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It should be told openly that it took thee Fire Fighters forever to come after being called & it then took them all of 20mins before they started the water process after getting there! How sad on there part & surly the Landlords part! This caused 4 lives to be taken & a doggie!!!!
The landlord should be tried and imprisoned. The City is also culpable. But do they care?? Nah... These were vulnerable people who perished. If they were well-off condo dwellers with pots
of money much more would be done. As it is, the City is just slowly getting rid of those they deem "undesirable." The poor, the homeless, artists, working class and middle class people in favor of carpetbaggers and real estate developers.
Oakland does not have a comprehensive, up-to-date public safety plan.
Public safety, and the planning for it, includes having policies that prevent citizens from being injured or killed in a fire.
Oakland's Mayor campaigned with a promise to create a public safety plan in her first 100 days.
The Cities and Counties should not allow a property in disrepair be sold! They should levy fines on the owners until the property is fixed. It is not unusual for the City to take control of a slum property and/or put pressure on the owner to repair it.
Condolences to the families. I'd like to see an exception to our unlawful detainer statutes allowing expedited relocation for tenants while landowners bring premises up to health and safety codes. Evictions would appear too lengthy a process.
MM: The environment itself is an attack on men... And anyone else it touches. Tech is a vicious work environment. The intensity results in what amounts to combat pay... And the "enemy" combatants are often your co-workers... When they aren't angry customers. Everyone is under enormous pressure.
I've spent over 30 years in it. It's not usually been fun but there is a certain adrenaline rush from it. In some ways, it reminds me of what I saw of the financial industry.
It's what I do to pay the bills and I have a certain skill set that makes it a viable living for me. It's JUST a living. I've never hit one of the IPOs, so I never got rich... And likely never will.
I was a tenant of Urojas in the spring of 2014. It's a tragic situation. I was physically abused and sexually harrassed by fellow residents and Urojas management. I had tried to take action through the fire department on the numerous hazardous systems and practices, but I managed to find another living situation before I got any response from the City. I agree with the person who pointed out that there is plenty of culpability to go around; it doesn't all belong to the property owner. You are welcome to contact me (by email, please) for a statement.
MM: "This is another attack on men."
There are 100s of near blighted or blighted properties in Oakland that are functioning this way (I'm sure)...they lay boarded up all up and down San Pablo Avenue and throughout flatlands in Oakland.
City leadership is letting too many people get a pass, claiming poverty. There are cities in the US with tens of thousands of residents who suffer the same challenges but many of them are taking action to address and arrest this negligence.
Oakland needs the laws that cities like New York and Philadelphia have in place: The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act allowing communities more muscle in holding property-owners responsible for abandoned, dilapidated, blighted or neglected property will allow the city to place a lien against the property owner's assets.
Under these Blight Reclamation laws, when the city identifies a property as neglected, abandoned or blighted, the city code enforcement officer tracks down the owner and prepares official notice of violation. The owner is served notice, usually by personal delivery, certified mail, posting the property or state constable delivery. Once served, the property owner has 20 days to respond by resolving the issue or appealing the violation.
If the property owner does not respond or files an appeal and loses, the city can begin filing citations against the owner in district court.
Each day the violation remains unresolved constitutes a new violation.
The City mails notice of the citations to the property owner. But, if the property owner lives out of the area or in another state, the citations are often ignored, Ackerman said.
Under the current system, the city's only recourse is to place a lien against the property. But a lien against an abandoned, dilapidated property doesn't usually return any money to the city because no one wants to buy it and pay the lien. Under the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Reviatlization Act, , the same steps to identify and serve notice on the property owner are taken, but if the process reaches the point of lien, the encumbrance is placed on all the owner's assets.
"If s/he owns a car, if s/he owns a house in another state, if the property-owner is a corporation, the lien is placed on those assets.
The law also provides for extradition of out-of-state property owners who have been charged with violations of the crimes code. The owner of a seriously dilapidated property that begins falling onto neighboring properties could be charged with risking a catastrophe under the crimes code.
Another provision of the law allows the city to deny permit applications of property owners who are delinquent on tax, water, sewer or garbage bills, or have not addressed previous property code violations.
This is another attack on men. Should any company that has mostly male employees fire all of them and only hire women? Would the Bay Area media celebrate this breaking of the non-existent "glass ceiling"? Most schools and colleges have female employees. Should they immediately fire all of their female employees all in the name of tolerance, equality and diversity?
Tech firms hire people based on ability. Affirmative action doesn't work. You can't just hire people based on what's between their legs. That goes against our values of fair play.
No comment from the Mayor on the recent fire.
Another slumlord able to keep collecting the rent even after the City acknowledged the complaints. The City is as culpable as the slumlord. No comment from the Mayor, only her disappointment about some football team moving away. Needless and senseless deaths are nothing in comparison to millionaires throwing a ball around.
When this article was published, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office hadn't yet identified the two victims located in the building. Now the number has grown to four victims. One has been identified as Edwarn Anderson. The other three haven't been identified yet.
The Chronicle just published a story about Mr. Anderson: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/W-Oakla…
Some of us would prefer that Mayor Schaaf raise an Oakland flag over city hall.
Yes, the Mayor used to be a sports team cheerleader at Skyline High.
Now, however, she is a grown-up, with a job with lot of responsibilities not
yet accepted adequately: homicide reduction; property crime reduction; police department disorganization; fire safety; lack of jobs; lack of public school family support sufficient for students to succeed; no doubt a few more non-sports-related problems.
What is going on in Oakland and can be done about it? Wasn't Ghost Ship enough of a warning?
What about the two dead? They appear to be very incidental to the story. Do we care who they are?
Excellent, timely reporting by EB Express. Horrifying situation pointing out desperate need for housing which is actually affordable---especially in no-longer-affordable west Oakland.
It says two people died in this fire. Can we acknowlege them?
This is truly horrifying. This landlord was able to operate his campaign against tenants largely unchecked. Worse, it sounds like the situation in this building was well known to the City and could have been intervened upon before people died and were displaced. It's time to start addressing safety concerns for the wellbeing of tenants, and not just let them be used when landlords want to chase people out of buildings.
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