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Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Any guess on how many young "i need an A" women he spent special sessions with while teaching at Alemada High???

Posted by Ingvard on 10/16/2010 at 6:50 AM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Getitrite - do tell the details of your claim of a personal conflict between Perata and Gammon. We'd all love to hear the story and the evidence. You assert this it out there - well, nut up or shut up!

Wouldn't it be something if Getitrite were Perata or someone from his campaign? haha - that would be rich!

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/15/2010 at 5:24 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Getitrite, in particular your homophobic comment is way out of line, and sort of demonstrates that maybe I'm wrong in thinking the Bay Area has largely progressed past such stupidity. Yes, I know - that insult to you is a contradiction of sorts - I don't care - such base statements as saying I'm Gammon's 'boyfriend' to dismiss my views - well, that does make you a raving idiot in my view of the world, and hopefully for most others as well. Base as your view is I hope that folks will leave it up as evidence of what you are really about as a person. While not a very fair journalist in my view, perhaps Mr Gammon is a perfectly fine boyfriend for all you know! So stuff it you arse; why suggesting he and I are both 'gay' is any sort of real substantive insult really just insults yourself and exposes you for your ridiculousness. I just hope you are an exception, not the rule, to the mentality of most folks in the Bay Area. I do believe that is in fact the case.

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/15/2010 at 5:18 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Getitrite,
Just to be crystal clear, there is no personal animus between me and Don Perata. Nor has there ever been some sort of "secret history." Such an allegation is laughable. And anyone who proffers it is lying.

Posted by robert.gammon on 10/15/2010 at 5:13 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

It's very sad that you view name calling as a way to resolve an argument or enlighten a dispute. Based on just the dozen or so posts I've made in the last month I think it rather funny you could read any of my posts and think I've with Gammon in general... I actually have raised a lot of questions about Kaplan and Quan, and really don't think they are any great shakes or move forward for Oakland. But in my view the size of their failures doesn't even come close to the catastrophes Perata has visited upon Oakland already, and indeed the entire State of California.

I guess you are saying Perata is what we need? Then instead of name calling, why don't you point to the great legislative record you think justifies such a claim? Or cite specifics and details? Rant if you want, but you won't change any minds that way, and I think you actually do a disservice to what seems to be your candidate - leaving people to think "is that the best that can be said in his defense - name calling?"

On the question of whether a legislator makes a good exec of a state of city, I don't see any clear background that seems to correlate to a positive outcome. Here's an interesting article, though, from Time profiling what some believe are 'the most successful big-city mayors." I don't discern any clear pattern.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/…
For me I just looked at each candidate and looked for 'failure' on big issues. If you think Perata a great success story, please illuminate your reasons for me. From what I see, though, his great success has been at bettering his own position in life, and that of his friends. If you think things like the Raider's deal, the contract for prison guards that give them up to $250k and more in compensation, or the state of the California budget are big success stories, do tell. If you can't articulate your reasons, than please spare us the rant.

Tuman at least has done well at all that he has done, overall, by all accounts out there. So that alone puts him head and shoulders above the competition in my view. None of these folks has been a lead executive for a city or state, Perata included, so I think they all confront the same fundamental learning curve, and to say they are far more 'experienced' than Tuman is a hollow statement. mfraser

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/15/2010 at 4:01 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Modestfreak, aka Robert Gammon or his boyfriend, it's hilarious you'd suggest a do-nothing like Kaplan or a psycho like Quan can help Oakland. But then, when I said I'm leaving this dump because of liars like you &Gasman, you thought my only option was to move to poor, foreclosed upon Richmond. Oakland was a dump when I first moved out of here 20 years ago. Moving back 6 years ago I have seen the small-minded, closed-door clique that is the bastion of "alternative" rags like EBE (Note to Gasmon: Stop calling EBE a newspaper. It is NOT even close. Newspapers aren't funded by cash payments from hookers & pimps for their "escort service" ads). You are the lazy ones, you look for a salacious headline and - my favorite - the FRESH option for a mayor and refuse to report anything decent an already-elected official has done. Of course. Because it's the fashion to rip anyone in office, especially if they aren't women who look like men - or vice versa - or a minority with a funny name, or a quirkly never-been-elected-but-once-taught-poli-sci candidate (gee, wouldn't it make a GREAT classroom experiment to actually HOLD office instead of just pointing out politicians in textbooks?!) In other words, as long as their out of the norm in some way, they MUST be a great choice cuz damn, they're just so NEW and DIFFERENT!! Gasman's bias is understandable, if you don't know the secret history between him & Perata, just ask him. It's uglier than he is & he's used his personal anger at Perata over the incident to ream him under the guise of journalism - unforgiveable. The rest of the sheep just follow, never asking "Hey, why nothing about Kaplan's AC Transit disaster? Why nothing about Quan's illegal campaigning using her city office, staff and money? Why nothing about Tuman's total grasp of the issues and lack of any experience outside his head in a book?" Why? Because it's just so easy to pick up on the non-proven but sexy headlines & run with it. Well, that's perfect. Because running is something you'll all get real familiar with soon. Running for your loser lives. I used to work in the news business and it's stunning how much crap you guys get away with, all in the name of personal hatred. Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck are beaming somewhere over their progeny.

