In Case You Missed It...(3/23/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of March 19, 2018:

Exclusive: Downtown Oakland's two largest new apartment buildings are nearly full
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 19, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/03/19/downtown-oakland-housing-baywest-signature.html?ana=e_du_prem&s=article_du&ed=2018-03-19&u=18181060574f43ea9f65099d8e4572&t=1521497618&j=80578501
Oakland's two largest new downtown rental buildings completed in the past seven years are close to full. The 105-unit Mason at Hive at 2350 Valley St. is essentially full, said Mike Ghielmetti, president of Signature Development Group. Only a handful of units are unoccupied based on regular tenant turnover, he said.

Oakland's new housing point man, mid-market's only condo fills up and a Ritz-Carlton penthouse for sale in this week's real estate digest
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 20, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/03/20/oaklands-new-housing-point-man-mid-markets-only.html
Oakland’s new housing point man
Darin Ranelletti was appointed Oakland’s policy director for housing security, a new position in Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office. Ranelletti will focus on promoting housing for all income levels and protecting tenants from displacement. “There is important work we can do right now to ensure that current and future city residents have access to secure housing, which is a vital component to protecting the city’s rich cultural diversity and promoting economic prosperity for all residents," he said in a statement. Ranelletti, a 15-year veteran city staffer, was previously deputy director of the planning and buildings department.

New apartments in Oakland's Jack London Square to break ground amid building frenzy
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 20, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/03/20/cim-group-oakland-apartments-jack-london-square.html
More new housing is coming to Oakland's watefront with developer CIM Group starting construction on 333 apartments in Jack London Square.

City Sues Landlord For Alleged Fake Owner Move-In To Increase Rent
Published by SF Gate on March 20, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/City-Sues-Landlord-For-Alleged-Fake-Owner-Move-In-12768782.php
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker said today that she and Centro Legal de la Raza have filed suit against a landlord who they allege attempted to illegally increase his tenant's rent by pretending he had moved into the downstairs unit of a duplex.

Cal study says development fees can quash Bay Area housing
Published by SF Curbed on March 22, 2018
https://sf.curbed.com/2018/3/22/17152510/housing-bay-area-study-report-uc-berkeley-development-fees-oakland-sf
California cities rely on development fees on new construction to fund infrastructure, transit, and other municipal needs that new construction may exacerbate. Developers loathe it, but the fact they remain eager to build means that the payoff of creating new housing is worth the extra expense of six-figure fees.

Oakland Artists Still Worried, Despite New Housing Protections
Published by KQED on March 23, 2018
https://www.kqed.org/arts/13827785/oakland-artists-still-worried-despite-new-housing-protections
Oakland's city council passed an ordinance this week that bars marijuana companies from getting permits to operate at a facility if they are evicting tenants to do so.

Oakland should heed: ‘If you built it, they will come
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 23, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Oakland-should-heed-If-you-built-it-they-wil-12774271.php
In the movie “Field Of Dreams,” James Earl Jones hits it out of the park when he says: “People will come, Ray. The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”