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Don Perata looks for a few good phone-bankers

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm in 2010 election, Don Perata, Jean Quan, Oakland, Rebecca Kaplan.

Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata is stepping up his Oakland mayoral campaign, issuing an appeal for volunteers to work the phones for him.

Perata has been building his visibility with a series of cleanups (including this one, wherein KTVU inexplicably seems to think 66th Avenue is downtown), trying to create an engaged, hands-on image to contrast with that of current Mayor Ron Dellums.

Perata’s electoral rivals aren’t letting any grass grow under their feet either (and, no, that’s not a marijuana reference).

City Councilwoman Jean Quan is rallying her campaign volunteers at an office-warming party at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, July 14) at 3237 Grand Ave. And City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan is taking part in a public-safety issues forum at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 15, in the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave.

Read Perata’s Facebook appeal, after the jump…

Dear Friend,

If you’ve been following the campaign on Facebook and in the news, you know that we’ve stepped it up into another gear.

Years of bad leadership and mismanagement means that Oakland – already one the nation’s most under-policed cities – is about to lay-off 80 cops. Those lay-offs will likely happen even if the police agree to make more concessions. They’re in a no-win situation. Oakland is in a no-win situation.

The need for change in Oakland is urgent. The need for leadership is now. We’re a city of nearly half a million residents and I need your help to contact as many voters as possible this summer and spread the word about how the Believe in Oakland campaign is already working to enact real change.

I’m looking for volunteers to staff our telephones, to call each and every Oakland voter, and make that human connection with campaign.

If you can volunteer an evening (or more) to join the phone-banking team and share the Believe in Oakland message, please make a quick call or email to the campaign’s volunteer co-ordinator, Tiffany Whiten, at 510-922-8397 or tiffany@perata4mayor.com.

Thank you for your support,
Don.

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  • Elwood

    How can Perata lose with such a great campaign slogan?

    NEVER BEEN INDICTED!

  • Ophelia Starks

    My name is Ophelia Starks. I worked in the campaign for Elihu Harris/Mayor of oakland,Nate Miley/Candidate for Alameda County Supervisor, Marcie Hodge/Candidate for Oakland City Council and brieflyfor Ignacio De La Fuente/who was running for Mayor of Oakland. I have been contacted by other politicians at various times to do phone banking for them and have not been able to. I am a retired Educator, Alameda Unified School District, and small Business Owner. My family has lived in Oakland since 1967 and we are despondent about the direction that the city has taken. So, some of us are now
    “Banking On You”

  • Elwood

    Ms. Starks, will you be supporting the Don?

    Do you think he’s part of the solution, or just more of the same old problem?