Perata Is Running for Mayor

It’s official. Former state Senate President Don Perata is running for mayor of Oakland. The Teflon Don broke the news to Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson, who then proceeded to bury it in a story about Ron Dellums not being allowed to speak at the police officers’ funeral. Perata, who has hinted strongly that he planned to run for mayor next year, said the cop shootings finally persuaded him to do it. “I wasn’t trying to be coy, but this just galvanized it for me because you can’t stand there and do nothing,” Johnson quoted Perata as saying. “People know what I have done to ban assault weapons and other things I’ve done, so they ought to know that I’m running for mayor.”

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