Almena and his wife should be arrested along with the building owner, and the concert promoter Joel Shanahan. The guys in the The Station Nightclub fire in Boston were jailed for years. This guy collected rent from 18 tenants. RV’s were parked in the warehouse with no fire alarms and staircases made out of pallets. The Almena’s kids and other children were living there! They had there kids taken form them previously and they had them sleeping there! It was a drug infested illegal party place with teens invited. Why did Oakland FD and PD allow this? If this was a church hall kitchen being used once a month, the city would have required sprinklers and fire suppression units costed over $20,000 just for the kitchen. Did they turn a blind eye for years because it was filled with leftist artists and ecstasy fueled all-nighters?
From SF Gate:
NBC News paid for a hotel room for the man who ran the Ghost Ship, the Oakland warehouse-turned-artists-collective that burned down Friday night, killing 36 people at an underground electronic music show.
Mainstream media outlets frown on paying money to sources. A network spokesman said NBC “absolutely” did not give money to Derick Almena in exchange for a series of exclusive interviews, but bought him a hotel room at the Oakland Marriott City Center for “a couple of nights.” The spokesman described that as “standard TV booking procedure.”
Almena, 46, stayed at the hotel with his wife, Micah Allison, and their three children. The NBC spokesman did not say how much the hotel room cost, but on the Marriott’s website, a room for two adults and three children goes for around $450 a night.
Numerous news agencies have been seeking to speak to Almena about the fire, but he has granted extensive interviews only to NBC. He appeared on the “Today” show on Tuesday morning, saying he was “incredibly sorry” about what happened but that he “didn’t do anything ever in my life that would lead me up to this moment.”
Almena has been interviewed by investigators looking into the fire, but has not been named as a target of a multiagency criminal probe. Former residents have accused him of ignoring clear dangers in the building while running a chaotic art and residential operation.
He lived on the second floor with his wife and children, and was taking rent from as many as 18 tenants who lived in RVs and makeshift rooms on the bottom floor, residents and other acquaintances said. Almena has said he was not at Friday’s event. The cause of the fire has not been determined, though arson is not suspected.