In Case You Missed It...(3/30/2018)

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

Opinion: Rapidly Housing 3,000 People Is Not as Hard as It Appears
Published by the Oakland Post on March 23, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/03/23/opinion-rapidly-housing-3000-people-not-hard-appears/
In the rapidly-developing architecture of homeless support in Oakland, there are two missing building blocks: a large and sustainable link from the City’s General Fund to transitional housing, and a widespread effort to rapidly house over 3,000 people.

For Housing Affordability, California Must Amend its Constitution - Opinion
Published by the Bay Citizen on March 25, 2018
https://www.thebaycitybeacon.com/politics/for-housing-affordability-california-must-amend-its-constitution--/article_693e2a8c-3069-11e8-880f-6b9977c4adb9.html
This fall, California voters may have the opportunity to amend Proposition 13, one of the most regressive tax laws in the country. The 1978 initiative essentially freezes the assessed value of real estate at the time of sale—inevitably establishing and perpetuating wild inequities between the young and old, renters and landlords, immigrants and incumbents. How can California’s political “third rail” be reformed, albeit incrementally, with lasting, sustainable progress? There are several ways.

California worse than every state but one for building housing
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 26, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/03/26/california-ranks-49th-nation-for-building-housing.html
California ranks 49th in the nation for housing per capita, highlighting how seriously state policy makers need to take the state's housing crisis, gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said this month.

Developer Considers Building Office Towers At West Oakland BART
Published by Hoodline on March 26, 2018
https://hoodline.com/2018/03/developer-considers-building-office-towers-at-west-oakland-bart
Developers are negotiating with BART over a plan to create space for thousands of office workers at its West Oakland station. New details about the proposal were revealed at a community meeting on Saturday.

A’s offer to purchase Coliseum site wins East Bay officials’ hearts
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 26, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/East-Bay-officials-welcome-the-A-s-offer-to-12783150.php
Oakland and Alameda County officials quickly warmed Monday to the A’s offer to buy the publicly owned 130-acre Coliseum site, but some cautioned that a deal would be more complex than swapping debt for land, as the team proposed.

Most California governor candidates oppose bill that would override zoning to build housing near transit
Published by the Mercury News on March 27, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/26/california-governor-sb827-housing-bill/
The candidates running for California governor agree that the state needs to build more housing. But most of the hopefuls at a debate in Los Angeles. . .

Lawyer: New owner of charred Oakland apartment building violated court order
Published by the Mercury News on March 27, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/27/lawyer-new-owner-of-charred-san-pablo-avenue-building-violated-court-order/
OAKLAND — The owner of the San Pablo Avenue halfway house destroyed in a deadly fire a year ago has sold the building, and a lawyer is accusing the. . .

A’s big fear: They’re not the only ones who want to buy the Coliseum
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 27, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/A-s-big-fear-They-re-not-the-only-ones-who-12786178.php
The A’s went public with their offer to buy the Coliseum complexafter getting word that Oakland officials were in talks with other developers who have their eye on the site.

Mayor Schaaf supports exclusive negotiating deal with Oakland A’s on ballpark sites
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 28, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Libby-Schaaf-supports-exclusive-negotiating-deal-12788628.php
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday she wants to enter into dual exclusive negotiating agreements with the A’s for two possible ballpark sites — the Coliseum and Howard Terminal.

Oakland sues landlord for alleged fraud rent hike
Published by the East Bay Express on Marc h 29, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/03/28/oakland-sues-landlord-for-fraud-rent-hike-authorities-say/
OAKLAND — The city is suing a landlord who authorities say tried to bypass Oakland’s rent control ordinances and nearly triple his tenants’ rent by. . .

Development without gentrification? Oakland’s Fruitvale is the model, report says
Published by the Mercury News on March 29, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/29/development-without-gentrification-oaklands-fruitvale-is-the-model-report-says/
OAKLAND — The cluster of shops, community service organizations and apartments at the Fruitvale BART station may not seem all that different from other commercial plazas, but to some economists and urban planners, it’s the grand prize of development — at least, for now.

Oakland mayor proposes parcel tax to boost education funding
Published by the East Bay Times on March 29, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/03/29/oakland-mayor-proposes-parcel-tax-to-boost-education-funding/
OAKLAND — Oaklanders may be voting in November on a parcel tax to boost funding for the Oakland Promise — a multifaceted initiative by Mayor Libby. . .

CIM Group Starts Construction of 333-Unit Apartment Community in Oakland
Published by ReBusines Online on March 29, 2018
https://rebusinessonline.com/cim-group-starts-construction-of-333-unit-apartment-community-in-oakland/
OAKLAND, CALIF. — CIM Group has started construction of a residential development located at 40 Harrison St. at Jack London Square, a 12-acre entertainment and business destination on Oakland’s waterfront.

Oakland to landlord: Stop work at site of deadly fire
Published by the Mercury News on March 29, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/29/oakland-to-landlord-stop-work-at-site-of-deadly-fire/’
OAKLAND — The city of Oakland has ordered the new owner of the halfway house where four people died in a fire last year to cease unpermitted work at. .

Oakland “storybook” fire station development plans sought
Published by the Mercury News on March 29, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/29/oakland-storybook-fire-station-development-plans-sought/
OAKLAND — A historic Oakland fire station that sports a fairy tale appearance and dates back to the Roaring 20s could be headed for a sale or.

Our view: NIMBYs not enough, the Bay Area must now contend with NIMPLEs
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 29, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/03/29/our-view-bay-area-must-now-contend-with-nimples.html
San Francisco is well acquainted with NIMBYs, who frequently succeed in delaying, denying or downsizing nearby housing projects on the dubious unstated grounds of “Not in my Backyard.”

California Today: In Oakland, a Clash of Artists vs. Big Cannabis
Published by the New York Times on March 30, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/us/california-today-oakland-artists-cannabis.html
The Oakland Cannery is just the type of place that the city likes to promote as its heart and soul. The former Del Monte fruit processing facility has for several decades served as a live/work space for painters, musicians, fashion designers, writers and photographers