Perata’s gun buyback

Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, on Friday announced he has teamed up with the Alameda County Public Health Agency and faith-based community leaders to hold a “One Less Gun” voluntary gun buyback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland; True Vine Ministries, 896 Isabella St. in Oakland; and Christian Cathedral, 2433 Coolidge Ave. in Oakland. It’s $250 for each firearm brought in; all weapons collected will be destroyed.

The announcement came one week after the shooting of Christopher Rodriguez, a 10-year-old boy left partially paralyzed by a robber’s stray bullet; the boy was taking a piano lesson at the time in North Oakland, just blocks away from where Perata was the victim of a carjacking in December. Rodriguez’s parents joined the senator to endorse the program.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.