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
5/19/21 - 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.”
5/19/21 - West Oakland, CA - More K-bars further south.
5/19/21 - West Oakland, CA - The bulldozers make space for the barriers.
05/14/21 - WEST OAKLAND, CA - Clement barriers (“k bars”) being erected by CalTrans on the Central/North side across from Game Changers lot.
1/17/2021 - WEST OAKLAND, CA - 6 portable toilets were brought in to Wood St. this morning around 9:30am under CHP escort To be used by Cal Trans employees during evictions.