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Oakland fire could be a symptom of larger housing problem in California




A fireman stands before a warehouse after it was destroyed by a fire, December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California.
A fireman stands before a warehouse after it was destroyed by a fire, December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California.
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As the death toll continues to climb, now at 36, in the tragic Oakland fire on Friday night, fire officials have temporarily halted search effort because the building has been deemed too unsafe and unstable for emergency workers.

The 10,000-square-foot warehouse, locally known as “the Ghost Ship,” was filled with artist collectives. Besides serving as a party and concert venue, the space also housed multiple residents. Cramped in a small, crowded area, tenants of this building reflect a larger problem of urbanization in California - a lack of affordable housing.

Guest host Patt Morrison checks in with Ben Metcalf, director of California Department of Housing and Community Development and Maria Poblet, Executive Director at Causa Justa:: Just Cause, on the coding, zoning and affordability issues in our state.  

Guests: 

Ben Metcalf, Director of California Department of Housing and Community Development

María Poblet, Executive Director at Causa Justa:: Just Cause, organization that focuses on assisting low-income Bay area residents