Show your support for the A's
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
May 8, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

Show your support for the A's


Don Knauss, the chairman and chief executive officer of The Clorox Company, and other local business leaders recently held a press conference to bring attention to the fact that East Bay businesses are willing to support keeping the A's in Oakland. His comments made clear that business will support a team and a new ballpark. And today there's a full page ad in the Oakland Tribune that shows support for the team. Click here to read today's ad.


Now here's a way to show YOUR support - at the box office. Join us for the Chamber Night with the A's as the team meets the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25. And you'll not only have a chance to see two of the hottest teams in the American League, but stay after the game and watch a Coliseum fireworks display. Our seats are perfect - right behind the A's dugout in the Plaza level. Good seats, good game, magnificent fireworks, and good company -- local business leaders showing their support for the A's.


P.S. - Two dollars per ticket will go to the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program!


Contact us today to show your support - Amanda Medina at or at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.



Your time will benefit Oakland


A Chamber of Commerce "thank you" goes out to the more than 300 of you who attended our Oakland: Heart of the MegaRegion event last Friday, May 4. We had a great time and the weather could not have been better for our mobile workshops on the bay and along Broadway. For pictures of the event please visit our Flickr page.



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.



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.


The cost of the trip, $3,799 per person (based on double occupancy), includes 5-Star hotel accommodations, airport transfers on deluxe motorcoach, baggage handling and most meals!


Keep in mind that reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and there are a limited number of seats available, so make your reservations now.



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO









Ambassador Committee meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9, noon-1 p.m.


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, May 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber,Thursday, May 17, 7:30-9 a.m.


After Five Reception,Thursday, May 24, hosted by Broadway Grand Apartments, 430 W. Grand Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, May 25, 8:30-10 a.m.


Chamber Night with the A's, Friday, May 25, Oakland Coliseum, game begins at 7:05 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.


Jazz on the Plaza - An evening of jazz on the plaza with Lloyd Gregory & Friends at the Cathedral of Christ the Light overlooking Lake Merritt on Thursday, May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Outdoor seated provided. Donation: $10. Tickets and info:


Meet & Greet the A's - The A's second annual Chamber of Commerce Baseball & Networking Night will be held at the Coliseum on Tuesday, May 22 when the A's take on the Los Angeles Angels. The event features a catered, pre-game networking mixer in the Eastside Club and includes a Field Level ticket. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, May 15. Info:


Raiders golf classic - On Monday, June 4, Oakland Raiders legend Fred Biletnikoff will join with the Raiders to host the 8th annual Fred Biletnikoff Hall of Fame Golf Classic in Lincoln, California, in memory of his daughter Tracey, to support many causes throughout the East Bay and Sacramento area. The tournament is now the official golf tournament of the Oakland Raiders. Info:


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: