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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of June 5, 2017: 

Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?
Published by the East Bay Express on June 5, 2017
Affordable Housing: Like other cities, Oakland is required each year to report on whether it's meeting regionally-determined housing construction goals. This year's update, summarizing building permits issued in 2016, shows that while market-rate apartments and homes are filling up the city's construction pipeline, new affordable housing projects have virtually disappeared.

Oakland coalition fears Uber will displace working class
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 5, 2017
When Uber announced in March that it had scaled back its expansion plans for Oakland, Orson Aguilar didn’t allow himself to breathe a sigh of relief.

Oakland Posts Low Affordable Housing Numbers
Published by Next City on June 5, 2017
Since 1975, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) has developed and preserved over 2,200 homes, housing approximately 3,600 people in Northern California’s East Bay. The nonprofit says it currently manages 1,126 residential rental units in 19 properties. But recently, EBALDC has been sending notices that it has to increase rents on its tenants by hundreds of dollars, including units housing senior citizens and other vulnerable tenants, reports the San Francisco BayView.

Two charged with manslaughter for Oakland Ghost Ship fire that killed 36
Published by the Washington Post on June 5, 2017
Authorities on Monday arrested two people in California and charged them both with manslaughter for the warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland in December, alleging that the facility was a “firetrap.”

Gentrification Station: Why Oakland Still Says NO to Uber
Published by East Bay Express on June 6, 2017
As Oakland struggles with gentrification and displacement, we’re about to get a new neighbor that will only make things worse. Yes, Uber is still coming to Oakland, part of a tech wave that’s already ripping apart the fabric of this historically diverse, working-class city. But there’s still time to stem the damage — if we don’t let ourselves get lulled into a false sense of security by recent announcements that the company will move in more slowly than originally planned. 

Judge Advances Oakland Coal Ban Lawsuit
Published by CourtHouse on June 6, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge on Tuesday advanced a lawsuit challenging Oakland’s attempt to use its recent coal ban to block a new shipping facility’s plans to export the product.

West Elm Hotels to Open 150 Room Hotel in Oakland, California
Published by Hotel News Source on June 7, 2017
Today West Elm announced Oakland, California as the newest location for its West Elm HOTELS portfolio. West Elm HOTELS is teaming up with Signature Development Group and Jordan Real Estate Investments to develop the hotel expected to open in 2020. Signature Development’s extensive experience with residential and commercial projects throughout the Bay Area complement West Elm’s consumer and marketing expertise to bring a unique hospitality experience to Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. The hotel will expand on Signature’s “Hive” project and the surrounding Uptown neighborhood, and will celebrate the rich diversity and history of the location. Oakland is the sixth market West Elm has identified for its HOTELS venture, in partnership with DDK, following Charlotte, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Savannah, locations that were announced in September 2016.

Downtown Oakland gets new boutique hotel in Uptown district
Published by Equipment World on June 7, 2017
The City of Oakland, California, announced that Ryan Russo has been named director of the newly formed Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT), taking over from interim director Jeffrey Tumlin on May 8. He comes from the New York City Department of Transportation, where he served as deputy commissioner for transportation planning and management.

The construction industry is short on human workers and ripe for a robotic takeover
Published by Recode on June 6, 2017
Construction is a $10 trillion global industry. It’s also mired by waste, severe worker shortages and weak productivity growth — all of which mean the business of building is ripe for a robotic takeover.

Oakland CBD Office Vacancy Among The Lowest In Nation
Published by BisNow on June 7, 2017
More tenants are demanding space in Oakland. With more employees living in the Oakland and East Bay region, employers are turning toward Oakland as a viable alternative to the high rental rates in San Francisco, which are now over $70/SF.

Exclusive: Two big Uptown Oakland restaurant spaces get new, high-profile tenants
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on June 7 , 2017
Two high-profile local eateries are taking over the spaces vacated by two longstanding Uptown Oakland restaurants.

Our view: A housing opportunity that the Bay Area can’t afford to squander
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on June 8, 2017
Fists have been angrily shaken in its direction, without visible effect. Threats were made, then timidly withdrawn. Appeals to better natures and greater responsibilities have been met with arms-folded intransigence.