In Case You Missed It...(4/27/2018)

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of April 23, 2018

Drone footage of Valdez Street housing construction in downtown Oakland
Published by the Mercury News on April 23, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/24/valdez-street-housing-construction-in-downtown-oakland/
Building cranes have arrived in downtown Oakland for the first time in eight years. As one can’t help but notice, there’s a building boom happening as multiple housing and mixed-use projects are underway throughout the city. On Valdez Street a building which was the site of a suspicious 4-alarm fire in July 2017 is being rebuilt, and groundbreakings have occurred on Webster Street and other nearby locations.

Oakland residents rally to change rent control law
Published by ABC 7 on April 23, 2018
http://abc7news.com/politics/oakland-residents-rally-to-change-rent-control-law/3382785/
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --Hundreds of tenants rallied in Oakland, Los Angeles and Sacramento on Monday in support of a ballot initiative they say would slow skyrocketing rents in cities across the state.

West Oakland neighborhood says city has abandoned them
Published by ABC 7 news on April 23, 2018
http://abc7news.com/society/west-oakland-neighborhood-says-city-has-abandoned-them/3381738/
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --There was a big fire overnight in an Oakland homeless encampment. It's the most recent of several like it in recent months. One of those fires happened in West Oakland last month.

Opinion: Support community leadership on the Oakland Planning Commission
Published by the Oakland Post on April 23, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/04/23/opinion-support-community-leadership-oakland-planning-commission/
We’re in a development boom in Oakland. Cranes and bulldozers clang downtown, building luxury condos, offices, and hotels. More and more people huddle in tents under overpasses, and more of us struggle to keep a roof over our heads.

'Tuff Sheds': City of Oakland to start moving homeless into new community starting in May
Published by KRON 4 on April 24, 2018
http://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/tuff-sheds-city-of-oakland-to-start-moving-homeless-into-new-community-starting-in-may/1139223957
OAKLAND (KRON) - With homelessness on the rise across the Bay Area, it takes a multi-faceted approach to get residents off the street.

San Francisco, Oakland mayors take on homeless problem but their strategies differ
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on April 26, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/04/26/san-francisco-oakland-mayors-take-on-homeless.html
San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell swept away a homeless tent encampment in the Mission District on Tuesday while across the Bay Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf expanded her use of Tuff Shed temporary homes to house those currently living on the streets in tents.

Oakland's building boom continues, but will the jobs come?
Published by KTVU on April 26, 2018
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oaklands-building-boom-continues-but-will-the-jobs-come
Oakland's building boom is busting at the seams with construction just about everywhere and more in the offing.

From stadium lights to free coffee: Howard Terminal ballpark pros, cons emerge for A's
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on April 27, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/04/27/oakland-athletics-port-ballpark-howard-terminal.html
If the Oakland Athletics play an inning of baseball at Howard Terminal, they'll have a lineup of challenges to overcome first. But team President Dave Kaval doesn't seem to mind.