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City Officials Trying to Sort Out Who Held Warehouse Party and Whether a Business Can Be Held Liable

In the wake of Sunday's triple homicide in the parking lot outside a party on Alvarado Street, officials wonder how to deal with large parties without permits.

While for the gunmen who and wounded three others early Sunday, city officials are wondering whether any businesses should be held responsible for the party that preceded the shootings.

At a city council meeting Monday night San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said the party was held in Suite 22 of the industrial park at 2661 Alvarado St.

That warehouse is leased to C&M Trailer Rentals.

But Damon McKinney, owner of C&M Trailer Rentals, told Patch on two occasions that he did not rent out his warehouse for the Saturday night party.

"It was not my shop," he said.

Several council members wondered aloud Monday night whether the business that did rent out the space for the party could be held liable in any way.

But it was too early to get answers.

At a press conference Monday, police department spokesman Sergeant Doug Calcagno said police have only just begun to sit down with city officials to consider potential business liability.

In the larger sense, city officials aren't sure how to regulate large parties, organized by promoters, like the one that preceded the shootings.

On the one hand,  occur frequently.

On the other hand, Spagnoli suggested that police are already stretched too thin, especially on weekends, to check on party permits.

"The larger issue is that these are underground parties and they are not going to get permits," said San Leandro Police Captain Pete Ballew. "If you ask their promoters about permits they just go elsewhere."

He suggested some spot underground party promoters who want to rent space. One tip: be suspicious of someone who offers to pay in all cash.

In a related development, San Leandro police say they want to talk to , promoter of the party that brought an estimated 200 people to the San Leandro warehouse.

Calcagno said Edwards didn't get a permit for that party but it isn't clear he needed one under the city's rules.

Meanwhile, C&M is likely to remain under scrutiny.

On its website the company says it will be "hosting upcoming community events such as 'bike nite' and 'muscle car nite' once a month."

One Patch reader spotted a C&M note on Facebook inviting people to a Mayweather fight party in September. It had a $15 entry charge. Attendees were advised to bring their own alcohol.

"Music and club atmosphere afterward," the note continued. "We partyn till 2am."

Barry Kane October 06, 2011 at 03:16 AM
LOL...So "thin" they did not notice 31 different busineses geting tagged with massive grafitti on E 14th downtown all on one night. Where is the Chief, she has not surfaced much since getting the job. She should me very visible and offer solutions rather than saying they are stretched too thin, you are right David, we are not getting a good deal from our police force, we need more for our money and how hard is it too surf thoruhg Facebook for known promoters and events???
Traci Cross October 06, 2011 at 10:10 PM
There have been many serious issues with these "underground parties" in the county. I know that the 3 people did not die as a result of an unruley party, but there is still a connection with the fact that a party did take place, unauthorized.
Tom Abate October 07, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Let's pause to reflect for a moment. Before tragedies like this, the cry is to get government off our backs. After they occur, the question is why didn't some authority do something. We can't have it both ways. People also want to know, where are the parents? Well, what if these kids come from "families" that have been blown apart by drugs, alcohol and the economy? How do we fix that? Who gets the blame?
Larry Smith October 07, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Government is on our backs and in our pockets more than ever and delivering less goods for the money, just look at the regulations requiring more non-teaching staff in our schools to handle all the reporting requirements to a myriad of government-created agencies. As a result, local governments are required to do far more with far less revenues than ever before. Add the recent economic problems and we have a recipe for disaster as local government is forced to lay off more and more employees, including police support staff. So, there can be no city-sponsored 'parties' that kids can attend....and the kids probably wouldn't want to go to them anyway because they lack the element of danger/excitement that comes from living just a little outside of their parent's reach. It is the parents who want a safe space for their children...so it will have to be the parents who must step up and provide the space and the funds to secure a safe environment for their kids. Excepting this, the low-life organizers of the warehouse parties out to make a fast buck filling their parties will continue to advertise on the social networks and suck in unsophisticated teens to be exposed to all the dangers of the world.
David October 07, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I'm not proposing more regulations of business here. We already have a permit requirement for events like this, from what I understand. As Larry writes below, what's astonishing is how little we get for our taxes. Cops in the Bay Area (and all of California as far as I can tell) are compensated well into the top 10% of earners (all earners, never mind their police peers, even in NYC), yet can't be bothered to notice 200+ people descending on a warehouse on a weekend night? Schoolteachers in California are paid the most in the country, yet are the schools even middle-of-the-road? City managers are paid more than 90% of CEOs, yet can't think of any way to balance budgets except to raise taxes? As I wrote in the sidebar, I just got my property tax bill. Up 10% in the past 2 years, and I know city revenues are up, yet services keep getting cut. I just want the government I'm paying for, and if they can't provide it, the budget needs to be cut.

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