Oaktown Willie 
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Re: “The Perata Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight

I agree that the Perata/COPS mailer was poorly executed and that Don Perata bears responsibility for the actions of his long-time Sacramento supporters. That said, I agree with many respondents who challenge Gammon's journalistic credibitily. Perata is not above criticism, quite the contrary. But the problem is that Gammon criticizes no one else. He consistenly apologizes for the other players, particularly failed incumbents like Quan, Kaplan and Dellums, while trying to convict Perata of murder in public opnion if he suspects jay-walking has occured! The lack of focus on anything substantive, other than "he said, she said" about Perata, is a disservice to Oakland residents looking to make informed choices, and raises fundamental, psychological questions as to why why Gammon is so obsessed.

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 07/08/2010 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Oakland Lays Off 80 Cops

Last evening, one of the speakers at the council meeting described the Oakland City Council as "the most dysfuntional city council in America." That eloquently describes the situation that we in Oakland confront.

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 06/25/2010 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Kaplan and Quan Disagree with Perata on Cop Pay Cuts

Hey Gammon: Recently, I've made known on these pages my contempt for your style of "truth" journalism, not to mention my observation that your personal, venemous attacks on Don Perata have reached clinical level mass. (You really do sound more like Glen Beck every day!) But if I was Don Perata, I would mail your COP story to every Oakland voter in November. You are talking to a very small audience -- and the voices inside your head -- if you think Oakland voters want to balance this budget on the backs of the cops. The rudderless, leaderless city council continues political business as usual, and you're apologizing for them in order to continue to make your case about Perata. Extremely foolish, because, at least on this one, you're making HIS case! It would be good to have a source of reliable, factual information about the upcoming city elections instead of your continuing screed against the candidate most impartial analysts consider to be the front runner.

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 06/18/2010 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Perata Buddy Quits During SF Police Lab Scandal

Mr. Gammon, you're even more pathologically obsessed than I realized! Your disconnected, defensive rap is exhibit A as to why you don't have a job as a real journalist, just a screed merchant peddling "truth." There are specifics to criticize in Perata's record over the past three decades in Oakland, for sure. He has been a visible, active elected official. But what you do, and try to justify, in terms of character assassination goes far beyond that and is just plain lousy journalism. And what's with this "period" business? You may or may not lie; I can't say what you know and what you don't know. But you disregard facts, blatantly, when they don't support your intensely personal "truth."

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 06/16/2010 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Perata Buddy Quits During SF Police Lab Scandal

Mr. Gammon, you're entitled to any opinion you want, however prejudiced or personally driven. But your journalistic standards leave a lot to desired. You consistently resort to name-calling and twist "facts" in a way that leaves readers wondering what the hell your problem is. For your information, I am neither a Perata lover nor thin skinned. Rather, I'm an Oakland resident who pays attention to what goes on around him. Among the things I see wrong with Oakland politics is the advocacy journalism that obsesses on Perata and turns a blind eye to Dellums, Quan, Kaplan, and the train wreck that is city government. As I've said before, I don't know if Perata can fix this mess or not, but there is nothing worth preserving in the Oakland political status quo -- including its apologists masquerading as real journalists.

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 06/16/2010 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Perata Buddy Quits During SF Police Lab Scandal

Hey Gammons . . . you're losing your edge. You have yet to link Don Perata to the Gulf Oil spill, the Greek banking crisis or the Catholic Church sex scandal. (I suspect he is also the mastermind behind Carly Fiorina's comment about Barbara Boxer's hair.)Your reporting is disgraceful, and your hard-on about Don Perata has lasted more than four hours. Time to seek medical assistance.

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 06/14/2010 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Perata Helps Finance Ex-Girlfriend’s Career

So now Robert Gammons is reduced to quoting unamed sources about Don Perata's girfriends? Pathetic! Robert, your motives are suspect. Dellums gets charged with tax evasion by the feds, and you defend him. Perata DOESN'T get charged with anything after a thorough investigation . . . and you pronounce him guilty anyway. I think it's time you follow the often-offered medical advice and contact your doctor immediately. The particular condition you have toward Don Perata has clearly lasted longer than 4 hours!!!

Posted by Oaktown Willie on 05/18/2010 at 9:34 PM

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