In the aftermath of the Ghost Ship Fire, community event spaces and art studios have come under increased attention for possible fire safety violations. With an affordability crisis gripping the bay area, many of these groups won't have anywhere else to go.
- Quilombo shut down by the city after failing an unannounced fire inspection:https://www.facebook.com/vandellz/posts/10153924439451441?pnref=story (2016-12-16) (see also)
- Peralta Studios https://i.sli.mg/9hthfl.jpg
It's unclear how much of the extra attention is coming from the fire department, landlords looking for a way to quickly evict tenants so they can raise rents, neighbors opportunistically looking to shut down spaces they don't like, or outside forces who have descended due to international media attention.
Right-wing concern trolls on 4chan have seized upon this event to harass and evict community spaces in Oakland and around the world by filing frivolous complaints with city officials.
- Online spaces become battleground over DIY spaces around country East Bay Times (2016-12-24)
- Omni Commons experience highlights Oakland’s heavy-handed approach for artist spaces East Bay Times (2016-12-28)