GHOST SHIP FIRE WORKSHOP

Today representatives from commercial and residential real estate groups came together with experts from local government and arts groups to discuss how to create more and safer live-work artist spaces in California urban areas.  Unfortunately, this discussion has been spurred by the tragedy in Oakland known as the “Ghost Ship Fire,” but hopefully good policy will come out of the discussion.

Staff from the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee are working with a broad range of stakeholders to identify ways the state can help local governments, building owners, and artists create safe and affordable spaces.  Ideas ranging from changes in CA complicated code structure to providing local governments with “model codes” have been discussed.  We will keep you posted and would welcome ideas.

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