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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of June 26, 2017: 

The Development of a Massive Housing Project in East Oakland
Published by NorCal News on June 26, 2017
The developed a 935-home community in East Oakland’s hills is almost being approved after being waited for over one decade. The projects will become the biggest single development that has ever been established in the history of the city. The proposed development will involve the transformation of the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital and other nearby structures to form a 200-acre suburban construction that will consist of the shops, townhouses, and single-family homes. About 30 percent of the land will have open spaces, public parks, and trails. SunCal of Orange County will be in charge of the construction of the project, and it is determined to rebuild the Rifle Range Creek, which is on the land and has been neglected for a long time. The new development covers a wide area from the west of Interstate 580, east and north of Keller Avenue, and southern part of Sequoyah Road.

Help homeless, keep people housed, create more housing
Published by on June 25, 2017
Homelessness and housing insecurity are Oakland’s most pressing problems. Anyone who travels our streets knows homelessness is at a crisis level.

Town Business: Oakland Councilmembers Joust for Budget Priorities
Published by East Bay Express on June 26, 2017
Competing Budget Priorities: The City of Oakland has to finalize its budget. Although they're close, the councilemembers and mayor still disagree about millions in possible cuts and additions in the final spending plan. Here's a roundup of various proposed changes made by councilmembers to the mayor's budget.

Oakland to shell out $14M for hotel to house homeless
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on June 26, 2017
The City of Oakland will pay $14 million to buy a residential hotel downtown and then use the property to house at least some of the city's estimated 1,900 homeless residents, the East Bay Times reports.

Oakland nonprofit’s failures went unnoticed by county funders
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2017
When a report by the Alameda County civil grand jury was released last month, the revelation that the Oakland City Council disregarded open-government laws was the bombshell.

Homeless camps becoming entrenched in Oakland
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2017
Lee Smith was one of the first homeless people to pitch a tent near 26th and Wood streets in West Oakland. Now, four years later, he has 100 neighbors, including two pregnant women

Oakland considers buying $14 million hotel for homeless housing
Published by ABC 7 News on June 27, 2017$14-million-hotel-for-homeless-housing/2157573/
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --
The City of Oakland is looking for an existing hotel to relieve its growing homeless population. Under a plan, the city would commit $14 million to turn a hotel into transitional housing for the homeless.

Disruption ends Oakland budget hearing
Published by the East Bay Times on June 27, 2017
OAKLAND — The city has scheduled a special meeting Thursday after protesters disrupted Monday’s Oakland City Council meeting, shutting down a vote on a new two-year budget as the deadline to pass it looms.

Exclusive: Two North Oakland housing proposals could add 100 apartments near BART
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on June 28, 2017
Proposals for two housing projects blocks from the MacArthur BART station could add 100 units to the North Oakland area.

Former AC Transit CFO convicted of stealing from Oakland church
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2017
The former chief financial officer of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit was convicted of embezzling more than half a million dollars from a prominent Oakland church.

Prolific Oakland developer is bullish on new apartments in Jingletown
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on June 28, 2017
One of Oakland’s most prolific housing developers, John Protopappas of Madison Park Financial, will kick off leasing next month for 63 apartments at 401 Derby St. in Oakland’s Jingletown neighborhood. 

Divided Oakland council approves $2.5 billion biennial budget, despite raucous crowd
Published by the East Bay Times on June 29, 2017
OAKLAND — During a raucous meeting that lasted nearly seven hours, the Oakland City Council approved a roughly $2.5 billion biennial budget, their votes barely audible amid the jeers, boos and stomping from the audience.

A’s stadium: Momentum building for Laney College site
Published by the Mercury News on June 29, 2017
OAKLAND — Standing in his motorcycle shop on E. 10th Street, Tyler Carson had trouble envisioning how a 30,000-seat baseball stadium could be plopped down two blocks away. He could, however, imagine the foot traffic and parking nightmares if the Oakland Athletics decide to build near Laney College.