A lack of social justice, social equity, and inclusion is the best summary I perceive of the Oakley’s City Staff recommendations for affordable housing locations. Tuesday night, March 22, 2022, the Oakley City Council will discuss designating areas in the City to be available for affordable housing units. Four of the seven locations involve Brownstone, where the residents recently defied Seeno Developers by having one of the Seeno developments shot down. The result is affordable housing development locations surrounding the residents.
The new district five will have three sizeable affordable housing locations designated. The Southeast area of town will have four affordable housing units. The Southeast part of the City has a lower median income rate than the rest of Oakley. District five has the greatest diversity of marginalized demographic groups than the remaining districts in Oakley. The white population in district five is 42% white, 35% Latinx, 15% African-American, and 5% Asian. The remaining districts have greater than 50% white. Districts two and four, where the new council members will emerge, have designated no recent affordable housing locations.
I have attached the report of the proposed locations, a map of the districts, and the census data of the districts. If the measure passes Tuesday night, I will immediately ask, following the November election, that it come back to the dais for a review. I have called for social justice, social equity, and inclusion in Oakley. The agenda item is a reason why I have done so.
George Fuller, MPA, MA City Councilmember, City of Oakley