In Case You Missed It (9/21/2018)

Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of 9/17/2018.

Leaders Respond to Building Trades Threats to Fund Desley Brooks’ Opposition PAC
Published by the Oakland Post on September 15, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/09/15/leaders-respond-building-trades-threats-fund-desley-brooks-opposition-pac/
Councilwoman Desley Brooks has refused to take a position on whether or not the city should adopt a policy which is called a “Project Labor Agreement” until she is given assurances that the PLA will benefit Oakland’s Black community.

BART trading parking for housing, offices at Oakland’s Lake Merritt Station
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on September 16, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/BART-trading-parking-for-housing-offices-at-13231644.php
With nary a word of opposition, BART has green-lighted a high-rise housing, office and retail development at its Lake Merritt Station that will probably completely transform the area around Oakland’s Laney College.

Oakland has sheds for Lake Merritt homeless, but most famous isn’t interested
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on September 17, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-has-sheds-for-Lake-Merritt-homeless-but-13233058.php
Campers living around Oakland’s Lake Merritt will soon be offered new Tuff Shed homes, but the lake’s most famous resident — who gained internet fame when “Jogger Joe” tossed his belongings into the water — says he’s not interested.

Oakland Councilmember Says Tiny Homes are One Answer to Student Homelessness
Published by NBC Bay Area on September 18, 2018
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland-Councilmember-Says-Tiny-Homes-are-One-Answer-to-Student-Homelessness-493546391.html
Arriving with a suitcase, a backpack and a few bags of groceries, Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen appeared more ready for a weekend getaway than a press conference — and that's exactly the point.

Oakland to expand managed homeless shantytowns of prefab sheds
Published by Boing Boing Net on September 18, 2018
https://boingboing.net/2018/09/17/tuff-sheds.html
Oakland, like San Francisco, has an out-of-control homeless crisis fueled by out-of-control housing prices; like San Francisco (where aid for homelessness can include tents to make outdoor sleeping more comfortable and safe), Oakland is supplying "temporary housing" for homeless people that institutionalizes a kind of living that has heretofore been viewed as a problem in and of itself.

Oakland Releases First Cultural Plan in 30 Years
Published by the Oakland Post on September 18, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/09/17/oakland-releases-first-cultural-plan-30-years/
This week, the City of Oakland released a new Cultural Plan, its first in thirty years.


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