This law establishes a "Race and Equity Department" to intentionally integrate, on a citywide basis, the principle of "fair and just" in all the city does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. It specifically identifies "food systems that support local food production and provide access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods for all people" as a determinant of equity.
See references to "regardless of race, class, gender or language spoken," "early childhood development," and "culturally appropriate foods." § 22.214.171.124(b),(b)(4),(b)(7).
See references to "affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods for all people" and "healthy built and natural environments for all people." § 126.96.36.199(b)(7),(b)(9).
See references to "clean air, water, soil and sediment," "clean and quality outdoor spaces," and "public transit, walking, carpooling and biking." § 188.8.131.52(b)(9),(b)(13)-(14).
See references to "community economic development that supports local ownership of assets, including homes and businesses, and assures fair access for all to business development and business retention opportunities" and "job training and jobs that provide all residents with the knowledge and skills to compete in a diverse workforce and with the ability to make sufficient income for the purchase of basic necessities to support them and their families." § 184.108.40.206(b)(1),(b)(11).
Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose," section 220.127.116.11 provides "[t]hrough adoption of the ordinance from which this Section derives, the City of Oakland and the establishment of the Department of Race and Equity, the City of Oakland will intentionally integrate, on a Citywide basis, the principle of "fair and just" in all the City does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities." § 18.104.22.168.
The City Administrator is tasked with interweaving aspects of social justice into city plans, management and reporting systems, and budgets; establishing an inter-branch team to facilitate accountability, coordination and implementation; and designing and publishing an annual report for Oakland elected leadership, employees and the public on the status and trends in equity in the City and measures of accountability. The Department of Race and Equity shall be responsible for leading accountability, coordination, and implementation efforts. § 22.214.171.124.
The City Administrator is directed to "design and publish an annual report for Oakland elected leadership, employees and the public on the status and trends in equity in the City and measures of accountability for work plans and results related to implementation of this Section." § 126.96.36.199.
This policy creates a new office, but it is unclear whether it involves a new position(s) and additional funding and/or a renamed position(s) (no new funding required).
This policy is located in Oakland, California Code of Ordinances, Title 2 - Administration and Personnel, Chapter 2.29 - City Agencies, Departments and Offices. History: Ord. No. 13442, § 2, 6-27-2017.
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