Oakland Economy Now - News from the City of Oakland - Vol 38 Feb 2018

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1100 Broadway Breaks Ground!

Earlier this month, developers Ellis Partners and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and the City celebrated the groundbreaking for a new office tower at 1100 Broadway. The new, LEED-certified tower project will also include the restoration of the national historic landmark Key System Building, which was built in 1911 and shuttered after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. This vacant corner lot, in the heart of Oakland’s downtown, has been fenced off for nearly 30 years. The project will create 500 jobs on-site during construction and provide office space for approximately 1,700 new workers once it opens for business, including employees of the University of California Office of the President, the anchor tenant. Construction is slated to be completed by December 2019.

Key Building at 1100 Broadway

Photo courtesy Ellis Partners and Intercontinental Real Estate

Downtown Plan

Downtown Specific Plan: Help Design Downtown’s Neighborhoods

In February, the City will hold the next round of community meetings for the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan. These sessions will put the pencil in your hands as you show the design team where the problem areas and opportunity sites are in your neighborhood. Attendees will apply the input gained at earlier community forums regarding equity, development, arts & culture, infrastructure and housing to the design of specific neighborhoods.

  • Central Core: Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
  • Uptown and KONO: Saturday, February 10 | 3:00-6:00 pm Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
  • Old Oakland: Sunday, February 11 | 2:00-5:00 pm Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
  • Chinatown: Tuesday, February 13 | 5:30-8:00 pm 
    OACC, 388 9th St. Suite 290

For more information about the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan, please visit our outreach page at https://www.eqtdto.com or http://oaklandnet.com/plandowntownoakland. 

Downtown Neighborhood Map

Oakland is Getting Safer

Along with the economic growth of the last five years, Oakland has also become steadily safer since 2012. The FBI's violent crime index has dropped 23 percent, with the steepest declines in shootings, homicides and robberies. OPD has also reported a 75% drop in use of force incidents for that time period. Peter Kim, Interim Director of the City's new Department of Violence Prevention and Manager of the Oakland Unite Division of the Human Services Department, said, "Our efforts have always focused on interrupting violence now as it is occurring and preventing future violence. Oakland's holistic approach - addressing the complex and multiple risk factors associated with violence: poverty, unemployment, discrimination, substance abuse, educational failure, fragmented families and domestic abuse - has contributed to the significant decline in violence.”

Chart showing crime decline and use of Ceasefire program in Oakland

New Bonus Incentive for Landlords to Create Affordable Housing

Thousands of housing units are under construction in Oakland today, but the City also wants to encourage property owners to make affordable units available now. To meet the urgent need, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) officials announced new financial incentives for property owners in existing properties to accept low-income families as renters and help ease the city's affordable housing crisis. The new "Housing Oakland" program gives property owners who sign a contract with OHA, and allow a family to move in using Section 8 assistance, a $500 cash signing bonus and up to $2,500 in interest-free loans for repairs and upgrades. Issued by OHA, Section 8 vouchers help people with low incomes rent homes on the private market. To learn more about these incentives for landlords, click here

Get Certified as a Local Business

Oakland-based firms can get updates on local contracting opportunities and gain a competitive edge for contracts by registering with the City as a Very Small, Small, Local, or Locally Produced Goods Business Enterprise. The City's Contracts & Compliance division ensures that local businesses are preferred partners for City investments. This division is currently surveying local businesses on their previous experience competing for City contracts. If you have contracted or tried to contract with the City in the past, please participate by January 31 at  www.oaklanddisparitystudy.com.

Time to Start Planning for Summer Employment

What do you remember about your first job and how it shaped your view about work? Each year, the Workforce Development Board supports the experiences of hundreds of Oakland youth to realize meaningful summer work experiences with local businesses. Your business can participate in this important work in 2018 as we aim to double the number of businesses who host interns this summer and beyond. To learn more please contact Christina Gutierrez at 510.238.6856 or email her at cgutierrez2@oaklandnet.com

Student Intern at Kaiser

Many thanks to Kaiser Permanente for their continued support and participation in the Workforce Development Board's summer employment program.

Did You Catch Oakland at the Sundance Film Festival?

Two of the most anticipated independent films at this year’s Sundance Film Festivalheld last week in Park City, UT, were made by Oakland artists and are set in Oakland: festival opener Blindspotting, by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You. Both films were immediately picked up for distribution after their festival premiere, so get ready to see Oakland on the big screen! The Oakland Film Office reported a 38% increase in filming days in Oakland last year. For more details on organizing a film shoot in Oakland, please contact the Oakland Film Office’s Jim Macilvaine.

Film still from the Oakland movie blindspotting

Film still from the movie Blindspotting featuring co-producers and co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.


Opening a Business? Contact us!

