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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
June 26, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Credit the City Administration for recent accomplishments:


We all deal with managing workload, late developing projects, customer requests and the extra hours it takes to get the job done! From our vantage point it is clear that the office of the City Administrator has had to deal with a substantial number of important projects and has moved them in an efficient way. Extra hours noted!


Just last week three important projects were accomplished. After years of false starts and negotiations the city is ready to move forward with the team CCIG and ProLogis to develop the Army Base site as a world class transportation and logistics project - creating jobs and growth. The city put the finishing touches on the solicitation to select waste and recycling contractors - these are multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts with many moving parts that need to be handled openly and fairly. And millions of dollars of bonding is going out which should put the city on a more sound financial footing, all accomplished with no special notes and no downgrade, which means at lower cost to the city. 


We again acknowledge publically the Administrative Team for the City of Oakland led by Deanna Santana, the City Administrator, Fred Blackwell and Scott Johnson.


You can help!


The City Council has a special meeting on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. The primary item is approval of the mid-year budget (July 2012 to June 2013).


We encourage you to call the City Councilmember in your district and strongly recommend support for the proposed Police Training Academies and the addition of an Economic Development Director to better our ability to make business deals and expand the Oakland economy!



God Bless America!



 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO







Market your business through the Chamber's 2013 Membership Directory and receive free exposure on the Chamber website, Info: Hank Masler at or (510) 874-4808.


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


After Five Reception, Thursday, June 28, at City Lights Café at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., no charge for Chamber members, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Oakland Young Professionals, Downtown Clean-Up, Saturday, July 14, meet in front of City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Brunch will be served after the clean-up.


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


Guns and the impact of gun violence - A panel discussion by representatives of The Oakland Tribune and Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, with Rev. Harry Williams and others, Thursday, June 28, 6-8 p.m., Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St. Info: (510) 208-6433.


July 4th Fireworks are illegal - July 4th is certainly good cause for celebration, but certain ways of celebrating can represent significant and serious consequences. The Oakland Police Department reminds us that illegal fireworks and celebratory gunfire have no place in our city. Fireworks of any kind are illegal in Oakland. To report information regarding the sale, possession and illegal use of fireworks, call (510) 777-8814.


Mayor's Summer Stars Camping Program - Help 5th, 6th and 7th graders in East and West Oakland attend summer camp. Info: (510) 615-5758 or


Chabot Space & Science Center - The summer camp, the ultimate experience for aspiring scientists, engineers, inventors and space explorers, runs through Aug. 3. Third through seventh graders have ten classes to choose from. Info: (510) 336-7373.


Alternative Family Services - The biggest names in the world of professional barbecue will heat up the Oakland Coliseum parking lot on Saturday, July 7 for the second Bay Area BBQ Championships. The event will be held prior to the Oakland A's-Seattle Mariners game that evening. Info: (510) 759-1271 or email