First Candidate Debate set for Aug. 21st
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
August 7, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


First Candidate Debate set for August 21st


With some of the most critical elections in recent history coming up in November, the Chamber, as a community service, will host a series of candidate forums during the last two weeks of August. It all gets started with a showdown between the two candidates for City Attorney and continues for three City Council seats as well as an At-Large berth. 


The first program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Like all of the events, it will start at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) and is free to the public. 


The debates for City Council seats will be hosted exclusively by the Chamber and will be held in locations in the various districts. While the events are free they will fill up fast. To guarantee your spot, contact Paul Junge or Amanda Medina at the Chamber or or by phone (510) 874-4800.



A schedule of the debates follows:


City Attorney, Tuesday, Aug. 21, Waterfront Hotel - Jack London Square


District Three, Wednesday, Aug. 22, Z Cafe - 27th & Broadway


District One, Monday, Aug. 27, College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Ave.


District Five, Tuesday, Aug. 28, Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th St.


At-Large, Wednesday, Aug. 29, Kaiser Auditorium - 300 Lakeside Drive



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 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO









The September issue of Oakland Business Review will contain a special section on the Oakland Raiders, and we're trying to build business support for the team. Let's let the Raiders know that we want them to stay in Oakland and succeed. Simply run a $100 ad with your logo and wish the team well during the coming season. For information and your ad reservation, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at prior to Wednesday, Aug. 22.


Ambassador Committee meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 8, noon-1 p.m.


Young Professionals Networking Mixer, Wednesday, Aug. 15, Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, Jack London Square, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:30-9 a.m.


Nonprofit Committee meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


After Five Reception, Thursday, Aug. 23, San Leandro Marina Inn, 68 Monarch Bay Drive, no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, Aug. 24, featuring guest speaker Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, 8:30-10 a.m.


Oakland Ballet - The Oakland Ballet needs financial support for the 2012 production of Graham Lustig's "The Nutcracker." Help ensure that this 45-year-old tradition continues. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Leah Curran at (510) 893-3132 or email


Healthy Aging Fair - The 11th annual Healthy Aging Fair, complete with a number of free screenings and tests, will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chabot College Grand Court, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward. Info: (510) 577-3532 or email


Open Studios - St. Vincent de Paul's Redux open studios will celebrate 20 East Bay artists on Friday, Aug. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at 2315 Lincoln Ave. in Alameda. Info: (510) 865-1109.


Introduction to QuickBooks - Anders Johansson CPA will hold an Introduction to QuickBooks seminar at the Chamber offices on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. The seminar will feature an overview of QuickBooks and the different versions available. The cost is $35 per person. For registration and class details, visit or


Fukuoka Sister City Celebration - A number of fun, interesting events have been planned from Aug. 17-20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Sister City Agreement in 1962 between Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka Mayor, The Honorable Soichiro Takashima, will lead a delegation of 35 officials and citizens to Oakland for the festivities. Most events open to the public. Info:


Pedalfest - A free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun. Pedalfest returns to Jack London Square on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Info: (510) 645-9292 or


QuickBooks at the Chamber - On Thursday, Aug. 23, Hilliard Management Group will conduct a Basic QuickBooks workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chamber office, and then hold a Basic Bookkeeping workshop from 1-5 p.m. Chamber members receive a 15% discount - discount code is "OakCOC." Info and registration: or 


Pay tribute to Raiders legend Willie Brown - The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring sports legends and community leaders of all races, will present "A Tribute to Willie Brown...A Raiders Legend" on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. The event is open to the public. Info and reservations: (510) 436-5253 or email


Intermediate QuickBooks - Anders Johansson CPA will hold an Intermediate QuickBooks seminar at the Chamber offices on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn to set up inventory, generate purchase orders and pay sales tax, among many other things. The cost is $35 per person. For registration and class details, visit or


Workshops at the Chamber - On Thursday, Aug. 30, Hilliard Management Group will conduct a QuickBooks Intermediate Workshop at the Chamber office from 9 a.m. to noon, and then hold a Small Business Taxes workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Chamber members receive a 15% discount - discount code is "OakCOC." Info and registration: or