Ariel Boone is a freelance journalist and reporter for KPFA News in Oakland, California. She previously worked at Democracy Now! in New York.
The people who use the space during the day needed a Porta Potty there, so the community paid for one. But since its arrival in May, the toilet has come under attack.
Berkeley and Oakland are poised to pass TOPA—landmark legislation that would give tenants the right to buy their homes.
Jorge Peña walked his tiny dog, Chiquita, around the inside perimeter of 711 71st Avenue in Oakland, behind the RVs parked neatly facing each other, stopping to say hello to his neighbor sitting in the shade. He is one of the first residents of Oakland’s new, invite-only “safe RV lot” next to Coliseum BART, and he calls it a “godsend.”