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Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

For those that are mis informed. The ramen itself is actually zoned for live work. It has been since it was built. It was built as a mixed use building. The city was very animate about shutting this place down. Before you express an opinion. You should know the facts. Because opinions are often loud and unwanted. Where fact is is usually calm and undeniable.

Posted by Shane Saw Sischo on 12/21/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Charles C. Eroster there are actual bedrooms in Ramen, an actual bathroom, and an actual kitchen. It was originally built as a live/work space in 1905. It is not simply a "warehouse" like Ghost Ship was.

Posted by Zachary Glanz on 12/21/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

Burnt Ramen should not have been targeted by the city in this way. This is not a dangerous place. Everything is cement and there are 2 large clearly marked, clearly accessible exits. This is a place that welcomes those who are marginalized to build community, creativity, and fun! I have always experienced Ramen as a positive, non-judgmental space where people can be themselves. As a Richmond resident and Registered Nurse, I strongly feel Burnt Ramen is good for Public Health and an asset to the community! I urge Mayor Tom Butt to work with the owner to ensure the space is preserved and that the residents are allowed to return to their homes.

Posted by Tess Gurrey on 12/21/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

No one says "Gee I want to live on the streets, filthy cold and starving". Just as no one says "Gee, I'll be an addict/alcoholic and completely screw up my life". Sometimes they make choices that make it inevitable.
Sometimes what they have makes those choices look like the better alternative... Which if you think about it says something awful about their interior landscapes.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

Actually, having lived in Oakland since '96, the streets have been alive with homeless all this time. The tents came after occupy. Same people, just a new look

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

I am reading intetesting stuff about the warehouse fire in 2015...what was the place called? Funkadelic Hootchie Hut Mindscape or something? Two dead in 2015 but what that tragedy revealed was the de facto policy of tolerance by city officials because of a belief that artistic funk impacts the local economy in a positive way which can't be quantified with a number...or subjected to small-minded notions like common sense.

So we must ask...was Ghost Ship left off the fire department data base ON PURPOSE? Were inspections not performed ON PURPOSE because of this "live and let die" policy? And why was the police chief BLINKING SO MUCH at the December 3 news conference? She looked like a suspect being interrogated based on those nervous eye movements.

I bet they all knew. This came down from the mayor...down through inspections, police, fire, CPS...what happened is precisely the wrong lesson was learned in 2015. Instead of cracking down on the ratholes, the city started leaving out blocks of cheese.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

It's not like this is first time they've been told to vacate. Burnt Ramen has been shutdown before in the past. They leave and then creep back until they get caught again.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Punk House Residents Thought City of Richmond Would Help. Instead, They Got Evicted.

A warehouse is not a "house." Thank God the grown-ups have been called in to enforce basic norms of modern American civilization.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

It"s like ducklings looking right at a feral cat and not recognizing danger. These little artistic buttercups can't recognize the reality of fire hazzards.

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Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

Why is there a troll in here? Don't feed the troll.

Posted by splob on 12/19/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

"Strauss has experienced firsthand how tragedy can lead to eviction. In March 2015, the building that housed his home and recording studio burnt down, resulting in the deaths of two tenants that lived at the live-work space above his abode. The Building and Planning Department red-tagged his entire building after the fire, even though he believes that the location was habitable " - And this guy wants a "total moratorium" on red and yellow tagging? Are you kidding me? I'm all in favor of working to ensure that there are affordable options, but the building codes are there for a reason. Get real Mr. Strauss....

Posted by J.F. Parmer on 12/19/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “NBC Paid for Ghost Ship Operator Derick Almena's Hotel Room During Exclusive Interview

You're seriously going to tell me that of 35 adults who showed up for a rave at an illegally-converted warehouse full of drugs and layers of bad lifestyle choices, you don't believe many of them used public assistance to support themselves? And then fudged when reporting income? This is not wild speculation, this is how your the world routinely works. Public assistance supports people being bums and bumming around, partying, doing drugs, claiming to be "artists" and talking about the great and noble contributions made by "artists" to the "culture."

We see the contribution, here. Thirty-six dead. And the grown-ups cleaning up the mess.

