The warehouse known as the Ghost Ship – where an inferno Friday night killed 36 people – may be one of several buildings flagged as unsafe in the city.READ MORE: UPDATE: River Fire Erupts in Nevada and Placer Counties; Evacuations Ordered in Colfax
The East Oakland Beautification Council says the code enforcement division of the city’s Planning and Building Department has looked at every complaint it’s brought forward, but follow up has been lacking.
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“Code compliance has done every complaint that we’ve submitted as a community-based organization, but they only can do so much,” council chairman Ken Houston told KCBS.READ MORE: 'Mayor Of The Mission' Helps Feed People Struggling To Survive During The Pandemic
The council says administrators missed an opportunity to be proactive about the safety issues surrounding the Ghost Ship building.
“There’s some things there that should have been addressed a year ago,” Houston said.
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“We’ve come to the city administrator’s office, sat down with the city administrator’s office and told them about these visual cues, specific items, and gave them a direction on how to present this in a strategic way,” Houston said.