Keep California Green and Golden with CEQA Reforms
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
July 17, 2012
Connect with Us!

Like us on Facebook    View our profile on LinkedIn    Follow us on Twitter    Visit our blog
Get Involved!

Dear Members & Friends,


Keep California green and golden with CEQA reforms...


Click the link below to read how former Governors Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis view the need for CEQA reform in an editorial published in the San Diego Union. What is your view?


San Diego Union Editorial Article


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO







Looking to promote you and your business this coming year? Consider the Chamber's 2013 Membership Directory, a coffee-table-style book that might just be the best marketing tool you can own. Call Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808. Remember Thomas Jefferson' famous quote: "The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stopped his clock to save time."


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.


Social Media Marketing Made Simple - Karen Rice, the regional development director for Constant Contact, will speak to members and guests at the Chamber offices on "Social Media Marketing Made Simple" on Tuesday, July 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. Rice will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. Info: or (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


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, 11:15 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





Highway to Work - The Alameda County Youth Employment program, "Highway to Work," is a collaborative effort with the Oakland Private Industry Council and 12 Bay Area partnering organizations offering fully subsidized summer employment for youth ages 15-18. The youth have been pre-identified by the county, and with the help of local business they will be provided with meaningful, worthwhile summer work experiences. Info: Robin Raveneau at (510) 768-4402 or 


Prescott Circus Clowns - Oakland's own Prescott Circus Clowns will perform at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., on Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and then on Saturday, July 21 at DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., at 2 p.m. It's Prescott Circus Theatre's 28th Annual Circus. The performances are free. Info: (510) 482-1674 or


Long Term Care Insurance - A free 30-minute webinar on tax advantages for business owners and sole proprietors using Long Term Care insurance will be held on Tuesday, July 24 from 2-2:30 p.m. with Paula Taylor of LTC Partners & Insurance Services. Info: or (800) 303-1103.


BART forum - BART's Office of Civil Rights and Rolling Stock & Shops Department will hold an informal forum for Vehicle Engineering Consultant Services in the BART board room, 344 20th St., third floor, on Tuesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Info: Hayden Lee, (510) 464-6209 or


Workshops at the Chamber - Hilliard Management Group will conduct a seminar on Basic Bookkeeping at the Chamber offices on Thursday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, and then conduct a workshop on Intermediate QuickBooks that same afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. The bookkeeping seminar costs $35 per person, while the QuickBooks workshop is $79. Info: (510) 655-2041 or


Walk for Justice - Unite against human trafficking by participating in Walk for Justice 2012, which will be held in Oakland on Saturday, Aug. 4, or help sponsor the event. Info: (510) 473-7283 or at 


Art & Soul - The city continues to raise the bar for its successful flagship festival, Art & Soul Oakland, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5 in downtown Oakland. Now in its 12th year of offering top-flight talent, food from all over the globe, hundreds of artisan booths, and the largest family fun zone of any festival in the Bay Area, the event this year adds a late-night bash and cutting-edge art show to the festivities. Info: or (510) 444-CITY.


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