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Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of May 8, 2017: 

Oakland clears out homeless encampment experiment
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 7, 2017
I watched as Oakland city workers broke down the homeless encampment under Interstate 580 on the Emeryville border.

Starbucks plans East Oakland cafe, community site
Published by the East Bay Times on May 8, 2017
OAKLAND — On a vacant lot at the corner of 73rd Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland, Starbucks is planning to set up shop, with a sizable set-aside for community gatherings included.

Opinion: East Oakland Major Housing Development Coming
Published by the Oakland Post on May 4, 2017
For 10 years, residents of East Oakland have been hearing promises about how the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital site will be redeveloped by Irvine California based developer SunCal.
The Post will examine SunCal’s projected economic impact and benefits to the East Oakland community. East Oakland residents want to know if SunCal will commit to African American jobs, construction sub contracts and business opportunities in the commercial and housing phases of the development.

Groups Call for More Spending on Housing, Homeless Services, and Worker Protections in Oakland Budget
Published by the East Bay Express on May 9, 2017
A coalition of Oakland-based labor unions and nonprofits rallied on the steps of Oakland City Hall today calling for a city budget that spends more on affordable housing, homeless services, minimum wage enforcement, and arts and culture, among other things.

AC Transit expected to vote on Oakland school service
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 9, 2017
Every weekday, dozens of AC Transit buses carry hundreds of Oakland students to three schools in the hills — expensive supplementary routes that the transportation agency says the school district should help pay for.

Lake Merritt Plaza & Transit Operations Facility
Published by on May 10, 2017
BART is starting work on a new Transit Operations Facility (TOF) and redesign of the Lake Merritt Plaza area to support improved and expanded BART operations and create an enhanced multimodal transportation hub and transit plaza that better serves the neighborhood. 

A New Plan For Oakland’s Planning Commission 
Published by the East Bay Express on May 10, 2017
If you’ve been around Oakland recently, you’ve noticed all the construction happening, especially downtown. You may have also noticed the increasing number of tents huddled under freeway overpasses as more of us struggle to keep a roof over our heads.  

Oakland Schools and AC Transit Strike Deal to Maintain Student Bus Routes
Published by the East Bay Express on May 11, 2017
AC Transit's board of directors voted last night to prevent the termination of bus services to Skyline High School, Montera Middle School, and the Community Day School, preserving what many parents say is a vital service.