It will all come out, you know, when there are lawsuits and calculations are performed about the yearly income (and therefore economic value) of each of these 35 adult lives. It will come out how they made a living. As for the minor, he is a special case, and God rest his soul.

Also, many of the victims were students--some were students pretty much all their life, into their 30s and they'd never actually started "grown up" pay-the-bills careers, so that's ANOTHER form of social welfare in the form of student loans and grants. The fire happened a couple weeks from finals...and where were they? Not doing homework, that's for sure.

There are so many abdications of responsibility here. Layers of abdication of responsibility. By authorities in multiple agencies and the fire chief in particular, who was obviously hired on the basis of "diversity" instead of actual competence or there would have been a damned working database of buildings. By the landlord. By Derrick and his wife. And yes, by everybody who entered that building to party or live there, making conscious choices to risk safety in favor of a night of fun or a place to "crash," and live cheaply, while living in a place that, economically, they can't afford but, oh, it's just so FUN, FUN, FUN. And who pays for the fun? Tax payers.

You are afraid to examine the tough issues. Afraid of what you might find. Thankfully, all over the country the authorities are waking up and doing something about unsafe "art and living" spaces to prevent another "Ghost Ship" situation. Part of the examination of the issues here must include the question: HOW DO YOU AFFORD YOUR ROCK AND ROLL LIFESTYLE?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

Or one might use a term from public administration. A "window of opportunity." Public policy proposals and implementation languish until everybody pays attention due to some catastophe. Then what we needed all along finally happens...in this case, an overdue crackdown upon firetrap "art and living" spaces all over the country.

There is no "moral panic." There is an actual long-ignored problem. Or to put it another way:

Your "safe spaces" aren't safe.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/16/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “NBC Paid for Ghost Ship Operator Derick Almena's Hotel Room During Exclusive Interview

Charles, people like you sure make me hope hell exists. You'll only mourn 1 of 36 just because they were a minor/not on public assistance? How twisted can you be? You also have no reason to believe they are on public assistance.. why jump to that random conclusion and use it to justify your total heartlessness? What a total nut job. You clearly have more important things to worry about. And guess what? Doing all of that while on public assistance is legal in California... if you don't like it, move to another state! I can guarantee no one will miss you, though I'd feel bad for any more people exposed to your toxic existence.

Posted by jerry s sienfeld on 12/16/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Low-Income Residents Thrive at 'Homefulness,' An East Oakland Affordable-Housing Hub That Does Things a Bit Differently

Love the conceptual reality. The program seems to evoke a sense of self worth that cannot be mandated by government charity regardless of it's noble intentions. Well done, Laura. Well done, Tiny.

Posted by Jerry Newberry on 12/16/2016 at 12:21 PM
Posted by Justin Beck on 12/16/2016 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction

You really don't want to look squarely at my main point and address it or argue with it, do you?

Housing costs aren't at the root of homelessness but mental illness and substance abuse are. And the homeless go where they will. If you go up to 100 percent of the homeless in Oakland and ask them why they are in Oakland, you won't have 100 percent of them say, "Well, because I used to have a home in Oakland but...damn...housing costs went up. Now I stick around here out of sheer habit, I guess."

Homeless congregate near easy scores. Shelters. Soup kitchens. Places to sleep where they won't get rousted. But most of all...liberal types who hand them money to buy drugs and booze. They talj to each other and trade tips...

New Orleans... best drink specials and people buy you drinks.

Seattle...so many soup kitchens. Work on a boat a few months then you can coast 9 months out of the year.

Minneapolis...won't check to see if you are collecting food stamps at the same time in Illinois.

Oakland...make up any crazy story and they BELIEVE you. Not a military vet to be found anywhere so when you claim to be a vet nobody has a clue how to check.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/15/2016 at 7:50 PM
Posted by Garrett Alan on 12/15/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Low-Income Residents Thrive at 'Homefulness,' An East Oakland Affordable-Housing Hub That Does Things a Bit Differently

This is a great story. So good to hear that people are finding solutions that work and making them happen.

Posted by Sebra Leaves on 12/15/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

How do you believe rental law applies here?

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Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/15/2016 at 1:06 PM

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