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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: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Not sure if I'm completely on board with the author, but what he is talking about is news media promulgating fake talk. Mr. Eroster's comment really isn't pertinent to this issue. Almena's attorney, Tony Serra isn't a member of the news media; he's a lawyer, and lawyers do fake talking all the time.

Posted by David Cohen on 12/21/2016 at 12:10 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: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Oh, they're not just deified but saints and martyrs...crucified upon a cross of rising Oakland housing costs...let us give them all saintly names and titles!

Our Lady Of Not Born A Lady But Don't You Dare Mis-Gender Her.

Saint Francis Of Two Turntables And A Microphone, patron saint of all who have no known day job but somehow can party right before college finals.

Blessed And Holy Infant Of Infantile Lifestyle Habits.

Just yesterday I read if a genuine miracle as writing appeared on a wall!!!

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 5:25 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: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Got to give EBX full props for talking out of both sides of it's figurative neck...

"Breaking the Law

Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney either thinks she's above the law, or she's so disorganized she can't even comply with her own city's rules."

And at the same time deifying the arts community for the same behavior.

You can't make this up!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:30 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: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Here us a prime example of "fake talk" you can run out and investigate immediately. Derick Ion Almena's attorney says his client is in danger of being "scapegoated" because Oakland fears liability and "multi-million" dollar lawsuits. But as an attorney, Mr. Sera obviously is aware that a city is protected by a highly-specific, dead-on applicable section of the California Tort Claims Act which bars liability arising from a failure to inspect buildings.

Why isn't anybody smart enough in the media to point this out and ask a follow up question? Why is the media just allowing Mr. Sera to talk about an imaginary "multi-million" dollar lawsuit against the city which doesn't appear legally possible? Somebody in the media...grow a brain and ask a grown up question.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 7:07 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: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

When somebody in American society is functioning comfortably with "no visible means of support" you have to wonder how they pull off this miracle of walking on financial water. Do they have a trust fund? A lucrative but undeclared source of income like custom-made dollhouse furniture?

But usually the answer is one of three things: selling drugs. Selling sex. Or various forms of public assistance...but in that let us include living with and sponging off parents.

Alex Ghassan was an "up and coming film maker" who moved all over the country and had two children--at least two, "daughters"--so how did he live? What is the average income of an "up and coming" film maker? HOW DID HE SUPPORT HIS ROCK AND ROLL LIFESTYLE?

How much child support did he die owing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Can you provide a link to an article with the facts you are citing?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/19/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Chief Reed was hired by her former BFF, ex-Oakland city administrator Deana Santana, who later apologized to the OFD for hiring her. How in the heck does one earn the enmity of just about every member of the OFD, too. She simply doesn't to care about the OFD, and she does not know anything about being a fire chief and thus the de-facto leader of the OFD. Fact is if Chief Reed weren't a black woman, she would have been fired a long time ago. So much for "diversity." I'd take Trump over her any day.
Keyser Soze.

Posted by Keyser Soze on 12/19/2016 at 7:34 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: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Fine. Give us a link to the second-in-command's resume and let's all look at his "stuff" too. What kind of stuff?

Benevolent Fire Department Committee For Expressive Art To Promote Progressive Values...Committee To Stamp Out Sexist Posters In Fire Hall Gear Lockers...

What kind of dumb "stuff" are you talking about on the second-in-command's resume? More of that politically correct crap?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/17/2016 at 3:26 PM

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 Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Blame Jerry Brown's ballot Measure X changing the politics in Oakland to a strong mayor type of government vs a strong council/city manager. The citizens voted it in. And being a retired firefighter, I know so many upper management chief positions held by chiefs with online degrees and lots of them are fire chiefs. I wander what Chief Hoffman's resume says. I also wander why the fire station that was a couple blocks away never did any area familiarization to know what was in their first due area. This building certainly would have been on a "let's go pre-plan this building" list. So yes, the buck stops with the fire chief but there's blame to go around throughout the department and Reed's resume is just like most fire chiefs with a bunch of "stuff". Also being a fire inspector in Oakland as recent as summer 2015, there isn't enough inspectors for a city that size, they are the lowest paid in the Bay Area so folks leave for better pay, they are not sworn (civilianized) and are in a totally different union than the firefighters which is something the union gave up years ago and has created a obvious rift between BFP and the union because there is NO relationship. So the feeling IS that the bureau of fire prevention is the red headed step child of the fire department and has major problems (why I left). So we will hear the union go after Chief Reed and protect their own even though the union is just as much at fault. Having been in a firefighter union I know the attitudes the line guys have when it comes to certain jobs like pre-planning. They'd rather sit in the fire stations until that bell rings. So the finger pointing is in high gear, so high that we are analyzing a fire chiefs resume. Well don't stop with hers, let's see her second in commands resume. He's in bed with the union anyway and I'm sure that he can't wait till Reed is gone so he can get the spot and put his union cronies in position. That's what happens at the top. Real talk.

Posted by Kaytux on 12/17/2016 at 1:45 PM

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