Road to Nowhere 

The FBI probes links between state Senator Don Perata and a $40 million roadway project designed to enrich Alameda developer Ron Cowan.

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The feds send subpoenas to the Port of Oakland, the city of Alameda, and the Alameda County Transportation Authority demanding records pertaining to payments made years earlier to Dawson Mathis, a Washington lobbyist. Records obtained by the Express show that Perata steered lucrative work to Mathis to fast-track federal approval of what would later become the Ron Cowan Parkway. Some time after the subpoenas are issued, FBI agents contact several of the players involved, including Ron Cowan, a prominent Alameda developer and major campaign contributor to Don Perata. -- Will Harper

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