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From: Vasquez, Susan

To: Trujillo, Miguel; Candell, Chris


Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Minor, Gregory; Landreth, Sabrina
Subject: 30-Day Notice to Abate re: 3732/3746 39th Ave & 3740 39th Ave
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:42:40 AM
Attachments: DOC111516.pdf
DOC111516.pdf

Hi,
Attached please find your file copy.

Thanks,

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: Minor, Gregory; Fierro, Rocio
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:10:14 AM

Dear Greg,

We paid a visit to Pat St Onge and Wilson Riles last week, at their request. One thing that came out of that meeting
is that they would like me to schedule a meeting at City Hall with you and the 4 Departments working on these
issues. (Similar to the last meeting I set up -- but including them this time.)

Are you okay with me scheduling this for next week or the following week?

Rocio -- can you please provide me with any names of facilitators that I can offer to the two parties?

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone


From:
To: Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Ken Greenstein
Subject: 39th Ave. sweat lodge fire & smoke documentation
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 12:46:20 AM

Dear Inspector Spencer and Mr. Minor,


Inspector Spencer, thank you, again, for taking time during your day off, on Saturday, to speak
with the retreat-farm owners to try to reason with them. This was above and beyond the call
of duty, and we appreciate it greatly.Mr. Minor, thank you for your check-in call earlier
today.

Both of you, I have some documentation from a fire this weekend of both lengthy plumes of
smoke, and also dangerous plumes of sparks, which I hope will be enough to cite the owners
of the retreat-farm, and require that they cease and desist their sweat lodges. Also, as noted in
prior emails, from a few weeks ago, I have documentation of particulate matter readings in our
homes and yards nearly ten times in excess of State limits.

Our neighbors had a sweat lodge on Sunday that lasted for several hours as they always do.
We had emailed you, Inspector Spencer, and the Vice Mayor about this on Saturday. As
noted, our community of dozens of people was enraged that we might be forced to evacuate
our homes for a fourth weekend within the last seven weeks. However, we encountered a
strange twist of fate. Because of the rains late Saturday and early Sunday, the weather patterns
were abnormal. In particular, rather than having wind blow downstream, which typically sends
plumes of smoke to us, the wind was still. Consequently, much of the smoke went upward.
We were able to video document the plume of visible smoke lasting for more than one hour!
Had the winds been blowing in our direction, all of that smoke plus the barely visible
particulate stream would have blown into our homes, as it has in the past. Further, toward
the end of their sweat lodge, we captured videos of them tending the fire in ways that created
massive plumes of sparks, creating grave fire risks. Either they had a faulty spark arrestor, or
no spark arrestor at all, on their fire tower.

The videos were taken with an iPhone through a closed window looking down on the fire. So
the quality is not great. Here is a legend/guide:

Smoke-1 highlights a plume of smoke that lasts nearly 15 minutes. The smoke
appears starting about 5 minutes into the video. It continues for the remaining 15
minutes. I accidentally stopped the video, so I pick up again with smoke-2.
Smoke-2" lasts nearly 52 minutes.Smoke is visible throughout most of the video. So
the total time that smoke is visible, through the two videos, is more than one hour!
(Again, these were iPhone videos taken from dozens of yards away from the fire, and
the smoke is light gray. Therefore, it sometimes blends in with the background. To see it
fully, I suggest loading the video onto an iPhone and watching it there. This way the
video can be expanded/focused with the touch of ones fingers, until the smoke is
clearly visible with a close-up focus.
Sparks in afternoon-1 video shows the fire-keepers operating with no spark arrestor or
a faulty one. The thick plume of orange sparks rises high into the sky again and again.
It is only a few feet from the fabric covered sweat lodge, and nearby dry vegetation.
Sparks at night videos are very dark. Nonetheless, you can see large plumes of orange
sparks against the darkness.
I will send you the videos by DropBox. (They are too big to send by email.) The lengthy video
(Smoke-2) does not download properly from my iPhone to my computer, so I cannot send it
by DropBox. I can stop by City offices and AirDrop it to anyone with an iPhone. Ill call
about this tomorrow. I will also (re-)send by DropBox the data from the last sweat lodge a few
weeks ago, where we rented a particulate matter meter, and measured particulate matter
blown into our homes and yards from the sweat lodge, under the supervision of one of our
residents who is an environmental scientist withERM, the largest sustainability consulting
firm in the world.

Gentlemen, here is what our community hopes will happen:

The plumes of sparks clearly show that the fire-keepers are incompetent to manage a
fire of this sort. The spark plumes are significant, and could have fallen onto the sweat
lodge fabric cover, dry vegetation, or elsewhere and started a fire. We hope that this will
be enough for you to cite them as far too incompetent to manage the fire tower,
resulting in them being prohibited from doing such permanently. They were grossly
negligent last round: a 7 x 7 fire pit within a few feet of several highly flammable
materials, with roaring fires and constant sparks. More than one year later, they remain
grossly incompetent. Enough is enough! Surely it cannot be left to us, the residents, to
have to police themconstantly. The risks of fire to our homes and properties, and
significant liability risks for the City, are far too great.
The plumes of smoke show that their fires create visible smoke for more than one hour!
Fortunately the winds were not blowing toward us this past weekend. However, they
often do. (If it is necessary, we can research and provide data on wind patterns to prove
this point.) Again, this is the fourth such fire they have had in a few weeks. It is our
hope that this video documents that their fire tower creates smoke plumes that can cross
over into neighbors yard against City ordinances, and must be stopped.
Finally, the particulate meter readings show levels nearly ten times the State limit!
Again, this should be more than enough to constitute a serious nuisance and health
hazard.

Further, there are integrity issues:

Chris Candell noted in conversation last week that the retreat-farm owners had agreed
not to begin lighting fires again until the CUP process was settled. Clearly, they violated
that agreement.
They have lied or been generally dishonest repeatedly in the past, as has been
documented on numerous occasions (e.g., giving Inspector Anders the address of one of
their properties other than the one on which the retreat is housed, with the consequence
that his initial citation and report had to be dismissed, because it did not apply to the
correct address; installing toilets in the yurts the last few months, as documented in
photographs that we sent Mo Hackett and City Planning Commissioners for the CUP
Public Comment period, with no permits to do such; etc.). Their statement to you,
Inspector Terrence, that the smoke was at acceptable limits (or even worse, in an email
to us, that there was virtually zero smoke) is a lie.

We would like to see them cited and ordered to stop this week which would prevent our
having possibly to endure yet another sweat lodge this weekend, with risk of evacuations
should the wind blow the smoke our way. Please inform of whether this is doable, and what
actions you will take.

Also, we are ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and MacDonald. Please include
him in your responses.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Regards,


CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

NOTICE OF VIOLATION

April 14, 2015


Certified and Regular mail

To: RILES WILSON & STONGE PATRICIA Code Enforcement Case No.: 1501146
Property: 3732 39TH AVE
OAKLAND CA 94619-2202 Parcel Number: 030-1925-005-00
Re-inspection Date:05/14/15

The Code Enforcement Division inspected your property on 03/26/15 and confirmed that the violations of the Oakland Municipal
Code (OMC) marked below are present. Photographs of the violations and a brochure explaining how to correct them are enclosed.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


Property Maintenance

Building Maintenance (Code)


Incomplete framed structure covered with a tarp, exceeds 120 sq ft Rear of lot 8.24.020.A.2
and requires planning approval and a building permit. Provide plans 15.08.140
and obtain planning approvals to legalize or remove structure. 15.04.015

Notice of Violation
Page 1of 3
Notice of Violation
Page 2of 3

At this point no fees or other charges have been assessed for these violations. To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and either mail or fax the enclosed Owner Certification form with photographs or contact
Inspector James Anders, who is assigned to your case, before the re-inspection date shown above. Your inspector is available by
phone at 510-238-6144 and by email at janders@oaklandnet.com.

If you do not return the Owner Certification form or notify your inspector why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that
all violations have not been corrected, you may be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2,045.00. The
City may also abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can also total over $1,000.00.
In addition, Priority Lien fees in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the
invoice. Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in
Small Claims or Superior Court. Furthermore, this Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property.

You have a right to appeal this Notice of Violation. You must complete the enclosed Appeal form and return it with supporting
documentation in the enclosed envelope. If the Code Enforcement Division does not receive your written Appeal within 30 days of the
date of this notice, you will waive your right for administrative review.

Sincerely,

James Anders
Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department

Encl: Blight Brochure


Violation Appeal Form

cc:

Surface mold present on . See enclosed brochure for remediation


guidelines. (Description required, e.g. bedroom walls)

City of Oakland

May 2014
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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254

Instructions
PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION
1. Review the property address and owner
information shown at the left and make any
REMOVED VIOLATIONS necessary corrections.
OR
2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS cross out the violations that are not present
and sign this form.
3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
Property: 3732 39TH AVE return this signed form with dated photographs
of your property to verify the violations were
Parcel no. 030-1925-005-00 removed or not present:
E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Case no.: 1501146
Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Owner: RILES WILSON & STONGE PATRICIA Mail: City of Oakland
Building Services
Courtesy Notice date: N/A 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
Oakland, CA 94612-2031
Deadline to Respond: 05/14/15 (Envelope enclosed no postage required)

I certify that I have corrected the following violations or


allegations identified in the Notice of Violation I received from the
City of Oakland:

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ ________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

_____________________________________________________
Property Owner Signature
Day time telephone (________)_________________________ E-mail: __________________________

May 2014
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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

RE-INSPECTION NOTICE

July 10, 2015


Certified and Regular mail

To: Riles Wilson & Stonge Patricia Code Enforcement Case No.: 1501146
Property: 3732 39th Avenue
Oakland CA 94619 Parcel Number: 030 -1925-005-00
Notice of Violation Date: April 14, 2015
Re-inspection Date:July 27, 2015

You are receiving this Re-inspection Notice because after sending you a Notice of Violation on April 14, 2015, Code Enforcement
Services inspected your property and:

Determined partial violation corrections were completed but the violations marked below continue to be present.
Re-confirmed the violations of the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC) marked below are present.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


No Incomplete framed structure covered with tarp, exceeds 120 sq ft Rear of property 8.24.020.A.2
and requires planning approval and a building permit. Provide 15.08.140
plans and obtain planning approvals to legalize or remove 15.04.015
structure.

At this point, fees have been assessed in the amount of $2,136.00. To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and contact Inspector Edward Labayog, who is assigned to your case. If required, another re-
inspection is scheduled as shown above. Your inspector is available by phone at 510-238-4793 and by email at
elabayog@oaklandnet.com.

Re-inspection Notice City of Oakland


1
If you do not notify your inspector, why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that all
violations have not been corrected:

You will be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2, 136.00. A separate invoice will be mailed.
The City will petition the court on to issue an Inspection and Abatement Warrant to gain access onto the premises. A
separate invoice will be mailed in the amount of $1,136.00.
The City will abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can total over $1,000.00. A
separate invoice will be mailed.
A Priority Lien fee in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the invoice.
Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in Small
Claims or Superior Court.
The Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property in the amount of $1,194.00 to fully disclose the conditions of the
property.
A Compliance Agreement and Rehabilitation Plan may be required to assure all of the violations are corrected within a pre-
determined timeline and in accord with the Oakland Municipal Code.

Sincerely,

Planning and Building Department

Enclosures as applicable:

Blight brochure Residential Code Enforcement brochure Vehicular Food Vending brochure
Property Owner Certification Mold and Moisture brochure Pushcart Food Vending brochure
Lead Paint brochure Undocumented Dwelling Units brochure Smoke Alarms brochure
Photographs Stop Work brochure Condominium Conversion brochure

October, 2014 Scan to: Code Enforcement-Chronological- Abatement Activities

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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254

PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION


Instructions
REMOVED VIOLATIONS
1. Review the property address and owner
OR
information shown at the left and make any
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS necessary corrections.
2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
cross out the violations that are not present
Property: 3732 39th Avenue and sign this form.
Parcel no. 030 -1925-005-00 3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
return this signed form with dated photographs
Case no.: 1501146 of your property to verify the violations were
removed or not present:
Owner: Riles Wilson & Stonge Patricia E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Deadline to Respond: 07/24/15
Mail: City of Oakland
Bureau of Building
I certify that I have corrected the following violations or 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
allegations identified in the Re-inspection Notice I received from Oakland, CA 94612-2031
the City of Oakland: (Envelope enclosed no postage required)

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ __________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

_____________________________________________________ ______________________________________
Property Owner Signature

Day time telephone (________)_________________________

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From: Labayog, Edward
To: Hackett, Maurice
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Candell, Chris
Subject: 3732, 3740 and 3746 39th Ave (Yurts)
Date: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:33:46 AM

Can you send me a copy of the letter you sent to the owners, at this point I am monitoring their
progress.

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Labayog, Edward


To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Low, Tim; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Campbell Washington, Annie; Smith, Sandra M; Candell, Chris; Hackett,
Maurice; Miller, Scott
Subject: 3732, 3740, 3746 39th Ave.
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:14:16 AM

We visited the site on Monday 7/27. Moe Hackett who is the assigned Planner and Scott Miller made
it clear to the owners that their submittal to Planning and Zoning is incomplete. They will be
providing them with a letter soon to tell them what they need.

I am closing case 1501146 for 3732 39th Ave. the unapproved structure is removed. case 1404145
for 3746 39th Ave and case 1501145 for 370 39th Ave for the yurts, unapproved conversions, pool
etc. can be on hold pending the final decision from Planning and Zoning because it is related to their
overall plan. There is no fee charged to the owners at this point. I think that that was the agreement
made when they met with you and Council Member Campbell Washington. Please let me know if
you have questions or concerns.

I will be on vacation staring tomorrow, I will be back on Aug. 10.

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Candell, Chris


To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: 3732-3746 39th Ave
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:45:04 PM

For Zoning, compliance looks like either the activities cease or cease and we receive a completed
application for a CUP, or a determination is issued by Planning that the activities do not rise to the
level that a CUP is required.

1. The activities subject to a Conditional Use Permit cease,


No Community Assembly Civic activities which includes churches. I would interpret
this to mean that the sweat lodge ceremonies they freely admit to having are the
conducting of a Community Assembly Civic. They are not conducting the
ceremonies for their own benefit but as part of a group activity held at this
location. So this would look like any ceremonies held at any of the three lots in
question;
No Group Assembly commercial activities. Farm or retreat center. The web site
announces a sliding scale fees of up to $2,500 per person;
Or Personal Instruction & Improvement & small scale entertainment commercial,
same as above difference is in scale;
Cease consulting business unless it conforms to Home Occupation standards.

2. Or, they will need to submit a completed application for the CUP and cease activity until
approved. I also cease enforcement until approved.

Currently I see no activity for retreats, farm functions. However, they are soliciting for funds and
also spreading the word about the actions the City is taking. They are saying they are a non-profit.
If true, then this is still Community Assembly Civic. At this time then Zoning appears to be satisfied
as long as no more ceremonies occur.

They have requested an extension to June 15th to file. No problem if they will cease all activities
listed above. However, the structures still need Building Permits and need Design Review/Variances
to be located so close to the property lines so under Building they need to apply for both DR and
Building Permits or remove the structures.

New news, the website prominently announces goats and products for sale so we could re-visit the
need for this to be more than a community garden, it is now selling animals so this makes it an
agricultural use and subject to a CUP all by itself. So again, that activity would need to cease or they
would need to obtain a CUP.

CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

NOTICE OF VIOLATION

April14, 2015
Certified and Regular mail

To: RILES ISHMAEL & PHILLIP Code Enforcement Case No.: 1501145
Property: 3740 39th Ave
Parcel Number: 030-1925-004-00
Re-inspection Date:05/14/15

The Code Enforcement Division inspected your property on 03/26/15 and confirmed that the violations of the Oakland Municipal
Code (OMC) marked below are present. Photographs of the violations and a brochure explaining how to correct them are enclosed.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


Property Maintenance

Building Maintenance (Code)


Decks, canopies and yurts buillt at the property line require planning Rear of lot 15.08.140
approval and a building permit. Provide plans and obtain planning 15.04.015
and Building approvals to legalize or remove the structures.
Unapproved and improperly terminated plumbing draining into a 5 Rear of lot 15.08.140
gallon bucket from a yurt. Obtain approval. permits, and inspection. 15.04.015

Notice of Violation
Page 1of 3
Notice of Violation
Page 2of 3

At this point no fees or other charges have been assessed for these violations. To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and either mail or fax the enclosed Owner Certification form with photographs or contact
Inspector James Anders, who is assigned to your case, before the re-inspection date shown above. Your inspector is available by
phone at 510-238-6144 and by email at janders@oaklandnet.com.

If you do not return the Owner Certification form or notify your inspector why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that
all violations have not been corrected, you may be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2,045.00. The
City may also abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can also total over $1,000.00.
In addition, Priority Lien fees in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the
invoice. Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in
Small Claims or Superior Court. Furthermore, this Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property.

You have a right to appeal this Notice of Violation. You must complete the enclosed Appeal form and return it with supporting
documentation in the enclosed envelope. If the Code Enforcement Division does not receive your written Appeal within 30 days of the
date of this notice, you will waive your right for administrative review.

Sincerely,

James Anders
Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department

Encl: Blight Brochure


Violation Appeal Form

cc:

Surface mold present on . See enclosed brochure for remediation


guidelines. (Description required, e.g. bedroom walls)

City of Oakland

May 2014
Scan to: Code Enforcement-Chronology-Abatement Activities
CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254
Instructions
PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION 1. Review the property address and owner
information shown at the left and make any
necessary corrections.
REMOVED VIOLATIONS
OR 2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
cross out the violations that are not present
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS
and sign this form.
3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
return this signed form with dated photographs
Property: 3740 39th Ave
of your property to verify the violations were
removed or not present:
Parcel no. 030-1925-004-00
E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Case no.: 1501145 Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Mail: City of Oakland
Owner: RILES ISHMAEL & PHILLIP Building Services
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
Courtesy Notice date: N/A Oakland, CA 94612-2031
(Envelope enclosed no postage required)
Deadline to Respond: 05/14/15

I certify that I have corrected the following violations or


allegations identified in the Notice of Violation I received from the City of Oakland:

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ ________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

_____________________________________________________
Property Owner Signature
Day time telephone (________)_________________________ E-mail: __________________________

May 2014
Scan to: Code Enforcement-Chronology-Abatement Activities
CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

RE-INSPECTION NOTICE

July 10, 2015


Certified and Regular mail

To: Riles Ishmael & Phillip Code Enforcement Case No.: 1501145
Property: 3740- 39th Avenue
Parcel Number: 030 -1925-004-00
Notice of Violation Date: April 14, 2015
Re-inspection Date:July 27, 2015

You are receiving this Re-inspection Notice because after sending you a Notice of Violation on April 14, 2015, Code Enforcement
Services inspected your property and:

Determined partial violation corrections were completed but the violations marked below continue to be present.
Re-confirmed the violations of the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC) marked below are present.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


Decks, canopies and yurts built at property line require planning Rear of lot 15.08.140
approval and a building permit. Provide plans and obtain 15.04.015
planning and building approvals to legalize or remove the
structures
Unapproved and improperly terminated plumbing draining into a 5 Rear of lot 15.08.140
gallon bucket from a yurt. Obtain approval, permits, and inspection. 15.04.015

At this point, fees have been assessed in the amount of $ . To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and contact Inspector , who is assigned to your case. If required, another re-inspection is
scheduled as shown above. Your inspector is available by phone at 510-238- and by email at @oaklandnet.com.

Re-inspection Notice City of Oakland


1
If you do not notify your inspector, why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that all
violations have not been corrected:

You will be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2, 136.00. A separate invoice will be mailed.
The City will petition the court on to issue an Inspection and Abatement Warrant to gain access onto the premises. A
separate invoice will be mailed in the amount of $1,136.00.
The City will abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can total over $1,000.00. A
separate invoice will be mailed.
A Priority Lien fee in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the invoice.
Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in Small
Claims or Superior Court.
The Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property in the amount of $1,194.00 to fully disclose the conditions of the
property.
A Compliance Agreement and Rehabilitation Plan may be required to assure all of the violations are corrected within a pre-
determined timeline and in accord with the Oakland Municipal Code.

Sincerely,

Planning and Building Department

Enclosures as applicable:

Blight brochure Residential Code Enforcement brochure Vehicular Food Vending brochure
Property Owner Certification Mold and Moisture brochure Pushcart Food Vending brochure
Lead Paint brochure Undocumented Dwelling Units brochure Smoke Alarms brochure
Photographs Stop Work brochure Condominium Conversion brochure

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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254

PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION


Instructions
REMOVED VIOLATIONS
1. Review the property address and owner
OR
information shown at the left and make any
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS necessary corrections.
2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
cross out the violations that are not present
Property: 3740 39th Avenue and sign this form.
Parcel no. 030 -1925-004-00 3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
return this signed form with dated photographs
Case no.: 1501145 of your property to verify the violations were
removed or not present:
Owner: Riles Ishmael & Phillip E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Deadline to Respond: 7/24/15
Mail: City of Oakland
Bureau of Building
I certify that I have corrected the following violations or 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
allegations identified in the Re-inspection Notice I received from Oakland, CA 94612-2031
the City of Oakland: (Envelope enclosed no postage required)

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ __________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

_____________________________________________________ ______________________________________
Property Owner Signature

Day time telephone (________)_________________________

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From: Flynn, Rachel
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: 3740 39th Avenue
Date: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:19:06 AM

Greg, Is your office handling this case? Or is someone else? Thanks, Rachel

From: English, Jamila A.


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:09 AM
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Good Morning Rachel and Greg,

Im getting an update for the Councilmember. When will staff be able to update the community members on the developments?

Thank you,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax: (510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From:
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:01 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

I sent out more than one email to the City Officials that did not receive any response. The response to my emails ended after and I declined the offer of arbitration.

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Oct 8, 2015, 4:39:35 PM, wrote:HI All,


I just spoke with Jamila in Annies office to let her know that City staff are again not responding to emails. This is the third non-response in this thread; and there have been a few others in other threads. Jamila will bring it to her attention and let us know next steps.

On Oct 1, 2015, at 4:31 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

I'm copying Greg Minor and Rachel Flynn. This is the first I've heard of this development, so we can all get an update at the same time.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2015, at 1:27 PM, wrote:

Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


We hope that this email finds you well at this start of autumn! Members of our group remain deeply thankful to you all, and other City employees, for all that you did these last few months to get our situation to the point where the fires and other illegal activities by our neighbors were stopped, and they agreed to take steps to
come into compliance. Thank you again!!

We would like to note that we have not had any response on the thread below (three emails from our group, you, and Greg Minor). All of our questions remain unanswered. We just yesterday read the following on the retreat-farms Facebook page: Over the weekend, Wilson submitted our conditional use permit amended
application, based on a response from the city, which finally arrived a few weeks ago. If the permit is granted, we can resume activities here at Nafsi ya Jamii. (The full text is attached.) Several people in our community have had conversations about this, and we are quite distressed. We had hoped to hear from City officials on
our issues: to get some understanding, and hopefully peace of mind, with respect to process and procedural questions. Now we are completely in the dark, and are imaging worst-case scenarios.

Our most important question from the list below is: Does the CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed? From our read of City ordinances, we believe that it does, and we all feel very strongly that, as the surrounding neighborhood of impacted stakeholders, we want input. Can you get us an immediate
answer to this question? We will follow up with a call.

Regards,

On Sep 4, 2015, at 11:26 AM, Minor, Gregory <GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi All-
I have copied Chris Candell from the planning department and Tim Low of Code Enforcement as they may be able to answer the questions raised below.
Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2:13 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli; Minor, Gregory; Simons, Adam J.
Cc:
Subject: RE: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Dear Greg,
Please see the attached email from and other neighbors of the 39th Avenue (ceremonial burn) properties. Would you please respond to Lawrences questions and loop other staff members into the conversation as needed? I would greatly appreciate it if you
would keep us in the loop on your responses so that we can stay up to speed on what is happening here as well.
Thanks so much,
Annie
Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From:
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:06 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Re: "and in the one I will forward next (which was a follow-up from our last meeting).
On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, > wrote:
Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Thank you, again, for taking the time to organize the call, speak with us about our concerns, share updates from City staff members, and offer to follow-up on outstanding questions. We continue to appreciate deeply your investing time in all this,
and are extremely appreciative of your having played a key role in getting us to the point where illegal activities on the property have stopped, and the neighbors are willing to come in to compliance. Thank you!
Below are the outstanding questions and action items that we raised. if I have failed to remember any, or have recorded any incorrectly, please add or correct as needed). Councilmembers staff to:
Research when our neighborhood group can get access to the report from the 7/27 Building inspection.
Annie, you noted that the fire marshall will not award a permit until Zoning has issued CUP. There is a dependency here. Theres a question on dependencies between other departments: research whether there is any dependency or other
relationship, either or both ways, between Building and Zoning.
Does CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed?
If they get CUP, and get approval for new spark-master device, and they still generate a lot of smoke, will we have any recourse? Who enforces the two smoke and soot ordinances? And are there activities no longer classified as residential
if they get a CUP, hence abrogating the smoke ordinances? Or, will these smoke ordinances still be in effect?
Is the sweat lodge consider public assembly so if they dont get their CUP, can they still continue with sweat lodge or not?
Annie, you said asked me to pass on information about the two smoke & soot ordinances. Here they are:
https://www.municode.com/library/ca/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=
{%22searchText%22:%22smoke%20and%20soot%20ordinance%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:
[%22CODES%22],%22productIds%22:[]}&nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.18NU_8.18.040SMSO (See 8.18.040 and 8.18.050.)
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050710.pdf (See 17.112.040 Requirements - paragraph H.)
Finally, thank you for cc'ing our group on emails to City staff, so that group members can follow up with questions directly to the appropriate department(s).
Again, were extremely grateful for your doing everything that you are doing on behalf of supporting the public and upholding the codes & ordinances of the City; and we are truly and humbly thankful that you helped to get us to our current point
of halting activities that caused so many in the neighborhood such suffering, and of the neighbors being willing to come into compliance.
With gratitude,

On Jul 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hello all,
Heres a conference call-in number and access code for the meeting:
Dial-in Number: 0
Access Code:
The Councilmember and staff look forward to speaking with you.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:56 PM
To:
English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Hi
I'm sorry, I was unable to secure a conference call system with recording capacity. Were you able to do so?
Thanks,
Nayeli

On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:54 PM, wrote:

I will try to join

From:
To: Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc:

Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 4:49 PM


Subject: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Nayeli ad all,
Im so sorry. I was thinking one thing, but looking at the wrong date on your original email and noted that incorrect date.
We will NOT do Tues. 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
We WILL do Wed., 7/22 at 2:30 PM.
Thank you,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 4:38 PM, wrote:


Hi Nayeli,
Thanks for the update.
Well do Tues., 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
If at all possible, could you get a conference line that records the conversation? That way we can pass it on to those who will have missed the meeting. Please let me know.
Thanks,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:57 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Just received notice of a special council meeting this coming Monday afternoon so we are no longer able to set up the call for 7/20. The Tues (7/21) and Wed (7/22) times are still available though. Just let me know what
works best as soon as you can.
Thanks!
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From:
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 10:58 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: updates
HI Nayeli,
Just back from a family wedding in
Ill poll our group and get back to you.
Thanks,

On Jul 8, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Thanks again for your patience! Here are three date/time options for the follow up call:
Monday, July 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, July 21st at 9:30am
Wednesday, July 22nd 2:30pm
Please let us know which of these will work best for you and your neighbors. Look forward to getting this set up.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From:
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Thank you, Nayeli.
We look forward to the scheduling of the call.

On Jul 7, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


,
Following up on our phone conversation to say that our office is working on this and will get back to you shortly with three date/time options. As I said on the phone, the Councilmember has been
in meetings all day today and we have been unable to discuss scheduling but will be following up with you shortly.
Thank you so much for your patience,
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 11:26 PM

Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;


Subject: Re: updates

I apologize, I must have missed this email, I can absolutely help with scheduling this. Will touch base with Jamila and the Councilmember on their availability and get back to you by
the end of the day tomorrow.
Again, very sorry for the delay. And thank you for following up.
Sincerely,
Nayeli

On Jul 6, 2015, at 11:02 PM, wrote:

Dear Councilmember Washington,


We have not heard from your office for more than one month. Our request for an update originally offered by you (Please let me know if you would like to have a
phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here ) remains.
I will follow-up with a phone call.
Regards,

On May 29, 2015, at 1:01 PM > wrote:


Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Annie, thank you for the updates.
Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the process
of scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to
increase the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR specialist.
You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the fires have
stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from various depts.
However, we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:
Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a
chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use permits,
and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)
You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-
1:30 PM, would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during our lunch hours.
Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone call, or
even better, can hopefully be on the call.
Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be willing to
connect you with another mediator. She has contacts throughout Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

NOTICE OF VIOLATION

April 14, 2015


Certified and Regular mail

To: STONGE PATRICIA L & RILES WILSON Code Enforcement Case No.: 1404145
Property: 3746 39TH AVE
OAKLAND CA 94619-2010 Parcel Number: 030-1925-003-03
Re-inspection Date:05/14/15

The Code Enforcement Division inspected your property on 03/26/15 and confirmed that the violations of the Oakland Municipal
Code (OMC) marked below are present. Photographs of the violations and a brochure explaining how to correct them are enclosed.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


Property Maintenance

Building Maintenance (Code)


Conversion of garage to habitable space and storage is required to Garage 15.08.140
have planning and building approvals. Provide plans and obtain 15.04.015
planning and building approvals for conversion or convert back to a
garage.
Accessory structure converted to an office requires planning and 15.08.140
building approvals. Provide plans and obtain planning and building 15.04.015
approvals for conversion or convert back to an accessory structure.
Above ground pool requires permits. Obtain approvals and permits or 15.08.140
remove. 15.04.015

Notice of Violation
Page 1of 3
Notice of Violation
Page 2of 3

At this point no fees or other charges have been assessed for these violations. To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and either mail or fax the enclosed Owner Certification form with photographs or contact
Inspector James Anders, who is assigned to your case, before the re-inspection date shown above. Your inspector is available by
phone at 510-238-6144 and by email at janders@oaklandnet.com.

If you do not return the Owner Certification form or notify your inspector why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that
all violations have not been corrected, you may be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2,045.00. The
City may also abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can also total over $1,000.00.
In addition, Priority Lien fees in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the
invoice. Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in
Small Claims or Superior Court. Furthermore, this Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property.

You have a right to appeal this Notice of Violation. You must complete the enclosed Appeal form and return it with supporting
documentation in the enclosed envelope. If the Code Enforcement Division does not receive your written Appeal within 30 days of the
date of this notice, you will waive your right for administrative review.

Sincerely,

James Anders
Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department

Encl: Blight Brochure


Violation Appeal Form

cc:

Surface mold present on . See enclosed brochure for remediation


guidelines. (Description required, e.g. bedroom walls)

City of Oakland

May 2014
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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340


OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031 Instructions
Planning and Building Department 1. Review the property address and owner
(510)
information shown at the left and 238-6402
make any
Bureau of Building necessary corrections. FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254
2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
cross out the violations that are not present
PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION and sign this form.
3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
REMOVED VIOLATIONS return this signed form with dated photographs
OR of your property to verify the violations were
removed or not present:
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS
E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Property: 3746 39TH AVE Mail: City of Oakland
Building Services
Parcel no. 030-1925-003-03 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
Oakland, CA 94612-2031
Case no.: 1404145 (Envelope enclosed no postage required)

Owner: STONGE PATRICIA L & RILES WILSON

Courtesy Notice date: N/A

Deadline to Respond: 05/14/15

I certify that I have corrected the following violations or allegations identified in the Notice of Violation I received from the City of
Oakland:

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ ________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

May 2014
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_____________________________________________________
Property Owner Signature
Day time telephone (________)_________________________ E-mail: __________________________

May 2014
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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
Inspections, Permits and Code Enforcement Services TDD:(510) 238-3254
www.oaklandnet.com

RE-INSPECTION NOTICE

July 10, 2015


Certified and Regular mail

To: Stonge Patricia l & Riles Wilson Code Enforcement Case No.: 1404145
Property: 3746 39th Avenue
Oakland CA 94619-2010 Parcel Number: 030 -1925-003-03
Notice of Violation Date: April 14, 2015
Re-inspection Date:July 27, 2015

You are receiving this Re-inspection Notice because after sending you a Notice of Violation on April 14, 2015, Code Enforcement
Services inspected your property and:

Determined partial violation corrections were completed but the violations marked below continue to be present.
Re-confirmed the violations of the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC) marked below are present.

Photo Description of Violation Location OMC Section


Conversion of garage to habitable space and storage is required Garage 15.08.140
to have planning and building approvals for conversion or 15.04.015
convert back to a garage.
Accessory structure converted to an office requires planning and 15.08.140
building approvals for conversion or convert back to an accessory 15.04.015
structure.
Above ground pool requires permits. Obtain approvals and permits or 15.08.140
remove. 15.04.015

At this point, fees have been assessed in the amount of $ . To stop further code enforcement action, you are
advised to correct the above violations and contact Inspector , who is assigned to your case. If required, another re-inspection is
scheduled as shown above. Your inspector is available by phone at 510-238- and by email at @oaklandnet.com.

1
Re-inspection Notice City of Oakland

If you do not notify your inspector, why you cannot comply and if the re-inspection verifies that all
violations have not been corrected:

You will be charged for inspection and administrative costs, which can total $2, 136.00. A separate invoice will be mailed.
The City will petition the court on to issue an Inspection and Abatement Warrant to gain access onto the premises. A
separate invoice will be mailed in the amount of $1,136.00.
The City will abate the violations and charge you for the contracting and administrative costs, which can total over $1,000.00. A
separate invoice will be mailed.
A Priority Lien fee in the amount of $1,194.00 may be assessed if fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of the invoice.
Charges may be collected by recording liens on your property and adding the charges to your property taxes or by filing in Small
Claims or Superior Court.
The Notice of Violation may be recorded on your property in the amount of $1,194.00 to fully disclose the conditions of the
property.
A Compliance Agreement and Rehabilitation Plan may be required to assure all of the violations are corrected within a pre-
determined timeline and in accord with the Oakland Municipal Code.

Sincerely,

Planning and Building Department

Enclosures as applicable:

Blight brochure Residential Code Enforcement brochure Vehicular Food Vending brochure
Property Owner Certification Mold and Moisture brochure Pushcart Food Vending brochure
Lead Paint brochure Undocumented Dwelling Units brochure Smoke Alarms brochure
Photographs Stop Work brochure Condominium Conversion brochure

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CITY OF OAKLAND

250 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA SUITE 2340 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612-2031


Planning and Building Department (510) 238-6402
Bureau of Building FAX: (510) 238-2959
www.oaklandnet.com TDD:(510) 238-3254

PROPERTY OWNER CERTIFICATION


Instructions
REMOVED VIOLATIONS
1. Review the property address and owner
OR
information shown at the left and make any
CORRECTED ALLEGATIONS necessary corrections.
2. Remove the violations marked below and/or
cross out the violations that are not present
Property: 3740 39th Avenue and sign this form.
Parcel no. 030 -1925-003-03 3. Before the Deadline to Respond shown at the left,
return this signed form with dated photographs
Case no.: 1404145 of your property to verify the violations were
removed or not present:
Owner: Stonge Patricia L & Riles Wilson E-mail: inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com
Facsimile: 510/ 238-2959
Deadline to Respond: 7/24/15
Mail: City of Oakland
Bureau of Building
I certify that I have corrected the following violations or 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 2340
allegations identified in the Re-inspection Notice I received from Oakland, CA 94612-2031
the City of Oakland: (Envelope enclosed no postage required)

Landscaping Storage Trash and Debris Fencing Odors Building Exterior

Building Interior Plumbing Electrical Heating Parking Concrete Paving

Fencing Barbed/Razor Wire Sidewalk Display/Advertising

Unapproved Home Business Exterior lighting Excessive Noise

Unapproved Sidewalk Display Unapproved Advertising Unapproved Mobile Food Vending

Roosters on Property Dumpsters/Garbage/Green Waste/Recycle Cans (left in view, left on sidewalk)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Property Owner Certification


_____________________________________________________ __________________________________
Print Name (print) Date

_____________________________________________________ ______________________________________
Property Owner Signature

Day time telephone (________)_________________________

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From: Labayog, Edward
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Low, Tim
Subject: 33732, 370, 3746 39th St.
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:54:50 AM

Moe Hackett, Scott Miller and myself went to the site this last Monday 7/27. They already indicated
to the owners that their application to Planning/Zoning is incomplete, the site visit helped them in
figuring out what they will be requiring in the application. Moe will be providing them a letter
shortly. I am closing case 1501146 for 3732 39th Ave. which deals with the unapproved structure
that was removed. They have a small platform which does not require permits. Case 1501145 for
3740 30th Ave. and case 1404145 for 3746 39th Ave. for the yurts, unapproved conversions, pool
etc. can be on hold pending the final decision from Planning and Zoning. Let me know if you have
any questions or concerns.

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

17.136.050(A) RESIDENTIAL DESIGN REVIEW CRITERIA:

A. Staff fails to accurately evaluate the reports of noise and odors. The issues of equity, cultural
bias, and structural procedural discrimination warp staffs decision. Oaklands building code does not
require the permitting of temporary structures. In the code temporary is defined by the nature of
material (light weight and non-substantial). In the code there is no temporal definition; this makes sense
since the concept of what is permanent and what is temporary is culturally bound, contextual, and even
deeply spiritual in a sense. Considering the proud diversity of beliefs in Oakland even in the Laurel
District and the limited resources of the City, it makes no practical sense for the City to define temporary
structures temporally. The City has no practical ability to impose a temporal standard on all cultures in
Oakland nor to monitor them. The false assumption underlying staffs decision about the lack of noise in
the confines of a relatively dense residential neighborhood is breath taking and is also an equity
question. In this neighborhood we wake up every school day morning with the amplified sound of
prayers and announcements blasted in to the rear yard of the Catholic school that backs in to Maybelle
Avenue. This is every school day morning. Staff has incorrectly confused the Maybelle Avenue
complainants concerns about the rare times (five times in five years) that work crews in our urban
garden have played music loud with the conversational tones and prayers that take place within the
sweat lodge and as participants stand outside the sweat lodge. The City and City staff need to be very
careful about the equities here because this issue raises the question of black churches singing their
praises on high and neighbors attempts to shut them down. In the sweat lodge there is singing and
praying but it is no louder than it would take to carry across a space of about fifteen feet diagonally
around a sacred circle. The canvass covering of the sweat lodge is more than adequate here. Staff has
abused their discretion in evaluating the compliant and the equities here. The Design Review is very
clear about the habitation issue; when we figure out a way to make one of the yurts habitable by justly
applied City codes, we will return to the City for a habitability permit. In the meantime, Wilson and Pat,
have frequently stayed overnight in the yurts as owners of the property or any property might put a tent
in their back yard and sleep out in it. There are eight bathrooms in our properties, bathtubs, and
showers; we are not the unscrupulous slum landlords taking advantage of tenants for which the
habitability codes were designed. For us this is a spiritual and a centering experience that is profound.
As for the visual compatibility, I would say the following:

The issue of neighborhood compatibility is incorrect and bogus for a number of reasons. The
only obvious non-compatibility is that there are solar panels on the roofs of 3732 and 3746 39th
Avenue properties. These are the only properties on 39th Avenue as far as we can tell that have
solar panels. This fact is easily seen by walking or driving on our block. In a neighborhood that
was intellectually and culturally in favor of fossil fuel consumptions, the way that the Planning
Department is applying the regulation about compatibility, complaints could force individuals
with solar panels to remove them from their roofs. The compatibility issue in the denial of our
Design Review/CUP application that is based on the materials out of which the yurts and the
sweat lodge are constructed and their shape is even more ridiculous than this solar panel
example. Neither the sweat nor very much of the yurts can be seen from walking or driving

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down 39th Avenue or any other street. What is seen of this project is two single family homes
and a duplex that are basically indistinguishable from any other property. If the weight of the
compatibility issue is on what surrounding properties can see, the question slides into very
narrow, personal definitions of compatibility that do not in any way reach the collective,
reasonable person standard upon which the application of City zoning codes legally rest. Here
we step into the arena of cultural chauvinism and intolerant supremacy. We do not know what
is going on in the back yards of 99% of the properties in this neighborhood so we do not have a
collective standard of what compatibility in our backyards would look like. In fact, those
neighbors who have the best view of our rear yard (the four condominiums backing on to our
property line at 3760 39th Avenue) are largely supportive of what we are doing.

Those neighbors who have the best advantage in terms of closeness and height of their
windows to see most of our rear yards are mostly supportive and in agreement with what we
are doing. Three of the four moved into their condominiums not just knowing that we were
there but our project was one of the reasons in their decision to buy. We were invited into one
of such units where we were able to see our yard from their geophysical prospective and we
made changes to what we were doing based on our goals, vision, and cultural positioning. This is
very unlike the primary complaints who have a much more difficult geophysical angle with
which to view our project and who, in the first meeting we had with them, came to tell us what
their vision was for our property. Zoning and Planning Department staff has unquestioningly
accepted the sometimes racist, culturally biased, religiously intolerant complaints of folks who
cannot even see our project well. This leads us to conclude that Planning Department staff has
allowed their own similar prejudices and insensitivities to cloud their judgement.

B. Staff incorrectly misses the desirability of open space in a dense neighborhood. Our neighbors
can look out on fruit trees, growing vegetables, and round natural structures rather than only
seeing square unnatural structures, walls, and concrete. Unbelievably this staff demonstrates no
knowledge of the negative psychological impacts of ticky-tacky building assemblies. And sense
this is a Community Assembly application, it is amazing that staff does not appreciate or
recognize the benefit in the design for community assembly space. I would note the faulty
record of responses to the comment period where statements of residents who recognized the
benefit of the Design are either absent or ignored. Attachment (1) is a letter from Thomas
Wong, former Director of the Laurel Business Improvement District who notes that the BID held
retreats at our facility.

C. Again, staff is incorrect. These properties slope down towards the Southeast corner. Water
pools in this area. The lot is not flat. This was explained in our response to staffs designation of
incompleteness. That is why the complaint from a neighbor that the solar panels block views is
bogus. The land on that rear edge of the property is about five or six inches below the land on
the other side of the fence. Placing the solar here is best for orientation to the sun and does not
block windows where the first floor windows of the condominiums are four feet above the
panels. We are continuously listening to the land in our decisions about planting. We also
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moved the sweat lodge (a temporary structure) to a higher point on the property being sensitive
to the topography and landscape.

D. Again, the land is not flat. And we did take into account the slight slope of the land in
constructing our berms and other water catchment mechanisms. Since the yurts and the sweat
lodge are made of light material. They sit lightly on the land easily accommodating the slope.

E. Staffs ignorance about Native American spiritual practices leads them astray here. This is
exactly how cultural bias works. Staff falsely equates Native American spiritual practices with
those of other faiths or the twisted versions that are caricatured in Western media. The sweat
lodge ceremony that has been conducted no more often than two times a month is conducted
in a fashion that is no threat to the privacy of surrounding properties. Out of ignorance the staff
is allowing the exaggerations and the prejudices of some neighbors to cloud their judgement.
This is the same way that structural racism works.

17.134.050 (MINOR) VARIANCE CRITERIA:

A. The conversion of the garage to a meeting space greatly preceded the Nafsi ya Jamii project. A
contractor was hired who completed the work after taking out permits. The contractor
disappeared before the final inspection. We reactivated the permit and requested the final
inspection of his work. A Zoning inspector came out at least twice to look at the conversion but
a final report was never issued. As we moved forward on the Nafsi ya Jamii project, this existing
conversion was incorporated into our design. Our desire was to resolve this variance issue
separately. This was not to happen because the Zoning staff seem to want to add this actual
outstanding issue as leverage to frustrate the overall project. Zoning was harassed by a
particular racist and religiously bigoted neighbors compliant into inspecting our properties. In a
similar manner to District Attorneys piling up charges in plea bargaining to scare a criminal
defendant to agree to a minor offence even when the defendant is not guilty of that offence,
Zoning staff walked through our property pointing out every imaginary violation they could
think of. Our solar panels were not installed correctly, our internal bamboo fences were too
high, a separate standing structure that existed prior to our purchasing the property and whose
noncompliance was not disclosed in the purchase had to go, and the preexisting setback of our
structures from the property line was a problem. We took each one of those violations,
described our understanding of them and our willingness to contend with the Zoning
Department on each of them. At the recommendation of the Zoning staff we agreed to deal
with each of them all together in a design review process. All of the other issues magically
evaporated. This space is the primary meeting space in our project, staff has more than ample
knowledge of the benefits to the community of this space and there is no evidence of noise or
odor impacts here. That charge here is patently false. In the meeting where it was agreed that
the whole matter would be dealt with in a design review process, we mentioned that the most
consistent meetings that we hold in this converted garage is a book group. One of the Zoning
Department staff had to admit that we ought not be harassed are condemned for hosting a
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book group on our property because she held such on her property in Orinda without a permit.
We still await final inspection on this conversion.

B. This building is no longer usable as a garage because the angles to get one, let alone two, cars in
this garage are impossible with modern day large cars. Keeping this garage as a garage adds
nothing to the issue of parking on 39th Avenue; there is and never was any diminishment here.
Staff is just wrong.

C. Again, staff is wrong. The pattern in this neighborhood is replete with properties, including
habitable properties that are right on the lot line. 3740 is right on the lot line with 3746. And
3746 is right on the lot line with 3750. 3732 is right on the lot line with 3740. All up and down
39th Avenue, most of the properties are so situated on one side or the other. What is the
imaginary pattern that staff is talking about? This building will be practically unusable if Zoning
staff does not come out and do the final inspection.

17.134.050 GENERAL USE PERMIT FINDINGS:

A. The question of noise has been addressed previously. Through the two years that we have been
ensnared in this Design Review process for a Conditional Use Permit for the Community
Assembly Civic activity we have been working closely with the Fire Department. Early on the
Fire Chief visited our property and instructed Inspector Spencer to work with us. We have also
worked with a neighbor who is a Fireperson from San Francisco. With Inspector Spencers input
and monitoring, we designed and built a fire pit that no longer needs to be permitted according
to fire code. That clearly means that it is no more a hazard and no smokier than a backyard
BBQ pit or a residential fire place. There are at least ten residential fire places on the block that
burn wood. There is no unbiased proof that the sweat lodge pit is putting anything near as
much smoke in the atmosphere as are these sources. I have often smelled wood burning in
those fire places as I walked down the street. Inspector Spencer told us that the Fire
Department does not deal with white smoke from controlled back yard fires. And they
ESPECIALLY do not bother with claims of " invisible " smoke. This is not only a question of
equity but also a question of religious freedom. We would like to pray and hold ceremony in
our back yard and we have done this no more often than two times a month. This is our
constitutional right and Federal Law requires cities to make accommodations for Native
American spirituality. Now is that time for Oakland. Requiring Native Americans to submit to
practicing their faith inside a substantial permanent structure is not at all accommodation.
We submitted an offsite parking agreement that staff has declined to approve even though we
have the ability and have shuttled our guests from this lot. There is no inequitable adverse
impact on this neighborhood of us gathering with our friends and guests in groups of no more
than ten or twelve to pray.

B. This has been dealt with previously.

C. Staff is wrong and disingenuous. We have dealt with this previously.


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D. Staff is wrong. We dealt with this previously

E. !. We dealt with this previously.

F. This decision is being made in a manner that ignores the cultural diversity of not only the City
but also of the Laurel itself. It is a violation of our constitutional rights to practice our religion
as we see fit. It kowtows to the exaggerations and prejudices of some neighbors. It ignores the
testimony of neighbors who see benefit in what we are doing. In addition to the comment that
is attached that was not in the record, the calls to Mr. Hacketts office that were invited as a
means to comment are not tabulated and part of the record is strangely missing. Whether
conscious or not this is an inequitable, based decision.

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From: Sotelo, Amadis
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Sierra, Patricia; OFD_150045_ OFD_15_ Fire Code compliance_ religious
exemptions E_mail
Subject: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:38:08 PM
Attachments: Illegal burn letter.docx
Importance: High

Greg,

I dont have the final version of the cease and desist letter that Fire issued for the property, but here
is the last draft I saw which identifies the fire code violations. I also copied Fire staff here so they
can forward you the final letter.

Miguel, Pat, and Terrence:

Can someone please send Greg Minor of the City Adms office the final version of the cease and
desist letter that went out.

Thanks all,

Amadis

From: Sierra, Patricia


Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 4:32 PM
To: Sotelo, Amadis
Subject: FINAL
Importance: High

Please review it his final letter, so I can get the signature and have it delivered.

Thanks,

P-

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From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Spencer, Terrence; Labayog, Edward
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Flynn, Rachel; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Simons,
Adam J.
Subject: Ceremonial Burn on 39th Ave -- Questions from neighbors
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:28:41 PM

Dear All,

I spoke with two of the neighbors of the 39th Avenue properties today to provide an update. They
had some questions that I could not answer, so I am submitting them to you below. Ive copied
(one of the neighbors) on this email so that you can copy him directly on your
response.

1) Can the neighbors view the application submitted by the 39th Avenue property owners for
the Conditional Use Permit for activities? Is there a public review/comment period for this
CUP? What is the timing for the approval of the CUP?
2) We understand that the Building Department is performing a reinspection on July 27th. Is
the CUP approval or the Fire Marshall inspection/approval tied to the Bldg Dept
reinspection or are they all separate actions? The neighbors are wondering if one aspect is
conditioned on the other. We understand that the Fire Marshall will not be visiting the
property to approve the new burn device until there is an approved CUP in place, so the
neighbors are wondering about whether the Bldg Department action is conditioned on
anything else being approved.
3) Can the neighbors view the report from the Building Department on this property?

Thank you, in advance, for your attention and response to these questions from the neighbors.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: English, Jamila A.


To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Ceremonial Burns on 39th Ave.
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:09:47 PM

Hello Greg,
The call with the community member about the Ceremonial Burns on 39th Avenue is tomorrow. I
believe that you may have been given the questions that the community member has asked but just
in case you have not they are below.
I would also like to talk with you about some of the emails that we have received from the different
departments because some are unclear. We would like to be able to answer all of the community
members questions to the best of our ability.

Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow
across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a chimney, as had been
originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)?
Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to
recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use permits, and go through a process of
notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)
Please give me a call.
Thanks,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax: (510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From:
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Ken Greenstein
Subject: City -- next steps
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 6:51:00 PM

Greetings Greg, Jamila and Terrence,


Greg, thanks, again, for issuing the citation. That makes a *huge* difference to our entire neighborhood.

All, I have several items to cover, in sections below.

