Brad Johnson 
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Re: “Berkeley Okays Fourth Dispensary, Free Weed

Will the council mandate that liquor stores give 2% of their product to low income people? Why not?

Frankly I'd prefer this rule pertain to grocery stores.

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Posted by Brad Johnson on 07/05/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Assembly Candidate Joel Young Plays Race Card, Lies Again

Your attempt to discredit Young by repeating your own reporting is transparent. The point isn't what happened (though your list omits several important facts). It's that you seem oddly fixated on it, you have not applied similar levels of scrutiny to any other contest, and your chief "reporter" has major credibility issues and has a history of racists statements.

But your list:

1 +2) The judge also said the girlfriend wasn't credible. Young also had injuries. That's why the case has been dismissed and nobody else has reported on it. It's a lovers' spat and a non-story. Your omission of those facts destroys any claim you have to being unbiased. According to the person who broke the story: "The news that the Alameda County District Attorney declined to file charges is big news, and that, alone, should clear Young."

3) Because a political organization is upset at Joel, thats bad. I see.

4) Was a clerical error and Tavare's story is clearly a fishing expedition. As far as I can tell the whole "scandal" simply involves a distinction between a personal and an organizational endorsement, involving a woman who was clearly a Young supporter. But that doesn't stop EB Express from linking to the story implying something much worse.

5) So, the Overman thing. Yes, he is a political operative and campaign veteran as you point out. He knew what he was doing. He withdrew his court action, *after* it generated the press he wanted (again, a "story" ignored by mainstream press but covered extensively by EB Express and Tavares), but *before* he had to defend anything he said. Also, you failed to report the fact that Overman has a well-known love interest with Young's girlfriend. Sort of changes the story, huh? Another blatant omission of facts other journalists see fit to report.

6). "he was primarily responsible". They do? I missed that. I think you have some personal issue with the wording. And do you run these stories everytime a campaign mailer makes a claim you feel overreaches? The answer is no, you don't (Guillen's website is full of this stuff), yet when Young does it you scream "lie".

7) So every time an interest group is "so concerned" about a candidate, you apply this level of scrutiny to the race? Since when did political spending dictate press coverage? Personally, I don't take into account the level of political spending when I make decisions about candidates.

8). So I'm waiting for your headline next time somebody in the East Bay speculates on racists motivations for something.



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Posted by Brad Johnson on 06/04/2012 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Assembly Candidate Joel Young Plays Race Card, Lies Again

The Express has some serious questions to answer about the credibility of their main writer on this issue. Tavares continually prints claims about Young that have been found without merit by other journalists, has made some questionable statements. In the past he wrote an incredibly juvenile blog called "Like Kobe on a White Chick( http://kobeonawhitechick.blogspot.com/). Apparently the main point of the blog was to make sex-innuendo jokes aimed at junior high students. Check it out, if you can stand it.

From the blog: "He took the lead early and dominated the race Like Kobe on a white chick!"

Hmm. And he's been oddly fixated on one political race, repeatedly printing negative allegations about the african-american candidate in the race. Allegations no other journalists have reported.

The question isn't why Tavares, who obviously has some odd fixation on this race and who has a history of trying to generate web traffic based on "smut", is writing this stuff. But why is Gammon?

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Posted by Brad Johnson on 06/03/2012 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Assembly Candidate Joel Young Plays Race Card, Lies Again

Some wisdom from the EB Express's writer who has been printing discredited lies about Joel. He's writing about his blog, which I won't link to:

"Thank you readers for making this the highest traffic month in its history, even though it was on the back of smut!"

Smut, indeed.

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Posted by Brad Johnson on 06/03/2012 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Assembly Candidate Joel Young Plays Race Card, Lies Again

Your paper has seriously damaged its credibility with me as a result of your "reporting" in this race. Your singular focus on this race, and insistance on continually dredging up stories that only your paper has seen worthy to print, is suspect.

Steven Tavares, the writer who has continually printed allegations about Joel other professional journalists find unconvincing, is advertising on his blog this morning the release of "Nadia Lockyer sex tapes." Apparently there's a sex scandal in Hayward -- Tavares is all over it. He's also attacking a judicial candidate because as an attorney she once worked for Joel Young. So, having a client a reporter doesn't like disqualifies you from being a judge?

The East Bay deserves better than this. Now Gammon is stooping to the level formerly occupied only by Tavares. Please just stop. It would be better for you to not print anything than to continually repeat politically motivated disinformation.

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Posted by Brad Johnson on 06/03/2012 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown Targets the 99 Percent

And the Millionaires Tax moves rates closer to where they were historically. That's useful context, but the point of the column is that sales taxes are regressive. Their historic levels don't change that reality.

Posted by Brad Johnson on 02/09/2012 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Monterey Market's CHARM Offensive

I've been shopping at all the Monterey Market stores for several years. I see zero evidence to back up CHARM's claims. As far as I can tell, there have been only very, very minor changes to the product lines at Monterey Market. They've always carried some of the same stuff, the exact same brands, as the smaller stores. When Monterey Market changed ownership there were howls of protest that the market was doomed, etc. As far as I can tell, the predictions of doom have yet to come to pass.

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Posted by Brad Johnson on 12/21/2011 at 10:57 AM

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