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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeSommers View Post
    Cash didn't live in the warehouse. She attended the show with her close friend Feral Pines.

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    Yeah, I know - I should have named one of the residents since that was who Spellbound was talking about. Cash just came to mind. My bad. She's a good example of an underground artist who was okay with working in mainstream promotion but you're right, she didn't live in the GS.

    But I think many of the artists who did live in the GS also were comfortable working that way even though they lived on the fringe. Peter Wadsworth, who died in the fire, had studied at Harvard. Max Ohr does tattoos but he also makes jewelry. Bob Mule does photography. Carmen Brito is a teacher.

    IOW, they're all working to earn a living. And as such IMO they probably have some sort of bank account that enables them to make sales, cash checks and pay bills. That's all I really wanted to say... using a whole lot of words, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMarple View Post
    Ion was importing goods from Indonesia - it's likely he had to cut checks for payment and customs. I dunno, I get the feeling that many, if not most did have bank accounts, as opposed to stuffing bills under their mattresses. While the artists considered themselves fringe or underground, many of them nevertheless promoted their work in mainstream ways where they would have needed a bank account in order to receive checks from clients and sales.

    For example, Cash Askew's album can be purchased on Amazon. Remember, these people were for the most part artists who worked for a living, not homeless people. Well, except for greedy Derick and his rental scam.
    Thank you for the reply. If I hadn't been so tired I may have realized why my question was on the wrong track. Indeed, they mostly seem to be hard workers and many had other good jobs, so bank accounts were likely. And since Customs was likely involved with DIA's overseas purchases, he must also. Makes more sense now.



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    I wonder if Derick paid taxes on what he made. I hope he is facing IRS issues as well.

    It will be interesting to know whether he paid taxes at all, or was honest with his filings.
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    OAKLAND — Derick Almena, the leader of the Ghost Ship warehouse where 36 people died earlier this month in a fast-moving blaze, has retained the services of famed attorney Tony Serra, along with two other lawyers who work in the same San Francisco office.

    “I can only confirm that we are representing him in a pre-charge capacity,”

    Serra won the Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2003 (by the organization Trial Lawyers for Public Justice), for his successful litigation of Judi Bari against the FBI.[2]

    Serra has taken a vow of poverty and is known for living a frugal lifestyle and driving a run-down car.[3] All income from his cases is distributed to other lawyers except for a very small portion that he uses to pay rent and gas.[citation needed] All of his clothes (including suits, briefcases, shoes etc.) are bought secondhand.[4]


    Serra has been in trouble with the law several times for failure to pay income taxes. He refused to pay taxes in protest of the War in Iraq, based on his conviction that the Bush administration was leading the country in the wrong direction and that he would therefore not contribute any money to fund what he saw as Bush's corrupt politics.

    [citation needed] On July 29, 2005, he was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, to be served at Lompoc, and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution for a misdemeanor conviction of willful failure to pay taxes.[5]

    Serra was released from the federal camp in Lompoc, California, in mid-February 2007, reporting immediately to a San Francisco
    halfway house. He was released from federal custody, and the halfway house, on March 13, 2007,

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    Best picture I've seen of the staircase to the second story. Thank You Cariis
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    Which Shakespeare role did you say he is he auditioning for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spellbound View Post
    Thank you for the reply. If I hadn't been so tired I may have realized why my question was on the wrong track. Indeed, they mostly seem to be hard workers and many had other good jobs, so bank accounts were likely. And since Customs was likely involved with DIA's overseas purchases, he must also. Makes more sense now.






    It will be interesting to know whether he paid taxes at all, or was honest with his filings.
    I think your question was a reasonable one. TBH at first I kind of saw the GS residents as one step up from homeless or young runaways or people with issues. To learn that for the most part they are simply artists trying to make a living and looking for affordable housing in an insane property market was a shock.

    I came across a website that calls out some of the extreme housing offerings - meaning people taking advantage of people - and boy did my eyes pop!

    http://sfist.com/tags/apartmentsadness

    Housing in my little town is on the brink of being overpriced - an ADU around the corner goes for $740/mo, it's new and clean, heated and has a tiny kitchen but hell, it's only about 200 square feet. As a result a lot of young people and families can't live here. Many take on jobs that they're overqualified for while others work two, sometimes three jobs - all because the town is a great place to live. But the end result is that the average age is climbing and eventually we'll just be a big retirement community.

    Looking at the dichotomy that appears to exist in Oakland between the struggling artists and the extremely wealthy IMO should be a wake up call for other growing communities to put measures in place for all kinds of people to live together before it's too late.

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    Some people hate govt and rules and regulations.

    Even with this fire, there are those that still do not understand .

    Often when there are property issues, someone needs to report it. Manty people are loathe to say anything . We are taught that tattling is wrong. Mind your own business. That kind of attitude.

    Then people get enraged because nothing was done. Interesting to observe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulsad View Post
    Best picture I've seen of the staircase to the second story. Thank You Cariis
    In the back doesn't that look like an overhead garage door? It is obviously blocked with junk.

