Jeff Diamond 
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Re: “La Misa Negra

Do you really mean they are bombastic?

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 03/30/2018 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Why would protesting in front of a bakeshop who employs a landlord make sense? Jennifer the owner of sweet Adelines is a pillar of the south Berkeley community

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 12/15/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Daughter Thai Brings Intense Southern Thai Flavors to the Oakland Hills

Luke

I am a big fan of your writing and your palate. I lost count of the number of restaurants that you have alerted me to. Thanks.

I was ecstatic that you visited our newest restaurant in the village, and even more ecstatic that you like the place. We do too.

I am a business owner in Montclair and a Hills resident, and I find your typification of my business district and my neighborhood as 'lilywhite' to be demeaning, inaccurate and quite frankly, racist, short sighted and insensitive.

In fact, I showed your review to several people, who all questioned your use of the word "lily white."

In the Montclair business district, I see owners and employees of every color and background; in my residential neighborhood, I see the same mix.

Yes, the population of African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans is less than in West and East Oakland, the San Antonio district and Chinatown/KoBe, but that is due to the high cost of housing more than any other factor, and is a sad statement on our institutionally racist society, not of any individual neighborhood.

Still on my block in the Hills - 150 families - there are families of every race.

A retraction would be nice.

Cordially,
Jeff Diamond, president Montclair Village Association

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 01/31/2017 at 4:45 PM

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