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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of June 19, 2017: 

Poll numbers have good news for Oakland mayor, but not all good
Published by SF Chronicle on June 18, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Poll-numbers-have-good-news-for-Oakland-mayor-11226731.php
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was riding high atop her fire snail art car during Thursday’s big Warriors championship celebration near Lake Merritt — and with good reason.

Grand jury slams Oakland City Council’s ‘backroom dealing’
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Grand-jury-slams-Oakland-City-Council-s-11230818.php
The Oakland City Council disregarded open government laws while pursuing multimillion-dollar deals with developers over public land, a civil grand jury investigation released Monday found.

Unemployment fell below 3% in these Bay Area counties last month
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on June 19, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/06/19/unemployment-bay-area.html
Data from the California Employment Development Department for May shows that four Bay Area counties have unemployment levels under 3 percent, with San Francisco and Marin Counties having unemployment rates of 2.7 and 2.6 percent, respectively.

Bid to build on Oakland public site next to Uber and BART collapses again
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on June 19, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/06/19/oakland-1911-telegraph-public-housing-retail.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2017-06-19&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1497910404&j=78411631
Plans to build on a high-profile, long-dormant city-owned development site in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood have collapsed for the second time.

Huge economic benefit projected for Oakland from new A’s stadium
Published by the Mercury News on June 20, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/20/huge-economic-benefit-projected-for-oakland-from-new-as-stadium/
 A new A’s stadium, no matter whether it’s built downtown or next to the existing Coliseum, would be a big boon for Oakland, bringing thousands of construction jobs and money to a town that is losing both the Raiders and Warriors.

City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds
Published by the East Bay Express on June 20, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/06/20/city-of-oakland-poised-to-give-public-land-to-nonprofit-that-improperly-received-710000-in-county-funds
The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a deal to sell city-owned land near West Oakland's BART station to a nonprofit that improperly obtained hundreds of thousands in county tax dollars, according to the Alameda County Grand Jury. The city would sell the land for a nominal price, even though it's worth $1.4 million, in order to subsidize an affordable housing
project on site.

Developer, laborers union reach Oak Knoll deal
Published by the East Bay Times on June 21, 2017 
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/20/developer-laborers-union-cut-a-10-year-deal-for-oak-knoll-project/
 A week after union activists staged protests against a developer’s plans for the former Oak Knoll Navy Hospital, and a week before the project was headed to the Planning Commission for review, a labor deal was struck.

Unions continue fighting huge Oak Knoll development as project nears key vote
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on June 21, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/06/21/union-opposition-oak-knoll-suncal-oakland-housing.html
A coalition of labor groups plan to continue opposing SunCal’s huge Oak Knoll development project in the Oakland Hills, which is nearing votes for city approval.

New Oakland stadium a numbers game, and A’s say they are winning
Published by the East Bay Times on June 21, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/21/new-oakland-stadium-a-numbers-game-and-as-say-they-are-winning/
The A’s were ready to talk money on Wednesday. With the predictably of a 3-0 fastball, the news was encouraging.

Exclusive: Long-time Oakland developer jumps into housing market
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on June 22, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/06/22/ccig-developer-oakland-housing-development.html
When urban planners explain their work to the public, it often comes across as a blur of technical maps and codes. Floor-area ratios. Lot dimensions. Setback restrictions. The socioeconomic implications are difficult to see beneath complex formulas and crowded tables. And planners stick to a language of space and design, eschewing overtly political questions.