Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Port of Oakland Chief Wants Industrial Sanctuary for Port

By Karen Robes Meeks

At his first State of the Port address as Port of Oakland Executive Director, Danny Wan called for the consideration of an industrial sanctuary policy that would preserve industrial land use, transportation and infrastructure in and around the port, and accommodate the transportation, commerce, business and job needs of the region.

“Our leaders recognize the Port of Oakland is an indispensable jobs and economic engine,” said Wan, who took over the top job in November. “Indeed, we are everyone’s port, but being indispensable means, we have to preserve the port.”

Oakland is experiencing unprecedented growth, with downtown development moving at an all-time high and port businesses nearing record levels, the port said.

“Let’s all declare and explain the need for an industrial sanctuary policy and explore the ways that such a policy will be compatible with local and regional planning efforts,” Wan said to the 350 people in attendance. “Let your customers and partners, your neighbors and your community know that the port is for everyone and here to stay for the benefit of all.”