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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of August 28, 2017:

White communities in the Bay Area have lower low-income housing goals, study finds
Published by the Los Angeles Times on August 23, 2017
California communities with large white populations aren’t planning for their fair share of low- and moderate-income housing growth, according to a new study of Bay Area cities.

California’s housing crisis – it’s even worse than you think
Published by the Mercury News on August 28, 2017
Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership-once a staple of the California dream – is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

Oakland’s new Police Commission has high hopes for fixing city’s force
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 28, 2017
The inaugural members of Oakland’s Police Commission hope to make sweeping changes to the city force in the new civilian body vested with broad authority over officer discipline and policy-making in the department.

Actor Wendell Pierce plans big housing project in downtown Richmond
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 25, 2017
Actor Wendell Pierce, known for his roles in “The Wire,” “Selma” and other dramas, is diving into the Bay Area real estate market by planning a massive housing and retail project on a site in downtown Richmond that has long been blighted.

Exclusive: Oakland tower site for sale in hot downtown district
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 28, 2017
A downtown Oakland site where a new 232-unit residential tower could rise is for sale.

Barbara Boxer’s advice for A’s: Dump Coliseum site
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 28, 2017
Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval got a surprise the other night, when former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer showed up at a community meeting on the team’s plans for a new ballpark.

Alameda letters: Don’t fix housing crisis at landlords’ expense
Published by the East Bay Times on August 29, 2017
Once again I’m chagrined to read about the couple with three children living in a one-bedroom apartment and being evicted. I wish they could move to a bigger apartment. If they need a subsidy, then all taxpayers should be willing to contribute. Overcrowding leads to lower physical and mental health, less personal safety, lower childhood health, education and development.

Put a $6 billion housing bond on California ballot
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 29, 2017
No matter how long I live and govern in this city, I cannot accept that people are sleeping on sidewalks in Oakland or mothers and children are forced to live in cars because they cannot afford rent. The waiting lists for affordable housing are too long. This new “normal” in California is unacceptable.

Homeless Man Broadcasts Live Daily from East Oakland Encampment
Published by NBC Bay Area on August 30, 2017
Derrick Soo stared into his phone, waiting for the Bart train to pass overhead before pushing the “live” button on his Facebook page and launching his face out into the streaming world.

Oakland Catches The Building Boom Bug
Published by BisNow on August 28, 2017
With 3,000 for-rent multifamily units under construction and thousands more in the pipeline, a housing boom has hit Oakland. Neighboring Berkeley also has built 1,500 to 2,000 units in the trailing 24 months. Big employers are moving their offices to downtown Oakland

Lawyers in East Bay corruption case see racial profiling in FBI stings
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 30, 2017
The attorneys for two Oakland contractors charged with bid rigging in an offshoot of the FBI investigations that netted former state Sen. Leland Yee and Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow are accusing the FBI of conducting a decadelong campaign to entrap African Americans in and out of office in crimes that the agency itself created.

Pot company CEO sees future in West Oakland warehouse
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 30, 2017
Chip Moore, the CEO of 4&20 Blackbirds, a cannabis delivery company, is making a big bet on Oakland’s pot economy.

California mayors urge lawmakers to fix housing shortage
Published by the OC Register on August 30, 2017
 The mayors of Los Angeles, San Diego and other big California cities urged lawmakers Wednesday to address the state’s housing shortage.

Oakland clears 2 homeless encampments near Pill Hill
Published by the East Bay Times on August 31, 2017
It’s a scene that has become more and more common as Oakland’s homeless population continues to surge: Growing tent encampments blocking the sidewalks on 29th and 30th streets under Interstate 980, forcing pedestrians and people in wheelchairs into traffic.

Land On The Market In Downtown Oakland Could Be Future Residential Development
Published by Bisnow on August 29, 2017
A parking lot in Downtown Oakland has hit the market and could provide a buyer with a site for a multifamily high-rise. While there is no listing price, 1523 Harrison St. could sell for $15M to $20M, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The 0.48-acre site is zoned for a multifamily development by right up to 232 units without height restrictions. The property also could be converted to an office development. 

Finding starter homes a tall order in the Bay Area
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 30, 2017
The Bay Area housing shortage showed no signs of abating in July, as the number of homes sold fell by 17.3 percent from June and by 2.6 percent from July of last year, according to a CoreLogic report released Wednesday.

Buyers need a $181,349 annual salary to afford a home in the San Francisco metro market
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 31, 2017
Buyers looking to snap up a home in the San Francisco metro area will need to pull in a $181,349 annual salary, a new report from mortgage tracker HSH said this week.

Exclusive: Rare East Oakland housing starts construction in historic church
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 31, 2017
A 1920s former church is being transformed into 60 new apartments in one of East Oakland's only new market-rate housing projects.Developer Riaz Capital started construction last month at 1638 47th Ave., a $12 million renovation project.
Talking Uber, housing and Twitter beefs on our Structures Podcast
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 31, 2017
On this episode of the San Francisco Business Times' Structures podcast, our staff talks about Uber's recent real estate moves, including the company's recent East Bay U-turn.