Uber Will Park in Oakland

Uber expand to Uptown, David Silver becomes the city’s education czar, and Phil Tagami struggles with coal exporting.


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Uber Move

Uber is expanding to Oakland, buying the former Sears building on Broadway with 350,000 square feet of space. The ride-for-hire company expects to add 2,000 to 3,000 employees. Uber has said it expects to be in Oakland by 2017.

 

Night Owls

UC Berkeley research suggests that people who keep late hours gain weight more easily, no matter how much they sleep. Lead author, clinical psychology doctoral student Lauren Asarnow, recommends nine hours of sleep per night.

 

Thirsty Bears

Cal students have launched a petition to bring back two traditions. After remodeling, the pub Bear’s Lair opened with no pitchers or Friday “Beat the Clock,” in which $6 pitchers go up $1 every hour from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Administrators say it discourages binge drinking.

 

Ed Head

Mayor Libby Schaaf has created a city department of education and named David Silver as director of education. He led College Track, a local education nonprofit for underserved kids, and is a former public school principal.

 

Coal Protest

About 200 demonstrators descended on City Hall to protest shipping millions of tons of Utah coal through the former Oakland Army Base. Protesters are concerned about health risks to West Oakland residents.

 

Pre-fab Housing

Oakland developer Rick Holliday, who has been working on a pre-fab apartment complex in San Francisco, is bringing modular construction to two sites in West Oakland and to the San Leandro BART Station.

 

Food Desert

West Oakland won’t be getting a new grocery soon. One was planned for the Jack London Gateway Shopping Center, but West Oakland Marketplace Advancement Company has taken partner Thomas Henderson to court, alleging he owns $3.7 million on the property.

 

Gussied Up

Grand-Lake area Oakland residents were flocking to Grand Fare Market, the shopping-dining emporium at 3265 Grand. Patrons can explore a 1,200-square-foot garden and an indoor marketplace—ice cream, flowers and plants, cheese, and coffee.

 

Hightailing It

Berkeley Honda said its future is uncertain because of a landmark petition involving the site it hopes to occupy. The dealership moved to a temporary site, then leased 2777 Shattuck Ave., the former location of Any Mountain. But it never moved and now must await the landmark decision.

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