In Case You Missed It (6/22/2018)

Here are top development stories in Oakland during the week of June 18, 2018

Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Administration and Her Allies Block Funding for Construction Job Training
Published by the Oakland Post on June 15, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/06/15/mayor-libby-schaafs-administration-allies-block-funding-construction-job-training/
In Part I of this article, Councilmember Brooks wrote that “The Council, Mayor and Administration have once again failed to deliver for our residents who are being left out of this boom economy,” basing their opposition on a legal argument. Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo voted last week for spending city money to support construction job training for Oakland workers.

Oakland Zoo’s $72 million expansion set to open its doors, spurring East Bay tourism
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on June 19, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/06/19/oakland-zoo-72-million-expansion-east-bay-tourism.html
Oakland visitors can now ascend high above grizzly, bison, and black bear-filled hills in an aerial eight-person gondola. More than two decades in the making, the Oakland Zoo’s fully completed $72 million California Trail exhibit is set to open its gates on July 12.

Federal court: Wells Fargo must face Oakland’s mortgage discrimination lawsuit
Published by Housing Wire on June 19, 2018
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/43718-federal-court-wells-fargo-must-face-oaklands-mortgage-discrimination-lawsuit
Wells Fargo must face a lawsuit brought against the bank by the city of Oakland, California, which sued the bank in 2015 for allegedly steering minority borrowers into higher-cost loans, thereby causing rampant foreclosures and neighborhood blight.

Council Approves Budget Adjustments To Address Pressing Needs
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 20, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Council-Approves-Budget-Adjustments-To-Address-13012704.php
The Oakland City Council has voted unanimously to approve a package of mid-cycle budget adjustments that will address the city's most pressing needs, according to Councilman Abel Guillen.

Oakland Shifts Budget Priorities
Published by Patch on June 21, 2018
https://patch.com/california/rockridge/oakland-shifts-budget-priorities
OAKLAND, CA — The Oakland City Council has voted unanimously to approve a package of mid-cycle budget adjustments that will address the city's most pressing needs, according to Councilman Abel Guillen.

Three Men File Racial Discrimination Claim Against Construction Firm
Published by SF Gate on June 21, 2018
https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Three-Men-File-Racial-Discrimination-Claim-13015558.php
Three black men filed a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing today alleging that they were subjected to a racially hostile working environment and had their lives threatened while they were working at a new office tower in San Francisco.

Cat Brooks Looks to Community Power to Fuel Her Campaign for Mayor
Published by the Oakland Post on June 22, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/06/22/cat-brooks-looks-community-power-fuel-campaign-mayor/
Oakland mayoral candidate Cat Brooks addresses the crowd at the Lake Merritt amphitheater on Saturday, June 16, welcoming the community to a “people’s assembly” on housing. Brooks is building her campaign platform with the participation of local residents already working on various issues facing Oaklanders. Photo by Sarah Carpenter.

Oakland city politics: Running against Desley Brooks? You may run a risk
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 22, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Oakland-city-politics-Running-against-Desley-13015524.php
Loren Taylor knew it was going to be a bruising campaign when he set out to unseat Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks in this year’s election.