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Oakland women aim to ‘eradicate homelessness’ by fundraising to build cabin communities – Oakland North
she realized she “wanted to help eradicate homelessness in Oakland in her lifetime.” Smartt, who is a professional wedding photographer with no previous background in political organizing, said she’d never even walked through a homeless encampment before. But she did some research and realized that she had driven past what city government officials call a “cabin community”—a group of emergency shelters made out of Home Depot’s trademark Tuff Sheds.

In Oakland, these communities are set up by city officials, funded by a mix of private and public donors, and run by the Alameda County nonprofit Operation Dignity. Inside, each cabin is equipped with two tiny cots, a place to charge a phone, and a door that locks. Operation Dignity provides on-site social services to help residents find permanent housing.

This summer, Smartt set a goal of raising enough money to house 30 people in cabins—the number of people she estimated live in the encampment nearest her home.
Oakland  homeless  Piedmont 
24 days ago by Quercki
Schaaf’s “Safe Parking” Site Had Intended Consequences | Hyphenated-Republic
2019-07-13_13-25-53-e1564708276546.pngWhen Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and her City Administrators unveiled the city-run “Safe Parking” site in late June, Schaaf and her administrators made it clear to the invited coterie of corporate news reporters that the city would soon ban overnight parking in the adjacent 85th/Edes corridor. Though warned well ahead of time, no reporter from any local print or broadcast media was on alert for the coming eviction. You can consider this reporter an original source for that data, because I was the sole journalist who reported the arrival of courtesy towing stickers three weeks later on July 11. The square orange stickers the size of a magazine festooned nearly every vehicle along the corridor, warning current inhabitants that they had 72 hours to vacate the area, or be subject to citation and tow.

Dozens of vehicles that had found safe harbor on the corridor for years now had to flee to other parts unknown, and with many adjoining corridors already blocked from overnight parking, this meant they would have to migrate to already congested areas in East Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods. And that was the good news. Many of the corridor’s inhabitants lived in non-functioning vehicles—unregisterable beaters they’d bought for pennies to strictly live in, or vehicles that had once been sound and had broken down over time.
Oakland  homeless  solution  fail 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland homelessness surges 47% — per-capita number now higher than SF and Berkeley -
In the count taken in January using federal guidelines, Oakland had 861 sheltered people and 3,210 unsheltered people, bringing the estimated number of homeless people to 4,071. In 2017, Oakland had 859 sheltered people and 1,902 unsheltered residents, a total of 2,761.

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The spike, which shocked many at City Hall, comes despite efforts by the city to tackle the homelessness problem, including the creation of community cabins and the opening of a safe RV parking site.

“Of course, it is disappointing ... that we’ve had the highest increase, at least in the Bay Area,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “It shows that we need to do more; we need to do things differently and we need to act with a sense of urgency that is greater than anything we’ve seen in the past.”

Oakland’s homelessness rate is now 940 per 100,000 population, slightly higher than San Francisco, at 906, and Berkeley, at 898.

The city’s homeless population accounts for nearly half of Alameda County’s tota
Oakland  homeless  data  20190722 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland ordered to fire 5 officers in fatal shooting - San Francisco Chronicle, 7/19/2019
The Oakland Police Department must fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man last year, a disciplinary oversight panel ruled, in a case that has pitted the department against its court-appointed monitor.

The Oakland Police Commission’s disciplinary committee made its decision July 9 in the 2018 shooting death of Joshua Pawlik, and the department released the panel’s seven-page report on Thursday.

The Police Department offered no comment, but the city administrator said the officers will be given due process, including the opportunity to attend a disciplinary hearing.

The case stems from the March 11, 2018, shooting of 32-year-old Pawlik, who was killed just after waking up between two homes in West Oakland. Pawlik failed to respond to officers’ repeated commands that he take his hand off a gun. Police said he raised the gun and pointed it at them when they opened fire.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has supported the officers. An Oakland police investigative panel, the Community Police Review Agency, exonerated the officers in April, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges.

But the Police Commission’s disciplinary panel said in its ruling that body camera footage of the incident “speaks for itself.”
Oakland  police  shooting  killing  homeless  20180311  20190719 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Opinion: Mayor Must End Obstruction of Independent Police Commission | Post News Group
Oakland’s Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) released a shocking report on May 3 exonerating four Oakland police officers who shot and killed an unconscious man, Joshua Pawlik, on March 11, 2018.

