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Oakland Fire Victim's Dad Calls For Reforms

Josh Edelson / AP

Firefighters clear an entry to a smoldering building after a fire tore through a warehouse party early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Oakland.

Josh Edelson / AP

(AP) - The father of a young man who died in the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland is calling for zoning and coding reforms along with financial support to encourage California to build safe places for artists to live and work.

Edwin Bernbaum said at a California Senate hearing Wednesday that high rents are driving artists to live and work in dangerous places like the Ghost Ship warehouse. He says they pose obvious fire and safety hazards.

Bernbaum's 34-year-old son, Jonathan Bernbaum, was one of 36 people who died in the Dec. 2 fire during a concert.

Jonathan Bernbaum was a video artist who lived a few blocks from the warehouse.