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

The homeless congregate for different reasons but it's not a case of housing prices go up, homeless people increase in that particular area. For example, there are a lot of homeless in Seattle. That is partly because of the nice weather and the fact Seattle is a cool place to live, but Seattle has also had, for quite a while, tolerance for homeless camping out in outdoor camps. (The policy is complicated...sometimes they crack down, other times they allow the camps) Generally, there tends to be a lot of homeless where people are "cool" and naive young people give out change and food. Go to any campus and you will find homeless people congregating near the campus.

Why are there so many homeless in that part of Oakland? Because it's a good place to be homeless. Not because all those homeless were kicked out of housing in Oakland! Homeless congregate where it's a "good place to be homeless."

Lots of homeless in Las Vegas, too. Because panhandling is especially good in Vegas.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/12/2016 at 6:06 AM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

Posting some days later: seemed like most of the victims had responsible jobs; not one was described as living on ssi. One was a lawyer, another worked at Pandora. Several worked in the music or arts sectors, but did so quite seriously and earned a living. Some of the above comments leapt to conclusions based on no facts or made rash assumptions. For better public discourse we could try to eschew polemics that just seek to legitimate ideas we already hold, without considering the actual events or info in an article.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 12/11/2016 at 9:52 PM

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

Charles Eroster If there's no housing crisis, why are East Bay streets becoming filled with the tents of homeless? Funny we never had that until east bay rents went through unprecedented increases. Just because you are housed and comfortable doesn't mean people are just whining, it means you are completely out of touch.

Posted by Adam 1 on 12/11/2016 at 7:16 PM

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

How many kids and young people do you know that went to the Burnt Ramen and died tragically? The number of BR attendees that I know personally who have killed themselves or overdosed is crazy. The BR helps a bunch of people that these cities couldn't give a fuck less about. We needed that place and taking it away won't remove that hunger, it'll just transfer it into some hopeless tearful eulogy for another suicide kid where everyone says "There's nothing we could have done." Yes there fucking is. We can make our cities human places to live, places where you can be something besides a suffocated customer. The things we need are not frivolous, and taking them away will kill us as sure as any fucking fire. Make the law apply there and make the law into something that helps.

Posted by George Uberti on 12/11/2016 at 1:55 PM

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

There is no housing "crisis." There is a market some can't afford...in which case they should leave the area rather than establish unsafe living situations. There is no crisis...there is much whining. But whining does not a crisis make.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/11/2016 at 1:48 PM

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

As an east coaster who grew up seeing endless amazing show fliers and MySpace bulletins (ha) etc for burnt ramen I'm glad I got to play there once at least. Places like this will never go away, they'll just move around, which makes me feel better symbolically. As for the people who live there and run it as a venue, those who booked shows there, whatever, just want to say thank you for being proactive doers instead of say people who like to blindly talk shit in online comments. Hope everything works out

Posted by Matthew Hammond on 12/11/2016 at 1:30 PM

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

I've played a few and attended many shows at Burnt Ramen over the years. The people who live there are smart, hard-working, dedicated, and mindful of safety. It seems like the opinion of some people is that they just don't like those of us who snub the status quo. As if the problem is "squatters" which isnt the case at all. Maybe addressing the housing crisis and the widening wealth gap in the Bay could provide these working class artists safer living conditions. As it is people have no option but to give up their passions to get a shit job, work for shit pay, and spend it all on a shit apartment. Because after all, the monotony of trudging the same path to your boring office job dreaming of the day you can hit snooze screams great art.

Posted by punksiscooks on 12/11/2016 at 1:29 PM

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

Garry Ovalbach , another Baby Boomer out of touch. Thanks to your generation's follies, we don't need a job. We need 2 or 3 jobs. Off my lawn!

Posted by Greg Earl on 12/11/2016 at 1:21 PM

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

Burnt ramen is a safe place for all ages- I've been going since I was 14 and now I'm 25. Those with negative views of this place have actually never stepped foot inside so... hope it stays open so you can see for yourself. Would be pointless though if you're not into this kinda stuff (loud punk metal, art) anyway, so bug off.

Posted by Omar Barreto on 12/11/2016 at 1:02 PM

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

These people DO have jobs, and most of them go to school. We are living in the bay area, and we all have to deal with it. I'm sad that people say these guys are lazy or squatting. This is a private building. These are honest people that are just trying to make a living.

