March 17, 2007
Re "Perata scolds senators with lockout," March 13 Someone should've had the guts to walk into Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's (D-Oakland) chambers and demand the keys to the offices of the senators he locked out. Those offices belong to the taxpayers, not Perata. His effort to teach them a lesson should prompt voters to teach Perata a lesson. When the time comes, voters should reject any effort to change term limits and remove the Legislature's power of reapportionment. LOU BANAS Brea
November 19, 1993 |
An Alameda County supervisor, alarmed that society is "on the edge of vigilantism," has proposed get-tough policies on illegal gun possession, including putting first-time offenders under house arrest, as opposed to the usual probation. Supervisor Don Perata said the idea behind the proposals, which will go to the Board of Supervisors next month, is to ask judges to adopt a policy of sentencing gun offenders to either jail, house arrest or 750 hours of community service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2005 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday allowing California to get $18 billion in federal money over the next five years for public, University of California and some private hospitals that serve Medi-Cal patients and the uninsured. SB 1100, by Sen. Don Perata (D-Oakland), stems from an agreement between the governor and Democratic leaders.
April 16, 1991 |
Alameda County Supervisor Charles Santana collapsed Monday while eulogizing a family friend and was pronounced dead minutes later at a hospital, officials said. Santana, 65, apparently died of a heart attack, said Don Perata, a friend and fellow supervisor. A popular, five-term supervisor, Santana was at a San Leandro funeral home to deliver a eulogy for his friend, Angelo Pandalfo. The supervisor was stricken shortly before noon, said county spokeswoman Marty Boyer.
January 3, 2008
Re "Perata is victim of carjacking," Dec. 30 According to Oakland police, the team of carjackers who took state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's 2006 Dodge Charger was attracted by the 22-inch chrome rims and probably did not see the state of California exempt license plate. Why does a California politician need such a flashy vehicle? Do I smell the sickly sweet aroma of hypocrisy exposed by the gunpoint theft of his tax-financed ride? David R. Berry Rancho Cucamonga
April 10, 2005 |
California's housing shortage is spurring efforts in Sacramento to change the state's 35-year-old environmental protection laws to make it easier for developers to build housing in downtowns and older urban neighborhoods. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to unveil proposals to ease current California Environmental Quality Act rules and make it harder to use the law to stop residential projects.
August 6, 1989
A draft agreement to return the Raiders to the Oakland Coliseum may be ready to send to the Los Angeles-based football team by Monday, Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata said. "After the Raiders review the negotiated agreement in this draft form, we'll be better able to see where we're going," he said. The Raiders' lease with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum expires after the 1991 season.