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

Don Perata, candidate for arrogance
Don Perata seems too big for his britches and certainly too big to answer questions or talk in public forums. Or show up for that matter. He apparently thinks his name, his connections or his money are all he needs. He DOESN'T think he needs 'us'...that's for sure! How can a guy be so absolutely sure of his shoe-in that he doesn't need to talk to us & tell us what he thinks? In a recent public forum of mayoral candidates at St. Paschals church in the Oakland hills Perata didn't even bother to show up. BUT!...guess who [belatedly] did? EIGHT (8) on-duty police, who immediately left when they saw Don Perata wasn't there. Perata (aka:"The Don") who supports whatever is necessary to have over-paid police get what they want is, in turn, supported by...overpaid police on COMPANY TIME. It was evening, so probably OVERtime? They show up to support Perata & leave when he's nowhere in sight. We need EIGHT (overtime?) cops at a peaceful event in a good neighborhood to support Perata when kids are hanging around liquor stores, walking in gangs or shooting each other?

...At a very well attended & successful mayoral candidate forum at Kaiser Auditorium he sat back away from the table most of the night with his arms folded (The 'Cosa Nostra' of the East Bay lives!..and you know who supports it!) and barely made effort to answer questions or engage in the event. Here is his chance to show us he's the 'peoples' candidate and he arrogantly virtually refuses to engage. For Oakland 'Quan' & 'The Don' are familiar names which will give us VERY familiar results. Choose your Mayor from one of the bright stars who showed up & enthusiastically engaged & showed intelligent interaction rather than blase rehashed bullshit.

Posted by weegee on 10/16/2010 at 7:39 AM

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: “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: “Friday Must Read: Perata Thwarts Campaign Spending Limits — Big Surprise, Huh? — and School Busing Nightmare

Don Perata...Seems too 'big' for his britches and certainly too 'big' to answer questions or talk in public forums...or show up for that matter. Apparently he thinks his 'name', his 'connections' or his 'money' are all he needs. He apparently DOESN'T think he needs 'us'...that's for sure! How can a guy be so absolutely sure of his 'shoe in' that he doesn't need to talk to us to tell us what he thinks. It's the Cosa Nostra of the East Bay. In a recent public forum of mayoral candidates at St. Paschals church in the oakland hills, Perata didn't even bother to show up...BUT(!)...guess who belatedly did! EIGHT (8!!)+ on-duty police!...who immediately left when they saw Don Perata wasn't there! Perata (aka: "The Don") who supports whatever is necessary to have over-paid police get what they want is, in turn, supported by...overpaid police!...who, on COMPANY TIME (it was evening...so, probably OVERTIME!) show up to support Perata...& leave when he's no where in sight. We NEED EIGHT (overtime?) cops at a peaceful event in a good neighborhood when kids are hanging around liquor stores on High street or shooting each other?

...At a very well attended & successful forum (BIG TIME overflow event) at the Kaiser Auditorium he sat back away from the table most of the night with his arms folded (The 'Cosa Nostra' of the East Bay lives!..and you know who supports it!) and barely made effort to answer questions or engage in the event. Here is his chance to show us he's the 'peoples' candidate and he arrogantly virtually refuses to engage. For Oakland 'Quan' & the 'Don' are familiar names which will give us VERY familiar results. Choose your Mayor from one of the bright stars who showed up & enthusiastically engaged & showed intelligent interaction rather than blase rehashed bullshit.

Posted by weegee on 10/01/2010 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Door Opened for Perata to Buy Oakland Mayor's Race

INTERESTING COMMENT found on 'craigslist' in 'politics' section... it says;

Don Perata...Seems too 'big' for his britches and certainly too 'big' to answer questions or talk in public forums...or show up for that matter. Apparently he thinks his 'name', his 'connections' or his 'money' are all he needs. He apparently DOESN'T think he needs 'us'...that's for sure! How can a guy be so absolutely sure of his 'shoe in' that he doesn't need to talk to us to tell us what he thinks. It's the Cosa Nostra of the East Bay. In a recent public forum of mayoral candidates at St. Paschals church in the oakland hills, Perata didn't even bother to show up...BUT(!)...guess who belatedly did! EIGHT (8!!)+ on-duty police!...who immediately left when they saw Don Perata wasn't there! Perata (aka: "The Don") who supports whatever is necessary to have over-paid police get what they want is, in turn, supported by...overpaid police!...who, on COMPANY TIME (it was evening...so, probably OVERTIME!) show up to support Perata...& leave when he's no where in sight. We NEED EIGHT (overtime?) cops at a peaceful event in a good neighborhood when kids are hanging around liquor stores on High street or shooting each other?

...At a very well attended & successful forum (BIG TIME overflow event) at the Kaiser Auditorium he sat back away from the table most of the night with his arms folded (The 'Cosa Nostra' of the East Bay lives!..and you know who supports it!) and barely made effort to answer questions or engage in the event. Here is his chance to show us he's the 'peoples' candidate and he arrogantly virtually refuses to engage. For Oakland 'Quan' & the 'Don' are familiar names which will give us VERY familiar results. Choose your Mayor from one of the bright stars who showed up & enthusiastically engaged & showed intelligent interaction rather than blase rehashed bullshit.

Posted by weegee on 10/01/2010 at 10:25 AM

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