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    Quote Originally Posted by borndem View Post
    Wow -- this is indeed stranger than fiction -- no one could write a screenplay & imagine all this stuff... no one. SMH.

    Gee willikers, Lassie.
    Yep, Timmy's in the well alright, Lassie!

    The City of Oakland hired a public relations firm, in a 6-month deal worth up to $90,000, to serve as official media consultants and spokespeople following the city’s deadly warehouse fire.

    The Press Shop, a San Francisco-based public relations agency, was hired to develop “media strategies and communications” following the disaster. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit obtained the contract and discovered the deal entitles the city to a 3-person communications team, including one executive who is being paid $500 per hour.
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    The city became a target of heavy criticism following the fire, which erupted on Dec. 2 during an unpermitted, late-night dance party. The warehouse, known as the Ghost Ship, was never permitted as housing or event space, but it had been used for both. In the hours after the fire, the Investigative Unit obtained records that showed city building inspectors knew about the unpermitted activity and potentially dangerous living conditions well before the disaster.

    Source: Oakland Hired Pricey PR Agency after Deadly Warehouse Fire, Paid Exec. $500/Hour | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigat...#ixzz4bpzbxkt0
    Oy vey. How's that working for you city of Oakland? IMO it's gonna take a lot more than a pricey PR firm to get the city out of this mess. Seems like they're just compounding the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMarple View Post
    Yep, Timmy's in the well alright, Lassie!



    Oy vey. How's that working for you city of Oakland? IMO it's gonna take a lot more than a pricey PR firm to get the city out of this mess. Seems like they're just compounding the problem.

    Man that is so not OK People died, take responsibility - private sector you would have been fired two days after.


    Instead of hiring a PR take that money and hire more fire inspectors --the focus is all off any more

    Its actually repulsive, using public funds to CYA sounds illegal to me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARIIS View Post
    Man that is so not OK People died, take responsibility - private sector you would have been fired two days after.


    Instead of hiring a PR take that money and hire more fire inspectors --the focus is all off any more

    Its actually repulsive, using public funds to CYA sounds illegal to me!!
    bbm

    Yes, yes and yes. I've seen it happen -- three times where I worked for 30 years -- all three were way-up-there executives -- one of whom was fired by the CEO over the telephone during a weekend! Here today & gone tomorrow. With a terse e-mail to all employees in each case: "John K. Doe is no longer working at So-and-so Company." Full stop.

    A PR firm - the very idea. Damm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by borndem View Post
    bbm

    Yes, yes and yes. I've seen it happen -- three times where I worked for 30 years -- all three were way-up-there executives -- one of whom was fired by the CEO over the telephone during a weekend! Here today & gone tomorrow. With a terse e-mail to all employees in each case: "John K. Doe is no longer working at So-and-so Company." Full stop.

    A PR firm - the very idea. Damm.
    I authentically believe it is illegal- it is public money,

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    A draft report of the fire was finally turned over to the Alameda DA's office on Saturday (March 18). A criminal investigation is underway.

    http://kron4.com/2017/03/20/alameda-...p-fire-report/

    However, the delay in getting the report to the DA and the fact that it was sent to the Oakland city attorney first could cause problems down the road if charges are filed:

    But legal experts have pointed out, this delay in getting the report to the district attorney's office could pose problems if criminal charges are ever filed. "Why was that report given over to the city attorney? And secondly, why did the city attorney hold on to that report for at least three weeks? What was going on? What wasn't in the report? If it was going to the city attorney, be turned over simultaneously to both the D.A. and the city attorney, Retired Superior Court Judge Ladoris Cordell said.

    Cordell says if anyone is criminally charged, their defense attorney's can easily raise this question in court.
    http://abc7news.com/news/no-explanat...eport/1810234/

    More info on this bizarre battle between the city and the Alameda county DA:

    http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/...p-fire-report/

    What a stinking mess. The city of Oakland is so desperate to avoid any liability that it seems like officials don't care if the people responsible for the condition of the Ghostship - IMO that's both Derick Ion Almena and wife Micah Allison and the owner Chor Ng, and yes, Oakland fire inspectors too - end up escaping punishment.


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