Request #19-4037

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all publicly available records of the following:


  1. All documents that detail spending on homeless encampment removals, relocations, and clean-ups by the City of Oakland for the fiscal years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019.


  1. A copy of City of Oakland policy concerning the identification of unsanctioned or illegal homeless encampments, notification of said encampments’ residents of impending removal or cleaning, and the confiscation and disposal of personal effects seized during sweeps of said encampments on public or private land.


  1. A copy of the papers or forms warning of an impending encampment removal or cleaning and the form left for the assumed owners of personal effects seized during sweeps of unsanctioned/illegal homeless encampments on public or private land in the City of Oakland. 


  1. Any and all records of call-outs, requests, or scheduled instances of homeless encampment removals, relocations, and/or clean-ups by City of Oakland employees or subcontracted agencies from 2017, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019 to present. This is intended for Public Works or other agency employees’ records, and does not include Oakland Police Department call-outs unless OPD was the only city agency responding to said call-out.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $1.00.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of San Francisco Bay Area cities’ spending on and treatment of homeless citizens. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.


Brian Howey


August 12, 2019 via email


August 30, 2019


Human Services





Point of Contact

Rose Rubel

Department Assignment Public
Removed: Public Works.
November 8, 2019, 10:36am
Document(s) Released Public
Homeless Encampment Work Orders 2016-2019.xlsx
Notice to Vacate Encampment.pdf
Open Data Export 2019-0813, Homeless Encampment, only.csv.xlsx
November 8, 2019, 10:22am
Due Date Changed Public
08/30/2019 (was 08/22/2019). Still gathering information
August 23, 2019, 11:07am
Department Assignment Public
Added: Human Services.
August 13, 2019, 2:24pm
Department Assignment Public
Public Works
August 12, 2019, 3:15pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
August 12, 2019, 3:15pm