The longstanding encampment on the median along East 12th Street, 18th Ave. to 14th Ave. has long posed various public health and safety concerns for those living nearby; business owners; encampment residents themselves; and has exacerbated traffic safety concerns.
From 2018 through 2020, Oakland firefighters responded to calls for 88 confirmed fires at this site, and fires increased significantly since then, with 53 confirmed fires in 2021 alone. In the last year, Oakland police have responded to multiple counts of assault, shootings, arson – and a homicide. Public works and transportation staff have responded to numerous, persistent reports that streetlights, traffic signals, and other essential safety infrastructure elements are frequently vandalized. The location is also a hotspot for illegal dumping and dumped, stripped, and/or stolen vehicles.