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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Dec. 11, 2017:

Oakland has a Plan B for A’s. It’s called the Coliseum.
Published by Matier and Ross on Dec. 10, 2017
Now that the A’s have struck out with their preferred site for a new ballpark, Oakland officials are hoping they’ll take yet another look at building a new home right where they are — at the Coliseum.

New trend: Random spaces in existing buildings becoming rental housing
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2017
Regulations allowing San Francisco property owners to convert common spaces into accessory dwelling units have brought forth a flood of applications to carve new apartments out of everything from garages and basements to old boiler rooms.

Oakland, unions to go back to bargaining as strike goes on
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2017
Negotiators for Oakland’s largest union and the city will head back to the bargaining table Monday, but the strike that’s shut down major services for the past week will continue.

Exclusive: SPUR appoints new San Francisco director 
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Dec. 11, 2017
Nonprofit urbanist think tank SPUR appointed a new San Francisco director: Adhi Nagraj. Nagraj is currently development director at affordable builder Bridge Housing and chair of the Oakland Planning Commission.

Giving Grandma a tax break to get more homes on the market: realtors’ Prop. 13 ballot proposal
Published by the East Bay Times on Dec. 11, 2017
In the midst of California’s severe housing shortage and a federal tax overhaul, a statewide ballot initiative was quietly submitted this fall with the idea of getting longtime, older owners to sell their homes, freeing them up for younger families to buy.

Firefighters battle multiple Oakland Hills house fires
Published by the East Bay Times on Dec. 12, 2017
OAKLAND — Firefighters had managed to control most of the active flames from several Oakland hills fires that began late Monday and were at times visible from the Bay Bridge and other portions of the East Bay, authorities said.

Oakland strike stalls city's real estate boom
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Dec. 11, 2017
Leading the Pack, a new pet-grooming store planned in Oakland's Temescal district, had a city inspection scheduled last week.

Oakland city workers to return to work Tuesday; strike 'suspended'
Published by KTVU on Dec. 11, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - In a statement issued Monday evening, SEIU Local 1021 and IFPTE Local 21 says the seven-day strike in Oakland is suspended and that about 3,000 city workers will be back on the job Tuesday. 

No housing bubble in sight — and other predictions for 2018
Published by the Mercury News on Dec. 12, 2017
A real-estate site’s predictions for 2018 offer yet more disappointing news for would-be first-time homebuyers in California hoping that the New Year might bring some relief.
Port of Oakland projects record cargo volumes
Published by AG Web on Dec. 12, 2017
Several construction projects have Port of Oakland officials bullish on the prospect of attracting additional business and reaching record cargo volume starting next year.

Development of red-tagged West Oakland warehouse moves forward
Published by the East Bay Times on Dec. 14, 2017
OAKLAND –A San Francisco developer’s plans to develop a blighted warehouse in West Oakland into 102 live/work units are moving forward, with the goal of offering most of the previous tenants a place to live in the new building.

Multi-Million Dollar Budget Cut Coming To Oakland Unified Schools
Published by CBS Local on Dec. 13, 2017
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Oakland Unified School District’s Board of Education voted in favor of a multi-million dollar mid-year budget cut Wednesday night, despite protest from teachers and school advocates.

Oakland Opens Sheds To House Homeless Near Downtown
Published by Hoodline on Dec. 13, 2017
Oakland’s latest effort to house its homeless residents kicked off last week when the city opened the doors to 20 outdoor sheds on an empty lot near downtown.

Bay Area housing crunch hits new extreme: even big-spenders can’t find homes
Published by the Mercury News on Dec. 14, 2017
SAN JOSE — In a sign that the Bay Area’s housing shortage has reached new heights, even having a boatload of cash now may not be enough to land your dream home.

Contractors cited, fined in Oakland structure collapse
Published by the East Bay Times on Dec. 14, 2017
OAKLAND — Three contractors were fined more than $145,000 for safety violations after a construction site collapse earlier this year sent 13 workers to a hospital, the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) said Monday.
'We aren't giving up': A's line up another swing for new Oakland ballpark
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Dec. 15, 2017
The Oakland Athletics are staying at the plate and swinging away at a new ballpark.
Without providing specifics about what, where, when and how, the Major League Baseball franchise will move forward after a critical strikeout last week by the Peralta Community College District Board. Taj Tashombe, vice president of external affairs for the A's, said the team is committed to building a ballpark development in Oakland