Don Perata keeps doling out the dinero

So, here I was, researching some names and background to see why former state Senate President Pro Tem and current Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata’s “Hope 2010 Cure Cancer” ballot measure committee – ostensibly supporting the tobacco-tax-for-cancer-research measure he’s pitching for November’s ballot – gave a $50,000 “civic donation” in March to Avalon Village, an Alameda nonprofit providing concierge-like assistance to seniors living in their own homes.

And up comes this story posted just hours ago by the East Bay Express’ Bob Gammon, the dean of Perata watchers, so I’ll let him do the talking. In short, this and another agency to which Hope 2010 gave money are headed by a former Perata aide and possible paramour.

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.

  • Elwood

    Some people say Don Perata is a crook.

    I say look at his campaign slogan: