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Perata likes Jerry Brown, local columnist doesn’t

By Josh Richman
Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 10:18 am in 2010 election, 2010 governor's race, Don Perata, Jean Quan, Jerry Brown, Oakland, Rebecca Kaplan.

Don and JerryOakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata gave $15,000 on Friday to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown’s campaign. Don’t worry – even with his own campaign to run this year, the Don isn’t strapped for cash, seeing as how the consulting firm he runs with his son has pulled down almost $349,000 from the state prison guards’ union since the start of last year. (On a related note, I’d not noticed before that the California Correctional Peace Officers Association’s Truth in American Government Fund – one of the two CCPOA funds that paid Perata consulting – also made a $50,000 civic donation in January 2009 to Avalon Village, an Alameda nonprofit providing concierge-like assistance to seniors living in their own homes. Perata’s Hope 2010 ballot measure committee, supporting the tobacco-tax-for-cancer-research initiative he’s helping to put on the 2012 ballot, gave $50,000 to Avalon Village this March; Avalon Village and another agency to which Hope 2010 gave money are headed by a former Perata aide and possible past paramour.)

Meanwhile, the Perata campaign continues its grassroots organizing: The candidate tweeted this morning to thank the 107 volunteers who took part Saturday in a cleanup of East Oakland’s Sobrante Park area, carting away 5,280 gallons of trash. The next Perata community cleanup is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 31 at Shiloh Church, 3295 School St.; others are set for every Saturday in August.

But his electoral rivals are pounding the pavement as well. City Councilwoman Jean Quan held a community meeting in East Oakland on Saturday and a house party in North Oakland on Sunday; City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan is holding a fundraiser this Wednesday evening at Everett & Jones Barbecue, 126 Broadway.

In other Jerry news, Oakland columnist J. Douglas Allen-Taylor has launched a “How Very Jerry” website collecting about 75 pieces he wrote about Brown’s Oakland mayoral administration, first for the now-defunct UrbanView newspaper and then for the Berkeley Daily Planet. Says Allen-Taylor in introducing the site:

Just like Jerry Brown, too many high-placed Democratic officeholders too often abandon the traditions and philosophies of the Democratic party when carrying out their official duties these days, hoping that progressives will keep quiet in the November elections to keep from giving aid and comfort to conservatives and Republicans.
But if we always keep quiet, how will this pattern ever end?

Oakland is my home town. I love the city and its people too much to keep quiet when its public officials abuse the power we have given them. And so I choose not to hold my tongue about the years of the Jerry Brown Administration in Oakland.

The columns speak for themselves, and no other explanation is necessary.

It is possible that this website might help the campaign of Republican Meg Whitman who, if anything, would be a worse California governor than Jerry Brown, in my opinion. That cannot be helped. Voters should always go into the booth with their eyes open. If Jerry Brown is to be our next governor, at least Californians should not be able to say that we have not been properly warned.

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  • Bella

    This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a month. The unbelievably pompous, self-important J. Douglas Allen-Taylor – a guy who writes for, well NOBODY, actually thinks his writing negatively about Jerry Brown would HELP Whitman’s campaign? Uh, Douggie – no one gives a rat’s a@@ what you think and it matters to the political sphere even less. It really is true that anyone can call themselves a journalist these days, how pathetic & embarrassing what passes for media now.

  • Reilleyfam

    I will remember to never read or support anything that has to do with J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. What an arrogant, off-base idiot. Just the name says it all. J, as in JackA**.

  • JoCo

    Doesn’t surprise me. That Berekely Daily Planet guy hates everything and everyone – which, funnily enough, are good Republican values.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    When are you going to make references to the writings of Ralph H., former guest columnist? I think he is at least as well-known as J.D.A-T to the public, and better known to followers of this blog.

  • Fargo

    I heard Jesse Allen-Taylor hates his mom and his dog. Even has a website for both of them: notmom.com stupidpet.net

    He even hates the Berkeley Daily Planet, his own freakin’ newspaper. That’s why it sucks.

  • Elwood

    Well, there’s a pair to draw to. The never-been-indicted Don and airhead Jerry.

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