Don Perata looks for a few good phone-bankers

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,

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.