Clarence C. Johnson 
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Re: “The Express Announces Nick Miller as Incoming Editor

Great news! Another bespectacled white guy to tell us what's good for minorities!

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/01/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “JP Morgan Chase's Home Loans in Oakland Mostly Went to White and Wealthy Residents

Nice clickbait headline. If the headline was "Loans went to people with high credit score" it may have inspired a great big "Duh".

There's not much leverage the city has here, in asking to provide loans to individuals they find to be lacking good credit - as $800k in municipals deposits is nothing to any bank, much less JP Morgan that has $2.6 trillion on its balance sheet.

Guess its a slow week over at the EBX headquarters in Black vs. White news.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 01/22/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

I usually hate NIMBY-ism, and how it tends to find common cause with "progressive" politics to keep rents high. The Mason has a total of 104 units. That's it. If it built any more, the neighbors would complain about height, and if it built any less, then rents would be much higher than the $2800 for a 1 bedroom. Go visit the property, a good chunk of it is walking space between 23rd and 24th. If such a big fuss is made about 104 units, how is Oakland going build housing for anyone?

On the other hand, I just bought in the area, and it will be to my benefit to keep rents high. So I guess if I cant beat 'em, might as well join them. So thank you, EBX doing your part in making sure the members of the community oppose any housing in general. My nest egg and property value is much better off as a result.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 11/04/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Leaders Still Missing in Action

Again, EBX is out of touch and contradicting its own message. All of a sudden when rooms are being rented out to temporary visitors on AirBNB, EBX cares about housing inventory? If EBX wants more inventory they could very easily support housing, for which EBX only supports affordable housing. And who will subsidize that affordable housing? Not wealthier new residents who have cars, because EBX wants to eliminate parking spaces as well. Not developers E12th St Parcel, because EBX opposes that as well.

In fact you will find EBX arguing every detail about why specific housing projects should not be built, but you will never find them actually advocating to build new housing. So sorry if I'm not buying the "inventory" argument.

And as far as the sustainability of Ubers business ? Ubers is capitalizing on an inefficiency created by the corrupt and monopolistic system of taxi medallions. The medallion lawsuit boils down to limiting # of Ubers on the road, in order to maintain their monopoly. It wont work, because the public has voted with their dollars, and removing Uber would be take away an affordable service that people depend on.

Uber has so far created a profitable business that is wildly popular, affordable, and most importantly provides an important service that the public relies on. EBX "business" is to capitalize on the fears of poor people of color, by pandering, grandstanding, and posturing for clickbait headlines all in the name of "progressive" journalism.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/30/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

Wow. An entire article based on testimony from one groups version of events. Did the reporter in this just turn on his tape reporter, say "Go", and then decide to report everything they said without verifying it with police, or the individual who contacted police?

Journalism at its worst. At least EBX got the headline they wanted!

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/29/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington and Police and Fire Unions Fined for Illegal Robocalls

East Bay Express, Oct. 01 2014 endorsements: "Annie Campbell Washington is our clear choice for the Oakland City Council District Four seat...As a former chief of staff to mayors Jerry Brown and Jean Quan, Campbell Washington understands exactly how City Hall works and how to get things done in Oakland."

Indeed she does know how to work the system. And apparently EBX only cares when the police union is involved because, by EBX logic, one public Union is somehow less corrupt or less prone to buying public officials than any other public Union. And least Campbell-Washington is equal opportunity by having her hand in all the public unions pockets. Must have correctly predicted she would get a slap on the wrist. She can now go back to playing candy crush whole protestors shut down city hall meetings (as capturer on Twitter).

The only reason EBX didn't scoop this story earlier, is because it figured it didn't have any reason to look into someone they endorsed. I guess that's what you can expect when looking for a story first and the facts to support it later. Maybe you'll get lucky next time!

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/17/2015 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Use of Force Against Black Residents Remains Disproportionately High

Mr. Bond-Graham,

The point you are missing, and that Matt_Chambers is alluding to, is that it seems you are cherry picking only certain data points to tell a story you wanted to tell before you even looked at the data: these data points being policing statistics (including UOF data), population and demographics. Crime is an additional data point that you ignoring. Why? Possibly because it does not tell a story you want to tell or you are concerned with the risk of appearing, as you accuse Matt_Chambers, of making the case that "OPD's disproportionate use of force against Blacks is justified".

The problem is, when you decide to use such a rudimentary, pointless analysis to describe a societal issue with historical context, you run the risk of making police look like racists or Blacks appear prone to violence. Both arguments are equally offensive. The reason why Blacks have higher UOF incidents against them is the same reason crime and drug addiction is more rampant in their communities - because of poverty caused by historically racist economic policies in the United States.

Of course, every hero needs a villain. And in scapegoating OPD for the for what in reality is all of societies concern and obligation, you may have achieved the goal of portraying yourself as a concerned citizen-journalist, but you have done nothing to improve the relationships in the community between OPD, and the community it serves.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 09/08/2015 at 9:51 AM

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