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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 | 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.
January 30, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Suspecting that Charles David Rothenberg has been paroled to their area, Alameda County officials publicly voiced outrage that the man who set his son afire in an Orange County motel room might be nearby and vowed to seek Gov. George Deukmejian's help in having him sent elsewhere. Mayor Lionel Wilson said he believed that it was "likely" that Rothenberg was in Oakland, based on remarks by the city's police chief.
February 7, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A state Senate panel supported confirmation of the governor's appointment of Joan Borucki as director of the California Lottery after she apologized for authorizing an employee appreciation dinner that cost $43,000 and featured mock lottery games with prizes. Borucki's confirmation was recommended by the Senate Rules Committee after the chairman, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), said she erred in allowing the dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento. "I think the judgment was flawed," Perata said.
February 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hundreds of guns were set to be melted down following an Oakland gun buyback held hours after two more people died in a shooting in the violence-plagued city. The Saturday event, organized by state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), had enough funding to take in 300 guns for $250 apiece but ran out as people arrived to turn in trunkloads of weapons. Oakland police issued vouchers for guns given up after the fund was depleted. Earlier, two men were fatally shot outside a house in East Oakland, the southeastern part of the city, bringing the city's homicide total this year to 16. Police say they have no motives or suspects in the killings of Juan Barnes, 34, of Hayward and Alphonso Lawson, 38, of Oakland.
November 27, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) is being forced by term limits to leave her elected post, but outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata appointed her Tuesday to a $132,000 seat on the state Integrated Waste Management Board. Kuehl has a reputation as a tough environmentalist, and she has been chairwoman of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Kuehl's term in the Legislature ends Sunday; she was elected to the Senate in 2000. Her new appointment runs through Jan. 1, 2011.
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