From March to May 2017, the NSC contacted Head-Royce (emails to and from Head-Royce) with concerns about fire safety on the LCC property. Head-Royce responded that it would begin vegetation management, but provided no dates. After seeing no improvement, the NSC requested a copy of the Fire Department inspection reports from the City of Oakland. None was forthcoming for the LCC property, but the June 1, 2017 fire inspection report for the 14+ acre campus indicated that the Fire Department inspected the campus on the same day and found HRS “unsatisfactory” in complying with any of the City’s vegetation fire regulations. The NSC contacted the Oakland Vegetation Fire Prevention Department in October 2017 and learned that the inspectors were unable to obtain HRS’s cooperation. As of October 8, 2017, nearing the end of the fire season, dead tree branches, vegetation near abandoned or unoccupied wooden structures, a downed tree, and a split tree were still on the property.
During the North Bay fires in October 2017, the NSC sent a notice to neighbors warning of the fire danger on HRS’s 23+ acres. On November 2, 2017, then entering into the rain season, the Fire Department decided HRS had met the “defensible space” vegetation requirements. However, in October 2017, an East Bay Times news article indicated that the Oakland Firesafe Council had done an inspection of hillside residential properties and found that they passed inspection when they should not have. The Firesafe Council: