Oakland Mayor Issues Order to Protect DIY Spaces After Ghost Ship Fire

The mayor of Oakland issued an executive order protecting tenants in DIY spaces from evictions while owners get their buildings up to code.

Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf issued an executive order that will protect tenants and DIY venues as the city improves safety measures in such spaces following the devastating Ghost Ship fire last year, Thump reports.

“Buildings in Oakland should be safe places to live, work and play,” said Schaaf in a statement. “In the wake of the Ghost Ship tragedy, unpermitted living, assembly and work spaces are under heightened scrutiny. We must unite as a City to improve the safety of non-permitted spaces while also working to avoid displacing vulnerable community members.”

Executive Order 2017-1 will specifically protect tenants and workers in unpermitted spaces from eviction or displacement, unless the building presents an immediate threat. Evictions from DIY spaces…