Greg

To which address did you issue the citation? Did you send it to all three addresses (the three lots that
comprise their farm and retreat center), or just one (and if just one, are you 100% certain itsthe one
from which they light the sweat lodge fires)? I ask because when (now retired) Inspector Anders initially
issued a citation for Building violations, the retreat-farm owners deliberately gave him one of their three
addresses that did *not* house the buildings. Hence Anders ended up having to nullify that citation, and
issue a new one with the correct address. Months were lost before this error was noticed and corrected.
I want to make sure that I understand the path forward with this citation. What I recorded from our
conversation is below. Is this correct?
Our neighbors cannot have another sweat lodge until the citation is addressed
If they do light a fire, we need to document it (e.g., through a video) and report it
If they do light another fire, they risk being fined $500/day
If they persist without paying the fines, the City can escalate the fines, put a lien on their house, and
hold a hearing in which they might be ordered to pay the fines
To address the citation, they can appeal. If they do, there might be some back-and-forth with your
office and representatives from our group and theirs

Terrence

When we met, I mentioned thattheir fire tower had cracked. Iwill send you picture separately. Is this cause
to order them not to use it until it isrepaired? If so, by when can you issue that order/citation? (I am
aware that Greg just issued acitation for smoke.Nonetheless, if they are violatingnumerous ordinances, our
community wants them cited for all.)
I sent you videos of massive plumes of sparks arisingrepeatedly during a period of more than 30 minutes,
withsparks falling within a few feet of the fabric-cvered sweat lodge.Is this cause to issue them a
citation? If so, by when can you issue it?
I believe that you said that Fire isresponsible for visible smoke (in addition to Nuisance). If so, given that
Greg viewed our video and found cause to cite them for smoke, we would request that Fire also cite them for
smoke. Do you agree? If so, by when can you issue a citation?

Greg and Terrence

Given the lengthy and repeated history of wanton disregard for City ordinances (and for agreements
with youroffices), and given the significant risk of exposure/liability for the City, can any of the above
be a tipping pointissue forpermanently prohibiting them from lighting fires?
The retreat-farm owners have a lengthy and repeated history offlagrant and wanton disregard for and
violation of City ordinances. For example: they established their enterprise with deliberate disregard
for City ordinances which is evident given that owner Wilson Riles was a city councilmember for
13 years, and knew that permits were required, yet secured none; they repeatedly resisted complying
with several inspectors; they have installed toiletsin their yurtswithout anypermits, and have done
so the last few months, during the period when they had agreed to move into compliance on all
fronts, while awaiting the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process; etc. (See the collective letter from
our community, which I sent you yesterday, for documentation on these and other items.)
Chris Candell notes that they had agreed not to light any new fires until the CUP process was
complete. Nonetheless, they violated this agreement, and began lighting fires anew two months ago.
Their violations of fire codes with their first round of fires placed dozens of nearby homes and
apartments at risk. (There are 10 homes in our HOA, I believe 10 homes in the HOA adjacent to us,
and numerous apartments in the adjacent apartment building most of which are separated from the
retreat-farm property by wooden fences and dense vegetation all highly flammable.) Despite the
close proximity of so many homes, they had a massive 10 x 10 fire pit within a few feet of wooden
pallets, dry vegetation, fabric-coveed yurts and other highly flammable materials and they failed
to adhere to some of the most basic fire safety protocols.
Given this lengthy history of wanton disregard, repeated violations and high risks, is it possible
for your offices to declare that these new violations, on top of this long history, constitute the
crossing of a boundary: that they are clearly unfit to continue lighting fires? If so, can they be
permanently barred from such?

Jamila

You mentioned that you can facilitate our connecting with BAAQMD. Would you pleaseinitiate this.
(FYI, when we dealtwith them 1.5 years ago, they were very unresponsive.)

Terrence, Jamila and Greg

We are not sure whatcorrespondence and documents will be shared withthe retreat-farm owners. We
assume that (a) material that we sent as part of the public comments for the CUP, and (b) material we have
sent to you three recently (emails, videos,photos etc.)areconfidential that they will not be shared
directly with the retreat owners. Is this correct? (Or, will you need to share with them some items,
such as videos and photos, to substantiate the basis of your citations against them?)

Regards,
From: Wilson Riles
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Flynn, Darlene; Vasquez, Susan; Landreth, Sabrina; Phillip Riles
Subject: Continuing to Hold the Nuisance Penalty Process in abeyance
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016 10:12:48 AM
Attachments: PLN15195, 39th Avenue (signed decision letter)-1.pdf
Appeal.doc

Mr. Minor
Although I do not have a written statement to the effect, I
have a voice recording of your statement that the
Administrative Penalty process initiated by the City
Administrator's office would be held in abeyance because the
same issues were being dealt with in the Planning Department's
Design Review process.
As you probably know the Planning Department has denied our
project design. That denial letter is attached. As is our
right we have appealed that decision to the Planning
Commission. We have laid out the justification for our appeal
in the also attached document. This appeal document tracks the
denial letter in terms of numbered and lettered sections. As
you may read, we point out the inequity, institutional racism,
and the suppression of our constitutional rights to practice
our faith that the Planning Department's denial represents.
This is directly relevant to the nuisance penalty that the
City Administrator's office wants to lay on us.
Can I assume that your office will continue to hold the penalty
process in abeyance as we continue to utilize our options
within the administrative and legal avenues that we have
before us?

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that.
Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
From:
Subject: IMPORTANT- Please read this before our circle
Date: June 7, 2015 at 3:58:00 PM PDT
To: "
"Patricia St.
Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>, Wilson
Riles <wriles@pacbell.net>

Greetings All,
I very much look forward to our sacred circle tomorrow, and thank Creator for this
opportunity, and all of you for being willing to participate, and for bringing what I know
for each of us will be our highest intentions and best selves.

I had mentioned that I wanted to send something in advance by email. My intention is


to share some information, and some stories, that I believe are central to how things
have unfolded as they have and to share them before we meet so that people can
review the information, and be with the stories. I know that most, if not all, of us are very
busy. Also, email is often not a great medium for communicating. So with this
acknowledged, I apologize in advance if my words and how I convey them are not as
skillful as ideal. Nonetheless, I ask that you open to the spirit that is behind them. Also, I
apologize for just getting this to you now. I am moving as fast as I can. The week has
been so jammed that I cancelled seeing my kids, and cancelled plans to go out of town
this weekend for R&R. I am just now able to get to this.

The main item that I would like to discuss in circle is the smoke from the sweat lodges. I
think that this has been a major issue of misunderstanding and conflict. Of course, I will
go with whatever topics arise in our sacred circle.

No one in the neighborhood group of eleven people from the three surrounding
buildings has ever, to me or our group, expressed any negative opinions about the
sweat lodge ceremony itself. I, certainly, honor our traditions. I believe that I met Jaynie
at a Two Spirit sweat years ago. knows that a few years ago I was active with a
few others in trying to organize more sweats in our Two Spirit community. I know that
there are deep tensions between some members of Nafsi Ya Jamii and some members
of the Laurel Heights Home Owners Association (HOA), of which I am not a member. If
any of them expressed any sentiments against the sweat lodge ceremony itself to any
member of Nafsi Ya Jamii, I am sorry. However, I have never heard anything like this
from any of them and, if I had, I would have dealt with it firmly.

The issue with the smoke has always been one of health. For me it came down to the
fact that the smoke from the sweats was seriously endangering my partners life
literally risking killing him; and that other members of the surrounding buildings were
also at risk, some of them equally seriously.

The smoke from the Nafsi Ya Jamii sweats infiltrates and often completely fills the
homes of many households in all three buildings. We cannot block it out because it
gets in through air intake vents in our roofs, and also because wood smoke particles are
so small that they penetrate closed windows and doors. Months ago, things started to
get so bad, with the smell of smoke lingering in my home for days, that I became
concerned about permanent smoke damage to my furniture, clothes, and the interior of
my home and was going to approach you about this, Pat and Wilson. Several people
in our building were experiencing the same, and one of them circulated information
about the health hazards of wood smoke. It was then that all of us in the building
realized that the issues were far more serious than potential damage to our homes and
belongings. Up until that point a few months ago, I cherished the smell of wood smoke.
It reminded me of the cozy fireplaces, of sweat lodges, and of beautiful autumn days in
some places on the East Coast, when wood smoke smells would waft through the air. I
simply did not know how hazardous wood smoke is, just like most people seem not to
know. Its information that will probably take years or even decades to become
widely known.

Everyone, I hope that its not asking too much, but please take 3 minutes to view
this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0od3m9V_k , and 2-3 minutes to read
this: http://www.ehhi.org/woodsmoke/health_effects.shtml . This information is critical to
understanding why the neighbors in all three buildings have taken such a firm stance
against being exposed to wood smoke. I have been told that there are hundreds of
studies on the health impacts of wood smoke. You can search for more using search
terms like, wood smoke, health hazards.

When wood smoke fills the home of me and my partner, it infiltrates the entire
house and it lasts for several hours. We have no choice but to stay and inhale
smoke, or evacuate. has been living with HIV for longer than almost anyone on
the planet well over 30 years. One of the impacts of wood smoke is that exposure for
just one hour can decrease the bodys immune defenses 25-40%.
(See http://burningissues.org/car-www/science/outdoor-firepit-page.html). That could,
literally, kill perhaps fairly quickly; or almost certainly damage his remaining
T-cells permanently, triggering a system-wide collapse in the not-too-distant future.

Evacuating our house for several hours to avoid the smoke whenever there is a sweat
also has negative health impacts. For many people, home is a sanctuary. For its a
deep refuge for many cultural reasons of coming from a culture that has known
horrendous uprooting and oppression from English-speaking peoples, and also from
being, in essence, in exile from his village after his family disowned and disinherited him
20 years ago when he married a man. Having a homespace in which to nest is vital. Not
having access to it for a significant part of weekends creates enormous stress which,
again, is bad news for HIV.

A few months ago, he got sick for several days from the stress of the whole situation. I
am HIV-, so I cannot fully empathize with what goes on in his body from the stress. Yet I
am the person who is closest to him on this journey, and I see what it does to him. I love
with my whole being, and I will do anything to protect him. I would give my life for
his in a second, without any question. have seen my distress over how
the smoke, and needing to evacuate, have affected him. My friends have been with me
while I have cried in anguish over the situation. The irony is not lost on me that he has
survived with HIV longer than almost anyone on the planet (and for most of the years
thorough healthy living and alternative medicine), yet that living in his own home could
be the factor that does him in.

story is not the only one. There is one cancer survivor in the three buildings who
worries that inhaling the smoke will cause a recurrence. This person generally
evacuates their home for hours when there is sweat. (The studies on wood smoke go
into detail about how the tiny particles bypass the lungs filtration system, embed in the
lungs, scar the lungs, and deposit carcinogens.) Just a few days ago I learned of
another cancer survivor in our buildings. One set of parents worries about their
elementary school child. Theyve gotten their child off of an inhaler for asthma.
However, smoke from the sweats infiltrates their home. They breath it. They cough. The
air filter in their childs room does not help. One couple in one building routinely gets
teary eyes and more from the smoke. One member of this couple comes from a
community where woodsmoke was very prevalent, and the health impacts have been
devastating, just horrible. One of them is very angry. (I suspect they both are, though
Ive had less contact with the second.) We have in our housing complex.The
studies note that the health risks to are severe. can share her own
story. I also wonder about people with heart disease. Most people dont seem to want to
discuss their illnesses publicly. Nonetheless, in the three buildings, we are roughly sixty
people who are mostly people of color, and overwhelmingly middle and working class.
That means there are probably going to be a number of people with heart disease (and
cancer, HIV, and other serious illnesses). The literature on wood smoke repeatedly
notes that for people with heart illnesses, brief wood smoke exposure, even as little as
one hour, can cause a heart attack.

These are some of the stories affecting the efforts of the people in the three buildings to
stop the smoke from entering our homes. There are others.

When our neighborhood group met with representative of Nafsi Ya Jamii on 1/25/15, we
spoke about these issues. We circulated a handout citing the health concerns, and
listing articles on the health impacts. (Though we shared about the health impacts in an
abstract way, and did not share stories of anyones specific health status, aside for one
or two asthmatics.) When we wrote you on 2/16/15, we noted, As we mentioned in the
meeting, smoke from your fires poses a *very* severe health threat to neighbors in all
three buildings. We again referenced information on the health hazards. (Though
again, people did not disclose their personal stories.) One of my curiosities to be
discussed in the circle, if people are willing is whether Nafsi Ya Jamii members heard
and/or read this information. (I realize that we covered a lot of issues, and I honestly
understand how sometime certain issues grab our attention, and others do
not especially if there is a lot of information to the point of (near) overwhelm. So I
understand that this information may not have registered); and, if you did hear or read
this information, whether/how it factored into your subsequent decisions and actions.
If anyone feels a strong desire to reply to this email, please do. Otherwise, well just
discuss whatever the group wants to discuss in the circle.

Again, I sincerely ask your forgiveness for my just getting this email to you all now, and
for anything unskillful in what I have written or how I have written it.

Blessings,
From: Vasquez, Susan
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: FW: Ceremonia Burn
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015 10:34:09 AM

Fyi

From: Trujillo, Miguel [mailto:MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 9:58 AM
To: Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Torres, Dino; Sotelo, Amadis; Vasquez, Susan
Subject: Ceremonia Burn

Chief,

Yesterday I spoke to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District(BAAQMD) regarding the
unpermitted ceremonial burn at the address listed above. I wanted to insure we had other
resources to assist us with the smoke nuisance issue. Unfortunately, according to BAAQMD,
ceremonial burns/fires are exempt from their regulations. However, such fires do need to
comply with the Boards mandatory curtailment days or from November through February
which is designated as Winter Spare the Air. If ceremonial burns occur during this time
period, they would be classified as being in violation. If this occurs, we can refer the case to
BAAQMD by calling their 24hr hotline 1-800-334-ODOR.

If the smoke nuisance continues, the private nuisance case may require impacted parties to
take legal action considering BAAQMD has no jurisdiction over ceremonial burns. Additionally,
Zoning may have requirements for non-profit organizations conducting ceremonial burns in
residential areas. I will follow up with Zoning.

Thank you,
Miguel
From: English, Jamila A.
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Date: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:09:21 AM

Good Morning Rachel and Greg,

Im getting an update for the Councilmember. When will staff be able to update the community members on the developments?

Thank you,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax: (510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From:
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:01 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

I sent out more than one email to the City Officials that did not receive any response. The response to my emails ended after and I declined the offer of arbitration.

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Oct 8, 2015, 4:39:35 PM, HI All,


I just spoke with Jamila in Annies office to let her know that City staff are again not responding to emails. This is the third non-response in this thread; and there have been a few others in other threads. Jamila will bring it to her attention and let us know next steps.

On Oct 1, 2015, at 4:31 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

I'm copying Greg Minor and Rachel Flynn. This is the first I've heard of this development, so we can all get an update at the same time.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2015, at 1:27 PM, wrote:

Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


We hope that this email finds you well at this start of autumn! Members of our group remain deeply thankful to you all, and other City employees, for all that you did these last few months to get our situation to the point where the fires and other illegal activities by our neighbors were stopped, and they agreed to take steps to
come into compliance. Thank you again!!

We would like to note that we have not had any response on the thread below (three emails from our group, you, and Greg Minor). All of our questions remain unanswered. We just yesterday read the following on the retreat-farms Facebook page: Over the weekend, Wilson submitted our conditional use permit amended
application, based on a response from the city, which finally arrived a few weeks ago. If the permit is granted, we can resume activities here at Nafsi ya Jamii. (The full text is attached.) Several people in our community have had conversations about this, and we are quite distressed. We had hoped to hear from City officials on
our issues: to get some understanding, and hopefully peace of mind, with respect to process and procedural questions. Now we are completely in the dark, and are imaging worst-case scenarios.

Our most important question from the list below is: Does the CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed? From our read of City ordinances, we believe that it does, and we all feel very strongly that, as the surrounding neighborhood of impacted stakeholders, we want input. Can you get us an immediate
answer to this question? We will follow up with a call.

Regards,

On Sep 4, 2015, at 11:26 AM, Minor, Gregory <GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi All-
I have copied Chris Candell from the planning department and Tim Low of Code Enforcement as they may be able to answer the questions raised below.
Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2:13 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli; Minor, Gregory; Simons, Adam J.
Cc:
Subject: RE: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Dear Greg,
Please see the attached email from and other neighbors of the 39th Avenue (ceremonial burn) properties. Would you please respond to questions and loop other staff members into the conversation as needed? I would greatly appreciate it if you
would keep us in the loop on your responses so that we can stay up to speed on what is happening here as well.
Thanks so much,
Annie
Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From:
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:06 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Re: "and in the one I will forward next (which was a follow-up from our last meeting).
On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, wrote:
Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Thank you, again, for taking the time to organize the call, speak with us about our concerns, share updates from City staff members, and offer to follow-up on outstanding questions. We continue to appreciate deeply your investing time in all this,
and are extremely appreciative of your having played a key role in getting us to the point where illegal activities on the property have stopped, and the neighbors are willing to come in to compliance. Thank you!
Below are the outstanding questions and action items that we raised. (Judy, if I have failed to remember any, or have recorded any incorrectly, please add or correct as needed). Councilmembers staff to:
Research when our neighborhood group can get access to the report from the 7/27 Building inspection.
Annie, you noted that the fire marshall will not award a permit until Zoning has issued CUP. There is a dependency here. Theres a question on dependencies between other departments: research whether there is any dependency or other
relationship, either or both ways, between Building and Zoning.
Does CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed?
If they get CUP, and get approval for new spark-master device, and they still generate a lot of smoke, will we have any recourse? Who enforces the two smoke and soot ordinances? And are there activities no longer classified as residential
if they get a CUP, hence abrogating the smoke ordinances? Or, will these smoke ordinances still be in effect?
Is the sweat lodge consider public assembly so if they dont get their CUP, can they still continue with sweat lodge or not?
Annie, you said asked me to pass on information about the two smoke & soot ordinances. Here they are:
https://www.municode.com/library/ca/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=
{%22searchText%22:%22smoke%20and%20soot%20ordinance%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:
[%22CODES%22],%22productIds%22:[]}&nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.18NU_8.18.040SMSO (See 8.18.040 and 8.18.050.)
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050710.pdf (See 17.112.040 Requirements - paragraph H.)
Finally, thank you for cc'ing our group on emails to City staff, so that group members can follow up with questions directly to the appropriate department(s).
Again, were extremely grateful for your doing everything that you are doing on behalf of supporting the public and upholding the codes & ordinances of the City; and we are truly and humbly thankful that you helped to get us to our current point
of halting activities that caused so many in the neighborhood such suffering, and of the neighbors being willing to come into compliance.
With gratitude,

On Jul 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hello all,
Heres a conference call-in number and access code for the meeting:
Dial-in Number:
Access Code:
The Councilmember and staff look forward to speaking with you.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:56 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Hi
I'm sorry, I was unable to secure a conference call system with recording capacity. Were you able to do so?
Thanks,
Nayeli

On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:54 PM, > wrote:


I will try to join the call. Please send call-in information. thanks

From:
To: Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc:

PM
Subject: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Nayeli ad all,
Im so sorry. I was thinking one thing, but looking at the wrong date on your original email and noted that incorrect date.
We will NOT do Tues. 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
We WILL do Wed., 7/22 at 2:30 PM.
Thank you,
e
On Jul 17, 2015, at 4:38 PM, > wrote:
Hi Nayeli,
Thanks for the update.
Well do Tues., 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
If at all possible, could you get a conference line that records the conversation? That way we can pass it on to those who will have missed the meeting. Please let me know.
Thanks,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:57 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Just received notice of a special council meeting this coming Monday afternoon so we are no longer able to set up the call for 7/20. The Tues (7/21) and Wed (7/22) times are still available though. Just let me know what
works best as soon as you can.
Thanks!
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From:
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 10:58 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: updates
HI Nayeli,
Just back from a family wedding in NJ.
Ill poll our group and get back to you.
Thanks,

On Jul 8, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Thanks again for your patience! Here are three date/time options for the follow up call:
Monday, July 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, July 21st at 9:30am
Wednesday, July 22nd 2:30pm
Please let us know which of these will work best for you and your neighbors. Look forward to getting this set up.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From:
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Thank you, Nayeli.
We look forward to the scheduling of the call.

On Jul 7, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


,
Following up on our phone conversation to say that our office is working on this and will get back to you shortly with three date/time options. As I said on the phone, the Councilmember has been
in meetings all day today and we have been unable to discuss scheduling but will be following up with you shortly.
Thank you so much for your patience,
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 11:26 PM
To
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Hi
I apologize, I must have missed this email, I can absolutely help with scheduling this. Will touch base with Jamila and the Councilmember on their availability and get back to you by
the end of the day tomorrow.
Again, very sorry for the delay. And thank you for following up.
Sincerely,
Nayeli

On Jul 6, 2015, at 11:02 wrote:

Dear Councilmember Washington,


We have not heard from your office for more than one month. Our request for an update originally offered by you (Please let me know if you would like to have a
phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here ) remains.
I will follow-up with a phone call.
Regards,

On May 29, 2015, at 1:01 PM wrote:


Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Annie, thank you for the updates.
Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the process
of scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to
increase the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR specialist.
You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the fires have
stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from various depts.
However, we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:
Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a
chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use permits,
and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)
You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-
1:30 PM, would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during our lunch hours.
Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone call, or
even better, can hopefully be on the call.
Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be willing to
connect you with another mediator. She has contacts throughout Alameda County who could help you.
Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: Campbell Washington, Annie


To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Fierro, Rocio; Maxson, Nayeli; Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:01:51 PM

Dear Rachel and Greg:

This is the latest email from the neighbors upset by the Patricia St. Onge/Wilson Riles ceremonial
burns and other issues on their three adjoining properties. Can we please meet at your earliest
convenience?

Just to be clear: I do not have an opinion on whether or not any codes have been violated at the St.
Onge/Riles property. I just want to make sure that the City determines whether or not they have
(and determine what needs to be done if they need permits to engage in the activities they want to
have ongoing on their properties), and then communicate that clearly to all parties.

Chief Reed Could you please plan to attend this next meeting, as well, and hopefully update us on
how your meeting went with Ms. St. Onge at her property?

Thank you so much for your time and attention to this.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:01 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson, Nayeli; English,
Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear Mr. Minor,


I apologize that after sending the email below, we neglected to follow-up with one specifically
to you.

In a separate email to the Mayor, our Councilmember, the Fire Chief, other City officials, and
the City Auditor, we listed what we want.

In addition to whats below that concerns you (i.e., that you coordinate with Building, Fire and
Zoning to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated plan to address all issues), we had also
noted: "We met with the Nuisance Department more than one month ago, and were informed
that they would become involved. To our knowledge, they have not issued citations or fines.
We want citations and fines issued from this department, retroactive to our initial meeting,
to cover all violations.

Please inform us about the progress on these citations and fines.

Thank you,

On Apr 17, 2015, at 4:02 PM,


wrote:

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic wood
smoke, and have suffered asthma attacks, smoke inhalation
symptoms, anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
Some members have gone to their doctors, who are documenting symptoms
and illnesses. This includes some of the most vulnerable including one
resident who has been living with HIV for thirty-two years, who has
repeatedly been exposed to smoke, adversely impacting his immune
defense system; and one senior who became gravely ill after one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues, and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a view toward bringing all violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all available means as expeditiously and forcefully as
the law allows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six weeks
from our initial meeting with all four departments, and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on
39th Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the
Oakland Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the
Oakland Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails
to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked
individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the
issues that you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc:
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located
on the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself
and the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire


Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when
we sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator.
This information clarifies that the road block we have been
experiencing is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From: English, Jamila A.
To: Hackett, Maurice; Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Friday, November 04, 2016 2:22:05 PM

Hello Everyone,

Can you provide an update for the Vice Mayor? Who will be communicating with the property
owners and when?

Thank you,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletter here or submit an online
constituent request to the District 4 office here.

From:
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 4:08 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.
Cc:
Subject: Re: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with
you

Hi Annie and Jamila,


I did not get any response to the email that I wrote five days ago, below. Fortunately, I got
Chris Candell live on the phone today.

Nonetheless, given the slow response time, and the urgency of our community not to endure
again having to evacuate our homes, can you prompt the four individuals highlighted below to
act on this immediately? (I would note that Terrence Spencer is always immediately
responsive. He has been in touch, and has escalated to the fire marshall.)

Regards,

On Oct 28, 2016, at 4:03 PM, > wrote:

Hello Chris, Greg, Mo and Terrence,


Chris, thanks for the call a few minutes ago, explaining the current process and
potential next steps.
Greg, Mo and Terrence, early next week, Chris will coordinate with all of you
about next steps re: citing the retreat-farm property owners. They are in violation
because they had agreed not to host any more ceremonies until the CUP process
was completed and they have held three within the last few weeks. They are
also in violation of smoke and nuisance ordinances, given the toxic wood smoke
and particulate matter streaming into residents' homes for hours at a time. As I
shared with Chris, our communities would like to have them ordered to cease and
desist immediately. In particular, we do not want to endure another sweat
lodge fire, forcing us to evacuate our homes. We are turning to you with the
expectation that citations and orders to cease & desist will be forthcoming early
next week so that we do not face another sweatlodge on the weekend of Nov.
5 ( or anytime thereafter).

If this action cannot be met, please let us know immediately, so that we can
escalate. Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:34 PM,


> wrote:

Annie,
Thank you so much for the rapid response.

Jamila,
Thank you for the follow-up phone call.

Chris and Greg,


In my conversation with Jamila a moment ago, we concluded that I
should be in direct contact with you both. What is the best way for us
to communicate immediately on these issues?(

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Hi
By way of this email, I'm re-connecting you to Greg
Minor in Nuisance and Chris Candell in Code
Compliance. I believe you met them at the beginning of
this process.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 6:39 PM,


wrote:

Dear Annie,
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Yes, we did submit all of this to Moe


Hackett, City Planner receiving comments,
and to the City Planning Commissioners,
during the comment period. (FYI, the
comment period was through Monday, Oct.
10, which was a federal holiday. On Oct. 5 I
wrote him asking whether we could have an
extension to Oct. 11, given that Oct. 10 was
a holiday. By email he agreed to extend to
Oct. 11, which gave our entire community
time to finalize all details of our reply after
the holiday, and submit all by Oct. 11.)

Again, can you point us to the appropriate


staff in Nuisance Dept? Also, are there
other City departments besides Fire and
Nuisance that should be involved? Is there
anything else that we should be doing? (Per
Inspector Spencers response below, we
will contact Bay Area Air Quality
Management District. Also, per my original
email, we are exploring other avenues
outside of government.)

Thank you,

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:54 PM,


Campbell Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear
Thank you for your email. Did
you and your neighbors submit
all of this information to the
Planning Department during
the comment period?
Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City
Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

wrote:

Inspector Spencer,
Thank you for your
prompt response.

We are also
awaiting news
from the office of
Vice Mayor &
Councilmember
Washington about
whom to contact in
the Nuisance
Department and
other City
departments.

Thank you, also,


for your
suggestion about
contacting the Bay
Area Air Quality
Management
District. Is there
someone(s) in that
office whom you
would recommend
we contact?

As always, we have
tremendous
confidence in your
exceptional track
record of prompt,
thorough, fair, no-
nonsense handling
of these matters.
Respectfully,

On Oct
21,
2016,
at 5:07
PM,
Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Mr.


Thank
you for
bringing
your
concerns
to my
attention.
I will
consult
with
the
Fire
Marshal
as
soon
as time
permits.
In your
message,
you
mentioned
having
air
quality
measures
that
were
beyond
acceptable
limits.
The
Bay
Area
Air
Quality
Management
District
would
be
compelled
to take
action
if that
is
indeed
the
case.
They
are a
state
organization
whose
scope
of
practice
would
be to
deal
with
air
hazard
violations.
In the
meantime,
I will
seek all
means
to
provide
an
appropriate
and
effective
course
of
action
advised
by
management.

T.
Spencer
Oakland
Fire
Code
Inspector

From:

(via
Dropbox)

Sent:Friday,
October
21,
2016
4:04
PM
To:Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>

Subject:

shared
"Videos
and
particulate
meter
data
about
urban
retreat-
farm"
with
you
<~WRD000.jpg>

Hi there,

invited you to edit the


folder "Videos and
particulate meter data
about urban retreat-
farm" on Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember
Washington, Inspecor
Spencer, Ms. English and
Ms. Maxson, In an email
that I just sent to you, I
wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the
recent smoke, the data
from the particulate matter
meter, and sample videos
of taking the readings.
These files are too large to
attach to this email, hence
DropBox. Attached please
find the files mentioned. If
you have any questions or
comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016
Dropbox
<image001.jpg>
From: English, Jamila A.
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:09:37 AM

Here you go.

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletter here or submit an online
constituent request to the District 4 office here.

From: (via Dropbox) [mailto:no-reply@dropbox.com]


Sent: Friday, October 21, 2016 4:04 PM
To: English, Jamila A.
Subject: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you

Hi there,

invited you to edit the folder


"Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" on
Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember Washington, Inspecor Spencer, Ms. English and Ms.
Maxson, In an email that I just sent to you, I wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the recent smoke, the data from the particulate
matter meter, and sample videos of taking the readings. These files are too
large to attach to this email, hence DropBox. Attached please find the
files mentioned. If you have any questions or comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016 Dropbox
From: Vasquez, Susan
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: FW: MEETING NOTICE
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:41:21 AM

FYI.

He is asking if there would be any other City staff at the meeting. I know you said it would only be
you, but I dont want to respond to him right away without you seeing this email.

Thanks

From: Wilson Riles [mailto:wriles@pacbell.net]


Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Phillip Riles; Landreth, Sabrina
Subject: Re: MEETING NOTICE

Ms. Vasquez,

Thank you for the confirmation on the meeting with Greg Minor
(Assistant to the City Administrator) for December 1, 2016, at
10:00 am on the 11th floor of City Hall.

Although this is ostensibly a meeting to develop a compliance


plan, I am seeking clarification of the sudden "30 day notice
to abate" a action (dense smoke) which did not take place and
therefore there is no evidence for. Also our lighting a fire
pursuit to our Native American spiritual practices is
Constitutionally protected. The other action listed
(unapproved structures) is currently in process with the
Planning Department (PLN15195) and nearing a year of
consideration.

Please email me back as to whether any of the other people


copied in your 30 day notice letter will be attending this
meeting on December 1. I know that all of these City staff
people are well aware of our efforts to comply with City
requirements with out giving up our Constitutional Rights.
That would include M. Trujillo of the Fire Department; the
Chief and the local station officers have been at our site
when the fire was lit and know that there is no dense smoke.
It includes Mr. C. Candell of the Zoning Department who was
involved early on in directing us to go through the Design
Review Process. There was also a meeting put together by
Council-member Campbell-Washington's office where all of the
aforementioned City offices were represented including the
City Administrator's office where it was decided that these
matters would be processed through the Design Review
procedures. Please let me know if any of these persons or
their offices will be present at the confirmed meeting on
December 1.
That way I will know what (who) I will need to bring to that
meeting in addition to filled out Administrative Appeal Form.

Wilson Riles

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that.
Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:17 AM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear Mr. Riles,



Thank you for your return call. We are confirming your meeting with
our office as follows:

Date/Day: December 1, 2016, Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, City Hall,
11th Floor, Oakland

Mr. Phillip Riles called our office as well. We have informed him about
the meeting. Please call if you have questions.


Thank you,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487


From: Bears, Patrick
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears" Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:16:21 AM

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of sweat ceremony? Is this
something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda, Melosa; Hugo, Scott; Hussein,
Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain, Sharon; Starks, Howard; VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740 39th Ave, Area 4) have been
addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria
<MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard <RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>; McGee, Jr.,
Otis <OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney
"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself; as if it were not
indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara" <BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Landreth, Sabrina"
<SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio, Claudia"
<CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel, Christine" <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>,
"Moreno, Doryanna" <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Deloach Reed,
Teresa" <TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, "Simons, Adam J."
<ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have informed us of their intention
to sue the City in response to this situation.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <tspencer@oaklandnet.com>, Chris Candell
<ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg Minor
<GMinor@oaklandnet.com>,
Ken Greenstein <ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein of Greenstein and


McDonald. Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


<l > wrote:
Hello Annie and Jamila,
Per the post which just came in this morning, our
neighbors will have another sweat tomorrow. Just one
days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen.


We did *NOT* want to be smoked out yet a fourth
weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the


nearly two weeks since your (Annies) initial email
about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM


PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors



We're having a sweat ceremony
tomorrow; we'll light the fire late
morning andhave the ceremony itself
around2. Pleaselet other folks know
as well. Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and
Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have
come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul
Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask
what makes you come alive...and go do
that, because the world needs people
who have come alive". Howard
Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email contains confidential


attorney-client privileged information and is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any
unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended
recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original
message and any attachments. [v1.3]
From: Daniel, Christine
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:22:04 AM

Greg, are you already working on this with someone? If not, what is the background here? Thanks. -
cd

From: Campbell Washington, Annie


Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2016 12:59 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Minor, Gregory; Ranelletti, Darin;
Landreth, Sabrina; Daniel, Christine; Cappio, Claudia; Parker, Barbara; Moreno, Doryanna
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Hello All,
Here is a new email from the neighbor re: the planned sweat ceremony at the Riles property
tomorrow.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: November 5, 2016 at 12:37:25 PM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>,

Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Annie, and Jamila,


Annie, thank you for forwarding this to the City Administrator and City Attorney.

Both of you, I just spoke with Terrence Spencer. He continues to amaze us in the
most positive of ways. He is actually going to place a visit to the retreat-farm
owners today, on his day off. However, he is not in a position to insist that they
stop from a Fire Dept. standpoint. He is awaiting direction from his supervisor
before he can do that. Nonetheless, he is clear, as are we, that Nuisance Dept.
should be playing an active role here.

There are specific City ordinances prohibiting noxious fumes from crossing
neighborhood property lines. Can you get Greg Minor to step up to an active role
here?! (As I mentioned to you, Jamila, we have tried repeatedly to get a response
from him. We have sent emails and voicemails, and even left a voicemail with
someone covering for him when he was out [Susan Vasquez?], and have not
gotten a response).
On Nov 5, 2016, at 11:27 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Thank you for informing us, I have forward your email to


the City Administrator and City Attorney for follow-up.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:43 AM,


wrote:

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein


of Greenstein and McDonald. Please include him on
replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this
morning, our neighbors will have another
sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to


have happen. We did *NOT* want to be
smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few
weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such


in the nearly two weeks since your
(Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM


PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat ceremony


tomorrow; we'll light the fire late
morning andhave the ceremony itself
around2. Pleaselet other folks know
as well. Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and
Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have


come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul


Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask


what makes you come alive...and go do
that, because the world needs people
who have come alive". Howard
Thurman

From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Case File Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:13:55 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From:

Date: October 10, 2016 at 10:21:12 PM PDT


Subject: [ _Oakland] Fwd: Case File Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

Heres what I just sent.

message:

From:
Subject: Case File Number PLN15195
Date: October 10, 2016 at 10:19:32 PM PDT
To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Dear Moe Hackett,

I am writing to voice my opposition to CUP application PLN15195 (3732, 3740 and 3746
39th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619). A corner of my backyard borders the property listed in
the application. So, we get smoked out whenever there are fires associated with sweat lodge
ceremonies. Just this last Sunday, October 9th, I was working in my garden. There was a
fire in the afternoon for a sweat lodge ceremony. I dont have a chronic breathing condition
yet, but the strong smoke forced me to retreat inside. My boyfriend who has asthma issues
had to shut all the windows in the house to keep the smoke out. I encourage you to NOT
approve the application for the sake of the health of the neighborhood.

Sincerely,

__._,_.___

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: [Laurel_Lane_Oakland] Case File Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:13:13 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From: "

Date: October 11, 2016 at 7:57:26 AM PDT


Subject: FW: Case File Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

From:
Sent: October-11-16 7:55 AM
To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:
Subject: Case File Number PLN15195

Planning Number PLN15195

Mr. Moe Hackett,


City of Oakland
Bureau of Planning/Zoning Division
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Dear Mr. Hackett,

Re: Case File Number PLN 15195

As owners of neighboring property, we strongly oppose the application for conditional use
permit for case file number PLN15195 for the following reasons:

1.Excessive smoke The applicant is regularly in violation of the Citys Code of


Ordinances 8.18.040 by creating and allowing excessive smoke to fall upon adjacent
property. This creates a serious health and environmental hazard in the neighborhood.

2.Excessive noise - Neighbors should not have to endure the excessive noise the
applicants activities regularly produce. They frequently play loud music and their guest
activities create excessive noise. The applicant is repeatedly in violation of the Excessive and
Annoying Noise section of the Citys Code of Ordinance Chapter 8.18.

3.Increased tension and undue stress In part due to the above-named issues as well as
the uncooperative nature of the applicants, creates undue stress and tension for the
neighbors. People work hard to save and purchase a home and it is disappointing when one
property owner disregards their neighbors by creating this disruptive environment.

As property owners and taxpayers in our community, we are all equally entitled to quiet,
peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort and convenience of our homes and premises. This includes
fresh and clean air in addition to quiet surroundings. One property owner must not be able
to diminish these rights and we feel it is the Citys responsibility to protect our community
from this noise and air pollution.

We therefore request that you deny their application for a conditional use permit.

Yours sincerely,

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: [ Conditional Use Permit application for properties at 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th
Ave., and 3746 39th Ave Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:15:09 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To: "mhackett@oaklandnet.com" <mhackett@oaklandnet.com>


Cc: "

Date: October 11, 2016 at 12:17:33 AM PDT


Subject: [ ] Conditional Use Permit application
for properties at 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave
Planning Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

Dear Moe Hackett,

I request that the application for a Conditional Use Permit to the properties at 3732
39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave be denied.Planning Number
PLN15195

I live in question, at

. While I agree with the mission and vision of


Nafsi ya Jamii Urban Retreat Center and believe it should be allowed and
encouraged to manifest in the community, the chosen location is incompatible with
the surrounding properties and neighborhood area for the following reasons:

1. The area is dense residential near a commercial area along MacArthur


Boulevard. The activities conducted by the retreat center have been
disruptive in many ways to their immediate neighbors, including:
Loud music

Overnight accommodations in yurts constructed near property lines

Nuisance smoke

Disregard of safety, including fire hazards

1. The operators of the business operated it for some time without proper
permits and business license, and scoffed at the idea of obtaining them,
to the extent that I was surprised they actually applied for a CUP.

2. The operators have shown a willingness to skirt regulations and hide features
from inspectors, or wait until after an inspection to install things that are not
allowed, such as a human waste receptacle. They also knowingly (I believe)
misled an inspector by telling him the wrong parcel number so that fees related
to violations could not be collected.

3. They have no aesthetic or neighborly sense in their construction. They have


installed solar panels in a location that blocks views when they didnt need to,
and the yurts and other structures are flimsy and unsightly.

4. We have tried to establish an open and supportive dialog, but they have not
changed any of the behaviors that impact their neighbors so significantly. I have
had to leave my home to avoid the smoke, or stay inside on a summer afternoon
when I wanted to enjoy my garden, due to the smoke from their fire for the
sweats. The smoke lasts for several hours, and I generally leave my home to
avoid it.

5. I do not feel the application is complete or clear about their actual activities or
planned activities. They claim no one will stay overnight in the yurts, but people
already do.

In summary, they have shown themselves to be untrustworthy and unneighborly,


claiming they have a right to do their activities and its too bad if neighbors are
negatively impacted. I invested in my home because I like the area and the
residential nature of our block and nearby blocks, with services and businesses
available nearby, but not right over the fence. I specifically was looking for a
property where I would have a private area outdoors for my enjoyment. I am
concerned about the reduction in my quality of life at home as a result of their
activities and that it will be more pronounced if they are granted the CUP.

Thank you for your attention.

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: CUP - Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:15:59 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From:

Date: October 10, 2016 at 8:45:53 PM PDT


Subject: RE: Fw: CUP - Planning Number
PLN15195
Reply-To:

And this is my submittal:

Dear Mr. Hackett and Oakland Planning Commissioners,

I would like to add my comments regarding PlanningNumber PLN15195, the


Conditional Use Permit to the properties at 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746
39th Ave.

Up front, I would like to state that while I find the mission of Nafsi ya Jamii Urban
Retreat Center honorable and valuable, the execution of their business has been less
than admirable. Over the past two or so years, there has been noise, such as
construction and amplified music, that was a regular occurrence at one point in time.

More critical has been their desire to burn wood for their sweat lodge, what they have
said is an important part of their tradition. Unfortunately, this has imparted smoke
and/or particulate exhaust that has at times required shutting windows in the middle of
summer. Initially, the owners of this business had been unwilling to cooperate with
their neighboring community, and disregarded our concerns. Now, while they seem to
be more aware, the smoke is still an issue, even with their attempt to modify the fire
pit in order to minimize smoke. Short of a tall smoke stack, which would blemish the
neighborhood and possibly create an earthquake hazard should it fall, I dont see how
they can pursue a wood fire without leading to health hazards of those of us living
nearby.

This CUP does not elaborate in enough detail regarding the full extent of potential
issues to the surrounding neighborhood: There is noise from drumming, and there has
been noise from amplified music. It is certainly understandable when a neighbor,
during the course of the year, will have an occasional party and have some noise, and
its understood that infrequent noise from ones neighbors is expected. This is an
utterly different proposition, one that is likely to lead to regularly held events that
generate noise, smoke, and include numerous people that are not part of the
neighborhood coming in close proximity to secured and safe environs.
I understand the desire of the owners at 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746
39th Ave. to pursue their dreams of a business that serves as an urban retreat.
Unfortunately, I dont believe they thought through the implications of how this would
impact the larger community of their neighbors. This is a residential neighborhood and
that needs to be respected. In short, I do not approve of the Conditional Use Permit.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration,

From:

]
Sent:Monday, October 10, 2016 8:38 PM
To:
Subject:[ Fw: CUP - Planning Number PLN15195

Here's what I sent...

From:
Sent:Monday, October 10, 2016 8:36 PM
To:mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Subject:CUP - Planning Number PLN15195

Mr. Hackett,

For reasons stated in the collective letter from residents in our community (
), which I endorse, I strongly oppose granting a CUP to
the property described (Planning Number PLN15195).

In addition, please know that on days when the fire pit is in use, the smell of smoke
keeps indoors. I purchased a townhome in the
community in part because of the beautiful shared grounds.
frequently enjoys playing basketball & throwing a football with friends outside within
the safety of our common area. The toxic fumes blowing from the described property
make this impossible for him.

Please do not grant a CUP to the nearby property.

Thank you,
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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: CUP - Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:11:06 PM

Re: As we also discussed, I will next forward you the individual emails from the vast majority of neighbors (in addition to our collective letter) see below, and also the ones I will next
forward.

Begin forwarded message:

To: "
From: "
Date: October 10, 2016 at 8:47:45 PM PDT
Subject: Re: Fw: CUP - Planning Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

And what I sent as well:

Mr. Hackett,

These are my comments regardingPlanningNumber PLN15195.Thank you for giving community members the opportunity to comment on the plan to grant a Conditional Use Permit to the properties at 3732
39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave.

I unequivocally believe that this permit should NOT be granted.

While the residents of these properties may have good intentions, they have repeatedly shown a lack of respect for the surrounding community and inability to competently manage their undertakings.

My biggest concern is the fires associated with their sweat lodges. On days when the sweat lodge is in operation, the fires create a very strong smelling visible smoke. Further, the smoke persists for hours, despite
the applicants assuring us that the smoke will last only a short time. This has caused us to keep indoors with our windows closed, which has caused hardship on our family, especially on hot
days.

This creates a public health fear. Our neighbors and Ihave been educated on the extreme health hazards of wood smoke. I should not be forced to have to leave my home and yard for hours on a weekend; keep
indoors;or to have to breathe wood smoke for hours, a substance that is seventeen times more toxic than secondhand smoke, and that has been directly linked with cancer, strokes, heart attacks, asthma, and
more.

A dense residential neighborhood such as this one is simply not an appropriate place for this type of ongoing activity, and I urge the City of Oakland to recognize this.

Thank you,

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 8:37 PM, >wrote:


Here's what I sent...

From:
Sent:Monday, October 10, 2016 8:36 PM
To:mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Subject:CUP - Planning Number PLN15195



Mr. Hackett,

For reasons stated in the collective letter from residents in our community which I endorse, I strongly oppose granting a CUP to the property
described (Planning Number PLN15195).

In addition, please know that on days when the fire pit is in use, the smell of smoke keeps indoors. I purchased a townhome in the
community in part because of the beautiful shared grounds. frequently enjoys playing basketball & throwing a football with friends outside within the safety of our common area.
The toxic fumes blowing from the described property make this impossible for him.

Please do not grant a CUP to the nearby property.

Thank you,


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Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: [ CUP - Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:16:37 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From: "
Date: October 10, 2016 at 8:37:31 PM PDT
Subject: Fw: CUP - Planning Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

Here's what I sent...

From:
Sent:Monday, October 10, 2016 8:36 PM
To:mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Subject:CUP - Planning Number PLN15195



Mr. Hackett,

For reasons stated in the collective letter from residents in our community , which I endorse, I strongly oppose granting a CUP to the property
described (Planning Number PLN15195).

In addition, please know that on days when the fire pit is in use, the smell of smoke keeps indoors. I purchased a townhome in the
community in part because of the beautiful shared grounds. frequently enjoys playing basketball & throwing a football with friends outside within the safety of our common area.
The toxic fumes blowing from the described property make this impossible for him.

Please do not grant a CUP to the nearby property.

Thank you,

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Letter of non suppoty for Conditional Use Permit application for properties at 3732
39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:14:44 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Oakland]"

Date: October 11, 2016 at 7:18:54 AM PDT


Subject: [ Letter of non suppoty for
Conditional Use Permit application for properties at 3732 39th Ave.,
3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave Planning Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

Mr. Hackett,

Please accept this letter as a request to deny the application for a Conditional
Use Permit to the properties at 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746 39th
Ave. Planning Number PLN15195.

We live in the small towmhome complex to the properties


in question, at

Although we agree with the basic premise of Nafsi ya Jamii Urban Retreat
Center, it should not be allowed in an area whose use is incompatible with a
working farm, marjuana grow, and retreat center for the public.

The CUP application represents a lovely utopia for Oaklanders, but the reality
of living next to the retreat center has been quite disruptive for us, including:

Loud music, often with decibels well beyond the 45 to 60 allowed by the City's
Residential Zone Noise Level Standards (OMC 17.120.050).

Overnight accommodations in yurts constructed near property lines


OMC states that: "Except for projects that are exempt from design review as
set forth in Section 17.136.025, no Building Facility, Designated Historic
Property, Potentially Designated Historic Property, Telecommunications
Facility, Sign, or other associated structure shall be constructed, established, or
altered in exterior appearance, unless plans for the proposal have been
approved pursuant to the design review procedure in Chapter 17.136...

The Applicants admitted not intending to obtain any permits or approval before
their yurts and toilet facilities were constructed.

Extreme smoke fumes that disallow open windows. We are often gone for the
day to avoid dealing with the smoke nuisance.

The OMC 8.24.020 names smoke as one of the definitions of a "blighted


property". I suspect other criteria in that definition apply to this property.

"Matter including, but not limited to, smoke, odors, dust, dirt, debris, fumes, and
sprays which is permitted to be transported by wind or otherwise upon any
street, course, alley, sidewalk, yard, park, or other public or private property
and which is determined to be a violation of federal, state, regional, or local air
quality regulations..."

I met with one of the Applicants personally to try and understand why they
would continue to allow hazardous smoke to waft into our homes, especially
after we've told them how hard it is for us. We had a cordial conversation and
she promised that they were looking for some solutions, but that the sweats
wold NOT stop. They seem to consider it a "Western" way to do business. The
Applicant was a former Council person and should know better.

The Planning Department has already deemed the application incomplete.


They claim no one will stay overnight in the yurts, but people already do.

I strongly oppose the approval of this application.

Thank you for your serious consideration of "the health, safety, and general
welfare of the citizens" of Oakland.

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: [ Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:14:26 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From:
[
Date: October 10, 2016 at 9:53:21 PM PDT
Subject: [ Fwd: Planning Number PLN15195
Reply-To:

Here's ours. I'm long-winded. Sorry. (So is .)

---------- Forwarded message ----------


From:
Date: 10 October 2016 at 21:52
Subject: Planning Number PLN15195
To:mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Number PLN15195

Mr. Hackett,

We are writing to youas both new homeowners and residents of Oaklandon behalf of
regarding the CUP for the Nafsi ya
Jamii Retreat Center and Full Harvest Urban Farm located directly adjacent to
our development
.
While we support and respect the mission of Nafsi ya Jamii, some of their practices have
alarmed us related to wood burning and potential non-permitted use of property as
extensive agricultural land.



In the
past
two months alone, we have had to abandon our home for entire days to avoid breathing in
the toxic fumes
and particulate matter
given off
from
wood
burning
. The scent is so strong that if we leave even a small window open, the entire house fills with
the stench of smoke. When we purchased our new homeour first everno one ever told us
that we had traded our pollution-filled lives in New York for a permanent chance at cancer
by having our house filled with smoke.

P
art of our move to Oakland, and California in general, was to move into a new phase of our
lives as a newly married couple looking
to
settle into a more relaxed setting after spending 4 years in New York City. Initially we lived
in Berkeley for two years. Our rental property then was a small cottage in a backyard. While
it was a great segue for us as New Yorkers, we quickly found that we could not stay there.
Our landlords owned chickens and let them roam freely, which invited pests like insects and
rats. (We frequently had to fight off bug infestations!) Part of Full Harvest Urban Farm's
policy is that they allow their animals to roam freely. While we respect this idea, we also
know that in practice there are consequences to having animals that roam freely and
defecate freely.
Although we do not know if the Full Harvest Urban Farm, which operates at the same
location as Nafsi ya Jamii, has been approved for a CUP for extensive agriculture, our
neighbors in our development who live directly adjacent to the farm have shared their
stories with us of on-going amplified noise and noise from roosters, odor from storing
human excrement being exhausted towards our development, increased traffic due to
events held at the farm/retreat, and previous criminal activity from theft of marijuana
plants grown by residents at the farm property.


ne of the best things about our new home on
O is that we have a yard to
use! But it's use has become limited because of the amount of smoke being blown in our
direction
.
As new owners to the area, we spent a lot of time looking at other
homes
near our current one before settling
here
. As it happens, there was one
condo
being sold directly behind ours
on 39th Avenue
, but our real estate agent quickly crossed it off our list of potential homes because it smelled
of smoke so terribly. (In the four months we spent house hunting, it was the only time he
ever vetoed a location without ever letting us see it.) This smoke was attributed to the
previous owner at first, but now that we have lived here for two months, we are realizing
that the smoke smell actually stemmed from the Nafsi ya Jamii Retreats usage of burning
wood.

