In Case You Missed It...(2/16/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Feb. 12, 2018:

Desley Brooks Files for Re-election
Published by the Oakland Post on Feb. 9, 2018
“I’ve seen the tireless work Desley Brooks has put into bringing positive change into Oakland. She never forgets to prioritize the longtime residents of Oakland while supporting small business owners like myself. I’m forever a supporter of Desley Brooks,” said Mary Everett, District 6 resident and business owner of Everett & Jones BBQ – Berkeley.

Bay Area residents want more housing, but …
Published by the East Bay Times on Feb. 11, 2018
Fed up with soaring prices that are increasingly putting home ownership, or even a decent rental, out of reach, Bay Area residents overwhelmingly say they want more housing built, according to a new poll. But it better not make their commutes worse.

Man Dies in Fire at Oakland Homeless Encampment
Published by Kqed on Feb. 12, 2018
A man died Monday morning at an Oakland homeless encampment after his living structure caught on fire, according to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Ian McWhorter.

Candidates Vie to Separate Themselves in Crowded East Bay Assembly Race
Published by KQED on Feb. 12, 2018
A crowded field of candidates running in one of the most competitive legislative races in the Bay Area are hoping to distinguish themselves with voters before the June primary.

Oakland Councilors Reid and McElhaney Propose No-Bid Contract to Hire a Consultant to Set Up Department of Violence Prevention
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 12, 2018
Frustrated with the pace at which the new department of violence prevention is being established, Oakland City Council President Larry Reid and Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney want the city to issue a $300,000 no-bid contract to hire an outside consultant who can speed the process up.

So, You Think Housing in the East Bay Is Expensive and Scarce?
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 14, 2018
Actually, there's good and bad news about the future of housing in the East Bay.

No-Bid $300,000 Contract for Oakland's Department of Violence Prevention Consultant Put on Hold
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 14, 2018
At yesterday's Oakland City Council Life Enrichment Committee meeting, councilmembers decided not to approve a $300,000 no-bid contract to hire an outside consultant tasked with helping set up the new department of violence prevention. Instead, the proposed contract is being held in committee for a vote at a future date.

U.S. Housing Inventory Sinks in January
Published by Mansion Global on Feb. 15, 2018
America’s housing shortage continues to spiral—with the number of homes for sale nationwide dropping 14.4% year-over-year in January, according to a report Thursday from Redfin.

Lake Merritt Construction Enters Final Phase
Published by ABC 7 News on Feb. 15, 2018
The ongoing Lakeside Green Street project at Lake Merritt entered a new phase last week when workers began breaking up the asphalt pathway on the east side of the lake near Children's Fairyland to lay a new, wider concrete path between Grand Avenue and the bandstand.

The modular revolution promises to shake up Bay Area housing (Video)
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Feb. 15, 2018
Inside a cavernous industrial building where the U.S. Navy built hundreds of ships for overseas combat, longtime Bay Area housing developer Rick Holliday is battling a crisis closer to home: the Bay Area’s dire need for more housing.