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Re: “Updated: Fearing Displacement, Oakland Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Benefits from Developer

Darwin BondGraham and East Bay Express

Re: Fearing Displacement

In your article of August 2, 2016, you reported that Asian Health Services was among those “listed as groups that support the project (W12) without additional community benefits.”

No one representing Asian Health Services has ever said we support W12 without any community benefits. In fact, we confirmed from the source (Martin Group) that “I never said that those groups had offered support for the project” and apologized for “misrepresentations that occurred in the news article.”.

Patients and community residents in Chinatown are at risk of being displaced. Chinatown sits between two BART stations and is adjacent to Downtown Oakland. The population within a half mile radius of Chinatown and the Lake Merritt BART Station is 88.8% Asian, 77.7% renters, and 39.2% below poverty. 70% are low income making less than $30,000 annually. (2010 Decennial Census).

Asian Health Services is actively engaged in the Chinatown Coalition which is finalizing its platform for Community Benefits. Since 2001, our community efforts to improve pedestrian safety, affordable housing, cultural preservation, parks and open space, and economic vitality have been integral to our health agenda. Furthermore, these issues and priorities were drawn from extensive community engagement and patient input.

Posted by Sherry Hirota on 08/04/2016 at 11:46 AM

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