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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of July 24, 2017: 

Oakland picks new planning director from New Orleans
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 21, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/21/oakland-planning-director-new-orleans.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2017-07-21&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1500675573&j=78584701
Oakland has picked William Gilchrist, a senior New Orleans planner, as its new planning and building director.

Brown buddy Phil Tagami on list of would-be Oakland cop watchdogs
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on July 24, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Brown-buddy-Phil-Tagami-on-list-of-would-be-11306590.php
In all, 153 candidates have applied to join Oakland’s new seven-member Police Commission overseeing officer misconduct investigations — including some very familiar names on both sides of the issue.

Developer to restart Oakland housing project destroyed by fire, plans second project
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 24, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/24/oakland-fire-housing-wood-partners-development.html
Construction will restart on an Oakland housing project destroyed by a massive fire earlier this month.

Carmel Partners moves to break ground on second-tallest Oakland tower
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 24, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/24/carmel-partners-downtown-oakland-apartment-tower.html
Developer Carmel Partners filed for permits to begin building a 40-story residential tower in downtown Oakland, according to city records.

3 Bay Area cities among top 25 best places in the U.S. to live
Published by SF Gate on May 3, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/lifestyle/article/East-Bay-town-near-top-of-America-s-best-cities-11116454.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Berkeley has been in the media a lot lately for various political protests but there is much more to this East Bay city, and that's why it has been ranked as one of the top places to live in in the United States.

Ethics Commission: Oakland Councilmember McElhaney Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Accepted Illegal Gifts
Published by the East Bay Express on July 25, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/07/25/ethics-commission-oakland-councilmember-mcelhaney-violated-conflict-of-interest-rules-accepted-illegal-gifts
The Oakland Public Ethics Commission's investigators have found that Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney violated city ethics rules when she interfered to stop construction a housing development proposed next to her home.

Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Oakland Construction Company Over $3.5 Million for Wage Theft Violations
Published by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations 
http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2017/2017-63.pdf
The Labor Commissioner’s Office cited an Oakland contractor more than
$3.5 million in wages and penalties for multiple wage theft and labor law violations. 

BART's other delays: Development near its stations slows to a crawl
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 26, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/26/bart-development-oakland-boston-properties-bxp.html
Developers expect to break ground this fall on the first phase of a 600-unit Walnut Creek transit village. Reaching that milestone took 20 years.
Adjacent to MacArthur BART in Oakland, developers recently built or scored entitlements for 877 apartments. Planning for that started when the Backstreet Boys topped the musical charts.

Men of Valor to maintain Oakland-owned vacant lots
Published by the East Bay Times on July 28, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/28/men-of-valor-to-maintain-oakland-owned-vacant-lots/
Oakland will hire Men of Valor Academy to clean up some city-owned vacant lots, most of which are in East Oakland. 

Developer aims high for 1,000-unit apartment project in West Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 28, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/28/oakland-housing-apartments-panaromic-interests.html
Developer Panoramic Interests refined a design for a 3-acre site near the West Oakland to include 1,031 units of “family-size” housing.