In Case You Missed It...6/1/2018

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of May 28, 2018

Open Letter: Mayor and City Administrator Don’t Want a Public Lands Policy
Published by the Oakland Post on May 25, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/05/25/open-letter/
The Community and Economic Development (CED) committee of the Oakland City Council voted two weeks ago to forward to the full council the sale of public land at Derby Street in the Fruitvale District for development of a charter school. The sale was on the City Council agenda last week, but was withdrawn without explanation. In response to the proposal, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan sent the administration and the mayor the following letter:

Housing or offices? Oakland considers best use of Clay Street Garage site
Published by the East Bay Times on May 27, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/05/27/housing-or-offices-oakland-considers-best-use-of-clay-street-garage-site/
OAKLAND — Activists are trying to convince city officials that the prime downtown spot where the closed Clay Street Garage sits should be used for affordable housing instead of offices.

City Of Oakland Is Not Meeting Its Economic Development Potential
Published by Oakland News Now on May 28, 2018
http://oaklandnewsnow.com/index.php/2018/05/28/city-of-oakland-is-not-meeting-its-economic-development-potential/
I saw (most of) Zennie Abraham’s recent video critiquing Marisa Raya’s presentation to the Oakland Community and Economic Development Committee on May 8th, and think that it does merit consideration in a number of areas, most specifically for me, regarding the lack of attention paid to Oakland’s unrealized regional mandate as the epicenter of “The Strongest Regional Economy in the World” – as the Bay Area is frequently called.

Oakland to challenge judge’s ruling overturning coal ban
Published by the Mercury News on May 29, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/29/oakland-to-challenge-judges-ruling-overturning-coal-ban/
OAKLAND — The city of Oakland plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a citywide ban on coal violated an agreement with a developer building a massive. . .

Bay Area rent prices show signs of cooling off
Published by the Mercury News on May 31, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/31/bay-area-rent-prices-show-signs-of-cooling-off/
For Bay Area renters struggling to afford apartments that keep getting more expensive, the latest numbers could seem too good to be true — the region’s runaway rent prices finally may be starting to level off.

Oakland Allocated $2.2 Million to Prevent Evictions, But Mayor’s Staff Failed to Spend the Money
Published by the Oakland Post on May 31, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/05/31/oakland-allocated-2-2-million-prevent-evictions-mayors-staff-failed-spend-money/
As part of the budget adopted 11 months ago, the Oakland City Council directed $2.2 million in state funding to anti-displacement and homeless prevention services – particularly legal representation for tenants facing eviction. But the money so far has not been spent

Exclusive: Beauty giant Sephora in talks for major Oakland office lease
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on May 31, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/05/31/exclusive-beauty-giant-sephora-in-talks-for-major.html?s=print
French cosmetics giant Sephora is in talks for a major lease at Oakland's 2150 Webster St., according to three sources.