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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

Re: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

No pictures? Beautifully written but WHERE R THE PICTURES

Posted by Guerrilla Davis on 12/20/2016 at 11:48 PM

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: “New Year's Eve Guide: 16 Ways to Tell 2016 to Screw Off

Lets just hope all those folks who take your advice to go out and obliterate brain cells wholesale (when exactly did blackout drinking become a good thing?) don't drive. Be safe out there, OK?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/20/2016 at 9:37 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: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

How do I unsee this "inspiring art"?

Posted by Charles C. Eroster on 12/20/2016 at 7:10 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

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