Moms 4 Housing timeline: How and when the saga unfolded

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Rebecca Kaplan, president of the Oakland City Council, on
Tuesday announced a resolution to prevent the auction of at least
153 properties, in the hopes that the city can team up with
community-based organizations to use them to shelter homeless
residents. If approved, the city resolution would prevent the
auction of the properties, which Kaplan said could happen in late

Kaplan further called for the state of California to follow suit
and prioritize “’auction by the government’ housing
properties to be used for affordable housing.”

How did we arrive here?

The councilmember’s actions have been inspired by the Moms 4
Housing activists. The saga began in mid-November, according to
reporter Marisa Kendall, when “34-year-old Dominique Walker and
41-year-old Sameerah Karim moved their belongings into a house on
Magnolia Street that they say has been sitting empty for two

Magnolia Street. 2011-2019(Courtesy: Google) 

2017-19: The Magnolia Street house in West
Oakland is empty, according to Moms 4 Housing.

July 31, 2019: Wedgewood Properties buys the
house at 2928 Magnolia St. in a foreclosure auction for

Nov. 18: Moms 4 Housing
moves into
the house.

Early December: Moms 4 Housing
receives an eviction notice
from Wedgewood requiring them to
leave by Dec. 17.

Dec. 16: The Moms 4 Housing
eviction is stalled
as a court accepts a claim the group filed,
alleging a right to possession of 2928 Magnolia St.

eviction is STOPPED!!! Today dozens of community
members came out to support @moms4housing
in filing a claim to right to possession to
& it was accepted! That means they have 15 days
before a hearing where the courts will determine if the moms can

— ACCE (@CalOrganize)
December 16, 2019

Dec. 23: Wedgewood
to turn the Magnolia Street house into a job training
center for at-risk Oakland residents as part of a project with
nonprofit Shelter 37 — when Moms 4 Housing leaves the

Dec. 24: Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca
Kaplan’s office
announces the city is considering seizing
the property at 2928
Magnolia St. if Wedgewood does not negotiate a property sale with
Moms 4 Housing.

Dec. 30: Alameda County Superior Court Judge
Patrick McKinney II
hears the Moms 4 Housing case

Jan. 10: McKinney
rejects Moms 4 Housing’s arguments
in court, authorizing the
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to evict the women within five

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Jan. 10: Moms 4 Housing
loses its court battle
but refuses to leave.

Jan. 11: Wedgewood
offers to pay
for the Moms 4 Housing to live elsewhere for two
months. The women refuse Wedgewood’s overture.

Jan. 13: At least 100 supporters
gathered in front of the house
to protest the eviction.

Jan. 14: Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies
end a 58-day standoff by
removing and arresting
four of the Moms 4 Housing squatters and
their supporters.

Jan. 16: Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers 15 trailers
— to house 50 to 70 unhoused individuals — to Oakland Mayor
Libby Schaaf. Newsom praises the Moms 4 Housing movement: “It
takes a tremendous amount of courage to do what they’ve

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Jan. 20: Schaaf and Moms 4 Housing
announce a deal
between Wedgewood and the group to allow them
to buy the Magnolia Street property.

Jan. 21: Kaplan drafts a resolution to prevent
the auction of specified properties, which can be used to help
house the city’s unsheltered.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Moms 4 Housing timeline: How and when the saga unfolded