CA: Two charged in 36 deaths in Oakland dance party fire

Source: ABC News

“The founder of a ramshackle collective who officials say illegally converted an Oakland warehouse into residences for artists and musicians saw himself as a guru and benevolent landlord trying to help people struggling to survive in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. Instead, court documents say his reckless actions created ‘a high risk of death’ at the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship where 36 people died in a massive fire in December. Derick Almena, 47, and his right-hand man, Max Harris, 27, were each charged Monday with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths during an unpermitted dance party.” [editor’s note: If people die in fires at places with “permits” in Oakland, are the officials who issued the “permits” charged with crimes? If not, why is the absence or possession of a “permit” relevant? – TLK] (06/06/17)