ONN – Oakland Bulk And Oversized Terminal, Politics, Phil Tagami, John Siegel
This is a video-blog companion to the post at Oakland News Now called “Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal: Ask City Of Oakland Where Are The Jobs” and is a think-peace on how much of a role politics has played in the lack of progress-toward-completion the Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal has faced to date. Here’s three paragraphs from the post:
What happened to the promised jobs out at the old Oakland Army Base via the Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal? Ask the Oakland City Council and the Oakland City Attorney. Thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of worker hours for Oakland residents, new trade apprentices, and disadvantaged workers produced millions in employee income until recently when the City Of Oakland pulled the plug on the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal . . . over politics against the developers Phil Tagami and Insight Terminal Solutions.
The loss of the single-largest employer in Oakland, the Army Base and its 7,000 jobs, was the catalyst for converting the shuttered base to an active economic and employment engine for the City Of Oakland and the community workforce. After several failed proposals, the City finally moved forward with a global trade and logistics center, Oakland Global and the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal.
A 2012 study projected that the project would produce between 1,840 and 2,335 full-time permanent on-site jobs and indirectly boost the San Francisco / Oakland Bay Area regional economy with as many as 6,560 new jobs. The regional income produced from these jobs was estimated to be as much as $300 million for employees.
The point that’s made here is that there are people who want the OBOT not to be built so as to clear the way for more market rate housing and related development. That comes in direct conflict with the need for what OBOT will provide: sustainable employment.
Oakland News Now Note: this post demonstrates the full and live operation of the latest version of an experimental Zennie62Media mobile media video-blogging system network – part of a new approach to the production of media. The uploaded video is from a vlogger with the Zennie62 on YouTube Partner Channel, then uploaded to and formatted automatically at the Oakland News Now site and social media pages. The objective is smartphone-enabled, real-time, on the scene reporting of news, interviews, observations, and happenings anywhere in the World and within seconds and not hours. We are constantly working to improve the system network coding and also seek interested content and media technology partners.
Zennie Abraham is the CEO of Zennie62Media