In Case You Missed It...(1/26/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Jan. 22, 2018:

United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 21, 2018
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha inspected Oakland's homeless encampments on Saturday during an unofficial research assessment. Afterward, she told the Express in an interview that she observed conditions of "systemic cruelty."

Bay Area Housing Squeeze Giving Rise To Backyard Granny Unit Construction
Published by San Francisco Local on Jan. 21, 2018
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The newest solution in the struggle for affordable Bay Area housing may be found in your own backyard.

Berkeley mayor on Wiener-Skinner housing bill: ‘A declaration of war against our neighborhoods’
Published by Berkeleyside on Jan. 22, 2018
New proposed legislation, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener and co-authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, that would require California cities to allow denser, taller housing developments near transit hubs and bus lines, has ignited controversy in Berkeley and nationally.

How Nikola Tesla helped inspire a new smart home community in Oakland
Published by SFGATE on Jan. 23, 2018
Inventor Nikola Tesla may not have received his due during his lifetime, but posthumously the Serbian scientist has been the inspiration for everything from a 1980s hair metal band to, of course, an electric car company.

This is what makes S.F. the nation's most competitive housing market
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 22, 2018
In possibly a bit of unwelcome news for prospective homebuyers, San Francisco comes up on top in a LendingTree ranking of the most competitive housing markets in the country.

Wood Partners Begins Construction of New Oakland Community
Published by PR News Wire on Jan. 23, 2018
OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wood Partners, a national leader in real estate development and acquisition, announced today the closed acquisition and start of construction of Alta Woodson in Downtown Oakland.

Ex-Panther’s group gets a sweet land deal from Oakland
Published by SF Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2018
Score another victory for former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown who, having won a $4 million-plus judgment after being shoved head over heels by City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, is on track to gain control of the million-dollar piece of city land that was at the center of the fight.

Mayor Schaaf seeking federal funds for housing, homeless
Published by KTVU on Jan. 24, 2018
OAKLAND (BCN)-- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., this week to seek help from the nation's taxpayers in addressing Oakland's homelessness and affordable housing problems.

Exclusive: Oakland's largest affordable project in four years starts construction next to BART
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 24, 2018
After more than a decade of planning, construction started this month on 94 affordable apartments next to Oakland's Fruitvale BART station, the city's largest below-market-rate project in four years.

Oakland Officials Call for Probes of Sewage Leaks
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 24, 2018
Oakland Public Works Department officials say they plan to hire an outside consultant to conduct a "full review" of the city's broken sewer line problems, which have resulted in repeated sewage spills into Lake Temescal and other local bodies of water. In addition, Councilmember Dan Kalb, North Oakland, has requested a report from public works and an examination of evidence that the city submitted official reports to state and federal regulators that contained false information about sewage spills. State officials are already investigating Oakland's compliance with environmental laws.

Drone video: See new Brooklyn Basin project on Oakland’s waterfront
Published by the East Bay Times on Jan. 25, 2018

Get the lead out: health advocates call on Oakland school leaders to change water policies
Published by KTVU on Jan. 25, 2018
OAKLAND, Calif. - Health advocates petitioned the Oakland school board on Wednesday night to change district water policies after they say lead was found in water at 45 campuses and day care centers since the school year began.

Turning Oakland into CIM's city: How this L.A. developer staked a major presence — but stayed out of the spotlight
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 25, 2018
Last month, a few days before Christmas, CIM Group bought itself an early present: The 356,000-square-foot Uptown Station property in Oakland.

New developer wants to bring down housing costs through smart design
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 25, 2018
Oakland’s housing pipeline is bursting with new projects. But like many other cities in the Bay Area, much of the new housing is either luxury or restricted to low-income residents with almost nothing targeting what housing experts call “the missing middle.”

Oakland offers new incentives to Section 8 landlords
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 26, 2018
OAKLAND — In an effort to provide more affordable housing in the city, the Oakland Housing Authority is offering financial incentives to landlords. . .

RVs, trailers part of Oakland councilwoman’s homeless solutions plan
Published by the East Bay Times on Jan. 26, 2018
OAKLAND — Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan wants to make it easier for people to live in RVs, trailers, shipping containers and tiny homes to help. . .