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April 1, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata announced Tuesday that he is planning to run next year for mayor of Oakland, saying he was moved by the recent funeral for four Oakland police officers killed in the line of duty. "I can no longer sit quietly on the sidelines and pretend that the city I love isn't in full-tilt crisis," Perata, a Democrat, said. "Oakland is suffering and, everywhere I go, people are demanding new leadership. "So I'm preparing to run for mayor, and I'll be making a more formal announcement in the days or weeks ahead," he said in a news release.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Ending a five-year corruption investigation by the FBI, the U.S. attorney in Sacramento has decided not to file criminal charges against former state Senate leader Don Perata. Perata, a Democrat and candidate for mayor of Oakland, called Wednesday's decision by federal prosecutors "full vindication." "I am gratified but not surprised by this decision," he said in a statement.
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OPINION
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata announced Tuesday that he is planning to run next year for mayor of Oakland, saying he was moved by the recent funeral for four Oakland police officers killed in the line of duty. "I can no longer sit quietly on the sidelines and pretend that the city I love isn't in full-tilt crisis," Perata, a Democrat, said. "Oakland is suffering and, everywhere I go, people are demanding new leadership. "So I'm preparing to run for mayor, and I'll be making a more formal announcement in the days or weeks ahead," he said in a news release.
OPINION
January 16, 2003
"Oakland Seeks Record Bailout for Schools" (Jan. 9), on the collapse of the Oakland school district, doesn't come as a surprise. State Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda), who is now begging for money for the school district, is the same Don Perata who engineered the lavish payoff to the Raiders in 1994, with the approval of the NFL offices. With the money that Oakland and Alameda County have to pay the Raiders for nonsellouts and other perks, they could probably fund the school district. Maybe Perata ought to ask NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to fund the school district, rather than state taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Opponents of State Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Salinas) have submitted a sufficient number of signatures to qualify a recall election for the ballot later this year, the secretary of state certified Tuesday. The opponents submitted petitions with more than the 31,084 valid signatures required to force the governor to call an election on whether to remove Denham from office. A political committee supported by State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) helped finance the recall petition drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
OPINION
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A political consultant for the state Democratic Party did not have approval to release a statement attributed to party Chairman Art Torres in support of another client, a spokesman said Wednesday. The consultant, Sandi Polka, will remain on retainer with the party, the spokesman said. Polka's office released the statement after state Senate leader Don Perata (D-Oakland) reported in a Jan. 31 public filing that the Democratic State Central Committee had contributed $200,000 to his legal defense fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Former state Senate leader Don Perata has requested a probe of whether FBI agents and federal prosecutors in Sacramento are acting improperly in trying to revive a corruption investigation that was dropped by another U.S. attorney's office, his lawyer said Wednesday. In a letter to the inspector general for the U.S. Justice Department, George O'Connell, an attorney for Perata, accused Acting U.S. Atty. Lawrence G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2008 | Nancy Vogel and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
The California Legislature closed the curtain on its session last weekend after acting on more than 1,000 bills. But lawmakers' greatest unfinished task -- passing a state budget -- marked a tumultuous session in which two of four top legislative leaders were replaced. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata called 2008 "a bad year" and said that any legislative accomplishments would be forgotten in light of the ongoing budget stalemate. "We could have discovered a cure for drought," the Oakland Democrat said, "and this is what will be remembered: That we couldn't pull a budget in on time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2008 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Three influential Democratic members of Congress are rallying behind Don Perata, president of the California Senate, by urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether people in government have leaked details about a lengthy federal investigation of the Oakland Democrat. The FBI began looking into the lawmaker's political and business affairs in 2004.
OPINION
July 10, 2008
Don Perata, Fabian Nunez -- are you guys still here? Apparently so. Nunez has been succeeded as Assembly speaker, and Perata's replacement as Senate president pro tem has been named, but the two men who led California's legislative Democrats for the last several years remain major players in the expenditure of political donors' money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Democratic leader of the state Senate said Wednesday he is dropping his campaign to recall Republican state Sen. Jeff Denham, after GOP leaders warned that the effort was a stumbling block to bipartisan negotiations on the state budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A representative of state Sen. Jeff Denham filed complaints Thursday seeking a criminal investigation of Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, alleging that he misused public resources and violated bribery laws by suggesting in a memo last week that certain state employees had to work on key political campaigns.
OPINION
January 27, 2008
Re "Change term limits," editorial, Jan. 21 Like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Times was against Proposition 93 before it was for the measure. In the Sept. 14, 2007, editorial "Spoiled brats," The Times accused lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, of having pulled "another nasty redistricting prank on voters." It was then that Schwarzenegger declared that he would not endorse any term-limit modification measure without a redistricting reform measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2008 | Nancy Vogel and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
The California Legislature closed the curtain on its session last weekend after acting on more than 1,000 bills. But lawmakers' greatest unfinished task -- passing a state budget -- marked a tumultuous session in which two of four top legislative leaders were replaced. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata called 2008 "a bad year" and said that any legislative accomplishments would be forgotten in light of the ongoing budget stalemate. "We could have discovered a cure for drought," the Oakland Democrat said, "and this is what will be remembered: That we couldn't pull a budget in on time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Opponents of State Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Salinas) have submitted a sufficient number of signatures to qualify a recall election for the ballot later this year, the secretary of state certified Tuesday. The opponents submitted petitions with more than the 31,084 valid signatures required to force the governor to call an election on whether to remove Denham from office. A political committee supported by State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) helped finance the recall petition drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A political consultant for the state Democratic Party did not have approval to release a statement attributed to party Chairman Art Torres in support of another client, a spokesman said Wednesday. The consultant, Sandi Polka, will remain on retainer with the party, the spokesman said. Polka's office released the statement after state Senate leader Don Perata (D-Oakland) reported in a Jan. 31 public filing that the Democratic State Central Committee had contributed $200,000 to his legal defense fund.
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