Since Oakland began its current construction boom, many developers of large projects have claimed that they can’t afford to include affordable housing, or use union labor, or hire locally, or provide community benefits in the construction of their projects.
But developers can provide these things. It’s possible and profitable.
To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here are the developments in Oakland that we’re thankful for—developments that prove to many developers that hiring locally, paying family-sustaining wages to workers, and providing community benefits to residents are achievable goals that do not hinder profit.
Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Nov. 13, 2017:
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Below are the proposed developments submitted to the Planning Department during the week of Nov. 13, 2017:
In one of the most contentious City Council meetings in recent memory, which included Council President Larry Reid personally attacking the credibility of three of his colleagues and repeatedly threatening to expel several members of the audience for disruption, councilmembers approved the Oak Knoll project by a vote of 5 to 3.
This publication has not been shy about expressing its support for union labor and the need to include apprentice labor on development sites in Oakland.
Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Nov. 6, 2017:
Below are the proposed developments submitted to the Planning Department during the week of Nov. 6, 2017: