In Case You Missed It...(1/12/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Jan. 8, 2018:

Concerns over Oakland official’s plan to divert funds to center in her district
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 7, 2018
An Oakland city councilwoman wants to divert millions in public funds from voter-approved projects like street repairs and park improvements and give them to a community organization in her district.

Shove by Oakland city councilwoman could cost taxpayers $3 million
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2018
Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks’ knockdown assault on former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown at a barbecue restaurant in Jack London Square could wind up costing the city’s taxpayers a whopping $3 million — plus attorney’s fees.

Exclusive: TMG Partners aims for huge new office tower in Oakland's Uptown district
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 8, 2018
Oakland’s office development boom is surging into 2018 with another big project in the works. TMG Partners wants to build a 760,000-square-foot office tower in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood at the corner of West Grand and Telegraph avenues.

Jury: Oakland councilwoman must pay $550,000 in punitive damages to former Black Panther leader
Published by the East Bay Times on Jan. 8, 2018
OAKLAND — An Alameda County jury Monday found that Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks must pay $550,000 in punitive damages to former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown.

Long-awaited West Oakland grocery store bags financing, groundbreaking date
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 9, 2018
People's Community Market started as an idea: Build a grocery store in an underserved neighborhood in Oakland that would cater to residents and create jobs. With approvals and financing in hand, the crowd-funded grocery store is ready to turn that vision into a reality.

Homeless encampments surrounding Oakland’s ‘safe haven’ site are cleared
Published by the East Bay Times on Jan. 10, 2018
OAKLAND — About a month after Oakland opened its first “safe haven” city-sanctioned and operated homeless encampment on a lot at Sixth and Brush streets, the surrounding area looks nothing like it did before. 

Exclusive: Developers in contract to buy Oakland tower site
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 10, 2018
Two developers are in contract to buy a tower site next to Oakland's 19th Street BART station, potentially kickstarting construction.

Oakland approves two more towers, adding to building boom
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 11, 2018
Oakland's Planning Commission approved on Wednesday two highrise projects, adding more density to its downtown.

Leaders push to build homeless housing on Oakland church properties
Published by KTVU on Jan. 11, 2018
OAKLAND, Calif. – Some startling pictures of children living on the streets of Oakland are pushing local leaders to speed up a new project to house the homeless on church properties. Now congregations and the community are stepping up to find help, fast.

Rent-control expansion fails in Sacramento
Published by SF Curbed on Jan. 11, 2018
Hundreds of San Francisco and Bay Area residents trekked to Sacramento Thursday morning, waiting in lines that stretched out of the State Capitol building, to tell the California State Assembly whether they oppose or support AB 1506, a bill that would give cities the opportunity to create new rent-controlled housing.

Thursday’s Briefing: Oakland OKs Two More Uptown High-Rises; Alameda Renters Face 133-Percent Rent Hikes
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 11, 2018
The Oakland Planning Commission approved two more high-rises for Uptown: a 450-foot office tower, which would be the city’s tallest building, at 2 Kaiser Plaza, and a 29-story housing tower at 2044 Franklin St., reports Roland Li of the San Francisco Business Times$. CIM Group, which owns Jack London Square and is Oakland’s largest office landlord, is building the officer tower, while developer RAD Urban is constructing the housing high-rise. RAD Urban uses modular construction.

Downtown Oakland will get new office tower at historic site
Published by the Mercury News on Jan. 12, 2018
OAKLAND — Downtown Oakland is getting a new office tower that will be built next to — and incorporate — the old Key System headquarters, a groundbreaking that suggests the East Bay’s largest city is poised for an influx of companies and other organizations.