Support Oakland Youth with a Job this Summer
Weekly News Update from the Oakland Chamber of Commerce
July 3, 2012

Dear Members & Friends,


Support Oakland youth with a job this summer


Support the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program (MSJP) 1,000 youth by signing on today!


Most businesspeople I've spoken with recall having a summer job and sometimes an after-school job! Valuable lessons were learned and minds molded by seeing first-hand the benefits of working and being responsible!


The MSJP will offer Oakland youth ages 14-21 subsidized employment lasting six to eight weeks at job sites throughout our city. Young people can earn $8 an hour as they complete 120 hours of employment, with weekly training provided by partnering youth agencies.


To support the MSJP and hire a youth for summer 2012, please make a tax-deductible contribution to support local youth by contacting the Mayor's Office at (510) 238-3141 or John Bailey, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board, at (510) 238-6440. 


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.


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.



Ambassador Committee meeting, Wednesday, July 11, noon-1 p.m.


Economic Development Forum, Wednesday, July 11, featuring guest speakers Pat Kennedy, Lit San Leandro and Ruth Miller, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, to discuss The New Urban Recreation - Fast Broadband + Parklets, 3-4:30 p.m.


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


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, July 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, July 19, sponsored by KBLX Radio 102.9 FM, 7:30-9 a.m.


After Hours Reception, Thursday, July 26, Z Café & Bar, 2735 Broadway, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, July 27, featuring guest speaker Dr. Joel Parrott, executive director of the Oakland Zoo, 8:30-10 a.m.


East Bay Women in Business Roundtable, Friday, Aug. 3, featuring guest speaker Kathy Lancaster, executive vice president of Strategic Planning and chief financial officer for Kaiser Permanente, discussing a holistic approach to health to make your employees happier and healthier, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $35 for members, $45 for non-members


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


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


Long Term Care webinar - A free webinar on Long Term Care options, available tax incentives, and family and company discounts will be held with Paula Taylor of LTC Partners on Tuesday, July 24 from 2-2:30 p.m. Info: (800) 303-1103.


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.