Oakland Mayor Shouted Down at Vigil for Warehouse Fire Victims

by ALEX JOHNSON
A vigil in honor of victims of the deadly Oakland, California, warehouse fire briefly turned into a political confrontation Monday night as saddened, angry participants shouted down the city’s mayor with obscenities and boos.

Several hundred people showed up at the Oakland Pergola and Colonnade at Lake Merritt for speeches and remembrances three days after at least 36 people were killed as flames engulfed the converted warehouse during a concert and party. Amid an emotional outpouring from people who knew the victims, some speakers urged the city to protect "nontraditional warehouse residences" and "fringe places" where some Oaklanders have sought shelter as the city's housing costs skyrocket.
Several hundred people showed up at the Oakland Pergola and Colonnade at Lake Merritt for speeches and remembrances three days after at least 36 people were killed as flames engulfed the converted warehouse during a concert and party.
Amid an emotional outpouring from people who knew the victims, some speakers urged the city to protect “nontraditional warehouse residences” and “fringe places” where some Oaklanders have sought shelter as the city’s housing costs skyrocket.
The anger was in stark contrast to the reception given to Jesse Arreguín, the newly sworn-in mayor of Berkeley, home to the University of California’s main campus.

Arreguín said the fire shouldn’t be used as a pretext to shut down nontraditional living spaces like old warehouses.

“Artists must have a safe place to live and to work,” he said to loud cheers.

Related: Oakland Fire Exposes Silicon Valley’s Ugly Housing Crisis

Late Monday, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau publicly released the names of 10 newly identified victims: Em Bohlka, 33; Micah Danemayer, 28; Chelsea Dolan, 33; Feral Pines, 29; Alex Ghassan, 35; Michela Gregory, 20; Edmund Lapine, 34; Jennifer Morris, 21; Benjamin Runnels, 32; and Jennifer Kiyomi Taouye, 31.

The department on Sunday night named seven victims: Cash Askew, 22; David Cline, 24; Nick Gomez-Hall, 25; Sara Hoda, 30; Travis Hough, 35; Donna Kellogg, 32; and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32.http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oakland-mayor-shouted-down-vigil-warehouse-fire-victims-n692381?cid=sm_tw

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