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Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of March 27, 2017

Build the wall? Some Bay Area businesses raise their hands
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 30, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Build-the-wall-Some-Bay-Area-businesses-raise-11034627.php
Liz Derr does not support President Trump’s immigration policies — especially when it comes to the “big, beautiful wall” he wants to build across the U.S.-Mexico border. But if the government is actually going to build the wall, she said, then her company, Simularity, would like to help.

Good Schools, Affordable Homes: Finding Suburban Sweet Spots
Published by the New York Times on March 30, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/30/upshot/good-schools-affordable-homes-suburban-sweet-spots.html?smid=tw-upshotnyt&smtyp=cur&_r=1
Schools are one of the most important reasons families leave cities. But not all suburban districts are alike.

Oakland’s tolerance of unsafe housing invites disaster
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 29, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Oakland-s-tolerance-of-unsafe-housing-invites-11037527.php
Echoes of the Ghost Ship disaster at the site of the latest fatal Oakland blaze don’t seem to have escaped the building’s owner. Shortly after the infamous December fire killed 36 in an illegally converted warehouse, Keith Kim tried to evict a nonprofit overseeing marginal housing at his own West Oakland property.

Exclusive: Developer proposes its second Oakland tower and buys third housing site
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 28, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/28/holland-partner-group-oakland-housing-towers-wood.html?ana=e_du_prem&s=article_du&ed=2017-03-28&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1490739280&j=77773211
Holland Partner Group is going big in downtown Oakland with its second and third housing projects.

Oakland to build city-sanctioned homeless campground
Published by SF Curbed on March 28, 2017
http://sf.curbed.com/2017/3/28/15094742/oakland-to-build-city-sanctioned-homeless-campground
Similar to San Francisco, Oakland has seen a rise in tent encampments over the last few years. The crisis has reached a tipping point. So much so that now Oakland will sanction a space specifically for homeless tents.

Oakland councilwoman intervened in building dispute before fire
Published by SF Chronicle.com on March 28, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-councilwoman-intervened-in-building-11034816.php
Weeks before a fire killed four people inside a three-story West Oakland residential building, an Oakland city councilwoman toured the place but didn’t notice any of the safety problems that fire inspectors flagged soon after.

Building housing on BART land could fund transit, techies say
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 29, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/29/building-housing-on-bart-land-could-fund-transit.html
Building housing on land owned by BART could significantly offset the amount of money the agency spends on its transit system, as well as help ease the Bay Area's housing crunch, a new plan from Tech For Housing said this week.

Landlord Of West Oakland Building Destroyed By Fire Was Working To Evict Tenants
Published by the East Bay Express on March 27, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/03/27/landlord-of-west-oakland-building-destroyed-by-fire-was-working-to-evict-tenants
Tenants of the San Pablo Avenue apartment building destroyed by a fire early this morning were resisting a controversial eviction, according to court records and interviews.

Population growth in the Bay Area slows, as job growth eases
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on March 24, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/24/population-growth-bay-area.html
Population growth in the Bay Area is slowing, with several local counties seeing more people leaving than moving in, new data from the U.S. Census showed this week.

Our Backyard: Opposite Directions
Pubished by Oakland Magazine on March 24, 2017
http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/April-2017/Our-Backyard-Opposite-Directions/?platform=hootsuite
During the past decade, the city of Berkeley led the East Bay’s effort to deal with the region’s extreme housing shortage. During the tenure of ex-Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley built more than 5,000 units of housing. By contrast, Oakland trailed badly behind its neighbor during the past half-decade, adding a negligible number of new units.

Four-Alarm Fire Breaks Out in Oakland, Multiple Rescues Reported
Published by NBC Bay Area on March 27, 2017 
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fire-Oakland-Market-Mead-417178563.html
Firefighters in Oakland are battling a four-alarm blaze Monday morning, according to fire officials.