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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of August 21, 2017:

Next phase of Brooklyn Basin project OK’d
Published by East Bay Times on August 21, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/21/next-phase-of-brooklyn-basin-project-okd/
OAKLAND — The next phase of the Brooklyn Basin project, a 241-apartment building, has been given the go-ahead by the city Planning Commission.

Oakland politician lures fat cats with shellfish
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 21, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-politician-lures-fat-cats-with-shellfish-11943695.php
Forget the rubber chicken — Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillén is breaking new ground when it comes to dining for dollars. In place of the usual tasteless poultry dish, Guillén is offering supporters a “lobster feed” to go along with the speechifying at a Sept. 9 fundraiser.
It’s being co-hosted by local unions, including firefighters, Teamsters and food workers, with tickets going for $125 to $1,500 a head. Guillén says it will help him fight “to ensure that all Oakland residents can share in the benefits of our economic prosperity.” Pass the melted butter.

Oakland launches new public school in effort to prevent families from fleeing
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 20, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Oakland-launches-new-public-school-in-effort-to-11946091.php&cmpid=twitter-premium
For the first time in more than a decade, Oakland Unified is opening a new public school in a bid to keep families from fleeing the district to attend charters they see as innovative or private schools they view as superior.

Investors flip Oakland office towers three times in four years
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 21, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/08/21/oakland-city-center-office-towers-sale-kbs-capital.html
For the first time in more than a decade, Oakland Unified is opening a new public school in a bid to keep families from fleeing the district to attend charters they see as innovative or private schools they view as superior.

Bright Sparks: While the Oakland Fire Department Takes Heat, a New Generation of Firefighters Comes of Age 
Published by East Bay Express on August 16, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/bright-sparks-while-the-oakland-fire-department-takes-heat-a-new-generation-of-firefighters-comes-of-age/Content?oid=8467835
When the call finally comes in, he almost misses it. The sun is just beginning to dip toward the bay, casting long shadows over the engine as the crew makes its way back to Station 23. The day had been unusually slow for Oakland’s busiest fire station, but — of course — a call interrupted dinner. Rookie firefighter Paul Mason Jr., the team’s newest member, is watching the world pass by outside when his headset crackles into life.

Mapping Oakland's Fires 
Published by the East Bay Times on August 16, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/mapping-oaklands-fires/Content?oid=8479075
Using data from the Oakland Fire Department, the Express has mapped the locations of fires over the last four years. Explore the data through an interactive map here.

A startup aims to stop gentrification, with help from the tech industry
Published by Ars Technica on August 23, 2017
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/silicon-valley-can-help-fix-the-bay-areas-inequality-crisis/
If the headline on this article made your eyes burn with fire and your fingers twitch to comment without reading further, then you're in the majority. The relationship between Silicon Valley's tech industry and economic inequality in the Bay Area is an incendiary issue, as civic tech leader Catherine Bracy is all too aware. She came to Ars Technica Live to talk about her vision for a future where people in Oakland celebrate when a new tech company comes to town. With her startup TechEquity Collaborative, she's showing techies what they can do to help their neighbors benefit from the tech economy as much as they have.

Here’s how much cheaper it still is to rent an apartment in Oakland than S.F.
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on August 23, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/08/23/oakland-san-francisco-apartment-rents-real-estate.html
While San Francisco rents have remained flat over the past year, there are still few bargains to be had. Oakland, on the other hand, remains relatively affordable for renters.

Exclusive: Uber looks to sell its massive Oakland office property
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 24, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/08/24/uber-oakland-office-building-for-sale-market.html?ana=twt
Uber is looking to sell the large Oakland office project where it once planned to establish a major East Bay beachhead, the company has confirmed. The company also plans to vacate its offices on San Francisco's Market Street and will consolidate its San Francisco workforce by 2019 in Mission Bay.

Proposal to ease San Jose-area housing woes: 120,000 new units
Published by the San Jose Mercury News on August 24, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/24/spur-proposal-aims-to-ease-san-jose-area-housing-woes/
SAN JOSE — Urban planning group SPUR issued a proposal Thursday that suggests pathways for 120,000 housing units to be built in San Jose during the coming three decades as a way to ease the South Bay’s worsening housing crisis.

Study finds whiter Bay Area cities are shirking their affordable housing goals
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 24, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/08/24/bay-area-affordable-housing-race-demographics.html
Whiter Bay Area cities are held to a lower standard in terms of affordable housing goals, according to new research from UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute.