Oakland Warehouse Fire
The warehouse was illegally converted into artists collective (according to reports, some tenants used it as housing as well), meaning the structure didn’t meet the required building and safety standards. The warehouse was under active investigation for safety violations when the fire erupted.
The building was full of flammable materials: artwork, furniture, wood, mannequins, artist supplies and such. After the fire, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said that most victims were found on the second floor. The building didn’t have a fire escape route, sprinklers or smog alarms. According to firefighters, the only connection between the first and second floor was an improvised stairway made of wooden pallets.
The fire started during an evening concert and dance party last Friday. It is estimated that about 100 people (20 to 30 years old) were in the warehouse. Nine people are confirmed dead. About two dozens are still missing. It is possible that as many as 40 may have died in the fire.
UPDATE: 33 people are confirmed dead in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. All of the victims are young, most are artists, all had promising futures ahead of them; their families and friends are at a loss, today. Authorities are asking that families preserve the missing persons’ DNA which can be retrieved from a toothbrush or hair brush. The DNA may be needed to identify victims. Read more
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Concert in L.A.
Legendary Argentinean band LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS, in conjunction with Goldenvoice, returns to American stages to present their successful world tour ‘La Salvación de Solo y Juan’. The announcement comes after the epic night the band had at the Latin GRAMMYS where they received two awards in the Best Rock Album and Best rock Song categories for the album that shares the tour’s name.
The band ended their amazing night at the Latin GRAMMY’s in Las Vegas with a spectacular live medley performance of their hits “El Rey Del Swing” and “Matador”, songs that they performed with their characteristic energy and rhythm in a special collaboration with their own sons, who joined the band to play the guitar and drums. The show was without a doubt a great indication of what their fans can expect during the visit to the North American country.
Date confirmed: Los Angeles March 24, 2017 Microsoft Theater. General ticket sale began on Friday December 2nd at 10:00 am PST.
More than 500,000 fans have already witnessed ‘La Salvación de Solo y Juan’ tour in countries like México, Chile, Costa Rica y Ecuador, including a successful appearance last July at the Ruido Fest in Chicago. The band will close 2016 with visits to Colombia and Peru, and the tour will continue next year with stops in the United States and Europe. Read more
Los Angeles News
Anniversary Of The San Bernardino Terror Attack
White House Press Secretary on the Anniversary of the San Bernardino Attack:
“One year ago today, the people of San Bernardino endured the horror of a terrorist attack whose reverberations touched all of America. The 14 innocent men and women who were taken from us that day had come together to celebrate the holidays and represented the best of our country. Their paths to the Inland Regional Center—whose mission is to serve fellow members of the community—varied. Some of the victims were just beginning careers of service, while others had devoted decades to those around them. The brutality of the attack’s perpetrators could not have been in starker contrast to the selflessness and generosity that characterized those taken from us.
In the year since this tragedy, we have mourned those we lost, just as we have continued to confront the violent ideology behind this attack as well as the terrorist groups, including ISIL, that propagate it. As the President told the nation shortly after the attack, “we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history.” Today, as we remember the horror of last December 2, we also recognize our progress in that campaign and the enduring truth of the President’s words.” Read more
A Promise Kept: 800 Carrier Jobs Saved
True to the promise Mr. Trump, as a Presidential Candidate, has made, President Elect Trump succeeded at saving 800 (according to some sources: 1,100) American jobs at Carrier furnace factory in Indiana. Without a question, saving well-paying American jobs is a praise-worthy achievement and so is fulfilling a promise. The workers whose jobs were saved are celebrating and we’re happy for them.
Still even a victory can be questioned and many question this one. Carrier, the well-known manufacturer of heating and air-conditioning equipment is a subsidiary of United Technologies. In order to prevent Indiana jobs from being moved to Mexico, President Elect’s team (including Indiana’s Governor – Vice President Elect – Mike Pence) offered Carrier financial incentives which include $7.000.000 in tax breaks over 10 years. (A concession on the anticipated import tax for air-conditioning units Carrier will manufacture in Mexico is expected as well.) Read more