Raiders Ticket Program Assists Oakland Schools
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
May 1, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Raiders ticket program assists Oakland schools


The Oakland Raiders have announced the launch of an innovative and exciting program that will allow individuals and businesses to assist Oakland public schools while enjoying a full season with the Silver and Black. For all new season tickets purchased and paid for in full from May 1 to June 30, the Raiders will donate ten percent of the gross ticket purchase price to the Oakland Unified School District. For season ticket information call (800) RAIDERS or visit




State of the Schools Address


The future of our city depends upon the health of our public schools, which is what makes the State of the Schools address by OUSD Superintendent Tony Smith so critical. Dr. Smith will provide updates and highlights of his vision and strategic plan for OUSD - "Community Schools, Thriving Students" on Monday, May 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar at Jack London Square. Please RSVP to or contact Jennifer Caban at or at (510) 238-3450.


The Chamber spoke out on behalf of the Superintendent and OUSD progress in a recent editorial in the newspapers of the Bay Area News Group, including the Oakland Tribune. Read the editorial here.


Join us for a trip to Cuba Aug. 21


Plan now to vacation in Cuba this summer! When was the last time you could think about a vacation like that? Join Chamber Explorations and tour Havana and Trinidad! Professional Cuban bilingual tour guides will enhance your visit as you are welcomed to Havana on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The trip runs through Tuesday, Aug. 28, and will include tours of Old Havana, the Museo Fine Arts, Hemingway's Farm 'Finca La Vigia', Bay of Pigs Museum and much more.


For a detailed look at the trip, click here or call Amanda Medina in our office at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


Ticket cut-off is Wednesday for MegaRegion Summit


The Chamber's MegaRegion Summit will be held on Friday, May 4, and you have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to make your reservations. Join us for "Oakland: the Heart of the MegaRegion" for an educational half-day conference in Jack London Square. The Summit will gather business leaders, labor representatives, industry leaders, technology innovators, and community partners to identify obstacles, brainstorm solutions, and develop strategies to keep the Northern California region competitive.


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


3rd annual MegaRegion Summit, "Oakland: Heart of the MegaRegion," Friday, May 4, sign up for a mobile workshop, Jack London Square Market Building, noon-6:30 p.m.


107th Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, June 27, Oakland Marriott City Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Nine-day trip to Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Wednesday, Aug. 29, with visits to Havana and an overnight to Trinidad.


The Chamber's annual "Day with the A's" comes with a special treat in 2012. Besides gathering Chamber members and guests for an Oakland A's-San Francisco Giants game at Coliseum (Oakland Coliseum) on Friday evening, June 22, the Chamber will also host members for an A's-New York Yankees game and fireworks display on Friday evening, May 25.


Tickets for each game, with seats directly behind the A's dugout in the stadium's Plaza level, are $40 per person, with Giants tickets being sold at a substantial discount. Should you wish to purchase tickets for both games (the fireworks show will immediately follow the Yankee game), the rate drops to $75, a $5 savings.


For more information on the A's games against the Giants and Yankees, contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at

(Left: Yoenes Cespedes)


Oakland's 160th Birthday Celebration - The city of Oakland is hosting "Celebrating 160 Years of Oakland Love," a week-long series of events that runs through Friday, May 4 commemorating the city's 160th birthday. Events at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland include ethnic and urban dancing on Wednesday, May 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m.; a free concert featuring "Friends of Khalil Shaheed All-Stars and Oaktown jazz workshops on Thursday, May 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and a birthday cake cutting with Mayor Quan and City Administrator Santana along with music history displays and City Hall tours on Friday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Info: or (510) 444-CITY.


Police open house - The Oakland Police Department will hold an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the city's Police Administration Building at 455 7th St. on Friday, May 4. Visitors can learn more about OPD services, meet Chief Jordan, watch the OPD motorcycle drill team perform, and get a close up of the Mobile Command Post.


Jack's Night Market - Celebrating Oakland "First Fridays," Jack London Square will present Jack's Night Market, including crafts, artisans and designers, local producers and an eclectic shopping bizarre on Friday, May 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Info:


Oakland Ballet Spring Gala - The Oakland Ballet will present its spring gala, "The Power of Many," at the Kaiser Center Lakeside Theater, 300 Lakeside Drive, on Saturday, May 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The gala will include an elegant reception and exceptional auction items, from luxury vacations to a dinner for four with Oakland firefighters. Tickets and info: (510) 893-3132.


Pacific Community Ventures fundraiser - Pacific Community Ventures invites you to be a part of re-inventing prosperity at its annual fundraiser and marketplace on Wednesday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St. in San Francisco. Join PCV and LinkedIn Chief Executive Officer Jeff Weiner, 40 local companies and 350 community leaders to celebrate small businesses, the entrepreneurs who build them, and the jobs they create in lower-income communities. Info: (415) 442-4306 or


Adults only at Children's Fairyland - Pixie lights will twinkle, food and drink will be served, and visitors will bid on live and silent auction items at "Once Upon a Time" at Children's Fairyland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 699 Bellevue Ave. on Thursday, June 7. Info: