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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2004 | Jordan Rau and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
Don Perata of Oakland, a former schoolteacher who became an exceptional Democratic dealmaker and fundraiser, was selected Tuesday to be the next leader of the California Senate, traditionally considered the second most powerful position in the state. After three secret ballots that capped days of tension in the legislative session's last week, the Senate's Democratic caucus selected Perata over Martha Escutia of Whittier.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Don Perata, one of two main candidates to become Senate leader, is among California's most influential lawmakers. The Oakland Democrat also is firmly tied to affairs back home, as Dennis Chaconas learned in a hard lesson. Perata sent Chaconas, then the Oakland schools superintendent, an e-mail after Chaconas balked at a request. "I don't consider my requests 'favors,' " Perata wrote in the January 2001 missive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Don Perata has honed a reputation as a skilled, tough campaigner. He also has run afoul of campaign watchdogs. The California Fair Political Practices Commission has fined the Oakland Democrat a total of $14,500 in two cases. In the more recent incident, Perata was found to have violated campaign contribution caps in the special election he won for the state Senate in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, a state senator set aside his tough theme-park regulation bill Monday and joined forces with the author of a weaker measure that could be voted on today in the state Assembly. Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda) said he yielded to Assemblyman Tom Torlakson's approach to regulating the industry because the Antioch Democrat had worked on the issue longer and in more depth.
NEWS
April 17, 1998 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Want to find out what really is holding up enactment of a law to ban military-style assault weapons from California's streets? (Send the kids out of the room.) The legislation that would impose the restrictions is stalled in the state Assembly, thanks to expletive-peppered explanations that boil down to: It's payback time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1994
As the state's chief fiscal officer, the controller signs most state checks. He also serves as a member of the tax-collecting State Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board, as well as the boards guiding the investment of billions of dollars in public pension funds. Salary: $90,000 a year. MAJOR CANDIDATES There are contested races in both party primaries. * Democrats: Rusty Areias, an Assembly member; Kathleen Connell, an investment banker, and Don Perata, an Alameda County supervisor.
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