Jerry Brown in Oaktown 

A timeline.

December 1993 — Brown pays $743,000 for property near Jack London Square.

December 1995 — He deeds half the property to his new nonprofit We the People and launches a radio show with the same name. His roommate is Jacques Barzaghi, a longtime confidante and renowned womanizer.

June 1998 — Wins Oakland mayor's race with 58 percent of the vote.

November 1998 — Voters approve his strong-mayor plan by a 3-1 margin.

January 1999 — Takes office and announces four initiatives — bring 10,000 new residents downtown; reduce crime; open charter schools; and focus on the arts.

February 1999 — Forms an alliance with state Senator Don Perata and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente. Perata then writes a bill that would give Brown more power over the Port of Oakland. Two port commissioners resign; Brown replaces them with developer friends Phil Tagami and John Protopappas.

March 1999 — Fires Oakland's first black police chief, Joseph Samuels. Two months later, promotes young police captain Richard Word.

April 1999 — Wants to oust schools Superintendent Carole Quan, so Perata writes a bill to give mayor power over the district. School board then fires Quan and replaces her with one of Brown's deputies.

July 1999 — Announces plans to open military charter school.

February 2000 — The board hires Superintendent Dennis Chaconas over Brown's objection.

March 2000 — Voters approve Brown's plan to appoint three people to the school board and improve historically poor-performing district. The measure was backed by the Three Rs, a controversial and well-funded political committee he ran with Perata.

June 2000 — School board rejects military charter school. One of his appointees, Wilda White, casts deciding vote. Earlier, the board approved his arts charter school.

September 2000 — Four rogue cops, known as the Riders, are suspended for allegedly planting evidence and abusing suspects. The officers later say they were cracking down on crime just as Brown wanted.

December 2000 — The state Board of Education approves the military charter school after Governor Gray Davis, Brown's former aide, intervenes on his behalf. A female city staffer files a sexual harassment complaint against Barzaghi.

January 2001 — City Manager Robert Bobb suspends Barzaghi for three weeks and orders him to avoid one-on-one meetings with female staffers.

October 2001 — Davis signs new law that relaxes environmental regulations for downtown Oakland. The law speeds up the city permit process on housing developments and is pivotal for 10K plan.

March 2002 — Brown is reelected over progressive Wilson Riles Jr. with 64 percent of the vote.

May 2002 — He kills Bobb's downtown ballpark plan and gives the Uptown property to Forest City, his housing developer friends. The 665-unit apartment complex requires a $60 million public subsidy.

November 2002 — Voters reject his plan to hire 100 cops by raising taxes. Crime overall has dropped, but homicides reach 108, the highest in seven years. Voters also narrowly reject his plan to make strong-mayor permanent.

February 2003 — Brown cuts Barzaghi's salary from $126,000 to $89,000. Earlier, he and Bobb demoted Barzaghi to mayoral aide.

May 2003 — Reactivates his state bar card in anticipation of his run for attorney general in 2006.

June 2003 — Oakland schools go bankrupt. Brown wants Chaconas fired, but his appointees support Chaconas, who is then terminated in state takeover of district.

July 2003 — Brown ousts Bobb and two top deputies. He appoints Deborah Edgerly, a low-profile, longtime city employee, to run Oakland.

September 2003 — Brown's port commission sells the city's last large piece of waterfront land, known as Oak to Ninth, to a developer with ties to Perata. Earlier the commission sold much of Jack London Square to another of Perata's best donors.

March 2004 — Voters make strong-mayor permanent but narrowly reject a crime prevention plan Brown supported with Councilwoman Nancy Nadel.

May 2004 — Launches race for attorney general, and raises $1.68 million in seven months. His campaign manager is his girlfriend, Anne Gust.

July 2004 — Brown finally fires Barzaghi after the Frenchman's wife accuses him of trying to throw her down a flight of stairs at We the People.

October 2004 — Police Chief Word leaves Oakland. Brown hires Wayne Tucker, a top commander in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

November 2004 — Puts We the People warehouse up for sale for $4.7 million after moving in with Gust at her Uptown loft built by Protopappas.

January 2005 — Spends much of the year campaigning for attorney general. He raises $2.55 million, boosting his total to $4.23 million.

June 2005 — Marries Gust at Oakland's Rotunda Building, owned by Tagami. Senator Dianne Feinstein, his longtime friend, presides over the ceremony. CNN covers it.

October 2005 — Sells We the People for $3.4 million. Pockets $1.7 million; the rest remains with the nonprofit, which moved to Gust's loft.

March 2006 — The military charter school, after receiving more public funding than regular public schools thanks to Feinstein, is rated a four by the state on a scale of one to ten, with ten the highest. The arts school is an eight. Oakland schools are still bankrupt.

September 2006 — A federal grand jury indicts Barzaghi's close friend Maurice Himy, who was also Brown's longtime tailor.

November 2006 — Brown elected attorney general. His 4.76 million votes are surpassed only by Senator Feinstein and Governor Schwarzenegger. Brown raised $8.96 million total.

December 2006 — FBI reports a 38 percent spike in Oakland's violent crime rate in the first half of the year — the largest jump for any large California city. Homicides spiral out of control and reach highest rate since the early-'90s crack epidemic.

January 2007 — The 10K plan comes up just short. Downtown housing deals struck after he took office produced 5,823 new units, translating to about 9,317 new residents.


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