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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of July 31, 2017:

Oakland is the worst city for renters in the Bay Area, study finds
Published by SFGate.com on July 30, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Oakland-is-the-worst-city-for-renters-in-the-Bay-11655874.php
Oakland topped the list of worst cities for renters in the Bay Area, according to a new study.

Oakland Officials Re-Launch Downtown Plan To Include Social Equity
Published by CBS Local on July 31, 2017
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/07/31/oakland-downtown-plan-include-social-equity/
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — City of Oakland officials said Monday that they’re re- launchingand expanding their plan for the future of the city’s downtown area to include social equity goals. 

Auditor to study alleged ethics offenses by Oakland councilwoman
Published by SF Gate on Monday, July 31, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Auditor-to-study-alleged-ethics-offenses-by-11722176.php
For hours on end, not one of the dozens of people at a special meeting of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission at City Hall on Monday evening seemed able to discern what Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney may have done wrong, and why.

Opinion: Institutional Racism Is Real In Oakland
Published by the Oakland Post on July 31, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/07/31/opinion-institutional-racism-real-oakland/
The zoning division of the Planning Department assumed we were guilty of something simply because we were the target of complaints. Charges that had nothing to do with the complaints were piled high and penalties were threatened to coerce us to give up our constitutional rights and we were shoehorned into an expensive, horrendously frustrating process in order to defend ourselves.

Oakland hills road patched, but city still works on long-term fix
Published by the East Bay Times on August 2, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/02/oakland-hills-road-patched-but-city-still-working-on-long-term-fix/
OAKLAND — A damaged portion of a major roadway into the Oakland hills has been patched, though officials have yet to announce a long-term fix designed to make the road safer.

After a decade, affluent East Bay suburb approves its largest housing project
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on August 1, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/08/01/danville-housing-development-stanley-group.html
The affluent East Bay suburb of Danville has approved a 150-unit apartment project after a decade of planning.

Lack of full-time jobs is a big hurdle in bid to end homelessness
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 2, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Lack-of-full-time-jobs-is-a-big-hurdle-in-bid-to-11725823.php
Leedell Omar Thomas has been in his apartment since January, but he often misses the camaraderie he had as a homeless man living among other tent dwellers.

Oakland Launches Downtown Plan 2.0
Published by Next City on August 2, 2017
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/new-downtown-oakland-plan-equity
Last year, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that her administration would add 17,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing by 2024, and protect another existing 17,000 affordable homes. At the time, she said protecting residents from displacement was her administration’s highest priority.