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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Nov. 13, 2017:

Exclusive: Here's where 398 new homes are planned in East Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on Nov. 10, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/10/east-oakland-housing-madison-park-development.html
One of Oakland’s most prolific developers is back, and in a big way.
A year after it said it had stopped looking for new Oakland projects,Madison Park Financial is planning a 398-unit apartment and townhome project at at 98th and San Leandro avenues.

Oakland voters still like mayor, yet feel city’s going in wrong direction
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-voters-still-like-mayor-yet-feel-12349419.php
Despite fallout from the deadly Ghost Ship fire and a growing homeless problem, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf still has a 2-to-1 favorable rating among city voters, according to a new Oakland Chamber of Commerce poll.

Oakland Port Okays Seaport Logistics Complex
Published by Marinelink on Nov. 12, 2017
https://www.marinelink.com/news/logistics-seaport-oakland431202
 A long-held vision to revitalize this city’s decommissioned Army base is nearer reality at the Port of Oakland.  Port Commissioners have given initial approval to a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics center at the former base.  The tentative agreement caps nearly 15 years of planning for the most-anticipated Port growth project ever.  Port officials said today that the agreement includes unprecedented. 

‘Homes for human beings’: Millennial-driven anti-NIMBY movement is winning with a simple message
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 12, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/12/homes-for-human-beings-millennial-driven-anti-nimby-movement-is-winning-with-a-simple-message/
California’s unprecedented housing crisis has ushered a new power player onto the scene with a supply-and-demand message so succinct it could fit on a T-shirt: Build more homes.

Exclusive: Three modular projects planned in West Oakland, including one for homeless
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 13, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/13/west-oakland-modular-housing-holliday-development.html?ana=e_du_prem&s=article_du&ed=2017-11-13&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1510614762&j=79167891
Holliday Development has plans for three modular housing projects in West Oakland, including one for the formerly homeless.

Exclusive: Controversial Anheuser-Busch-owned brewery in Oakland lands final design approval
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 13
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/13/exclusive-controversial-anheuser-busch-owned.html?ana=e_sfbt_bn&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1510620798&j=79168251
Plans for a controversial Oakland beer garden and brewery are now on tap as the city prepares to grant final design approval for Golden Road Brewing's Temescal proposal.

Congresswoman Lee Announces $12.8 Million HUD Grants Awarded East Bay
Published by the Oakland Post on Nov. 13, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/11/13/congresswoman-lee-announces-12-8-million-hud-grants-awarded-east-bay/
Last week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Cities of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $12,848,957.

Oakland Issues Report On Steps Taken Since Deadly Ghost Ship Fire
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 14, 2017
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/14/oakland-issues-report-on-steps-taken-since-deadly-ghost-ship-fire/
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth issued a detailed report Monday outlining the actions the city has taken following the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire nearly a year ago to make unpermitted spaces safer.

Port of Oakland approves “groundbreaking” Good Jobs Policy for new warehousing complex
Published by the Port of Oakland on Nov. 14, 2017
http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/port-of-oakland-approves-groundbreaking-good-jobs-policy-for-new-warehousing-complex/
OAKLAND, Calif. – Labor and community leaders and activists gathered here Nov. 9 to celebrate, as the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners unanimously gave initial approval to a “groundbreaking” Good Jobs Policy for its new state-of-the-art warehousing complex, on public land once occupied by the now-decommissioned Oakland Army Base. A final vote is set for Nov. 30.

Oakland warehouse fire: Judge rules city had ‘mandatory duty’ to ensure safety at Ghost Ship
Published by the East Bay Times on Nov. 14, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/14/oakland-warehouse-fire-judge-rules-city-had-mandatory-duty-to-ensure-safety-at-ghost-ship/
Oakland may have had a duty to enforce building and fire codes at the Ghost Ship warehouse, according to a significant court ruling that could eventually leave the city liable for 36 deaths in the horrific Dec. 2 fire.

Is there a Black Friday for the Bay Area housing market? Take a guess.
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 14, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/14/is-there-a-black-friday-for-the-bay-area-housing-market-take-a-guess/
Bay Area homebuyers beware. Among the nation’s 100 largest housing markets, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland – in that order – are the least likely places to find a price cut on a home for sale.

New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents 
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov. 15, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/new-oakland-law-fails-to-protect-low-income-residents/Content?oid=10842384
In December 2016, the Oakland City Council imposed emergency regulations to preserve the city's residential hotels, which provide affordable housing for thousands of low-income people — including many who are at risk of becoming homeless. A month later, the council extended these protections to December 2018, enacting a moratorium on the conversion of single-room-occupancy (SRO) housing into other uses. But the rules don't appear to be working as intended.

Vegas groundbreaking signals Raiders’ farewell to Oakland
Published by the SF Chronicle on Nov. 15, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Vegas-groundbreaking-signals-Raiders-farewell-12357618.php
The Raiders’ glam-packed groundbreaking for their $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas pretty much served as the funeral for Oakland’s hopes of keeping the team.

Oakland's tallest residential tower to break ground 
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Nov. 15, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/11/15/oakland-housing-carmel-partners-franklin-tower.html?ana=e_sfbt_bn&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1510790608&j=79181201
Developer Carmel Partners will break ground Thursday on a 634-unit tower, the largest single residential building in Oakland.

Opinion: Make environmental justice key to Oakland planning
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 15, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/15/opinion-make-environmental-justice-key-to-oakland-planning/
California’s wildfires forced many Oakland residents to stay indoors. For those living near industrial facilities and already struggling with asthma, the fires exacerbated environmental and health issues built up over time.

Oakland schools are millions in the hole — yet again
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 15, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Oakland-school-millions-in-the-hole-yet-again-12357655.php
Changing a culture is hard to do.
But until the Oakland Unified School District drastically shifts the way it operates internally, the district will be mired in an interminable financial crisis.

As housing supply shrinks, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are nation's three most competitive markets 
Published by the Mercury News on Nov. 16, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/16/as-the-housing-supply-shrinks-san-francisco-san-jose-and-oakland-are-the-nations-three-most-competitive-markets/
The San Jose metropolitan area posted the nation’s steepest year-over-year plunge in the number of homes for sale in October — falling by a precipitous 51.6 percent.

Oakland A's announce 4 design firms hired for proposed new stadium near Laney College
Published by KTVU on Nov. 16, 2017
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oakland-as-announce-4-design-firms-hired-for-proposed-new-stadium-near-laney-college
OAKLAND (BCN) The Oakland A's announced today that they have hired four design firms to lead the design process for their plan to build a new baseball stadium near Laney College.

Will Jack London Square live up to its potential as Oakland’s food center?
Published by Berkeleyside on Nov. 16, 2017
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/11/16/will-jack-london-square-live-potential-oaklands-food-center/
Oakland’s Jack London Square is in the middle of a reinvention. The change is in keeping with the district’s history of boom and bust, but exactly which part of the cycle the district is in depends largely on where an observer stands.  

New Oakland Fire Chief: City Needs to Hire More Firefighters and Inspectors
Published by the East Bay Express on Nov. 16, 2017
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/11/16/new-oakland-fire-chief-city-needs-to-hire-more-firefighters-and-inspectors
Oakland's new Fire Chief Darin White said last night at a League of Women Voters event that his department needs more staff. It's the top item on his "wish list" of needs.