According to the report, Oakland police spent nearly an hour observing Mr. Pawlik while he lay on the ground, yet it took mere seconds for officers to kill him as he allegedly began to regain consciousness.

In January 2019, internal investigations by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) concluded that the officers’ use of lethal force was “objectively reasonable,” and that only minor discipline should be imposed on two supervisors, Sergeant Negrete, and Lieutenant Yu, for leadership failures.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick then reduced the recommended discipline for supervisory failures, in effect, allowing her officers to escape nearly all responsibility after killing a sleeping man.

Kirkpatrick’s findings caught the attention of Robert Warshaw, a former police chief who serves as the Federal Monitor and Compliance Director for Oakland’s long-running Negotiated Settlement Agreement, a 2003 federal court settlement that was only supposed to last for five years.

In his report, Warshaw found that Kirkpatrick’s assessment was “disappointing and myopic,” and that OPD’s internal investigations were “deficient, non-invasive, and replete with leading questions that served as attempts to support the justification of the officers’ actions.”
Oakland  police  killing  homeless  Pawlik  sleep 
may 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Police Commission Rejects Report Exonerating Officers in 2018 Shooting – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) — Oakland’s Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to reject a report exonerating four Oakland police officers in the shooting of an armed homeless man in West Oakland in March 2018.

Commission chair Regina Jackson blasted the report as “flawed.” Jackson said the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) — the investigative arm of the commission which authored the report — conducted only one interview and failed to videotape the interview, as required by city ordinance. Jackson stressed that her objections to the report were about process and procedure, not the outcome of the report.
Oakland  police  killing  homeless 
may 2019 by Quercki
ALAMEDA COUNTYEVERYONE COUNTS HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIMECOUNT AND SURVEY2017Every two years, during the last 10 days of January, communities across the country conduct comprehensive counts of the local homeless populations in order to measure the prevalence of homelessness in each local Continuum of Care. The 2017 Alameda County Point-in-Time Count was a community-wide effort conducted on January 30, 2017. The entire county was canvassed by teams of volunteers and guides with lived experience. In the weeks following the street count, a survey was administered to 1,228 unsheltered and sheltered homeless individuals, in order to profile their experience and characteristics
Alameda  county  homeless  data 
may 2019 by Quercki
A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home. Then came the calls to police -
in Piedmont. The homeowner, Terrence McGrath, did something few in his position would dare do: He opened his doors to homeless people in need.

Poor, black homeless people — in a mostly white, rich neighborhood.

Dunston and Mckinzie are more than turning heads whenever they venture out onto the sidewalk of Hampton Road — he’s 61 with a stooped walk and she’s 53 with a slight limp. They’re prompting phone calls to the local police.

“My officers are very familiar with who’s living in that house and what (the homeowner’s) trying to do,” Piedmont police Capt. Chris Monahan told me. “When people have called, we’ve not even responded. We’ve called them and said, ‘Oh no, those are the people that live in the house. (The homeowner’s) trying to help them.’ ”

McGrath, who is white,
Piedmont  homeless 
may 2019 by Quercki
Oakland police chief defends officer discipline in Joshua Pawlik shooting – East Bay Times
By David DeBolt | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick defended herself in response to criticism over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man, telling a federal judge on Wednesday she “personally reviewed all the evidence.”

“I know this is not the time or place to litigate the specifics of the (shooting) but I do want you to know that I did not simply sign off” on the case, the chief told U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

In recent weeks, the federal monitor expressed disappointment in how the internal investigation of the 2018 shooting of Joshua Pawlik was handled. For example, monitor Robert Warshaw was upset that a sergeant in the shooting did not face stricter discipline.

