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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Oct. 2, 2017:

Oakland's tech sector growing at a slower pace due to the housing crunch?
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Sept. 29, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/09/29/oakland-tech-jobs-growth-housing.html?s=print
The tech sector’s growth in Oakland is slowing down amid a boom there, and some are pointing to the lack of housing as one potential reason.

Tenants Up the Ante in Fight for Renter Protections
Published by the Oakland Post on Sept. 29, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/09/29/tenants-ante-fight-renter-protections/
Oakland organizations that represent tenants are increasing the pressure on city government to pass legislation to close “destructive loopholes” in city law that allow landlords to displace long-term and low-income tenants.

How sky-high housing costs make California the poorest state
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 1, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/How-sky-high-housing-costs-make-California-the-12244924.php
California leads the nation once again in a statistic no state wants to boast about. When the cost of living is factored in, the Golden State has the highest poverty rate in the country.

Proposed Oakland towers put old treasures at risk
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Proposed-Oakland-towers-put-old-treasures-at-risk-12245183.php
Whenever the Bay Area economy booms, developers flock to downtown Oakland with brash talk of tall towers. Things quiet down. Big plans fade.

Exclusive: Oakland megaproject could drop housing for 1.57 million square feet of office
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Oct. 2, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/10/02/oakland-eastline-lane-partners-office-development.html
A proposed Oakland megaproject could cut its housing portion to create the city's largest office complex.

Oakland shelter gives homeless teen hope for a future
Published by EdSource on Oct. 2, 2017
https://edsource.org/2017/homeless-audio-story/588210
Across California, there are just over 200,000 students in kindergarten through high school who meet the legal definition of being homeless by living in shelters, cars, hotels, mobile homes, or – out of economic hardship – with friends and relatives.

Exclusive: Oakland megaproject could drop housing for 1.57 million square feet of office
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Oct. 2, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/10/02/oakland-eastline-lane-partners-office-development.html
A proposed Oakland megaproject could cut its housing portion to create the city's largest office complex.

Oakland shelter gives homeless teen hope for a future
Published by EdSource on Oct. 2, 2017
https://edsource.org/2017/homeless-audio-story/588210
Across California, there are just over 200,000 students in kindergarten through high school who meet the legal definition of being homeless by living in shelters, cars, hotels, mobile homes, or – out of economic hardship – with friends and relatives.

Oakland Approves 'Safe Havens' for Homeless Camps and Services
Published by the East Bay Express on Oct. 4, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/10/04/oakland-approves-safe-havens-for-homeless-camps-and-services 
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously last night to move ahead with development of "safe haven" sites around the city where homeless residents can camp securely and access resources to seek housing, drug treatment, employment, and other services.

Opinion: It Should Not Take A Natural Disaster in Oakland
Published by the Oakland Post on Oct. 4, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/10/04/opinion-it-should-not-take-a-natural-disaster-in-oakland/
In the wake of the disasters that are plaguing our sister states and countries around the world, students, faculty, and staff from across Laney College have been grappling with how to show support and contribute to relief efforts.  Mr. Antonio Watkins, one of our outstanding English faculty, is one person who has responded by providing a curricular connection between what is happening around the world and the contributions communities, large and small, can make.

Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax? 
Published by the East Bay Express on Oct. 4, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/will-oakland-adopt-a-mansion-tax/Content?oid=9612287
When a single-family home sells in Oakland's flatlands for $400,000, the buyer and seller split the 1.5 percent real estate transfer tax owed the city — about $6,000 in total. And when a mansion sells in the Oakland hills for a lot more, like the $20.5 million trophy home that traded hands in May 2016 — the most expensive Oakland residential deal in recent years — the buyer and seller paid the same 1.5 percent rate, totaling $337,500. The same flat-rate tax system also applies to multimillion-dollar, class-A office towers in downtown and to dilapidated storefronts and garages in the flatlands. Everybody pays the same rate.

Oakland approves homeless ordinance to allow ‘tuff sheds' as temporary solution
Published by KTVU on Oct. 5, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oakland-approves-homeless-ordinance-to-allow-tuff-sheds-as-temporary-solution
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The Oakland City Council took a step Tuesday toward addressing the homeless crisis. Members approved a measure to move people from encampments and into temporary shelters called 'tuff sheds' as they wait for permanent housing. 

Oakland events: Transit housing groundbreaking, basketball tournament, concert, talk
Published by the East Bay Times on Oct. 5, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/05/oakland-events-transit-village-groundbreaking-basketball-tournament-concert-talk/
A groundbreaking ceremony for Coliseum transit-oriented housing is planned Friday. 

Oakland seeks ways to help nonprofits facing rising rents
Published by the East Bay Times on Oct. 5, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/05/oakland-seeks-ways-to-help-nonprofits-facing-rising-rents/
As Oakland’s rising rents continue to pressure local nonprofits, the city is looking at options to prevent them from being forced to move.

Visions of an A’s ballpark that celebrates the best of Oakland
Published by San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 5, 2017
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Visions-of-an-A-s-ballpark-that-celebrates-the-12256940.php
The president of the Oakland A’s said he envisions a ballpark that would open to Lake Merritt, the Tribune Tower and the Oakland hills — a picture-perfect postcard of the city’s best features.

New plaza in East Oakland touted as neighborhood improvement
Published by the East Bay Times on Oct. 6, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/06/new-plaza-in-east-oakland-touted-as-neighborhood-improvement/
After almost 15 years in the making, a troubled intersection in East Oakland has been turned into a 4,300-square-foot community plaza.