address

vcummings@oaklandca.gov