Posted by Zacharia Arambula on 12/11/2016 at 10:09 AM

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

Evict is a strong word. How about they move into habitable places like the rest of us? It is great that you want to be an artist, but maybe getting a job that supplements your art? Also, how any are artists? How many are squatters? How many are lazy? Let's ask these questions.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 12/11/2016 at 9:10 AM

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

One place is called Burnt Ramen...like a cooking accident that could result in a fire...one place is actually named the Death Trap...and there is the Ghost Ship full of dead bodies...names that portend and even embrace disaster.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/11/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Friends Remember Integral Bay Area Artists, Musicians, and Sound Engineers Still Missing after Ghost Ship Fire

Peter Wadsworth--the only one of the 36 victims who also lived there--was described as an "entreprenuer." I guess there is a pretty low standard for this word in the Bay Area...he apparently had nothing but a nascient business idea for cannibis salsa and he was living in this cheap illegal flophouse.

How did this "genius" actually make a living to support his rock and roll lifestyle? Where did his funds come from?

I have read eveything I can find on this tragedy...trying to follow the money...looking for actual fiscal clues to the funding of these rock and roll lifestyles amid blah blah blah "tributes." What is important remains hudden...the money trail that made these unproductive artsy party lifestyles work.

Many of the victims were students...more public money. Loans to make them productive and tax paying citizens. Loans that will never get paid. No federal student loans or grants should ever go for useless majors like "communications." These are disguised arts grants and social welfare. These are student loans that pay for four years of partying.

The people who were DJ's that night...are we supposed to believe those jobs were enough to SUPPORT them?

No. Look for other fund sources such as SSI...food stamps...unemployment insurance...Section 8.

The rent Derick collected...document every penny of where it went.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/10/2016 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Friends Remember Integral Bay Area Artists, Musicians, and Sound Engineers Still Missing after Ghost Ship Fire

Charles seems like a total troll. Seems like he judges these victims without any real knowledge. jumping to all kinds of conclusions. there is a special place for know it all a-holes like him. He has shown who his is.

Posted by Andy Kleiber on 12/09/2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Friends Remember Integral Bay Area Artists, Musicians, and Sound Engineers Still Missing after Ghost Ship Fire

Charles, have you read any of the many memorial articles about the victims?A clarinet teacher, a computer science graduate, radio Djs, a choir singing sheriff's deputy's son, a conservation trust worker, a mortuary employee, a Shazam employee, a classical pianist, a community organizer, a sound engineer, a filmmaker, a psychology grad student, school teacher, art therapist, a DJ, , an MIT grad lawyer, and several artists and musicians. I haven't read all of the obits, but i suspect the list of "real jobs" and accomplishments would grow. It's possible to get your point across without maligning the dead.

Posted by jesse jane on 12/09/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

I can think of jazz musician Louis Armstrong who worked shoveling filthy coal in New Orleans in a cart pulled by a mule...he played clubs on the weekends and at night. He worked. Worked his butt off to support himself and create an opportunity to make music.

Be an artist as much as you like..but why should society support your lazy butt with disability payments you don't deserve....with food stamps to buy steak while working people pay wages to buy pasta?

Plenty of people work responsibily while trying to also be artists. They don't live in illegal spaces full of drugs...they don't lie to get free money from the givernment...they don't collect money to pay for needed fixes and then party in Bali.

Name them. One by one. And explain how they paid for their rock-n-roll lifestyle.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/09/2016 at 6:04 PM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

To all the people in these comments so callously disparaging the artists, the dead, the warehouse spaces, the partiers, etc as being immature children scared of the "Real World":

Just because you yourself don't understand the value of local art and art spaces, it doesn't mean it's not meaningful and important.

Think of your favorite musician. They could have started their career in an art-house just like Ghostship or the dozens of others here in the Town, and squares just like you probably mocked them endlessly: "Stop pursuing this childish music stuff and get a real job!" Thank god they didn't listen.

Don't drag us all down to your level of banality. Go back to the suburbs if you want a predictable, "sensible" lifestyle where everyone has a "grown-up" job, a cubicle, a white picket fence, a two-car garage, a nice big TV to watch the football game. You keep working on the GDP, we'll keep making music and art that brings people joy. Both are important.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 12/09/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

It is so haaaaard to "survive" and be an artist without stealing water and electricity and getting free food, free Obama phone, free medical care...

Art is not a neccessity. Like FIREMEN are a neccessity. Was a GROWN UP not in charge at the mayor's office? How were they short 92 firemen...short of building inspectors....the building literally didn't appear in the inspection database for fire inspections.

Yet complaints including fire safety complaints were made. Were these complaints buried to protect the precious fringe artists and the "scene?" Even at the level of city officials and inspectors...where were the GROWN UPS??!!

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/09/2016 at 1:40 PM

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDBOwPORHGU

Posted by Che' Pressnall on 12/09/2016 at 10:50 AM

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