Because the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer — the class war — and because…
Starry Gordon

I wouldn’t actually say that this is about the rich. In my experience, there are wealthy folks in the Bay Area who support the unconventional arts scene. We haven’t asked those folks to help us build a venue, and maybe we should. My point was that the municipalities themselves seem to have a bias against unconventional events and activities and so when we try to get legally permitted for an event, in a safe space, excuses come up to justify denying those event permits. I was told point blank that some Oakland city officials can’t stand anything related to Burning Man, for example, and they will go out of their way to deny any activities related to that group. It is that kind of bias at the city level, at the permitting approval level, that is driving events to illegal locations that have a higher likelihood of being unsafe.

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