Former Democratic Senate President Pro Tem and would-be Oakland mayor Don Perata has a new home address: Orinda
He bought a single-family house valued at $998,000 and opened an office of his political consulting firm in the bucolic Orinda a few months ago.
Perata didn’t return my call, so only he and his confidants know why he moved to the sunny side of the Caldecott Tunnel just months after his high-profile loss in Oakland’s first ranked-choice mayoral election last November.
Whatever Perata’s reasons, Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth says “we are thrilled to have someone of Don’s stature choose to live in Orinda. We welcome him.”
But will local electeds still smile if the savvy former politician gets a bee in his bonnet and runs for the Orinda City Council or perhaps the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors?
I’m just asking.