Posted by getitrite on 10/15/2010 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Quan & Kaplan are NOT ''New' Energy in this election. Both have been part of 'The System' for some time now. Having been on the city council makes both of them part of the [unimaginative & entrenched] problem. Where were the 'great ideas' while serving in their capacities on the council? City council members, as far as I know, aren't barred from having ideas and taking leadership in promoting them. Where are the 'thousands of volunteers' Quan suggests she'll inspire into service at our schools? Was somthing preventing her from initiating volunteerism while on the city council? She talks like being mayor has something to do with running the school system. Apparently no one told her the school board does that. Volunteerism (free help!) reminds me of those 'thousand points of light' a couple of presidents back. It turned out then the 'lights' were, actually, just holes in our pockets. Kaplan, who likes to wear 70's aviator sunglasses at night & indoors apparently still has problems from seeing them. Replacement of council members with some who know how to think big & cooperate should be the first thing to follow this election.

Posted by weegee on 10/15/2010 at 12:31 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

"The best part is Perata will ban guns in Oakland."

The best part of WHAT? Will Perata take guns away from criminals? They are already possessing and carrying guns illegally. What's Perata's plan? Make them more illegal? No, his plan is to make it more difficult for law-abiding systems to own and carry guns. And, this will accomplish what exactly? Make law-abiding citizens more likely to become victims of crime. Brilliant thinking, OakRaidFan. Ask Don if he's going to give up HIS conceal carry permit.

Posted by Lawngun on 10/15/2010 at 12:18 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

How about that Don led the charge for the State to take over the Oakland Schools, leading to an increase in the school deficit over the several years the state administrators replaced the school superintendent?

The despicable mailer sent out a few days ago by Coalition for a Safer California, Don's supporter groups, which includes prison guards, who haven't been able to explain what he's done for the "consulting work" he's done for several years, was over the top. They must be REALLY worried, to stoop to such a low level. NOBODY has worked harder for Oakland than Jean Quan.

Posted by admittedidealist on 10/15/2010 at 11:59 AM
Posted by oaklandyahoo on 10/15/2010 at 8:34 AM
Posted by oaklandyahoo on 10/15/2010 at 8:33 AM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

While in general Mr Gammon has been too much an apologist for Kaplan and to some degree Quan and their very dismal records (research Kaplan on the Van Hool buses and transit worker contracts and you will find the same pattern of failure that Quan has perpetrated on the city as a whole as a Council member), I have to say that all research I've done on Perata largely confirms this sad tale of a man who could have aspired to greatness, but chose to line his pockets and sell out the public he purports to serve for a little bit of money. He truly is a shameful character.

I strongly believe that all Oaklanders of good will need to band together and do as the endorsement suggests and vote Tuman, Kaplan, and Quan, and for my money it should be in that order if one wants the best leadership for Oakland, and even a remote chance of digging out of this pit that we are in right now. mfraser

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/14/2010 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Your point is weak sauce at best. You have no examples, no specifics - just like Quan. That just won't fly when these articles and the boards are littered with specific failures she participated in and is personally responsible for that people recognize and are concerned about. I can see why she's a good fit for you!

Where was Quan on:
- acting like a leader in the Bart Police shooting? On the streets protesting against the police. So how will she negotiate effectively with them now?
- on the current police and city worker contracts that are very near bankrupting the city? She helped negotiate them and voted for them! She is reason number 1 we are in the desperate financial situation that we are. Fail me once, shame on you; fail me twice, shame on me. Don't give her another chance when she is clearly over her head on these issues.
- on raising parking fines and making enforcement even more aggressive? Voting "yes" all the way, just like Ms Kaplan! Every time I get a parking ticket I mutter "thanks Mrs Quan, thanks Ms Kaplan." Is that the leadership you want from our city government, a regressive, anti business parking tax?
- on increasing property taxes? Talking out of both sides of her mouth, voting to put increased taxes on the ballot, saying she was in favor, now saying she isn't! Nice conviction Mrs Quan.
- on our schools? She was on the board when the schools were spiraling down! Another great job.
Look, she seems a nice and well intentioned person. She doesn't take money for personal gain like Perata, so she has some integrity. I get all that, and I have nothing against her personally, as she truly seems a likable enough sort. But she is an utter failure at helping this be a safer and more prosperous city. Tell me any success that she has which even remotely compares to these dismal failures, and the many others that have been documented. Her successes pale in comparison to her failures, and so while she is still better than Perata, I'm voting Tuman a clear number 1, Kaplan who is at least a bit better than Quan number 2, and Quan a distant third.
Confront her abominable record and maybe someone will listen; just say how much you like her and spout pithy assertions that are contradicted by the facts, and I suspect you do her more harm than good, because that is the concern many of us have with her performance - that it is all talk and no substance - and your comments just remind us of that fundamental failure. That can't be good for her... mfraser

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/14/2010 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