At a time when the EPA at the national level and the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District (BAAQMD) are working to reduce wood smoke pollution through banning wood-
burning devices in new construction and encouraging cleaner burning alternatives, it is
alarming and disappointing that a group such as Nafsi ya Jamii, with core values that
include health and wellness, would engage in toxic and harmful practices that put the health
of an entire community at risk. Particulate matter is a serious health risk, especially for
those most vulnerable like children and the elderly, many of which are in the homes directly
adjacent to Nafsi ya Jamii and in our own development in

We implore that the city recognize the adverse effects that Nafsi ya Jamii and the Full
Harvest Urban Farm are inflicting on the surrounding community, and to reject the
application for conditional use per application PLN15195 by enforcing existing zoning
regulations and bring these properties within conformance to that of what is expected for
RM-3 dense mixed housing.

Thank you for your time,


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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: [ Resident comment re: Case File Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:17:33 PM

Begin forwarded message:

To:
From:

Date: October 10, 2016 at 7:10:37 PM PDT


Subject: ] Fwd: Resident comment re: Case
File Number PLN15195
Reply-To: L

---------- Forwarded message ----------


From:
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 7:07 PM
Subject: Resident comment re: Case File Number PLN15195
To:MHackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Planning Number PLN15195

Dear Mr. Moe Hackett,

I am writing to express my concern regarding case file number PLN15195, the


request for a conditional use permit for the purpose of constructing yurts, a
sweat lodge, a ceremonial platform, etc. on residential property.

I live at , which is on the of the applicant's


property, two units east. The construction of yurts is a major concern. Visitors
to the property currently stay overnight in the yurts which is illegal. They are
not permitted for such with appropriate clearance, electrical, plumbing and
other building codes. Also, the owners have constructed a makeshift latrine for
the largest yurt: a five gallon bucket. The odor of urine sometimes wafts onto
neighboring properties.

My biggest concern is the fires associated with their sweat lodges. On days
when the sweat lodge is in operation, the fires create a very strong smelling
visible smoke. Further, the smoke persists for hours, despite the applicants
assuring us that the smoke will last only a short time. The odor is strong to the
point that the clothes I am wearing at the time, while inside my home, smell
like smoke, as if I were sitting in front of a camp fire. Spending time in my
backyard or the shared space in the front of my home is not an option on days
when the applicants are burning wood for the sweat lodge. The smell is just too
overwhelming and unpleasant.

Also, I fear for the health of my girlfriend and me and that of my neighbors.
We have been educated on the extreme health hazards of wood smoke. I
should not be forced to have to leave my home and yard for hours on a
weekend; or to have to breath wood smoke for hours, a substance that is
seventeen times more toxic than secondhand smoke, and that has been directly
linked with cancer, strokes, heart attacks, asthma, and more.

A dense residential neighborhood such as this one is simply not an appropriate


place for this type of ongoing activity, and I urge the City of Oakland to
recognize this.

Sincerely,

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From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: CUP- Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:11:55 PM

Begin forwarded message:

From:
To:
Subject: Fw: CUP- Planning Number PLN15195
Date: October 10, 2016 at 9:22:40 PM PDT

Here's J

From:
Sent:Monday, October 10, 2016 9:21 PM
To:L Mom
Subject:Fwd: CUP- Planning Number PLN15195

---------- Forwarded message ----------


From:
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 9:19 PM
Subject: CUP- Planning Number PLN15195
To:mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Mr. Hackett,

I am a member of the community and I strongly oppose granting a CUP to the property described (Planning Number PLN15195). I have asthma and i'm very sensitive to smells.
On several occasions when the fire pit was being used on that property, I had to remain indoors because of the fumes. As a teenager and a high school athlete, it is important for me to practice my skills
out on my basketball hoop in the parking lot. Please do not grant a CUP to the property nearby.

Thank you,


From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Mine
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:18:00 PM

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: October 10, 2016 at 10:56:24 AM PDT
Subject: Mine
To:

Planning Number
PLN15195

Mr. Hackett,

I am responding to the above referenced CUP application.


Since 2009, I am the property owner and resident at the
the parcel whose address is 3740 39th St. I had considered myself
incredibly lucky to have found a quiet, friendly corner of Oakland to live in. That
substantially changed when the previous owners leased their back yard area to the
applicants in 2014. Work parties began in that year, frequently with amplified
music from an outdoor stage. Within the year the property was sold to a family
member of the applicants' and erection of numerous structures began along
property lines without regard to set back dimensions, either required or through
courteous regard for adjacent dense townhouse open space.

The construction included a fire pit for sweat activities. The townhouse
development, of which I am a member, is downwind of the properties. Because of
the wind, fires, typically on Sundays, send soot, smoke and fumes to envelope
our homes. As of this writing, those fires have continued, most recent on Sunday
Oct 9, 2016, despite exhaustive dialogue with the applicants.

From 2009-2014 I managed to create an oasis of quiet and calm in my small


garden for rest and re-charge which over the past 2 years I am now must occupy
or not occupy based on the applicants' group activities.

Below are my comments reflecting my opposition to granting the CUP.

I invested in a residential neighborhood. I did not buy into living next to a


business and I do not want to live next to a business. If the applicants
want to create a business, they need to find an appropriate location for it
not look to change zoning for a residential neighborhood.
Even if it were my bestfriend, I dont want to live next door to a business.
The CUP application comes 2 years after initial operation. It is not with
imagined hesitation as to how life might be, directly adjacent to the
"proposed" business.
This is home this is not work. I often dont feel like coming home after
a stressful day any longer, because I dont know if it will be tranquil or not
tranquil. There have not been any particular hours of operation, though
accelerated activity occurs on the weekends.
After 2 years since the property take over, I dont feel confident that this
group willparticularlyobserve CUPguidelines.
Also note that our zoning is beyond multi family residential. It dense
multi family residential which means that a lot of people already live
really close to each other. For the Bay Area this is an area that we might
otherwise call the zones of affordable housing, in very short supply. I live
in an environment where adjacent owners want to create a business to host
20 30, 40 or more people coming and going people who are not invested
in this as home, who are not invested as neighbors. Its just traffic. People
dont behave as though they lived next door to theirneighbors. Its not a
fault. Its just the envelope of a business environment:you dont behave as
though youre at home.
I also feel that ourneighborswill always go beyondthe terms of a CUP
as they always have, and even now still do (e.g., theres a 24' diameter 14'
tall yurt a few feet off of my fence out of compliance with code with
a 5-gallon bucket for a toilet, with a vent pipefacing uswhich at times
smells like urine. They put in those buckets after a property inspection. So
they have an inspection, and then add. Theyve also had people sleeping in
the yurts,electricheating, extension cords from panels to yurts pinned to
the fence or on the ground.) The yurt photo included in the CUP application
depicts the smallest of the 4 installed at 3740 39th Ave.
Theres nothing inthe CUP binding them to pull building permits for
anything they do. Ive seen nothing in theirplanningthat addresses legal
permittedsanitation for groups.

With my deepest sincerity, I request that the CUP be denied.


From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Public Comments for Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:16:51 PM

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: October 10, 2016 at 8:24:37 PM PDT
Subject: Public Comments for Planning Number PLN15195
To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
Cc:

Thank you for the opportunity to offer public comments on the application
by Wilson Riles and Patricia St. Onge for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)
and Regular Design Review (DR) for the Nafsi ya Jamii Urban Retreat
Center, and the Full Harvest Urban Farm (retreat/farm) located on
three contiguous properties on 3732 39th Ave., 3740 39th Ave., and 3746
39th Ave. (Assessors Parcel Numbers are: 030-1925-005-00, 030-1925-
004-00, and 030-1925-003-03.) Planning Number: PLN15195.

The smoke from the Full Harvest has forced us keep our 20 month old son
inside to shield him from the smoke on multiple occasions. Even on the
walk to our car the smell of the smoke has been overwhelming. This has
also meant that he cannot play in our front yard on his swing set during
days when the smoke is being produced by the retreat.

I request that you deny the CUP to the retreat/farm in question.

Thank you,
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:15:27 PM
Attachments: Email to retreat-farm about dire health consequences.rtf

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Subject: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: October 11, 2016 at 11:58:02 PM PDT
To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com,

Public comments on Planning Number PLN1519

Dear Mr. Hackett and City Planning Commissioners,


I write about the application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for three
properties on 39th Ave. in Oakland

The Planning Number is PLN15195. I am absolutely opposed to granting this
CUP, in the strongest terms possible.

Like all other members of my townhome community, I wholeheartedly support


the vision and aspirations of the Nafsi Ya Jamii retreat and of Full Harvest farm,
the enterprises behind the application. I do not say this lightly. From our earliest
interactions with the retreat/farm to today, we have made this clear as can be
supported in our initial documents and email exchanges with the retreat/farm, in
an audio recording of our first meeting with them (the recording was made with
the permission of all participants), and throughout our two years of interacting
with them.

However, I cannot and do not support the retreat/farm being situated in a


residential neighborhood with whose character they are dramatically
incompatible. Further, the litany of two years of suffering and disruption to me,
my family and my neighbors in our townhome, in a neighboring townhome
complex, and throughout the neighborhood is nothing short of deplorable, and
exhausting.

Our townhome community is highly interactive and friendly. We have a list-


serve; announce when we are traveling and ask neighbors to watch our homes;
many of us have keys to neighbors houses; many of us animal-sit for our
neighbors when they are out-of-town; we collect money for gifts for major
celebratory events, like the birth of a child; we extend sincere condolences and
support when our members experience tragic losses; and some members are
friends who socialize together. It is a gem of a community.

I have had the designated role of serving as a communications conduit between


the retreat/farm owners and a coalition

Throughout the last two years of interacting with the retreat/farm


owners, we have genuinely sought win-win solutions: to honor the best of their
needs & aspirations, while also honoring the needs, aspirations and unwarranted
suffering experienced by members of our community. This stance of respect,
honoring and seeking a win-win is evident in the supporting documents we have
shared with you about our interactions with the retreat/farm.

While the retreat/farm owners and managers have generally(not always) been
cordial on the surface, the disruptive activities that have characterized their
operation from the beginning; their fundamental unwillingness to recognize how
we suffer tremendously because of their activities; and their flagrant disregard for
City ordinances that are among the most reasonable and rational (such as taking
precautions to prevent dangerous fire conditions that place at risk the lives and
property of all in the neighborhood; or avoiding exposing neighbors to toxic and
nuisance substances, such as smoke and extremely loud music) their extensive
and documented abuses in these regards make the case for not granting them a
CUP an absolute given (and the case was already strong enough with the general
issues of their enterprises being incompatible with the character of
neighborhood).

I support not granting a CUP for all the reasons stated by my neighbors, and for
the reasons listed in our collective email to you. Still, I want to emphasize that
two issues stand out most dearly for me:

The activities of the retreat/farm, especially the wood smoke from the sweat
lodges, seriously endanger the health of residents. A twenty month old
toddler has been prevented from enjoying his home, and playing in his
yard, for many weekends throughout the duration of his young life
because his parents have to lock him indoors or leave the premises to
protect his fragile, developing lungs, knowing that young children whose
bodies are just developing are especially vulnerable to wood smoke. The
same applies to a toddler and a newborn who lived with us for a few years
until their move out-of-state a few months ago. The same applies to
another young child in our community, and to a teenager who wrote you
about how he suffers from asthma, and must remain indoors instead of
practice his devoted sport outdoors because of woodsmoke. The health
concerns extend beyond children and young people. Several of us in our
community are asthmatic, and have to avoid the wood smoke to avoid
asthma attacks. Additionally, the health threats are deeply personal for me.
My partner is HIV+, and has been HIV+ for over 30 years longer than
almost anyone else on the planet. He is in excellent health. Nonetheless,
one hour exposure to wood smoke can reduce his (and anyone elses)
immune defenses by 25-40%, as is documented in the references we sent
you in our collective email. We are asked to be exposed to it for 3-6 hours
at a stretch, up to 2-3 weekends per month. Attached is a letter that I sent to
the retreat/farm owners prior to a traditional Talking Circle that I and
others had convened with them. In no uncertain terms, I let them know that
the toxic smoke from their sweat lodges was literally risking killing my
partner. One leader in our Native communities who was present in the
Talking Circle, and some of my dearest friends, knew how deeply
distraught and depressed I had become from the entire situation that the
person whom I love more than anyone else in the world was risking being
killed in his own home because of toxic wood smoke from our neighbors.
Further, evacuating weekend after weekend did not help. It produced its
own high levels of stress for a person who is in exile from his culture for
being gay, and for whom a tranquil homeless is a necessity and high
stress can quickly turn into illness for HIV+ people. In the letter and in
conversations, I also made it clear that others in the community also had
major illnesses. This is a no-brainer. Were a neighborhood of a few
hundred people, mirroring the demographics of pre-gentrified Oakalnd. So
among this population, there will be a certain number of people with auto-
immune diseases, heart diseases, cancer, stroke, and other life-threatening
illnesses that can be seriously aggravated by wood smoke sometimes to
the point of fatality in a short period of time. One would have hoped that
the retreat/farm owners and managers would have deeply empathized. The
sweat lodge ceremony is for healing yet how can one stand to bring
healing to members of ones own community, while knowingly strongly
risking making ill, or in fact making ill, members of another community. It
is unconscionable.
Through our efforts with City officials, we were able to bring the first round
of sweat lodges to a halt until a way could be devised to hold them
withouthaving toxic smoke endanger the wellbeing, lives and properties of
the surrounding community. I had truly hoped that this second round of
sweat lodges would be a win-win: that a way could truly be found to have
the sweat lodges without the toxic wood smoke. Unfortunately, such was
not the case. Per the documents we have sent you, I attended the first fire-
lighting ceremony in good faith. The output of smoke was disastrous. The
second sweat lodge was worse. We provided feedback to the retreat/farm
owners about the disruption these sweat lodges had caused, with enormous
amounts of smoke. We asked them what measures they would take to
prevent a recurrence. To our dismay and horror, we were told that there
was virtually zero smoke. All of the feedback we had given them about
how we had suffered was completely discounted. Further, rather than a
response like, We are so sorry that our new fire-tower has not solved the
problem. We hear that the last sweat lodge caused tremendous distress for
five families, including some that had to evacuate. Thats unacceptable
in general, because yo should be able to enjoy your homes; and especially
because of the grave health hazards. Consequently, we will stop holding
the sweat lodges until we can figure out a way for sure how to hold them
without the toxic wood smoke engulfing your homes, and endangering
your health and your lives rather than such a response, we instead
learned that they simply planned to continue with yet another sweat lodge.
Again, for a group that claims to be focused on healing, this is incongruous
and unconscionable.
Also, as is described at length in the collective letter, our homes have
become battlegrounds. Its not just that we have to evacuate, or stay
indoors during sweat lodges which in and of itself is bad enough. Its
also that we have had to invest weeks and weeks and weeks of our time as
community members to engage with the retreat/farm on issue after issue
after issue as is documented in our collective letter. These are our
homes. We have every right to enjoy them without having to organize to
protect them and our neighborhood countless days, month after month.
Before the retreat/farm, we lived peaceably and tranquilly. It is our right as
homeowners to have the atmosphere and character of neighborhood that
we invested in when purchasing or renting our homes which most of us
did long before the retreat/farm was ever conceived, and certainly before it
became operational.

For these and other reasons, I am in the strongest ways opposed to the granting of
a CUP.

Sincerely,
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:09:31 PM

Also, if you want to see any of the documentation that we sent them by DropBox, referenced
below, please let me know.

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Re: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195


From:
Date: October 11, 2016 at 5:44:53 PM PDT
Cc:

To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com,

Dear Mr. Hackett and City Planning Commissioners,


Below we wrote, We will also send by electronic-transfer fromWeTransfer.com
orDropBox.comassorted files, photographs and videos substantiating many of
our claims, which are the core reasons why we dramatically oppose granting a
CUP.

We just sent to you by Dropbox.com a folder entitled, Supporting Files Listed in


Appendix. It contains all of the files, photographs and videos that we reference.
If you did not receive a notice about the folder having been shared with you by
Dropbox, if you cannot access the files, or if you have any questions or
comments, please let us know. We can best be reached at or at
<

Thank you,
The residents listed in the original email below

On Oct 11, 2016, at 4:52 PM,


wrote:
Dear Mr. Hackett and City Planning Commissioners,
Attached please find a document representing a unanimous opinion
from twenty-three (23) residents of properties immediately adjacent
to a set of three properties applying for a Conditional Use Permit
(Planning Number PLN15195). Representatives of our households
are ccd on this email.

You will also have received individual emails from the vast majority
of us strongly opposing the granting of the CUP.

We are adamantly and unequivocally against the granting of a CUP


for reasons which we state in the attached document. We will also
send by electronic-transfer from WeTransfer.com or DropBox.com
assorted files, photographs and videos substantiating many of our
claims, which are the core reasons why we dramatically oppose
granting a CUP.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Public comments to City on Planning Number PLN15195.pdf>


From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Fwd: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:11:15 PM
Attachments: Public comments to City on Planning Number PLN15195.pdf

Hi Greg,
Thanks for our conversation today. My neighbors and I are delighted to know that you issued
a citation to the retreat-farm owners about the nuisance smoke. As we discussed, Ill followup
with other items in an email to you, Jamila and Terrence tomorrow.

For now, as we discussed, I am forwarding to you the email from twenty-three members of our
neighborhood, issued as public comments against the granting of a conditional use permit
(CUP) to the retreat-farm. As you will note, the issue of smoke is at the center of many. This
is in reply to your inquiry about how many people in our neighborhood are impacted by the
smoke, how strong are their complaints, etc. As we also discussed, I will next forward you the
individual emails from the vast majority of neighbors (in addition to our collective letter).
Please note that I only got copies of some not all. Mo Hackett will have copies of the
others that I do not forward to you.

I am ccing Jamila and Terrence on all.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Regards,

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Subject: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: October 11, 2016 at 4:52:12 PM PDT
Cc:

To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com,

Dear Mr. Hackett and City Planning Commissioners,


Attached please find a document representing a unanimous opinion from twenty-
three (23) residents of properties immediately adjacent to a set of three properties
applying for a Conditional Use Permit (Planning Number PLN15195).
Representatives of our households are ccd on this email.

You will also have received individual emails from the vast majority of us
strongly opposing the granting of the CUP.

We are adamantly and unequivocally against the granting of a CUP for reasons
which we state in the attached document. We will also send by electronic-
transfer from WeTransfer.com or DropBox.com assorted files, photographs and
videos substantiating many of our claims, which are the core reasons why we
dramatically oppose granting a CUP.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Sincerely,


From:
To: Deloach Reed, Teresa; Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor,
Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia
Cc:
Subject: Fwd: Reporter would like to talk with you
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015 12:45:32 PM
Importance: High

Dear City official,


Per below, please be advised that the situation with the illegal fires at 3740 39th Ave. is about
to be exposed to the press.

~
______________________________

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Re: Reporter would like to talk with you


From:
Date: April 13, 2015 at 12:33:43 PM PDT
Cc:

To: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>

Hello Pat,
Thank you for your post.

Re: you (particularly and who represent the active


leadership - thats curious. What makes you assume that and are the
active leaders and not others?
Its Monday noon, and everyone is probably at work. Please give the reporter my
phone . Ill see whether anyone is interested and available to talk
to her.

Best,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 12:02 PM, Patricia St. Onge


<pstonge@pacbell.net> wrote:

Greetings, neighbors

I hope you're well. Yesterday, we had a reporter here to cover


our response to the fire dept. She is interested in talking with
you (particularly and who represent the active
leadership of "the other side". She asked me for your contact
information. I told her I would check with you before giving her
your email addresses.

If any of you are interested in talking with her, please let me


know and I'll give her your contact information. She's trying to
write the story today, so if you want your voice included, let me
know as soon as you can.

Best,
Pat

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888
www.seven-generations.org
Office: 510.530.2448510.530.2448
Cell: 510.604.9309
We honor the generations who have come before us, and are
mindful of those yet to come.

AND
Nafsi ya Jamii: The Soul Community
"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come
alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive" Howard Thurman

https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm?fref=ts
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Miller, Scott; Flynn, Rachel; Hackett, Maurice; Minor, Gregory
Subject: Fwd: Request for extension on Re-Inspection Notice - 3746, 3740, 3732 39th Avenue
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015 2:26:20 PM

FYI...

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Wilson Riles <wriles@pacbell.net>


Date: July 23, 2015 at 12:31:39 PM PDT
To: Edward Jaun Labayog <elabayog@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Annie Campbell Washington <acampbellwashington@oaklandnet.com>,
Chris Candell <ccandell@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Request for extension on Re-Inspection Notice - 3746, 3740, 3732
39th Avenue
Reply-To: Wilson Riles <wriles@pacbell.net>

Mr. Labayog,
As apropos our face-to-face discussion, I have mailed
to you a letter requesting an extension on the Re-
Inspection notices for the properties 3746, 3740, and
3732 39th Avenue. As I indicated to you in our
discussion the concerns about these properties were
all rolled in to the Planning Department Design
Review/Conditional Use Permit process.
The meeting where that was agreed to was called
together by Council Member Annie Campbell
Washington's office and included representatives of
your office, a representative of the City
Administrator's office, representatives of the Fire
Department, myself, my wife, and my architectural
consultant. One of the owners of 3740 39th Avenue was
on the telephone during the meeting.
We are unable to respond to the Re-inspection notice
on those concerns prior to the completion of the
Planning Department process. Our responses are
dependent on the outcome of that process. As of
today, July 23, we have not received any written
response from the Planning Department on our
application. Tomorrow is the deadline for our
responding to the Re-inspection Notices; therefore,
we are caught in a bind by the City that could result
in serious financial penalties for us.
Please let me know if my letter for an extension has
been received and if the extension has been agreed
ti.
Wilson Riles

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go
do that. Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard
Thurman
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Minor, Gregory; Ranelletti, Darin; Landreth, Sabrina;
Daniel, Christine; Cappio, Claudia; Parker, Barbara; Moreno, Doryanna
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016 12:58:59 PM

Hello All,
Here is a new email from the neighbor re: the planned sweat ceremony at the Riles property
tomorrow.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: <
Date: November 5, 2016 at 12:37:25 PM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>,

Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Annie, and Jamila,


Annie, thank you for forwarding this to the City Administrator and City Attorney.

Both of you, I just spoke with Terrence Spencer. He continues to amaze us in the
most positive of ways. He is actually going to place a visit to the retreat-farm
owners today, on his day off. However, he is not in a position to insist that they
stop from a Fire Dept. standpoint. He is awaiting direction from his supervisor
before he can do that. Nonetheless, he is clear, as are we, that Nuisance Dept.
should be playing an active role here.

There are specific City ordinances prohibiting noxious fumes from crossing
neighborhood property lines. Can you get Greg Minor to step up to an active role
here?! (As I mentioned to you, Jamila, we have tried repeatedly to get a response
from him. We have sent emails and voicemails, and even left a voicemail with
someone covering for him when he was out [Susan Vasquez?], and have not
gotten a response).

On Nov 5, 2016, at 11:27 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Thank you for informing us, I have forward your email to


the City Administrator and City Attorney for follow-up.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:43 AM,


> wrote:

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein


ofGreenstein and McDonald. Please include him on
replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


> wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this
morning, our neighbors will have another
sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to


have happen. We did *NOT* want to be
smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few
weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such


in the nearly two weeks since your
(Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at


9:15:54 AM PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St.
Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:
<

Subject: Sweat ceremony


tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat


ceremony tomorrow; we'll
light the fire late morning and
have the ceremony itself
around2. Pleaselet other
folks know as well. Ican't
seem to find the email
message with the more
comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome


to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations
Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations


who have come before us,
and are mindful of those yet
to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The


Soul Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyaj
amii

"Don't ask what the world


needs, ask what makes you
come alive...and go do that,
because the world needs
people who have come
alive". Howard Thurman
From:
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016 10:38:15 AM

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our neighbors will have another sweat
tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen. We did *NOT* want to be smoked out
yet a fourth weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the nearly two weeks since your (Annies)
initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM PDT


From: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat ceremony tomorrow; we'll light the fire late morning
andhave the ceremony itself around2. Pleaselet other folks know as
well. Ican't seem to find the email message with the more comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.
AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive...and go
do that, because the world needs people who have come alive". Howard
Thurman
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: Minor, Gregory; English, Jamila A.; Fierro, Rocio
Subject: Fwd: updates
Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 5:38:22 PM

Dear Greg,

Please see the questions below from the neighbors surrounding the 39th Ave. properties. Can
you please advise how you would like me to handle? Would you like to answer any of these
questions or should we assemble a meeting with these neighbors to answer their questions?
What are your thoughts?

Rocio, I am copying you here in case you want to weigh in. Recently, Greg Minor and the four
departments met together with Wilson Riles and Pat St.
Onge, so there has been direct communication with them.

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: <l
Date: May 29, 2015 at 1:01:32 PM PDT
To: Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Jamila English <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson
<NMaxson@oaklandnet.com>, >,

>
Subject: Re: updates

Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


Annie, thank you for the updates.

Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila,
thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the process of
scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not
success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to increase
the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR
specialist.

You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation
about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that
some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the fires have
stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about
rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from various depts. However,
we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:

Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit
smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to
construct a chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood
smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building,
nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if
the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use
permits, and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when
might that occur? Etc.)

You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation
about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here. Nayeli,please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation
sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-1:30 PM,
would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during
our lunch hours.

Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way
appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone call, or even
better, can hopefully be on the call.

Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments
and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts


with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute


Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify
available mediators.
Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section
Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that
she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be
willing to connect you with another mediator. She has contacts
throughout Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation


about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that
scheduled and she is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Greg, pls read this before speaking with retreat-farm owners (& Re: Please confirm receipt of smoke video (&
Re: Sending information))
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Hi Greg,
In the event that the retreat-farm owners appeal your recent citation, please review the
information below beforeyou meet with them as it provides documentation that can refute
any claims they might have that the smoke is negligible.

Regards,

On Nov 26, 2016, at 11:08 AM, wrote:

Hi Greg and Terrence,


Below Jamila notes that she could not retain the video that I delivered to her at her office, iPhone to
iPhone, a couple of weeks ago. A few moments ago you should have received in your inbox an
email from me via Google Drive, with a link to the video uploaded to Google drive. (Here, again, is
a copy of that link.)

It's a big file: almost 7 GB. It may take a while to download. However, if it does not download,
please let me know ASAP. I'll try one more file transfer system and if that doesn't work, I'll bring it
to your offices on a jump drive.

Please verify that you are able to access the video.

Terrence, this video is important for you because it ties into my request, in a prior email, that the
Fire Department cite the retreat-farm owners for violations of visible smoke.

Greg, this video is important for you in the very likely event that the retreat-farm owners appeal
your recent citation. I imagine that you based that citation on the smoke evident in the short video
that I sent you, and on the numerous complaints from residents in our community for this last round
of four fires over the last few months. I would well imagine that the retreat-farm owners will state
that, from their perspective, the amount of smoke is negligible and that residents in the
community are overreacting or fabricating complaints. However, the two videos combined show at
least 45 minutes of continuous visible smoke, and another 30 minutes of clearly visible particulate
smoke. I would hope that this evidence would be enough to counter any claims from them that the
smoke is negligible.

Both of you, for navigating the two videos (the 20 minute one that I sent you earlier, and the 55
minute one referenced above), here are tips:

The short video documents the early start of the fire. Smoke is not visible until about 4.5
minutes into the video.
The long video is simply a continuation of the short video. (I accidentally turned off the
camera, and had to start with a second video.) The thick smoke is visible for approximately
29 minutes of the video. For the remainder of the video, you can definitely see the thick
column of wavy air, indicating ongoing particulate smoke. However, the visibility of the
smoke is mitigated by several factors, which I describe below.
For both videos, please note that the video quality is mediocre. The videos were shot on an
iPhone, through my bedroom window (and therefore blocked by a glass window pane), at a
distance of about 80 feet. Even with these limitations, a column of smoke lasting for about
45 minutes is clearly visible. However, to get an even better perspective, I suggest that you
use the zoom-in function on your computers to magnify the images of the smoke.

One final note: as I mentioned in a prior email, the fire/smoke on video occurred hours after
Oakland had had intense overnight and early-morning rains. Hence there was not much wind. So,
much of the smoke ascends vertically. (Though even with this, a significant amount was blown into
our homes.) However, the key point is that data on winds in Oakland shows that they're usually not
still.So, the amount of smoke that is shown in the videos typically gets blown directly into our
homes by winds.

If you have any questions or comments on anything, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:49 PM, English, Jamila A. <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Hello Everyone,

I have one video on a flash drive that is accessible at my office. The other
is on my phone and is no longer accessible. Sorry but the size
of the video seems to have crashed my phone and it must be deleted.
This is my own personal phone and not the property of the City of
Oakland. If you can save it on a flash drive or something along those lines
that will be better. I have tried for some time to download it and many
other measures but Im at a loss.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletterhere
or submit an online constituent request to the District 4 officehere.


From:
Sent:Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:29 PM
To:English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Subject:Re: Sending information

Jamila, sorry you are having troubles.

Greg and Terrence,can you please stop by Jamilas office (Terrence,
when we spoke yesterday, you said you could do this) to get the two
videos of the smoke from the last sweat lodge fire? I put them on her
jump drive yesterday, and she downloaded them to her computer. So
you can either take your laptops and download them to these from her
jump drive. Or, you can take your jump drives, transfer them from
her computer to your jump drives, and then download then to your
computers.

I will follow up with other items later.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:03 PM, English, Jamila A.


<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello

Ive been trying to send the information you provided
yesterday to Greg Minor and Terrence Spencer but not
having any luck with the tech resources provided by the City.
I will continue to keep trying.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

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April 10, 2015

Ms. Patricia St. Onge


Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
Post Office Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888

RE: 3746 39th Avenue/Oakland, CA 94619

Ms. St. Onge:

On February 26, 2015, Oakland Fire Department (OFD), Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector Civilian,
Terrence Spencer inspected the above referenced property identified as 3746 39th Avenue/Oakland, CA
94619, in response to multiple complaints of nuisance smoke from neighbors. The property identified as
3746 39th Ave is a private residence, where backyard fences on two adjoining properties have been
removed to create a large communal yard.

During the inspection, Inspector Spencer observed a fire pit approximately 8 x 8 in area and
approximately 3 tall barriers, constructed of corrugated metal panels with wood burning inside it, and in
close proximity of surrounding structures. According to the occupants, private parties built the fire pit in
question to heat rocks for ceremonial use.

During the inspection, Inspector Spencer determined there were numerous violations, and detailed such
in the notice of violation issued to Ms. St. Onge of the Seven Circles Generations Consulting Group on
February 26, 2015. On Saturday, March 21, 2015 the OFD responded to subsequent neighbor complaints
of nuisance smoke for a fire at the above referenced property identified as 3746 39th Avenue and
observed the same violations as Inspector Spencer cited on February 26, 2015.

The OFD has the right to regulate fire burning activities and the authority to enforce fire codes and
prohibit violations, issue notices of violations, and cease and desist orders prohibiting activities that
present fire hazards. Therefore, it is the determination of the City of Oakland Fire Department that
previous open burn activities conducted on, or in the proximity of, the above reference property
identified as 3746 39th Avenue/Oakland, CA 94619, have been conducted without a valid permit from
any state and/or local authority, and in a manner that is deemed illegal burning in accordance to state
and local laws and regulations.

This letter shall serve as an immediate cease and desist order for any and all future burning deemed
illegal on, or in the proximity of, the above referenced property identified as 3746 39th Avenue/Oakland,
CA 94619, including the intended fire scheduled on April 12, 2015. This order is consistent and
pursuant to the following governing codes and/or regulations:

California Code of Regulations Title 19 - 3.14 - Fire Hazard: No person, including but not limited to
the State and its political subdivisions, operating any occupancy subject to these regulations shall permit
any fire hazard, as defined in this article, to exist on premises under their control, or fail to take
immediate action to abate a fire hazard when requested to do so by the enforcing agency.

2013 California Fire Code 315.3 - Outside storage: Outside storage of combustible materials shall not be
located within 10 feet (3048 mm) of a property line. Exceptions:

1. The separation distance is allowed to be reduced to 3feet (914 mm) for storage not exceeding 6
feet (1829mm) in height.

2. The separation distance is allowed to be reduced when the fire code official determines that no
hazard to the adjoining property exists.

2013 CA Fire Code 307.4.2 - Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or
combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be
eliminated prior to ignition.

2013 CA Fire Code 307.2.1 - Authorization where required by state or local law or regulations, open
burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from state or local air and water quality management
authority.

2013 CA Fire Code 105.6.30 An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintain of an open
fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. Instructions and
stipulations of the permit shall be adhered to.

2013 CA Fire Code 308.1.7 Religious ceremonies - When, in the opinion of the fire code official,
adequate safeguards have been taken, participants in religious ceremonies are allowed to carry hand-held
candles. Hand-held candles shall not be passed from one person to another while lighted.

2013 CA Fire Code 308.1.6 Open-flame devices - Torches and other devices, machines or processes
liable to start or cause fire shall not be operated or used in or upon wildfire risk areas, except by a permit
in accordance with Section 105.6 secured from
the fire code official. Exception: Use within inhabited premises or designated campsites which are a
minimum of 30 feet (9144mm) from grass, grain, brush, or forest-covered areas.

2013 CA Fire Code 307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a
structure or combustible material. Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one and two-family
dwellings.

OMC 4911.4.3.1 General - No person shall build, ignite or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind for any
purpose in or on any Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas, except by the authority of a written permit
from the code official.
Exception: Outdoor fires within inhabited premises or designated campsites where such fires are
in a permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace or grill and are a minimum of 30
feet from any combustible material or non-fire-resistive vegetation.

OMC 4911.4.3.2 Permits - Permits shall incorporate such terms and conditions that will reasonably
safeguard public safety and property. Outdoor fires shall not be built, ignited or maintained in or on
hazardous fire areas under the following conditions:
1. When high winds are blowing, or when a Red Flag weather condition has been officially
declared.
2. When a person 17 years old or over is not present at all times to watch and tend such fire, or
3. When a public announcement is made that open burning is prohibited.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD): Regulation 6, Rule 3 - Wood-burning devices
prohibits burning of solid fuels when the Air District forecasts air quality to be unhealthy, restricts
excessive visible smoke, and burning of trash. From November 1 through the end of February, the Air
District issues Winter Spare the Air Alerts during which it is illegal to burn solid fuels, including wood,
manufactured logs and pellets, in fireplaces, woodstoves or any outside fire. Excessive visible smoke
and burning of trash is always prohibited.

Based on any and all of the above detailed state and local laws and regulations, the violations were cited
by Inspector Spencer stand, and any future burning will subjects you to being out of compliance.

All responsible parties in violation of the preceding law, ordinances, and regulations shall be deemed
non-compliant. Failure to comply with the above stipulations may result in a citation to appear in
Municipal Court, plus additional fines, fees, and civil penalties. Further, be aware that it is the full intent
of the OFD to abate any and all illegal burning or the fires at the above referenced property identified as
3746 39th Avenue/Oakland, CA 94619, should you continue in violation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

Respectfully,

Miguel Trujillo
Fire Marshal
From: (via Dropbox)
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:58:01 AM

Hi greg,

( ) invited you to view the folder


"Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" on
Dropbox.

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016 Dropbox
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To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: has sent you a file via WeTransfer
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 4:28:05 PM

sent you some files


Greg and Terrence, In my last email, I wrote, "Greg and
Terrence, I will send you separately a representative 5-
minute video of the smoke from the wood stove." This is the
video.

Regards,

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From: Vasquez, Susan
To: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Anders, James; Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Mtg. re 3740-3746 39th Ave
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015 11:43:05 AM
Importance: High

Hi All,
Greg would like to have a meeting on either May 18th or 19th regarding the above and I
would like to know what does your calendar looks like on the dates mentioned.

Pls. advise

Thanks,

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
(510) 238-7487

From:
To: Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Ken Greenstein
Subject: Please confirm receipt of smoke video (& Re: Sending information)
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:08:46 AM

Hi Greg and Terrence,


Below Jamila notes that she could not retain the video that I delivered to her at her office,
iPhone to iPhone, a couple of weeks ago. A few moments ago you should have received in
your inbox an email from me via Google Drive, with a link to the video uploaded to Google
drive. (Here, again, is a copy of that link.)

It's a big file: almost 7 GB. It may take a while to download. However, if it does not
download, please let me know ASAP. I'll try one more file transfer system and if that doesn't
work, I'll bring it to your offices on a jump drive.

Please verify that you are able to access the video.

Terrence, this video is important for you because it ties into my request, in a prior email, that
the Fire Department cite the retreat-farm owners for violations of visible smoke.

Greg, this video is important for you in the very likely event that the retreat-farm owners
appeal your recent citation. I imagine that you based that citation on the smoke evident in the
short video that I sent you, and on the numerous complaints from residents in our community
for this last round of four fires over the last few months. I would well imagine that the retreat-
farm owners will state that, from their perspective, the amount of smoke is negligible and
that residents in the community are overreacting or fabricating complaints. However, the two
videos combined show at least 45 minutes of continuous visible smoke, and another 30
minutes of clearly visible particulate smoke. I would hope that this evidence would be enough
to counter any claims from them that the smoke is negligible.

Both of you, for navigating the two videos (the 20 minute one that I sent you earlier, and the
55 minute one referenced above), here are tips:

The short video documents the early start of the fire. Smoke is not visible until about 4.5
minutes into the video.
The long video is simply a continuation of the short video. (I accidentally turned off the
camera, and had to start with a second video.) The thick smoke is visible for
approximately 29 minutes of the video. For the remainder of the video, you can
definitely see the thick column of wavy air, indicating ongoing particulate smoke.
However, the visibility of the smoke is mitigated by several factors, which I describe
below.
For both videos, please note that the video quality is mediocre. The videos were shot on
an iPhone, through my bedroom window (and therefore blocked by a glass window
pane), at a distance of about 80 feet. Even with these limitations, a column of smoke
lasting for about 45 minutes is clearly visible. However, to get an even better
perspective, I suggest that you use the zoom-in function on your computers to magnify
the images of the smoke.

One final note: as I mentioned in a prior email, the fire/smoke on video occurred hours after
Oakland had had intense overnight and early-morning rains. Hence there was not much wind.
So, much of the smoke ascends vertically. (Though even with this, a significant amount was
blown into our homes.) However, the key point is that data on winds in Oakland shows that
they're usually not still. So, the amount of smoke that is shown in the videos typically gets
blown directly into our homes by winds.

If you have any questions or comments on anything, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:49 PM, English, Jamila A. <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Hello Everyone,

I have one video on a flash drive that is accessible at my office. The other is on my
phone and is no longer accessible. Sorry but the size of the video seems to
have crashed my phone and it must be deleted. This is my own personal phone and
not the property of the City of Oakland. If you can save it on a flash drive or something
along those lines that will be better. I have tried for some time to download it and
many other measures but Im at a loss.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletter here or submit an
online constituent request to the District 4 office here.


From: [mailto: ]
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:29 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Sending information

Jamila, sorry you are having troubles.

Greg and Terrence, can you please stop by Jamilas office (Terrence, when we
spoke yesterday, you said you could do this) to get the two videos of the smoke
from the last sweat lodge fire? I put them on her jump drive yesterday, and she
downloaded them to her computer. So you can either take your laptops and
download them to these from her jump drive. Or, you can take your jump drives,
transfer them from her computer to your jump drives, and then download then to
your computers.

I will follow up with other items later.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:03 PM, English, Jamila A.


<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello

Ive been trying to send the information you provided yesterday to Greg
Minor and Terrence Spencer but not having any luck with the tech
resources provided by the City. I will continue to keep trying.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletterhere
or submit an online constituent request to the District 4 officehere.

From: Hackett, Maurice


To: Wilson Riles (wriles@pacbell.net)
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Low, Tim; English, Jamila A.; Orologas, Alexandra
Subject: PLN15195, 39th Avenue (CUP for Community Assembly Civic)
Date: Friday, December 09, 2016 1:52:56 PM
Attachments: PLN15195, 39th Avenue (signed decision letter).pdf

Please see attached decision letter.

Moe Hackett, Planner II | City of Oakland | Bureau of Planning | 250 Frank H. Ogawa, Suite 2114 |
Oakland, CA 94612| Phone: (510) 238-3973| Fax: (510) 238-4730 | Email: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
| Website: www.oaklandnet.com/planning

October 11, 2016

Public Comments on Planning


Number PLN15195

Dear Mr. Hackett and Oakland Planning Commissioners,

Thank you for the opportunity to offer public comments on the application by Wilson
Riles and Patricia St. Onge for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Regular Design
Review (DR) for the Nafsi ya Jamii Urban Retreat Center, and the Full Harvest Urban
Farm (retreat/farm) located on three contiguous properties on 3732 39th Ave., 3740
39th Ave., and 3746 39th Ave. (Assessors Parcel Numbers are: 030-1925-005-00, 030-
1925-004-00, and 030-1925-003-03.) Planning Number: PLN15195.

Also, Mr. Hackett, we greatly appreciate your having given us permission by email
several days ago to submit our public comments by today, Oct. 11 since Oct. 10 was
a federal holiday.

Overview
We are a group of twenty-three (23) residents in two townhomes immediately adjacent
to the properties on which the retreat/farm is housed. Almost all of us own our homes,
and there are a few renters in our group. We have very strong comments about the
CUP request for Community Assembly, based on the historical and current impact of the
retreat/farm on the character of the neighborhood; on the retreat/farm owners ongoing
patterns of disregard for their impacts on their neighbors; and on deep concerns about
the retreat/farm owners continued practices of overstepping legal boundaries. Our
perspectives on this matter are so pronounced that we have taken several days, as a
group, to generate and align on a collective response that we feel adequately expresses
our collective voice while also highlighting individual comments from our members.

We think its of the utmost importance to state our intentions and stance upfront:
We all support the vision and aspirations of the retreat/farm, as outlined in their
CUP and DR application, and in their online mission statements (at
http://nafsiyajamii.weebly.com/about-us.html). We have repeatedly stated such
publicly and in writing since our earliest interactions with the retreat/farm owners.
In fact, many of us are members of or regularly interact with the communities that
the retreat/farm seeks to serve. We are an extremely diverse mix of African
American, Arab American, Asian American, European American, Latino, Native
American and other, middle class and working class residents who live, work and
otherwise engage in and with communities of justice, spirituality, sustainability,
and more.

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We are also mostly homeowners, and some renters, who invested sometimes
with our life savings in a relatively harmonious neighborhood explicitly zoned
for residential. Most of us deliberately chose not to live in neighborhoods with
mixed residential/commercial use (whether for-profit or non-profit institutions). We
valued and continue to value the relatively more quiet, calm, tranquil nature of
a strictly residential neighborhood. While we fully support the mission/vision of
the retreat/farm in the abstract, we do not support its being situated in a
residential neighborhood with which it is markedly incompatible.

Since 2014, the retreat/farm has existed and operated illegally (i.e., without
permits, and in open resistance to coming into compliance after being issued
numerous citations). During its existence, it has been significantly incompatible
with the surrounding neighborhood in numerous ways, and has had an extremely
disruptive and damaging effect on neighbors including significant violations of
City fire codes, endangering lives and properties; violations of smoke and
nuisance ordinances, which have caused neighbors to evacuate their homes for
three to six hours per incident, with numerous incidents impacting many
neighbors over a period of more than one year; significant violations of noise
ordinances, subjecting the entire neighborhood to loud, amplified music for hours;
and more. Far from spaces of sanctuary and peace, our homes have become
battlegrounds as we have repeatedly had to engage with the retreat/farm owners,
and ultimately escalate to City officials, to stop the tremendous suffering that the
retreat/farm has caused us over nearly two years. We are exhausted with the
pronounced history of disruption caused by the retreat/farm, and do not wish to
be subject to more.

For more than one year, the retreat/farm owners operated their enterprise in
wanton and willful disregard of numerous City ordinances, and neighbors
appeals against the disruption and suffering they caused. City officials finally
compelled them to cease operations until they came into compliance, despite
their repeated resistance over the course of many months, as documented by
City officials. The retreat/farm owners have made outstanding progress in many
areas of compliance. Nonetheless, to this day, they continue to violate key
ordinances, some in ways that are clearly behind inspectors backs; and they
continue to disregard the distresses of their neighbors.

The solution to the current situation is not to grant the retreat/farm a CUP to
operate in a residential area with which it is egregiously incompatible. Instead,
the solution is for the retreat/farm owners to find another location well suited to
the scale and type of facilities & operations they envision.

We are unequivocally against granting a CUP to the retreat/farm.

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Pronounced Incompatibility with the Neighborhood
The CUP & DR application states: The location, site, design and operating
characteristics of the proposed development will be compatible with, and will not
adversely affect, the livability or appropriate development of abutting properties and the
surrounding neighborhood, with consideration to be given to harmony in scale, bulk,
coverage and density; to the availability of civic facilities and utilities; to harmful effect, if
any upon desirable neighborhood character; to the generation of traffic and the capacity
of surrounding streets; and to any other relevant impact of the development. The
retreat/farm is significantly incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood in numerous
respects:
Traffic & Parking Congestion: The retreat/farm owners acknowledge in their
application that for many years they have hosted an annual event in their home
that attracts approximately 60 people. Parking in the immediate neighborhood is
generally dense; it is difficult to locate open spots. Consequently, they have
reached an agreement with High Street Pharmacy on MacArthur Blvd. to allow
spillover parking in their lot, for this event. In the months that it operated illegally,
the retreat/farm hosted numerous events, with guests ranging from 15-40 people,
perhaps more. Their projected activities would entail several dozen events each
year, attracting similar numbers of people, and perhaps more. We have no
indication that the High Street Pharmacy would accept spillover parking for all of
these events that would occur during regular business hours throughout the year.
Consequently, the traffic and parking congestion in the neighborhood would
increase dramatically.

Harmful effect upon desirable neighborhood character: The retreat/farm


properties abut three buildings (two townhomes and one apartment complex) that
have been intentionally designed to foster low volume, quiet, harmonious
interactions between neighbors. There are modest gardens, narrow pathways,
small courtyards and notably no clubhouses or other facilities for large public
assembly. Further, the townhome complexes are significantly recessed from the
main streets, providing a buffer that helps to foster an atmosphere of peace and
calm. As homeowners, and renters, we selected our homes, in large part, very
specifically because of the peace, quiet and sanctuary that our developments
afford, in the midst of a bustling city. The retreat/farm has repeatedly disturbed
the character of tranquility that permeates our developments and much of the
neighborhood: large civic assemblies with dozens of people outdoors engaged in
loud activities for hours; high-volume amplified music that can be heard loudly
several blocks away, and that lasts for hours; highly toxic smoke from sweat
lodges held a few times each month, which infiltrates our homes, forcing us to
close our windows and remain indoors, and often to have to evacuate for
several hours in a given day; animals escaping repeatedly and destroying
neighborhood gardens, with no response over the course of a few weeks
from the retreat/farm owners to our pleas to address the situation; and more.

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Further, as indicated in a video interview with retreat/farm resident managers,
Karissa and Region Lewis (daughter and son-in-law of owners Wilson Riles and
Pat St. Onge), the retreat/farm has an intention to grow marijuana. (Here is the
link to the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beD5TCyGRTg&feature=youtu.be). The
Riles-St. Onge family previously had a marijuana farm on their property, which
caused great distress to neighbors especially since, during nights, thieves
would access the property to steal the marijuana plants. This created a criminal
element in the neighborhood that caused residents to be deeply concerned for
our safety and security.

Agricultural ordinances. The CUP application makes no mention of whether their


intended extensive agricultural use will be in compliance with agricultural
ordinances. This is currently a significant unknown factor.

Adversely affecting surrounding neighborhood: The retreat/farm operations have


caused dramatic suffering to many members of our communities for more than
two years. Below we list a history of adverse effects, and provide more detail and
documentation in the Appendix.

History of Adverse Effects from Retreat/Farm


Below are headline statements of diverse adverse effects. More detailed narratives,
and supporting documentation, are in the Appendix.
The retreat/farm owners deliberately bypassed seeking City permits or
neighborhood input on their enterprise a project that has dramatically changed
the character of the neighborhood. Retreat/farm owner Wilson Riles was a 13-
year member of the Oakland City Council from 1979-1992, and hence was very
familiar with City protocols for seeking permits, engaging neighbors in a period of
public comments, etc.

City Inspector Anders, who cited them for building violations, noted that on one of
his initial visits, the retreat/farm owners told him that they had no intention of
complying with City ordinances.

The sweat lodge ceremonies originally held on the property were in violation of
numerous City fire codes, as noted in a report by the City fire inspector. The 7 x
7 fire pit was within a few feet of fabric yurts, kindling wood, hay, and other highly
flammable materials in an area with wooden fences and dense bushes. Even
after the retreat/farm owners had been cited with fire code violations, we believe
they initially resisted complying with City codes and ordinances continuing to
put the entire neighborhood at risk of potential loss of life and property. (This last
point would need to be corroborated with the Fire inspector.) (See Appendix
section B.)

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The sweat lodges originally held on the property created enormous amounts of
wood smoke that infiltrated the homes and apartments of neighbors, causing
evacuations over periods of 3-6 hours. This occurred regularly for approximately
one year, with sweat lodges occurring sometimes every other weekend. Wood
smoke is extremely hazardous: it is seventeen times more carcinogenic than
secondhand smoke, is deleterious to the development of young children and to
elders, can cause heart attacks with one hours exposure, can reduce the bodys
immune response 25-40% with one hours exposure, and more. We have infants
and other young children, elders, asthmatics, and people with HIV- and other
potentially life-threatening illnesses in our community. We presented this well-
documented data to the retreat/farm owners, and implored them to cease the
sweat lodges until they could find a way not to have smoke flood our homes,
endanger our health, and cause us to evacuate. Instead of an empathetic and
compassionate response, the retreat/farm owners castigated us, and announced
that they would in fact increase the frequency of their sweat lodges. (See
Appendix section C.)

It is with great distress and concern that we note that this pattern of the
retreat/farm owners disregarding our suffering from toxic smoke has commenced
anew in the last few weeks. The City Fire Department prohibited their sweat
lodges until their operations came into compliance. They improved their
operations, and received provisional City approval pending the performance of
their improved fire tower. We worked with the retreat/farm owners in good faith:
supported their efforts, communicated with them regularly and respectfully,
attended the lighting of their first fire in a show of support, and gave them
feedback that their attempts to contain the smoke with their new fire tower had
failed. Despite the feedback, they have lit two more fires for a total of three since
they recently began anew, have not been transparent with us about any attempts
to improve the fire tower, and are planning to proceed with more fires all this
despite knowing that the recent fires continue to endanger our health and cause
evacuations & more, all for three to six hours on weekends. During an Oct. 9
sweat lodge, we rented a certified particulate matter meter, and tested our homes
and yards over the course of a few hours. The California acceptable threshold is
0.012 mg/mq and below. We had readings as high as 0.118 mg/mq nearly ten
times the State limit. (See Appendix section D.)

