In Case You Missed It...(2/9/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Feb. 5, 2018:

Questions arise over whether Desley Brooks should chair Oakland public safety panel
Published by the East Bay Times on Feb. 4, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02/04/oakland-questions-arise-over-whether-desley-brooks-should-remain-on-a-public-safety-committee/
OAKLAND — At least one council member this past week questioned whether Desley Brooks is fit to remain as chair on the council’s public safety committee, in light of recent controversies surrounding the Oakland politician.

California Today: The Beverly Hills Affordable Housing Loophole
Published by the New York Times on Feb. 5, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/us/california-today-beverly-hills-affordable-housing.html
Last week Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Housing and Community Development released a much-anticipated list of cities that will be subject to a new streamlining law that will essentially force those places to approve new housing, especially low-income housing, by removing the city government’s ability to block certain kinds of building permits.

3 Towers, 1 Mid-Rise Planned For Downtown Oakland
Published by Hoodline on Feb. 5, 2018
http://hoodline.com/2018/02/3-towers-1-mid-rise-planned-for-downtown-oakland
To get a sense of how the city's skyline might change in the near future, here's a look at four projects considered for downtown Oakland:

Bay Area rents likely to stay sky high
Published by the Mercury News on Feb. 6, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/06/bay-area-rents-likely-to-stay-sky-high/
Bay Area renters hit with high prices and few choices last year may be in for more of the same in 2018.

Developer builds modular homes in Vallejo, to truck to Oakland and San Francisco
Published by KTVU on Feb. 6, 2018
http://www.ktvu.com/news/developer-builds-modular-homes-in-vallejo-to-truck-to-oakland-and-san-francisco
Bay Area renters hit with high prices and few choices last year may be in for more of the same in 2018.

Desley Brooks could be removed from key committee seat under Oakland council rule change
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 7, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02/07/oakland-approves-rule-change-that-could-lead-to-brooks-removal-from-key-committee-seat/
A controversial City Council decision on Tuesday could lead to the removal of Desley Brooks from her seat as chair of the public safety committee.

It could cost Oakland schools $38 million to fix lead contamination/strong>
Published by the East Bay Times on Feb. 8, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02/08/it-could-cost-oakland-schools-38-million-to-fix-lead-contamination/
OAKLAND — Oakland Unified estimates it will cost $38 million to address high lead levels in water taps at about 15 schools.

‘Oakland Is Hot' And Everyone Is Finally Noticing>
Published by BisNow on Feb. 7, 2018
https://www.bisnow.com/oakland/news/state-of-market/oakland-post-event-84525?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
Oakland is shedding its old reputation as a city once plagued with crime, and developers and investors are scrambling to secure a foothold. Thousands of units of housing are in the works and more people want to live here.

Second Largest City of Oakland Employee Union Agrees to New Contract
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 8, 2018
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/02/08/second-largest-city-of-oakland-employee-union-agrees-to-new-contract
City of Oakland workers represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees voted to approve a new contract this week. The vote ends a contentious period of negotiations between the city and its second largest union, which has about 1,000 members. Approximately 82 percent of IFPTE Local 21's members voted yes on the deal, according to the union.

Millennial Pastor Presents: “Your Pathway to Home Ownership”
Published by the Oakland Post on Feb. 8, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/02/08/millennial-pastor-presents-pathway-home-ownership/
On Saturday, February 3, over 200 people attended a remarkable gathering hosted by Williams Chapel Baptist Church in Oakland, entitled “State of Housing in Black America, Faith, Family, and Finances: Your Pathway to Home Ownership”.

Oakland, Berkeley mayors have no room at home to house homeless
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 8, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Oakland-Berkeley-mayors-have-no-room-at-home-to-12563144.php
The pleas have been put out there by two East Bay mayors: Open your home to a homeless person.

Opinion: Honor Beloved Oakland 2018
Published by the Oakland Post on Feb. 9, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/02/09/opinion-honor-beloved-oakland-2018/
By John Jones III--50 years ago, Dr. King and our other social justice ancestors fought for African Americans to have equal rights and to claim the promise of American democracy. The victories they achieved in civil and human rights are severely eroded by the racial displacement crisis in Oakland and other major cities in America today.

Opinion: Easing building rules near transit key for needed housing
Published by the Mercury News on Feb. 9, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/09/opinion-easing-building-rules-near-transit-key-for-providing-housing/
California’s chronic and well-documented housing crisis has been generations in the making and will not be fixed overnight. But the days of legislative inaction or half-measures may be nearing their deserved end.


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  • Sam Felsing
    published this page in Archive News 2018-02-07 16:47:29 -0800