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January 6, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of a long meeting and an even longer day, Elihu Harris looks around the table at a Chinese restaurant. The man who will be mayor of Oakland for the next four years asks a question that none of the experts who have been talking about the drug crisis can answer. "Politics is perception," Harris says, referring to that most difficult of problems in his city. "How do you get people to think that things are getting better?"
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March 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Mayor Jerry Brown made it official Friday, filing his candidate intention statement for next year's mayoral election. The former two-term California governor, who was elected Oakland mayor in June 1998, read a statement as his official notice of candidacy was filed at City Hall. He said he will continue to focus on jobs, crime reduction, education and civic creativity. "Oakland is a city where many visions have their home," he said.
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December 15, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The FBI and federal prosecutors on Wednesday called Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson's son Stephen "an associate" of a cocaine trafficking operation but refused to say whether he will be charged in the case. "Based on our investigation, Mr. (Stephen) Wilson is an associate," Barry Mawm, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge of criminal operations, said at a news conference.
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February 10, 2000 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Brown has never failed to surprise. This is the erstwhile California governor who ran for president, then spent a stint with Mother Teresa, who studied with Japanese monks, then became state Democratic Party chairman. Now, newly reborn as mayor of this multiethnic city, Brown is at it again: California's inveterate cosmic thinker has gone mainstream. He has emerged as a wildly popular mayor whose approval rating tops 80% at the close of his first year in office.
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March 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
Mayor Jerry Brown made it official Friday, filing his candidate intention statement for next year's mayoral election. The former two-term California governor, who was elected Oakland mayor in June 1998, read a statement as his official notice of candidacy was filed at City Hall. He said he will continue to focus on jobs, crime reduction, education and civic creativity. "Oakland is a city where many visions have their home," he said.
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June 26, 1998 | Associated Press
Supporters of Mayor-elect Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. collected more than 52,000 signatures--nearly twice as many as needed--in an effort to put a strong-mayor proposal on the November ballot. On Thursday, Brown's supporters turned in the petition signatures, which must be verified by Alameda County election officials. Oakland's mayor currently serves as a member of the City Council, with the appointed city manager wielding much of the day-to-day authority.
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March 19, 1989
Democratic Assemblyman Elihu Harris of Oakland has filed papers declaring his intention to run for mayor of Oakland. The six-term Oakland legislator filed statements in Oakland and Sacramento last week that he had established a campaign fund-raising committee for the 1990 race, in which he may end up challenging his longtime friend Mayor Lionel Wilson. Harris, 41, had said previously he would not run if Wilson decided to run for a fourth term.
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January 3, 1999 | MARIA L. LA GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Brown is a pretty lucky guy. Once his $40,000, bargain-basement inauguration ends late Monday--when the pillow-sitting lovingkindness meditation is over and the final bar of Oakland blues has faded into the darkness--he can look up and survey the city he has inherited. And heave a huge sigh of relief that he's becoming mayor in 1999 and not a moment sooner. Yes, there is still poverty and drug abuse, and the school district faces great difficulties.
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February 10, 2000 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Brown has never failed to surprise. This is the erstwhile California governor who ran for president, then spent a stint with Mother Teresa, who studied with Japanese monks, then became state Democratic Party chairman. Now, newly reborn as mayor of this multiethnic city, Brown is at it again: California's inveterate cosmic thinker has gone mainstream. He has emerged as a wildly popular mayor whose approval rating tops 80% at the close of his first year in office.
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March 10, 1990 | KENNETH REICH and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
If Oakland authorities thought they could force Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis to meet a 5 p.m. Friday deadline for giving an answer on whether his football team would move back to Oakland, they had another think coming. Two hours before the deadline, and nearly three years after he first started talking about the possibility of moving his team from Los Angeles, Davis got a postponement until noon on Monday.
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January 5, 1999 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This, then, was the "other" inauguration, a sort of anti-swearing in of little pomp and everyday circumstance. On this bright Monday afternoon, 69 miles from the Sacramento Big Top, the 34th governor of the Golden State became the 48th mayor of this hard-knock city. Just before 1 p.m., Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.
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January 3, 1999 | MARIA L. LA GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Brown is a pretty lucky guy. Once his $40,000, bargain-basement inauguration ends late Monday--when the pillow-sitting lovingkindness meditation is over and the final bar of Oakland blues has faded into the darkness--he can look up and survey the city he has inherited. And heave a huge sigh of relief that he's becoming mayor in 1999 and not a moment sooner. Yes, there is still poverty and drug abuse, and the school district faces great difficulties.
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June 26, 1998 | Associated Press
Supporters of Mayor-elect Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. collected more than 52,000 signatures--nearly twice as many as needed--in an effort to put a strong-mayor proposal on the November ballot. On Thursday, Brown's supporters turned in the petition signatures, which must be verified by Alameda County election officials. Oakland's mayor currently serves as a member of the City Council, with the appointed city manager wielding much of the day-to-day authority.
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January 8, 1991 | Associated Press
Elihu M. Harris, Oakland's new mayor, said Monday that he is not "a man with all the answers," but that he plans to help reshape the city's ailing educational system and fight crime. "We must reshape our community, and to this end I will be the point guard," Harris told the crowd of about 1,000 at his swearing-in ceremony. "I will ask you to take responsibility for your city."
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January 7, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Poverty is on the rise and murders hit an all-time high in 1990. But through it all, Oakland's middle class, black and white, has remained to fight for a city they believe can still attain greatness. If the decay of rusting industrial cities can be reversed anywhere, it is here, they say.
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January 6, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of a long meeting and an even longer day, Elihu Harris looks around the table at a Chinese restaurant. The man who will be mayor of Oakland for the next four years asks a question that none of the experts who have been talking about the drug crisis can answer. "Politics is perception," Harris says, referring to that most difficult of problems in his city. "How do you get people to think that things are getting better?"
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April 12, 1990 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of Oakland's $486-million offer to entice the Raiders back to the Bay Area filed 33,189 petition signatures Wednesday calling for a referendum on the proposed deal. Although the number of raw signatures easily exceeded the 19,716 required, Oakland officials have five weeks to ascertain whether they are valid. Regardless, officials who back the Raider offer have already indicated they are likely to reject the referendum on technicalities.
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June 7, 1990 | PAUL JACOBS and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The once-revered mayor of this city, Lionel Wilson, agreed Wednesday that his failed attempt to lure back the Los Angeles Raiders had doomed his bid for a fourth term--making him another political victim of team owner Al Davis' attempt to find a new home for his ballclub. But as he calmly acknowledged defeat, Wilson, who carried only 17% of the vote, said he would continue to work to win back the team that left for Los Angeles after the 1981 season.
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April 17, 1990 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson announced Monday that he will ask the Oakland City Council when it meets tonight to rescind its approval of the current deal to bring the Raiders back to the city. Although Wilson said he still thinks the team's return is a good idea and that the council will discuss what new negotiations might be undertaken, he feels that if the return "isn't dead, it's dying."
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