Is Article 26 discriminatory?

A:

Yes! Article 26 enshrines  redlining, exclusion, and discrimination into law. It’s a stain on our city’s character and reputation.

In 2020, there has been a reawakening of the importance of racial justice and inclusion. The uncomfortable truth is we live in a city that has imposed racialized zoning laws, dating back to the 1920s. With redlining and other forms of discrimination denying Black families access to many Alameda neighborhoods and the capacity to finance businesses in our community, a widening generational wealth gap was exacerbated and persists to this day. Repealing Article 26 is a critical step we can take to begin repairing the damage caused by this legacy. Measure Z will demonstrate that when we say “Everyone Belongs Here,” we mean it.