06/03/2021 12:49 pm (The Berkeley Post) - by Max Levine Cob on Wood is a one of a kind community hub centered in the encampment on Wood St. In West Oaklamd, Ca. The communal kitchen, bathroom, showers, health center, free shop, pizza oven, fire pit and stage are all services available to the 100 to 200 residents for free. It has been built with private funding and resident labor amd sponsored by 3 not for profits, EFAM, ABC and LES.
On Thursday i came by in the morning to observe the camp amd chat with residents. As I sat at the Sunny picnic table over the next hour I saw at least 10 residents come in and use the shower, kitchen, bathroom amd health center. This is definitely a shared services model that is being used by many people. The alternative that these people had to take showers prior to the shower being built was a truck that came around once a week and pushed out water for them to shower with. Having a kitchen with a refrigerator is a huge improvement. The health center has tons of different supplies that the residents can all take for free. This is truly a model that is unique and it could easily be replicated at other encampments.
CalTrans and the city of Oakland have a very methodical way of shutting down an encampment. Rather than shut the whole encampment down at once, they squeeze it down to smaller and smaller spaces in an effort to squeeze everyone out slowly. On Wood Street they have three phases. The first phase has already occurred and you can see in some of the pictures that they have scraped everything off and set up cement barriers (see photos). Phase 2 would lemonade the shared service shared services and buildings that have been put up for showering and kitchen etc. Once those are removed then it really takes a lot of the activation and life out of the site.
CalTrans is hoping that their phase small step approach, will affect less people all at once and keeps it lower profile and out of the media
5/23/21 - The Berkeley Post - West Oakland ABC, a grass roots, on the ground not for profit group helped oversee the clean-up effort at the Wood St. encampment with the help of volunteers from EFAM and Con on Wood.
Residents of the encampment were recently offered a deal to be allowed to stay if they cleaned up and cared for the land. Cal Trans backed out on the deal last week and plans to demolish the encampment soon.
05/21/2021 5:49 pm (The Berkeley Post) - by Staff Writers Oakland closed down any new registration for state and federal Cares Act and SB91 funds. One employee of BACS, who asked to remain anonymous said, “the system is overwhelmed. We need more people to help
process applications.” New landlord/tenant eviction prevention funds shut down suddenly on Mat 17, leaving many stranded. Tenants and landlords are in disbelief since there are still funds buy no way to apply for them. This comes at a bad time when the eviction protection is close to expiring. See City of Oakland webpage:
5/19/21 - West Oakland, CA - 100s of K-bars have been brought in by Cal Trans. many of the residents speculate that these will be used to further shut down parts of the Wood St. Encampment, one of the largest in Oakland. One resident commented CalTrans’ attitude is to “push us in to one spot, push us out and clean us out like a trash compactor.”
05/17/2021 9:21pm (The Berkeley Post) - by Max Levine - In a deal verbally agreed on between Cal Trans, residents onsite and Councilwoman Fife’s office, the residents would be free to continue to stay on the Cal Trans land in exchange for cleaning up the site. Ironically,
5/16/21 UPDATE: $60,000 surpassed in GoFundMe
05/11/2021 5:21pm (The Berkeley Post) - by BP writers - Cob on Wood passes $50,000 in donations!
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04/27/2021 5:49 pm (The Berkeley Post) - by Max Levine - Illegal evictions of Oakland Wood St residents starts today - 5 residents at Wood St. Encampment were told to relocate today. They were given limited notice, pressured by outside stakeholders, large tractors and heavy machinery.
03/16/2021 5:49 pm (The Berkeley Post) - by Max Levine - In the Mayors virtual town hall meeting today, hosted by Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley, the City announced that those 16-64 who are medically compromised, with underlying medical conditions, are now eligible to be vacinated.
02/19/2021 7:49am (The Berkeley Post) - by Max Levine - In one of the latest developments of new tech players landing in Berkeley, Taiwan based HTC Corp has recently purchased a 3 story building in a prime Berkeley neighborhood centralized to UC Berkeley and great restaurants. Co-founder, Cher Wang, actually has roots in Berkeley, having graduated UCB with a Master of Arts. It appears that some of all of their San Francisco operations may move out of SF.
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Barriers dropped off on North part of Wood St. Across from Game Changersj