Policy Summary

The policy creates a Department of Race and Equity that uses access to an affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food system as a determinant of equity, among others.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Oakland
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

The law creates a Department of Race and Equity for the benefit of all; regardless of "race, class, gender or language spoken." §

Health-related goal?

One determinant of equity is ensuring that food systems provide access to "healthy" foods. §

Environmental goal?

A determinant of equity aims to ensure healthy built and natural environments with clean air, water, soil, and trees. § Also, to ensure access to clean parks and natural resources. §

Economic goal?

A determinant of equity aims to ensure food systems provide access to "affordable" foods and supports "local food production." §

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

The City Administrator will apply the practices, establish an inter-branch team to facilitate accountability, and design and publish an annual report for the City's elected leaders, employees and the public regarding implementation of the "fair and just" principle citywide. §

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

An annual report must be published on the status and trends in equity in the City and measures of accountability to work plans and other results related to implementation of the "fair and just" principle by the Department of Race and Equity. §

Requires extra investment?

Creates a staff position (Director of Department of Race and Equity). § 2.29.170.

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in the City of Oakland, California Code of Ordinances, Title 2 (Administration and Personnel), Chapter 2.29 (City Agencies, Departments and Offices), Section 2.29.170 (Department of Race and Equity). History: Ord. No. 13442, § 2, 6-27-2017.


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