Grand Lake Neighbors — Minutes for January 2024 Meeting

Grand Lake Neighbors (OPD beats 14Y & 16X) Monthly meeting minutes 1/17/2024
Barnett Hall, Lakeshore Baptist Church
Attendance: 39, including OPD(2) and City reps(2) and County (1)
NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2024
Questions: Eric Hughes –

  • Tribute to Officer Tuan le.
    • We spent a few minutes remembering our neighborhood friend OPD Officer Le. Here is a link to the tribute we distributed.
  • Crime reports and project status from OPD
    • Not reported in writing this month.There are three vacancies remaining in the OPD Dispatch Center. That is down from 16 in late 2023.We discussed whether it is illegal for a vehicle to cross a double yellow line in a commercial district to enter a parking space. We (subsequent to the meeting) clarified with our area Captain that it is, in fact, not legal.We discussed “Star Chaser” technology and its potential applicability in Oakland. It has been considered, but is currently in the ‘probably not practical’ (editor’s words) category.Attendees brought up the cameras in the Walker and Walgreens lots to ensure OPD was aware of them. A siren that has been sounding at night was subsequently discovered to be coming from the Verizon building on Lakeshore. It has been fixed.Locations are being considered for the placement of City budgeted license plate readers.
    • We asked how much time is spent by the walking officers in the Grand Lake, but did not get a specific answer.
  • Our guest Amy Shrago from Keith Carson’s County office made a presentation about the services and challenges faced by Alameda County. (Ed note: both of these PDFs are very high level, but very useful, summaries of what the County does)
    • Some key points that were discussed:
      • SB43 is delayed until 1/1/26 in Alameda County due to the lack of placement units. New units available are also not adequate for the new people added to the houseless population.
        • There are currently 3300 units occupied and 1300 in development.
        Here is the link to the mentioned UCSF “California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness” study.A question was asked about what the % of coordinated entry folks were from Oakland. Here is the answer: “9,605 were newly enrolled in Coordinated Entry between 2/1/22-11/30/23. Of those 4,499 (46.8%) were connected to the Oakland Resource zone. About 3% of people did not select a resource zone and the resource zone was blank.”
      • Here are key contacts and their uses:
        • General resources list. (Ed note: this is somewhat redundant to the above PDFs, but has more specific links and phone numbers)
        • 1-800-491-9099 is ACCESS (Moderate to Severe Symptoms) Available 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday What to expect? A 20-minute phone call with a mental health clinician who will determine the level of severity of the client’s mental health condition. After an internal verification process, they will refer your client to the resources that best match the diagnosis and clinical needs. The verification and referral process will take 24-48 business hours after the initial screening call.
          TIPS: The client needs to be on the line, unless they are experiencing an active psychotic episode, in which case a family member or care provider can call on their behalf. Be prepared to provide information on your client’s:
          • Birthdate and demographics
          • Insurance provider
          • Therapist preferences (location, gender, race) – ACCESS clinicians will do their best to match as closely as possible.
  • Crisis: Call 911 or the Alameda County Crisis Services Mobile Crisis Team Monday-Friday: 8AM-6PM (510) 891-5600 – Ask for the ON-DUTY Clinician.  If the person is posing a threat to others, themselves (suicidality) or are gravely disabled by their condition, call 911 and ask for CATT. If a mental health crisis isn’t showing immediate danger, call the crisis hotline for evaluations, limited crisis intervention and brief treatment with case management following acute care for selected individuals without other resources. Referrals to CRP are also made through ACCESS.
    • Here are two PDFs: “County Crisis Services Brochure” and “County Tip Sheet” that might be useful printed as a window sign for commercial establishments with street presence.

      Alameda County Crisis Response Hotline: 1-800-309-2131 If you or someone you know is struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions we are here to help. You do not need to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to call. Trained crisis intervention counselors are available to receive crisis calls and give supportive counseling 24 hours a day, every day. Translation is available in more than 140 languages. We also offer teletype (TDD) services for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals.

    Alameda County Community Assessment and Transport Team (CATT)
    7am-11pm, 7 Days/week
    Call 911 and request CATT
  • Our guest Kylah Staley from the Oakland Neighborhood Law Corps made a powerpoint presentation about the services provided by that group.
    • There are three followups we requested:
      • Ongoing noise complaints about M2 on Grand Avenue.
      • Whether any action can be taken on the unfinished remodel at 546 Weldon Avenue.