Request #RT-302
1. We note that on your blog for April 26, 2012, under Wildfire Prevention, you mention that your office had initiated a performance audit of the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District. We would appreciate your telling us where we can see the performance audit online. If it is not available online, please tell us how we can obtain a copy of that report. 2. We are also and especially interested in the WPAD Financial Status Report, prepared for the June 2013 Committee Meeting, as seen below. We note that under Vegetation Management Program, the amount spent year to date was $1,030,047. We would like to have specific details of how that total of $1,030,047 was spent. Does it include money paid to the Oakland Fire Department for Inspections to assure that the landscaping is in compliance with the Fire Code? Does that amount also include money paid for clearing weeds along roadsides of major routes? Does it also include money paid for fuel reduction (other than goat grazing which we see as a separate expense) on City of Oakland property? We note that $45,092 was spent for support services for the Inspections program. What support services does this amount pay for? We assume that OFD firefighters or contractors that it hires do the actual inspections and roadside clearance, and that the WPAD then disburses the money to the OFD to pay for the work. Is that assumption correct? Are the firefighters who do these inspections off duty at the time, or is this work that they do while they are on duty at one of the fire stations?


September 17, 2013 via web


October 10, 2013


City Auditor





Point of Contact

Marti Y Paschal

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We released all of the requested documents.
October 16, 2013, 1:28pm by Rebecca Kozak (Staff)
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October 16, 2013, 10:46am
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This Fire Department's response to the questions in #2 is attached.
October 16, 2013, 10:44am by Rebecca Kozak (Staff)
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Request extended:Additional time is required to answer your public records request. We need to search for, collect, or examine a large number of records (Government Code Section 6253(c)(2)).
October 11, 2013, 9:54am by Rebecca Kozak (Staff)
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The Fire Department is addressing question #2 and needs additional time to respond because of the need to search for, collect or examine a voluminous amount of records requested. We will answer #2 of your request on October 10, 2013.
September 26, 2013, 3:37pm by Rebecca Kozak (Staff)
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The Office of the City Auditor is conducting a performance audit to assess the Fire Prevention Bureau’s effectiveness in performing vegetation management inspections within Oakland’s Fire Hazard Severity Zone (i.e. the majority of the Oakland Hills area). All audit information and analysis is confidential until the Office finalizes its fieldwork and reporting process and publically issues the final audit report. The Fire Department Vegetation Inspection Audit will be released by the end of this year, at which point the report will be available on our website (; please sign up for our email list on our website if you would like to be notified when the audit is released (you can do so here At that time we would be happy to address any additional questions you may have. Your remaining questions will be addressed in a separate response from the Oakland Fire Department.
September 19, 2013, 4:45pm by Maya Collins (Staff)