A few months ago, a resident in one of the townhomes was heading home. Two
to three male teenagers on the retreat/farm property accosted her. They threw at
her pieces of fruit from a tree on the property. They threatened to harm her
physically, and to damage her car. She reached out to an adult male on the
property (who was not the owner) for help, and he did nothing. Disturbed and
afraid, she called the police. They arrived, investigated, and filed a report. Those

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on the retreat/farm denied her accounts of the story. It appears that she did not
seek to press charges.

The retreat/farm owners regularly hosted work parties in which they invited
dozens of members of their communities to assist with activities. They often
played loudly amplified music during such gatherings. On many occasions the
music was so loud that it could easily be heard at high volume several full city
blocks away.

On at least a few occasions, a few families returned from vacations or weekend


get-aways, hoping to settle into the quiet of their own homes for the evening. The
amplified music coming from the retreat/farm was so loud that these families had
to close all windows and doors, and play their own music in their homes at very
high volume to try to drown out the overbearing amplified music from the
retreat/farm. Despite their best efforts, the retreat/farm music could still be heard.

Periodically, one or two members of the retreat/farm or their guests work on the
property, and play amplified music loud enough for many in the surrounding
buildings to hear it. This can persist for hours and would be easily remedied by
the use of earbuds/headsets.

While the visual aesthetic of the retreat/farm on-the-ground is very appealing,


many aspects were an eyesore from the above-ground perspective, from our
windows and porches. Palettes of wood and debris were strewn behind the yurts
about in a disheveled way (not visible to visitors to the retreat/farm, but a
constant eyesore to us neighbors). Further, an elevated metal structure was
extremely dilapidated and was ultimately cited by City inspectors as needing to
be removed. (See Appendix section F.)

The retreat/farm constructed solar panels directly outside the porch/deck of one
neighbor, ruining what had been a beautiful view. Clearly there were many other
options on the large swath of property for placing the solar panels, where they
could have avoided ruining someones view. (See Appendix section G.)

The retreat/farm owners had a chicken that escaped repeatedly, and in mere
hours would damage or destroy neighbors gardens. Over a period of weeks, we
repeatedly called the retreat/farm owners and asked them to take responsibility
for the chicken. They never responded. Ultimately, a group of neighbors had to
catch it and transport it to an out-of-town farm. (See Appendix section H.)

The farm occasionally had roosters that crowed at 4 a.m. in the morning for
several days in a row. We understand that the roosters had initially been
mistaken for hens. What was problematic was that they kept the roosters for
several days. The cumulative days of sleep deprivation were very hard on

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working families, school children, elders and others. Frequently the situation was
only remedied when neighbors called the Animal Control Department, which
confiscated the roosters, since they are illegal in Oakland.

All of the above issues posed potentially significant threats to property values in
our neighborhood.

Finally, reflective of their character, the retreat/farm owners have never issued a
formal apology to the neighbors for all the disruption, damage and distress they
have caused, as detailed above.

Continued Operating Behind Inspectors Backs, and Ignoring Distresses of


Neighbors
Some aspects of the buildings have not yet been brought into compliance with City
ordinances. For example, a few of the yurts are not the sufficient distance form
neighboring fences.

Most distressing, however, is that there are aspects of the operation of the retreat/farm
that are occurring clandestinely behind inspectors backs. The application states that
they hope one day to use the yurts for sleeping quarters. In fact, they have done this
nearly since the beginning of their operation without any appropriate electrical,
plumbing, sanitation or other aspects inspected for purposes of lodging. Without
electricity and heating being up to code, there are, again, very real risks of fire with
makeshift electricity and heating appliances especially given that the yurts are made
of fabric, and are surrounded by wood, hay, dense bushes and the like. Additionally,
there is a makeshift toilet (a 5-gallon plastic bucket) used for human excrement. The
vent pipe points towards two homes, where residents can occasionally smell urine. (See
in files sent by large-file transfer the jpg file 114-makeshift toilet-sanitation.jpg, which
clearly depicts a sanitation tube going from the yurt into a plastic bucket, and also
depicts the vent pipe.)

All of this is in blatant violation of City ordinances. The retreat/farm owners have a
history of willfully and wantonly disregarded City ordinances and neighbors distresses
for well over a year and are continuing with similar patterns. These behaviors, alone,
should be grounds for not granting a CUP.

Our Homes are Battlegrounds


Mr. Hackett and Commissioners, as a community, our engagement with the retreat/farm
owners has been exceptionally respectful, as documented in our correspondences in
the Appendix. Over nearly two years, so many members of our communities have had
to invest days and weeks of our time organizing among ourselves, meeting with the
retreat/farm owners and City officials, writing letters, all while bearing the brunt of

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sleep deprivation, destroyed gardens, loud music, serious threats to our health,
repeated evacuations from our homes, deep concerns about very real fire hazards,
concerns about lowered property values, compromises to our well-being and happiness,
and more. Our homes and our community should be places of sanctuary. Instead, they
became battlegrounds as we fought for our health, well-being and rights; and as we
fought to keep the character of the neighborhood what it was designed for, and what it
had been for decades before the construction of the retreat/farm a small, relatively
peaceful, residential neighborhood.

All of this struggle and strife arose because one family chose to implement its vision, in
blatant and willful violation of numerous City ordinances, without reaching out to involve
the neighborhood in a systematic way (such as through this official Public Comments
process) and without regard for the visions, rights and suffering of its neighbors. In the
current situation, these patterns are clearly continuing: with the illegal use of yurts for
overnight guests; with makeshift toilets that are far from permitted; with aspirations to
reinstate a marijuana farm, whose previous installment brought criminal elements into
the neighborhood; and with deeply disturbing patterns of once again disregarding
serious disruption to the lives of neighbors caused by recent sweat lodges. We are
adamant that under no condition do we want a continuation or recurrence of these
distressing and damaging dynamics.

We acknowledge that there may be some residents who support a CUP for the
retreat/farm. We would also note that there has been turnover of a few units in one
townhome over the last few months, during a period when the retreat/farm was not
operating, as it was taking steps to come into compliance; and that we, the undersigned,
represent most of the residents who have directly experienced the damaging impacts of
the retreat/farm over the last two years. Also, we acknowledge that many individuals
who live throughout the Bay Area, and perhaps some outside of the Bay Area, who
have participated in activities and programs sponsored by the retreat/farm, may be in
full support of a CUP. However, they do not live immediately adjacent to the
retreat/farm, and have not had to bear the suffering that we have had to bear.

Mr. Hackett and Commissioners, we are exhausted with struggling to return our homes
and neighborhood to the harmonious, tranquil atmosphere that characterized them
before the retreat/farm. We are exhausted with having to contain and manage the
damage and disruption that the retreat/farm owners have caused, and continue to
cause. We do not want a continued struggle. We deliberately bought, and in some
cases rented, homes in an amazing residential neighborhood. Most of us deliberately
chose not to live in neighborhoods with mixed residential/commercial use (whether for-
profit or non-profit institutions). We want the neighborhood that we knew, loved and
invested in in many cases with our life savings. While we fully support the
mission/vision of the retreat/farm in the abstract, we do not support its being situated in
a residential neighborhood with which it is markedly incompatible and against whose

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residents it has a long and pronounced history of causing significant disruption and
suffering.

Again, the solution to the current situation is not to grant the retreat/farm a CUP to
operate in a residential area with which it is outright incompatible. Instead, the solution
is for the retreat/farm owners to find another location well suited to the scale and type of
facilities & operations they envision.

We are unequivocally against granting a CUP to the retreat/farm.

If you have any questions or comments about this issue, you can contact us at 1
, or by email at

Sincerely,

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Appendix

History of Adverse Effects from Retreat/Farm with Detailed Narrative and


Supporting Documents

(Note that supporting documents are often videos, photographs, electronic documents
and the like that may be too big to include with this file. In such cases, we will send
those files by WeTransfer.com or DropBox.com, and reference the file names below.)

Section A
The retreat/farm owners deliberately bypassed seeking City permits or
neighborhood input on their enterprise a project that has dramatically changed
the character of the neighborhood. Retreat/farm owner Wilson Riles was a 13-
year member of the Oakland City Council, and hence was very familiar with City
protocols for seeking permits, engaging neighbors in a period of public
comments, etc.

City Inspector Anders, who cited them for building violations, noted that on one of
his initial visits, the retreat/farm owners told him that they had no intention of
complying with City ordinances.

Section B
The sweat lodge ceremonies originally held on the property were conducted in
ways that presented notable fire hazards. The 7 x 7 fire pit was within a few feet
of fabric yurts, kindling wood, hay, and other highly flammable materials. Their
properties are separated from ours by dense bushes and wooden fences all of
which could have facilitated a rapid spread of fire had any of the flammable
materials ignited. They were in violation of numerous City fire codes, as noted in
a report by the City fire inspector. Even after the retreat/farm owners had been
cited with fire code violations, we believe they initially resisted complying with
City codes and ordinances continuing to put the entire neighborhood at risk of
potential loss of life and property. (This last point would need to be corroborated
with the Fire inspector.)
o See video file, 100-Video of fire and smoke,022215.3gp. This shows the
original fire pit and dense, billowing smoke all situated within feet of
fabric yurts, wood, hay and more flammable materials. All of this, in turn, is
only a few feet from surrounding homes.
o See jpg files 101-Pic of flammables near firepit,011115.jpg and 102-Pic
of flammables near firepit,020415.jpg photos of the fabric yurts, wood,
hay and other flammables near the original fire pit area.
Section C
The sweat lodge ceremonies originally held on the property created enormous
amounts of wood smoke that infiltrated the homes and apartments of neighbors,

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causing evacuations over periods of 3-6 hours. This occurred regularly for
approximately one year, with sweat lodges occurring sometimes every other
weekend. Wood smoke is extremely hazardous: it is seventeen times more
carcinogenic than secondhand smoke; it embeds in and scars lung tissue; one
hours exposure can cause heart attacks in those suffering from heart disease,
which includes members of our neighborhood; one hours exposure can reduce
the bodys immune response 25-40%, presenting grave threats to those with
autoimmune diseases, which includes members of our neighborhood; and more.
We presented this well-documented data to the retreat/farm owners after their
initial sweat lodges, and implored them to cease the sweat lodges until they could
find a way not to have smoke flood our homes, endanger our health, and cause
us to evacuate. Instead of an empathetic and compassionate response, the
retreat/farm owners castigated us, and announced that they would in fact
increase the frequency of their sweat lodges.
o Wood smoke is an extremely toxic substance. Data on the health hazards
can be found in numerous, highly credible medical and environmental
sources on the internet. Here are a few samples:
! http://www.ehhi.org/woodsmoke/health_effects.shtml
! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0od3m9V_k
! http://www.sparetheair.org/~/media/STA/Files/1/Particulate%20Matt
er/Wood%20Smoke/WSTA%20brochure%202012_lowres.ashx?la=
en
! http://burningissues.org/fact-sheet.htm
! http://www.burningissues.org/car-www/medical_effects/childrens-
disease/developed-world-ws-child.html
! http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/not-so-
improved-cookstoves
! http://burningissues.org/car-www/science/outdoor-firepit-page.html
! http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/pdfs/woodsmoke_health_effects_jan0
7.pdf
o See RTF file 103-letter to retreat-farm owners and their response (Feb
2015) for our communitys email reaching out to the retreat/farm owners
in Feb. 2015 with information about the harmful impacts of wood smoke,
and the impact of their sweat lodges on us and their response.

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Section D
It is with great distress and concern that we note that this pattern of the
retreat/farm owners disregarding our suffering from toxic smoke has commenced
anew in the last few weeks. The City Fire Department prohibited their sweat
lodges until their operations came into compliance. They improved their
operations, and received provisional City approval pending the performance of
their improved fire tower. We worked with the retreat/farm owners in good faith:
supported their efforts, communicated with them regularly and respectfully,
attended the lighting of their first fire in a show of support, and gave them
feedback that their attempts to contain the smoke with their new fire tower had
failed. Despite the feedback, they have lit two more fires for a total of three since
they recently began anew, have not been transparent with us about any attempts
to improve the fire tower, and are planning to proceed with more fires all this
despite knowing that the recent fires continue to endanger our health and cause
evacuations & more, all for three to six hours on weekends. During an Oct. 9
sweat lodge, we rented a certified particulate matter meter, and tested our homes
and yards over the course of a few hours. The California acceptable threshold is
0.012 mg/mq and below. We had readings as high as 0.118 mg/mq nearly ten
times the State limit.
o After the Fire Department required that retreat/farm shut down their sweat
lodges because they were out of compliance, members of our community
continued to reach out to the retreat/farm owners in good faith to try to
mend fractured relationships. One pronounced example of this was the
convening of a traditional Talking Circle. See RTF file 104-Request for a
Talking Circle,052915 for the initial email from our community that kicked
off those Talking Circles.
o As they initiated a new round of fires this fall, with an improved fire tower,
our community members were supportive with two attended their first
fire-lighting. See RTF file 105-Acknowledgments after First Fire in Fall
2016.
o Many neighbors were hopeful that their new fire tower would contain the
toxic smoke. However, it did not. We gave them respectful feedback
immediately. See RTF file 105-Acknowledgments after First Fire in Fall
2016.
o Their second fire was worse than the first, strongly negatively impacting
five households. Again, we respectfully provided feedback. See RTF file,
106-feedback on the second sweat lodge in fall 2016.
o Along with the feedback on the second sweat lodge, we made a request
that they let us know what steps they were taking to contain the toxic
smoke that continued to cause us great suffering. (See RTF file, 106-
feedback on the second sweat lodge in fall 2016, listed above.) They did
not reply. We were surprised to learn that they scheduled yet a third sweat
lodge without having informed us of any steps to eliminate the toxic
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they had taken since the prior sweat lodge, since we did not want again to
have neighbors forced to remain indoors, avoid their yards and courtyards,
or evacuate their homes. Their reply was inadequate and they told us
that their methods produced, virtually zero smoke. This was a
horrendous affront: a complete discounting and denial of the harsh
impacts that their methods had produced in the previous two rounds of
sweats, which we had shared with them. See RTF file, 107-Exchange
about stopping toxic smoke.
o Under the supervision of an environmental scientist who works for
Environmental Resource Management (ERM at www.erm.com), the
largest sustainability consulting firm in the world, we rented a DustTrak2
Desktop Monitor 8530 to quantify the wood smoke particulate matter
readings during their third sweat lodge, on October 9, 2016. The California
acceptable threshold for particulates is 0.012 mg/mq and below. We had
readings as high as 0.118 mg/mq nearly ten times the State limit. We
would also point out that the wind was extremely mild that day. Normally
the wind is much stronger, making the downwind smoke more intense.
! See files 2016-10-08_LaurelLane_SmokeParticulatePlot.pdf,
2016-10-09_3715Mayelle_SmokeParticulate.pdf, 2016-10-
09_3715Mayelle_SmokeParticulate.tkp, 2016-10-
09_3715Mayelle_SmokeParticulate.txt, 2016-10-
09_LaurelLane_SmokeParticulatePlot.pdf.
! Also see video file 108-video of smoke from sweat from 3715
Maybelle Ave,101016,0335pm.mov for a video of the smoke from
one of our properties.

Section E
A few months ago, a resident in one of the townhomes was heading home. Two
to three male teenagers on the retreat/farm property accosted her. They threw at
her pieces of fruit from a tree on the property. They threatened to harm her
physically, and to damage her car. She reached out to an adult male on the
property (who was not the owner) for help, and he did nothing. Disturbed and
afraid, she called the police. They arrived, investigated, and filed a report. Those
on the retreat/farm denied her accounts of the story. It appears that she did not
seek to press charges.

The retreat/farm owners regularly hosted work parties in which they invited
dozens of members of their communities to assist with activities. They often
played loudly amplified music during such gatherings. On many occasions the
music was so loud that it could easily be heard at high volume several full city
blocks away.

On at least a few occasions, a few families returned from vacations or weekend


get-aways, hoping to settle into the quiet of their own homes for the evening. The

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amplified music coming from the retreat/farm was so loud that these families had
to close all windows and doors, and play their own music in their homes at very
high volume to try to drown out the overbearing amplified music from the
retreat/farm. Despite their best efforts, the retreat/farm music could still be heard.

Periodically, one or two members of the retreat/farm or their guests work on the
property, and play amplified music loud enough for many in the surrounding
buildings to hear it. This can persist for hours and would be easily remedied by
the use of earbuds/headsets.

Section F
While the visual aesthetic of the retreat/farm on-the-ground is very appealing,
many aspects were an eyesore from the above-ground perspective, from our
windows and porches. Palettes of wood and debris were strewn behind the yurts
about in a disheveled way (not visible to visitors to the retreat/farm, but a
constant eyesore to us neighbors). Further, an elevated metal structure was
extremely dilapidated and was ultimately cited by City inspectors as needing to
be removed.
o See jog files with prefixes 109, 110, 111, 112 all marked pics of
property for pictures of the retreat/farm property taken during various
dates in 2014 and 2015.

Section G
The retreat/farm constructed solar panels directly outside the porch/deck of one
neighbor, ruining what had been a beautiful view. Clearly there were many other
options on the large swath of property for placing the solar panels, where they
could have avoided ruining someones view.
o See previously referenced video file 100-Video of fire and
smoke,022215.3gp for a vista of solar panels from the deck of a resident.

Section H
The retreat/farm owners had a chicken that escaped repeatedly, and in mere
hours would damage or destroy neighbors gardens. Over a period of weeks, we
repeatedly called the retreat/farm owners and asked them to take responsibility
for the chicken. They never responded. Ultimately, a group of neighbors had to
catch it and transport it to an out-of-town farm.
o See RTF file, 113-Escaped chicken.

Section I
The farm occasionally had roosters that crowed at 4 a.m. in the morning for
several days in a row. We understand that the roosters had initially been
mistaken for hens. What was problematic was that they kept the roosters for
several days. The cumulative days of sleep deprivation were very hard on

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working families, school children, elders and others. Frequently the situation was
only remedied when neighbors called the Animal Control Department, which
confiscated the roosters, since they are illegal in Oakland.

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From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:36:38 AM

Yes, all they need is a Conditional Use Permit. The permit process will take a few months but stops the clock on
enforcement. Approval is a different story. My guess is that it will be a hard sell to actually approve the use as
currently conducted because of all the conflicts between residential and the commercial activity. They will need to
alter the activities to gain approval. I would guess no matter what, like with Suprema, the action will be appealed
one side thinking an approval overly restrictive, the other too permissive.

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:03 AM
To: Candell, Chris
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

But can they come into compliance with zoning with what they seek to do at the site?

-----Original Message-----
From: Candell, Chris
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:58 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

Thanks for the heads up. I hope they go to Zoning and start the process, I'd rather they do that than start fining
them. The fees at Planning will be steep enough if they remember to double fee them for starting first.

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:48 AM
To: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Anders, James; Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Sotelo, Amadis;
English, Jamila A.
Subject: FW: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

FYI

-----Original Message-----
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:10 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Rocio Fierro
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

Dear Greg,

We paid a visit to Pat St Onge and Wilson Riles last week, at their request. One thing that came out of that meeting
is that they would like me to schedule a meeting at City Hall with you and the 4 Departments working on these
issues. (Similar to the last meeting I set up -- but including them this time.)

Are you okay with me scheduling this for next week or the following week?

Rocio -- can you please provide me with any names of facilitators that I can offer to the two parties?

Thank you,
Annie

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From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:57:40 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I hope they go to Zoning and start the process, I'd rather they do that than start fining
them. The fees at Planning will be steep enough if they remember to double fee them for starting first.

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:48 AM
To: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Anders, James; Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Sotelo, Amadis;
English, Jamila A.
Subject: FW: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

FYI

-----Original Message-----
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:10 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Rocio Fierro
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

Dear Greg,

We paid a visit to Pat St Onge and Wilson Riles last week, at their request. One thing that came out of that meeting
is that they would like me to schedule a meeting at City Hall with you and the 4 Departments working on these
issues. (Similar to the last meeting I set up -- but including them this time.)

Are you okay with me scheduling this for next week or the following week?

Rocio -- can you please provide me with any names of facilitators that I can offer to the two parties?

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone


From: Fierro, Rocio
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.; Sotelo, Amadis
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:28:30 AM

Annie,

The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution


Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators. Peggy Moore from the Mayors Office may also have leads.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200

Rocio Fierro, Supervising Attorney/OPD General Counsel


Public Safety Unit Police & Fire; Oakland City Attorneys Office
Direct Line: (510) 238-6511; Administrative Assist. Line: (510) 238-7341

-----Original Message-----
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
[mailto:ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:10 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Fierro, Rocio
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

Dear Greg,

We paid a visit to Pat St Onge and Wilson Riles last week, at their request.
One thing that came out of that meeting is that they would like me to
schedule a meeting at City Hall with you and the 4 Departments working
on these issues. (Similar to the last meeting I set up -- but including them
this time.)

Are you okay with me scheduling this for next week or the following week?

Rocio -- can you please provide me with any names of facilitators that I can
offer to the two parties?

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone

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From: Sotelo, Amadis
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:15:39 PM

I will call you now.

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:08 PM
To: Sotelo, Amadis
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

You think you might be able to attend the meeting or pass along a brief legal authority summary before 2? I'm
heading into a different meeting at 130. thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: Sotelo, Amadis [mailto:ASotelo@oaklandcityattorney.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:26 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

Thanks.

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:26 PM
To: Sotelo, Amadis
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

2pm

-----Original Message-----
From: Sotelo, Amadis [mailto:ASotelo@oaklandcityattorney.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:25 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

I got your message today. What time is your meeting tomorrow so I can get back to you before then?

-----Original Message-----
From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:47 AM
To: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Anders, James; Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Sotelo, Amadis;
English, Jamila A.
Subject: FW: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn

FYI

-----Original Message-----
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:10 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Rocio Fierro
Cc: Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: 39th Ave properties/ Ceremonial Burn
Dear Greg,

We paid a visit to Pat St Onge and Wilson Riles last week, at their request. One thing that came out of that meeting
is that they would like me to schedule a meeting at City Hall with you and the 4 Departments working on these
issues. (Similar to the last meeting I set up -- but including them this time.)

Are you okay with me scheduling this for next week or the following week?

Rocio -- can you please provide me with any names of facilitators that I can offer to the two parties?

Thank you,
Annie

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From:
To: Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Subject: Re: 39th Ave. sweat lodge fire & smoke documentation
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 12:09:18 PM

Updates:

The 3 videos on the sparks just transferred to you both by WeTransfer.com (which
seems to be more efficient than DropBox).
The short video on the smoke is too large to upload to WeTransfer.com. Im uploading
it to DropBox now. It may take about an hour.
I will call now about stopping by your offices to AirDrop the lengthy video.

On Nov 8, 2016, at 8:01 AM, < > wrote:

Greg and Terrence,


The videos required more than one hour to load into DropBox. I went to sleep,
having set them to continue loading. However, when I awakened this morning,
they had not load properly.

I will reload them from my office, and send them from there. However, it may
take an hour or more and I wont get to the office until about 9 AM. So you
wilt get them mid-mornng. Sorry for the delay.

Greg, I did forward to you the data from the particulate meter reading. Terrence,
you already have this from a few weeks ago.

Regards,

On Nov 8, 2016, at 12:46 AM,


< wrote:

Dear Inspector Spencer and Mr. Minor,


Inspector Spencer, thank you, again, for taking time during your day
off, on Saturday, to speak with the retreat-farm owners to try to
reason with them. This was above and beyond the call of duty, and
we appreciate it greatly.Mr. Minor, thank you for your check-in call
earlier today.

Both of you, I have some documentation from a fire this weekend of


both lengthy plumes of smoke, and also dangerous plumes of sparks,
which I hope will be enough to cite the owners of the retreat-farm,
and require that they cease and desist their sweat lodges. Also, as
noted in prior emails, from a few weeks ago, I have documentation of
particulate matter readings in our homes and yards nearly ten times
in excess of State limits.
Our neighbors had a sweat lodge on Sunday that lasted for several
hours as they always do. We had emailed you, Inspector Spencer,
and the Vice Mayor about this on Saturday. As noted, our
community of dozens of people was enraged that we might be forced
to evacuate our homes for a fourth weekend within the last seven
weeks. However, we encountered a strange twist of fate. Because of
the rains late Saturday and early Sunday, the weather patterns were
abnormal. In particular, rather than having wind blow downstream,
which typically sends plumes of smoke to us, the wind was still.
Consequently, much of the smoke went upward. We were able to
video document the plume of visible smoke lasting for more than one
hour! Had the winds been blowing in our direction, all of that smoke
plus the barely visible particulate stream would have blown
into our homes, as it has in the past. Further, toward the end of their
sweat lodge, we captured videos of them tending the fire in ways that
created massive plumes of sparks, creating grave fire risks. Either
they had a faulty spark arrestor, or no spark arrestor at all, on their
fire tower.

The videos were taken with an iPhone through a closed window


looking down on the fire. So the quality is not great. Here is a
legend/guide:

Smoke-1 highlights a plume of smoke that lasts nearly 15


minutes. The smoke appears starting about 5 minutes into the
video. It continues for the remaining 15 minutes. I accidentally
stopped the video, so I pick up again with smoke-2.
Smoke-2" lasts nearly 52 minutes.Smoke is visible throughout
most of the video. So the total time that smoke is visible,
through the two videos, is more than one hour! (Again, these
were iPhone videos taken from dozens of yards away from the
fire, and the smoke is light gray. Therefore, it sometimes
blends in with the background. To see it fully, I suggest
loading the video onto an iPhone and watching it there. This
way the video can be expanded/focused with the touch of ones
fingers, until the smoke is clearly visible with a close-up
focus.
Sparks in afternoon-1 video shows the fire-keepers operating
with no spark arrestor or a faulty one. The thick plume of
orange sparks rises high into the sky again and again. It is only
a few feet from the fabric covered sweat lodge, and nearby dry
vegetation.
Sparks at night videos are very dark. Nonetheless, you can
see large plumes of orange sparks against the darkness.

I will send you the videos by DropBox. (They are too big to send by
email.) The lengthy video (Smoke-2) does not download properly
from my iPhone to my computer, so I cannot send it by DropBox. I
can stop by City offices and AirDrop it to anyone with an iPhone. Ill
call about this tomorrow. I will also (re-)send by DropBox the data
from the last sweat lodge a few weeks ago, where we rented a
particulate matter meter, and measured particulate matter blown into
our homes and yards from the sweat lodge, under the supervision of
one of our residents who is an environmental scientist withERM, the
largest sustainability consulting firm in the world.

Gentlemen, here is what our community hopes will happen:

The plumes of sparks clearly show that the fire-keepers are


incompetent to manage a fire of this sort. The spark plumes are
significant, and could have fallen onto the sweat lodge fabric
cover, dry vegetation, or elsewhere and started a fire. We hope
that this will be enough for you to cite them as far too
incompetent to manage the fire tower, resulting in them being
prohibited from doing such permanently. They were grossly
negligent last round: a 7 x 7 fire pit within a few feet of
several highly flammable materials, with roaring fires and
constant sparks. More than one year later, they remain grossly
incompetent. Enough is enough! Surely it cannot be left to us,
the residents, to have to police themconstantly. The risks of
fire to our homes and properties, and significant liability risks
for the City, are far too great.
The plumes of smoke show that their fires create visible smoke
for more than one hour! Fortunately the winds were not
blowing toward us this past weekend. However, they often do.
(If it is necessary, we can research and provide data on wind
patterns to prove this point.) Again, this is the fourth such fire
they have had in a few weeks. It is our hope that this video
documents that their fire tower creates smoke plumes that can
cross over into neighbors yard against City ordinances, and
must be stopped.
Finally, the particulate meter readings show levels nearly ten
times the State limit! Again, this should be more than enough
to constitute a serious nuisance and health hazard.

Further, there are integrity issues:

Chris Candell noted in conversation last week that the retreat-


farm owners had agreed not to begin lighting fires again until
the CUP process was settled. Clearly, they violated that
agreement.
They have lied or been generally dishonest repeatedly in the
past, as has been documented on numerous occasions (e.g.,
giving Inspector Anders the address of one of their properties
other than the one on which the retreat is housed, with the
consequence that his initial citation and report had to be
dismissed, because it did not apply to the correct address;
installing toilets in the yurts the last few months, as
documented in photographs that we sent Mo Hackett and City
Planning Commissioners for the CUP Public Comment period,
with no permits to do such; etc.). Their statement to you,
Inspector Terrence, that the smoke was at acceptable limits (or
even worse, in an email to us, that there was virtually zero
smoke) is a lie.

We would like to see them cited and ordered to stop this week
which would prevent our having possibly to endure yet another sweat
lodge this weekend, with risk of evacuations should the wind blow
the smoke our way. Please inform of whether this is doable, and what
actions you will take.

Also, we are ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and


MacDonald. Please include him in your responses.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call


or email.

Regards,

________________


From:
To: Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Subject: Re: 39th Ave. sweat lodge fire & smoke documentation
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:01:43 AM

Greg and Terrence,


The videos required more than one hour to load into DropBox. I went to sleep, having set
them to continue loading. However, when I awakened this morning, they had not load
properly.

I will reload them from my office, and send them from there. However, it may take an hour or
more and I wont get to the office until about 9 AM. So you wilt get them mid-mornng.
Sorry for the delay.

Greg, I did forward to you the data from the particulate meter reading. Terrence, you already
have this from a few weeks ago.

Regards,

On Nov 8, 2016, at 12:46 AM, < wrote:

Dear Inspector Spencer and Mr. Minor,


Inspector Spencer, thank you, again, for taking time during your day off, on
Saturday, to speak with the retreat-farm owners to try to reason with them. This
was above and beyond the call of duty, and we appreciate it greatly.Mr. Minor,
thank you for your check-in call earlier today.

Both of you, I have some documentation from a fire this weekend of both lengthy
plumes of smoke, and also dangerous plumes of sparks, which I hope will be
enough to cite the owners of the retreat-farm, and require that they cease and
desist their sweat lodges. Also, as noted in prior emails, from a few weeks ago, I
have documentation of particulate matter readings in our homes and yards nearly
ten times in excess of State limits.

Our neighbors had a sweat lodge on Sunday that lasted for several hours as they
always do. We had emailed you, Inspector Spencer, and the Vice Mayor about
this on Saturday. As noted, our community of dozens of people was enraged that
we might be forced to evacuate our homes for a fourth weekend within the last
seven weeks. However, we encountered a strange twist of fate. Because of the
rains late Saturday and early Sunday, the weather patterns were abnormal. In
particular, rather than having wind blow downstream, which typically sends
plumes of smoke to us, the wind was still. Consequently, much of the smoke went
upward. We were able to video document the plume of visible smoke lasting for
more than one hour! Had the winds been blowing in our direction, all of that
smoke plus the barely visible particulate stream would have blown into our
homes, as it has in the past. Further, toward the end of their sweat lodge, we
captured videos of them tending the fire in ways that created massive plumes of
sparks, creating grave fire risks. Either they had a faulty spark arrestor, or no
spark arrestor at all, on their fire tower.
The videos were taken with an iPhone through a closed window looking down on
the fire. So the quality is not great. Here is a legend/guide:

Smoke-1 highlights a plume of smoke that lasts nearly 15 minutes. The


smoke appears starting about 5 minutes into the video. It continues for the
remaining 15 minutes. I accidentally stopped the video, so I pick up again
with smoke-2.
Smoke-2" lasts nearly 52 minutes.Smoke is visible throughout most of the
video. So the total time that smoke is visible, through the two videos, is
more than one hour! (Again, these were iPhone videos taken from dozens
of yards away from the fire, and the smoke is light gray. Therefore, it
sometimes blends in with the background. To see it fully, I suggest loading
the video onto an iPhone and watching it there. This way the video can be
expanded/focused with the touch of ones fingers, until the smoke is clearly
visible with a close-up focus.
Sparks in afternoon-1 video shows the fire-keepers operating with no
spark arrestor or a faulty one. The thick plume of orange sparks rises high
into the sky again and again. It is only a few feet from the fabric covered
sweat lodge, and nearby dry vegetation.
Sparks at night videos are very dark. Nonetheless, you can see large
plumes of orange sparks against the darkness.

I will send you the videos by DropBox. (They are too big to send by email.) The
lengthy video (Smoke-2) does not download properly from my iPhone to my
computer, so I cannot send it by DropBox. I can stop by City offices and AirDrop
it to anyone with an iPhone. Ill call about this tomorrow. I will also (re-)send by
DropBox the data from the last sweat lodge a few weeks ago, where we rented a
particulate matter meter, and measured particulate matter blown into our homes
and yards from the sweat lodge, under the supervision of one of our residents who
is an environmental scientist withERM, the largest sustainability consulting firm
in the world.

Gentlemen, here is what our community hopes will happen:

The plumes of sparks clearly show that the fire-keepers are incompetent to
manage a fire of this sort. The spark plumes are significant, and could have
fallen onto the sweat lodge fabric cover, dry vegetation, or elsewhere and
started a fire. We hope that this will be enough for you to cite them as far
too incompetent to manage the fire tower, resulting in them being
prohibited from doing such permanently. They were grossly negligent last
round: a 7 x 7 fire pit within a few feet of several highly flammable
materials, with roaring fires and constant sparks. More than one year later,
they remain grossly incompetent. Enough is enough! Surely it cannot be left
to us, the residents, to have to police themconstantly. The risks of fire to
our homes and properties, and significant liability risks for the City, are far
too great.
The plumes of smoke show that their fires create visible smoke for more
than one hour! Fortunately the winds were not blowing toward us this past
weekend. However, they often do. (If it is necessary, we can research and
provide data on wind patterns to prove this point.) Again, this is the fourth
such fire they have had in a few weeks. It is our hope that this video
documents that their fire tower creates smoke plumes that can cross over
into neighbors yard against City ordinances, and must be stopped.
Finally, the particulate meter readings show levels nearly ten times the State
limit! Again, this should be more than enough to constitute a serious
nuisance and health hazard.

Further, there are integrity issues:

Chris Candell noted in conversation last week that the retreat-farm owners
had agreed not to begin lighting fires again until the CUP process was
settled. Clearly, they violated that agreement.
They have lied or been generally dishonest repeatedly in the past, as has
been documented on numerous occasions (e.g., giving Inspector Anders the
address of one of their properties other than the one on which the retreat is
housed, with the consequence that his initial citation and report had to be
dismissed, because it did not apply to the correct address; installing toilets
in the yurts the last few months, as documented in photographs that we sent
Mo Hackett and City Planning Commissioners for the CUP Public
Comment period, with no permits to do such; etc.). Their statement to you,
Inspector Terrence, that the smoke was at acceptable limits (or even worse,
in an email to us, that there was virtually zero smoke) is a lie.

We would like to see them cited and ordered to stop this week which would
prevent our having possibly to endure yet another sweat lodge this weekend, with
risk of evacuations should the wind blow the smoke our way. Please inform of
whether this is doable, and what actions you will take.

Also, we are ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and MacDonald.
Please include him in your responses.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call (


or email.

Regards,

________________
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Re: 39th Ave. sweat lodge fire & smoke documentation
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 1:03:24 AM

Greg,
In your voicemail you noted that you needed a password or something similar to access
DropBox. Thats not the case.

Once you get the invitation in your inbox to join a shared folder, just open a DropBox account
(its very brief takes only a couple of minutes), and then access the folders and files Ive
shared.

If you have any difficulties,let me know.

Regards,

On Nov 8, 2016, at 12:46 AM, wrote:

Dear Inspector Spencer and Mr. Minor,


Inspector Spencer, thank you, again, for taking time during your day off, on
Saturday, to speak with the retreat-farm owners to try to reason with them. This
was above and beyond the call of duty, and we appreciate it greatly.Mr. Minor,
thank you for your check-in call earlier today.

Both of you, I have some documentation from a fire this weekend of both lengthy
plumes of smoke, and also dangerous plumes of sparks, which I hope will be
enough to cite the owners of the retreat-farm, and require that they cease and
desist their sweat lodges. Also, as noted in prior emails, from a few weeks ago, I
have documentation of particulate matter readings in our homes and yards nearly
ten times in excess of State limits.

Our neighbors had a sweat lodge on Sunday that lasted for several hours as they
always do. We had emailed you, Inspector Spencer, and the Vice Mayor about
this on Saturday. As noted, our community of dozens of people was enraged that
we might be forced to evacuate our homes for a fourth weekend within the last
seven weeks. However, we encountered a strange twist of fate. Because of the
rains late Saturday and early Sunday, the weather patterns were abnormal. In
particular, rather than having wind blow downstream, which typically sends
plumes of smoke to us, the wind was still. Consequently, much of the smoke went
upward. We were able to video document the plume of visible smoke lasting for
more than one hour! Had the winds been blowing in our direction, all of that
smoke plus the barely visible particulate stream would have blown into our
homes, as it has in the past. Further, toward the end of their sweat lodge, we
captured videos of them tending the fire in ways that created massive plumes of
sparks, creating grave fire risks. Either they had a faulty spark arrestor, or no
spark arrestor at all, on their fire tower.

The videos were taken with an iPhone through a closed window looking down on
the fire. So the quality is not great. Here is a legend/guide:

Smoke-1 highlights a plume of smoke that lasts nearly 15 minutes. The


smoke appears starting about 5 minutes into the video. It continues for the
remaining 15 minutes. I accidentally stopped the video, so I pick up again
with smoke-2.
Smoke-2" lasts nearly 52 minutes.Smoke is visible throughout most of the
video. So the total time that smoke is visible, through the two videos, is
more than one hour! (Again, these were iPhone videos taken from dozens
of yards away from the fire, and the smoke is light gray. Therefore, it
sometimes blends in with the background. To see it fully, I suggest loading
the video onto an iPhone and watching it there. This way the video can be
expanded/focused with the touch of ones fingers, until the smoke is clearly
visible with a close-up focus.
Sparks in afternoon-1 video shows the fire-keepers operating with no
spark arrestor or a faulty one. The thick plume of orange sparks rises high
into the sky again and again. It is only a few feet from the fabric covered
sweat lodge, and nearby dry vegetation.
Sparks at night videos are very dark. Nonetheless, you can see large
plumes of orange sparks against the darkness.

I will send you the videos by DropBox. (They are too big to send by email.) The
lengthy video (Smoke-2) does not download properly from my iPhone to my
computer, so I cannot send it by DropBox. I can stop by City offices and AirDrop
it to anyone with an iPhone. Ill call about this tomorrow. I will also (re-)send by
DropBox the data from the last sweat lodge a few weeks ago, where we rented a
particulate matter meter, and measured particulate matter blown into our homes
and yards from the sweat lodge, under the supervision of one of our residents who
is an environmental scientist withERM, the largest sustainability consulting firm
in the world.

Gentlemen, here is what our community hopes will happen:

The plumes of sparks clearly show that the fire-keepers are incompetent to
manage a fire of this sort. The spark plumes are significant, and could have
fallen onto the sweat lodge fabric cover, dry vegetation, or elsewhere and
started a fire. We hope that this will be enough for you to cite them as far
too incompetent to manage the fire tower, resulting in them being
prohibited from doing such permanently. They were grossly negligent last
round: a 7 x 7 fire pit within a few feet of several highly flammable
materials, with roaring fires and constant sparks. More than one year later,
they remain grossly incompetent. Enough is enough! Surely it cannot be left
to us, the residents, to have to police themconstantly. The risks of fire to
our homes and properties, and significant liability risks for the City, are far
too great.
The plumes of smoke show that their fires create visible smoke for more
than one hour! Fortunately the winds were not blowing toward us this past
weekend. However, they often do. (If it is necessary, we can research and
provide data on wind patterns to prove this point.) Again, this is the fourth
such fire they have had in a few weeks. It is our hope that this video
documents that their fire tower creates smoke plumes that can cross over
into neighbors yard against City ordinances, and must be stopped.
Finally, the particulate meter readings show levels nearly ten times the State
limit! Again, this should be more than enough to constitute a serious
nuisance and health hazard.

Further, there are integrity issues:

Chris Candell noted in conversation last week that the retreat-farm owners
had agreed not to begin lighting fires again until the CUP process was
settled. Clearly, they violated that agreement.
They have lied or been generally dishonest repeatedly in the past, as has
been documented on numerous occasions (e.g., giving Inspector Anders the
address of one of their properties other than the one on which the retreat is
housed, with the consequence that his initial citation and report had to be
dismissed, because it did not apply to the correct address; installing toilets
in the yurts the last few months, as documented in photographs that we sent
Mo Hackett and City Planning Commissioners for the CUP Public
Comment period, with no permits to do such; etc.). Their statement to you,
Inspector Terrence, that the smoke was at acceptable limits (or even worse,
in an email to us, that there was virtually zero smoke) is a lie.

We would like to see them cited and ordered to stop this week which would
prevent our having possibly to endure yet another sweat lodge this weekend, with
risk of evacuations should the wind blow the smoke our way. Please inform of
whether this is doable, and what actions you will take.

Also, we are ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and MacDonald.
Please include him in your responses.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call (5


or email.

Regards,

________________
From:
To: Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: 39th Ave. sweat lodge fire & smoke documentation
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 3:50:57 PM

Updates:

I have tried multiple times to upload to DropBox the shorter video about the smoke. No
success. DropBox is often quirky about big files.
I was going to pay an additional fee to use the WeTransfer.com plus function to send it
to you that way. (Its a large file, hence the additional fee.)
However, Terrence, you and I spoke, and Ill be coming by tomorrow anyway to
transfer the very large file (50 min.s) by AirDrop. So Ill transfer them both then.
Again, Terrence, please let me know when you want me to stop by tomorrow
(Wed.).
Again, you do both now have the videos about the sparks, and the data from the
particulate matter readings.

If you have questions or comments, let me know.

On Nov 8, 2016, at 12:09 PM, wrote:

Updates:

The 3 videos on the sparks just transferred to you both by WeTransfer.com


(which seems to be more efficient than DropBox).
The short video on the smoke is too large to upload to WeTransfer.com.
Im uploading it to DropBox now. It may take about an hour.
I will call now about stopping by your offices to AirDrop the lengthy video.

On Nov 8, 2016, at 8:01 AM,


wrote:

Greg and Terrence,


The videos required more than one hour to load into DropBox. I went
to sleep, having set them to continue loading. However, when I
awakened this morning, they had not load properly.

I will reload them from my office, and send them from there.
However, it may take an hour or more and I wont get to the office
until about 9 AM. So you wilt get them mid-mornng. Sorry for the
delay.

Greg, I did forward to you the data from the particulate meter
reading. Terrence, you already have this from a few weeks ago.
Regards,

On Nov 8, 2016, at 12:46 AM,


wrote:

Dear Inspector Spencer and Mr. Minor,


Inspector Spencer, thank you, again, for taking time
during your day off, on Saturday, to speak with the
retreat-farm owners to try to reason with them. This was
above and beyond the call of duty, and we appreciate it
greatly. Mr. Minor, thank you for your check-in call
earlier today.

Both of you, I have some documentation from a fire this


weekend of both lengthy plumes of smoke, and also
dangerous plumes of sparks, which I hope will be
enough to cite the owners of the retreat-farm, and require
that they cease and desist their sweat lodges. Also, as
noted in prior emails, from a few weeks ago, I have
documentation of particulate matter readings in our
homes and yards nearly ten times in excess of State
limits.

Our neighbors had a sweat lodge on Sunday that lasted


for several hours as they always do. We had emailed
you, Inspector Spencer, and the Vice Mayor about this
on Saturday. As noted, our community of dozens of
people was enraged that we might be forced to evacuate
our homes for a fourth weekend within the last seven
weeks. However, we encountered a strange twist of fate.
Because of the rains late Saturday and early Sunday, the
weather patterns were abnormal. In particular, rather
than having wind blow downstream, which typically
sends plumes of smoke to us, the wind was still.
Consequently, much of the smoke went upward. We
were able to video document the plume of visible smoke
lasting for more than one hour! Had the winds been
blowing in our direction, all of that smoke plus the
barely visible particulate stream would have blown
into our homes, as it has in the past. Further, toward the
end of their sweat lodge, we captured videos of them
tending the fire in ways that created massive plumes of
sparks, creating grave fire risks. Either they had a faulty
spark arrestor, or no spark arrestor at all, on their fire
tower.

The videos were taken with an iPhone through a closed


window looking down on the fire. So the quality is not
great. Here is a legend/guide:

Smoke-1 highlights a plume of smoke that lasts


nearly 15 minutes. The smoke appears starting
about 5 minutes into the video. It continues for the
remaining 15 minutes. I accidentally stopped the
video, so I pick up again with smoke-2.
Smoke-2" lasts nearly 52 minutes.Smoke is
visible throughout most of the video. So the total
time that smoke is visible, through the two videos,
is more than one hour! (Again, these were iPhone
videos taken from dozens of yards away from the
fire, and the smoke is light gray. Therefore, it
sometimes blends in with the background. To see
it fully, I suggest loading the video onto an iPhone
and watching it there. This way the video can be
expanded/focused with the touch of ones fingers,
until the smoke is clearly visible with a close-up
focus.
Sparks in afternoon-1 video shows the fire-
keepers operating with no spark arrestor or a faulty
one. The thick plume of orange sparks rises high
into the sky again and again. It is only a few feet
from the fabric covered sweat lodge, and nearby
dry vegetation.
Sparks at night videos are very dark.
Nonetheless, you can see large plumes of orange
sparks against the darkness.

I will send you the videos by DropBox. (They are too big
to send by email.) The lengthy video (Smoke-2) does
not download properly from my iPhone to my computer,
so I cannot send it by DropBox. I can stop by City
offices and AirDrop it to anyone with an iPhone. Ill call
about this tomorrow. I will also (re-)send by DropBox
the data from the last sweat lodge a few weeks ago,
where we rented a particulate matter meter, and
measured particulate matter blown into our homes and
yards from the sweat lodge, under the supervision of one
of our residents who is an environmental scientist with
ERM, the largest sustainability consulting firm in the
world.

Gentlemen, here is what our community hopes will


happen:

The plumes of sparks clearly show that the fire-


keepers are incompetent to manage a fire of this
sort. The spark plumes are significant, and could
have fallen onto the sweat lodge fabric cover, dry
vegetation, or elsewhere and started a fire. We
hope that this will be enough for you to cite them
as far too incompetent to manage the fire tower,
resulting in them being prohibited from doing such
permanently. They were grossly negligent last
round: a 7 x 7 fire pit within a few feet of
several highly flammable materials, with roaring
fires and constant sparks. More than one year later,
they remain grossly incompetent. Enough is
enough! Surely it cannot be left to us, the
residents, to have to police them constantly. The
risks of fire to our homes and properties, and
significant liability risks for the City, are far too
great.
The plumes of smoke show that their fires create
visible smoke for more than one hour! Fortunately
the winds were not blowing toward us this past
weekend. However, they often do. (If it is
necessary, we can research and provide data on
wind patterns to prove this point.) Again, this is
the fourth such fire they have had in a few weeks.
It is our hope that this video documents that their
fire tower creates smoke plumes that can cross
over into neighbors yard against City ordinances,
and must be stopped.
Finally, the particulate meter readings show levels
nearly ten times the State limit! Again, this should
be more than enough to constitute a serious
nuisance and health hazard.

Further, there are integrity issues:

Chris Candell noted in conversation last week that


the retreat-farm owners had agreed not to begin
lighting fires again until the CUP process was
settled. Clearly, they violated that agreement.
They have lied or been generally dishonest
repeatedly in the past, as has been documented on
numerous occasions (e.g., giving Inspector Anders
the address of one of their properties other than
the one on which the retreat is housed, with the
consequence that his initial citation and report had
to be dismissed, because it did not apply to the
correct address; installing toilets in the yurts the
last few months, as documented in photographs
that we sent Mo Hackett and City Planning
Commissioners for the CUP Public Comment
period, with no permits to do such; etc.). Their
statement to you, Inspector Terrence, that the
smoke was at acceptable limits (or even worse, in
an email to us, that there was virtually zero
smoke) is a lie.

We would like to see them cited and ordered to stop this


week which would prevent our having possibly to
endure yet another sweat lodge this weekend, with risk
of evacuations should the wind blow the smoke our way.
Please inform of whether this is doable, and what
actions you will take.

Also, we are ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein of


Greenstein and MacDonald. Please include him in your
responses.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not


hesitate to call or email.

Regards,

________________


From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: Labayog, Edward
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Low, Tim; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Smith, Sandra M; Candell, Chris; Hackett, Maurice; Miller,
Scott; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.
Subject: Re: 3732, 3740, 3746 39th Ave.
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:55:06 AM

Dear All,

Just to be very clear, I never had any conversations with anyone re: fees or fines. I have
always asked each Department to follow the proper protocols and procedures. I have not been
involved in any discussions between staff and the property owners.

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 29, 2015, at 11:14 AM, Labayog, Edward <ELabayog@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

We visited the site on Monday 7/27. Moe Hackett who is the assigned Planner and
Scott Miller made it clear to the owners that their submittal to Planning and Zoning is
incomplete. They will be providing them with a letter soon to tell them what they
need.

I am closing case 1501146 for 3732 39th Ave. the unapproved structure is removed.
case 1404145 for 3746 39th Ave and case 1501145 for 370 39th Ave for the yurts,
unapproved conversions, pool etc. can be on hold pending the final decision from
Planning and Zoning because it is related to their overall plan. There is no fee charged
to the owners at this point. I think that that was the agreement made when they met
with you and Council Member Campbell Washington. Please let me know if you have
questions or concerns.

I will be on vacation staring tomorrow, I will be back on Aug. 10.


Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Candell, Chris
To: Ishmael Riles; wriles@pacbell.net
Cc: Anders, James; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Miller, Scott; Quesada, Bill; Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Ave
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015 10:37:12 AM

Ishmael and Wilson Riles,

Thank you for your email and request for extension. We can grant an extension for submittal of the
CUP to June 15, 2015 with the following conditions:

1. All Community Commercial Civic activities (as defined in Section 17.10.160) must cease
until an approved Conditional Use Permit is issued and any conditions imposed by the CUP
are satisfied. The same goes for any Group Assembly Commercial Activities under Section
17.10.380 or the related section 17.10.385.

