Request #19-2499

All documentation of lead-testing and other hazardous materials or toxic materials-testing conducted by the City of Oakland at Community Cabin/Tuff Shed sites leased from Caltrans—Castro site, Northgate site, Mandela site. Documents including the tests reports themselves; purchase orders and invoices for tests. The tests are a condition of the Caltrans leases.

Please release documents as they are found and become available. Reason suggests the test reports should be easily found within a short timeframe, for example.


May 15, 2019 via web


May 28, 2019


City Administrator





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Rose Rubel

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All responsive documents for this request have been provided.

June 26, 2019, 1:55pm
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According to CAO staff, there are no communications with Caltrans concerning the part of the lease that deals with soil testing and/or contamination at the Northgate site.

June 26, 2019, 1:53pm by Rose Rubel (Staff)
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There are areas of the Northgate encampment that aren't asphalted and this is plainly visible from outside the encampment. But this is the official response: that no communications about Northgate's lead exist between Caltrans and city of Oakland?

June 21, 2019, 3:44pm by the requester
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The language in the lease regarding testing is a standard provision in all such leases. For the Northgate site, there was no communication with Caltrans regarding this part of the lease because no testing was required at this site.

June 21, 2019, 3:40pm by Rose Rubel (Staff)
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It seemed the Northgate lease obligated the city to conduct lead testing where necessary. The lot is not completely paved. In lieu of test data which you assert does not exist, please provide communications with Caltrans concerning the part of the lease that deals with soil testing and contamination. 

June 21, 2019, 11:16am by the requester
Document(s) Released Public
#19-2499 - MandelaSite_DTSCApproval Letter & Investigation Report_FormerCypressConnectorRampSite.pdf
June 21, 2019, 10:14am
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The Castro site was not leased from Caltrans. The Northgate site is a paved lot, therefore no testing was required. Regarding Mandela, the City was able to rely on the testing Caltrans had done already and that test is uploaded. Uploaded document also includes approval letter from the CA Department of Toxic Substance Control indicating approval of the City’s plans to address any contamination concerns.

June 21, 2019, 10:14am by Rose Rubel (Staff)
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City Administrator
May 15, 2019, 3:02pm
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Request received via web
May 15, 2019, 3:02pm