March 11, 2021 Enforcement Committee Meeting Summary

Four members of the Enforcement Committee – Chair Scharff, Commissioner Gilmore, Commissioner Vasquez, and Commissioner Wagenknecht – attended the virtual March 11, 2021, BCDC Enforcement Committee meeting. The public was able to participate by submitting written comments by email prior to the meeting, by phone, or by accessing the meeting via a link posted on the Commission's website. View only access was also provided via Facebook Live.

After approving minutes of the prior meeting, the Committee received an update on enforcement case resolution in 2021. As of March 9, 2021, staff has opened 31 new cases and closed 47 cases. The total caseload is 195 cases, down 16 cases from the 211 caseload as of December 31, 2020. The case update on the agenda was deferred to a later date when more comprehensive details on the resolution of certain cases can be provided.

Joe DeVries, the City of Oakland's Director of Interdepartmental Operations, provided an update on the City's progress in complying with Cease and Desist Order No. CCD2020.001.00, which the Commission approved in October 2020 to address the situation in Union Point Park. He stated that he was speaking on behalf of Latonda Simmons, Assistant City Administrator, who was at Union Point Park to ensure timely encampment closure in accordance with the City's plans. Mr. DeVries informed the Committee that the homeless encampment at Union Point Park is in the process of being closed with occupants having agreed to relocate to a self-governed site elsewhere once it is established. He noted that cleanup is underway and the City has provided containers for storage of the resident's personal property. Mr. DeVries reiterated the City's commitment to meet their obligations under Order No. CCD2020.001.00 including a park activation plan and an encampment enforcement plan consistent with the terms of the City of Oaklands encampment management policy that was passed in October 2020.
For details on the briefings, contact Priscilla Njuguna (415-352-3640, priscilla.njuguna@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next meeting of the Enforcement Committee is scheduled to be held from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday March 24, 2021. It is anticipated to also be an online-only virtual meeting with no physical location for attendees and participants to congregate.