2. As Wilson Riles, Scott Miller and I discussed after the larger meeting we had in the Council
offices on 5/21/15, if either of you wishes to conduct small scale events such as the book
club or Black Lives matter meetings on site while applying for a Conditional Use Permit, the
applicant (person conducting the activity) will need to obtain a Zoning Clearance and
conduct the events wholly within a residence as an accessory activity in compliance with the
regulations pertaining to Home Occupations (Section 17.112.020-.050) including limitations
on numbers of people (6 maximum). This means no retreat activities, no groups meeting on
site/work parties, no overnight stays in the yurts, no live entertainment and parties, and no
community church services such as the sweat lodge until and unless a Conditional Use
Permit for these activities is approved and any prior to conditions are met.

A recent review of web activity indicates that the farming group is actively selling goats/goat
products from a lot they do not own. By definition this makes this an agricultural activity, a
commercial farm and independently requires a CUP (considered Extensive Agricultural Activities per
17.10.615). This was not noted in the original Notice of Violation because at that time the activity
seemed to meet the standards for a community garden. When the application is made for a CUP
for activities on these three lots this factor should be included, otherwise the activity must cease.

Finally, Ishmael congratulations, wont expect to hear from you until your return after June 6th.

From: Ishmael Riles [mailto:ishmael@riles.com]


Sent: Friday, May 15, 2015 8:37 AM
To: Candell, Chris
Cc: Anders, James
Subject: Re: 3740 39th Ave

Dear Chris,

I'm sorry to hear you are out sick. I know the flu has been going around.

I talked to Wilson yesterday and he told me that James came out to inspect again so fees will
be assessed. :(

How do I make sure the department has my correct address? The original notices came to the
wrong address and I want to make sure I get the fee invoice as soon as possible. I just moved.
The new address is:

Thanks,
Ishmael
On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 9:03 AM Candell, Chris <CCandell@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
I am out sick, will review when I return.

Sent from my iPhone

On May 13, 2015, at 1:32 AM, "Ishmael Riles" <ishmael@riles.com> wrote:

Hi Chris and James,

Attached is a letter I'm mailing you both in regards to the violation notices I got
sent. Basically my Uncle has assured me that they CUP application under way
and will comply with everything in the meantime. Please let me know if you see
it differently.

Also, I will be out of the country from May 22nd - June 6th on my honeymoon.
So I won't be able to respond between those dates.

Best,
Ishmael

ps. I have copied the contents of the letter for your convenience.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------

Dear James Anders and Chris Candell,

I am writing to you in regards to two notices violation for zoning codes case
number 1500239 and building codes case number 1501145. Property 3740
39th Ave. Parcel 030-1295-004-00.

For background, my dad, Phillip Riles, and I own the 3740 39th Ave property
and lease the back portion of the property to my uncle, Wilson Riles, and his
wife, Patricia St. Onge, for their retreat center/urban farm/sustainable
development project. All of the code violations are in relation to the operation
of that project. Can you give me an idea if they are on track to come into
compliance in time to avoid fees and/or fines?

The details of their plan to come into compliance are below but in summary
they are applying for the conditional use permit and until that is approved will
limit activities to comply with all laws which seems reasonable to me. Please
let me know if you feel otherwise.

Zoning (Conditional Use Permits)

The zoning notice mentions several codes concerning operating a retreat


center, farm, and consulting business.

Wilson and Patricia have assured me they have what they need to submit the
CUP and design review application but are lacking the approximately $5000 in
funds to cover the application fee. They have begun fundraising with the goal
of getting the funds raised and application submitted by June 15th.

In the meantime all organized classes and "community assembly" activities will
be kept to six people or less to fall within the "Home Occupation Regulations."

And I assure you that no farming, consulting business or other commercial


activities are happen on the 3740 property. If you have reason to suspect
otherwise please let me know and I will get them to stop because that is not
part of our lease agreement.

Building Maintenance (Code)

Below is how we will come into compliance on the building codes.

Decks, canopies and yurts built at the property line require planning approval and a
building permit. Provide plans and obtain planning and Building approvals to
legalize or remove the structures.

They are planning a work day to bring the yurts and decks within compliance by
moving them away from the property line. This will take place within three
weeks.

Unapproved and improperly terminated plumbing draining into a 5 gallon bucket


from a yurt. Obtain approval. permits, and inspections.

This will be removed and will not be used.

Sincerely,
Ishmael Riles

<UpdateoncompliancewithOMC.pdf>
From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory; Flynn, Rachel; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Miller, Scott; Hackett, Maurice
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Avenue
Date: Monday, October 12, 2015 2:20:01 PM

All,

I am forwarding this to Moe Hackett, the case planner so he can weigh in directly. From an enforcement position I am waiting for the outcome of the CUP application. Planning has had the CUP application for some time as they have had to get and application with sufficient detail to review.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:25 AM
To: Flynn, Rachel; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Candell, Chris; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Avenue

These properties had a variety of compliance issues (fire/building/planning/nuisance) but at this point I believe the issues in need of resolution reside with planning and building as to fate of the CUP application and any unpermitted structures that were built. Chris Candell is familiar with this property and may be a
great resource for the planning side; Marie Taylor may be able to provide similar background from the building perspective.

Greg

From: Flynn, Rachel


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:19 AM
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: 3740 39th Avenue

Greg, Is your office handling this case? Or is someone else? Thanks, Rachel

From: English, Jamila A.


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:09 AM
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Good Morning Rachel and Greg,

Im getting an update for the Councilmember. When will staff be able to update the community members on the developments?

Thank you,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax: (510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From:
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:01 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

I sent out more than one email to the City Officials that did not receive any response. The response to my emails ended after and I declined the offer of arbitration.

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Oct 8, 2015, 4:39:35 PM, wrote:HI All,


I just spoke with Jamila in Annies office to let her know that City staff are again not responding to emails. This is the third non-response in this thread; and there have been a few others in other threads. Jamila will bring it to her attention and let us know next steps.

On Oct 1, 2015, at 4:31 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

I'm copying Greg Minor and Rachel Flynn. This is the first I've heard of this development, so we can all get an update at the same time.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2015, at 1:27 PM, wrote:

Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


We hope that this email finds you well at this start of autumn! Members of our group remain deeply thankful to you all, and other City employees, for all that you did these last few months to get our situation to the point where the fires and other illegal activities by our neighbors were stopped, and they agreed to take steps to
come into compliance. Thank you again!!

We would like to note that we have not had any response on the thread below (three emails from our group, you, and Greg Minor). All of our questions remain unanswered. We just yesterday read the following on the retreat-farms Facebook page: Over the weekend, Wilson submitted our conditional use permit amended
application, based on a response from the city, which finally arrived a few weeks ago. If the permit is granted, we can resume activities here at Nafsi ya Jamii. (The full text is attached.) Several people in our community have had conversations about this, and we are quite distressed. We had hoped to hear from City officials on
our issues: to get some understanding, and hopefully peace of mind, with respect to process and procedural questions. Now we are completely in the dark, and are imaging worst-case scenarios.

Our most important question from the list below is: Does the CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed? From our read of City ordinances, we believe that it does, and we all feel very strongly that, as the surrounding neighborhood of impacted stakeholders, we want input. Can you get us an immediate
answer to this question? We will follow up with a call.

Regards,

On Sep 4, 2015, at 11:26 AM, Minor, Gregory <GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi All-
I have copied Chris Candell from the planning department and Tim Low of Code Enforcement as they may be able to answer the questions raised below.
Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2:13 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli; Minor, Gregory; Simons, Adam J.
Cc:
Subject: RE: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Dear Greg,
Please see the attached email from and other neighbors of the 39th Avenue (ceremonial burn) properties. Would you please respond to Lawrences questions and loop other staff members into the conversation as needed? I would greatly appreciate it if you
would keep us in the loop on your responses so that we can stay up to speed on what is happening here as well.
Thanks so much,
Annie
Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From: [mailto: ]
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:06 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Re: "and in the one I will forward next (which was a follow-up from our last meeting).
On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, wrote:
Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Thank you, again, for taking the time to organize the call, speak with us about our concerns, share updates from City staff members, and offer to follow-up on outstanding questions. We continue to appreciate deeply your investing time in all this,
and are extremely appreciative of your having played a key role in getting us to the point where illegal activities on the property have stopped, and the neighbors are willing to come in to compliance. Thank you!
Below are the outstanding questions and action items that we raised. (Judy, if I have failed to remember any, or have recorded any incorrectly, please add or correct as needed). Councilmembers staff to:
Research when our neighborhood group can get access to the report from the 7/27 Building inspection.
Annie, you noted that the fire marshall will not award a permit until Zoning has issued CUP. There is a dependency here. Theres a question on dependencies between other departments: research whether there is any dependency or other
relationship, either or both ways, between Building and Zoning.
Does CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed?
If they get CUP, and get approval for new spark-master device, and they still generate a lot of smoke, will we have any recourse? Who enforces the two smoke and soot ordinances? And are there activities no longer classified as residential
if they get a CUP, hence abrogating the smoke ordinances? Or, will these smoke ordinances still be in effect?
Is the sweat lodge consider public assembly so if they dont get their CUP, can they still continue with sweat lodge or not?
Annie, you said asked me to pass on information about the two smoke & soot ordinances. Here they are:
https://www.municode.com/library/ca/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=
{%22searchText%22:%22smoke%20and%20soot%20ordinance%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:
[%22CODES%22],%22productIds%22:[]}&nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.18NU_8.18.040SMSO (See 8.18.040 and 8.18.050.)
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050710.pdf (See 17.112.040 Requirements - paragraph H.)
Finally, thank you for cc'ing our group on emails to City staff, so that group members can follow up with questions directly to the appropriate department(s).
Again, were extremely grateful for your doing everything that you are doing on behalf of supporting the public and upholding the codes & ordinances of the City; and we are truly and humbly thankful that you helped to get us to our current point
of halting activities that caused so many in the neighborhood such suffering, and of the neighbors being willing to come into compliance.
With gratitude,
on behalf of our neighborhood group
On Jul 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Hello all,
Heres a conference call-in number and access code for the meeting:
Dial-in Number:
Access Code:
The Councilmember and staff look forward to speaking with you.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:56 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Hi
I'm sorry, I was unable to secure a conference call system with recording capacity. Were you able to do so?
Thanks,
Nayeli

On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:54 PM, wrote:

I will try to join the call. Please send call-in information. thanks

From:
To: Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: J
m
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 4:49 PM
Subject: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Nayeli ad all,
Im so sorry. I was thinking one thing, but looking at the wrong date on your original email and noted that incorrect date.
We will NOT do Tues. 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
We WILL do Wed., 7/22 at 2:30 PM.
Thank you,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 4:38 PM, > wrote:


Hi Nayeli,
Thanks for the update.
Well do Tues., 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
If at all possible, could you get a conference line that records the conversation? That way we can pass it on to those who will have missed the meeting. Please let me know.
Thanks,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:57 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Just received notice of a special council meeting this coming Monday afternoon so we are no longer able to set up the call for 7/20. The Tues (7/21) and Wed (7/22) times are still available though. Just let me know what
works best as soon as you can.
Thanks!
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: [mailto ]
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 10:58 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: updates
HI Nayeli,
Just back from a family wedding in NJ.
Ill poll our group and get back to you.
Thanks,

On Jul 8, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Thanks again for your patience! Here are three date/time options for the follow up call:
Monday, July 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, July 21st at 9:30am
Wednesday, July 22nd 2:30pm
Please let us know which of these will work best for you and your neighbors. Look forward to getting this set up.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: [mailto:
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Thank you, Nayeli.
We look forward to the scheduling of the call.

On Jul 7, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Following up on our phone conversation to say that our office is working on this and will get back to you shortly with three date/time options. As I said on the phone, the Councilmember has been
in meetings all day today and we have been unable to discuss scheduling but will be following up with you shortly.
Thank you so much for your patience,
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 11:26 PM
To:
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Hi
I apologize, I must have missed this email, I can absolutely help with scheduling this. Will touch base with Jamila and the Councilmember on their availability and get back to you by
the end of the day tomorrow.
Again, very sorry for the delay. And thank you for following up.
Sincerely,
Nayeli

On Jul 6, 2015, at 11:02 PM, > wrote:

Dear Councilmember Washington,


We have not heard from your office for more than one month. Our request for an update originally offered by you (Please let me know if you would like to have a
phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here ) remains.
I will follow-up with a phone call.
Regards,

On May 29, 2015, at 1:01 PM, < wrote:


Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Annie, thank you for the updates.
Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the process
of scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to
increase the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR specialist.
You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the fires have
stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from various depts.
However, we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:
Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a
chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use permits,
and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)
You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-
1:30 PM, would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during our lunch hours.
Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone call, or
even better, can hopefully be on the call.
Many thanks,
On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be willing to
connect you with another mediator. She has contacts throughout Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: Hackett, Maurice


To: Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Flynn, Rachel; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Miller, Scott
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Avenue
Date: Monday, October 12, 2015 3:20:09 PM

Good afternoon,
This project had previously been deemed incomplete. The applicant was asked to provide submittal materials that more clearly explained the application request. Additional information was received , and staff met this morning to reviewed it. The application including the additional information is still incomplete.
Staff will be contacting the applicant again to request more information to clarify the scope of the proposal.

Public notification for the Community Assembly proposal can follow once we have a complete application.

Moe

Moe Hackett, Planner II | City of Oakland | Bureau of Planning | 250 Frank H. Ogawa, Suite 2114 | Oakland, CA 94612| Phone: (510) 238-3973| Fax: (510) 238-4730 | Email: mhackett@oaklandnet.com | Website: www.oaklandnet.com/planning

From: Candell, Chris


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 2:20 PM
To: Minor, Gregory; Flynn, Rachel; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Miller, Scott; Hackett, Maurice
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Avenue

All,

I am forwarding this to Moe Hackett, the case planner so he can weigh in directly. From an enforcement position I am waiting for the outcome of the CUP application. Planning has had the CUP application for some time as they have had to get and application with sufficient detail to review.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:25 AM
To: Flynn, Rachel; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Candell, Chris; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: 3740 39th Avenue

These properties had a variety of compliance issues (fire/building/planning/nuisance) but at this point I believe the issues in need of resolution reside with planning and building as to fate of the CUP application and any unpermitted structures that were built. Chris Candell is familiar with this property and may be a
great resource for the planning side; Marie Taylor may be able to provide similar background from the building perspective.

Greg

From: Flynn, Rachel


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:19 AM
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: 3740 39th Avenue

Greg, Is your office handling this case? Or is someone else? Thanks, Rachel

From: English, Jamila A.


Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 10:09 AM
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Good Morning Rachel and Greg,

Im getting an update for the Councilmember. When will staff be able to update the community members on the developments?

Thank you,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax: (510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From: com]
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:01 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

I sent out more than one email to the City Officials that did not receive any response. The response to my emails ended after and I declined the offer of arbitration.

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

On Oct 8, 2015, 4:39:35 PM, wrote:HI All,


I just spoke with Jamila in Annies office to let her know that City staff are again not responding to emails. This is the third non-response in this thread; and there have been a few others in other threads. Jamila will bring it to her attention and let us know next steps.

On Oct 1, 2015, at 4:31 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

I'm copying Greg Minor and Rachel Flynn. This is the first I've heard of this development, so we can all get an update at the same time.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2015, at 1:27 PM, > wrote:

Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


We hope that this email finds you well at this start of autumn! Members of our group remain deeply thankful to you all, and other City employees, for all that you did these last few months to get our situation to the point where the fires and other illegal activities by our neighbors were stopped, and they agreed to take steps to
come into compliance. Thank you again!!

We would like to note that we have not had any response on the thread below (three emails from our group, you, and Greg Minor). All of our questions remain unanswered. We just yesterday read the following on the retreat-farms Facebook page: Over the weekend, Wilson submitted our conditional use permit amended
application, based on a response from the city, which finally arrived a few weeks ago. If the permit is granted, we can resume activities here at Nafsi ya Jamii. (The full text is attached.) Several people in our community have had conversations about this, and we are quite distressed. We had hoped to hear from City officials on
our issues: to get some understanding, and hopefully peace of mind, with respect to process and procedural questions. Now we are completely in the dark, and are imaging worst-case scenarios.

Our most important question from the list below is: Does the CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed? From our read of City ordinances, we believe that it does, and we all feel very strongly that, as the surrounding neighborhood of impacted stakeholders, we want input. Can you get us an immediate
answer to this question? We will follow up with a call.

Regards,

On Sep 4, 2015, at 11:26 AM, Minor, Gregory <GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi All-
I have copied Chris Candell from the planning department and Tim Low of Code Enforcement as they may be able to answer the questions raised below.
Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2:13 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli; Minor, Gregory; Simons, Adam J.
Cc: J
ection - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Dear Greg,
Please see the attached email from and other neighbors of the 39th Avenue (ceremonial burn) properties. Would you please respond to Lawrences questions and loop other staff members into the conversation as needed? I would greatly appreciate it if you
would keep us in the loop on your responses so that we can stay up to speed on what is happening here as well.
Thanks so much,
Annie
Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From:
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:06 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Re: "and in the one I will forward next (which was a follow-up from our last meeting).
On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, wrote:
Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Thank you, again, for taking the time to organize the call, speak with us about our concerns, share updates from City staff members, and offer to follow-up on outstanding questions. We continue to appreciate deeply your investing time in all this,
and are extremely appreciative of your having played a key role in getting us to the point where illegal activities on the property have stopped, and the neighbors are willing to come in to compliance. Thank you!
Below are the outstanding questions and action items that we raised. (Judy, if I have failed to remember any, or have recorded any incorrectly, please add or correct as needed). Councilmembers staff to:
Research when our neighborhood group can get access to the report from the 7/27 Building inspection.
Annie, you noted that the fire marshall will not award a permit until Zoning has issued CUP. There is a dependency here. Theres a question on dependencies between other departments: research whether there is any dependency or other
relationship, either or both ways, between Building and Zoning.
Does CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed?
If they get CUP, and get approval for new spark-master device, and they still generate a lot of smoke, will we have any recourse? Who enforces the two smoke and soot ordinances? And are there activities no longer classified as residential
if they get a CUP, hence abrogating the smoke ordinances? Or, will these smoke ordinances still be in effect?
Is the sweat lodge consider public assembly so if they dont get their CUP, can they still continue with sweat lodge or not?
Annie, you said asked me to pass on information about the two smoke & soot ordinances. Here they are:
https://www.municode.com/library/ca/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=
{%22searchText%22:%22smoke%20and%20soot%20ordinance%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:
[%22CODES%22],%22productIds%22:[]}&nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.18NU_8.18.040SMSO (See 8.18.040 and 8.18.050.)
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050710.pdf (See 17.112.040 Requirements - paragraph H.)
Finally, thank you for cc'ing our group on emails to City staff, so that group members can follow up with questions directly to the appropriate department(s).
Again, were extremely grateful for your doing everything that you are doing on behalf of supporting the public and upholding the codes & ordinances of the City; and we are truly and humbly thankful that you helped to get us to our current point
of halting activities that caused so many in the neighborhood such suffering, and of the neighbors being willing to come into compliance.
With gratitude,
on behalf of our neighborhood group
On Jul 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Hello all,
Heres a conference call-in number and access code for the meeting:
Dial-in Number:
Access Code:
The Councilmember and staff look forward to speaking with you.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:56 PM
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Hi
I'm sorry, I was unable to secure a conference call system with recording capacity. Were you able to do so?
Thanks,
Nayeli

On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:54 PM, wrote:

I will try to join the call. Please send call-in information. thanks

From: >
To: Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc:

Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 4:49 PM


Subject: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Nayeli ad all,
Im so sorry. I was thinking one thing, but looking at the wrong date on your original email and noted that incorrect date.
We will NOT do Tues. 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
We WILL do Wed., 7/22 at 2:30 PM.
Thank you,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 4:38 PM, < > wrote:


Hi Nayeli,
Thanks for the update.
Well do Tues., 7/21 at 9:30 AM.
If at all possible, could you get a conference line that records the conversation? That way we can pass it on to those who will have missed the meeting. Please let me know.
Thanks,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:57 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Just received notice of a special council meeting this coming Monday afternoon so we are no longer able to set up the call for 7/20. The Tues (7/21) and Wed (7/22) times are still available though. Just let me know what
works best as soon as you can.
Thanks!
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From:
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 10:58 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: updates
HI Nayeli,
Just back from a family wedding in NJ.
Ill poll our group and get back to you.
Thanks,

On Jul 8, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Thanks again for your patience! Here are three date/time options for the follow up call:
Monday, July 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, July 21st at 9:30am
Wednesday, July 22nd 2:30pm
Please let us know which of these will work best for you and your neighbors. Look forward to getting this set up.
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: [mailto
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Thank you, Nayeli.
We look forward to the scheduling of the call.

On Jul 7, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi
Following up on our phone conversation to say that our office is working on this and will get back to you shortly with three date/time options. As I said on the phone, the Councilmember has been
in meetings all day today and we have been unable to discuss scheduling but will be following up with you shortly.
Thank you so much for your patience,
Nayeli
Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451
From: Maxson, Nayeli
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2015 11:26 PM
To:
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject: Re: updates
Hi
I apologize, I must have missed this email, I can absolutely help with scheduling this. Will touch base with Jamila and the Councilmember on their availability and get back to you by
the end of the day tomorrow.
Again, very sorry for the delay. And thank you for following up.
Sincerely,
Nayeli

On Jul 6, 2015, at 11:02 PM, wrote:

Dear Councilmember Washington,


We have not heard from your office for more than one month. Our request for an update originally offered by you (Please let me know if you would like to have a
phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here ) remains.
I will follow-up with a phone call.
Regards,

On May 29, 2015, at 1:01 PM, < wrote:


Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,
Annie, thank you for the updates.
Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the process
of scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to
increase the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR specialist.
You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the fires have
stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from various depts.
However, we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:
Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a
chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use permits,
and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)
You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and
she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-
1:30 PM, would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during our lunch hours.
Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone call, or
even better, can hopefully be on the call.
Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be willing to
connect you with another mediator. She has contacts throughout Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she
is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: Vasquez, Susan


To: Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015 9:08:56 AM
Attachments: image001.png

Hi,
Not yet.

Thanks

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
(510) 238-7487

From: Trujillo, Miguel [mailto:MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 9:05 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Subject: RE: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]

Good morning Susan,

Just following up but did your department issue the t a 30-day NTA?

Thank you,

Miguel Trujillo
Fire Marshal
City of Oakland Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention and Support
510-238-3851 Main Line
510-238-4051 Desk
mtrujillo@oaklandnet.com

From: Vasquez, Susan


Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:49 PM
To: Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Sierra, Patricia
Subject: RE: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]

Great! Thanks much

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
(510) 238-7487

From: Trujillo, Miguel [mailto:MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:45 PM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Sierra, Patricia
Subject: RE: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]
Good Afternoon Susan,

Please see scanned signed copy of cease & desist. Will this work at this time?

Thank you,

Miguel Trujillo
Fire Marshal
City of Oakland Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention and Support
510-238-3851 Main Line
510-238-4051 Desk
mtrujillo@oaklandnet.com

From: Vasquez, Susan


Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:44 AM
To: Sierra, Patricia; Trujillo, Miguel; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Minor, Gregory
Subject: FW: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]
Importance: High

Hi,
Our office is getting ready to send out a 30-day NTA, but we need a signed copy of the cease and desist letter.
Would appreciate if we can get a copy so we can move forward.

Thanks much,

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
(510) 238-7487

From: Sotelo, Amadis [mailto:ASotelo@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:42 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Sierra, Patricia; OFD_150045_ OFD_15_ Fire Code compliance_ religious exemptions E_mail
Subject: cease and desist letter for ceremonial burn [IWOV-imanage.FID159403]
Importance: High
Greg,

I dont have the final version of the cease and desist letter that Fire issued for the property, but here is the last draft I saw
which identifies the fire code violations. I also copied Fire staff here so they can forward you the final letter.

Miguel, Pat, and Terrence:

Can someone please send Greg Minor of the City Adms office the final version of the cease and desist letter that went out.

Thanks all,

Amadis

From: Sierra, Patricia


Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 4:32 PM
To: Sotelo, Amadis
Subject: FINAL
Importance: High

Please review it his final letter, so I can get the signature and have it delivered.

Thanks,

P-

Patricia E. Sierra, M. A.
Fire Prevention & Support Services Bureau
Oakland Fire Department
510.238-3851 main line
510.238.2911 desk
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From:
To: Flynn, Rachel
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Spencer, Terrence; Labayog,
Edward; English, Jamila A.; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Simons, Adam J.; Miller, Scott;

Subject: Re: Ceremonial Burn on 39th Ave -- Questions from neighbors


Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:59:33 PM

Annie, thank you so much for the immediate follow-up email to City staff members.

All, I have included other members of our neighborhood group in the Cc line, so please
Reply to All so that they are included in your responses.

Thank you.

Regards,

On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, Flynn, Rachel <RFlynn@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Scott, Who is the Planner assigned to this case?


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 22, 2015, at 6:28 PM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

I spoke with two of the neighbors of the 39thAvenue properties today to
provide an update. They had some questions that I could not answer, so I
am submitting them to you below. Ive copied (one of the
neighbors) on this email so that you can copy him directly on your
response.

1)Can the neighbors view the application submitted by the 39th
Avenue property owners for the Conditional Use Permit for
activities? Is there a public review/comment period for this CUP?
What is the timing for the approval of the CUP?
2)We understand that the Building Department is performing a
reinspection on July 27th. Is the CUP approval or the Fire Marshall
inspection/approval tied to the Bldg Dept reinspection or are
they all separate actions? The neighbors are wondering if one
aspect is conditioned on the other. We understand that the Fire
Marshall will not be visiting the property to approve the new burn
device until there is an approved CUP in place, so the neighbors
are wondering about whether the Bldg Department action is
conditioned on anything else being approved.
3)Can the neighbors view the report from the Building Department
on this property?

Thank you, in advance, for your attention and response to these questions
from the neighbors.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From: Flynn, Rachel
To: Campbell Washington, Annie
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Spencer, Terrence; Labayog, Edward; English, Jamila A.;
Deloach Reed, Teresa; Simons, Adam J.; Miller, Scott
Subject: Re: Ceremonial Burn on 39th Ave -- Questions from neighbors
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:53:47 PM

Scott, Who is the Planner assigned to this case?


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 22, 2015, at 6:28 PM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

I spoke with two of the neighbors of the 39th Avenue properties today to provide an
update. They had some questions that I could not answer, so I am submitting them to
you below. Ive copied (one of the neighbors) on this email so that you
can copy him directly on your response.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1) <!--[endif]-->Can the neighbors view the application
submitted by the 39th Avenue property owners for the Conditional Use Permit
for activities? Is there a public review/comment period for this CUP? What is
the timing for the approval of the CUP?
<!--[if !supportLists]-->2) <!--[endif]-->We understand that the Building
Department is performing a reinspection on July 27th. Is the CUP approval or
the Fire Marshall inspection/approval tied to the Bldg Dept reinspection or are
they all separate actions? The neighbors are wondering if one aspect is
conditioned on the other. We understand that the Fire Marshall will not be
visiting the property to approve the new burn device until there is an approved
CUP in place, so the neighbors are wondering about whether the Bldg
Department action is conditioned on anything else being approved.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->3) <!--[endif]-->Can the neighbors view the report from the
Building Department on this property?

Thank you, in advance, for your attention and response to these questions from the
neighbors.

Warmest regards,
Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From: Miller, Scott
To: Flynn, Rachel; Campbell Washington, Annie
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Spencer, Terrence; Labayog, Edward; English, Jamila A.;
Deloach Reed, Teresa; Simons, Adam J.; Hackett, Maurice
Subject: RE: Ceremonial Burn on 39th Ave -- Questions from neighbors
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 4:07:07 PM

Hello, Rachel and Annie. The Planner for this project is Moe Hackett. I can have him respond to
these questions.

Scott

Scott Miller, Zoning Manager I Bureau of Planning I 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2114 I
Oakland, CA 94612 I Phone: (510) 238-2235 I Fax: (510) 238-4730 I Email:
smiller@oaklandnet.com I Website: www.oaklandnet.com/planning

From: Flynn, Rachel


Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:54 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene); Candell, Chris; Spencer, Terrence; Labayog, Edward; English,
Jamila A.; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Simons, Adam J.; Miller,
Scott
Subject: Re: Ceremonial Burn on 39th Ave -- Questions from neighbors

Scott, Who is the Planner assigned to this case?


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 22, 2015, at 6:28 PM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

I spoke with two of the neighbors of the 39th Avenue properties today to provide an
update. They had some questions that I could not answer, so I am submitting them to
you below. Ive copied (one of the neighbors) on this email so that you
can copy him directly on your response.

1) Can the neighbors view the application submitted by the 39th Avenue property
owners for the Conditional Use Permit for activities? Is there a public
review/comment period for this CUP? What is the timing for the approval of
the CUP?
2) We understand that the Building Department is performing a reinspection on
July 27th. Is the CUP approval or the Fire Marshall inspection/approval tied to
the Bldg Dept reinspection or are they all separate actions? The neighbors are
wondering if one aspect is conditioned on the other. We understand that the
Fire Marshall will not be visiting the property to approve the new burn device
until there is an approved CUP in place, so the neighbors are wondering about
whether the Bldg Department action is conditioned on anything else being
approved.
3) Can the neighbors view the report from the Building Department on this
property?

Thank you, in advance, for your attention and response to these questions from the
neighbors.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: Maxson, Nayeli


To: Minor, Gregory; Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:37:46 PM

Hi Greg,

Thank you for following up with a call, the Councilmember has been briefed on the information you
left in the voicemail.

Quick question: what exactly is happening on the July 27th date?

Appreciate your help with this!


Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:19 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli; Campbell Washington, Annie
Subject: FW: Ceremonial burns update

FYI

From: Labayog, Edward


Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:55 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Candell, Chris
Cc: Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update

Greg,

Here are the re-inspection notices (attached). The due date is July 27. Its not clear in the notes on
the cases if James Anders actually went there on 5/14 which is the due date of the first NOV.
Although they have an application in zoning, several of the violations can still be abated. James
noted not abated so we felt that a re-inspection letter was the best thing to do. If they have not
complied or there is no substantial compliance then we will apply fee-charges unless they agree to
enter into a compliance plan.

Chris,

Can you let us know where youre at on your case?


Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Taylor, Marie (Allene)


Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 8:41 AM
To: Labayog, Edward
Subject: FW: Ceremonial burns update

Can you e-mail Greg an update please

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 7:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel; Spencer, Terrence; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update

No problem. Im copying planning, building and fire folks so that they can pass along any updates as
well.

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: Maxson, Nayeli


Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2015 11:22 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Ceremonial burns update

Hi Greg,

The Councilmember would like to speak with you by phone next week (ideally Wed 7/15 between
12-1pm) to touch base on the status of the ceremonial burns property issue.

Let me know if you have time to speak then. If not, we can look at additional options!

Thanks,
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: Candell, Chris


To: Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:47:11 AM

Moe Hackett, the case planner said he will send his incomplete letter to the applicant by the end of
this week. Mr. Riles called and sent an email asking the status so I contacted Moe and got him back
on track. Moe called Mr. Riles to give him the update that he would be sending the letter. As long
as they are not conducting the activities which need a CUP, planning is not so concerned with the
facilities which can be independently dealt with from the existing NOV James created. I am
disappointed that planning is taking so long. The application is so obviously lacking, I would have
made the assessment the first day I saw it followed up with a letter within days. Ill ask Moe to send
me a copy so I can see the timeframe he is asking for. If an application is deemed incomplete and
the applicant does not submit additional information, planning may deny the application and in fact
is almost obligated to do so under the permit streamlining act and CEQA.

From: Labayog, Edward


Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:55 AM
To: Minor, Gregory; Candell, Chris
Cc: Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update

Greg,

Here are the re-inspection notices (attached). The due date is July 27. Its not clear in the notes on
the cases if James Anders actually went there on 5/14 which is the due date of the first NOV.
Although they have an application in zoning, several of the violations can still be abated. James
noted not abated so we felt that a re-inspection letter was the best thing to do. If they have not
complied or there is no substantial compliance then we will apply fee-charges unless they agree to
enter into a compliance plan.

Chris,

Can you let us know where youre at on your case?

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Taylor, Marie (Allene)


Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 8:41 AM
To: Labayog, Edward
Subject: FW: Ceremonial burns update

Can you e-mail Greg an update please

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 7:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel; Spencer, Terrence; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update

No problem. Im copying planning, building and fire folks so that they can pass along any updates as
well.

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: Maxson, Nayeli


Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2015 11:22 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Ceremonial burns update

Hi Greg,

The Councilmember would like to speak with you by phone next week (ideally Wed 7/15 between
12-1pm) to touch base on the status of the ceremonial burns property issue.

Let me know if you have time to speak then. If not, we can look at additional options!

Thanks,
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: Labayog, Edward


To: Minor, Gregory; Candell, Chris
Cc: Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:54:31 AM
Attachments: 3732 39th Ave reinspection notice 7-8-15.docx
3740 39th Ave reinspection notice 7-10-15.docx
3746 39th Ave reinspection notice 7-10-15.docx

Greg,

Here are the re-inspection notices (attached). The due date is July 27. Its not clear in the notes on
the cases if James Anders actually went there on 5/14 which is the due date of the first NOV.
Although they have an application in zoning, several of the violations can still be abated. James
noted not abated so we felt that a re-inspection letter was the best thing to do. If they have not
complied or there is no substantial compliance then we will apply fee-charges unless they agree to
enter into a compliance plan.

Chris,

Can you let us know where youre at on your case?

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Taylor, Marie (Allene)


Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 8:41 AM
To: Labayog, Edward
Subject: FW: Ceremonial burns update

Can you e-mail Greg an update please

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 7:37 PM
To: Maxson, Nayeli
Cc: Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel; Spencer, Terrence; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: Ceremonial burns update

No problem. Im copying planning, building and fire folks so that they can pass along any updates as
well.


Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: Maxson, Nayeli


Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2015 11:22 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Ceremonial burns update

Hi Greg,

The Councilmember would like to speak with you by phone next week (ideally Wed 7/15 between
12-1pm) to touch base on the status of the ceremonial burns property issue.

Let me know if you have time to speak then. If not, we can look at additional options!

Thanks,
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: Avila, Cesar


To: Davenport, Kevin
Cc: Trujillo, Miguel; Low, Tim; Fielding, Rich; Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Constituent St. Onge
Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 7:34:47 AM

Hello Kevin,

Inspector Terrence Spencer isnt longer working for the City.

I am familiar with the potential issues at the location.

Here is what I know:

The property is located in a single family parcel property OFD does not have jurisdiction to inspect
single family properties.

The owner has been made aware of the need to comply with Zoning/Planing/Building regarding the
use of their property vs the approved residential use.

Our office can't approved an open flame permit for public gatherings because the property is not
classified as a public assembly - again it is residential only.

Greg Minor from the City Administrator's office is aware of the nuisance and is in contact with the
owners.

At this point in time OFD has provided site visits and advise but will not continue to get involved with
issues related to the property. Building services department is aware of the nuisance violations.
Additional they are aware of un permitted construction

Sincerely,

Cesar Avila
Assistant Fire Marshal

From: Ball, Adam E


Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:47 PM
To: Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Trujillo, Miguel <MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: FW: Constituent St. Onge

Please read. Thank you. J

Adam Ball

From: Davenport Jr., Kevin Y


Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:30 PM
To: Ball, Adam E <ABall@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Thao, Sheng <SThao@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Constituent St. Onge

Hello Adam,

Our office have been contacted by a constituent at 3746 39th Ave., Patricia St. Onge, regarding
building codes at her place of residence. To date, weve reached out to Terrence Spencer and have
not heard a response.

Can you please assist with further information regarding this property/constituent? Or if not you, do
you know who the correct person to reach would be?

Best,

Kevin

Kevin Davenport Jr
Office of Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan
Community Liaison
City of Oakland
1 Frank H. Ogawa PlazaOakland, CA 94612
(p)510.238.7083 (e)KDavenportJr@oaklandnet.com

From: Campbell Washington, Annie


To: English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli; Minor, Gregory; Simons, Adam J.
Cc:
Subject: RE: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)
Date: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 2:13:11 PM

Dear Greg,

Please see the attached email from and other neighbors of the 39th Avenue (ceremonial burn) properties. Would you please respond to Lawrences questions and loop other staff members into the conversation as needed? I would greatly appreciate it if
you would keep us in the loop on your responses so that we can stay up to speed on what is happening here as well.

Thanks so much,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: [mailto
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:06 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Re: "and in the one I will forward next (which was a follow-up from our last meeting).

On Jul 22, 2015, at 3:53 PM, < wrote:

Dear Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


Thank you, again, for taking the time to organize the call, speak with us about our concerns, share updates from City staff members, and offer to follow-up on outstanding questions. We continue to appreciate deeply your investing time in
all this, and are extremely appreciative of your having played a key role in getting us to the point where illegal activities on the property have stopped, and the neighbors are willing to come in to compliance. Thank you!

Below are the outstanding questions and action items that we raised. (Judy, if I have failed to remember any, or have recorded any incorrectly, please add or correct as needed). Councilmembers staff to:

Research when our neighborhood group can get access to the report from the 7/27 Building inspection.
Annie, you noted that the fire marshall will not award a permit until Zoning has issued CUP. There is a dependency here. Theres a question on dependencies between other departments: research whether there is any dependency or
other relationship, either or both ways, between Building and Zoning.
Does CUP process require public review/input and, if so, what is entailed?
If they get CUP, and get approval for new spark-master device, and they still generate a lot of smoke, will we have any recourse? Who enforces the two smoke and soot ordinances? And are there activities no longer classified as
residential if they get a CUP, hence abrogating the smoke ordinances? Or, will these smoke ordinances still be in effect?
Is the sweat lodge consider public assembly so if they dont get their CUP, can they still continue with sweat lodge or not?

Annie, you said asked me to pass on information about the two smoke & soot ordinances. Here they are:

https://www.municode.com/library/ca/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=
{%22searchText%22:%22smoke%20and%20soot%20ordinance%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:
[%22CODES%22],%22productIds%22:[]}&nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.18NU_8.18.040SMSO (See 8.18.040 and 8.18.050.)
http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050710.pdf (See 17.112.040 Requirements - paragraph H.)

Finally, thank you for cc'ing our group on emails to City staff, so that group members can follow up with questions directly to the appropriate department(s).

Again, were extremely grateful for your doing everything that you are doing on behalf of supporting the public and upholding the codes & ordinances of the City; and we are truly and humbly thankful that you helped to get us to our
current point of halting activities that caused so many in the neighborhood such suffering, and of the neighbors being willing to come into compliance.

With gratitude,
on behalf of our neighborhood group

On Jul 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello all,

Heres a conference call-in number and access code for the meeting:

Dial-in Number:
Access Code:

The Councilmember and staff look forward to speaking with you.
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From:Maxson, Nayeli
Sent:Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:56 PM
To:
Cc: , Jamila A.
Subject:Re: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Hi

I'm sorry, I was unable to secure a conference call system with recording capacity. Were you able to do so?

Thanks,
Nayeli

On Jul 22, 2015, at 1:54 PM, wrote:

I will try to join the call. Please send call-in information. thanks

From: <
To: Nayeli Maxson <nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc:

Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 4:49 PM


Subject: correction - Wed, NOT Tues. (& Re: updates)

Nayeli ad all,
Im so sorry. I was thinking one thing, but looking at the wrong date on your original email and noted that incorrect date.

We will NOT do Tues. 7/21 at 9:30 AM.

We WILL do Wed., 7/22 at 2:30 PM.

Thank you,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 4:38 PM, < wrote:

Hi Nayeli,
Thanks for the update.

Well do Tues., 7/21 at 9:30 AM.

If at all possible, could you get a conference line that records the conversation? That way we can pass it on to those who will have missed the meeting. Please let me know.
Thanks,

On Jul 17, 2015, at 11:57 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

Just received notice of a special council meeting this coming Monday afternoon so we are no longer able to set up the call for 7/20. The Tues (7/21) and Wed (7/22) times are still available though. Just let me know
what works best as soon as you can.

Thanks!
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: [mailto
Sent:Monday, July 13, 2015 10:58 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject:Re: updates

HI Nayeli,
Just back from a family wedding in NJ.

Ill poll our group and get back to you.

Thanks,

On Jul 8, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

Thanks again for your patience! Here are three date/time options for the follow up call:

Monday, July 20that 4pm
Tuesday, July 21stat 9:30am
Wednesday, July 22nd2:30pm

Please let us know which of these will work best for you and your neighbors. Look forward to getting this set up.

Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From: [mailto:
Sent:Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:37 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject:Re: updates

Thank you, Nayeli.

We look forward to the scheduling of the call.

On Jul 7, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Maxson, Nayeli <NMaxson@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

Following up on our phone conversation to say that our office is working on this and will get back to you shortly with three date/time options. As I said on the phone, the Councilmember
has been in meetings all day today and we have been unable to discuss scheduling but will be following up with you shortly.

Thank you so much for your patience,
Nayeli

Nayeli Maxson
Council Aide
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7273
Fax: (510) 839-6451

From:Maxson, Nayeli
Sent:Monday, July 06, 2015 11:26 PM
To:
Cc:Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;
Subject:Re: updates

Hi

I apologize, I must have missed this email, I can absolutely help with scheduling this. Will touch base with Jamila and the Councilmember on their availability and get back to
you by the end of the day tomorrow.

Again, very sorry for the delay. And thank you for following up.

Sincerely,
Nayeli

On Jul 6, 2015, at 11:02 PM, < wrote:

Dear Councilmember Washington,


We have not heard from your office for more than one month. Our request for an update originally offered by you (Please let me know if you would like to have
a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here ) remains.

I will follow-up with a phone call.

Regards,

On May 29, 2015, at 1:01 PM, < > wrote:

Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


Annie, thank you for the updates.

Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.) Right now we are in the
process of scheduling the Native Circle that I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that, and/or if theres a sense that it would be
beneficial to increase the participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the ADR specialist.

You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled
and she is copied here I would like a more detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would also. For example, we know that the
fires have stopped (temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from
various depts. However, we have not had one update from any City department. Some key questions:
Fire:
What is the status of the fires? Will they be recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so, will they need to construct a
chimney, as had been originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe hazards of wood smoke?
What is the status of activities with the other departments (building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they are to apply for special use
permits, and go through a process of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)

You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled
and she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly suspect that the lunch hour,
roughly 12:30-1:30 PM, would be best, given that everyone works so we would have to take off during our lunch hours.

Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you for the phone
call, or even better, can hopefully be on the call.

Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington, Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below would be able to identify available
mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the mediation herself or would be
willing to connect you with another mediator. She has contacts throughout Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us get that scheduled
and she is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Miller, Scott; Ranelletti, Darin
Cc: Fierro, Rocio; Maxson, Nayeli; Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:04:13 PM

Resending to include Scott and Darin. I just saw Rachels earlier email on this topic.

From: Campbell Washington, Annie


Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:02 PM
To: Flynn, Rachel; Minor, Gregory; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Fierro, Rocio; Maxson, Nayeli; Simons, Adam J.; English, Jamila A.
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear Rachel and Greg:

This is the latest email from the neighbors upset by the Patricia St. Onge/Wilson Riles ceremonial
burns and other issues on their three adjoining properties. Can we please meet at your earliest
convenience?

Just to be clear: I do not have an opinion on whether or not any codes have been violated at the St.
Onge/Riles property. I just want to make sure that the City determines whether or not they have
(and determine what needs to be done if they need permits to engage in the activities they want to
have ongoing on their properties), and then communicate that clearly to all parties.

Chief Reed Could you please plan to attend this next meeting, as well, and hopefully update us on
how your meeting went with Ms. St. Onge at her property?

Thank you so much for your time and attention to this.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: [mailto:
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:01 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson, Nayeli; English,
Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear Mr. Minor,


I apologize that after sending the email below, we neglected to follow-up with one specifically
to you.

In a separate email to the Mayor, our Councilmember, the Fire Chief, other City officials, and
the City Auditor, we listed what we want.

In addition to whats below that concerns you (i.e., that you coordinate with Building, Fire and
Zoning to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated plan to address all issues), we had also
noted: "We met with the Nuisance Department more than one month ago, and were informed
that they would become involved. To our knowledge, they have not issued citations or fines.
We want citations and fines issued from this department, retroactive to our initial meeting,
to cover all violations.

Please inform us about the progress on these citations and fines.

Thank you,
(on behalf of the neighborhood group)

On Apr 17, 2015, at 4:02 PM, <


wrote:

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic wood
smoke, and have suffered asthma attacks, smoke inhalation
symptoms, anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
Some members have gone to their doctors, who are documenting symptoms
and illnesses. This includes some of the most vulnerable including one
resident who has been living with HIV for thirty-two years, who has
repeatedly been exposed to smoke, adversely impacting his immune
defense system; and one senior who became gravely ill after one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues, and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a view toward bringing all violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all available means as expeditiously and forcefully as
the law allows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six weeks
from our initial meeting with all four departments, and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on
39th Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the
Oakland Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the
Oakland Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails
to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked
individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the
issues that you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located
on the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself
and the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire


Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when
we sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator.
This information clarifies that the road block we have been
experiencing is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue


Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:05:27 PM

Dear Mr. Minor,


I apologize that after sending the email below, we neglected to follow-up with one specifically
to you.

In a separate email to the Mayor, our Councilmember, the Fire Chief, other City officials, and
the City Auditor, we listed what we want.

In addition to whats below that concerns you (i.e., that you coordinate with Building, Fire and
Zoning to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated plan to address all issues), we had also
noted: "We met with the Nuisance Department more than one month ago,and were informed
that they would become involved. To our knowledge,they have not issued citations or fines.
We want citations and fines issuedfrom this department, retroactive to our initial meeting, to
coverallviolations.

Please inform us about the progress on these citations and fines.

Thank you,
(on behalf of the neighborhood group)

On Apr 17, 2015, at 4:02 PM,


wrote:

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic wood
smoke, and have suffered asthmaattacks, smoke inhalation symptoms,
anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
Some members havegone to their doctors, who are documenting symptoms
and illnesses. Thisincludessome of the most vulnerable including one
resident who has beenliving with HIV for thirty-two years, who has
repeatedly been exposedto smoke, adversely impacting his immune
defense system;and one senior who became gravely ill after one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues,and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a viewtoward bringingall violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all availablemeans as expeditiously and forcefully as
the lawallows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is sixweeks
from ourinitial meeting with all four departments,and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on 39th
Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the Oakland
Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the Oakland
Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails to them,
summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked individuals
from each of these Departments to come together in one meeting to
determine what the next steps will be in addressing the issues that
you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc:
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located on
the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself and
the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire


Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when we
sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator. This
information clarifies that the road block we have been experiencing
is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From: Spencer, Terrence
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:45:35 PM

I know that I am to accompany Chief Reed in a visit to the location in question with the intent of
finding a solution that will be within the compliance of the fire code. We will inspect the existing
structure put in place recently for the heating of rocks. I foresee acquiring the EPA official to
measure the atmospheric conditions created by the heating device used. Worse case scenario will
involve the city attorney.

Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:11 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

No worries, just keep me in the loop going forward if you can.

Thanks
greg

From: Spencer, Terrence [mailto:TSpencer@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:10 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Greg,
My apologies for my absence from the scheduled meeting. My phone has failed to get all emails and
will not sync with my schedule. I was assigned an inspection in the afternoon and just lost track of
time. If I dont print out my schedule in the morning, the front desk will just assign me via phone
call. I got in detailed conversation with city attorney after meeting with Chief Reed this morning on
the matter.
Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:01 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Hi Inspector Spencer-

I checked in with Amadis and got a general sense of your next steps. Please let me know how it goes
though.

Thanks
greg

From: Spencer, Terrence [mailto:TSpencer@oaklandnet.com]
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:27 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

I can talk around 3pm. I have meetings with Chief Reed concerning same issue in the morning. Also
have all hands meeting in the morning.
Spencer
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:16 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Ok let's check in tomorrow then. What's the best number and time to reach you at?
Thanks
Greg

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 20, 2015, at 5:12 PM, "Spencer, Terrence" <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

G. Minor,

I will not be present at assigned meeting due to a previously scheduled time off.
T. Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:26 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Anders, James
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Im thinking our Area 4 Response Team Meeting this Wednesday from 1-2:30 might be
a good opportunity to check in about these properties and coordinate next steps. In
particular, Id like to hear from the fire dept as the smoke seems to be the primary
complaint at this point. We will probably get to this and other new projects about
halfway through our meeting, so Chris if you can stop by around 1:30 that would be
great; Ill forward the invite.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Schaaf, Libby; Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence;
Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory;
Anders, James; Simons, Adam J.; Nosakhare, Shereda; Whent, Sean; Parker, Barbara;
Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Cc: City Auditor
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:
? This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
? Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic
wood smoke, and have suffered asthma attacks, smoke inhalation
symptoms, anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
? Some members have gone to their doctors, who are documenting
symptoms and illnesses. This includes some of the most vulnerable
including one resident who has been living with HIV for thirty-two years,
who has repeatedly been exposed to smoke, adversely impacting his
immune defense system; and one senior who became gravely ill after one
exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues, and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a view toward bringing all violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all available means as expeditiously and forcefully as
the law allows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six weeks
from our initial meeting with all four departments, and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on
39th Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the
Oakland Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the
Oakland Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails
to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked
individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the
issues that you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located
on the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself
and the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.
We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire
Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when
we sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator.
This information clarifies that the road block we have been
experiencing is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From: Spencer, Terrence
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:09:52 PM

Greg,
My apologies for my absence from the scheduled meeting. My phone has failed to get all emails and
will not sync with my schedule. I was assigned an inspection in the afternoon and just lost track of
time. If I dont print out my schedule in the morning, the front desk will just assign me via phone
call. I got in detailed conversation with city attorney after meeting with Chief Reed this morning on
the matter.
Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:01 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Hi Inspector Spencer-

I checked in with Amadis and got a general sense of your next steps. Please let me know how it goes
though.

