In Case You Missed It...(5/11/2018

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of May 7, 2018

Opinion: Let’s Raise a Stronger Alameda County Together with Measure A
Published by the Oakland Post on May 6, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/05/06/opinion-lets-raise-stronger-alameda-county-together-measure/
For more than 18 years, I’ve served families as an educator in the Bay Area, focusing on children ages 0-3 years old for the last 14 years as a family child care provider out of my West Oakland home.

Homeless greet Oakland’s new Tuff Sheds with hesitation, hope
Published by the Mercury News on May 8, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/08/homeless-greet-new-tuff-sheds-with-hesitation-hope/
OAKLAND — Lezett Maurice Watkins, who spent the past three months living in a lean-to beneath a West Oakland overpass, is apprehensive about where his next move will take him — into an experimental, city-sanctioned community of converted sheds across the street.

Oakland's Exclusive Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School Draws Opposition
Published by the East Bay Express on May 9, 2018
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oaklands-exclusive-deal-to-sell-city-owned-land-to-charter-school-draws-opposition/Content?oid=15872497
The City of Oakland is poised to sell a large plot of land it owns in the Fruitvale neighborhood to a private developer for the purpose of building a new charter school campus. But the project — and the city's years-long involvement in it — is suddenly drawing criticism from education and affordable housing activists who say it reflects Oakland's lack of transparency when deciding how to use public property.

Oakland, San Francisco downtown office markets are nation’s tightest
Published by the Mercury News on May 9, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/09/oakland-san-francisco-downtown-office-markets-are-nations-tightest-google-apple-facebook-adobe/
OAKLAND — The office market in downtown Oakland is the tightest in the nation, with lower office vacancy levels than even those in business centers such as Manhattan and Boston, a new report revealed Wednesday.

Groups File Public Ethics Complaint Against Councilman Guillen
Published by SF Gate on May 9, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Groups-File-Public-Ethics-Complaint-Against-12902951.php
Opponents of a controversial high-rise, market-rate apartment complex near Lake Merritt in Oakland said today that they've filed a public ethics complaint against City Councilman Abel Guillen alleging that he received improper donations from the project's developers.

403-apartment, 25-story North Oakland tower to open in 2020
Published by the East Bay Times on May 10, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/05/10/403-apartment-north-oakland-development-to-open-in-2020/
OAKLAND — The 25-story Skyline at Temescal tower at Oakland’s MacArthur Transit Village is slated to open summer 2020, and include 403 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail space.

Homeless man in Oakland lives in a box while waiting to move in to a shed
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 11, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Homeless-man-in-Oakland-lives-in-a-box-while-12905553.php
The rats scavenging for food drive Marcus Emery crazy at night.Their skinny tails thump the walls as he tries to sleep. It’s a harsher sound than a leaky faucet dripping through the night, he said

Oakland's vacancy for buildings is lowest in the country
Published by KTVU on May 10, 2018
http://www.ktvu.com/news/oaklands-vacancy-for-buildings-is-lowest-in-the-country
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Driving or walking around downtown Oakland all you have to do is look up and you'll see cranes in the air, as a lot of construction is going on. City officials say it’s been 12 years since this many projects were going on at one time. It’s a big boost for the Bay Area, but it comes with a high cost.