This Friday - Manufacturing Day in San Leandro

Courtesy of the City of San Leandro - see details below:

San Leandro’s long history of making and manufacturing continues to thrive with our participation in this year’s Manufacturing Day, October 5th 2018. Some of the events scheduled for this day:

  • Scandic Springs Tour from 8am to noon (register here)

  • Urban Bloc Tours at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30am (transforming shipping containers? Cool! Register here)

  • General Foundry Service Tour at 10am (If you’ve never been in a foundry, this is a must see. Register here, and note that you’ll need closed toe shoes)

  • Halus Power Systems Tour from 1:00 – 2:00pm (remanufacturing 100kw wind turbines. Register here)

  • 21st Amendment Brewery Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm (register here)

  • Manufacturer’s Appreciation Event at Drake’s First Friday – 4:30pm – 6:30pm (learn more and RSVP here)

Here’s a map of these events for ease of navigating, and more information about this fascinating day.

Jose Corona Op Ed on Opportunity Zones

Jose Corona - member of the Oakland Fab City steering committee and Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships for the office of Mayor Schaaf - on equity in Opportunity Zones created by the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

He cites this PolicyLink brief on these strategies as the basis for a general argument: if Opportunity Zones are managed like similar initiatives in the past, they will produce similarly unsatisfactory results. In order to produce different outcomes, capital to support projects in Opportunity Zones needs to be directed toward projects which produce equitable growth, avoid displacement, and create broad-based opportunity.

Fab Cities are built on healthy, broad-based local economy, and need new investment models to thrive.

Read more below.

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Fri Sep 21 - Emerging Manufacturer Support Road Show at Laney College

We're hitting the road, to identify and connect resources throughout the area for the benefit of Elevator Works and Oakland's Fab City activities!


We'll be hosting events every Third Friday, at different locations throughout the city. Let us know if you'd like to host an upcoming Peer Support Group session!

You: entrepreneur, marketer, investor, inventor, maker, hustler, creator, or just interested in all this.

We: a group of your peers looking for ways to help each other succeed - to get products to market, to help companies grow, to connect partners with each other, to find new solutions to the problems we face every day. We want your help, and to share our resources with you!

Wanna know more about Fab City? Check out our Fab City resource center.

What's an ADU? and why should I care?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an emerging category of residential construction. What we used to call an 'in-law' built inside or next to an existing home has promise to solve several problems of today's city.

Retention, Anti-Displacement

ADU regulations allow existing homeowners to build on their existing property, by making it easier for those homeowners to get permits which can expand a single-family dwelling by adding one or more small dwelling units. The framework keeps the size of these units small, which tends to keep construction costs low.

The way that units like this have tended to be built is for 'flippers', or small residential developers, to buy homes from homeowners, invest in permits and buildout of these structures, and resell or rent the now-more-valuable property.

When working properly, ADUs can allow homeowners to unlock the value of the land their homes sit on, and let them stay in our city.

Increased Housing Stock

Our cities need a significant increase in the number of residential units - homes, apartments, cottages, and others - to meet the demand of our growing population. Housing development has lagged population growth for years, and it will take some time to catch up.

Large-scale apartment/condo/townhouse developments are one part of the solution, but augmenting these strategies with thousands or tens of thousands of homeowners who can build individual units means an uptick in the number of project drivers - we are less dependent on large, risky, high cost, long-term development ventures to build our housing stock. Distributed risk and distributed benefit result from ADUs at significant scale.

Increased Density in Low-Rise Neighborhoods

Many residential neighborhoods in our city prefer buildings and homes to stay low to the ground - five story and taller buildings might be welcome (or at least accepted) in high-traffic commercial corridors, but on our residential streets, we're still a one- and two-story city. ADUs increase infill construction, bringing higher neighborhood density, which helps with all sorts of other problems. Busier streets are safer streets. Denser neighborhoods can support retail services, keeping dollars circulating within them. Transit functions better when riders use it. Tax revenues increase. Schools are busier and better funded.


Check out the infographic below for more on ADUs - via our friends at blink!Lab, and @letsgoADU.

Micro-Manufacturing Peer Support Group - Friday Aug 17


Oakland is a Fab City!

You are the emerging manufacturers who will create new systems, new ways of working, new products, new materials, and generally new ideas. In order to achieve long term goals of increasing local production and sustainability, we need to find ways to help each other. 

Come join us, meet each other, and enjoy a snack and a beverage before you start your weekend. We promise - it's worth your time.

5pm, Fri Aug 18, at Elevator Works