And at another tense meeting, the City Council voted to pursue new shelter sites for affected residents, but most are far-off prospects.
Councilmember Carroll Fife called the need for space to house Wood Street residents “an emergency.” City staff say there are legal and environmental issues with her request.
The court lifted a temporary restraining order, allowing a phased shutdown of Oakland’s largest camp.
Plus: The city is paying $1.5 million to settle former police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s lawsuit.
A federal judge maintained a temporary restraining order pausing closure plans, but said residents will need to leave eventually.
The Caltrans announcement has residents scrambling to find alternative living arrangements. Others have vowed to stay and resist the closure.
Residents of the Wood Street homeless camp evacuated Monday morning after a large fire engulfed vehicles and a small bridge.