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Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of May 15, 2018

What Facebook's massive deal means for San Francisco's — and Oakland's — office market
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on May 11, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/05/11/with-facebook-fb-park-tower-sf-leasing-office.html
The deal could also be welcome news in Oakland, where more than 1.5 million square feet of new or rehabbed office coming to the market with more than a million square feet of that available.

Oakland School Board Surprised by Proposed Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School for Expansion
Published by the East Bay Express on May 14, 2018
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/05/14/oakland-school-board-surprised-by-proposed-deal-to-sell-city-owned-land-to-charter-school-for-expansion
Tomorrow, the Oakland City Council will vote on whether or not to sell city-owned land in the Fruitvale neighborhood to a charter school for its new campus.

Opinion: Oakland has the land to accommodate new residents without displacing others
Published by the Oakland Post on May 14, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/05/14/opinion-oakland-land-accommodate-new-residents-without/
Oakland needs a bold, new vision for housing. The loss of life in the Ghost Ship fire should be a wake-up call to everyone, residents, developers and city officials alike. The tragedy highlights the danger of allowing property owners to rent sub-standard, un-sanctioned housing, or allowing people to illegally occupy commercial buildings in the pursuit of affordability.

HP Investors nabs yet another Oakland building, new tenants in Emeryville, signs of life in Bay Area retail and more in our weekly real estate digest
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on May 14, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/05/15/hp-investors-oakland-office-leasing-emeryville.html
Despite the tough times in the retail world, Lockehouse Retail Group has managed to grow during the past few years. The firm, which bills itself as the largest retail-focused brokerage firm in the Bay Area, is adding an investment sales division that will focus on a variety of commercial property types. San Mateo-based Lockehouse hired the brother-and-sister team of David Kram and Rachel Kram to lead that effort.

In-depth: Oakland entrepreneur converts shipping containers into affordable housing
Published by KRON 4 on May 15, 2018
http://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/in-depth-oakland-entrepreneur-converts-shipping-containers-into-affordable-housing/1181981406
OAKLAND (KRON) - An Oakland entrepreneur is converting shipping containers into affordable housing. Luke Iseman lives in a shipping container in Oakland.

Judge strikes down Oakland's ban on shipping coal through port
Published by LA Times on May 15, 2018
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-oakland-port-coal-20180515-story.html
A federal judge struck down the city of Oakland's ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through a proposed export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets.

Oakland Needs to Stop Building Sub-Par Infrastructure
Published by SF Streets Blog on May 15, 2018
https://sf.streetsblog.org/2018/05/15/oakland-needs-to-stop-building-sub-par-infrastructure/
See that drainage gutter pan to the left of the curb in the lead photo and the photo below? That’s part of what qualifies as bike infrastructure on a brand new street in Oakland that will serve the Brooklyn Basin Housing development, currently under construction. That waterfront development will eventually house 3,000 people. The expectation is that many, if not most, of the new residents will get around by foot and by bike.

Oakland City Council delays vote on job-training proposal
Published by SF Gate on May 15, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-City-Council-delays-vote-on-job-training-12918142.php?src=hp_totn
The Oakland City Council on Tuesday delayed action on a proposal to give city funds to several private job-training organizations.

Oakland, A’s begin Coliseum ballpark negotiations
Published by the Mercury News on May 16, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/16/oakland-as-begin-coliseum-ballpark-negotiations/
OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s now have the blessing to study both the Coliseum and Howard Terminal in their quest to build a new ballpark in Oakland.

Kaiser will put $200 million toward affordable housing, homelessness
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on May 18, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Kaiser-will-put-200-million-toward-affordable-12924030.php
Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente said Friday it will invest $200 million in the coming years in programs to grow affordable housing and mitigate homelessness in Bay Area cities and other locations where the health system operates.

97 percent of McClymonds graduating class heading to college
Published by the East Bay Times on May 17, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/05/17/97-percent-of-mcclymonds-graduating-class-heading-to-college/
There were times when Jamiana Akinjo wanted to drop out of school because she struggled to focus with all the distractions around her in West Oakland and felt overwhelmed with assignments.