Warriors Move: It's No Slam Dunk
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
May 22, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

It's no slam dunk


If there is to be a contest to be the home of the Golden State Warriors, the game is at tip-off - not late in the fourth quarter. All the good reasons for the team to stay in Oakland will remain and become more apparent. These include a location much closer to the geographic center of the fan base, an existing arena that will not face community objections, better access to highways, public transportation and parking and more.  


As this game plays out, this feint to San Francisco may look like nothing more than a negotiating ploy to get better terms from the city and county. The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce remains confident that the Warriors and the city of Oakland can and will find a path to keep the team in Oakland.


Port welcomes new commissioner


The Port of Oakland has welcomed its newest commissioner, Earl Hamlin, who is filling the seat previously held by Commissioner Michael Lighty. Commissioner Hamlin has more than 30 years of experience in finance and economic development. He previously chaired the Alameda County Planning Commission for 12 years, where he was named a State of California Planning Commissioner of the Year in 2001. The Chamber welcomes him to his new post.



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO






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, featuring political campaign consultants Catherine Lew, Tom Clifford, Jessica Reynolds and Angela Ramirez Holmes. The topics: how a political consultant evaluates a potential client or issue, an insiders view of a campaign, what makes a successful campaign, what are the important issues in Oakland, 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.


Chamber Trip to Cuba, leaving for Havana on Tuesday, Aug. 21


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


Meet & Greet the A's - The A's second annual Chamber of Commerce Baseball & Networking Night will be held at the Coliseum tonight, 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. Info: www.oaklandathletics.com/MEET 


Empty Bowls - Join the Alameda County Community Food Bank from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 for an evening of art, nourishment and advocacy as they fill empty bowls for those in need in the community. Info: www.accfb.org


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: www.achcf.org 


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: www.biletnikoff.org


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 akelly@pcvmail.org


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: www.fairyland.org 


Scholarship Banquet & Ball - The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, which trains and motivates high school and middle age school young men, will celebrate its 34th anniversary with the annual banquet and ball on Friday, June 22 at Bates Hall, 6670 Foothill Blvd. Info: (510) 482-8900 or (510) 867-8436.