Thanks
greg

From: Spencer, Terrence [mailto:TSpencer@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:27 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

I can talk around 3pm. I have meetings with Chief Reed concerning same issue in the morning. Also
have all hands meeting in the morning.
Spencer
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:16 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Ok let's check in tomorrow then. What's the best number and time to reach you at?
Thanks
Greg

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 20, 2015, at 5:12 PM, "Spencer, Terrence" <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

G. Minor,

I will not be present at assigned meeting due to a previously scheduled time off.
T. Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:26 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Anders, James
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Im thinking our Area 4 Response Team Meeting this Wednesday from 1-2:30 might be
a good opportunity to check in about these properties and coordinate next steps. In
particular, Id like to hear from the fire dept as the smoke seems to be the primary
complaint at this point. We will probably get to this and other new projects about
halfway through our meeting, so Chris if you can stop by around 1:30 that would be
great; Ill forward the invite.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Schaaf, Libby; Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence;
Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory;
Anders, James; Simons, Adam J.; Nosakhare, Shereda; Whent, Sean; Parker, Barbara;
Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Cc: City Auditor
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:
? This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
? Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic
wood smoke, and have suffered asthma attacks, smoke inhalation
symptoms, anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
? Some members have gone to their doctors, who are documenting
symptoms and illnesses. This includes some of the most vulnerable
including one resident who has been living with HIV for thirty-two years,
who has repeatedly been exposed to smoke, adversely impacting his
immune defense system; and one senior who became gravely ill after one
exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues, and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a view toward bringing all violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all available means as expeditiously and forcefully as
the law allows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six weeks
from our initial meeting with all four departments, and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on
39th Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the
Oakland Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the
Oakland Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails
to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked
individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the
issues that you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located
on the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself
and the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire


Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when
we sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator.
This information clarifies that the road block we have been
experiencing is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From: Spencer, Terrence
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:27:21 PM

I can talk around 3pm. I have meetings with Chief Reed concerning same issue in the morning. Also
have all hands meeting in the morning.
Spencer
From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 5:16 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Ok let's check in tomorrow then. What's the best number and time to reach you at?
Thanks
Greg

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 20, 2015, at 5:12 PM, "Spencer, Terrence" <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

G. Minor,

I will not be present at assigned meeting due to a previously scheduled time off.
T. Spencer

From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:26 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Anders, James
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Im thinking our Area 4 Response Team Meeting this Wednesday from 1-2:30 might be
a good opportunity to check in about these properties and coordinate next steps. In
particular, Id like to hear from the fire dept as the smoke seems to be the primary
complaint at this point. We will probably get to this and other new projects about
halfway through our meeting, so Chris if you can stop by around 1:30 that would be
great; Ill forward the invite.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:l
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Schaaf, Libby; Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence;
Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory;
Anders, James; Simons, Adam J.; Nosakhare, Shereda; Whent, Sean; Parker, Barbara;
Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Cc: City Auditor
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at
3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:
? This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in
protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
? Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic
wood smoke, and have suffered asthma attacks, smoke inhalation
symptoms, anxiety, distress, depression, displacement from homes, etc.
? Some members have gone to their doctors, who are documenting
symptoms and illnesses. This includes some of the most vulnerable
including one resident who has been living with HIV for thirty-two years,
who has repeatedly been exposed to smoke, adversely impacting his
immune defense system; and one senior who became gravely ill after one
exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted
above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become
something of a local hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and
unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents
and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation
from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building,
Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as
early as October 2014 with one department. Our last meeting was a little more
than one month ago. You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated


plan to address these fire issues, and related issues of building and zoning
violations, with a view toward bringing all violations into compliance as
quickly as possible, using all available means as expeditiously and forcefully as
the law allows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six weeks
from our initial meeting with all four departments, and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.


Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on
39th Avenue. I sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the
Oakland Fire Department, the Code Compliance Division, and the
Oakland Police Department this morning and forwarded your emails
to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I have asked
individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the
issues that you have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues
this weekend, and I assure you that they are taking your complaints
seriously. Please continue to keep me apprised of the situation and I
will do my best to ensure that the involved City Departments are
staying in close contact with you and clearly communicating their
intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie;
Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday
during the fire that took place at the business retreat center located
on the residential properties that border our properties. Both myself
and the residents that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring, appreciate
your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire


Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your
department has issued code violations. I have attached a copy of a
post from the business's Facebook webpage which clearly states this.
Could you kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who have been
issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more
than one employee working outside of your supervision and
directives? What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of his authority or
expertise? Has he continued to do so despite of the orders to cease
and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the
recordings of our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the
messages with the members of our neighborhood group and when
we sit down again with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher asked, and
spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they were
aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires.
To the best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of
us that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was
attempting to express the instructions that we received from you,
Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member


of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator.
This information clarifies that the road block we have been
experiencing is with the Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group


to clarify the dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want
to do my best to be certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this information I will
forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated


to you yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have
expressed for our concerns and safety.

Best regards,
From: Anders, James
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:45:25 PM

They have said that they arent going to comply so that makes my next step simple. They will
be assessed with a fee charge of $2045.00.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, April 20, 2015 1:26 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Anders, James
Subject: FW: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Im thinking our Area 4 Response Team Meeting this Wednesday from 1-2:30 might be a good
opportunity to check in about these properties and coordinate next steps. In particular, Id like to
hear from the fire dept as the smoke seems to be the primary complaint at this point. We will
probably get to this and other new projects about halfway through our meeting, so Chris if you can
stop by around 1:30 that would be great; Ill forward the invite.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Schaaf, Libby; Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson,
Nayeli; English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; Simons,
Adam J.; Nosakhare, Shereda; Whent, Sean; Parker, Barbara; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Cc: City Auditor
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at 3740 39th
Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in protesters and
media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic wood smoke, and
have suffered asthmaattacks, smoke inhalation symptoms,anxiety, distress, depression,
displacement from homes, etc.
Some members havegone to their doctors, who are documenting symptoms and
illnesses. Thisincludessome of the most vulnerable including one resident who has
beenliving with HIV for thirty-two years, who has repeatedly been exposedto smoke,
adversely impacting his immune defense system;and one senior who became gravely
ill after one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted above-and-
beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become something of a local
hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire
code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents and we have
been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building, Fire, Nuisance
and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as early as October 2014 with
one department. Our last meeting was a little more than one month ago. You promised us that
you would meet among yourselves to coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated plan to address
these fire issues,and related issues of building and zoning violations, with a viewtoward
bringingall violations into compliance as quickly as possible, using all availablemeans as
expeditiously and forcefully as the lawallows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to
work with us to coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is
sixweeks from ourinitial meeting with all four departments,and, again, months since our
contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear :
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on 39thAvenue. I
sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the Oakland Fire Department, the
Code Compliance Division, and the Oakland Police Department this morning and
forwarded your emails to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I
have asked individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the issues that you
have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues this weekend,
and I assure you that they are taking your complaints seriously. Please continue
to keep me apprised of the situation and I will do my best to ensure that the
involved City Departments are staying in close contact with you and clearly
communicating their intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie; Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday during the fire
that took place at the business retreat center located on the residential properties
that border our properties. Both myself and the residents that border the
properties where the activities that endanger our health and safety are repeatedly
occurring, appreciate your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire Department is


assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your department has issued code
violations. I have attached a copy of a post from the business's Facebook
webpage which clearly states this. Could you kindly look into the relationship
between this employee of the Fire Department and the business owners who have
been issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more than one
employee working outside of your supervision and directives? What happens
when a firefighter represents himself as a firefighter and offers advice and
assistance outside of his authority or expertise? Has he continued to do so
despite of the orders to cease and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the recordings of
our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the messages with the members
of our neighborhood group and when we sit down again with our local
representatives. To the best of my recollection I did answer the questions the
dispatcher asked, and spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they
were aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires. To the
best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of us that has called
in. In speaking over the dispatchers I was attempting to express the instructions
that we received from you, Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member of Fire
Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator. This information
clarifies that the road block we have been experiencing is with the Dispatcher's
office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group to clarify the
dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want to do my best to be
certain if the calls were placed to the local fire department or 911. As soon as I
can gather this information I will forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated to you
yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have expressed for our concerns
and safety.

Best regards,

From:
To: Schaaf, Libby; Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson, Nayeli; English,
Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; Simons, Adam J.; Nosakhare,
Shereda; Whent, Sean; Parker, Barbara; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Cc: City Auditor
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 4:05:48 PM

Dear City Officials and Staff,


As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat center at 3740 39th
Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property called in protesters and
media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to highly toxic wood smoke, and
have suffered asthmaattacks, smoke inhalation symptoms,anxiety, distress, depression,
displacement from homes, etc.
Some members havegone to their doctors, who are documenting symptoms and
illnesses. Thisincludessome of the most vulnerable including one resident who has
beenliving with HIV for thirty-two years, who has repeatedly been exposedto smoke,
adversely impacting his immune defense system;and one senior who became gravely ill
after one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which has acted above-and-
beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire Inspector Spencer has become something of a local
hero, constantly praised for his professionalism and unwavering devotion to enforcing the fire
code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its residents and we have
been forced to involve the Mayor, and to request an investigation from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with Building, Fire, Nuisance
and Zoning Departments on these and related issues starting as early as October 2014 with
one department. Our last meeting was a little more than one month ago. You promised us that
you would meet among yourselves to coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and coordinated plan to address
these fire issues,and related issues of building and zoning violations, with a viewtoward
bringingall violations into compliance as quickly as possible, using all availablemeans as
expeditiously and forcefully as the lawallows. We have asked our Councilmembers office to
work with us to coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date is six
weeks from ourinitial meeting with all four departments,and, again, months since our contact
with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,
On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing situation on 39thAvenue. I
sent an email to the City Attorneys Office, the Oakland Fire Department, the
Code Compliance Division, and the Oakland Police Department this morning and
forwarded your emails to them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I
have asked individuals from each of these Departments to come together in one
meeting to determine what the next steps will be in addressing the issues that you
have raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about your issues this weekend,
and I assure you that they are taking your complaints seriously. Please continue
to keep me apprised of the situation and I will do my best to ensure that the
involved City Departments are staying in close contact with you and clearly
communicating their intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie; Schaaf, Libby
Cc:
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone yesterday during the fire
that took place at the business retreat center located on the residential properties
that border our properties. Both myself and the residents that border the
properties where the activities that endanger our health and safety are repeatedly
occurring, appreciate your time, energy and the expenditure of City resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland Fire Department is


assisting our neighbors with the fires for which your department has issued code
violations. I have attached a copy of a post from the business's Facebook
webpage which clearly states this. Could you kindly look into the relationship
between this employee of the Fire Department and the business owners who have
been issued code violations, and take appropriate action? Is this employee
operating independently of the Fire Department and is there more than one
employee working outside of your supervision and directives? What happens
when a firefighter represents himself as a firefighter and offers advice and
assistance outside of his authority or expertise? Has he continued to do so
despite of the orders to cease and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain copies of the recordings of
our phone calls to 911? I would like to review the messages with the members
of our neighborhood group and when we sit down again with our local
representatives. To the best of my recollection I did answer the questions the
dispatcher asked, and spoke over the two dispatchers when they told me that they
were aware of the fires because they were called in as Ceremonial Fires. To the
best of my knowledge this has been the experience of each of us that has called in.
In speaking over the dispatchers I was attempting to express the instructions that
we received from you, Terrence Spencer and Anne Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking with a member of Fire
Station 17 when I was transferred from the 911 operator. This information
clarifies that the road block we have been experiencing is with the Dispatcher's
office.

I will get in contact with other members of our neighborhood group to clarify the
dates of the 4 phone calls that have been placed. I want to do my best to be
certain if the calls were placed to the local fire department or 911. As soon as I
can gather this information I will forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts and as I stated to you
yesterday, I do appreciate the sincerity that you have expressed for our concerns
and safety.

Best regards,
From: Flynn, Rachel
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Miller, Scott
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Fierro, Rocio; Maxson, Nayeli; Simons, Adam J.;
English, Jamila A.; Ranelletti, Darin
Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:11:48 PM

Hi Scott, I need you to weigh in on this issue to determine if the ceremonial fires are allowed
by right.

Can you please investigate and get us an answer by Friday?

Thanks, Rachel

On Apr 22, 2015, at 3:01 PM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear Rachel and Greg:



This is the latest email from the neighbors upset by the Patricia St. Onge/Wilson Riles
ceremonial burns and other issues on their three adjoining properties. Can we please
meet at your earliest convenience?

Just to be clear: I do not have an opinion on whether or not any codes have been
violated at the St. Onge/Riles property. I just want to make sure that the City
determines whether or not they have (and determine what needs to be done if they
need permits to engage in the activities they want to have ongoing on their
properties), and then communicate that clearly to all parties.

Chief Reed Could you please plan to attend this next meeting, as well, and hopefully
update us on how your meeting went with Ms. St. Onge at her property?

Thank you so much for your time and attention to this.

Warmest regards,
Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From: [mailto:
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:01 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Maxson,
Nayeli; English, Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Dear Mr. Minor,


I apologize that after sending the email below, we neglected to follow-up with one
specifically to you.

In a separate email to the Mayor, our Councilmember, the Fire Chief, other City
officials, and the City Auditor, we listed what we want.

In addition to whats below that concerns you (i.e., that you coordinate with
Building, Fire and Zoning to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated plan to
address all issues), we had also noted: "We met with the Nuisance Department
more than one month ago,and were informed that they would become involved.
To our knowledge,they have not issued citations or fines. We want citations and
fines issuedfrom this department, retroactive to our initial meeting,
tocoverallviolations.

Please inform us about the progress on these citations and fines.

Thank you,
(on behalf of the neighborhood group)

On Apr 17, 2015, at 4:02 PM,


< wrote:

Dear City Officials and Staff,
As many of you know, the situation with the illegal fires at the retreat
center at 3740 39th Avenue has escalated dramatically:

This past weekend, the residents and managers of the property


called in protesters and media when firefighters arrived.
Neighborhood residents have been repeatedly exposed to
highly toxic wood smoke, and have suffered asthmaattacks,
smoke inhalation symptoms,anxiety, distress, depression,
displacement from homes, etc.
Some members havegone to their doctors, who are
documenting symptoms and illnesses. Thisincludessome of
the most vulnerable including one resident who has
beenliving with HIV for thirty-two years, who has repeatedly
been exposedto smoke, adversely impacting his immune
defense system;and one senior who became gravely ill after
one exposure.

We have greatly appreciated the assistance of Fire Chief Reed, which
has acted above-and-beyond the call of duty. Similarly, Fire
Inspector Spencer has become something of a local hero, constantly
praised for his professionalism and unwavering devotion to
enforcing the fire code.

Nonetheless, the Fire Dept. as a whole has been unable to protect its
residents and we have been forced to involve the Mayor, and to
request an investigation from the City Auditor.

We have met repeatedly, and/or been in email or phone contact, with


Building, Fire, Nuisance and Zoning Departments on these and
related issues starting as early as October 2014 with one
department. Our last meeting was a little more than one month ago.
You promised us that you would meet among yourselves to
coordinate your actions.

We are requesting that you present to us your comprehensive and


coordinated plan to address these fire issues,and related issues of
building and zoning violations, with a viewtoward bringingall
violations into compliance as quickly as possible, using all
availablemeans as expeditiously and forcefully as the lawallows.
We have asked our Councilmembers office to work with us to
coordinate scheduling so that we can all meet by April 27. (This date
is sixweeks from ourinitial meeting with all four departments,and,
again, months since our contact with some of the departments).

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 3:11 PM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear

Thank you for keeping me apprised of the ongoing


situation on 39thAvenue. I sent an email to the City
Attorneys Office, the Oakland Fire Department, the
Code Compliance Division, and the Oakland Police
Department this morning and forwarded your emails to
them, summarizing your experiences this weekend. I
have asked individuals from each of these Departments
to come together in one meeting to determine what the
next steps will be in addressing the issues that you have
raised.
I spoke to the Fire Chief and Police Chief directly about
your issues this weekend, and I assure you that they are
taking your complaints seriously. Please continue to
keep me apprised of the situation and I will do my best
to ensure that the involved City Departments are staying
in close contact with you and clearly communicating
their intentions.
Sincerely,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, April 13, 2015 9:19 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell
Washington, Annie; Schaaf, Libby
Cc: ;
Subject:Fires at Retreat Center 3746-3740 39th Avenue

Chief Reed,

Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone
yesterday during the fire that took place at the business
retreat center located on the residential properties that
border our properties. Both myself and the residents
that border the properties where the activities that
endanger our health and safety are repeatedly occurring,
appreciate your time, energy and the expenditure of City
resources.

We have discovered at least one member of the Oakland


Fire Department is assisting our neighbors with the fires
for which your department has issued code violations. I
have attached a copy of a post from the business's
Facebook webpage which clearly states this. Could you
kindly look into the relationship between this employee
of the Fire Department and the business owners who
have been issued code violations, and take appropriate
action? Is this employee operating independently of the
Fire Department and is there more than one employee
working outside of your supervision and directives?
What happens when a firefighter represents himself as a
firefighter and offers advice and assistance outside of
his authority or expertise? Has he continued to do so
despite of the orders to cease and desists?

Also, could you please direct me on how I may obtain


copies of the recordings of our phone calls to 911? I
would like to review the messages with the members of
our neighborhood group and when we sit down again
with our local representatives. To the best of my
recollection I did answer the questions the dispatcher
asked, and spoke over the two dispatchers when they
told me that they were aware of the fires because they
were called in as Ceremonial Fires. To the best of my
knowledge this has been the experience of each of us
that has called in. In speaking over the dispatchers I
was attempting to express the instructions that we
received from you, Terrence Spencer and Anne
Campbell Washington.

I appreciate your clarification that I was not speaking
with a member of Fire Station 17 when I was transferred
from the 911 operator. This information clarifies that
the road block we have been experiencing is with the
Dispatcher's office.

I will get in contact with other members of our
neighborhood group to clarify the dates of the 4 phone
calls that have been placed. I want to do my best to be
certain if the calls were placed to the local fire
department or 911. As soon as I can gather this
information I will forward it to you.

Again, I want to express my gratitude for your efforts
and as I stated to you yesterday, I do appreciate the
sincerity that you have expressed for our concerns and
safety.

Best regards,

From: Candell, Chris


To: ; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Labayog, Edward; Campbell Washington, Annie;

Subject: RE: handouts


Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:56:01 AM

City staff will be inspecting the site later this week. If warranted, we will prepare and sending a
Notice of Violation to the property owners. I have researched a plethora of material on line but still
have questions to ask about the various activities conducted there. I also want to walk the site and
observe what I can regarding the operations.

From:
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:12 PM
To: Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; Candell, Chris
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Labayog, Edward; Campbell Washington, Annie;

Subject: Re: handouts

Dear Mr. Minor, Mr. Anders and Mr. Candell,

I am writing to reestablish communication with you since our neighborhood coalition met with
Councilperson Anne Campbell Washington and the representatives from your departments. I
left for a medical mission in Mexico the morning after our meeting and returned late last
night. I was hoping you could fill me in on the actions that have transpired during my
absence. My neighbors have been communicating with Councilperson Washington and the
Fire Inspector because the business owners continue to regularly burn fires despite the Fire
Inspector's warnings and orders to cease the burns.

Mr. Anders,
At the meeting we had on March 13, 2015, Mr. Labayog was made aware that the business
owners have constructed the buildings and structures in question on property that they are
leasing from an extended family member. Have new citations been issued naming all three
property owners and the businesses? Has the City carried out any further investigation?

Mr. Candell,
Has the City investigated our complaints regarding the zoning issues that were laid out during
our meeting and what actions has your office taken?

Mr. Minor,
The neighbors/business owners continue to conduct illegal burns which cause a severe
nuisance, danger to our health and our property on a regular basis. They also operate a
business that is troublesome to the residents of 3 separate residential communities that border
their property. There is also the issue of blight that they have outright refused to attempt to
rectify. I know that has communicated with you by email. Has your office
begun an investigation and what actions have occurred on the part of your office?

Thank you for keeping us informed on the progress of this case.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:29 PM, "Minor, Gregory" <GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

Let me follow up with City staff to see whats already done so that we can avoid duplicating
efforts and then perhaps we can set a time to talk over the phone or meet in person.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto: ]
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:35 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Spencer, Terrence;
Subject: Re: handouts

Jamila, thanks for the online introduction.

Greg, its a pleasure to meet" you. Members of our group would like to meet with you
soon to discuss the potential public nuisance issues involved, and to get a sense
from you of how they might be addressed in concert with the actions being taken
by the Building, Fire and Zoning Departments.

I will get back to you within the next few days with an inquiry about possible times to
meet, and also with more documentation on the issues.

If you have any questions or comments before then, please feel free to email or call
me (c: ).

Regards,

________________________________

On Mar 13, 2015, at 4:46 PM, English, Jamila A.


<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello Greg,

I wanted to introduce you to some of the D4 community members.
and are part of a larger group of community members that
Councilmember Campbell Washington and I met with today. There are three
properties that have removed their fences and combined to create a Urban
Farm and Retreat Center. A Fire Department Inspector, Chris Candell and Ed
Labayog, were all present and have begun or have been dealing with this
matter. We would like to see if your department can get involved as well.

I have attached a handout that has laid out some issues with the properties.
Please feel free to call me for more information. Also, any of the people
included in this email will have information on this properties.

Thank you,
Jamila

Property addresses:
3470 39thAve. (most problematic) the retreat center
APN: 030192500400

3732 39thAve. (farm)
APN: 030192500500

3746 39thAve. (home of retreat managers, they are renting the space)
APN: None


Jamila A. English
Senior Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland District 4
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2ndFlr. Oakland, CA 94612
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax:(510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com


From: [mailto: ]
Sent:Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:09 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.
Subject:handouts

Hi, again, Jamila and Nayeli,
Would you please make sure that all City staff in attendance tomorrow
have a print-out of the attached list of issues, which we will reference.

Ill ask our group members to bring their own copies.

Thank you,

________________________________



<Issues.docx>

From:
To: Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: handouts


Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:13:38 AM
Attachments: Documentation of issues for City officials-final version.docx
ATT00001.htm

Messr.s Anders, Candell, LaBayog, Minor and Spencer,


Attached please find documentation from our group about the farm-retreat property.

Overview of issues

The Documentation of issues for City officials-final version document is a consensus


from our group of the key issues that we face.

Photos and video

We have sent to you by Dropbox several photos, and some videos, taken from two
different homes in the two different HOAs surrounding the farm-retreat. (We do not
currently have pictures from the third building complex represented in our group.)
We sent these by Dropbox since they are too large to be transmitted by email. If you
cannot access them, or if you prefer another means of getting these to you, please let us
know.
The photos and videos are labelled to highlight the extensiveness of the yurt complex;
the billowing toxic wood smoke that envelopes our yards and infiltrates our homes;
numerous photos and videos of the bonfire (its proximity to combustible materials, the
fire when it is fully stoked, the fire left unattended which occurs for hours after the
ceremonies end, etc.); what the property looked like before they constructed their
enterprise; etc.

Facebook

Also, here are their Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts


andhttps://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm.
These pages change regularly, so we have included among the photos that we sent by
Dropbox screen shots of their entire Facebook page from a few weeks ago.
Our group wants to emphasize that they advertise that they can host groups of up to 30
people (See the screen shot pages.) This is in violation of ordinances stating that home-
based businesses can convene at most 6 people.
Also, the current Facebook page for the Nafsi Ya Jamii retreat center notes that they
have established a vehicle for making online donations, which, we believe, verifies that
they are a commercial entity. (See their March 19 entry).

Apology
I apologize that I am getting this information to you later than originally planned. As Inspector
Spencer, Councilmember Washington and Ms. English are well aware, our groups energies
over the last ten days have been spent dealing with the farm-retreat having held illegal burns
this past weekend and the weekend before, both in violation of Inspector Spencers injunction
that they were not to conduct burns. We are in communication with Fire Chief Reed and
others about these issues.

Access to our properties


Inspector Candell, below you wrote,I also want to walk the site and observe what I can
regarding the operations. If it would be helpful for you to view the property from our
homes, a handful of us have excellent views, and would be happy to allow you entry. As you
will note from the photos, the views from our homes are going to be very different than the
views from the ground-level of the property itself. From our vantage point one sees clearly all
the elements that constitute blight: the density of the yurt structures, the collapsing awnings,
the piles of debris behind the yurts, etc.

Should you wish access to our homes, clearly as much advance notice as is possible would be
ideal. Those of us who with these views will pass on our contact information to you in
separate emails.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

______________________________

On Mar 24, 2015, at 10:10 AM, wrote:

Mr. Candell,

Thank you for the update. We appreciate yourthoroughness and respectfully


request that you continue to keep us informed of the progress of this case.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:55 AM, "Candell, Chris" <CCandell@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

City staff will be inspecting the site later this week. If warranted, we will
prepare and sending a Notice of Violation to the property owners. I have
researched a plethora of material on line but still have questions to ask about
the various activities conducted there. I also want to walk the site and observe
what I can regarding the operations.

From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 1:12 PM
To:Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; Candell, Chris
Cc:English, Jamila A.; Labayog, Edward; Campbell Washington, Annie;

Subject:Re: handouts

Dear Mr. Minor, Mr. Anders and Mr. Candell,

I am writing to reestablish communication with you since our


neighborhood coalition met with Councilperson Anne Campbell
Washington and the representatives from your departments. I left for a
medical mission in Mexico the morning after our meeting and returned late
last night. I was hoping you could fill me in on the actions that have
transpired during my absence. My neighbors have been communicating
with Councilperson Washington and the Fire Inspector because the
business owners continue to regularly burn fires despite the Fire
Inspector's warnings and orders to cease the burns.

Mr. Anders,
At the meeting we had on March 13, 2015, Mr. Labayog was made aware
that the business owners have constructed the buildings and structures in
question on property that they are leasing from an extended family
member. Have new citations been issued naming all three property
owners and the businesses? Has the City carried out any further
investigation?

Mr. Candell,
Has the City investigated our complaints regarding the zoning issues that
were laid out during our meeting and what actions has your office taken?

Mr. Minor,
The neighbors/business owners continue to conduct illegal burns which
cause a severe nuisance, danger to our health and our property on a
regular basis. They also operate a business that is troublesome to the
residents of 3 separate residential communities that border their property.
There is also the issue of blight that they have outright refused to attempt
to rectify. I know that has communicated with you by
email. Has your office begun an investigation and what actions have
occurred on the part of your office?

Thank you for keeping us informed on the progress of this case.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:29 PM, "Minor, Gregory" <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Hi

Let me follow up with City staff to see whats already done so that we can avoid
duplicating efforts and then perhaps we can set a time to talk over the phone
or meet in person.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11thFloor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:
Sent:Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:35 AM
To:Minor, Gregory
Cc:English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Spencer, Terrence;
Subject:Re: handouts

Jamila, thanks for the online introduction.

Greg, its a pleasure to meet" you. Members of our group would like to
meet with you soon to discuss the potential public nuisance issues
involved, and to get a sense from you of how they might be addressed
in concert with the actions being taken by the Building, Fire and Zoning
Departments.

I will get back to you within the next few days with an inquiry about
possible times to meet, and also with more documentation on the issues.

If you have any questions or comments before then, please feel free to
email or call me (c:

Regards,

________________________________

On Mar 13, 2015, at 4:46 PM, English, Jamila A.


<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello Greg,

I wanted to introduce you to some of the D4 community members.
and are part of a larger group of
community members that Councilmember Campbell Washington
and I met with today. There are three properties that have removed
their fences and combined to create a Urban Farm and Retreat
Center. A Fire Department Inspector, Chris Candell and Ed
Labayog, were all present and have begun or have been dealing
with this matter. We would like to see if your department can get
involved as well.

I have attached a handout that has laid out some issues with the
properties. Please feel free to call me for more information. Also,
any of the people included in this email will have information on this
properties.

Thank you,
Jamila

Property addresses:
3470 39thAve. (most problematic) the retreat center
APN: 030192500400

3732 39thAve. (farm)
APN: 030192500500

3746 39thAve. (home of retreat managers, they are renting the
space)
APN: None

Jamila A. English
Senior Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland District 4
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2ndFlr. Oakland, CA 94612
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax:(510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto
Sent:Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:09 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.
Subject:handouts

Hi, again, Jamila and Nayeli,


Would you please make sure that all City staff in attendance
tomorrow have a print-out of the attached list of issues, which
we will reference.

Ill ask our group members to bring their own copies.

Thank you,

________________________________

<Issues.docx>
From:
To: Anders, James
Cc: Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence; Campbell Washington, Annie; English,
Jamila A.;

Subject: Re: handouts


Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:24:54 AM
Attachments: Documentation of issues for City officials-final version.docx
ATT00001.htm

Inspector Anders,
I apologize that I inadvertently failed to copy your email address from the prior email
exchange to the one that I just sent.

Best,

On Mar 25, 2015, at 10:10 AM, < > wrote:

Messr.s Anders, Candell, LaBayog, Minor and Spencer,


Attached please find documentation from our group about the farm-retreat property.

Overview of issues

The Documentation of issues for City officials-final version document is a consensus from
our group of the key issues that we face.

Photos and video

We have sent to you by Dropbox several photos, and some videos, taken from two different
homes in the two different HOAs surrounding the farm-retreat. (We do not currently have
pictures from the third building complex represented in our group.)
We sent these by Dropbox since they are too large to be transmitted by email. If you cannot
access them, or if you prefer another means of getting these to you, please let us know.
The photos and videos are labelled to highlight the extensiveness of the yurt complex; the
billowing toxic wood smoke that envelopes our yards and infiltrates our homes; numerous
photos and videos of the bonfire (its proximity to combustible materials, the fire when it is
fully stoked, the fire left unattended which occurs for hours after the ceremonies end,
etc.); what the property looked like before they constructed their enterprise; etc.

Facebook

Also, here are their Facebook pages:https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=tsand


https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm.
These pages change regularly, so we have included among the photos that we sent by
Dropbox screen shots of their entire Facebook page from a few weeks ago.
Our group wants to emphasize that they advertise that they can host groups of up to 30
people (See the screen shot pages.) This is in violation of ordinances stating that home-
based businesses can convene at most 6 people.
Also, the current Facebook page for the Nafsi Ya Jamii retreat center notes that they have
established a vehicle for making online donations, which, we believe, verifies that they are a
commercial entity. (See their March 19 entry).

Apology
I apologize that I am getting this information to you later than originally planned. As Inspector
Spencer, Councilmember Washington and Ms. English are well aware, our groups energies over
the last ten days have been spent dealing with the farm-retreat having held illegal burns this past
weekend and the weekend before, both in violation of Inspector Spencers injunction that they were
not to conduct burns. We are in communication with Fire Chief Reed and others about these
issues.

Access to our properties


Inspector Candell, below you wrote,I
also want to walk the site and observe what I
can regarding the operations. If it would be helpful for you to view the property from our
homes, a handful of us have excellent views, and would be happy to allow you entry. As you will
note from the photos, the views from our homes are going to be very different than the views from
the ground-level of the property itself. From our vantage point one sees clearly all the elements that
constitute blight: the density of the yurt structures, the collapsing awnings, the piles of debris
behind the yurts, etc.

Should you wish access to our homes, clearly as much advance notice as is possible would be
ideal. Those of us who with these views will pass on our contact information to you in separate
emails.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,

______________________________

On Mar 24, 2015, at 10:10 AM, wrote:

Mr. Candell,

Thank you for the update. We appreciate yourthoroughness and


respectfully request that you continue to keep us informed of the
progress of this case.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:55 AM, "Candell, Chris"
<CCandell@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

City staff will be inspecting the site later this week. If warranted, we
will prepare and sending a Notice of Violation to the property
owners. I have researched a plethora of material on line but still
have questions to ask about the various activities conducted there.
I also want to walk the site and observe what I can regarding the
operations.

From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 1:12 PM
To:Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; Candell, Chris
Cc:English, Jamila A.; Labayog, Edward; Campbell Washington, Annie;

Subject:Re: handouts

Dear Mr. Minor, Mr. Anders and Mr. Candell,

I am writing to reestablish communication with you since our


neighborhood coalition met with Councilperson Anne Campbell
Washington and the representatives from your departments. I
left for a medical mission in Mexico the morning after our
meeting and returned late last night. I was hoping you could fill
me in on the actions that have transpired during my absence.
My neighbors have been communicating with Councilperson
Washington and the Fire Inspector because the business
owners continue to regularly burn fires despite the Fire
Inspector's warnings and orders to cease the burns.

Mr. Anders,
At the meeting we had on March 13, 2015, Mr. Labayog was
made aware that the business owners have constructed the
buildings and structures in question on property that they are
leasing from an extended family member. Have new citations
been issued naming all three property owners and the
businesses? Has the City carried out any further
investigation?

Mr. Candell,
Has the City investigated our complaints regarding the zoning
issues that were laid out during our meeting and what actions
has your office taken?

Mr. Minor,
The neighbors/business owners continue to conduct illegal
burns which cause a severe nuisance, danger to our health
and our property on a regular basis. They also operate a
business that is troublesome to the residents of 3 separate
residential communities that border their property. There is
also the issue of blight that they have outright refused to
attempt to rectify. I know that has
communicated with you by email. Has your office begun an
investigation and what actions have occurred on the part of
your office?

Thank you for keeping us informed on the progress of this


case.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:29 PM, "Minor, Gregory"


<GMinor@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi

Let me follow up with City staff to see whats already done so that
we can avoid duplicating efforts and then perhaps we can set a
time to talk over the phone or meet in person.

Best,

Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11thFloor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto:

Gregory
Cc:English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Spencer, Terrence;

Subject:Re: handouts

Jamila, thanks for the online introduction.

Greg, its a pleasure to meet" you. Members of our group


would like to meet with you soon to discuss the potential public
nuisance issues involved, and to get a sense from you of how
they might be addressed in concert with the actions being
taken by the Building, Fire and Zoning Departments.

I will get back to you within the next few days with an inquiry
about possible times to meet, and also with more
documentation on the issues.

If you have any questions or comments before then, please


feel free to email or call me (c:

Regards,

________________________________

On Mar 13, 2015, at 4:46 PM, English, Jamila A.


<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello Greg,

I wanted to introduce you to some of the D4 community
members. and are part of a
larger group of community members that
Councilmember Campbell Washington and I met with
today. There are three properties that have removed
their fences and combined to create a Urban Farm and
Retreat Center. A Fire Department Inspector, Chris
Candell and Ed Labayog, were all present and have
begun or have been dealing with this matter. We would
like to see if your department can get involved as well.

I have attached a handout that has laid out some
issues with the properties. Please feel free to call me
for more information. Also, any of the people included
in this email will have information on this properties.

Thank you,
Jamila

Property addresses:
3470 39thAve. (most problematic) the retreat center
APN: 030192500400

3732 39thAve. (farm)


APN: 030192500500

3746 39thAve. (home of retreat managers, they are


renting the space)
APN: None

Jamila A. English
Senior Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland District 4
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2ndFlr. Oakland, CA 94612
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax:(510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From: [mailto
Sent:Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:09 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.
Subject:handouts

Hi, again, Jamila and Nayeli,


Would you please make sure that all City staff in
attendance tomorrow have a print-out of the
attached list of issues, which we will reference.

Ill ask our group members to bring their own


copies.

Thank you,

________________________________




<Issues.docx>
<Documentation of issues for City officials-final version.docx>
From:
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Spencer, Terrence;
Subject: Re: handouts
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:36:44 AM

Jamila, thanks for the online introduction.

Greg, its a pleasure to meet" you. Members of our group would like to meet with you soon
to discuss the potential public nuisance issues involved, and to get a sense from you of how
they might be addressed in concert with the actions being taken by the Building, Fire and
Zoning Departments.

I will get back to you within the next few days with an inquiry about possible times to meet,
and also with more documentation on the issues.

If you have any questions or comments before then, please feel free to email or call me (c:
).

Regards,

________________________________

On Mar 13, 2015, at 4:46 PM, English, Jamila A. <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Hello Greg,

I wanted to introduce you to some of the D4 community members. and
are part of a larger group of community members that Councilmember
Campbell Washington and I met with today. There are three properties that have
removed their fences and combined to create a Urban Farm and Retreat Center. A
Fire Department Inspector, Chris Candell and Ed Labayog, were all present and have
begun or have been dealing with this matter. We would like to see if your department
can get involved as well.

I have attached a handout that has laid out some issues with the properties. Please feel
free to call me for more information. Also, any of the people included in this email will
have information on this properties.

Thank you,
Jamila

Property addresses:
3470 39thAve. (most problematic) the retreat center
APN: 030192500400

3732 39thAve. (farm)


APN: 030192500500

3746 39thAve. (home of retreat managers, they are renting the space)
APN: None

Jamila A. English
Senior Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Office of Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland District 4
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2ndFlr. Oakland, CA 94612
Office: (510) 238-7041 Fax:(510) 238-6129
JEnglish@oaklandnet.com

From: [
Sent:Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:09 PM
To:Maxson, Nayeli; English, Jamila A.
Subject:handouts

Hi, again, Jamila and Nayeli,


Would you please make sure that all City staff in attendance tomorrow have a
print-out of the attached list of issues, which we will reference.

Ill ask our group members to bring their own copies.

Thank you,

________________________________



<Issues.docx>
From:
To: English, Jamila A.
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Hackett, Maurice; Spencer, Terrence;
Subject: Re: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2016 3:10:40 PM

Hi Jamila,
Thanks for following up with a call after my voice mail to you earlier today. I appreciate it all
the more, given that you are out ill, yet still called.

My understanding is that you will meet with Chris, Greg and Terrence (and perhaps Mo)
tomorrow, and get back to me later in the day.

Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 28, 2016, at 4:03 PM, < wrote:

Hello Chris, Greg, Mo and Terrence,


Chris, thanks for the call a few minutes ago, explaining the current process and
potential next steps.

Greg, Mo and Terrence, early next week, Chris will coordinate with all of you
about next steps re: citing the retreat-farm property owners. They are in violation
because they had agreed not to host any more ceremonies until the CUP process
was completed and they have held three within the last few weeks. They are
also in violation of smoke and nuisance ordinances, given the toxic wood smoke
and particulate matter streaming into residents' homes for hours at a time. As I
shared with Chris, our communities would like to have them ordered to cease and
desist immediately.In particular, we do not want to endure another sweat
lodge fire, forcing us to evacuate our homes. We are turning to you with the
expectation that citations and orders to cease & desist will be forthcoming early
next week so that we do not face another sweatlodge on the weekend of Nov. 5
( or anytime thereafter).

If this action cannot be met, please let us know immediately, so that we can
escalate. Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:34 PM,


< wrote:

Annie,
Thank you so much for the rapid response.
Jamila,
Thank you for the follow-up phone call.

Chris and Greg,


In my conversation with Jamila a moment ago, we concluded that I
should be in direct contact with you both. What is the best way for us
to communicate immediately on these issues?(FYI, Im at
.)

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Hi
By way of this email, I'm re-connecting you to Greg
Minor in Nuisance and Chris Candell in Code
Compliance. I believe you met them at the beginning of
this process.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 6:39 PM,


< > wrote:

Dear Annie,
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Yes, we did submit all of this to Moe


Hackett, City Planner receiving comments,
and to the City Planning Commissioners,
during the comment period. (FYI, the
comment period was through Monday, Oct.
10, which was a federal holiday. On Oct. 5 I
wrote him asking whether we could have an
extension to Oct. 11, given that Oct. 10 was
a holiday. By email he agreed to extend to
Oct. 11, which gave our entire community
time to finalize all details of our reply after
the holiday, and submit all by Oct. 11.)
Again, can you point us to the appropriate
staff in Nuisance Dept? Also, are there other
City departments besides Fire and Nuisance
that should be involved? Is there anything
else that we should be doing? (Per Inspector
Spencers response below, we will contact
Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Also, per my original email, we are
exploring other avenues outside of
government.)

Thank you,

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:54 PM,


Campbell Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oakl
andnet.com> wrote:

Dear
Thank you for your email. Did
you and your neighbors submit
all of this information to the
Planning Department during the
comment period?

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City
Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:23 PM,

< >
wrote:

Inspector Spencer,
Thank you for your
prompt response.

We are also
awaiting news from
the office of Vice
Mayor &
Councilmember
Washington about
whom to contact in
the Nuisance
Department and
other City
departments.

Thank you, also,


for your suggestion
about contacting
the Bay Area Air
Quality
Management
District. Is there
someone(s) in that
office whom you
would recommend
we contact?

As always, we have
tremendous
confidence in your
exceptional track
record of prompt,
thorough, fair, no-
nonsense handling
of these matters.

Respectfully,

On Oct
21,
2016,
at 5:07
PM,
Spence
r,
Terren
ce
<TSpe
ncer@
oaklan
dnet.co
m>
wrote:

Thank
you for
bringin
g your
concer
ns to
my
attenti
on. I
will
consult
with
the Fire
Marsh
al as
soon as
time
permits
. In
your
messag
e, you
mentio
ned
having
air
quality
measur
es that
were
beyond
accepta
ble
limits.
The Bay
Area
Air
Quality
Manag
ement
District
would
be
compell
ed to
take
action
if that
is
indeed
the
case.
They
are a
state
organiz
ation
whose
scope
of
practic
e
would
be to
deal
with air
hazard
violatio
ns. In
the
meanti
me, I
will
seek all
means
to
provide
an
approp
riate
and
effectiv
e
course
of
action
advised
by
manag
ement.

T.
Spence
r
Oaklan
d Fire
Code
Inspect
or

From:


Sent:
Friday,
Octobe
r 21,
2016
4:04
PM
To:
Spence
r,
Terrenc
e
<TSpen
cer@oa
klandne
t.com>
Subject
:

shared
"Videos
and
particul
ate
meter
data
about
urban
retreat-
farm"
with
you

<~WRD000.jpg>

Hi there,

(
invited you to edit the
folder "Videos and
particulate meter data
about urban retreat-
farm" on Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember
Washington, Inspecor
Spencer, Ms. English and
Ms. Maxson, In an email
that I just sent to you, I
wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the
recent smoke, the data from
the particulate matter
meter, and sample videos of
taking the readings. These
files are too large to attach
to this email, hence
DropBox. Attached please
find the files mentioned. If
you have any questions or
comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016
Dropbox
<imag
e001.jp
g>
From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 9:15:54 AM

3746,3740, and 3732 39th Ave.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 5:53 PM
To: Candell, Chris
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with
you

Can you remind me what the addresses are?

From: [mailto ]
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 4:03 PM
To: Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Hackett, Maurice; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Miller, Scott;
Subject: Re: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with
you

Hello Chris, Greg, Mo and Terrence,


Chris, thanks for the call a few minutes ago, explaining the current process and potential next
steps.

Greg, Mo and Terrence, early next week, Chris will coordinate with all of you about next steps
re: citing the retreat-farm property owners. They are in violation because they had agreed not
to host any more ceremonies until the CUP process was completed and they have held
three within the last few weeks. They are also in violation of smoke and nuisance ordinances,
given the toxic wood smoke and particulate matter streaming into residents' homes for hours
at a time. As I shared with Chris, our communities would like to have them ordered to cease
and desist immediately. In particular, we do not want to endure another sweat lodge fire,
forcing us to evacuate our homes. We are turning to you with the expectation that citations
and orders to cease & desist will be forthcoming early next week so that we do not face
another sweatlodge on the weekend of Nov. 5 ( or anytime thereafter).

If this action cannot be met, please let us know immediately, so that we can escalate.
Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:34 PM, > wrote:

Annie,
Thank you so much for the rapid response.

Jamila,
Thank you for the follow-up phone call.
Chris and Greg,
In my conversation with Jamila a moment ago, we concluded that I should be in
direct contact with you both. What is the best way for us to communicate
immediately on these issues?(FYI, Im at 5 .)

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi
By way of this email, I'm re-connecting you to Greg Minor in
Nuisance and Chris Candell in Code Compliance. I believe you met
them at the beginning of this process.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 6:39 PM,


< > wrote:

Dear Annie,
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Yes, we did submit all of this to Moe Hackett, City


Planner receiving comments, and to the City Planning
Commissioners, during the comment period. (FYI, the
comment period was through Monday, Oct. 10, which
was a federal holiday. On Oct. 5 I wrote him asking
whether we could have an extension to Oct. 11, given
that Oct. 10 was a holiday. By email he agreed to extend
to Oct. 11, which gave our entire community time to
finalize all details of our reply after the holiday, and
submit all by Oct. 11.)

Again, can you point us to the appropriate staff in


Nuisance Dept? Also, are there other City departments
besides Fire and Nuisance that should be involved? Is
there anything else that we should be doing? (Per
Inspector Spencers response below, we will contact
Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Also, per
my original email, we are exploring other avenues
outside of government.)
Thank you,

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:54 PM, Campbell


Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear
Thank you for your email. Did you and your
neighbors submit all of this information to
the Planning Department during the
comment period?

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City
Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:23 PM,


wrote:

Inspector Spencer,
Thank you for your prompt
response.

We are also awaiting news from


the office of Vice Mayor &
Councilmember Washington
about whom to contact in the
Nuisance Department and other
City departments.

Thank you, also, for your


suggestion about contacting the
Bay Area Air Quality
Management District. Is there
someone(s) in that office whom
you would recommend we
contact?

As always, we have tremendous


confidence in your exceptional
track record of prompt,
thorough, fair, no-nonsense
handling of these matters.
Respectfully,

On Oct 21, 2016, at


5:07 PM, Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Mr.

Thank you for
bringing your
concerns to my
attention. I will
consult with the Fire
Marshal as soon as
time permits. In
your message, you
mentioned having
air quality measures
that were beyond
acceptable limits.
The Bay Area Air
Quality
Management
District would be
compelled to take
action if that is
indeed the case.
They are a state
organization whose
scope of practice
would be to deal
with air hazard
violations. In the
meantime, I will
seek all means to
provide an
appropriate and
effective course of
action advised by
management.

T. Spencer
Oakland Fire Code
Inspector

From:
(via Dropbox)
[
]

Sent:Friday,
October 21, 2016
4:04 PM
To:Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>

Subject:
shared "Videos
and particulate
meter data about
urban retreat-farm"
with you

<~WRD000.jpg>

Hi there,

( )
invited you to edit the
folder "Videos and
particulate meter data
about urban retreat-
farm" on Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember
Washington, Inspecor
Spencer, Ms. English and
Ms. Maxson, In an email
that I just sent to you, I
wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the
recent smoke, the data
from the particulate matter
meter, and sample videos
of taking the readings.
These files are too large to
attach to this email, hence
DropBox. Attached please
find the files mentioned. If
you have any questions or
comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016
Dropbox
<image001.jpg>
From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 9:15:54 AM

3746,3740, and 3732 39th Ave.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 5:53 PM
To: Candell, Chris
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with
you

Can you remind me what the addresses are?

From: [mailto ]
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 4:03 PM
To: Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Hackett, Maurice; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Miller, Scott;
Subject: Re: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with
you

Hello Chris, Greg, Mo and Terrence,


Chris, thanks for the call a few minutes ago, explaining the current process and potential next
steps.

Greg, Mo and Terrence, early next week, Chris will coordinate with all of you about next steps
re: citing the retreat-farm property owners. They are in violation because they had agreed not
to host any more ceremonies until the CUP process was completed and they have held
three within the last few weeks. They are also in violation of smoke and nuisance ordinances,
given the toxic wood smoke and particulate matter streaming into residents' homes for hours
at a time. As I shared with Chris, our communities would like to have them ordered to cease
and desist immediately. In particular, we do not want to endure another sweat lodge fire,
forcing us to evacuate our homes. We are turning to you with the expectation that citations
and orders to cease & desist will be forthcoming early next week so that we do not face
another sweatlodge on the weekend of Nov. 5 ( or anytime thereafter).

If this action cannot be met, please let us know immediately, so that we can escalate.
Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:34 PM, > wrote:

Annie,
Thank you so much for the rapid response.

Jamila,
Thank you for the follow-up phone call.
Chris and Greg,
In my conversation with Jamila a moment ago, we concluded that I should be in
direct contact with you both. What is the best way for us to communicate
immediately on these issues?(FYI, Im at .)

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi
By way of this email, I'm re-connecting you to Greg Minor in
Nuisance and Chris Candell in Code Compliance. I believe you met
them at the beginning of this process.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 6:39 PM,


wrote:

Dear Annie,
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Yes, we did submit all of this to Moe Hackett, City


Planner receiving comments, and to the City Planning
Commissioners, during the comment period. (FYI, the
comment period was through Monday, Oct. 10, which
was a federal holiday. On Oct. 5 I wrote him asking
whether we could have an extension to Oct. 11, given
that Oct. 10 was a holiday. By email he agreed to extend
to Oct. 11, which gave our entire community time to
finalize all details of our reply after the holiday, and
submit all by Oct. 11.)

Again, can you point us to the appropriate staff in


Nuisance Dept? Also, are there other City departments
besides Fire and Nuisance that should be involved? Is
there anything else that we should be doing? (Per
Inspector Spencers response below, we will contact
Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Also, per
my original email, we are exploring other avenues
outside of government.)
Thank you,

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:54 PM, Campbell


Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear
Thank you for your email. Did you and your
neighbors submit all of this information to
the Planning Department during the
comment period?

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City
Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:23 PM,


> wrote:

Inspector Spencer,
Thank you for your prompt
response.

We are also awaiting news from


the office of Vice Mayor &
Councilmember Washington
about whom to contact in the
Nuisance Department and other
City departments.

Thank you, also, for your


suggestion about contacting the
Bay Area Air Quality
Management District. Is there
someone(s) in that office whom
you would recommend we
contact?

As always, we have tremendous


confidence in your exceptional
track record of prompt,
thorough, fair, no-nonsense
handling of these matters.
Respectfully,

On Oct 21, 2016, at


5:07 PM, Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Mr.

Thank you for
bringing your
concerns to my
attention. I will
consult with the Fire
Marshal as soon as
time permits. In
your message, you
mentioned having
air quality measures
that were beyond
acceptable limits.
The Bay Area Air
Quality
Management
District would be
compelled to take
action if that is
indeed the case.
They are a state
organization whose
scope of practice
would be to deal
with air hazard
violations. In the
meantime, I will
seek all means to
provide an
appropriate and
effective course of
action advised by
management.

T. Spencer
Oakland Fire Code
Inspector

From:
(via Dropbox)

Sent:Friday,
October 21, 2016
4:04 PM
To:Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>

Subject:
shared "Videos
and particulate
meter data about
urban retreat-farm"
with you

<~WRD000.jpg>

Hi there,

(
invited you to edit the
folder "Videos and
particulate meter data
about urban retreat-
farm" on Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember
Washington, Inspecor
Spencer, Ms. English and
Ms. Maxson, In an email
that I just sent to you, I
wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the
recent smoke, the data
from the particulate matter
meter, and sample videos
of taking the readings.
These files are too large to
attach to this email, hence
DropBox. Attached please
find the files mentioned. If
you have any questions or
comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016
Dropbox
<image001.jpg>
From:
To: Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; Hackett, Maurice; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.; Miller, Scott;
Subject: Re: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban retreat-farm" with you
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 4:03:23 PM

Hello Chris, Greg, Mo and Terrence,


Chris, thanks for the call a few minutes ago, explaining the current process and potential next
steps.

Greg, Mo and Terrence, early next week, Chris will coordinate with all of you about next steps
re: citing the retreat-farm property owners. They are in violation because they had agreed not
to host any more ceremonies until the CUP process was completed and they have held three
within the last few weeks. They are also in violation of smoke and nuisance ordinances, given
the toxic wood smoke and particulate matter streaming into residents' homes for hours at a
time. As I shared with Chris, our communities would like to have them ordered to cease and
desist immediately.In particular, we do not want to endure another sweat lodge fire,
forcing us to evacuate our homes. We are turning to you with the expectation that citations
and orders to cease & desist will be forthcoming early next week so that we do not face
another sweatlodge on the weekend of Nov. 5 ( or anytime thereafter).

