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Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

Stillhere, rumor has it when City Attorney Russo left office he said privately to a few colleagues "The City is f**cked" You can't fix it by footing the bill to the next generation. How many murders are we at now? The Crime Lords of this City who also run the prisons and manipulate Oakland's children to do their dirty work, know that OPD is understaffed. Not too long ago 7 people in East Oakland were wounded within the same time frame. One person was killed. The bloody summer is not even over yet. Of course I care, we saw the conditions and lack of jobs this City has to offer them. China can't be bribed with wines or Oaklandish t-shirts. Were a city of 499,000, an average city in China is 4 million. Why get Oakland wine when now they can afford Napa Valley or French brands? The PRC already owns a slice of Oakland because they own the US debt. What a waste of taxpayer's money if you ask me. A parcel tax is going to fix all our problems?

Posted by taskmaster on 07/21/2011 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Most Dedicated Campaign Volunteer

As a volunteer for the other side who won the most 1st Choice Votes. I can attest that Quan did not have 1,000 volunteers. Anyone who signs up as a volunteer can be counted as such, but in reality there are really only a handful of activists such as Mr. Vann as well as volunteers of the Perata campaign. Despite our loss by default from a back room deal to get Assemblymember Sandre Swanson's endorsement when he terms out in 2012 ,between the 2nd and 3rd placed candidates, it was one of the funnest campaigns I ever worked on. We campaigned hard in deep East Oakland and carried the most votes there. Perata won most of the Council Districts especially Districts 6 & 7. Check the Registar of Voters if you don't believe me. We caught one of Quan's people sleeping and spammed his Civic with flyers and surrounded his area of operations with Perata Lawn signs that residents happily agreed to let us display them in the yard. From 109 to 69 ville and Sobrante Park; was all Perata territory despite us catching the Quan people ripping down our supporter's Lawn signs. A few of our young Perata team members that live in East Oakland did not want to campaign in West Oakland because its an automatic death wish stemming back since the 60's. One of our volunteers witnessed a suspect drop a pistol running from Police while another Don Perata volunteer witnessed a shooting in broad daylight on 107th near GOTV. At anytime the suspect could have turned his weapon on our dear friend, but a miracle happened, even though our friend's eyes met the shooter's eyes in a split second. After that, our fellow Perata campaigner went back to precinct walking. Recalling the latter months of GOTV, Sandre's guys were out in force with Assemblymember Swanson embroidered on their polos handing out literature from their Cadillac Escalade. Real campaigners Precinct Walk and get the lay of the land. (j/k) When they saw the Perata signs we put up all around them, they then acknowledged to me"Man you guys are giving us hell out here!" and gave us a handshake out of respect.
Sorry to vent, but the someone had to set the record straight. Quan was good and her team deserves respect, but we were the real grass roots campaign, that talked to residents one on one who were from some of the hardest hit communities of Oakland and learning from them what they envision as a model city.

Posted by taskmaster on 07/20/2011 at 7:48 PM

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