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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

Use of the word "Hidden" in the title, to imply that someone was trying to hide this. But - nobody was trying to hide this, and the error was found by the City of Oakland and disclosed to the public.

Another day at EBX, turning news into propaganda whenever possible.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

Nice trickery with the numbers. A couple of points:

1. You cant assume 100% of market rate housing will be built, when you know this is nowhere near the case based on historical data. The author knows this and leaves it out.

2. In 2014, 78% of housing built in Oakland was affordable
(…) . The Author leaves out what was actually built in 2015 in 2016.

3. This is permits issued. NOT actual units built. You can have less affordable housing units permits issued and yet MORE affordable units built. See above point.

4. The average cost to build an affordable housing in Alameda county, according to the State Housing Department, is $345k. The 59 units being built at Acts Full Gospel Church is closer to $500k/unit. $100million allocated from the city would build at most 300 homes, which would still be less than what the report says we need of 840 affordable units. Yet the author says we need more? Say its 1000 units to make the author happy - that's $300 million, and ~25% of Oaklands budget - how do we raise revenue, or make room in the budget for that? The author has no ideas, of course, but just wants to cherry pick data to make it look like we only have an affordable housing issue, and its the result of the "rich" not caring, rather than we have a housing crisis that's impacting everyone at all income levels, and that everyone is to blame.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/05/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

The author know very well how much it costs to build affordable housing, but will never report on it because then people will say "Duh, no wonder it's not in the budget". The author likes to keep beating this horse while leaving his readers in the dark.

A recent affordable housing project in East Oakland costs $30million for just 60 units (…). It costs $500k to build a single unit. Who is going to pay for that when people can't afford housing themselves? The entire police academy cost would equal 3 housing units.

The best way to pay for affordable housing is to have developers pay for the affordable housing, and spread the cost over market rate housing. Of course the author doesn't support market rate housing either.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/01/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Interesting how this article complete leaves out how the Swedish heavy-metal band Marduk, had to recently cancel their show. I guess this doesnt fit in with the author's narrative?

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

"Housing-policy experts say the steady drip of conversions is eliminating affordable rental housing in Oakland." Really? "Housing policy experts" say eliminating rent control inventory is eliminating affordable rental housing? Such insight.

Amazing EBX cant find any "housing policy experts" that say increasing housing supply will have downward pressure on rents. We can blame Oakland officials all we want, but when you try to do two opposing things - constrain market rate housing supply while also keeping rents affordable, you're going to have a byzantine set of laws such as purchasing conversion credits that are going to constantly need revision because of the meteoric rise of market value housing due to constrained supply.

If you bought $1k worth of Apple stock 10 years ago thats worth $10k now, would you sell it to a friend in a private sale for only $1500? No, you would sell it on the market for what its worth. Its called realizing the value of an investment.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Also, Trying to "jam" them into the bottom quarter? Would they have more space if they were "jammed" in the top quarter? The units have the same amount of space no matter where they are in the building, quit trying to imply that the affordable units are somehow substandard or smaller because of the location within the building. Affordability is a premium, views are premium. Whether you like it or not, more expensive units are subsidizing the affordable ones, the way it should be.

Could have easily been the headline, "Developer insists affordable units having most convenient access to BART"

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 03/06/2017 at 10:04 PM

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