Kirkpatrick, who was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, City Attorney Barbara Parker and several members of the OPD, also defended her department against claims it is sliding in its reform effort. Oakland is entering its 17th year of federal oversight, the longest such program in the country.
Oakland  police  murder  homeless  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
april 2019 by Quercki
San Francisco Bay View » When the white man who shot up an upscale Oakland neighborhood first shot me, a homeless man, nobody cared; I was the criminal
When the white man who shot up an upscale Oakland neighborhood first shot me, a homeless man, nobody cared; I was the criminal
September 18, 2018

by Patrick Reddic

Civil rights attorney John Burris holds a new conference to tell how Patrick Reddic (left), a homeless disabled man, was criminalized and his warning ignored when he was the victim of white shooter Jesse Enjaian, who later shot up his upscale neighborhood. Burris’ associates speaking to the press were attorneys Adante Pointer (far right) and Melissa Nold, out of view on the far left. – Photo: Jetta Rae, Hoodline

On Feb. 14, 2017, I was shot with a rifle by a sniper named Jesse Enjaian, a white guy. I was a homeless man sleeping in my car. I had parked for the night on the street in front of his house on the 9500 block of Las Vegas Avenue near Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.

He shot out all four of my tires, all my windows, my dashboard got a bullet hole in it and my head was grazed by a bullet. I woke up to bullets flying, hit my horn, jumped out of my car and hollered for help.

Neighbors called the police. It was just before 8 a.m., and many were out getting in their cars to go to work or take their children to school. I’d been parking and sleeping on that block for a while and was known in the neighborhood.

I saw Jesse Enjaian standing in front of his house holding his rifle. I had no idea he was the shooter and asked him for help. He told me: “Get off my property, you fucking nigger! I’m the one who shot you.”

The police talked to seven eyewitnesses. Every one of them said that I was not the problem. “Jesse is the problem,” they said. “He’s got the gun.”
Oakland  shooting  White  Black  homeless 
september 2018 by Quercki
Alameda County deputy helps man get ID after police stop
On Nov. 2, Swalwell decided to write Myers a ticket — until he realized he did not have an identification card, wondered why and then wanted to help.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly, who shared the story to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Facebook account Wednesday, said Myers had gone without a driver’s license for so long that DMV had purged him from their records. He had become an invisible man.

“We had to start over like he never existed,” Kelly said.

Alameda County Deputy Jacob Swalwell, right, helped Hayward panhandler Michael Myers, left, obtain a new California identification card. (Courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff's Office)
Driven by Swalwell to a local DMV office, Myers was initially refused an ID because he did not have three official documents proving his residency in Hayward, Kelly said. Swalwell didn’t give up and later signed an official letter from the sheriff’s office and got a second one from Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton.

But it was the third document — Myers’ birth certificate which Swalwell found in county records — that helped the man find out who he really is. Myers, who was adopted as a young child, learned that his biological mother was born in Kansas City, Missouri, that he was born at Highland Hospital in Oakland and that his first name is really Gordon, not Michael. Michael is his middle name.
ID  police  homeless  help 
january 2018 by Quercki
Oakland approves homeless ordinance to allow ‘tuff sheds' as temporary solution - Story | KTVU
"Often times homeless people don't want to move into shelters where there's just a large room of cots. Often there are hours with check in and check out. These are adults. We cannot force them to take these services," she said. But she noted that the new shelters would be closer to the tent-situation that they're currently in. 

"They provide some form of privacy."  

The outdoor complexes, which will be able to house up to 40 people, also aim to keep communities together. The goal, Schaaf said, is to get the residents into a better situation in six months. 

"'Tuff sheds' are not designed to be permanent places of residence. They are not 'tiny homes'. 

The cost of the project is estimated at $450,000 a year for the City of Oakland, which includes all of the supportive services such as 24-hour security, housing navigators, mental health and addiction services. 
Oakland  homeless  solution 
october 2017 by Quercki
Black Activists Rally For Unarmed White Man Shot by Cops - Counter Current News
The phrase “white lives matter” has recently come to be considered by many as a typically racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement. But since white and black lives BOTH matter, should the groups work together and support each other instead of butting heads?

According to Dennis Romero of LA Weekly, one group of mostly African-American civil rights leaders is stepping up to question a deputy’s shooting of an unarmed, white, homeless man in Castaic — because it just might be the right thing to do.

“We can’t only be advocates when black people are killed by police unjustly,” says Najee Ali, founder of Project Islamic Hope.

Ali is organizing a coalition of civil rights groups, including Project Islamic Hope, the National Action Network and the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable, which will call on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an investigation of the shooting.
BlackLivesMatter  White  homeless  police  murder  killing 
september 2016 by Quercki

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