In Case You Missed It...(3/2/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of Feb. 26, 2018:

Don't blame state's environmental laws for California housing crisis, study says
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Feb. 23, 2018
California's local governments have put in place approval processes for housing so slow that the bear much of the blame for the state's housing crisis, not the California Environmental Quality Act, a new study from UC Berkeley has found.

Supersized Plans and Potential Problems for this BART Adjacent Project
Published by Socket Site on Feb. 26, 2018
While plans for a 417-unit development to rise up to 8 stories in height on the vacant 3-acre Caltrans lot bounded by Kirkham, 7th, Union and 5th Streets, a block from the West Oakland BART station and across from The Crucible, were approved back in 2016, the ground was never broken.

Sensing Desley Brooks is vulnerable, opponents join race to stop her re-election
Published by the East Bay Citizen on Feb. 26, 2018
Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' actions have made her appear vulnerable at election time before, especially in 2014, after she was accused of illegal political interference and was nearly censured by the Oakland City Council. Brooks rebounded and topped a field of four challengers that year.

Hourly co-working, Oak Knoll breaking ground, progress for HOPE SF and more in this week's real estate digest
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Feb. 27, 2018
HOPE SF, San Francisco’s program to rebuild blighted public housing while creating new mixed-income neighborhoods, has been in the works for more than a decade. Last week, the city’s ambitious initiative took a step forward with a ground-breaking at the Sunnydale public housing project in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley.

Dear Oaklanders
Published by May Libby Schaaf on Feb. 27, 2018
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a residents' meeting at Oakland's first "Tuff Shed shelter." About 25 people gathered under a canvas tent in the common area for their weekly meeting where they share concerns and celebrate accomplishments.

West Oakland proposal with 1,038 apartments and no parking sparks backlash
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Feb. 27, 2018
One of Oakland's largest housing proposals with 1,032 apartments and zero parking for residents is facing pushback from the city.

You're Not a Progressive If You're Also a NIMBY
Published by the East Bay Express on Feb. 28, 2018
Here in the liberal East Bay, we're proud of our inclusiveness and openness. Most of us are disgusted by President Trump's efforts to target undocumented immigrants and break apart families. We detest his divisive and racist rhetoric. And we despise his reactionary plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Oakland I'm From'
Published by Governing on Feb. 28, 2018
On a cool, clear morning a couple of months ago in Oakland, Calif., a crew of city workers cleared away a homeless shelter. The space had caught fire a few months earlier, threatening the plywood structures all around it, a row of makeshift dwellings for homeless people hidden behind some warehouses along Wood Street in West Oakland. About 75 of them live in that row, in shanties that are fronted by tires and cast-off furniture, as well as the inevitable shopping carts.

A’s adding party deck to the Coliseum. Don’t invite the Raiders
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2018
Even as they look for a new home in Oakland, the A’s are erecting a party deck in the Coliseum’s left field stands — looking to add a bit of pizzazz to the old stadium in hopes of drawing more fans.

Long-delayed housing development site near Lake Merritt in Oakland hits the markets
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Feb. 28, 2018
Mark Borsuk had tall ambitions to transform a parking garage in downtown Oakland into a 37-story, 395-foot residential tower dubbed the Alice StreetEnergy Harvester.

Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire: How Cities Have Responded to Art Spaces One Year Later
Published by on March 1, 2018
December 2nd, 2018 marked one year since 36 young artists and musicians were killed in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire. The art space, like many underground venues, was a beacon in its community and provided modest housing for its artists, some of whom would otherwise be homeless or struggling to find temporary squats in an increasingly exclusive market. On the night of the fire, a house music show held by the label 100% Silk attracted an unfortunately large crowd and during the show, the entire building quickly went up in flames. It was the deadliest building fire in Oakland’s recent history and the events leading up to the tragedy led to criticism of DIY venues all over the country.

Guest opinion: Market-rate housing vs. affordable: It's not either-or. It's both
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on Mar. 1, 2018
Some falsely portray California’s housing crisis — which poses a huge threat to our state’s economy, environment, diversity, health and quality of life — as an either-or between market-rate housing and below-market-rate affordable housing.