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

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Jan. 29, 2018:

Mayors Take the Fight for Affordable Housing to Capitol Hill
Published by City Lab on Jan. 29, 2018
By one estimate, the number of homeless people living without shelter grew by 9 percent last year. More than half a million Americans experienced homelessness on a given night in 2017, sheltered or out on the streets. This alarming surge comes at a time when the Trump administration is threatening deep budget cuts for housing assistance.

New Oakland Athletics Ballpark Plan B Is In the Works
Published by Ball Park Digest on Jan. 28, 2018
After plans for a Laney College area facility were rejected by the Peralta Community College District, team president Dave Kaval says they’ve moved on to the next phase of searching for a new Oakland Athletics ballpark site.

Another contender for Oakland's tallest new building unveils design
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Jan. 29, 2018
Oakland's tower wave is continuing with a new contender for the city's tallest building: Rubicon Point Partners' 423-foot proposal at 1750 Broadway.

Wood Partners Breaks Ground on Oakland Community
Published by on Jan. 30, 2018
Wood Partners has broken ground on Alta Woodson, a 140-unit apartment community in downtown Oakland. Earlier this month, the firm closed on the acquisition of the site, and it expects the seven-story development to be completed by fall 2019. In addition to this project, Wood Partners is constructing a mid-rise apartment community in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district.

Buy-Outs and Layoffs Hit East Bay Times and Other Bay Area News Group Papers
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 30, 2018
The Bay Area’s local print media took another hit this week as multiple senior staff at the East Bay Times accepted buyouts ahead of a round of layoffs.

Editorial: Replace Oakland City Council bully Desley Brooks
Published by the Mercury News on Jan. 31, 2018
Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks is a bully. It’s time for voters in her southeast district to remove her from office.

Oakland City Council has its own Donald Trump
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 31, 2018
She’s dismissive during public meetings, peering through the eyeglasses propped on the bridge of her nose like a derisive schoolmarm.

Smart Growth Housing Bill Is a Game-Changer
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 31, 2018
Climate scientists have known for years that the most effective way to fight global warming is to build dense housing near transit. In 2017, UC Berkeley Law School, the Terner Center, and Next 10 calculated that if California were to fully embrace transit-oriented development, it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions through 2030 by as much as 1.79 million metric tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking 378,000 cars off the road each year.

Bay Area dodges a Prime increase in housing costs
Published by the Mercury News on Jan. 31, 2018
We likely avoided even higher housing prices when Amazon swiped left on the push to bring the Seattle-based tech giant’s second headquarters here.

State Appeals Court Upholds Costa Hawkins Rule Used by Oakland Landlord to Increase Rents 125 Percent
Published by the East Bay Express on Jan. 31, 2018
A state appeals court has ruled that California law allows landlords in cities with rent control — under certain circumstances — to convert apartment buildings into condominiums in order to exempt housing from rent control. The appellate court's decision, issued last week, involved a North Oakland property in which the landlord jacked up rents by 125 percent after the property was converted to condos.

Nikki Bas, Challenger to Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen, Raises $43K in Two Months
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 1, 2018
Oakland City Council District 2 candidate Nikki Fortunato Bas raised $43,000 in November and December, according to a campaign statement filed on Wednesday. Her fundraising spree indicates a competitive race for Oakland's D2 council seat in this year's election.

Oakland Sues Debris-Hauling Company For Blowing Toxic Dust Into Neighborhood
Published by CBS Local on Feb. 1, 2018
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The city of Oakland has filed an environmental justice lawsuit against a debris-hauling company alleging that it deliberately blew dust into the nearby West Oakland neighborhood in violation of the city’s zoning laws.

Housing shortage: New report shows how California cities and counties stack up
Published by the Mercury News on Feb. 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO — Nearly all the cities and counties in California — 97.6 percent — are failing to approve the housing needed to keep pace with population growth and will be subject to a new law that aims to fast-track development, according to a report released by the state Thursday.

Rockridge project’s future uncertain; high costs, retail downtown blamed
Published by the East Bay Times on Feb. 2, 2018
OAKLAND — The future of a planned retail development in the Rockridge neighborhood is uncertain because of the cost of removing asbestos in a former Chase Bank building there, as well as the national downturn in the retail industry.

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Could Be Removed in March from Bay Area Air Quality Board
Published by the Oakland Post on Feb. 2, 2018
The Alameda County Mayors’ Conference will decide on March 14 whether it will reappoint Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan as the county’s representative on the powerful board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).