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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Oct. 23, 2017:

Schaaf’s Homeless Plan Challenged: Is her 17K plan pie in the sky?
Published by the Oakland Post on Oct. 20, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/10/20/schaafs-homeless-plan-challenged/
As homelessness continues to surge in Oakland, pressure is increasing on the city and the mayor to address the crisis in deeds as well as words. A few days ago, Mayor Libby Schaaf was challenged by James Vann of the Homeless Action Group when she emailed an open letter to the public saying she is passionate about dealing with homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.

Opinion: Uber’s Not Coming, What Did We Learn?
Published by the Oakland Post on Oct. 22, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/10/22/opinion-ubers-not-coming-learn/
In August, Uber announced that it’s probably not coming to Oakland after all and will likely put the former Sears building back on the market. Since the issues of gentrification and displacement that caused The Greenlining Institute and others to form the No Uber Oakland campaign haven’t gone away, this might be a good time to ask what we’ve learned, and how we move forward.

Bay Area hammered by loss of 4,700 jobs
Published by the San Jose Mercury News on Oct. 22, 2017 
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/20/san-jose-san-francisco-oakland-job-losses-hammer-bay-area-employers-slash-thousands-of-jobs/
For the second straight month, the Bay Area lost thousands of jobs in September, making it the worst month for employment locally since February 2010.

Unions want in on Oak Knoll project’s home-building jobs
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 23, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Unions-want-in-on-Oak-Knoll-project-s-12296912.php
Eleven years ago, Jason Gumataotao and his wife bought a house in East Oakland off 56th Avenue near Mills College because Gumataotao, an electrician, wanted to live in the county where he worked.

Monday’s Briefing: East Bay Lost 2,600 Jobs in September; Affordable Housing Plummets 60% Nationwide
Published by the East Bay Express on Oct. 23, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/10/23/mondays-briefing-east-bay-lost-2600-jobs-in-september-affordable-housing-plummets-60-nationwide
The East Bay lost 2,600 jobs in September, and the Bay Area shed a total of 4,700 positions during the month — the worst showing since the height of the Great Recession in 2010, reports George Avalos of the Bay Area News Group$. The dismal employment figures are raising concerns that the region is in an economic slowdown. Economists blamed the region’s housing crisis for making it difficult for employers to hire workers.

Town Business: Oakland Picks More Locations for 'Safe Haven' Homeless Camps, and City Mulls New Cannabis Rules
Published by the East Bay Express on Oct. 24, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/10/24/town-business-oakland-picks-more-locations-for-safe-haven-homeless-camps-and-city-mulls-new-recreational-pot-rule
Safe Havens: Oakland's plan to establish "safe havens" throughout the city is taking shape.

Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue 
Published by the East Bay Express on Oct. 25, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/letters/Content?oid=10241666
Forty campers? Are they kidding? The objective should be to get massive numbers of campers off the sidewalks — where they don't belong (and where there should be Zero Tolerance enforcement of health and safety codes). Ultimately, the goal should be to build massive amounts of low-income housing.

Exclusive: 155-room hotel in Jack London Square moves forward
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Oct. 25, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/10/25/oakland-jack-london-square-new-hotel-cim-group.html
Plans for a new 155-room hotel in Jack London Square are moving forward, the Business Times learned this week.
Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group is heading to design review on its plans to construct a six-story hotel on its Oakland waterfront site.

Opinion: Where Are the Oakland A’s?
Published by the Oakland on Oct. 26, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/10/26/opinion-where-are-the-oakland-as/
On Sept. 13, the Oakland A’s announced their choice for a new baseball stadium with much pageantry. 

Oak Knoll development heads to Oakland City Council
Published by East Bay Times on Oct. 26, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/26/oak-knoll-development-heads-to-oakland-city-council/
A developer’s 12-year-effort to build more than 900 townhomes and houses at the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital is proceeding despite opposition from local labor unions.

26 tax-defaulted Oakland sites will be turned into affordable housing
Published by the East Bay Times on Oct. 27, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/27/26-tax-defaulted-oakland-sites-will-be-turned-into-affordable-housing/
 Twenty-four houses will be sold and apartments in two buildings will be rented to people with low and moderate incomes, thanks to a first-of-its-kind pilot program in Oakland that turns abandoned lots into affordable housing.
 
Bay Area developer Haber touted, criticized at Oakland meeting
Published by East Bay Times on Oct. 27, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/27/bay-area-developer-haber-touted-criticized-at-oakland-meeting/
OAKLAND — Bay Area developer Danny Haber gets both praise and criticism from the public about several of his Oakland projects.