Oakland: Fires Continue to Plague Low-Income Residents



A tent fire that broke out Monday night at a regulated campground at 35th & Magnolia streets destroyed 12 tents. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there were no known injuries.

This is the latest life threatening fire that is affecting growing numbers of low-income residents, who are living in substandard housing and homeless encampments,

According to City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who issued a press release Thursday, “This fire, together with the fire that destroyed 2551 San Pablo underscore our need to do more.”

“The Mayor’s budget proposal is deeply disappointing,” she said.  “As the council considers the FY17-19 Budget, I will bring forward bold proposals to secure more housing and improve public safety and alleviate the public health concerns raised by unregulated campsites.”


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