Housing & Homelessness (News)

The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:42pm
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Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous park on top.

The effect on the prices of surrounding real estate has been profound.

Tagami Develops Amnesia on Promises to Hire West Oakland Workers

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:12pm
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The West Oakland Job Resource Center is designed to assist job seekers in gaining employment with jobs on the Army Base.

The West Oakland Job Resource Center is designed to assist job seekers in gaining employment with jobs on the Army Base.

First of city's major affordable housing projects goes to council tonight for final OK

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 10:53am
High density apartment buildings will add more than 500 residential units to Hacienda Business Park's residential housing



The Pleasanton City Council will vote tonight on bids by BRE Properties to build high density apartment buildings with 498 units in Hacienda Business Park.

The Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) were approved earlier by the city's Planning Commission after more than a year of public hearings, workshops and task force considerations.

The project is an outcome of the settlement agreement between the city and Urban Habitat, an Oakland-based affordable housing coalition that successfully sued the city over its 1996 housing cap and lack of adequate affordable, workforce housing.

OPINION: Keep the housing floodgates closed

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:08pm
Pleasanton's two decades of managed slow growth policies ended Monday with the City Council's final approval of a new "housing element" that will become part of the city's General Plan.

By rezoning nine separate sites totaling 73 acres throughout the city for high-density housing, the council has authorized developers to build more than 3,000 units for low- to very-low to moderate income tenants.

Add to 840 more housing units previously approved on land rezoned for two-, three- and four-story apartment buildings in the Hacienda Business Park, Pleasanton has now met a March 1 deadline imposed by the Alameda County Superior Court and the Urban Habitat affordable housing organization to require Pleasanton to meet its current state housing obligation to provide more workforce/affordable homes.

Pleasanton's rezoning for affordable housing enters final stage

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 10:31am

PLEASANTON -- The debate over where to rezone land to accommodate nearly 2,300 affordable housing units focused Tuesday more on sites left off the city's list than those included.

The city's planning commission and City Council met Tuesday to provide input on nine of 17 sites Pleasanton submitted to the state in July as part of its housing element and to comply with a legal settlement.

ACCE Looks to Bolster Richmond's Bank Foreclosure Ordinance

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:26am

For New Life, Blacks in City Head to South

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 2:44pm
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In Deborah Brown’s family lore, the American South was a place of whites-only water fountains and lynchings under cover of darkness. It was a place black people like her mother had fled.

But for Ms. Brown, 59, a retired civil servant from Queens, the South now promises salvation.

Three generations of her family — 10 people in all — are moving to Atlanta from New York, seeking to start fresh economically and, in some sense, to reconnect with a bittersweet past. They include Ms. Brown, her 82-year-old mother and her 26-year-old son, who has already landed a job and settled there.

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