by Stephen Buel
Astute readers of this blog and web site know that staff writer Robert Gammon has had a slight obsession with former state senator Don Perata. But now that the Don has lost the mayor's race and promised to retire his life-size Tony Soprano cut-out, Bob confronts a potential identity crisis of vast proportions. Who is Robert Gammon without his long-time foil? What will his life's mission be without shady financial dealings to expose? Where should he redirect his considerable energies, now that Perata is likely to stalk the earth only as a lobbyist for an assortment of unsavory enterprises? That's where you come in.
We're launching a contest in which our readers can suggest a new beat for Robert Gammon. We've got a $100 gift certificate to downtown Oakland's soon-to-reopen Awaken Cafe for the reader who comes up with the best suggestion for how Bob should spend his time in the future. Submit your suggestions right here, as comments on this blog post. We'll award the gift certificate to the reader who comes up with the smartest, funniest, or most astute suggestion. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 15 at 5 p.m. We'll print a compilation of suggestions in next week's issue.