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April 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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
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
December 15, 2008 | Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld, Halper and Rothfeld are Times staff writers.
Gray Davis had just landed in Pennsylvania on a trip last June when he was struck by the differences between that state and the one whose voters drove him out of office early in his second term, blaming his leadership for state government failures that included deep debt and legislative paralysis. Pennsylvania roads were clean. The state's budget was balanced. Lawmakers had socked enough away in a rainy-day fund to build what was then a decent surplus. Government seemed to run effectively.
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.
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