Dear San Francisco Agencies:
We’re bypassing the step of sending in another email or letter to describe our outrage; it’s apparent that emails don’t yield any response or action these days. Worth noting, our Co-Founder Richard Johnson sent this text regarding the fire:
Supervisor Preston, Captain Yep & Kyle this fire happened today around 4pm today on Octavia Blvd between Hickory & Fell on east side of blvd. In looking at the scene Ana, Mich & I met several concerned neighbors. Good news is no one was injured but bad news is this could have been worse. In speaking with one of the campers he stated it was started by a candle. In looking at the scene it seemed to be a hotter fire. Possibly a fire started by a fuel used to make or cook meth. This time we managed to avoid a major fire. All our neighbors had the same concern will next fire be a larger & have fatalities. Curious of each of your takes how we deescalate this safety hazard. Richard
We have yet to receive a word back from any of the addressed parties.
Our concern is simple: as residents and constituents we believe our public safety and quality of life is at great risk while we navigate sharing the streets with ‘campers’. The campers who are un-housed have been a staple on Octavia Boulevard for over a year and the situation has not improved, rather it has deteriorated. We’ve reached a tipping point when neighbors alike don’t feel safe walking with family, friends or dogs and can’t safely park their cars on a public street while fires are now part of the hazards that accompany encampments. Any one of our community members could have been in this fire’s path!
We would love a response to Richard’s text or this open letter though we aren’t holding our breath. Our City, its system and the blatant disregard to acknowledge this crisis continues to shock us at our core.
~ HVSafe Community
Read our updates on this incident here.