Last night there was a meeting at Mastick hosted by the City of Alameda to discuss the City’s plan to address the long term encampments at Sweeney Park. The action plan, per the press release from earlier this month included:
1) Enter into an agreement with Operation Dignity, a nonprofit based in Oakland and Alameda, to provide an initial assessment of homeless people living in Alameda. This will be accomplished over six weeks with a mobile outreach team that will engage with homeless individuals to do a comprehensive survey of their basic needs, housing history, mental health and substance abuse issues, and other background information.
2) Bring this Action Plan to SSHRB on September 22 to receive and incorporate their feedback and suggestions.
3) In mid-October, bring to Council for approval a one-year agreement with Operation Dignity to provide on-site case management services to homeless individuals in an effort to get people housed and accessing available services when possible.
4) Notices were posted August 19 throughout the park to inform people that construction is coming and the general timeframe.
5) Alameda Police Department (APD) will post the legally required 30-day eviction notices once the exact timeframe for the first construction phase of Sweeney Park is confirmed, anticipated to be in November/December. When construction begins, a temporary fence will be erected around the construction zone. APD will store any remaining personal belongings of occupants of the encampment as required by law.
6) Operation Dignity will continue to provide case management for any homeless people remaining in the park and throughout the City.
7) On November 1, the City will apply for a StopWaste state grant for funding to clean up hazardous materials from abandoned encampments.
8) Mid- to long-term options being considered for the remaining undeveloped areas of the park include:
a. Install temporary solar lighting throughout undeveloped areas.
b. Use a goat abatement service to clear brush and ensure better visibility into the area.
c. Make a determination on whether to keep the undeveloped areas open to the public or remain fenced.
9) Throughout this process the police department will respond to any issue that requires immediate attention.
Relatedly there was a SeeClickFix ticket opened on this issue and some of the responses sounded well meaning at first but, instead, opted to present some of the residents of the homeless encampment in the worse possible terms and play to some of the most base stereotypes about homeless individuals. According to this poster he is a running for some kind of political office, I am unsure which one, with a “running mate” who has been prolific on NextDoor lauding a certain editor of another blog “nominating” him for Mayor. (insert eye roll here).
Anyway, here are some of the “stories” that this future elected official captured and posted on SeeClickFix, clearly he has nothing but the best interests of these folks at heart.
I’m not sure who would openly share anything with this dude who has now used these people’s personal stories in some cynical political attempt to get the Beltline “cleaned up.” If this guy really cared about the people living at Sweeney Park he wouldn’t be framing their stories as “well, they could work, but they don’t want to” or “pretty sure these are the people that are committing all the petty theft.” Hopefully this guy is not on a future canvassing team for outreach to Alameda’s population.