If this action cannot be met, please let us know immediately, so that we can escalate.
Thank you.

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:34 PM, <l > wrote:

Annie,
Thank you so much for the rapid response.

Jamila,
Thank you for the follow-up phone call.

Chris and Greg,


In my conversation with Jamila a moment ago, we concluded that I should be in
direct contact with you both. What is the best way for us to communicate
immediately on these issues?(FYI, Im at - )

Regards,

On Oct 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi
By way of this email, I'm re-connecting you to Greg Minor in
Nuisance and Chris Candell in Code Compliance. I believe you met
them at the beginning of this process.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 6:39 PM,


> wrote:

Dear Annie,
Thank you for your prompt reply.

Yes, we did submit all of this to Moe Hackett, City


Planner receiving comments, and to the City Planning
Commissioners, during the comment period. (FYI, the
comment period was through Monday, Oct. 10, which
was a federal holiday. On Oct. 5 I wrote him asking
whether we could have an extension to Oct. 11, given
that Oct. 10 was a holiday. By email he agreed to extend
to Oct. 11, which gave our entire community time to
finalize all details of our reply after the holiday, and
submit all by Oct. 11.)

Again, can you point us to the appropriate staff in


Nuisance Dept? Also, are there other City departments
besides Fire and Nuisance that should be involved? Is
there anything else that we should be doing? (Per
Inspector Spencers response below, we will contact Bay
Area Air Quality Management District. Also, per my
original email, we are exploring other avenues outside of
government.)

Thank you,

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:54 PM, Campbell


Washington, Annie
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear
Thank you for your email. Did you and your
neighbors submit all of this information to
the Planning Department during the
comment period?

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City
Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 21, 2016, at 5:23 PM,


> wrote:

Inspector Spencer,
Thank you for your prompt
response.

We are also awaiting news from


the office of Vice Mayor &
Councilmember Washington
about whom to contact in the
Nuisance Department and other
City departments.

Thank you, also, for your


suggestion about contacting the
Bay Area Air Quality
Management District. Is there
someone(s) in that office whom
you would recommend we
contact?

As always, we have tremendous


confidence in your exceptional
track record of prompt,
thorough, fair, no-nonsense
handling of these matters.

Respectfully,

On Oct 21, 2016, at


5:07 PM, Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oaklan
dnet.com> wrote:
Mr.

Thank you for


bringing your
concerns to my
attention. I will
consult with the Fire
Marshal as soon as
time permits. In your
message, you
mentioned having
air quality measures
that were beyond
acceptable limits.
The Bay Area Air
Quality Management
District would be
compelled to take
action if that is
indeed the case.
They are a state
organization whose
scope of practice
would be to deal
with air hazard
violations. In the
meantime, I will seek
all means to provide
an appropriate and
effective course of
action advised by
management.

T. Spencer
Oakland Fire Code
Inspector

From:
(

]
Sent:Friday,
October 21, 2016
4:04 PM
To:Spencer,
Terrence
<TSpencer@oakland
net.com>
Subject:
shared "Videos
and particulate
meter data about
urban retreat-farm"
with you

<~WRD000.jpg>

Hi there,

(
invited you to edit the
folder "Videos and
particulate meter data
about urban retreat-
farm" on Dropbox.

said:
"Councilmember
Washington, Inspecor
Spencer, Ms. English and
Ms. Maxson, In an email
that I just sent to you, I
wrote, I will send you by
DropBox the video of the
recent smoke, the data from
the particulate matter
meter, and sample videos of
taking the readings. These
files are too large to attach
to this email, hence
DropBox. Attached please
find the files mentioned. If
you have any questions or
comments, please let me
know. Sincerely,

Go to folder

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

2016
Dropbox
<image001.jpg>
From: Taylor, Marie (Allene)
To: Vasquez, Susan; Anders, James; Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Mtg. re 3740-3746 39th Ave
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015 1:56:16 PM

Im available All day Monday the 18th and before 2 on Tuesday the 19th.

Marie

From: Vasquez, Susan


Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 11:43 AM
To: Taylor, Marie (Allene); Anders, James; Candell, Chris; Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Minor, Gregory
Subject: Mtg. re 3740-3746 39th Ave
Importance: High

Hi All,
Greg would like to have a meeting on either May 18th or 19th regarding the above and I
would like to know what does your calendar looks like on the dates mentioned.

Pls. advise

Thanks,

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
(510) 238-7487

From: Vasquez, Susan


To: Wilson Riles
Cc: Phillip Riles; Landreth, Sabrina; Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: POSTPONEMENT of MEETING
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016 12:40:14 PM
Importance: High

Hi Mr. Wilson Riles and Phillip Riles,


Please be advised that we are postponing your meeting with our office for another
week, as we trying to coordinate on the schedules of the City staff who were copied in our
NTA. As soon as we have the date and time, we will contact you.

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487

From: Wilson Riles [mailto:wriles@pacbell.net]


Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Phillip Riles; Landreth, Sabrina
Subject: Re: MEETING NOTICE

Ms. Vasquez,

Thank you for the confirmation on the meeting with Greg Minor
(Assistant to the City Administrator) for December 1, 2016, at
10:00 am on the 11th floor of City Hall.

Although this is ostensibly a meeting to develop a compliance


plan, I am seeking clarification of the sudden "30 day notice
to abate" a action (dense smoke) which did not take place and
therefore there is no evidence for. Also our lighting a fire
pursuit to our Native American spiritual practices is
Constitutionally protected. The other action listed
(unapproved structures) is currently in process with the
Planning Department (PLN15195) and nearing a year of
consideration.

Please email me back as to whether any of the other people


copied in your 30 day notice letter will be attending this
meeting on December 1. I know that all of these City staff
people are well aware of our efforts to comply with City
requirements with out giving up our Constitutional Rights.
That would include M. Trujillo of the Fire Department; the
Chief and the local station officers have been at our site
when the fire was lit and know that there is no dense smoke.
It includes Mr. C. Candell of the Zoning Department who was
involved early on in directing us to go through the Design
Review Process. There was also a meeting put together by
Council-member Campbell-Washington's office where all of the
aforementioned City offices were represented including the
City Administrator's office where it was decided that these
matters would be processed through the Design Review
procedures. Please let me know if any of these persons or
their offices will be present at the confirmed meeting on
December 1.

That way I will know what (who) I will need to bring to that
meeting in addition to filled out Administrative Appeal Form.

Wilson Riles

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that.
Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:17 AM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear Mr. Riles,



Thank you for your return call. We are confirming your meeting with
our office as follows:

Date/Day: December 1, 2016, Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, City Hall,
11th Floor, Oakland

Mr. Phillip Riles called our office as well. We have informed him about
the meeting. Please call if you have questions.


Thank you,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487


From: Phillip Riles
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Landreth, Sabrina; Wilson Riles
Subject: RE: POSTPONEMENT of MEETING
Date: Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:41:30 AM

I understand that the meeting was postponed and will be rescheduled. The notice we received
carried a time deadline for us to respond. Now that the meeting has been postponed to a later
date please send us an email or written statement confirming that the notice deadline has been
placed on hold also.

On Nov 28, 2016 12:40 PM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi Mr. Wilson Riles and Phillip Riles,

Please be advised that we are postponing your meeting with our office for another
week, as we trying to coordinate on the schedules of the City staff who were copied in our
NTA. As soon as we have the date and time, we will contact you.

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,

Susan Vasquez

City Administrators Office

Nuisance Abatement Division

1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 238-7487

From: Wilson Riles [mailto:wriles@pacbell.net]


Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Phillip Riles; Landreth, Sabrina
Subject: Re: MEETING NOTICE

Ms. Vasquez,

Thank you for the confirmation on the meeting with Greg Minor
(Assistant to the City Administrator) for December 1, 2016,
at 10:00 am on the 11th floor of City Hall.

Although this is ostensibly a meeting to develop a compliance


plan, I am seeking clarification of the sudden "30 day
notice to abate" a action (dense smoke) which did not take
place and therefore there is no evidence for. Also our
lighting a fire pursuit to our Native American spiritual
practices is Constitutionally protected. The other action
listed (unapproved structures) is currently in process with
the Planning Department (PLN15195) and nearing a year of
consideration.

Please email me back as to whether any of the other people


copied in your 30 day notice letter will be attending this
meeting on December 1. I know that all of these City staff
people are well aware of our efforts to comply with City
requirements with out giving up our Constitutional Rights.
That would include M. Trujillo of the Fire Department; the
Chief and the local station officers have been at our site
when the fire was lit and know that there is no dense smoke.
It includes Mr. C. Candell of the Zoning Department who was
involved early on in directing us to go through the Design
Review Process. There was also a meeting put together by
Council-member Campbell-Washington's office where all of the
aforementioned City offices were represented including the
City Administrator's office where it was decided that these
matters would be processed through the Design Review
procedures. Please let me know if any of these persons or
their offices will be present at the confirmed meeting on
December 1.

That way I will know what (who) I will need to bring to that
meeting in addition to filled out Administrative Appeal
Form.

Wilson Riles

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that.
Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:17 AM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Dear Mr. Riles,

Thank you for your return call. We are confirming your meeting
with our office as follows:

Date/Day: December 1, 2016, Thursday

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, City


Hall, 11th Floor, Oakland

Mr. Phillip Riles called our office as well. We have informed him
about the meeting. Please call if you have questions.

Thank you,

Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office

Nuisance Abatement Division

1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 238-7487


From: Vasquez, Susan
To: Phillip Riles
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Landreth, Sabrina; Wilson Riles
Subject: RE: POSTPONEMENT of MEETING
Date: Thursday, December 01, 2016 11:09:22 AM

Dear Mr. Phillip Riles,


Thank you for your call and email.

This is to confirm that the deadline indicated in our 30-Day Notice to Abate is stayed until
you meet with our office.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call or send an email.

Sincerely,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487

From: Phillip Riles [mailto:phillip@riles.com]


Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:41 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Minor, Gregory; Landreth, Sabrina; Wilson Riles
Subject: RE: POSTPONEMENT of MEETING

I understand that the meeting was postponed and will be rescheduled. The notice we received
carried a time deadline for us to respond. Now that the meeting has been postponed to a later
date please send us an email or written statement confirming that the notice deadline has been
placed on hold also.

On Nov 28, 2016 12:40 PM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:


Hi Mr. Wilson Riles and Phillip Riles,
Please be advised that we are postponing your meeting with our office for another
week, as we trying to coordinate on the schedules of the City staff who were copied in our
NTA. As soon as we have the date and time, we will contact you.

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487

From: Wilson Riles [mailto:wriles@pacbell.net]


Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Phillip Riles; Landreth, Sabrina
Subject: Re: MEETING NOTICE

Ms. Vasquez,

Thank you for the confirmation on the meeting with Greg Minor
(Assistant to the City Administrator) for December 1, 2016, at
10:00 am on the 11th floor of City Hall.

Although this is ostensibly a meeting to develop a compliance


plan, I am seeking clarification of the sudden "30 day notice
to abate" a action (dense smoke) which did not take place and
therefore there is no evidence for. Also our lighting a fire
pursuit to our Native American spiritual practices is
Constitutionally protected. The other action listed
(unapproved structures) is currently in process with the
Planning Department (PLN15195) and nearing a year of
consideration.

Please email me back as to whether any of the other people


copied in your 30 day notice letter will be attending this
meeting on December 1. I know that all of these City staff
people are well aware of our efforts to comply with City
requirements with out giving up our Constitutional Rights.
That would include M. Trujillo of the Fire Department; the
Chief and the local station officers have been at our site
when the fire was lit and know that there is no dense smoke.
It includes Mr. C. Candell of the Zoning Department who was
involved early on in directing us to go through the Design
Review Process. There was also a meeting put together by
Council-member Campbell-Washington's office where all of the
aforementioned City offices were represented including the
City Administrator's office where it was decided that these
matters would be processed through the Design Review
procedures. Please let me know if any of these persons or
their offices will be present at the confirmed meeting on
December 1.

That way I will know what (who) I will need to bring to that
meeting in addition to filled out Administrative Appeal Form.

Wilson Riles

"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do that.
Because the world needs people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:17 AM, "Vasquez, Susan" <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear Mr. Riles,



Thank you for your return call. We are confirming your meeting with
our office as follows:

Date/Day: December 1, 2016, Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, City Hall,
11th Floor, Oakland

Mr. Phillip Riles called our office as well. We have informed him about
the meeting. Please call if you have questions.


Thank you,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487


From:
To: Minor, Gregory; English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Ken Greenstein
Subject: Re: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:21:23 PM

P.S. - I neglected to cc our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein & MacDonald and am
doing so now.

If there are any questions or comments, please include him in your reply.

On Nov 17, 2016, at 6:08 PM, >


wrote:

Hi Greg,
Thanks for our conversation today. My neighbors and I are delighted to know that
you issued a citation to the retreat-farm owners about the nuisance smoke. As we
discussed, Ill followup with other items in an email to you, Jamila and Terrence
tomorrow.

For now, as we discussed, I am forwarding to you the email from twenty-three


members of our neighborhood, issued as public comments against the granting of
a conditional use permit (CUP) to the retreat-farm. As you will note, the issue of
smoke is at the center of many. This is in reply to your inquiry about how many
people in our neighborhood are impacted by the smoke, how strong are their
complaints, etc. As we also discussed, I will next forward you the individual
emails from the vast majority of neighbors (in addition to our collective letter).
Please note that I only got copies of some not all. Mo Hackett will have copies
of the others that I do not forward to you.

I am ccing Jamila and Terrence on all.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Regards,

Begin forwarded message:

From: <l >


Subject: Public comments on Planning Number PLN15195
Date: October 11, 2016 at 4:52:12 PM PDT
Cc:
To: mhackett@oaklandnet.com,

Dear Mr. Hackett and City Planning Commissioners,


Attached please find a document representing a unanimous opinion
from twenty-three (23) residents of properties immediately adjacent
to a set of three properties applying for a Conditional Use Permit
(Planning Number PLN15195). Representatives of our households
are ccd on this email.

You will also have received individual emails from the vast majority
of us strongly opposing the granting of the CUP.

We are adamantly and unequivocally against the granting of a CUP


for reasons which we state in the attached document. We will also
send by electronic-transfer from WeTransfer.com or DropBox.com
assorted files, photographs and videos substantiating many of our
claims, which are the core reasons why we dramatically oppose
granting a CUP.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Sincerely,

<Public comments to City on Planning Number PLN15195.pdf>


From: Labayog, Edward
To: Hackett, Maurice
Cc: Candell, Chris; Vollmann, Peterson; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: regarding PLN15195 review (3740 39th Ave)
Date: Friday, July 24, 2015 1:38:45 PM

I have an appointment to visit the site on Monday the 27th between 10:30 to 11:00 AM, it will give
me a chance to see the site myself and give you the same chance as well. We will keep everyone in
the loop after our visit and figure out our next steps.

Chris, Spencer, or anyone else,

Your welcome to join us.

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Hackett, Maurice


Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 4:33 PM
To: Labayog, Edward
Cc: Candell, Chris; Vollmann, Peterson
Subject: regarding PLN15195 review (3740 39th Ave)

Hi Ed,
Thank you for sitting down with me and going over the details as you and I understand them.
I will be interested in attending any site visits that you have planned.

I agree that it would be helpful to include Chris next time we talk.

Moe Hackett, Planner II | City of Oakland | Bureau of Planning | 250 Frank H. Ogawa, Suite 2114 |
Oakland, CA 94612| Phone: (510) 238-3973| Fax: (510) 238-4730 | Email: mhackett@oaklandnet.com
| Website: www.oaklandnet.com/planning

From: Campbell Washington, Annie


To: Deloach Reed, Teresa; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory;
Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: RE: Reporter would like to talk with you
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015 5:04:45 PM

Dear

Ms. St Onge had a phone conversation with Adam Simons from my office today. We did not share
any names of the people in your group and we did not share the number of people we met with. I
just wanted to clear that up with you right away. The conversation between Adam Simons and Pat
St. Onge today was to clarify that they should work directly with the Fire Department and Code
Compliance on the issues raised about their properties.

Ms. St. Onge had reached out to us over the weekend and Adams phone call to her was in response
to that. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From: [mailto
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2015 4:56 PM
To: Deloach Reed, Teresa; Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog,
Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia; Maxson,
Nayeli
Cc:

Subject: Re: Reporter would like to talk with you

Dear Councilmember Washington, Ms. English, Ms. Maxson, and all other City staff,
Thank you for your email reply earlier today. We appreciate the efforts you are making.

All, please note below, highlighted in red, that Ms. St.Onge mentions that Councilmember
staff have shared details with Ms. St. Onge and her family about our meetings with you
certainly the number of people in our group (and perhaps even specific individuals), that we
have met with you, etc.

I suspect that I speak for all members of our group when I request that City staff not share any
details at all about our meetings with City staff the number of people, specific names, that
we have met with you, when we have met with you, etc. *If* you are legally bound to state
that there has been a complaint, if asked, then please do. If you are not so legally bound, then
please do not share even that detail.

In any event, please note that we expect complete anonymity and confidentiality when we
meet with you. If you cannot promise this, please let us know, so that our members may
gauge their participation accordingly.

Thank you.

Regards,

______________________________

On Apr 13, 2015, at 1:52 PM, Patricia St. Onge <pstonge@pacbell.net> wrote:

Hi
I've given your phone number to .

My understanding is that there's a wide range of feelings about what we're doing
among the folks on this list, and that some of you are in support and others are
not. I was primarily wanting to be clear that I don't think everyone in the group,
based on the one meeting we did have, is opposed to what we're doing. Yours
(by phone and email) and (from her balcony) have been the loudest voices.
Please don't read more into my words than that. It's also my understanding (based
on the conversation with our Council member's staff) that there are more of you
who are complaining about us than were at that one meeting.

Best,
Pat

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888
www.seven-generations.org
Office: 510.530.2448510.530.2448
Cell: 510.604.9309
We honor the generations who have come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND
Nafsi ya Jamii: The Soul Community
"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go
do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive"
Howard Thurman

https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm?fref=ts
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Send SMS
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On Monday, April 13, 2015 12:34 PM, wrote:

Hello Pat,
Thank you for your post.

Re: you (particularly and who represent the active leadership -


thats curious. What makes you assume that and are the active leaders
and not others?

Its Monday noon, and everyone is probably at work. Please give the reporter my
phone #: . Ill see whether anyone is interested and available to talk
to her.

Best,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 12:02 PM, Patricia St. Onge


<pstonge@pacbell.net> wrote:

Greetings, neighbors

I hope you're well. Yesterday, we had a reporter here to cover our


response to the fire dept. She is interested in talking with you
(particularly and who represent the active leadership
of "the other side". She asked me for your contact information. I
told her I would check with you before giving her your email
addresses.

If any of you are interested in talking with her, please let me know
and I'll give her your contact information. She's trying to write the
story today, so if you want your voice included, let me know as soon
as you can.

Wilson and I continue to be open to mediation, and have talked with


the Board Chair at SEEDS, who is in full support of the idea.

Best,
Pat

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888
www.seven-generations.org
Office: 510.530.2448510.530.2448
Cell: 510.604.9309
We honor the generations who have come before us, and are
mindful of those yet to come.

AND
Nafsi ya Jamii: The Soul Community
"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come
alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is
people who have come alive" Howard Thurman

https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm?fref=ts
Call
Send SMS
Add to Skype
You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype
From:
To: Deloach Reed, Teresa; Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor,
Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia; Maxson, Nayeli
Cc:
Subject: Re: Reporter would like to talk with you
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015 4:55:58 PM

Dear Councilmember Washington, Ms. English, Ms. Maxson, and all other City staff,
Thank you for your email reply earlier today. We appreciate the efforts you are making.

All, please note below, highlighted in red, that Ms. St.Onge mentions that Councilmember
staff have shared details with Ms. St. Onge and her family about our meetings with you
certainly the number of people in our group (and perhaps even specific individuals), that we
have met with you, etc.

I suspect that I speak for all members of our group when I request that City staff not share any
details at allabout our meetings with City staff the number of people, specific names, that
we have met with you, when we have met with you, etc. *If* you are legally bound to state
that there has been a complaint, if asked, then please do. If you are not so legally bound, then
please do not share even that detail.

In any event, please note that we expect complete anonymity and confidentiality when we
meet with you. If you cannot promise this, please let us know, so that our members may gauge
their participation accordingly.

Thank you.

Regards,

______________________________

On Apr 13, 2015, at 1:52 PM, Patricia St. Onge <pstonge@pacbell.net> wrote:
Hi
I've given your phone number to

My understanding is that there's a wide range of feelings about what we're


doing among the folks on this list, and that some of you are in support
and others are not. I was primarily wanting to be clear that I don't think
everyone in the group, based on the one meeting we did have, is opposed
to what we're doing. Yours (by phone and email) and (from her
balcony) have been the loudest voices. Please don't read more into my
words than that. It's also my understanding (based on the conversation
with our Council member's staff) that there are more of you who are
complaining about us than were at that one meeting.

Best,
Pat

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888
www.seven-generations.org
Office: 510.530.2448510.530.2448
Cell: 510.604.9309
We honor the generations who have come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND
Nafsi ya Jamii: The Soul Community
"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go
do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive"
Howard Thurman

https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm?fref=ts

On Monday, April 13, 2015 12:34 PM, <l > wrote:

Hello Pat,
Thank you for your post.

Re: you (particularly and who represent the active


leadership - thats curious. What makes you assume that and are
the active leaders and not others?

Its Monday noon, and everyone is probably at work. Please give the
reporter my phone #: Ill see whether anyone is interested
and available to talk to her.

Best,

On Apr 13, 2015, at 12:02 PM, Patricia St. Onge


<pstonge@pacbell.net> wrote:

Greetings, neighbors

I hope you're well. Yesterday, we had a reporter here to cover


our response to the fire dept. She is interested in talking with
you (particularly and who represent the active
leadership of "the other side". She asked me for your contact
information. I told her I would check with you before giving her
your email addresses.

If any of you are interested in talking with her, please let me


know and I'll give her your contact information. She's trying to
write the story today, so if you want your voice included, let me
know as soon as you can.

Wilson and I continue to be open to mediation, and have talked


with the Board Chair at SEEDS, who is in full support of the
idea.

Best,
Pat

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
PO Box 18888
Oakland, CA 94619-0888
www.seven-generations.org
Office: 510.530.2448510.530.2448
Cell: 510.604.9309
We honor the generations who have come before us, and are
mindful of those yet to come.

AND
Nafsi ya Jamii: The Soul Community
"Don't ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come
alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people
who have come alive" Howard Thurman

https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Fullharvesturbanfarm?fref=ts
From:
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Sending information
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:28:55 PM

Jamila, sorry you are having troubles.

Greg and Terrence, can you please stop by Jamilas office (Terrence, when we spoke
yesterday, you said you could do this) to get the two videos of the smoke from the last sweat
lodge fire? I put them on her jump drive yesterday, and she downloaded them to her computer.
So you can either take your laptops and download them to these from her jump drive. Or, you
can take your jump drives, transfer them from her computer to your jump drives, and then
download then to your computers.

I will follow up with other items later.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:03 PM, English, Jamila A. <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Hello

Ive been trying to send the information you provided yesterday to Greg Minor and
Terrence Spencer but not having any luck with the tech resources provided by the City.
I will continue to keep trying.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletterhereor submit an
online constituent request to the District 4 officehere.
From: English, Jamila A.
To: Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: RE: Sending information
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:49:27 PM

Hello Everyone,

I have one video on a flash drive that is accessible at my office. The other is on my phone and is no
longer accessible. Sorry but the size of the video seems to have crashed my phone and
it must be deleted. This is my own personal phone and not the property of the City of Oakland. If
you can save it on a flash drive or something along those lines that will be better. I have tried for
some time to download it and many other measures but Im at a loss.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletter here or submit an online
constituent request to the District 4 office here.

From: [mailto
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:29 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Minor, Gregory; Spencer, Terrence
Subject: Re: Sending information

Jamila, sorry you are having troubles.

Greg and Terrence, can you please stop by Jamilas office (Terrence, when we spoke
yesterday, you said you could do this) to get the two videos of the smoke from the last sweat
lodge fire? I put them on her jump drive yesterday, and she downloaded them to her
computer. So you can either take your laptops and download them to these from her jump
drive. Or, you can take your jump drives, transfer them from her computer to your jump
drives, and then download then to your computers.

I will follow up with other items later.

Regards,

On Nov 15, 2016, at 3:03 PM, English, Jamila A. <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:
Hello

Ive been trying to send the information you provided yesterday to Greg Minor and
Terrence Spencer but not having any luck with the tech resources provided by the City.
I will continue to keep trying.

Sincerely,
Jamila

Jamila A. English
Sr. Policy Analyst/Community Liaison
Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland, District 4
Office: (510) 238-7041

Please be in touch! Sign up for the Vice Mayors District 4 Newsletterhereor submit an
online constituent request to the District 4 officehere.
From: Anders, James
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:35:30 PM
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At the time of my first inspection That had 3 yurts that are set up on a wooden platform with a
canopy that ids the type you would use for parking an RV. All of this is right on the property line.
The 3 yurts are not large enough to require a permit but canopy structure is. Then there is one
other yurt by itself that is also too close to the property line. On the right side of the property there
is a large livestock pen with goats, chickens and one pig. Since that first inspection they have
constructed a very large bi-level yurt at the rear of the lot that is in the set back. That yurt is being
prepared to use as habitable space. One of the three small yurts is also used for sleeping. There is
another small yurt as well that is used as a sweat lodge. In addition there is also a yurt inside the
livestock pen that I forgot to look inside. This all probably sounds confusing. To make a long story
short we are dealing with several types of violations. Structures too close to the property line. One
structure that is too close to the property line and in the rear set back. Structures constructed
without permits and several of these structures being used as habitable space. All of these
structures are in the back yard. The lot is deeper than most but no more wide. They dont have
room to move any of the structures to the middle because the fire department is requiring access
right down the middle of the yard. Attached are some phots that may be helpful. Let me know
what you think.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 4:57 PM
To: Anders, James
Subject: RE: street vacation

Lets talk Tuesday about this property. What are the violations exactly?

From: Anders, James


Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:55 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation

This is not my area of expertise but if you dont get a reply let me know and I will try to get an
answer for you. On a different subject, I have a complaint about an urban farm at 3746 39th Ave.
Ive cited the owner for various issues but when I did the follow up he indicated that he is not going
to comply. The neighbors are extremely unhappy with the situation and they feel the city isnt
doing enough to resolve the issues there. Would this be something that your office might be
interested in? If so, can we meet sometime soon to discuss it? Thanks!

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:55 AM
To: Harlan, David; Anders, James
Subject: FW: street vacation

Hi Dave and James-

Question re street vacation on 46th ave- Is the attached form sufficient for neighbors of proposed
street vacation or is a letter from neighbors required?

Thanks,

Greg

From:
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:02 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation

Sorry about that.


I found a form on line I thought I attached it to my email.
I was wondering if that would be what I need from the neighbors or something else.
Thank you

From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:15 PM
To: Sue Martell
Subject: RE: street vacation

Hi

Glad things are moving forward. Not sure if I understand your email completely- are you asking if
your prior application will be complete if you add your neighbors signatures? Or are you thinking of
submitting a new application with a new design for the fence (eg at the entrance to 46th ave at 12
th st rather than midway along 46th ave)?

And to clarify, I do not know the answers to these questions but I will follow up with building services
to find out. Again, really glad the street vacation is moving forward.

Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From:
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:50 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: street vacation

Hello Greg,
I was wondering if the for I have for street vacation will work for my neighbors to sign, or do we
need something else?
The trucking company next door is on board, so it is looking good.

From: Anders, James


To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:46:19 AM

The only one I think might apply would be: 6.04.310 - Keeping of certain animals as constituting
public nuisanceSummary abatementImpoundingReclaiming.

It is unlawful and shall constitute a public nuisance for any person to keep within the limits of the city
any animal which unreasonably disturbs the peace and comfort of the inhabitants of the
neighborhood in which such animal is kept, or interferes with any person in the reasonable and
comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or creates a significant risk of injury to life or property

The question is how do you determine that it meets this definition. The neighbors would agree that it
does but how do we make a determination that we can stand by? In regard to meeting with
just let me know when you want to do it and I will fit it into my schedule. Thanks!

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:25 AM
To: Anders, James
Subject: RE: street vacation

I pasted a couple of sections from the animal code that might apply to 3746 39th Ave.(which I can
issue a citation for). Let me know if you think any of them apply.

greg

6.04.290 - Keeping certain animals in apartment house, hotel and business district.

It is unlawful for any person to raise, or keep, live chickens, ducks, geese or other fowl, or pigeons,
rabbits, guinea pigs or goats, in any enclosure or yard on property occupied by an apartment house or
hotel or in a business district in the city, except when such fowl or animals are kept within a bona fide
produce market, commission house or store for purposes of trade and, while so kept, are confined in small
coops, boxes or cages.

6.04.310 - Keeping of certain animals as constituting public nuisanceSummary abatement


ImpoundingReclaiming.

It is unlawful and shall constitute a public nuisance for any person to keep within the limits of the
city any animal which unreasonably disturbs the peace and comfort of the inhabitants of the
neighborhood in which such animal is kept, or interferes with any person in the reasonable and
comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or creates a significant risk of injury to life or property.

6.04.320 - Keeping of fowl.

It is unlawful for any person to keep any ducks, geese, chickens or other fowls in any enclosure in
the city unless the exterior boundaries of said enclosures are more than twenty (20) feet from any
dwelling, church or school.

It is unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain roosters within the city limit.

From: Anders, James


Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:35 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation

At the time of my first inspection That had 3 yurts that are set up on a wooden platform with a
canopy that ids the type you would use for parking an RV. All of this is right on the property line.
The 3 yurts are not large enough to require a permit but canopy structure is. Then there is one
other yurt by itself that is also too close to the property line. On the right side of the property there
is a large livestock pen with goats, chickens and one pig. Since that first inspection they have
constructed a very large bi-level yurt at the rear of the lot that is in the set back. That yurt is being
prepared to use as habitable space. One of the three small yurts is also used for sleeping. There is
another small yurt as well that is used as a sweat lodge. In addition there is also a yurt inside the
livestock pen that I forgot to look inside. This all probably sounds confusing. To make a long story
short we are dealing with several types of violations. Structures too close to the property line. One
structure that is too close to the property line and in the rear set back. Structures constructed
without permits and several of these structures being used as habitable space. All of these
structures are in the back yard. The lot is deeper than most but no more wide. They dont have
room to move any of the structures to the middle because the fire department is requiring access
right down the middle of the yard. Attached are some phots that may be helpful. Let me know
what you think.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 4:57 PM
To: Anders, James
Subject: RE: street vacation

Lets talk Tuesday about this property. What are the violations exactly?

From: Anders, James


Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:55 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation

This is not my area of expertise but if you dont get a reply let me know and I will try to get an
answer for you. On a different subject, I have a complaint about an urban farm at 3746 39th Ave.
Ive cited the owner for various issues but when I did the follow up he indicated that he is not going
to comply. The neighbors are extremely unhappy with the situation and they feel the city isnt
doing enough to resolve the issues there. Would this be something that your office might be
interested in? If so, can we meet sometime soon to discuss it? Thanks!

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:55 AM
To: Harlan, David; Anders, James
Subject: FW: street vacation

Hi Dave and James-

Question re street vacation on 46th ave- Is the attached form sufficient for neighbors of proposed
street vacation or is a letter from neighbors required?

Thanks,

Greg

From:
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:02 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: street vacation

Sorry about that.


I found a form on line I thought I attached it to my email.
I was wondering if that would be what I need from the neighbors or something else.
Thank you

From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:15 PM
To: Sue Martell
Subject: RE: street vacation

Hi -

Glad things are moving forward. Not sure if I understand your email completely- are you asking if
your prior application will be complete if you add your neighbors signatures? Or are you thinking of
submitting a new application with a new design for the fence (eg at the entrance to 46th ave at 12
th st rather than midway along 46th ave)?

And to clarify, I do not know the answers to these questions but I will follow up with building services
to find out. Again, really glad the street vacation is moving forward.

Best,
Greg Minor
Assistant to the City Administrator
Nuisance Abatement/Special Activity Permits Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510)238-6370
Fax: (510) 238-7084
gminor@oaklandnet.com

From:
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:50 PM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: street vacation

Hello Greg,
I was wondering if the for I have for street vacation will work for my neighbors to sign, or do we
need something else?
The trucking company next door is on board, so it is looking good.

From: Low, Tim


To: Vasquez, Susan
Cc: Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremonies
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 3:10:42 PM

Not abated

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 14, 2016, at 1:20 PM, Vasquez, Susan <SVasquez@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hi Chris,
Can you please let us know if abatement on the unapproved structures and
necessary planning & zoning permits have been obtained ?


Thanks,
Susan Vasquez
City Administrators Office
Nuisance Abatement Division
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 11th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7487

From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:30 PM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban
retreat-farm" with you

These are the address for the unpermitted smoke ceremonies

From: Candell, Chris
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 9:16 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban
retreat-farm" with you

3746,3740, and 3732 39th Ave.

From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 5:53 PM
To: Candell, Chris
Subject: FW: shared "Videos and particulate meter data about urban
retreat-farm" with you

Can you remind me what the addresses are?
From: Labayog, Edward
To: Minor, Gregory; Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Low, Tim; Fielding, Rich; Avila, Cesar; Marcus, Nancy; Ranelletti, Darin; Fierro, Rocio; Herrera, Jose; Hackett,
Maurice
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:57:43 AM

FYI,

Moe Hackett is the planner working with the property owners.

Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:55 AM
To: Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Low, Tim; Labayog, Edward; Fielding, Rich; Avila, Cesar; Marcus, Nancy; Ranelletti, Darin; Fierro,
Rocio; Herrera, Jose
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Will do today

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 8, 2016, at 8:25 AM, Trujillo, Miguel <MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Good morning all,



Maybe we can work with Greg Minor and send the owner a cease and desist for failure
to obtain the necessary zoning clearance.

What do you think Greg? Can your office send a notice to cease the activity?

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Low, Tim
Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 9:49 PM
To: Labayog, Edward <ELabayog@oaklandnet.com>; Fielding, Rich
<RFielding@oaklandnet.com>; Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>; Marcus, Nancy
<NMarcus@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Ranelletti, Darin <DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel
<MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>; Fierro, Rocio <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>;
Herrera, Jose <JHerrera@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Abatement on the unapproved structures and the necessary zoning permit have not
been obtained. See below.
Please also note that the Bay Area Air District must be notified of all open burns via the
notification forms (link) provided below.
Mailed notifications must be postmarked at least five calendar days prior to burning.
How should we stop them from the planned burn?
http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/compliance-and-enforcement/open-
burning/2015_openburn_form-pdf.pd

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From: Trujillo, Miguel
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 2:21 PM
To: Marcus, Nancy; Avila, Cesar
Cc: Low, Tim; Ranelletti, Darin
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Nancy,

The last time I was involved with this Planning and Building were going to issue the
necessary zoning clearances and Building was going to permit the structures where the
sweat shop activities were going to take place.

We limited the size of the open flame and required a listed unit/devise to be used for
the flame. Once this condition was met, we no longer regulate the activity because
Zoning was going to approve the activity and Building was going to approve the onsite
structures and the required setbacks from the open flame.

The nuisance odors can also be directed to the Bay Area Air Quality management
District.

http://www.baaqmd.gov/online-services/air-pollution-complaints

Hope this helps.

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Marcus, Nancy


Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 11:14 AM
To: Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel
<MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Anything required for sweat ceremony in a residential area?

Nancy Marcus
Special Business Permits
Office of the City Administrator
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 11th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3294
510-238-7084 (fax)

HOME OF THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS WARRIORS


City offices will be closed November 11, 24 & 25, 2016

From: Bears, Patrick [mailto:PBears@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of sweat ceremony?
Is this something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda, Melosa; Hugo,
Scott; Hussein, Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain, Sharon; Starks, Howard;
VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740 39th Ave, Area
4) have been addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria
<MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard <RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>;
McGee, Jr., Otis <OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney

"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself; as if it
were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara" <BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>,
"Landreth, Sabrina" <SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio,
Claudia" <CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel, Christine"
<CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>, "Moreno, Doryanna"
<DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Deloach Reed, Teresa"
<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, "Simons,
Adam J." <ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have informed us of


their intention to sue the City in response to this situation.
Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila
English <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <tspencer@oaklandnet.com>,
Chris Candell <ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg
Minor <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>,
< , Ken Greenstein
<ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein


of Greenstein and McDonald. Please include him on
replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this
morning, our neighbors will have another
sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to


have happen. We did *NOT* want to be
smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few
weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such


in the nearly two weeks since your
(Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at


9:15:54 AM PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St.
Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony


tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat


ceremony tomorrow; we'll
light the fire late morning
andhave the ceremony
itself around2. Pleaselet
other folks know as well.
Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more
comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome


to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations
Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations


who have come before us,
and are mindful of those yet
to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The


Soul Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world


needs, ask what makes you
come alive...and go do that,
because the world needs
people who have come
alive". Howard Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email contains


confidential attorney-client privileged information and is for the sole use of the
intended recipient(s). Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is
prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by
reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message and any attachments.
[v1.3]
From: Trujillo, Miguel
To: Low, Tim; Labayog, Edward; Fielding, Rich; Avila, Cesar; Marcus, Nancy; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Ranelletti, Darin; Fierro, Rocio; Herrera, Jose
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:25:24 AM
Attachments: image001.png
image002.png

Good morning all,

Maybe we can work with Greg Minor and send the owner a cease and desist for failure to obtain the necessary zoning clearance.

What do you think Greg? Can your office send a notice to cease the activity?

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Low, Tim


Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 9:49 PM
To: Labayog, Edward <ELabayog@oaklandnet.com>; Fielding, Rich <RFielding@oaklandnet.com>; Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>; Marcus, Nancy <NMarcus@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Ranelletti, Darin <DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel <MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>; Fierro, Rocio <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Herrera, Jose <JHerrera@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Abatement on the unapproved structures and the necessary zoning permit have not been obtained. See below.
Please also note that the Bay Area Air District must be notified of all open burns via the notification forms (link) provided below.
Mailed notifications must be postmarked at least five calendar days prior to burning.
How should we stop them from the planned burn?
http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/compliance-and-enforcement/open-burning/2015_openburn_form-pdf.pd

From: Trujillo, Miguel


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 2:21 PM
To: Marcus, Nancy; Avila, Cesar
Cc: Low, Tim; Ranelletti, Darin
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Nancy,

The last time I was involved with this Planning and Building were going to issue the necessary zoning clearances and Building was going to permit the structures where the sweat shop activities were going to take place.

We limited the size of the open flame and required a listed unit/devise to be used for the flame. Once this condition was met, we no longer regulate the activity because Zoning was going to approve the activity and Building was going to approve the onsite
structures and the required setbacks from the open flame.

The nuisance odors can also be directed to the Bay Area Air Quality management District.

http://www.baaqmd.gov/online-services/air-pollution-complaints

Hope this helps.

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Marcus, Nancy


Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 11:14 AM
To: Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel <MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Anything required for sweat ceremony in a residential area?

Nancy Marcus
Special Business Permits
Office of the City Administrator
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 11th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3294
510-238-7084 (fax)

HOME OF THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS WARRIORS


City offices will be closed November 11, 24 & 25, 2016

From: Bears, Patrick [mailto:PBears@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of sweat ceremony? Is this something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda, Melosa; Hugo, Scott; Hussein, Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain, Sharon; Starks, Howard; VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740 39th Ave, Area 4) have been addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria <MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard <RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>; McGee, Jr., Otis <OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney

"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself; as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie" <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>


Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara" <BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Landreth, Sabrina" <SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio, Claudia" <CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel, Christine" <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>, "Moreno,
Doryanna" <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Deloach Reed, Teresa" <TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin" <DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio" <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, "Simons, Adam J." <ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have informed us of their intention to sue the City in response to this situation.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: >
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <tspencer@oaklandnet.com>, Chris Candell <ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg Minor <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>, . , Ken Greenstein
<ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein of Greenstein and McDonald. Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM, <l > wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our neighbors will have another sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen. We did *NOT* want to be smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the nearly two weeks since your (Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM PDT


From: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors



We're having a sweat ceremony tomorrow; we'll light the fire late morning andhave the ceremony itself around2. Pleaselet other folks know as well. Ican't seem to find the
email message with the more comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have come before us, and are mindful of those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive...and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive". Howard Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email contains confidential attorney-client privileged information and is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is
prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message and any attachments. [v1.3]
From: Bears, Patrick
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Patrick Bears" Workspace Email 2016
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 11:14:43 AM

Thanks Greg!

From: Minor, Gregory [mailto:GMinor@oaklandnet.com]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 11:14 AM
To: Marcus, Nancy; Bears, Patrick
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016; Candell, Chris
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Ive worked on this earlier in the year with fire and zoning and it was resolved until now apparently.
Well be issuing an NTA once I get a chance to catch up

From: Marcus, Nancy


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 11:13 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Ill forward on to fire, since they light a fire?. I havent heard of any complaints.

Nancy Marcus
Special Business Permits
Office of the City Administrator
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 11th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3294
510-238-7084 (fax)

HOME OF THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS WARRIORS


City offices will be closed November 11, 24 & 25, 2016

From: Bears, Patrick [mailto:PBears@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of sweat ceremony? Is this
something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda, Melosa; Hugo, Scott; Hussein,
Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain, Sharon; Starks, Howard; VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740 39th Ave, Area 4) have been
addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria
<MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard <RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>; McGee, Jr.,
Otis <OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney

"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself; as if it were not
indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara" <BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Landreth, Sabrina"
<SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio, Claudia"
<CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel, Christine" <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>,
"Moreno, Doryanna" <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Deloach Reed,
Teresa" <TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, "Simons, Adam J."
<ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have informed us of their intention
to sue the City in response to this situation.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: <l
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <tspencer@oaklandnet.com>, Chris Candell
<ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg Minor
<GMinor@oaklandnet.com>,
Ken Greenstein <ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein of Greenstein and


McDonald. Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


< wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our
neighbors will have another sweat tomorrow. Just one
days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen.


We did *NOT* want to be smoked out yet a fourth
weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the


nearly two weeks since your (Annies) initial email
about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM


PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors



We're having a sweat ceremony
tomorrow; we'll light the fire late
morning andhave the ceremony itself
around2. Pleaselet other folks know
as well. Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and
Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have
come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul
Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask
what makes you come alive...and go do
that, because the world needs people
who have come alive". Howard
Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email contains confidential


attorney-client privileged information and is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any
unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended
recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original
message and any attachments. [v1.3]
From: Marcus, Nancy
To: Bears, Patrick; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Patrick Bears" Workspace Email 2016
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 11:12:51 AM

Ill forward on to fire, since they light a fire?. I havent heard of any complaints.

Nancy Marcus
Special Business Permits
Office of the City Administrator
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 11th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3294
510-238-7084 (fax)

HOME OF THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS WARRIORS


City offices will be closed November 11, 24 & 25, 2016

From: Bears, Patrick [mailto:PBears@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of sweat ceremony? Is this
something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda, Melosa; Hugo, Scott; Hussein,
Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain, Sharon; Starks, Howard; VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740 39th Ave, Area 4) have been
addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria
<MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard <RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>; McGee, Jr.,
Otis <OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney

"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself; as if it were not
indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara" <BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Landreth, Sabrina"
<SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio, Claudia"
<CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel, Christine" <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>,
"Moreno, Doryanna" <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Deloach Reed,
Teresa" <TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, "Simons, Adam J."
<ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have informed us of their intention
to sue the City in response to this situation.

Annie
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From:
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <tspencer@oaklandnet.com>, Chris Candell
<ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg Minor
<GMinor@oaklandnet.com>,
Ken Greenstein <ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein of Greenstein and


McDonald. Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our
neighbors will have another sweat tomorrow. Just one
days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen.


We did *NOT* want to be smoked out yet a fourth
weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the


nearly two weeks since your (Annies) initial email
about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM


PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:
Cc:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors



We're having a sweat ceremony
tomorrow; we'll light the fire late
morning andhave the ceremony itself
around2. Pleaselet other folks know
as well. Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and
Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have
come before us, and are mindful of
those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul
Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask
what makes you come alive...and go do
that, because the world needs people
who have come alive". Howard
Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email contains confidential


attorney-client privileged information and is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any
unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended
recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original
message and any attachments. [v1.3]
From: Vasquez, Susan
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 11:12:14 AM

For what violations? unapproved structures and the necessary zoning permit have not been
obtained. ?????

thanks

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 9:01 AM
To: Vasquez, Susan
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Let's work on this one today

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Labayog, Edward" <ELabayog@oaklandnet.com>


Date: November 8, 2016 at 8:57:42 AM PST
To: "Minor, Gregory" <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>, "Trujillo, Miguel"
<MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: "Low, Tim" <TLow@oaklandnet.com>, "Fielding, Rich"
<RFielding@oaklandnet.com>, "Avila, Cesar" <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>,
"Marcus, Nancy" <NMarcus@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Herrera, Jose"
<JHerrera@oaklandnet.com>, "Hackett, Maurice"
<MHackett@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

FYI,

Moe Hackett is the planner working with the property owners.


Edward J. Labayog
Sr. Specialty Combination Inspector
Planning and Building Department
Building Bureau
(510) 238-4793
elabayog@oaklandnet.com



From: Minor, Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 8:55 AM
To: Trujillo, Miguel
Cc: Low, Tim; Labayog, Edward; Fielding, Rich; Avila, Cesar; Marcus, Nancy; Ranelletti,
Darin; Fierro, Rocio; Herrera, Jose
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Will do today

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 8, 2016, at 8:25 AM, Trujillo, Miguel <MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:

Good morning all,



Maybe we can work with Greg Minor and send the owner a cease and
desist for failure to obtain the necessary zoning clearance.

What do you think Greg? Can your office send a notice to cease the
activity?

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Low, Tim
Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 9:49 PM
To: Labayog, Edward <ELabayog@oaklandnet.com>; Fielding, Rich
<RFielding@oaklandnet.com>; Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>;
Marcus, Nancy <NMarcus@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Ranelletti, Darin <DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel
<MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>; Fierro, Rocio
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Herrera, Jose
<JHerrera@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Abatement on the unapproved structures and the necessary zoning


permit have not been obtained. See below.
Please also note that the Bay Area Air District must be notified of all open
burns via the notification forms (link) provided below.
Mailed notifications must be postmarked at least five calendar days prior
to burning.
How should we stop them from the planned burn?
http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/compliance-and-
enforcement/open-burning/2015_openburn_form-pdf.pd

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From: Trujillo, Miguel
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 2:21 PM
To: Marcus, Nancy; Avila, Cesar
Cc: Low, Tim; Ranelletti, Darin
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Nancy,

The last time I was involved with this Planning and Building were going to
issue the necessary zoning clearances and Building was going to permit
the structures where the sweat shop activities were going to take place.

We limited the size of the open flame and required a listed unit/devise to
be used for the flame. Once this condition was met, we no longer
regulate the activity because Zoning was going to approve the activity
and Building was going to approve the onsite structures and the required
setbacks from the open flame.

The nuisance odors can also be directed to the Bay Area Air Quality
management District.

http://www.baaqmd.gov/online-services/air-pollution-complaints

Hope this helps.

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Marcus, Nancy


Sent: Monday, November 7, 2016 11:14 AM
To: Avila, Cesar <CAvila@oaklandnet.com>; Trujillo, Miguel
<MTrujillo@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Anything required for sweat ceremony in a residential area?

Nancy Marcus
Special Business Permits
Office of the City Administrator
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 11th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3294
510-238-7084 (fax)

HOME OF THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONS


WARRIORS
City offices will be closed November 11, 24 & 25, 2016

From: Bears, Patrick [mailto:PBears@oaklandcityattorney.org]


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Vasquez, Susan; Marcus, Nancy; Patrick Bears' Workspace Email 2016
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow [IWOV-imanage.FID169884]

Greg,

Are you familiar with a the below property that is doing some kind of
sweat ceremony? Is this something that needs to be permitted?

Patrick

From: Bennett, Clea


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 8:32 AM
To: Bears, Patrick; Bee, Maria; Bennett, Clea; Garrahan, Michael; Granda,
Melosa; Hugo, Scott; Hussein, Farrah; Katz, Alex; Lah, Andrew; Orgain,
Sharon; Starks, Howard; VanHook (Morgan), Dondria
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

I am not familiar, but it looks like the issues at the property (3746-3740
39th Ave, Area 4) have been addressed by Rocios team/Amadis in the
past.

Clea Bennett, Paralegal


Office of the City Attorney Barbara J. Parker
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor
Phone: (510) 238-6114
Fax: (510) 238-6500

From: Bee, Maria


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:56 PM
To: DL - City Attorney-Law Corps
Subject: FW: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Is anyone familiar with this property/iissue?

From: Parker, Barbara


Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
To: Moreno, Doryanna <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Bee, Maria
<MBee@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Illgen, Richard
<RIllgen@oaklandcityattorney.org>; McGee, Jr., Otis
<OMcGeeJr@oaklandcityattorney.org>; Fierro, Rocio
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Regards,

Barbara J Parker
Oakland City Attorney

"As if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as


myself; as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others
possess the same."
Walt Whitman

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: November 5, 2016 at 11:25:38 AM PDT
To: "Parker, Barbara"
<BParker@oaklandcityattorney.org>, "Landreth,
Sabrina" <SLandreth@oaklandnet.com>, "Cappio,
Claudia" <CCappio@oaklandnet.com>, "Daniel,
Christine" <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com>, "Moreno,
Doryanna" <DMoreno@oaklandcityattorney.org>,
"Deloach Reed, Teresa"
<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com>, "Ranelletti, Darin"
<DRanelletti@oaklandnet.com>, "Fierro, Rocio"
<RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Cc: "English, Jamila A." <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>,
"Simons, Adam J." <ASimons@oaklandnet.com>
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Forwarding to inform you that these neighbors have


informed us of their intention to sue the City in response
to this situation.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From:
<
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10:43:45 AM
PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell
Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>,
Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer
<tspencer@oaklandnet.com>, Chris
Candell <ccandell@oaklandnet.com>, Greg
Minor <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>,
Ken
Greenstein
<ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken


Greenstein of Greenstein and McDonald.
Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,

< >
wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in
this morning, our neighbors
will have another sweat
tomorrow. Just one days
notice!

