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Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

I was writing creatively and saying HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT those inspectors found in that den of finger-painting space cadet government cheese eaters, so be careful what you wish for before you demand release of information from the inspection. Who knows what kind of wierd fire hazards turned up...if the Ghost Ship is any indication with its mannequin hands reaching from the ceiling...pirate ship gang plank stairwell and let us not forget...

Condom chew toys.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 10:53 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 Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

As a Roadie, security, and member of the community most easily described as 'punk', nationwide, as well as part of the underground/outsider arts community, and having lived in similar places, roughly 35 years now- and having volunteered at Burnt Ramen in the past- I just want to say that places like this have long provided safe haven and a sense of family to people who may not get it anywhere else. And when people say that Burnt Ramen saved their lives, it's not an exaggeration; these places are put together by people for people who's eclectic personalities are drawn together. This isn't a 'scene' that people get into, or even a lifestyle we choose. That may sound phoney and pretentious to some, but it certainly isn't meant to- and my point is: I've seen too many lives lost to suicide and addiction and have witnessed first hand these little communities save people from that crap. The streets are rough, and many of us don't survive them. It's not for you to judge whether blow up dolls are art or not, or what's a visual joke. What's misunderstood is often persecuted throughout history. This is a case where an accident- a tragedy in Oakland happened, and now politicians are 'cleaning up' neighborhoods in the guise of safety. But this is a straight attack in the name of gentrification. We are not your enemies. In fact, in many instances, we are there where a cracked house, or shooting gallery could have been. Better than being homeless- which is where many will end up.

Posted by Hammerin Josh Hanke on 12/21/2016 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

Conglomeration of blow up sex dolls? What on earth is Charles talking about?

Posted by Julia Johari on 12/21/2016 at 7:56 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: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

I read "of" a genuine miracle. Pardon my typo.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

But would you WANT those documents released? What on earth might be in those documents?

Um, Item #1, some kind of (this is hard to describe, see attached photo) conglomeration of blow up sex dolls with paint and attached ornaments, can't speculate about the artistic meaning but it is highly flammable and partially blocking the exit.

Item #2, piles of bedding, apparently waiting to be laundered, starting to grow black mold, health hazard.

Item #3...just see attached photo. Do not circulate photo, circulation of this photo may violate state laws.

And so forth and so forth.

Before you level criticism of information not being released, ask yourself if you really WANT what you're asking for?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 4:02 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: “Jack's Oyster Bar Shutters in Jack London Square

sad to see it close but the prices were too high for the amount of food you get.

Posted by Jeff San on 12/21/2016 at 2:24 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: “To Stop Fake News, Liberals and Progressives Need to Kick the Fake-Talk Habit

Not only the fake news but the lack of honest coverage of all candidates running for office ...Media needs to report the facts and the truth and stop acting lime they are the only entities in the know while not disclosing the facts and individuals and letting the readers and public draw their own conclusions!

One reporters opinion does not reflect the opinions of the whole! Biased coverage at the expense of full disclosure and (my favorite word) TRANSPARENCY does not the right to choose to the public!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 12/21/2016 at 12:49 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: “The Top Sixteen Bay Area Music Releases of 2016

some awesome albums on here, thank you for shedding light on these sounds/songs from cool underground artists... we would ask that listeners, freaks, and mystics of subculture check out V.E.X. (Ventriloquest Ectoplasmold Xanaxax) who released two albums this year (2016 in the oppressors calendar) "Codex Hex" was released in spring, on cassette from Cool World Records (Los Angeles), and on CD from Fantasy 1 (Austin), and "insectsex" came out in fall, on cassette from Ratskin Records (Oakland), and on limited CD/DVD self release. Both albums currently streaming on bandcamp: https://xanaxax.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Lilith Lucifer on 12/21/2016 at 12:14 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: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

Tom Butt says he wants to "make sure the building is safe and code-conforming".

These are not the same things, and neither of these goals required Butt to send code enforcement to summarily evict people from their home at Christmas.

The City of Richmond won't release documents detailing exactly why this building, which has been inhabited safely for many years, can no longer be inhabited. This makes Tom Butt's statements about his motives highly suspect.

Posted by Maẍ Ållstädt on 12/21/2016 at 8:23 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: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

One picture was not just enough but too much. Crap. Pure crap. Shock value does not equal art.

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/21/2016 at 5:15 AM

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