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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Jan. 15, 2018:

Oakland Heads to Trial Over Coal Ban
Published by KQED on Jan. 15, 2018
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/01/15/oakland-heads-to-trial-over-coal-ban/
A lawsuit against the City of Oakland aimed at overturning a ban against the handling of coal at the old Oakland Army Base heads to trial on Tuesday.

New Bay Area housing trend: Living in the backyard
Published by the Mercury News on Jan. 16, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/16/new-bay-area-housing-trend-living-in-the-backyard/
The walls weren’t even up yet on the granny flat Limei Huang is building in her San Jose backyard when people started lining up to rent the space.

Federal Trial Begins On Oakland Law Prohibiting Coal Transport And Storage
Published by SF Gate on Jan. 16, 2018
http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Federal-Trial-Begins-On-Oakland-Law-Prohibiting-12502977.php
A federal judge in San Francisco began hearing evidence today on whether a planned coal shipment terminal at the former Oakland Army Base would endanger the health of city residents.

Construction continues in Oakland Center
Published by the Oakland Post on Jan. 16, 2018
https://oaklandpostonline.com/20298/showcase/construction-continues-in-oakland-center/
The Oakland Center is currently undergoing renovations to add extensions onto the building, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 17, 2018
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oakland-city-council-should-censure-desley-brooks/Content?oid=12637459
Desley Brooks has long been an embarrassment in Oakland City Hall. Over the years, the combative city councilmember has routinely been rude to, dismissive of, and abusive toward her council colleagues and the public. And now her anger — and violence — threatens to cost the cash-strapped city millions of dollars at a time when it can barely afford to pave streets, fix broken sewer pipes, and keep libraries open.Sheds for homeless in Oakland are proving to be a useful tool

Sheds for homeless in Oakland are proving to be a useful tool
Published by the SFChronicle.com on Jan. 17, 2018
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Sheds-for-homeless-in-Oakland-are-proving-to-be-a-12502634.php
Oakland’s shed site plan is working — so far. The city’s first site to temporarily house homeless people in sheds sits on an empty lot on Sixth Street between Castro and Brush streets. At first, its success was in doubt. Only three people moved in the week after it opened on Dec. 4.

Will Oakland build more housing than San Francisco in 2018?
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 17, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/01/17/oakland-sf-housing-construction-boom.html?ana=e_du_prem&s=article_du&ed=2018-01-17&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1516231218&j=79522731
Oakland's historic building boom may deliver more new homes this year than San Francisco, which has twice the population.

Oakland Mayor Announces Incentives for More Low-Income Housing Units
Published by NBC Bay Area on Jan .17, 2018
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland-Mayor-Announces-Incentives-for-More-Low-Income-Housing-Units-469830103.html
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Housing Authority officials Wednesday announced new financial incentives for property owners to accept low-income families as renters and help ease the city's affordable housing crisis.

Amid union clashes, another hotel aims to set up shop in Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 17, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/01/17/ram-hotels-mandela-hotel-oakland-emeryville-union.html
The development team behind a 220-room West Oakland hotel proposal is urging the city to approve the project before the window on new hotel construction slams shut when this economic cycle ends.

Ellis Partners and Intercontinental Real Estate Plan Oakland, California, Skyscraper
Published by Area Development on Jan. 17, 2018
http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/1-17-2018/ellis-partners-intercontinental-real-estate-oakland-california.shtml
Ellis Partners, in a joint venture with Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, officially broke ground on "The Key at 12th," a new state-of-the art Class-A office tower, adjacent to BART and across from the City Center development in Oakland, California.

Oakland May Welcome Hoteliers Who Violated Labor Law
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 17, 2018
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oakland-may-welcome-hoteliers-who-violated-labor-law/Content?oid=12637299
Concerned about the proliferation of "poverty wage jobs" in the hospitality sector, the Oakland City Council directed the city planning department in May 2016 to strengthen rules that would give the city more authority to consider factors like employer compliance with labor laws before approving new hotel projects. But since then, nothing has happened. The planning department hasn't worked on the request, citing other priorities, and in the meantime, several new hotels have been proposed for construction. One of them would be built by a hotel operator that repeatedly violated federal labor laws at its existing hotels in Texas.

Politicians Kill Bill to Eliminate State Rent Control Restrictions
Published by the Oakland Post on Jan. 18, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/01/18/politicians-kill-bill-eliminate-state-rent-control-restrictions/
A bill to repeal statewide restrictions on rent control is dead in the water.

Community market to break ground in West Oakland
Published by the East Bay Times on Jan. 19, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/01/19/community-market-to-break-ground-in-west-oakland/
OAKLAND — A community-centered grocery store and cafe will break ground this month in West Oakland, where the store’s founders say is lacking options. . .