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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Sept. 25, 2017:

Allen Temple homelessness forum reveals Oakland leaders place low priority on housing
Published by the San Francisco Bay View on Sept. 24, 2017
http://sfbayview.com/2017/09/allen-temple-homelessness-forum-reveals-oakland-leaders-place-low-priority-on-housing/
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf faced heated questions and comments from attendees at a community forum on homelessness held at Allen Temple Baptist Church on Sept. 22.

Bay Area tries to win bid for Amazon HQ2
Published by KTVU on Sept. 25, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/bay-area-tries-to-win-bid-for-amazon-hq2
CONCORD, Calif. (KTVU) - The Bay Area is putting on a full court press to get Amazon to choose this area for its HQ2 or second headquarters.

Raiders reportedly negotiating to play in Oakland through 2020 season
Published by The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sept. 25, 2017
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/stadium/raiders-reportedly-negotiating-to-play-in-oakland-through-2020-season/
The Oakland Raiders may be negotiating to play at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum through 2020, but that doesn’t worry Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak.

FBI: Violent crime up in California and US for 2nd straight year
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/FBI-Violent-crime-up-in-California-and-US-for-12227935.php
Violent crime climbed in California and around the country in 2016, the second straight year of increases that have been driven by spikes in big cities like Chicago and have reversed longer-term trends toward safer cities and towns, the FBI reported Monday.

Changing Oakland Chinatown brings hopes, fears
Published by the East Bay Express on Sept. 25, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/25/changing-chinatown-brings-hopes-fears/
OAKLAND — With crowded markets, roasted ducks hanging in the windows of restaurants and stores with lines extending around street corners, Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood teems with activity.

Oakland homeless plan: ‘outdoor Navigation Centers’ in Tuff Sheds
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 26, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Mayor-wants-Oakland-to-install-its-own-navigation-12230688.php
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is looking at three potential sites to set up camps accommodating up to 40 homeless people each — except that instead of living in tents, they’ll be living in Tuff Sheds.

Oakland mayor proposes navigation center for city's homeless population
Published by KTVU on Sept 26, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oakland-mayor-proposes-navigation-center-for-citys-homeless-population
OAKLAND (BCN) Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is asking the City Council to approve an outdoor navigation center that she said would move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelter as they wait for permanent housing.

Fire Threatens About 50 Homes in Oakland Hills
Published by KQED on Sept. 26, 2017
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/09/26/fast-moving-fire-threatens-homes-in-east-bay-hills/
Residents evacuated from the Oakland Hills were allowed to return homes Tuesday afternoon after firefighters got the upper hand of a brush fire that ignited shortly after noon.

California’s current home-building pace won’t tame skyrocketing prices soon, forecast says
Published by the East Bay Times on Sept. 27, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/27/building-boom-may-merely-slow-soaring-bay-area-home-prices-economists/
California appears unlikely to be able to build enough homes in the coming years to put a meaningful dent in skyrocketing housing prices triggered by a shortage of affordable dwellings, according to economists who prepared a new UCLA Anderson Forecast.

What’s Going On: Tensions, and Solutions, in a Changing Oakland
Published by KCET on Sept. 27, 2017
https://www.kcet.org/shows/city-rising/whats-going-on-tensions-and-solutions-in-a-changing-oakland
On the night of July 7 in 2016, more than 2,000 people marched peacefully down Oakland’s Broadway and onto Interstate 880 to protest police killings of innocent civilians in other parts of the country. The event got local coverage but not much else, given the horror in Dallas at a march that tragically turned out very differently. But it’s worth noting because there’s a lot of tension in Oakland, and in the recent past, similar protests didn’t end as well. That this march was peaceful shouldn’t cause us to overlook it. If anything, it’s even more important for those of us who love this town to pay close attention to the reasons people were marching — and to work as hard as we can to fix the causes.

SF, Oakland officials urge governor to sign bill streamlining approvals for homeless shelters
Published by KTVU on Sept. 27, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/sf-oakland-officials-urge-governor-to-sign-bill-streamlining-approvals-for-homeless-shelters
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)-- San Francisco and Oakland city officials today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would make it easier to build homeless shelters and supportive housing by easing some building and safety standards and streamlining the approval process.

Oakland Council Might Consider a ‘Village’ for Its Homeless
Published by KQED on Sept. 27, 2017
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/09/27/oakland-council-might-consider-a-village-for-its-homeless/
The City Council’s Life Enrichment Committee on Tuesday asked city staff to continue working with community members on the idea, which is gaining steam as Oakland’s homeless population increases — a problem that has become much more visible around the city.

San Francisco Mayor orders city departments to speed up housing approvals
Published by San Francisco Business Times on Sept. 27, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/09/27/sf-mayor-ed-lee-streamline-housing-approvals.html
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday issued an executive directive to speed up approvals and permits for new housing, with a goal of completing 5,000 new and renovated units per year. That would more than double the city's average annual production of around 1,900 units over the last 30 years.

A portrait of housing NIMBY-ism in California
Published by the East Bay Times on Sept. 28, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/27/housing-survey/
As poll after poll finds that housing costs are driving Californians to pack up and move, a new survey paints a detailed portrait of the anti-growth mindset that has been widely blamed for the short supply of homes underlying the problem.

Exclusive: Large housing project proposed on eastern edge of West Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Sept. 28, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/09/27/west-oakland-housing-project-caltrans.html
A 277-unit residential project has been proposed on a vacant parcel on the eastern edge of West Oakland.

Oakland Council Delays Considering Reform of Tenant Protection Loophole
Published by the East Bay Express on Sept. 28, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/09/28/oakland-council-delays-considering-reform-of-tenant-protection-loophole
The Oakland City Council's Rules and Legislation Committee decided today not to advance hearings on legislation proposed by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan that would eliminate a rule tenants say is being used by landlords to remove housing from the city's rent control law.

Forgotten Oakland fire victims struggle with housing, neglect
Published by KALW.org on Sept. 28, 2017
http://kalw.org/post/forgotten-oakland-fire-victims-struggle-housing-neglect#stream/0
2551 San Pablo Avenue had been getting code complaints for years. After it burned down, some residents had to move onto the street.

Oakland hills fire declared fully contained
Published by the East Bay Times on Sept. 28, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/28/oakland-hills-fire-declared-fully-contained/
With no flareups overnight and no hot spots found by drone flights, the 22-acre hills fire that broke out Tuesday was declared fully contained Thursday morning, officials said.