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Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Perata Slips Silently Into the Night

So many people think Perata would have beat Quan in a two person runoff. It is so easy to speculate. However I think Quan could have easily beat Perata. She is an extremely hard worker and that pays off big time in accumulating votes. Also more people and organizations would have come out of the woodwork and spent money to support Quan which would have matched Perata's spending. But in the end we will never know and it doesn't matter. In the new RCV system Quan wins and Perata didn't pull 50% plus 1 in first choice votes.

Posted by girleypearl on 11/11/2010 at 4:09 PM

Re: “No Results Monday in Oakland Mayor's Race

It's only going to get worse as more people vote by mail. When Dellums was elected in 2006 it took a while for the citizens of Oakland to know who won the Mayor's race. I don't know what the answer is because all vote by mail ballots have to be processed by hand. And then we have thousands of people who apparently have no idea if they are registered to vote but vote anyway or, are clueless where they are supposed to vote so show up at the wrong precinct. These provisional ballots also have to be processed by hand. And then we have experts coming into make sure the process is being handled properly so that slows things down even more. Perhaps we can have a large group of trained volunteers or paid workers who come in and just handle this type of work to remove the logjam much more quickly.

Posted by girleypearl on 11/09/2010 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Perata Hides His Work For the Prison Guards

Really, a joke? What about what the Oakland Tribune offered up? And I can attest to what they are quoted as saying about Perata being unprepared.

I've been to several mayoral forums. Perata kept his arms folded the entire time, seemed bored and didn't offer any new ideas. The one thing he did commit to was dismantling the Public Ethics Commission and the citizen review board that oversees citizens complaints of the police.

I truly believe Perata thinks he is so powerful that he can do anything. Unless voters of Oakland say otherwise by voting for the other candidates, Perata will get more and more powerful and continue to thumb his nose at the law.

Posted by girleypearl on 10/24/2010 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Perata Spending Closes in on $1 Million; Marcie Hodge Fails to Disclose Donors

Perata pledged to keep within the spending limits. He went back on his word. No other candidate has outspent him nor broke the cap. So there was no need for Perata to spend more than the $379,000 limit.

In previous newspaper articles, it was reported that Perata was fined $4000 in 1998 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for campaign spending violations in his statewide race. It has also been reported that he has currently violated the law by lending his mayoral campaign $50,000 from his company when the limit is $700.00. The loan should have come from him as an individual not his company.

In addition to the problems listed above, Perata started the Hope2010 statewide ballot initiative. This is to get $1.00 tax per pack of cigarettes on the statewide ballot and the money goes to cancer research. Since 2006 Hope2010 has raised approx. $12,000,000. They have spent over $2MM to support the statewide ballots in 2006, Prop 1A, Prop 1B, Prop 1C, Prop 1D and Prop 1E. These were for transportation, education, emergency shelter and disaster preparedness. Worthy causes but not connected to cancer research. Here is another list which is a sample of where some of the money has gone:

$110,000 was spent to try and recall Jeff Denham (District 19):
$50,000 to Avalon Village, a nonprofit to help senior citizens live at home independently;
$25,000 to Literacy Program (OPLP);
$25,000 to Ignacio De La Fuente, campaign consultant;
$150,000 went to the democratic party, central committee;
$1,900,000 went to Don Perata’s legal defense fund
$7500 went to the One Dream Foundation
$5000 went to the Unity Council
$3500 Alameda County Meals on Wheels
$2500 to the Oakland Police Emergency Network
$2500 St. Vincent’s Day Home
$1000 to the Richmond Police Activities League

Probably very worth while organizations, but again where is the relevancy to cancer research? Only $500,000 has gone to large nonprofits for cancer research (American Heart Assoc., American Lung Assoc., American Cancer Society).

Posted by girleypearl on 10/24/2010 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Perata Refuses to List Job Title on Ballot

Hey Gammon isn't wacko. I noticed the very same thing when I looked on the Ballot. My first reaction was why didn't Perata list his current job? We all know he is doing political consulting work for the Peace Officer's Association. If he does the work he should be proud of it and list it. It isn't as though it's a secret. Perata is being low key in some areas and really there is no need -- we all know about Don Perata.

Posted by girleypearl on 10/15/2010 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Rebecca Kaplan Wins Mayoral Debate

I was at the debate and I disagree with your description of who won in the debate. First I don't believe Kaplan received the largest round of applause. I think Joe Tuman received the largest round of applause during the introduction phase of the debate. Kaplan didn't sound passionate rather she bordered on sounding desperate for someone to vote for her. She didn't have any more specific solutions that others on the panel. I find Kaplan annoyingly hyper when she talks. Otherwise I would agree with your analysis of how the rest of the candidates faired during the evening.

Posted by girleypearl on 09/26/2010 at 10:11 PM

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