The Yankees are coming!
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
May 15, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

The Yankees are Coming! The Yankees are Coming!

A's outfielder Jonny Gomes (left) wears "707" on his glove and shoes to honor his hometown of Petaluma (area code 707).


Join the many businesspeople who are speaking out in favor of keeping the A's in Oakland! Here's a great way you can help - 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 on the Plaza level. Good seats, a good game, magnificent fireworks, and good company - local business leaders showing their support for the A's.


And don't forget - 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.



Governor Brown completes State Budget


Governor Jerry Brown has released his revised budget. Read it here.



Join us for a trip to Cuba Aug. 21


Join the Chamber as we explore Cuba 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.


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO





Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, TODAY, 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.


For more information on these and other Chamber events, contact Amanda Medina at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at


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: 


Walk to End Poverty - The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership will present the 7th annual Walk to End Poverty on Saturday, May 19 around Lake Merritt. Registration begins at the Bandstand at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning an hour later. A community fair and entertainment begin at 11 a.m. Info: or call (510) 238-2362.


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, pregame networking mixer in the Eastside Club and includes a Field Level ticket. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, May 15. Info:

An Evening in Paris - The Board of Directors of the Alameda County Health Care Foundation invites you to its 22nd annual gala benefit, "An Evening in Paris," benefiting Alameda County Medical Center's mission of health care for all. The black tie optional gala will be held on Saturday, June 2 at The Rotunda Building at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. 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: