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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Nov. 6, 2017:

Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov 3, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/11/03/entire-oakland-city-council-declines-to-cross-union-picket-line-for-mayor-schaafs-state-of-the-city-speech
All eight city council members avoided Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's state of city speech last night because of a strike called by the city's largest public-employee union. Several councilmembers even joined city workers in protesting the mayor.

Unions give Schaaf a hard time in Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 5, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Unions-give-Schaaf-a-hard-time-in-Oakland-12331472.php
If the tenor and tactics of the city workers picketing outside Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address are any indication, she could be in for another rough year.

Labor groups attempt to block Oakland's Oak Knoll Project
Published by ABC 7 on Nov. 6, 2017
http://abc7news.com/realestate/labor-groups-attempt-to-block-oaklands-oak-knoll-project/2610526/
It's a project more than 20 years in the making, one finally poised to go before the Oakland City Council for a vote Tuesday night.

Town Business: Housing, Homelessness, and Tenant Protections Dominate Oakland Council's Agenda
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov. 6, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/11/06/town-business-housing-homelessness-and-tenant-protections-dominate-oakland-councils-agenda
This week, the Oakland City Council will consider six separate proposals to build new housing, including affordable housing, assist renters facing displacement, and to provide shelter and resources for the homeless.

East Oakland consolidates ‘political muscle’ in single group
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 7, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/East-Oakland-consolidates-political-muscle-12339493.php
After years of feeling ignored by their elected leaders, hundreds of East Oakland residents and half a dozen community groups have formed a single organization that could become a powerful political and lobbying force in the city.

The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future 
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov. 7, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-oakland-coliseums-uncertain-future/Content?oid=10639381
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex — that aged-yet-iconic home of enduring sports moments and legendary rock concerts — could one day be transformed into an entirely different development that grabs less headlines but adds more money to the city’s tax base. 
Although it’s too early to get too specific, local leaders say, competing visions for the Coliseum’s next life have already begun to take shape, should the A’s build a ballpark next to Laney College. 

Exclusive: Developer sells out West Oakland townhomes, plans three more projects
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 7, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/07/west-oakland-city-ventures-townhomes-development.html
Developer City Ventures has sold all 171 townhomes at its Station House project in West Oakland, the city's only new for-sale development in nearly a decade.

Mountain View Cemetery’s bid to expand goes before Oakland planning panel
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 8, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/08/mountain-view-cemeterys-bid-to-expand-goes-before-oakland-planning-panel/
OAKLAND — The Oakland Planning Commission will hear Mountain View Cemetery officials’ request to approve a contested expansion project on 7.5 acres of cemetery land, which includes the removal of nearly 100 mature coastal live oak trees, on Nov. 15.

Downtown Oakland ballpark plan is a hit with voters, poll shows
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 8, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Downtown-Oakland-ballpark-plan-is-a-hit-with-12339376.php
Oakland voters support a new downtown ballpark next to Laney College by a 2-1 margin, according to a poll to be released Wednesday morning.

After long wait, massive Oak Knoll housing project approved
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 8, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/08/after-long-wait-massive-oak-knoll-housing-project-approved/
After so many years of starts and stops, some would be forgiven for thinking the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital would remain a ghost of its past, nothing more.

Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov. 8, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/11/08/oakland-council-approves-giant-oak-knoll-project-but-without-affordable-housing-or-a-project-labor-agreement
Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid has been trying to seal the deal at Oak Knoll since 1992, when he was just a staffer working for then-Mayor Elihu Harris. Last night, his quest was finally fulfilled.