Veteran political consultant and 1999 San Francisco mayoral candidate Clint Reilly; former state Controller and 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Steve Westly; San Francisco attorney Jeremiah Hallisey; and former state lawmaker Patrick Johnston will co-host a $300-a-head cocktail reception for Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Credo, Reilly’s new Italian eatery at 360 Pine St. in San Francisco. (Yes, Perata dumped that pledge to limit his contributions to $100 per person a while ago.) “As President Pro Tem he proved that he can accomplish great things. Oakland needs his leadership,” the organizers say.
Sooner yet, Perata will woo a crowd of predominately black voters as the Alpha Rho and Sigma Iota chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will host his campaign pitch and community question-and-answer session at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Omega House, 1448 14th St. in West Oakland. Omega Psi Phi is among the nation’s biggest African-American fraternities, founded in 1911; the Alpha Rho chapter is at UC-Berkeley, while Sigma Iota is an Oakland-based graduate chapter dedicated to community service.