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

You are absolutely full of it to claim these people who were living in this low-end warehouse flophouse-with-fingerpainting-activities adult daycare art facility aren't sucking the government tit. That is statistically ridiculous when you look at the numbers of how many people live through dedicated and guiltless government tit-sucking...especially bummy "artist" types. You think it an entitlement...a birthright...so you don't have to actually work to eat and you can be an "artist" and "give" so much to society.

Let me inform you of my theory of why the inspectors were LAUGHING. Because some two weeks after a fire believed to have been caused by overloaded electrical systems these inspectors go inside Burnt Ramen and find SPACE HEATERS plugged into overloaded electrical systems.

This was the mirthless, disbelieving, just-south-of-contemptuous laugh of an authority figure encountering, yet again, the colorfully creative stupidity of anti-authoritarian warehouse dwellers. Like...do they ever learn? (Cynical, mirthless laugh and shake of head)

If you had a fire of tangled extension cords do you know what it would look like? The scorched tangle of cords?

Burnt Ramen.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 11:13 PM

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

Again, Charles C. Eroster, you are misinformed. None of the people that live(d) at Burnt Ramen are on food stamps, all of them either own a business, work, and/or go to school. Which is probably more than you do considering all of the free time that I have seen you have. Pretty impressive to have commented more than 70 times in just a few days, you've been busy, busy, with commenting haven't you? In addition, the inspectors that represented the City of Richmond did not say what needed to be fixed. The property is also not a rental, it is owned by an individual that is willing to put the building up-to-code. It would help if you did some research on your part, then perhaps you would not look like an internet troll that is just looking to talk down about people and laugh at them to make yourself feel superior to something. It's kind of sad actually, I feel bad for you. You have nothing better to do with your time. I hope you find a better path than the one that you are walking, nobody deserves to be this miserable. I also hope that when you fall on hard times (because you will, everyone does, it's inevitable) that you will see that it's not always as simple as you make it seem. I hope that you learn some empathy.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 10:07 PM

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

Home-owning, tax-paying citizens, when they have something wrong with their housing, along comes an inspector telling them to fix it...and fix it they must!

A tree root has buckled the sidewalk? A crack in the foundation? A window broken by hooligans? Fix it!!! Or pay fines. Or even get evicted.

But these special buttercup-flavored, pierced and tatted up emo snowflakes live "off the radar" in a special place free of regulation, a place de facto tolerated by officialdom because their "art" brings so much to the rest of us...art that can't even keep them off public assistance while the rest of us work real jobs...to pay for their rock and roll lifestyle.

And as for the "actual bathroom," clearly the issue of whether a warehouse is a "house" is bigger than Burnt Ramen (Paid For By Food Stamps) but involves all these "live work fuck" spaces across America and I read even CANADA is cracking down.

Why were the inspectors pointing and LAUGHING? I know exactly why but even the people who saw them laughing are too dangerously dumb to figure it out.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 8:49 PM

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

Hey Charles C. Eroster. I've noticed that you are following this story a lot and have posted on other articles. Your hate for Burnt Ramen seems a bit personal. Were you excluded from these types of venues in the past and now have a personal vendetta against them? It seems as if you should probably get your life and job in order and stop wasting your time in the comments section on news websites. You have no clue what you're talking about.

Posted by June on 12/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

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

Charles C. Eroster, my comment regarding "actual bedrooms" etc was in direct response to your comment: "A warehouse is not a "house."" I'm saying that this "warehouse" is actually a house, and was legally built as one. The bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom were built to city code. Just because it doesn't fit into your definition of a house doesn't mean it isn't an actual house within the law. Work-space on bottom, living-space on top.

The Ghost Ship had a second floor built on rafters, with wooden pallets used to make the stairs leading up to it. Many people that went to the Ghost Ship knew it was very unsafe, and when the fire happened the majority of the people were upstairs. At the Ramen, nobody except tenants were allowed upstairs, and the downstairs was fully concrete with two exits--one a normal size door and the other an extra large door. Wide open space downstairs, absolutely nothing unsafe about it, in fact probably more fire-safe than a regular house.

Posted by Zach Glanz on 12/21/2016 at 5:20 PM

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

"Actual" bedrooms and an "actual" bathroom, you say? How many people share the "actual" bathroom? How do they obtain toilet paper for this trippy communal living situation? By ripping off toilet paper from local businesses in the course of a small purchase?

Oh, wait, I know...food stamps!!! Because these artists are so poor they can't afford real housing, but they bring such "value" to our community that the city must tolerate their dangerous living situations. Which is what seems to have happened at Ghost Ship. So of course they get all kinds of public assistance, and that's how you pay for stuff like toilet paper for the communal "actual" bathroom. With tax dollars wiping spoiled, coddled "full time artist" asses.

So what was the specific reason the city shut it down? Something to do with flammable but pretty crap piled up to the ceilings? Cans of flammable paint left open and sort of sitting next to ashtrays? A communal waterbed blocking an exit? What, pray tell, was the actual reasoning behind the actual evictions of this place that had an "actual bathroom?"

I mean, if this is an "actual" properly zoned luxury warehouse house home living space communal fornicating and defecating area, why in Heaven's good name did the city shut it down?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 3:55 PM

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.

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

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