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Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of May 1, 2017: 

Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget
Published by the East Bay Express on May 1, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/05/01/town-business-oaklands-proposed-26-billion-budget
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released her https://beta.oaklandca.gov/issues/budgetproposed 2017-2019 budget late last Friday. She's projecting a $32.5 million gap over the two years that will have to be bridged with spending cuts and new revenue. More planners for faster development: Schaaf's budget adds at least 11 new positions to the Department of Planning and Building that would focus on helping developers get the permits they need to break ground on projects faster. 

Weird twists in FBI’s bid-rigging sting
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 1, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Weird-twists-in-FBI-s-bid-rigging-sting-11109743.php?cmpid=sfc_em_topstories
Mario Wagner was trained in the family flooring business, Wagner’s Carpet Installations, which was run by his father and uncle. 

Former Ghost Ship residents struggle with trauma, finding permanent housing
Published by the Mercury News on April 30, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/30/former-ghost-ship-residents-still-struggling-with-trauma-finding-permanent-housing/
OAKLAND — Nearly five months after a fire ripped through an East Oakland warehouse, killing 36 people, some of the more than 20 residents who called the building home are still trying to find permanent places to live. Others have moved out of the Bay Area entirely. Many, if not all, remain haunted by the fateful night.

Former 'Dorsey's Locker' Could Be Demolished To Make Way For New Apartment Complex
Published by Hoodline on May 2, 2017
http://hoodline.com/2017/05/former-dorseys-locker-could-be-demolished-to-make-way-for-new-apartment-complex?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social&utm_campaign=Oaklandlaunch
A former soul food restaurant and music venue that closed in 2015 after operating for 74 years could soon be demolished and replaced with a new three-story apartment complex under a plan submitted to Oakland's Planning Commission.

Exclusive: Hong Kong investor under contract to buy Oakland landmark Marriott hotel for record price
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on May 2, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/05/02/exclusive-hong-kong-investor-buys-oakland-landmark.html?ana=e_sfbt_bn&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1493767576&j=78079811
It has been less than two months since Gaw Capital Partners invested $120 million in a downtown San Francisco office building. Its next act is even more impressive.

Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal 
Published by the East Bay Express on May 2, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/supporter-of-controversial-israeli-settlements-would-benefit-from-exclusive-oakland-public-land-deal/Content?oid=6575481
Two weeks ago, Oakland’s City Council took the first step in selling 1.2 acres of public land next to the Eastmont Mall to a team of private real-estate developers. But the deal would also tie the city to an investor named Myron Zimmerman, who is funding Israeli settlements in the West Bank region between Jordan and Israel, according to documents reviewed by the Express.

Forget the bubble: Is the Bay Area economy primed for a second wind?
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on May 2, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/05/02/us-economy-expansion-real-estate-cushman-wakefield.html
San Francisco’s real estate market shows no signs of slowing down, which means industry insiders are wondering when the good times will come to an end.

Oakland planning worker quadrupled pay with overtime
Published by SF Gate on May 1, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-planning-worker-quadrupled-pay-with-11113273.php
Oakland’s highest-paid city employee last year was not the fire chief, mayor or top cop. It was a civil engineer who reviews building plans and who has long reaped one of the sweetest overtime deals in the city.

Oakland Lets Residents Decide How to Prioritize Federal Grant Money
Published by Next City on May 3, 2017
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/oakland-participatory-budgeting-residents-decide-spend-cdbgs
One Oakland, California, resident wanted the faded crosswalks at the corner of 57th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way repainted. Another suggested the city put up signs documenting Oakland’s history, including the birth of the Black Panthers. Someone requested a database about housing discrimination. Others asked for job training. Others still requested homeless shelters or mobile bathrooms for the homeless, senior centers, childcare centers for working mothers, or streetlight repairs.

BART crime a sign of challenges in East Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 4, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/BART-crime-a-sign-of-challenges-in-East-Oakland-11116168.php
If you live here in East Oakland, in the Highland, Woodland or Lockwood Gardens neighborhoods just east of the Coliseum BART Station, where a mob of youths held up a train last week and robbed its passengers, you understand

Bay Area’s housing recovery isn’t as universal as you think
Published by the Mercury News on May 4, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/04/sjm-homevalue-0505/
With double-digit price appreciation returning to some Bay Area markets, we’re used to hearing that the region’s homeowners are a lucky bunch, richer by the minute. BART crime a sign of challenges in East Oakland Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 4, 2017 http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/BART-crime-a-sign-of-challenges-in-East-Oakland-11116168.php If you live here in East Oakland, in the Highland, Woodland or Lockwood Gardens neighborhoods just east of the Coliseum BART Station, where a mob of youths held up a train last week and robbed its passengers, you understand. 

Oakland takes on massive inspection program to get the lead out
Published by the East Bay Times on May 5, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/05/oakland-takes-on-massive-inspection-program-to-get-the-lead-out/
OAKLAND — Faced with health problems blamed on poor housing conditions made worse by a tight market, the city is looking to improve how rentals are inspected and problems fixed. Bay Area’s housing recovery isn’t as universal as you think Published by the Mercury News on May 4, 2017 http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/04/sjm-homevalue-0505/ With double-digit price appreciation returning to some Bay Area markets, we’re used to hearing that the region’s homeowners are a lucky bunch, richer by the minute. BART crime a sign of challenges in East Oakland Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 2, 2017 http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/BART-crime-a-sign-of-challenges-in-East-Oakland-11116168.php If you live here in East Oakland, in the Highland, Woodland or Lockwood Gardens neighborhoods just east of the Coliseum BART Station, where a mob of youths held up a train last week and robbed its passengers, you understand