If one seriously evaluates the 10 candidates for mayor, the conclusion would have to be Quan. It is easy to be deluded by speaking ability, tendency to spout off clever-sounding by unworkable soundbites, or appear to be business-savvy -- none of which is remotely sufficient to make a good mayor. Quan is head and shoulders above the entire field in having the qualifications Oakland presently needs to tackle the deeply rooted problems ahead and lead the city back to a promising future. No one comes anywhere close in having the practical experience of city functions, the broad knowledge and history of the inter-workings of city, county, regional, and state agencies, and of the functional relations necessary to benefit Oakland. No one doubts that Jean is the most dedicated and hardest working of all city officials. She is honest beyond belief, deeply caring for all, truly loves Oakland, and relishes its beauty in all its moods, its varied locations, and its wonderful peoples. Thank goodness that the great majority of Oakland's voters are not deluded, and on Nov 2 will do the only right thing for our unique city: VOTE QUAN #1.

Posted by jayveee on 10/14/2010 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

See How Far We Can Go! Vote JOE!
Even a Thoroughbred Racehorse can't perform if there isn't a Qualified Jockey matched up to it, understands it and KNOWS how to make it a winner.
Oakland has been an abused thoroughbred for decades! (see movie:"Black Stallion"). We’ve forever had world class & obvious attributes. For example few know downtown Oakland has been wired for DECADES with Fiber Optics…mostly all ‘dark’ (unused).
In spite of dismal leadership entrepreneurs are making Oakland’s downtown burst in first class entertainment. Oakland has BEEN raring to go and WILL go if we get some eager competence to help at the other end..

JoeTuman is a Scholar, Professional Communicator, Teacher, Understands Business, has a PLAN and is Personable enough of a guy that people will listen. No other candidate for mayor comes close to these qualifications to lead, pitch vision & teach the steps.

To reverse decades of downhill sliding Finances, Integrity, Crime Rate & Public Perception fresh intelligence is essential. The current revenue generation ‘plan’ of fees, taxes & parking tickets does not encourage euphoria in citizenry. The opinion of many is Joe Tuman is the person to create an environment of trust, accountability & logical solutions.

Posted by weegee on 10/14/2010 at 10:48 AM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

You left out one thing from #14: the man's propensity to dress like a gangster. Perata loves that black suit, white tie combo.

Posted by John Seal on 10/14/2010 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

To be clear I as well think Tuman is actually a strong candidate who can lift this city up, and not a lesser of evils choice. My reference to lesser of two evils is if this race comes down to Quan and Perata, as it might. While I have a lot of problems with Kaplan's record, I think she is well intentioned, and better than what we have now, so while not a big leap forward, hopefully not a step back. So while my number 1 vote is for Tuman, I agree with the idea that the key to making sure we DON'T get stuck with Perata is Tuman, Kaplan and Quan in whatever order you want, but no Perata, no matta what! Heck, I almost feel like I put that idea out there prior to this endorsement...! mfraser

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/14/2010 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Jean Quan may have done a great job in helping to clean up MacArthur, but I'd no more vote for her to be mayor than I'd hire my handyman to build a house. Rebecca Kaplan has some good ideas, but I'm concerned she'd get too sidetracked with non-essential issues (really, Rebecca? we need community gardens right now? really?). Tuman, however, is a solid candidate.....and I'm NOT implying he is merely the lesser of evils. He has articulated solid,thoughtful and innovative approaches to complex problems, and brings a fresh perspective developed over years of studying Oakland politics and governmental structures in general. I truly think he offers the best chance for a city that is clearly on the brink.

Posted by Roobin on 10/14/2010 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

While in sentiment I agree with you, the problem is that Perata is going to show up here and there as 2nd and 3rd on random ballots from voters who don't follow what is going on, and recognize his name from prior press coverage and $1M in spend. So if Tuman doesn't come from behind, as I think he might and have been saying could happen for 6 weeks now with lots of 2's and 3's on people's ballots - the problem is, if he DOESN'T get enough votes, would we rather have Kaplan / Quan, or Perata? The other candidates can't at this point win; by figuring out who you want to LOSE, and ranking the other three, you ballot can be decisive at the end, when the counting is down to the top two. And while I'll have to hold my nose, politics includes often accepting the lesser of 2 evils. Perata is the worst by far, and having done a fair amount of research now, I have to admit that Gammon's claims against Perata seem by and large true. So, anybody but Perata for me, so I'll probably vote Tuman, then Kaplan, then Quan. I'd rather have ineffectual than totally corrupt, and I hate to tell you, but that may end up being the choice we have to live with. mfraser

Posted by Modestexpert on 10/14/2010 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor


Kaplan and Quan's ludicrous "I was here FIRST, step off BI-YATCH" behavior while preventing the police from stopping the Oscar Grant riots was comical and totally unleaderly. This is about what we'd expect from Quan after her pissing match with Desley Brooks over who got the parking space with the shortest waddle-distance to City Hall. Kaplan was an unknown...but no more. She's a Quan in the making! And throw in Quan's history of abject failure, first in the schools, then on the city council, and its clear what a voter should do: rank em both DEAD LAST.

Posted by eastbay_jose on 10/13/2010 at 11:53 PM

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