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Here are the top Oakland Development stories for the week of April 24, 2017: 

Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps
Published by the East Bay Express on April 21, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/21/community-and-labor-groups-say-oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-has-stacked-the-planning-commission-with-real-estate-industry-reps
Since taking office in 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has made three new appointments to Oakland's seven-member planning commission. She’s also re-appointed two members. In each case, Schaaf put a developer, architect, or attorney from the real estate industry on the commission.

San Jose, Oakland job surges power Bay Area hiring boom
Published by the Mercury News on April 21, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/21/san-jose-oakland-job-surges-power-bay-area-hiring-boom/
The Bay Area gained more than 12,000 jobs in March in a hiring surge led by the East Bay and Santa Clara County, state jobs data showed Friday, easing concerns about an economic slowdown.

Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps
Published by the East Bay Express on April 21, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/21/community-and-labor-groups-say-oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-has-stacked-the-planning-commission-with-real-estate-industry-reps
Since taking office in 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has made three new appointments to Oakland's seven-member planning commission. She’s also re-appointed two members. In each case, Schaaf put a developer, architect, or attorney from the real estate industry on the commission.

Oracle Signs Six-Year Lease For 16,000 Square Feet at 1330 Broadway In Oakland
Published by the Register on April 24, 2017
http://news.theregistrysf.com/oracle-signs-six-year-lease-16000-square-feet-1330-broadway-oakland/
– TMG Partners, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest mixed-use property developers, announced today that Oracle, has signed a six-year lease for approximately 16,000 square feet at 1330 Broadway in Oakland. Oracle will be located on the 17th floor of the 18-story, 313,000-square-foot office building in Downtown Oakland.

Just how unaffordable are Oakland and San Jose for teachers? A new report crunches the numbers
Published by the East Bay Times on April 24, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/24/just-how-unaffordable-is-oakland-and-san-jose-for-teachers-a-new-report-crunches-the-numbers/
It’s no secret that the Bay Area has become increasingly unaffordable for many workers because of the soaring cost of housing. But a recent study gives a glimpse into just how much the region’s sky-high rents are gobbling up the paychecks of one core segment of its workforce: teachers.

Exclusive: Will new housing come to Oakland's pricey Rockridge neighborhood?
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on April 24, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/04/24/oakland-rockridge-cca-housing-redevelopment.html
New housing could come to the California College of the Arts' Oakland campus in the pricey Rockridge neighborhood.

Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts 
Published by the East Bay Express on April 26, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/condominium-conversions-in-oakland-displace-renters-and-undermine-affordability-according-to-tenants-and-housing-experts/Content?oid=6482524
When Karen Dick signed her lease in 2012, she thought she was moving into an affordable, rent-controlled apartment. But last year, her landlord delivered surprising news: Her modest one-bedroom had been turned into a condominium while she was living in it.  

Oakland Considering Up To 10 Sanctioned Homeless Encampments To Expand Outreach
Published by Hoodline on April 26, 2017
http://hoodline.com/2017/04/oakland-considering-up-to-10-sanctioned-homeless-encampments-to-expand-outreach
Oakland's City Council is considering expanding outreach to the city's growing homeless population, potentially adding services to as many as 10 new sanctioned camps over the next two years and purchasing a building for a new shelter.

Tenants Sue Landlord and Housing Nonprofits Over Deadly West Oakland Fire
Published by the East Bay Express on April 26, 2017
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/26/tenants-sue-landlord-and-housing-nonprofits-over-deadly-west-oakland-fire
Fifteen former tenants of 2551 San Pablo Avenue are suing the building's owner and several housing nonprofits that leased the complex.

Fire damages vacant landmark library building in East Oakland
Published by East Bay Times on April 26, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/26/fire-damages-vacant-landmark-library-building-in-east-oakland/
A two-alarm fire Tuesday night heavily damaged one of Oakland’s first branch libraries, an almost century-old landmark building that has been vacant for years, authorities said Wednesday.