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March 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Legislature will conduct hearings "very shortly" into what the Senate leader said Wednesday was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "egregious" refusal to follow legislators' intent to put more nurses in state hospitals. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) said the governor had repeatedly "violated" the Legislature's intent that hospitals provide one nurse for each five patients in their medical and surgical units.
August 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hoping to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, the Board of Supervisors unanimously aproved ordinances that limit free distribution of cigarettes and regulate locations of vending machines. Tobacco companies "prey upon young people who are already down on their luck. You don't see them distributing free cigarettes in Piedmont or Beverly Hills," said Supervisor Don Perata, who sponsored the ordinances.
November 24, 2000
Re "Deadline to Register Assault Guns Under Beefed-Up Law Nears," Nov. 20: State Sen. Don Perata (D-Oakland), author of California's most sweeping assault weapons registration bill, now admits that he never really expected gun owners to embrace registration. He arrogantly remarks, "If they really feel strongly about it, they can move with their guns to another state." I have a better idea. Let Perata move to another state and quit infringing on our rights. BROOKS A. PANGBURN Duarte
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 | Associated Press
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.
October 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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
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