In Case You Missed It (8/3/2018)

Here are the top development stories in Oakland for the week of August 3, 2018.

Oakland measure to prevent displacement hits home with tenants
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on July 30, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/otisrtaylorjr/article/Oakland-measure-to-prevent-displacement-hits-home-13115040.php
Oakland is taking the issue of displacement seriously. Last week, the Oakland City Council voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would yet again expand tenant protection.

A home you can afford: How land trusts are changing Bay Area home ownership
Published by the Mercury News on July 30, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/30/a-home-you-can-afford-how-land-trusts-are-changing-bay-area-home-ownership/
A year ago, Norma Sanchez and Ambrocio Carrera were on the verge of losing their East Oakland home — staring down a massive rent hike and with no hope of affording a new place close to their jobs or their three sons’ schools.

Here's How East Bay Assembly Candidates Jovanka Beckles and Buffy Wicks Differ on Housing Issues
Published by KQED on July 28, 2018
https://www.kqed.org/news/11683139/heres-how-east-bay-assembly-candidates-jovanka-beckles-and-buffy-wicks-differ-on-housing-isssues
With rents, home prices and homelessness on the rise around the East Bay, it's no surprise that housing has emerged as a top issue in the local race for state Assembly.

Former Oakland Mayor, Congressman Ron Dellums dies
Published by The East Bay Express on July 30, 2018
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/07/30/report-former-oakland-mayor-congressman-ron-dellum-dies/
OAKLAND — Ron Dellums, a former Oakland mayor who also served nearly three decades in the U.S. Congress, has died. He was 82.

KKR Acquires Office Development in Oakland, Ca.
Published by the Commercial Property Executive on July 31, 2018
https://www.cpexecutive.com/post/kkr-acquires-office-development-in-oakland-ca/
KKR has acquired 1330 Broadway, a 320,000-square-foot office building in Oakland, Calif., from TMG Partners

How Assembly candidates Jovanka Beckles and Buffy Wicks differ on housing issues
Published by Berkleyside on July 31, 2018
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/07/31/how-assembly-candidates-jovanka-beckles-and-buffy-wicks-differ-on-housing-issues
With rents, home prices and homelessness on the rise around the East Bay, it’s no surprise that housing has emerged as a top issue in the local race for state Assembly.

After backlash, developer tweaks plan for car-free 1,000 units at West Oakland BART
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 1, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/01/west-oakland-bart-housing.html
A $300 million West Oakland housing development that hoped to be car-free is pushing ahead — but with the addition of some parking places.

Schaaf’s Proposals for Building Affordable Housing on Public Land Challenged
Published by the Oakland Post on August 2, 2018
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2018/08/01/schaafs-proposals-building-affordable-housing-public-land-challenged/
Community activists and others are raising concerns about whether the latest affordable housing proposals backed by Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration would even make a dent in the wave of gentrification and displacement that is remaking the city right in front of their eyes.

Affordable housing main issue at Nextdoor mayors’ summit
Published by The Mercury News on August 2, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/01/affordable-housing-main-issue-at-nextdoor-mayors-summit/SAN FRANCISCO — The need for affordable housing in the Bay Area has become dire, the mayors of the three largest cities in the region agreed Wednesday during a panel discussion in San Francisco.

Walters: CEQA reform may ease housing crisis but Brown won’t do it
Published by The Mercury News on August 2, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/02/walters-urgent-need-for-housing-requires-reforming-this-state-act-but-brown-wont-do-it/
The state has a neat little Internet search engine that, among other things, allows one to plug in some keywords and instantaneously find every legislative bill containing those words.

Slideshow: Shorenstein tops off Oakland office tower
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 2, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/02/shorenstein-601-city-center-oakland-office-tower.html
Developer Shorenstein Properties celebrated putting a roof on its new Oakland office tower at 601 City Center on Thursday.


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