    Also that chain in the photo looks too flimsy to have opened that door so I wonder what the chain was used for.

    Now that I think about it could these be the back stairs?


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    When I moved from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, my rent increased by 300% for an apartment a smidge smaller than the one I had in PA.
    Quote Originally Posted by MsMarple View Post
    I think your question was a reasonable one. TBH at first I kind of saw the GS residents as one step up from homeless or young runaways or people with issues. To learn that for the most part they are simply artists trying to make a living and looking for affordable housing in an insane property market was a shock.

    I came across a website that calls out some of the extreme housing offerings - meaning people taking advantage of people - and boy did my eyes pop!

    http://sfist.com/tags/apartmentsadness

    Housing in my little town is on the brink of being overpriced - an ADU around the corner goes for $740/mo, it's new and clean, heated and has a tiny kitchen but hell, it's only about 200 square feet. As a result a lot of young people and families can't live here. Many take on jobs that they're overqualified for while others work two, sometimes three jobs - all because the town is a great place to live. But the end result is that the average age is climbing and eventually we'll just be a big retirement community.

    Looking at the dichotomy that appears to exist in Oakland between the struggling artists and the extremely wealthy IMO should be a wake up call for other growing communities to put measures in place for all kinds of people to live together before it's too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by human View Post
    Some people hate govt and rules and regulations.

    Even with this fire, there are those that still do not understand .

    Often when there are property issues, someone needs to report it. Manty people are loathe to say anything . We are taught that tattling is wrong. Mind your own business. That kind of attitude.

    Then people get enraged because nothing was done. Interesting to observe
    BBM

    You're absolutely right that each of us has a responsibility to report certain illegal activities that impact our neighborhood. But in addition to the mind-your-own-business attitude we've been taught, I think that nowadays, fear of retaliation also makes people reluctant to report things. So they keep quiet to protect themselves from a very real danger.

    The couple who bought the house across the street from the Ghost Ship did report IIRC, but when the unsavory people hanging around made it unsafe to let their child play in their yard, they moved. Sometimes leaving is all you can do, and it's infuriating that a bully can control a neighborhood. I've experienced this myself. When it was clear that reporting our neighbor was endangering us, we left, knowing that LE could do very little to protect us, and we chose not to add guns to a volatile situation.
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    This WSJ article put in print the same frustration I've been having with this.

    Confusion over the address of the warehouse and an adjacent property may have contributed to the city failing to uncover problems within the structure known as the Ghost Ship, according to an account from officials.

    Darin Ranelletti, the interim head of Planning and Building, said Wednesday inspectors didn’t enter the building for decades because no permits were sought, and because no complaints were submitted to his office for interior work at the warehouse address.

    A November complaint about an “illegal interior building structure” was filed for the address of the adjoining lot, which is owned by the same person, listed in property records as Chor Ng.

    When the inspector visited that site three weeks before*Friday’s*fire, he wasn’t looking to get into the warehouse, Mr. Ranelletti said.

    “His job is to look into the complaint,” he said. “That complaint was registered for the vacant lot.”

    The addresses of the adjoining properties weren’t clearly marked.
    According to https://assets.documentcloud.org/doc...ns-Records.pdf the illegal interior building structure complaint was not acknowledged in the complaint sent to Chor NG via registered mail on 11/21/2016 (per http://www.documentcloud.org/documen...ml#document/p1).

    If you Google the address 1315 31st Ave Oakland, then you should see this however look closely at the address on the door,1305.

    When the Oakland Fire Chief said in this article

    Deloach Reed says not only were there no inspections, there were no service calls to 1315 31st Avenue, dating back at least 12 years.
    So who exactly is responsible for misidentifying the property address marked on the exterior of the building? And exactly what address (property) did DIA sign the rental agreement for?

    It's starting to feel like a large scale blame game is playing out and is aggravating because what should be remembered is that 36 innocent lives have been lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdg411 View Post
    This WSJ article put in print the same frustration I've been having with this.



    According to https://assets.documentcloud.org/doc...ns-Records.pdf the illegal interior building structure complaint was not acknowledged in the complaint sent to Chor NG via registered mail on 11/21/2016 (per http://www.documentcloud.org/documen...ml#document/p1).

    If you Google the address 1315 31st Ave Oakland, then you should see this however look closely at the address on the door,1305.

    When the Oakland Fire Chief said in this article

    So who exactly is responsible for misidentifying the property address marked on the exterior of the building? And exactly what address (property) did DIA sign the rental agreement for?

    It's starting to feel like a large scale blame game is playing out and is aggravating because what should be remembered is that 36 innocent lives have been lost.
    The 1305 in the photo you posted is hand-painted. Could DIA have done this to confuse inspectors? Is there a more normal looking address anywhere else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilibet View Post
    The 1305 in the photo you posted is hand-painted. Could DIA have done this to confuse inspectors? Is there a more normal looking address anywhere else?
    Unfortunately, that is the only visible address available. If the landlord however, in collecting rent, went to the property and saw the address shouldn't that person have noticed this and had it addressed and corrected immediately?

    The Oakland City codes regarding building numbers can be found here.

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