FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
Greenlining Institute Responds to Report of Uber Selling Oakland Building
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – This evening the San Francisco Business Times reported that Uber has placed its downtown Oakland building on the market. Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar, co-founder of the No Uber Oakland campaign, made the following statement:
“We started No Uber Oakland because we worried Uber could have negative effects on a city already struggling with gentrification, and because we never saw evidence that Uber had any real commitment to Oakland, despite occasional pleasant rhetoric. Clearly, that second part at least was right.
“Still, we never gave up hope that Uber would sit down and work with the Oakland community to create something that would be good both for the company and for Oaklanders. Uber, sadly, never had any interest in a real partnership with Oakland.
“We hope going forward that city leaders will be more wary of large corporations coming into our town, and will push big businesses — including whoever buys this building from Uber – to help build an Oakland that’s diverse and affordable for working families, nonprofits and the arts community.”