This is exactly what we did


NOT want to have happen. We
did *NOT* want to be smoked
out yet a fourth weekend in a
few weeks.

We have not had City action to


prevent such in the nearly two
weeks since your (Annies)
initial email about this.

Begin forwarded
message:
Date: November
5, 2016 at
9:15:54 AM PDT
From: "Patricia
St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To:
"Patricia St.
Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

<l

Subject: Sweat
ceremony
tomorrow

Good morning,
neighbors

We're having a
sweat ceremony
tomorrow; we'll
light the fire late
morning
andhave the
ceremony itself
around2.
Pleaselet other
folks know as
well. Ican't
seem to find the
email message
with the more
comprehensive
list. Thanks!

As always, you're
welcome to join
us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven
Generations
Consulting and
Coaching
510.530.2448
(office)
510.604.9309
(cell)

We honor the
generations who
have come
before us, and
are mindful of
those yet to
come.

AND Nafsi ya
Jamii (The Soul
Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what
the world needs,
ask what makes
you come
alive...and go do
that, because the
world needs
people who have
come alive".
Howard
Thurman

This is a confidential attorney-client communication. This email


contains confidential attorney-client privileged information and is for
the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any unauthorized review,
use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the
intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and
destroy all copies of the original message and any attachments.
[v1.3]
From: Campbell Washington, Annie
To:
Cc: English, Jamila A.; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; ; Ken Greenstein; Simons,
Adam J.
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016 11:27:50 AM

Thank you for informing us, I have forward your email to the City Administrator
and City Attorney for follow-up.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:43 AM, < > wrote:

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and McDonald.
Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,


< wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our neighbors will have
another sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen. We did


*NOT* want to be smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the nearly two weeks
since your (Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM PDT


From: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:
Cc:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat ceremony tomorrow; we'll


light the fire late morning andhave the ceremony
itself around2. Pleaselet other folks know as well.
Ican't seem to find the email message with the
more comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have come before


us, and are mindful of those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community)


https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes


you come alive...and go do that, because the world
needs people who have come alive". Howard
Thurman
From:
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; English, Jamila A.
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Minor, Gregory; ; Ken Greenstein
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016 10:43:58 AM

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and McDonald. Please include
him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM, <l


wrote:

Hello Annie and Jamila,


Per the post which just came in this morning, our neighbors will have another
sweat tomorrow. Just one days notice!

This is exactly what we did NOT want to have happen. We did *NOT* want to be
smoked out yet a fourth weekend in a few weeks.

We have not had City action to prevent such in the nearly two weeks since your
(Annies) initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at 9:15:54 AM PDT


From: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St. Onge" <pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:

Subject: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat ceremony tomorrow; we'll light the fire


late morning andhave the ceremony itself around2. Please
let other folks know as well. Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations who have come before us, and are
mindful of those yet to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community)


https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come
alive...and go do that, because the world needs people who
have come alive". Howard Thurman
From: Daniel, Christine
To: Minor, Gregory
Subject: RE: Sweat ceremony tomorrow
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 9:52:42 AM

Thanks. When you issue the citation, please let me know so I can update CM Campbell Washington.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 9:08 AM
To: Daniel, Christine
Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Was working on this with zoning and fire etc 8-10months ago and even met with prop owners
and issue seemed resolved until now... will review evidence and likely issue citation later
today/tomorrow.
FYI this involves former council member and his family trying to operate religious retreat
center in residential area.

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 7, 2016, at 8:22 AM, Daniel, Christine <CDaniel@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Greg, are you already working on this with someone? If not, what is the background
here? Thanks. -cd

From: Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2016 12:59 PM
To: English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Deloach Reed, Teresa; Minor, Gregory; Ranelletti,
Darin; Landreth, Sabrina; Daniel, Christine; Cappio, Claudia; Parker, Barbara; Moreno,
Doryanna
Subject: Fwd: Sweat ceremony tomorrow

Hello All,
Here is a new email from the neighbor re: the planned sweat ceremony at the
Riles property tomorrow.

Annie

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: <
Date: November 5, 2016 at 12:37:25 PM PDT
To: Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Terrence Spencer <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>, J

Subject: Re: Sweat ceremony tomorrow


Annie, and Jamila,
Annie, thank you for forwarding this to the City Administrator and
City Attorney.

Both of you, I just spoke with Terrence Spencer. He continues to


amaze us in the most positive of ways. He is actually going to place
a visit to the retreat-farm owners today, on his day off. However, he
is not in a position to insist that they stop from a Fire Dept.
standpoint. He is awaiting direction from his supervisor before he
can do that. Nonetheless, he is clear, as are we, that Nuisance Dept.
should be playing an active role here.

There are specific City ordinances prohibiting noxious fumes from


crossing neighborhood property lines. Can you get Greg Minor to
step up to an active role here?! (As I mentioned to you, Jamila, we
have tried repeatedly to get a response from him. We have sent
emails and voicemails, and even left a voicemail with someone
covering for him when he was out [Susan Vasquez?], and have not
gotten a response).

On Nov 5, 2016, at 11:27 AM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Thank you for informing us, I have forward


your email to the City Administrator and City Attorney
for follow-up.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Vice Mayor & Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:43 AM,


< wrote:

P.S. I am also ccing our lawyer, Ken


Greenstein of Greenstein and McDonald.
Please include him on replies.

On Nov 5, 2016, at 10:37 AM,

wrote:
Hello Annie and Jamila,
Per the post which just came in
this morning, our neighbors
will have another sweat
tomorrow. Just one days
notice!

This is exactly what we did


NOT want to have happen. We
did *NOT* want to be smoked
out yet a fourth weekend in a
few weeks.

We have not had City action to


prevent such in the nearly two
weeks since your (Annies)
initial email about this.

Begin forwarded message:

Date: November 5, 2016 at


9:15:54 AM PDT
From: "Patricia St. Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: "Patricia St.
Onge"
<pstonge@pacbell.net>
To:
<

Subject: Sweat ceremony


tomorrow

Good morning, neighbors

We're having a sweat


ceremony tomorrow; we'll
light the fire late morning
andhave the ceremony
itself around2. Pleaselet
other folks know as well.
Ican't seem to find the email
message with the more
comprehensive list. Thanks!

As always, you're welcome


to join us.

Best,

Patricia St.Onge
Seven Generations
Consulting and Coaching
510.530.2448 (office)
510.604.9309 (cell)

We honor the generations


who have come before us,
and are mindful of those yet
to come.

AND Nafsi ya Jamii (The


Soul Community)
https://www.facebook.com/Nafsiyajamii

"Don't ask what the world


needs, ask what makes you
come alive...and go do that,
because the world needs
people who have come
alive". Howard Thurman

From:
To: Spencer, Terrence
Cc: Minor, Gregory; English, Jamila A.; Ken Greenstein
Subject: Re: Terrence & Greg, pls reply (& Re: URGENT- fire hazard: 39th Ave properties)
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 3:49:40 PM

Terrence,
Thank you for the update.

Unfortunately, Greg has been out of the office all week, and will not return until Jan. 3. So we
are not in a position to get an update before then.

Thanks, also, for the mention of your replacement. Well be writing directly to Fire Chief
Reed with a request for someone who is highly responsive and accountable for follow-through
given how highlly-charged this situation could become.

Regards,

On Dec 27, 2016, at 3:23 PM, Spencer, Terrence <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>


wrote:


I have spoken to Asst. Fire Marshal Cesar Avala, and he has assured me that the issue
was being addressed by Mr. Greg Minor. I am not privy as to whom may me serving as
the next Fire Inspector for you area upon my departure.

Sincerely,

Terrence L. Spencer

From: [mailto:l
Sent:Monday, December 26, 2016 3:46 PM
To:Spencer, Terrence <TSpencer@oaklandnet.com>
Cc:Minor, Gregory <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>; English, Jamila A.
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>; J
Ken Greenstein <ken@greensteinmcdonald.com>
Subject:Terrence & Greg, pls reply (& Re: URGENT- fire hazard: 39th Ave properties)
Importance:High

Greetings Inspector Spencer,
I hope you are having a happy holiday season.

We remain in the dark about the questions and issues below. As you know from
the 12/20 email from City Planner Mo Hackett, on which you were copied, the
retreat-farm owners will appeal the Citys denial of a Conditional Use Permit
(CUP). We are most concerned about the timing of the appeal process, and about
the issues we raise with you below. Given that the retreat-farm owners intend to
appeal directly to Planning Commissioners with calls and letter writing, per their
Facebook page, we intend to offer them and other City officials counter-
perspectives to these actions. In particular, our lawyer will write a very strong
letter to Planning Commissioners and others outlining the legal risks to the City.

Would you please give us a sense of where the items below stand and
especially of the timeframes. I am about to go out-of-town, and will not have
access to email or phone. In particular, we dont want to miss any critical steps in
the issues below as they relate to our counters to the appeal process. Knowing
where we stand on the issues below may give me/us some peace of mind,
knowing that I can attend to this with our community and our lawyer after I return
on Jan. 2. However, if critical steps will occur between now and Jan. 2, then
community members and I need to coordinate now, so that we are covering all
bases.

I look forward to your reply by email or phone ( . I will also follow-


up with a call.

Regards,

On Dec 21, 2016, at 10:49 AM,


< wrote:

Terrence,
Thank you for our detailed conversation a few moments ago. I
appreciate that you will speak with Greg Minor later today about
developing an action plan.

As we discussed, our community would like for you and Greg to
pursue the option that we noted that the retreat-farm has so
repeatedly, and with gross negligence, violated fire and smoke
ordinances, that they should be permanently banned from having any
more fires on their property. (The violations include: illegal 10 x 10
fire pit within a few feet of fabric, dry vegetation and wood which
Terrence inspected and cited last year; new fire pit with spark
arrestor not in place or not working, with sparks rising ten feet and
more into the air, near fabric-covered sweatlodge per video I sent
you both weeks ago; new fire pit cracked with 4-5 crack down the
center, yet still being used for fires per video I sent you both
weeks ago; wood stove burning in fabric yurt, with no permit per
email below, and associated video; smoke nuisances associated with
all three fires : original fire pit, new fire tower, and wood stove).

Their infringements happen so regularly, that there is a well-
established pattern. It cannot be left to community residents to have
to stay on constant alertfor the next violation and, again,
especially not in the wake of the Ghost Ship Fire tragedy. As a
community, we are alarmed and afraid.

Greg,
In addition to what I wrote above and below, please let this email
stand as official notice that we request that the recent wood stove
woodsmoke issue, noted below, count as a formal violation either
against your original citation, or counting as a new citation.

Regards,

On Dec 18, 2016, at 3:44 PM,


<l wrote:

Vice Mayor Campbell Washington, Inspector Spencer
and Assistant Administrator Minor,
I write with urgency about a new fire hazard, and
nuisance issue, at the retreat-farm on 3732 39thAve.,
3740 39thAve., and3746 39thAve.

Like the rest of Oakland, and the state and the country,
our community is still reeling from the Ghost Ship Fire
tragedy. The grief is very close to home for some of us.
My 17-year olds boyfriend lost his best friend and
another friend in the fire. We are well aware that City
agencies are under stress and pressure and we would
well imagine that the Fire Dept., in particular, is
shouldering numerous responsibilities. For these reasons
we hesitate to contact you at this busy and tender time.
Yet for these very same reasons our need to contact you
is all the more urgent, because the retreat-farm owners
are, yet again, creating a fire hazard that puts the entire
neighborhood at risk. A few days ago they began using a
wood stove in one of the fabric yurts! Also, it appears
that they have electricity in the yurt.

In our public comments to City Planner Mo Hackett
about the retreat-farm application for a Conditional Use
Permit (CUP), we noted that the owners have accelerated
their stated intention in their CUP application to use the
yurts as dwelling units to house guests. People are
already living there. We know that the CUP review
process is underway, including a denial of the CUP
application, pending possible appeal and we were
going to be patient to allow the process to reach its
conclusion. However, this new development supersedes
the CUP process, and requires immediate attention.

A few days ago they began using a wood stove. At first
we noticed the smoke at the tail-end of what was
probably a very brief burn, and we were not sure from
where the smoke emanated. The next time the burn was
for nearly an hour, and it was clear that it emanated from
a yurt. Both of those were during the day. The third time
was for hours at night. They may be establishing a
pattern of using the wood stove every day.

From a nuisance standpoint, it isvery problematic that


the smoke often blows directly into one or more homes
mine included. The biggest nuisance issue is, once
again, woodsmoke. Even when we close all windows and
doors, the woodsmoke still enters our homes through the
water heater combustion air ducting, the kitchen hood
vent exhaust, and the bathroom exhaust roof-caps. When
they burned the wood stove for hours one evening, we
could not use the downstairs floor of our home.
Additionally, we have had to continuously run the
bathroom exhaust and kitchen hood vents, to create a
reverse airflow out of the house. Neither of those exhaust
fans is designed to run for hours on end. Further, this
creates a loss of heated air.

However, the most egregious issue of all, which has our


community up in arms, is the fire hazard! Here are the
risks:
The yurt in which they are burning a wood
stove is made of fabric.
It is 3 feet away from a wooden fence, which is
adjacent to a cedar work shed, dense vegetation,
and my home which is adjacent to all the homes
in our home owners association (HOA), and to all
the homes in the neighboring apartment complex.
The yurt is also 4 feet from another wooden fence,
which is adjacent to dense vegetation, and a home
in our neighboring HOA which is adjacent to
all the homes in that HOA.
The yurt is also adjacent to a wooden platform,
that is adjacent to three other fabric yurts, which
are just feet from the wooden fence surrounding
the neighboring HOA.
Additionally, it appears that the yurt is electrically
wired, because there is significant indoor lighting
(i.e., not just a flashlight). We are well aware that
faulty electrical wiring is one of the major causes
of household fires.

I attach photos of the area showing the fabric yurt and its
proximity to wooden fences, dense vegetation, other
yurts, and our housing units. I also attach photos of light
emanating from the yurts skylight at night, probably
from lighting from AC sources.Greg and Terrence, I
will send you separately a representative 5-minute video
of the smoke from the wood stove. (This was taken with
an iPhone camera, through a closed window, several
yards from the yurt and smoke. So the photo quality is
poor. Also, we caught the burn at its start. So initially the
smoke plume is very faint. It does pick up a small bit
further in the video. However, our aim was merely to
provide evidence that they are using a wood stove in a
fabric yurt not to document the entire burn, nor to
document the burn at its most intense output of smoke.)

Annie, Terrence and Greg,our community is outraged.


Its bad enough that the retreat-farm owners are
generating hazardous woodsmoke again, just weeks after
you, Greg, issued a citation for them to stop their
sweatlodge fires for nuisance smoke. (Once again, Greg,
we thank you for that citation.) Its also bad enough that
they have continued with some of their original plans for
their retreat center, even while the CUP application was
being reviewed, and even since it has been initially
denied. (Once again, Mo, we thank you and your
colleagues for this decision.) Its also bad enough that
they do not have permits to use a wood stove in the yurt,
to have electricity in the yurt, to have a toilet in the yurt,
or to have anyone living in the yurt. However, each of
these items, while very significant on its own, pales in
light of the biggest issue: just weeks after the Ghost Ship
Fire tragedy, they have the audacity to operate an illegal
fire (no permit for a wood stove in that structure)IN A
FABRIC YURTSURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS
COMBUSTIBLES ADJACENT TO THREE
DENSELY RESIDENTIALBUILDINGS HOUSING
60+ PEOPLE.

Terrence, I am hopeful that you can address this


immediately. In particular, it s our understanding that the
Fire Dept. has the right to enter a property when/where
there is a situation that does or could pose a threat to
lives and/or property. We strongly prefer that you,
firefighters or other Fire Department staff be able to do
so immediately, or when they are next using their
woodstove. We believe that any other arrangement (e.g.,
you make an appointment for an inspection) risks failure,
because they might simply clear the yurt of the wood
stove before your arrival, and deny its existence. I will
follow-up with a call tomorrow or, feel free to call me
at any time at

Some among our members wanted to escalate directly to


Fire Chief Reed. However, Terrence, you have been
consistently outstanding in dealing with the retreat-farm
issues, and we want to give you an opportunity to
address this.

Greg, we are aware that Nuisance cannot generally act as


speedily as Fire can when there are imminent threats to
property and/or life. Nonetheless, if there is any remedy
that your department can deliver, please let us know.

All,as always on important correspondence, we are


cc'ing our lawyer, Ken Greenstein ofGreenstein and
McDonald. Please include him on any responses.

If anyone has any questions or comments, please dont


hesitate to email or call me at 5

Regards,

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From: Deloach Reed, Teresa
To: Campbell Washington, Annie
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons,
Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject: RE: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 8:25:52 PM

Was there burning this weekend, I did not receive a call?

Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA


Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!


New York Times, January 2012 http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From: [mailto
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 7:07 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila
A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject: Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents

Dear Fire Chief Reed and Councilmember Washington,


Thank you for your emails.

We are preparing a response, and will be in touch shortly.

Sincerely,

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello All:
I'm forwarding a response from the Fire Chief.
Thank you,
Annie

On Mar 23, 2015, at 6:24 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa
<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:
CM Campbell Washington

Let me start by apologizing for our failure to manage this incident. It


is obvious more education is needed on the part of the resident
burning as well as our staff regarding the fire code. We have made it
crystal clear with staff, that in the future, they are to extinguish the
fire, if the resident does not have a permit to burn. I have personally
spoken to and advised her if the burning takes place
again this weekend for her to call 9-1-1, then call me. We will
continue to follow up to make sure Ms. Onge is aware of the fire
code and the requirement and process of obtaining the proper
burning permits.

Staff will follow up with me to assure this communication takes place.

Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA


Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!


New York Times, January 2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From:Campbell Washington, Annie


Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:41 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; '; Spencer, Terrence;
English, Jamila A.; Perkins, Cynthia
Cc:' '
;' '
Simons, Adam J.
Subject:RE: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been
stopped - From Laurel District residents

Thank you, Chief Reed, for your response.

Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:46 AM, wrote:

Thank you for your rapid response to our emails this morning. I was
out of the country on a medical mission and will be sending out
emails to you, Mr. Anders and the representatives from the Zoning
and Nuisance offices as well to reestablish contact.
On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:40 AM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

Im responding to include Chief Reed, Ed Labayog and Chris


Candell on this message.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:33 AM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; English, Jamila A.
Cc:

Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped -
From Laurel District residents

Council Member Washington and Inspector Spencer,

are
formally requesting that fines be issued forthe illegal fires that
are being conducted on a regular basis on the property that
. When we met with you on March 13,
2015 we were informed that the business owners on that
property had been informed of the dangers of the burns and
that they were instructed to not conduct any further burns.
We were also told to call 911 and that all of the surrounding
fire departments were instructed to go out and extinguish the
fires. Our residents did as instructed and the fire departments
did not comply.

We also ask that Inspector Spencer go out again this week so


that he can document that there is evidence of the recent
burns conducted by the business owners.

Respectfully,

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:17 AM,


wrote:

Councilmember Washington and Inspector Spencer:

Good morning. This email comes on the heels of 2 frustrating


weekends following our meeting on March 13, 2015.

On Sunday, March 15th, we received an email from Patricia


Onge (see attached) informing us that there would be a burn.
Most of us had begun to smell smoke before we checked our
emails.

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to no avail. We


were essentially told that the fire house had arrived and
determined that the fire was safe and they would not go
back. contacted Inspector Spencer and we were
confident there had been some communication issues that
would be fixed.

Alas, on Sunday, March 21st, we received another email from


Patricia Onge (see attached) informing us that there would be
a burn. We also received a subsequent notice that the Fire
Dept. had been called. (see attached)

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to no avail. We


all have personal accounts of our conversations with either the
Fire dispatch supervisor or the fire house. In summary,
Patricia Onge had dropped the right names and they could not
deny or confirm that a permit had been applied for.

1. What difference would it make if the named resident applied


for a permit? If a permit was not on file, doesn't that mean
they don'tcurrentlyhave a permit?

2. We were led to believe they were in clear violation of 2


codes, if those items were not cleared, aren't theystillin
violation.

3. We sincerely seek direction on where we go from here.



Thanks

From:
To: Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders,
James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject: Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:32:34 PM

Thank you for inquiring, Fire Chief Reed.

Fortunately, there was not.

If there is another, we will *definitely* give you a call. (Thank you, again for making your cell
available in this way. We greatly appreciate it.)

Sincerely,

On Mar 30, 2015, at 8:25 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa


<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Was there burning this weekend, I did not receive a call?



Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January 2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From: [mailto ]
Sent:Monday, March 30, 2015 7:07 PM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc:Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James;
English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel
District residents

Dear Fire Chief Reed and Councilmember Washington,
Thank you for your emails.

We are preparing a response, and will be in touch shortly.

Sincerely,

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello All:
I'm forwarding a response from the Fire Chief.
Thank you,
Annie

On Mar 23, 2015, at 6:24 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa
<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

CM Campbell Washington

Let me start by apologizing for our failure to manage
this incident. It is obvious more education is needed
on the part of the resident burning as well as our staff
regarding the fire code. We have made it crystal clear
with staff, that in the future, they are to extinguish the
fire, if the resident does not have a permit to burn. I
have personally spoken to and
advised her if the burning takes place again this
weekend for her to call 9-1-1, then call me. We will
continue to follow up to make sure Ms. Onge is aware
of the fire code and the requirement and process of
obtaining the proper burning permits.

Staff will follow up with me to assure this
communication takes place.

Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January 2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From:Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:41 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; ' Spencer,
Terrence; English, Jamila A.; Perkins, Cynthia
Cc:'

Simons, Adam J.
Subject:RE: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have
NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents

Thank you, Chief Reed, for your response.

Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:46 AM,

Thank you for your rapid response to our emails this


morning. I was out of the country on a medical mission
and will be sending out emails to you, Mr. Anders and
the representatives from the Zoning and Nuisance offices
as well to reestablish contact.

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:40 AM, "Campbell Washington,


Annie" <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

Im responding to include Chief Reed, Ed Labayog and
Chris Candell on this message.

Thank you,
Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004



From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:33 AM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; English,
Jamila A.
Cc:
Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been
stopped - From Laurel District residents

Council Member Washington and Inspector


Spencer,

are formally requesting that fines be issued


forthe illegal fires that are being conducted on a
regular basis on the property that borders our
property. When we met with you on March 13,
2015 we were informed that the business owners
on that property had been informed of the dangers
of the burns and that they were instructed to not
conduct any further burns. We were also told to
call 911 and that all of the surrounding fire
departments were instructed to go out and
extinguish the fires. Our residents did as
instructed and the fire departments did not comply.

We also ask that Inspector Spencer go out again


this week so that he can document that there is
evidence of the recent burns conducted by the
business owners.

Respectfully,

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:17 AM, M


> wrote:

Councilmember Washington and Inspector


Spencer:

Good morning. This email comes on the heels of 2


frustrating weekends following our meeting on
March 13, 2015.

On Sunday, March 15th, we received an email from


Patricia Onge (see attached) informing us that
there would be a burn. Most of us had begun to
smell smoke before we checked our emails.

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to


no avail. We were essentially told that the fire
house had arrived and determined that the fire was
safe and they would not go back.
contacted Inspector Spencer and we were
confident there had been some communication
issues that would be fixed.

Alas, on Sunday, March 21st, we received another


email from Patricia Onge (see attached) informing
us that there would be a burn. We also received a
subsequent notice that the Fire Dept. had been
called. (see attached)

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to


no avail. We all have personal accounts of our
conversations with either the Fire dispatch
supervisor or the fire house. In summary, Patricia
Onge had dropped the right names and they could
not deny or confirm that a permit had been applied
for.

1. What difference would it make if the named


resident applied for a permit? If a permit was not
on file, doesn't that mean they don'tcurrentlyhave
a permit?

2. We were led to believe they were in clear


violation of 2 codes, if those items were not cleared,
aren't theystillin violation.

3. We sincerely seek direction on where we go from


here.

Thanks

From:
To:
Cc: Deloach Reed, Teresa; Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor,
Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject: Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents
Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 1:30:46 PM

Hi everyone,

from the fire pit so I'd know if it's lit. The last fire was very verysmall
for the sweat lodge.

My point is that when the fire department is called, someone should call me (unless
I call it in), I would meet the fire truck out from and tell them what's going on.

Would it help to have another person with me to greet the fire truck?

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 8:29 PM, <l wrote:


Thank you for inquiring, Fire Chief Reed.

Fortunately, there was not.

If there is another, we will *definitely* give you a call. (Thank you, again for making your
cell available in this way. We greatly appreciate it.)

Sincerely,

On Mar 30, 2015, at 8:25 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa


<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Was there burning this weekend, I did not receive a call?



Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January 2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From: [mailto:l
Sent:Monday, March 30, 2015 7:07 PM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc:Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James;
English, Jamila A.; Simons, Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel
District residents

Dear Fire Chief Reed and Councilmember Washington,


Thank you for your emails.

We are preparing a response, and will be in touch shortly.

Sincerely,

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello All:
I'm forwarding a response from the Fire Chief.
Thank you,
Annie

On Mar 23, 2015, at 6:24 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa
<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

CM Campbell Washington

Let me start by apologizing for our failure to
manage this incident. It is obvious more education
is needed on the part of the resident burning as
well as our staff regarding the fire code. We have
made it crystal clear with staff, that in the future,
they are to extinguish the fire, if the resident does
not have a permit to burn. I have personally
spoken to and advised her if the
burning takes place again this weekend for her to
call 9-1-1, then call me. We will continue to follow
up to make sure Ms. Onge is aware of the fire
code and the requirement and process of obtaining
the proper burning permits.

Staff will follow up with me to assure this
communication takes place.

Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January
2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From:Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:41 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; ';
Spencer, Terrence; English, Jamila A.; Perkins,
Cynthia
Cc:'

Simons, Adam J.
Subject:RE: The toxic smoke and fire dangers
have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District
residents

Thank you, Chief Reed, for your response.

Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:46 AM,

Thank you for your rapid response to our emails this


morning. I was out of the country on a medical
mission and will be sending out emails to you, Mr.
Anders and the representatives from the Zoning and
Nuisance offices as well to reestablish contact.

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:40 AM, "Campbell


Washington, Annie"
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

Im responding to include Chief Reed, Ed Labayog
and Chris Candell on this message.

Thank you,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:33 AM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence;
English, Jamila A.
Cc:

Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT


been stopped - From Laurel District residents

Council Member Washington and Inspector


Spencer,

are formally requesting that fines be


issued forthe illegal fires that are being
conducted on a regular basis on the property
When we met with you on
March 13, 2015 we were informed that the
business owners on that property had been
informed of the dangers of the burns and that
they were instructed to not conduct any further
burns. We were also told to call 911 and that all
of the surrounding fire departments were
instructed to go out and extinguish the fires. Our
residents did as instructed and the fire
departments did not comply.

We also ask that Inspector Spencer go out again


this week so that he can document that there is
evidence of the recent burns conducted by the
business owners.

Respectfully,

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:17 AM,


wrote:

Councilmember Washington and Inspector


Spencer:

Good morning. This email comes on the heels of


2 frustrating weekends following our meeting on
March 13, 2015.

On Sunday, March 15th, we received an email


from Patricia Onge (see attached) informing us
that there would be a burn. Most of us had
begun to smell smoke before we checked our
emails.

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to


no avail. We were essentially told that the fire
house had arrived and determined that the fire
was safe and they would not go back.
contacted Inspector Spencer and we
were confident there had been some
communication issues that would be fixed.

Alas, on Sunday, March 21st, we received


another email from Patricia Onge (see attached)
informing us that there would be a burn. We also
received a subsequent notice that the Fire Dept.
had been called. (see attached)

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to


no avail. We all have personal accounts of our
conversations with either the Fire dispatch
supervisor or the fire house. In summary,
Patricia Onge had dropped the right names and
they could not deny or confirm that a permit had
been applied for.

1. What difference would it make if the named


resident applied for a permit? If a permit was not
on file, doesn't that mean they
don'tcurrentlyhave a permit?

2. We were led to believe they were in clear


violation of 2 codes, if those items were not
cleared, aren't theystillin violation.

3. We sincerely seek direction on where we go
from here.

Thanks

From:
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Deloach Reed, Teresa
Cc: Spencer, Terrence; Candell, Chris; Labayog, Edward; Minor, Gregory; Anders, James; English, Jamila A.; Simons,
Adam J.; Perkins, Cynthia;

Subject: Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped - From Laurel District residents
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 7:07:46 PM

Dear Fire Chief Reed and Councilmember Washington,


Thank you for your emails.

We are preparing a response, and will be in touch shortly.

Sincerely,

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Campbell Washington, Annie


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Hello All:
I'm forwarding a response from the Fire Chief.
Thank you,
Annie

On Mar 23, 2015, at 6:24 PM, Deloach Reed, Teresa


<TDeloachReed@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

CM Campbell Washington

Let me start by apologizing for our failure to manage this incident. It
is obvious more education is needed on the part of the resident
burning as well as our staff regarding the fire code. We have made it
crystal clear with staff, that in the future, they are to extinguish the
fire, if the resident does not have a permit to burn. I have personally
spoken to and advised her if the burning takes place
again this weekend for her to call 9-1-1, then call me. We will
continue to follow up to make sure Ms. Onge is aware of the fire
code and the requirement and process of obtaining the proper
burning permits.

Staff will follow up with me to assure this communication takes place.

Teresa Deloach Reed, MPA
Fire Chief
City of Oakland
510-238-4050 Office
510-755-5823 Cell
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
New York Times, January 2012http://bit.ly/GB3s8f

From:Campbell Washington, Annie
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:41 AM
To:Deloach Reed, Teresa; '; Spencer, Terrence;
English, Jamila A.; Perkins, Cynthia
Cc:

Simons, Adam J.
Subject:RE: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been
stopped - From Laurel District residents

Thank you, Chief Reed, for your response.

Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 23, 2015, at 9:46 AM, wrote:

Thank you for your rapid response to our emails this morning. I was
out of the country on a medical mission and will be sending out
emails to you, Mr. Anders and the representatives from the Zoning
and Nuisance offices as well to reestablish contact.

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:40 AM, "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com> wrote:

Dear All,

Im responding to include Chief Reed, Ed Labayog and Chris
Candell on this message.

Thank you,
Annie


Annie Campbell Washington
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004

From:
Sent:Monday, March 23, 2015 9:33 AM
To:Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; English, Jamila A.
Cc:

Subject:Re: The toxic smoke and fire dangers have NOT been stopped -
From Laurel District residents

Council Member Washington and Inspector Spencer,

are
formally requesting that fines be issued forthe illegal fires that
are being conducted on a regular basis on the property
When we met with you on March 13,
2015 we were informed that the business owners on that
property had been informed of the dangers of the burns and
that they were instructed to not conduct any further burns. We
were also told to call 911 and that all of the surrounding fire
departments were instructed to go out and extinguish the fires.
Our residents did as instructed and the fire departments did
not comply.

We also ask that Inspector Spencer go out again this week so


that he can document that there is evidence of the recent
burns conducted by the business owners.

Respectfully,

On Monday, March 23, 2015 9:17 AM,


wrote:

Councilmember Washington and Inspector Spencer:

Good morning. This email comes on the heels of 2 frustrating


weekends following our meeting on March 13, 2015.

On Sunday, March 15th, we received an email from Patricia


Onge (see attached) informing us that there would be a burn.
Most of us had begun to smell smoke before we checked our
emails.

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to no avail. We


were essentially told that the fire house had arrived and
determined that the fire was safe and they would not go
back. contacted Inspector Spencer and we were
confident there had been some communication issues that
would be fixed.

Alas, on Sunday, March 21st, we received another email from


Patricia Onge (see attached) informing us that there would be
a burn. We also received a subsequent notice that the Fire
Dept. had been called. (see attached)

We called 9-1-1, as we'd been instructed to do, to no avail. We


all have personal accounts of our conversations with either the
Fire dispatch supervisor or the fire house. In summary,
Patricia Onge had dropped the right names and they could not
deny or confirm that a permit had been applied for.

1. What difference would it make if the named resident applied


for a permit? If a permit was not on file, doesn't that mean they
don'tcurrentlyhave a permit?

2. We were led to believe they were in clear violation of 2


codes, if those items were not cleared, aren't theystillin
violation.

3. We sincerely seek direction on where we go from here.

Thanks

From: Trujillo, Miguel


To: Minor, Gregory
Cc: Spencer, Terrence
Subject: RE: updates
Date: Monday, June 01, 2015 8:33:28 AM

Hello Greg,

What exactly would you like? Nothing has changed since we met with the RP/Tenant.

Thank you,
Miguel

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 6:19 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Candell, Chris; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: Fwd: updates

Can you pass along updates specific to your dept? Thanks


Greg

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: May 29, 2015 at 5:38:19 PM PDT
To: "Minor, Gregory" <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>, "English, Jamila A."
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Rocio Fierro <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: updates

Dear Greg,

Please see the questions below from the neighbors surrounding the 39th Ave.
properties. Can you please advise how you would like me to handle? Would you
like to answer any of these questions or should we assemble a meeting with these
neighbors to answer their questions? What are your thoughts?

Rocio, I am copying you here in case you want to weigh in. Recently, Greg Minor
and the four departments met together with Wilson Riles and Pat St.
Onge, so there has been direct communication with them.

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: <l >


Date: May 29, 2015 at 1:01:32 PM PDT
To: Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson
<nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Jamila English <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson
<NMaxson@oaklandnet.com>,

Subject: Re: updates

Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


Annie, thank you for the updates.

Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR


specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.)
Right now we are in the process of scheduling the Native Circle that
I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that,
and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to increase the
participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the
ADR specialist.

You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone
conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us
get that scheduled and she is copied here I would like a more
detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would
also. For example, we know that the fires have stopped
(temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website
about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from
various depts. However, we have not had one update from any City
department. Some key questions:

Fire:

What is the status of the fires? Will they be


recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do
not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so,
will they need to construct a chimney, as had been
originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe
hazards of wood smoke?

What is the status of activities with the other departments


(building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines
been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical
milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they
are to apply for special use permits, and go through a process
of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)

You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone
conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us
get that scheduled and she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us
a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly
suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-1:30 PM, would be best,
given that everyone works so we would have to take off during
our lunch hours.

Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to


you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you
for the phone call, or even better, can hopefully be on the call.

Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City
departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is
ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding


mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's
Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative


Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below
would be able to identify available mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and


Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the
mediation herself or would be willing to connect you
with another mediator. She has contacts throughout
Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone


conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli
can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From: Candell, Chris
To: Minor, Gregory; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: RE: updates
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:57:45 PM

In response to the letter I received from the property owner I extended the deadline for bringing in
an application to 6/15/15 providing they halt the activities not allowed without a CUP.

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:23 PM
To: Candell, Chris; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: FW: updates

Can you send updates for Planning and Building, respectively? thanks

From: Minor, Gregory


Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 6:19 PM
To: Spencer, Terrence; Trujillo, Miguel; Candell, Chris; Taylor, Marie (Allene)
Subject: Fwd: updates

Can you pass along updates specific to your dept? Thanks


Greg

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Campbell Washington, Annie"


<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
Date: May 29, 2015 at 5:38:19 PM PDT
To: "Minor, Gregory" <GMinor@oaklandnet.com>, "English, Jamila A."
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Rocio Fierro <RFierro@oaklandcityattorney.org>
Subject: Fwd: updates

Dear Greg,

Please see the questions below from the neighbors surrounding the 39th Ave.
properties. Can you please advise how you would like me to handle? Would you
like to answer any of these questions or should we assemble a meeting with these
neighbors to answer their questions? What are your thoughts?

Rocio, I am copying you here in case you want to weigh in. Recently, Greg Minor
and the four departments met together with Wilson Riles and Pat St.
Onge, so there has been direct communication with them.

Thank you,
Annie

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: < >


Date: May 29, 2015 at 1:01:32 PM PDT
To: Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington
<ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>, Jamila English
<JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson
<nmaxson@oaklandnet.com>
Cc: Jamila English <JEnglish@oaklandnet.com>, Nayeli Maxson
<NMaxson@oaklandnet.com>,

Subject: Re: updates

Hello Annie, Jamila and Nayeli,


Annie, thank you for the updates.

Thanks, also, for passing on the information about the ADDR


specialists. (Jamila, thanks for the outreach to Susan Davidson.)
Right now we are in the process of scheduling the Native Circle that
I mentioned when we last spoke. If there is not success with that,
and/or if theres a sense that it would be beneficial to increase the
participation to others (and if others are willing), well engage the
ADR specialist.

You wrote: Please let me know if you would like to have a phone
conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us
get that scheduled and she is copied here I would like a more
detailed update, and I suspect that some/many in our group would
also. For example, we know that the fires have stopped
(temporarily), and Pat has posted some updates on their website
about rebuilding their fire pit, and dealing with City staff from
various depts. However, we have not had one update from any City
department. Some key questions:

Fire:

What is the status of the fires? Will they be


recommencing?
Will BAAQMD requirements be met?
Will they be required to abide by City ordinances that do
not permit smoke to blow across property lines? If so,
will they need to construct a chimney, as had been
originally discussed?
What about the use of other fuels, given the severe
hazards of wood smoke?

What is the status of activities with the other departments


(building, nuisance and zoning)? Have any citations or fines
been issued?
What are the timelines for each department for critical
milestones (e.g., if the fires are to recommence, when? If they
are to apply for special use permits, and go through a process
of notifying the neighborhood, when might that occur? Etc.)

You wrote, Please let me know if you would like to have a phone
conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli can help us
get that scheduled and she is copied here. Nayeli, please do offer us
a few options for a phone conversation sometime soon. I strongly
suspect that the lunch hour, roughly 12:30-1:30 PM, would be best,
given that everyone works so we would have to take off during
our lunch hours.

Also, I will ask members of our group to forward their questions to


you. That way appropriate City staff can forward the answers to you
for the phone call, or even better, can hopefully be on the call.

Many thanks,

On May 28, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Campbell Washington,


Annie <ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com>
wrote:

Dear

I wanted to let you know that the work between the City
departments and the property owners on 39th Avenue is
ongoing.

I also wanted to share the information regarding


mediation contacts with you from our City Attorney's
Office:

"The Alameda County Bar Assn. has an Alternative


Dispute Resolution Section and the persons below
would be able to identify available mediators.

Susan J. Davidson, Chair of ADR Section


Dispute Resolution Specialists
697 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
adrexpert@aol.com
(510) 647-9120

Hadassah Hayashi, Staff Liaison for ADR Section


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200"

Jamila contacted Susan Davidson (listed above) and


Susan stated that she would be willing to handle the
mediation herself or would be willing to connect you
with another mediator. She has contacts throughout
Alameda County who could help you.

Please let me know if you would like to have a phone


conversation about this in the near future. If so, Nayeli
can help us get that scheduled and she is copied here.

Warmest regards,
Annie

Annie Campbell Washington


Oakland City Councilmember, District 4
(510) 238-7004
From:
To: Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Campbell Washington, Annie; Hackett, Maurice; Candell, Chris; English, Jamila A.; Ken
Greenstein
Subject: Re: URGENT- fire hazard: 39th Ave properties
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:49:33 AM
Importance: High

Terrence,
Thank you for our detailed conversation a few moments ago. I appreciate that you will speak
with Greg Minor later today about developing an action plan.

As we discussed, our community would like for you and Greg to pursue the option that we
noted that the retreat-farm has so repeatedly, and with gross negligence, violated fire and
smoke ordinances, that they should be permanently banned from having any more fires on
their property. (The violations include: illegal 10 x 10 fire pit within a few feet of fabric, dry
vegetation and wood which Terrence inspected and cited last year; new fire pit with spark
arrestor not in place or not working, with sparks rising ten feet and more into the air, near
fabric-covered sweatlodge per video I sent you both weeks ago; new fire pit cracked with
4-5 crack down the center, yet still being used for fires per video I sent you both weeks
ago; wood stove burning in fabric yurt, with no permit per email below, and associated
video; smoke nuisances associated with all three fires : original fire pit, new fire tower, and
wood stove).

Their infringements happen so regularly, that there is a well-established pattern. It cannot be


left to community residents to have to stay on constant alertfor the next violation and,
again, especially not in the wake of the Ghost Ship Fire tragedy. As a community, we are
alarmed and afraid.

Greg,
In addition to what I wrote above and below, please let this email stand as official notice that
we request that the recent wood stove woodsmoke issue, noted below, count as a formal
violation either against your original citation, or counting as a new citation.

Regards,

On Dec 18, 2016, at 3:44 PM, >


wrote:

Vice Mayor Campbell Washington, Inspector Spencer and Assistant


Administrator Minor,
I write with urgency about a new fire hazard, and nuisance issue, at the retreat-
farm on 3732 39thAve.,3740 39thAve., and3746 39thAve.

Like the rest of Oakland, and the state and the country, our community is still
reeling from the Ghost Ship Fire tragedy. The grief is very close to home for some
of us. My 17-year olds boyfriend lost his best friend and another friend in the
fire. We are well aware that City agencies are under stress and pressure and we
would well imagine that the Fire Dept., in particular, is shouldering numerous
responsibilities. For these reasons we hesitate to contact you at this busy and
tender time. Yet for these very same reasons our need to contact you is all the
more urgent, because the retreat-farm owners are, yet again, creating a fire hazard
that puts the entire neighborhood at risk. A few days ago they began using a wood
stove in one of the fabric yurts! Also, it appears that they have electricity in the
yurt.

In our public comments to City Planner Mo Hackett about the retreat-farm


application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), we noted that the owners have
accelerated their stated intention in their CUP application to use the yurts as
dwelling units to house guests. People are already living there. We know that the
CUP review process is underway, including a denial of the CUP application,
pending possible appeal and we were going to be patient to allow the process
to reach its conclusion. However, this new development supersedes the CUP
process, and requires immediate attention.

A few days ago they began using a wood stove. At first we noticed the smoke at
the tail-end of what was probably a very brief burn, and we were not sure from
where the smoke emanated. The next time the burn was for nearly an hour, and it
was clear that it emanated from a yurt. Both of those were during the day. The
third time was for hours at night. They may be establishing a pattern of using the
wood stove every day.

From a nuisance standpoint, it is very problematic that the smoke often blows
directly into one or more homes mine included. The biggest nuisance issue is,
once again, woodsmoke. Even when we close all windows and doors, the
woodsmoke still enters our homes through the water heater combustion air
ducting, the kitchen hood vent exhaust, and the bathroom exhaust roof-caps.
When they burned the wood stove for hours one evening, we could not use the
downstairs floor of our home. Additionally, we have had to continuously run the
bathroom exhaust and kitchen hood vents, to create a reverse airflow out of the
house. Neither of those exhaust fans is designed to run for hours on end. Further,
this creates a loss of heated air.

However, the most egregious issue of all, which has our community up in arms, is
the fire hazard! Here are the risks:

The yurt in which they are burning a wood stove is made of fabric.
It is 3 feet away from a wooden fence, which is adjacent to a cedar work
shed, dense vegetation, and my home which is adjacent to all the homes
in our home owners association (HOA), and to all the homes in the
neighboring apartment complex.
The yurt is also 4 feet from another wooden fence, which is adjacent to
dense vegetation, and a home in our neighboring HOA which is adjacent
to all the homes in that HOA.
The yurt is also adjacent to a wooden platform, that is adjacent to three
other fabric yurts, which are just feet from the wooden fence surrounding
the neighboring HOA.
Additionally, it appears that the yurt is electrically wired, because there is
significant indoor lighting (i.e., not just a flashlight). We are well aware that
faulty electrical wiring is one of the major causes of household fires.

I attach photos of the area showing the fabric yurt and its proximity to wooden
fences, dense vegetation, other yurts, and our housing units. I also attach photos
of light emanating from the yurts skylight at night, probably from lighting from
AC sources. Greg and Terrence, I will send you separately a representative 5-
minute video of the smoke from the wood stove. (This was taken with an iPhone
camera, through a closed window, several yards from the yurt and smoke. So the
photo quality is poor. Also, we caught the burn at its start. So initially the smoke
plume is very faint. It does pick up a small bit further in the video. However, our
aim was merely to provide evidence that they are using a wood stove in a fabric
yurt not to document the entire burn, nor to document the burn at its most
intense output of smoke.)

Annie, Terrence and Greg, our community is outraged. Its bad enough that the
retreat-farm owners are generating hazardous woodsmoke again, just weeks after
you, Greg, issued a citation for them to stop their sweatlodge fires for nuisance
smoke. (Once again, Greg, we thank you for that citation.) Its also bad enough
that they have continued with some of their original plans for their retreat center,
even while the CUP application was being reviewed, and even since it has been
initially denied. (Once again, Mo, we thank you and your colleagues for this
decision.) Its also bad enough that they do not have permits to use a wood stove
in the yurt, to have electricity in the yurt, to have a toilet in the yurt, or to have
anyone living in the yurt. However, each of these items, while very significant on
its own, pales in light of the biggest issue: just weeks after the Ghost Ship Fire
tragedy, they have the audacity to operate an illegal fire (no permit for a wood
stove in that structure) IN A FABRIC YURTSURROUNDED BY
NUMEROUSCOMBUSTIBLES ADJACENT TO THREE DENSELY
RESIDENTIALBUILDINGS HOUSING 60+ PEOPLE.

Terrence, I am hopeful that you can address this immediately. In particular, it s


our understanding that the Fire Dept. has the right to enter a property when/where
there is a situation that does or could pose a threat to lives and/or property. We
strongly prefer that you, firefighters or other Fire Department staff be able to do
so immediately, or when they are next using their woodstove. We believe that any
other arrangement (e.g., you make an appointment for an inspection) risks failure,
because they might simply clear the yurt of the wood stove before your arrival,
and deny its existence. I will follow-up with a call tomorrow or, feel free to
call me at any time at .

Some among our members wanted to escalate directly to Fire Chief Reed.
However, Terrence, you have been consistently outstanding in dealing with the
retreat-farm issues, and we want to give you an opportunity to address this.

Greg, we are aware that Nuisance cannot generally act as speedily as Fire can
when there are imminent threats to property and/or life. Nonetheless, if there is
any remedy that your department can deliver, please let us know.
All, as always on important correspondence, we are cc'ing our lawyer, Ken
Greenstein ofGreenstein and McDonald. Please include him on any responses.

If anyone has any questions or comments, please dont hesitate to email or call me
at

Regards,

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From: Hackett, Maurice
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Candell, Chris; English, Jamila A.; Ken Greenstein
Subject: RE: URGENT- fire hazard: 39th Ave properties
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:56:05 AM

Good morning.
An appeal to the December 9th decision for denial of PLN15195 was filed yesterday afternoon.
The appeal case number is PLN15195-A01.

Additional information to follow.

Regards

Moe Hackett
Planner II

Moe Hackett, Planner II | City of Oakland | Bureau of Planning | 250 Frank H. Ogawa, Suite 2114 | Oakland, CA 94612| Phone: (510) 238-3973| Fax: (510) 238-4730 | Email:
mhackett@oaklandnet.com | Website: www.oaklandnet.com/planning

From: [mailto ]
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2016 3:44 PM
To: Campbell Washington, Annie; Spencer, Terrence; Minor, Gregory
Cc: Hackett, Maurice; Candell, Chris; English, Jamila A.; ; Ken Greenstein
Subject: URGENT- fire hazard: 39th Ave properties
Importance: High

Vice Mayor Campbell Washington, Inspector Spencer and Assistant Administrator Minor,
I write with urgency about a new fire hazard, and nuisance issue, at the retreat-farm on 3732 39thAve.,3740 39thAve., and3746 39thAve.

Like the rest of Oakland, and the state and the country, our community is still reeling from the Ghost Ship Fire tragedy. The grief is very close to home for some of us.
My 17-year olds boyfriend lost his best friend and another friend in the fire. We are well aware that City agencies are under stress and pressure and we would well
imagine that the Fire Dept., in particular, is shouldering numerous responsibilities. For these reasons we hesitate to contact you at this busy and tender time. Yet for
these very same reasons our need to contact you is all the more urgent, because the retreat-farm owners are, yet again, creating a fire hazard that puts the entire
neighborhood at risk. A few days ago they began using a wood stove in one of the fabric yurts! Also, it appears that they have electricity in the yurt.

In our public comments to City Planner Mo Hackett about the retreat-farm application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), we noted that the owners have accelerated
their stated intention in their CUP application to use the yurts as dwelling units to house guests. People are already living there. We know that the CUP review process
is underway, including a denial of the CUP application, pending possible appeal and we were going to be patient to allow the process to reach its conclusion.
However, this new development supersedes the CUP process, and requires immediate attention.

A few days ago they began using a wood stove. At first we noticed the smoke at the tail-end of what was probably a very brief burn, and we were not sure from where
the smoke emanated. The next time the burn was for nearly an hour, and it was clear that it emanated from a yurt. Both of those were during the day. The third time
was for hours at night. They may be establishing a pattern of using the wood stove every day.

From a nuisance standpoint, it is very problematic that the smoke often blows directly into one or more homes mine included. The biggest nuisance issue is, once
again, woodsmoke. Even when we close all windows and doors, the woodsmoke still enters our homes through the water heater combustion air ducting, the kitchen
hood vent exhaust, and the bathroom exhaust roof-caps. When they burned the wood stove for hours one evening, we could not use the downstairs floor of our home.
Additionally, we have had to continuously run the bathroom exhaust and kitchen hood vents, to create a reverse airflow out of the house. Neither of those exhaust fans
is designed to run for hours on end. Further, this creates a loss of heated air.

However, the most egregious issue of all, which has our community up in arms, is the fire hazard! Here are the risks:

The yurt in which they are burning a wood stove is made of fabric.
It is 3 feet away from a wooden fence, which is adjacent to a cedar work shed, dense vegetation, and my home which is adjacent to all the homes in our home
owners association (HOA), and to all the homes in the neighboring apartment complex.
The yurt is also 4 feet from another wooden fence, which is adjacent to dense vegetation, and a home in our neighboring HOA which is adjacent to all the
homes in that HOA.
The yurt is also adjacent to a wooden platform, that is adjacent to three other fabric yurts, which are just feet from the wooden fence surrounding the neighboring
HOA.
Additionally, it appears that the yurt is electrically wired, because there is significant indoor lighting (i.e., not just a flashlight). We are well aware that faulty
electrical wiring is one of the major causes of household fires.

I attach photos of the area showing the fabric yurt and its proximity to wooden fences, dense vegetation, other yurts, and our housing units. I also attach photos of light
emanating from the yurts skylight at night, probably from lighting from AC sources. Greg and Terrence, I will send you separately a representative 5-minute video of
the smoke from the wood stove. (This was taken with an iPhone camera, through a closed window, several yards from the yurt and smoke. So the photo quality is poor.
Also, we caught the burn at its start. So initially the smoke plume is very faint. It does pick up a small bit further in the video. However, our aim was merely to provide