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Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of April 10, 2017:

Feds: Well-known Oakland contractors conspired to cheat government
Published by the East Bay Times on April 7, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/07/feds-bay-area-developers-including-well-known-oakland-contractors-conspired-to-cheat-government/
SAN FRANCISCO — The founders of a well-known Oakland construction company, the son of an Oakland councilman, a former state Veterans Affairs official and other Bay Area contractors have been indicted by the federal government in construction bid-rigging schemes.

Town Business: Strengthening Code Enforcement
Published by the East Bay Times on April 10, 2017 
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/10/town-business-strengthening-code-enforcement
Strengthening Code Enforcement: Many Oakland tenants are afraid to report unsafe housing conditions because they fear their landlord or the city might evict them. And because the city's current code inspection program is complaint-driven, this means that a lot of serious violations are hidden. In lots of cases, problems fester, and landlords aren't ordered to fix their buildings. This leads to kids getting lead poisoning and asthma, or people getting sick from mold and rodents. And it causes fire hazards to go unabated.

Opinion: What’s Really Going on With Bay Area Fires?
Published by the Oakland Post on April 11, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/04/11/opinion-whats-really-going-on-with-bay-area-fires/
It has become almost routine for devastating property fires that cause major deaths to occur in Oakland.
We can attribute this to many factors. Yet, if the truth be told, there’s no real accountability with regards to efficient procedural inspections being adhered to that could possibly point out potential hot spots destined to go up in flames due to a lack of preventable measures being established.

Lennar's California megadeveloper spinoff files to go public
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on April 10, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/10/five-point-ipo-lennar-shipyard-development-len.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2017-04-10&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1491864054&j=77906341
Five Point Holdings LLC, the megadeveloper spin-off of Lennar Corp., has filed to go public.
The Aliso Viejo-based developer is building the second phase of the San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point, totaling 12,000 homes, as well as the 21,500-home Newhall Ranch project and 9,500-home Great Park Neighborhood in Southern California.

Reputation of prominent Oakland job creator on the line in fraud case that also revives council questions
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on April 12, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Reputation-of-prominent-Oakland-job-creator-on-11066664.php
A few years back, Oakland’s city auditor found that two council members — Desley Brooks and Larry Reid — violated a law by interfering with city staffers who were awarding a city contract involving the redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base.

City Of Oakland's Top Budget Expert Says Trump's Threat To $130 Million in Federal Funding 'Should Not Be Taken Lightly'
Published by the East Bay Express on April 12, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/12/city-of-oaklands-top-budget-expert-says-trumps-threat-to-130-million-in-federal-funding-should-not-be-taken-lightly
A memo released yesterday by Oakland's Budget Administrator says that the federal government provided roughly $130 million to the city’s coffers this fiscal year — and a lot of it is in jeopardy under President Trump.

San Jose is the nation’s most competitive housing market, says report
Published by the Mercury News on April 13, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/13/sjm-shortage-0414/
With its shrinking home supply and spiking prices, San Jose is the nation’s most competitive market for residential real estate, according to a new report from Redfin.

Zach Wasserman explains the keys to Oakland development
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on April 13, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/13/zach-wasserman-oakland-development-qa.html
Zach Wasserman started his law career defending criminal defendants, including some accused of murder, before shifting gears toward real estate and becoming a key player in Oakland’s development community.

Wary of possible court fight, Oakland delays downtown tower OK
Published by the East Bay Times on April 14, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/14/oak-franklin-0414/
OAKLAND — A 634-apartment and retail development that will change the city’s downtown skyline and promises to provide hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue hit a bump in the road on the home stretch through the city’s planning process.

Legacy of prominent Oakland contractor imperiled after indictment, as new legal questions arise
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on April 13, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/13/legacy-of-prominent-oakland-contractor-imperiled.html
Three well-known Oakland contractors who were indicted last week for conspiring to cheat the government as part of bid-rigging schemes surrounding local development projects are now coming under increased scrutiny for former near-misses with the law.