Business Assistance Center

New! Business Permits Navigator

New! ZoningCheck

Quarterly Economic Dashboard

Minimum Wage & Employment Laws 

KivaZip Oakland

Foreign Trade Zone


Bibo Salon
Bird & Buffalo
Cafe Umami
Chow Cafe, Bakery & Market
Perle Wine Bar
Umber Magazine


Kiva Oakland Celebration
Jan 31 @ OakStop

Black History Month Events
Throughout Feb

Art Murmur
Feb 2 @ Multiple locations

Umber Magazine Pop-Up
Feb 2 @ Kuhl Frames & Art

How the New Tax Law Affects Small Businesses and Their Owners
Feb 2 @ SCORE

Lunar New Year
Feb 3 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Lunar New Year Bazaar
Feb 3 & 4 @ Oakland Chinatown

Black History Tour
Feb 10 @ Kaiser Auditorium

Laughfest 2018
Feb 10 @ Paramount Theater

Retail Basics
Feb 12 @ SCORE

The Business of Art
Feb 14 @ Oakland Metropolitan Chamber

The Buck Starts Here
Feb 18 @ Jack London Sq

Beloved Oakland
Feb 18 @ Fox Theater

Drinks and Discourse: Angela Tsay
Feb 22 @ SPUR Oakland

Lunar New Year Chinatown Tour
Feb 24 @ 388 9th St

Everything You Need to Know to Start A Business in the Bay
Feb 24 @ Port Workspaces


Want A Permit To Sell Cannabis? It Will Cost You
Jan 25, Youth Radio

Turning Oakland into CIM's city: How this L.A. developer staked a major presence — but stayed out of the spotlight
Jan 25, San Francisco Business Times

New developer wants to bring down housing costs through smart design
Jan 25, San Francisco Business Times

Check It Out: A Date With Coffee and Cats in Oakland
Jan 24, NBC Bay Area

Oakland's largest affordable project in four years starts construction next to BART
Jan 24, San Francisco Business Times

Starting A Business In Oakland Using Online Tools
Jan 24, California Patch

Northern California Cities Remain Prime Locales For CRE Investors Jan 24, BisNow

New Chow Cafe, Bakery, & Market Ready to Feed Oakland on Piedmont Ave.
Jan 24, SFEater.com

TRI Pointe swoops in to build 128 condos in West Oakland
Jan 23, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland officials want mandatory soft-story seismic retrofits
Jan 23, East Bay Times

Chef Tanya Holland: 'Oakland Really Wants Authenticity'
Jan 23, ABC7

Treasury Wine Estates moves 70 jobs from Napa to Oakland
Jan 23, The Press

City Launches Tools To Simplify Permit Process For Businesses
Jan 23, SFGate

These High-Density Housing Projects Will Transform Oakland's Skyline
Jan 23, BisNow

How Restaurants Are Surviving Higher Minimum Wages
Jan 23, eater.com

Oakland Eats: Stay Gold Deli expands, 130 Cafe debuts, other restaurants close
Jan 22, ABC7

A Guide To Oakland's Neighborhood Craft Breweries
Jan 19, ABC7

Cannabis Tech Company Partners with Nonprofit to Increase Social Equity in Cannabis
Jan 19, Ganjapreneur

Why Bay Area Is A Winner After Losing HQ2 Bid
Jan 18, BisNow

Incentives announced for more low-income housing in Oakland
Jan 17, KTVU

Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves
Jan 17, East Bay Express

Amid union clashes, another hotel aims to set up shop in Oakland 
Jan 17, San Francisco Business Times

Will Oakland build more housing than San Francisco in 2018?
Jan 17, San Francisco Business Times

Oaksterdam University Introduces New Online Affiliate Program That Gives Back to the Community and Pays Commission; Helps in Meeting Growing Demands for Qualified Cannabis Industry Growers, Staff, and Representatives
Jan 17, MG Retailer

Developers Ellis Partners and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation Break Ground on "The Key at 12th"
Jan 12, PR Newswire

Oakland approves two more towers, adding to building boom 
Jan 11, San Francisco Business Times

Stoned Drivers Help Oakland Company Test Marijuana Breathalyzer
Jan 11, NBC Bay Area

Developers in contract to buy Oakland tower site
Jan 10, San Francisco Business Times

Norwegian Air adds more London, readies for Rome, Paris from Oakland
Jan 10, SFGate.com

Port of Oakland reflects dynamic business culture of Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Jan 10, Logistics Management

As Oakland evolves, its longtime farmers’ market adapts. Again.
Jan 10, San Francisco Chronicle

Meet Oakland's 10 largest private employers 
Jan 9, San Francisco Business Times

Long-awaited West Oakland grocery store bags financing, groundbreaking date
Jan 9, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland A’s show off new state-of-the-art headquarters, but still no word on new stadium site
Jan 9, East Bay Times

TMG Partners aims for huge new office tower in Oakland's Uptown district
Jan 8, San Francisco Business Times

To End A Food Desert, These Community Members Opened Their Own Grocery
Jan 8, Fast Company

Oakland's Grand Lake Kitchen to Expand to Dimond District
Jan 3, East Bay Express

Bird & Buffalo to Bring Thai Soul Food to North Oakland 
Jan 2, East Bay Express

Where Politics Meets Pastry in Oakland
Jan 2, Food & Wine

Biking the Bay Bridge
VIA, January 2018

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