The Don returns
Well, sort of.
Don Perata, one of the Island’s most powerful natives, returns to the Bay Area after a dozen years in Sacramento, including four as the most powerful Democrat in town. Perata, who termed out of his Senate seat Sunday, heads back to Oakland, where he has lived since around the time he joined the state Legislature in 1996. (Get ready for some local sightings though – my husband swears he saw Perata at Safeway the other day.)
The onetime schoolteacher has been, shall we say, a subject of intense media interest since he became the head of the state Senate in 2004, both because of the power he wielded and the way he wielded it. So perhaps it’s not surprising that his departure would bring a fresh round of articles.
Apparently, Perata is readying himself for a career as a consultant and, possibly, a run for mayor of Oakland in 2010. And our local papers can tell you all about it. Here’s the Oakland Tribune’s Josh Richman with his tale of two Peratas; the Chronicle’s exit interview with The Don himself; and a quirky little bit in the East Bay Express welcoming Perata back to the Bay Area.
Meanwhile, Loni Hancock is taking Perata’s seat, and Darrell Steinberg will become the head of the Senate.