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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
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
December 26, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Humbled by his special election defeat, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is counting on state lawmakers to let bygones be bygones next month as he refocuses his political efforts in the Capitol. "He's making every effort to work hand in hand with the Legislature," said Margita Thompson, Schwarzenegger's spokeswoman.
August 14, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
David Crane is a gifted investment banker who shared his expertise with government until he was dumped from a state board that invests teacher retirement funds. Lawmakers bounced him from the board, one of the biggest players on Wall Street, after he repeatedly questioned whether state pension funds could earn enough to keep paying retirement benefits to teachers and other politically powerful employees.
March 8, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Sacramento -- Enjoy fast food? Like to light up while you watch the waves? Forget to sock away money for your kids' education? Some California lawmakers want to change your ways. They've planted a crop of proposals this year -- "nanny" bills, as they're called -- that would: * Restrict the use of artery-clogging trans fat, common in fried and baked foods and linked to heart disease, in restaurants and school cafeterias.
April 10, 2005 | From Times wire reports
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.
May 23, 2008 | Steve Hymon
A bill that would have created an agency to oversee the extension of the Green Line light rail to Los Angeles International Airport was killed in the state Legislature on Thursday for the second year in a row. The bill, by Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), was one of dozens that were not moved forward by the Senate's Appropriations Committee on Thursday. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) said only urgent bills were moved forward because of the state's ongoing budget crisis.
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