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Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of April 3, 2017:

Housing of last resort: Stuck between a firetrap and the streets
Published by Mercury News on April 5, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/05/housing-of-last-resort-stuck-between-a-firetrap-and-the-streets/
Scattered throughout Alameda County, there are perhaps 200 to 300 such facilities — some in the form of single-family homes tucked into quiet residential neighborhoods or single-room occupancy hotels dotting downtown Oakland, Hayward,  Berkeley and Alameda. Still, others are nondescript apartment buildings lining main streets in East and West Oakland. The one thing most have in common is the people living there have few other options.

400-Foot-Tall Downtown Oakland Tower Closer to Reality
Published by Socketsite on April 3, 2017 
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2017/04/proposed-400-foot-tall-downtown-oakland-tower-closer-to-reality.html
While the block is currently only zoned for building up to 275 feet in height, the project team is invoking California’s Density Bonus law and plans to either provide 27 of the development’s units to households earning less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or 54 units for households earning up to 80 percent of the AMI in order to build up to 400 feet as proposed, a plan which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise.

Fire safety problems, code violations, plague properties run by Oakland nonprofit at center of deadly fire
Published by the Mercury News on April 4, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/fire-safety-problems-code-violations-plague-properties-run-by-oakland-nonprofit-at-center-of-deadly-fire/
OAKLAND — The nonprofit at the center of Oakland’s latest deadly fire has a history of providing housing to communities’ most vulnerable citizens: the homeless, mentally ill, single mothers and veterans. But its facilities are rife with blight, structural issues and fire safety problems, according to records obtained by this newspaper.

After 40 deaths in 2 recent fires, Oakland Mayor expands Fire Prevention Bureau
Published by IndyBay on April 3, 2017
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/03/18797918.php
Oakland - After 40 people died recently in 2 disastrous fires owned by slumlords, including the Ghost Ship warehouse fire, and 2551 San Pablo, where around 100 people were displaced from their housing, Mayor Libby Schaaf decided that it was time to double the size of the Fire Prevention Bureau by ordering a fire safety inspection overhaul of the department.

Nearly 40 percent of tech workers in the Bay Area are looking to move elsewhere
Published by San Francisco Business Times on April 4, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/04/tech-workers-bay-area.html
Nearly 40 percent of tech job seekers in the Bay Area are looking for work outside of the region, another sign that the region's workforce may be feeling the pressure of lengthy commutes and the high cost of living.

Oakland’s affordable housing threatened by Trump’s proposed $6.2 billion budget cut to HUD
Published by the Bay View on March 31, 2017 
http://sfbayview.com/2017/03/oaklands-affordable-housing-threatened-by-trumps-proposed-6-2-billion-budget-cut-to-hud/
Oakland – The Trump regime’s proposed $6.2 billion in budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) threatens the renters in around 155 low-income affordable housing projects in Oakland with higher rents or eviction from their homes. The proposed $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD will disproportionately impact Black women and their families because such a high percentage of them rely on HUD’s subsidized housing programs.

Confidence in Bay Area economy sinks to lowest level in years, as cost of living pinches and millennials rebel
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on April 1, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/01/confidence-in-bay-area-economy-sinks-to-lowest.html
Almost 70 percent of Bay Area residents polled in a recent study said they don't believe the Bay Area is doing better now than six months ago – and close to half of them say they expect a significant downturn in the area in the next three years.