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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
August 21, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Candidate debates start tonight with City Attorney face-off


The Chamber, which will host a series of candidate forums prior to the November election, will begin the series tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 21, with candidates vying for the City Attorney spot at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Current City Attorney Barbara Parker will meet City Councilmember Jane Brunner beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tonight's debate will be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It is free and open to the public.


The debates for City Council seats will kick off tomorrow when candidates for District Three will face off at Z Café, 2735 Broadway, also at 6:30 p.m.


To guarantee your spot at all debates, contact Paul Junge or Amanda Medina at the Chamber - or or by phone (510) 874-4800.


Here's the schedule of the debates:


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


District Three, tomorrow, 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



Oakland, Fukuoka celebrate sister city anniversary


 A number of fun, interesting events were held in Oakland over the last few days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Sister City Agreement in 1962 between Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan. The events helped celebrate the hundreds of successful cultural, academic, business and youth exchanges that have been accomplished during that time. Fukuoka's Mayor, the Honorable Soichiro Takashima (left) led a delegation of 35 officials and citizens to Oakland for the celebration. Congratulations to Becky Taylor and Mark Morodomi, the co-chairs of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, for their hard work and the successful events.



Restaurant Association e-newsletter now available


The Oakland Restaurant Association (ORA) has reached out to our city's restaurants providing education, advocacy, cost-saving measures and marketing, with a variety of restaurant roundtables and open house receptions taking place. Now, thanks to co-chairs Mark Everton (Miss Pearl's) and Michael LeBlanc (Pican), an e-newsletter has become available, which is being sent to ORA members (see it here). Should you wish to begin receiving copies of this periodic publication, contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at



Travel with the Chamber to sunny Spain...and beyond


The Chamber is offering a special vacation trip to Spain in November, with both Ireland and the Tuscany region of Italy coming up next year. Make your plans now!


The trip to Spain and Costa del Sol will feature 11 days with seven nights in the same hotel beginning on Nov. 13. Highlights include Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, and of course Madrid.


Then in March 2013, the Chamber takes off for nine days to Ireland, featuring Dublin, Killarney and Limerick. And then in November of next year, we'll spend nine days in Tuscany, with side trips to Rome, Florence and Siena, as well as a look at the Chianti region.


Make your vacation plans today. Visit for full itineraries of each trip. Call Amanda Medina of our staff at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or email


God Bless America!



 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 by Monday, Aug. 27.


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.


Annual Golf Classic, Monday, Oct. 15, Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road in the Oakland Hills, 19th Hole Reception follows event


Power Breakfast, featuring Dr. Tony Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8-9:30 a.m., Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square


Free lunch from PG&E - Join PG&E for a "Time for Business" free lunch and at the same time learn about how your business can save with time-of-use rates coming in November. The lunch meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. Register at with registration number TFBCHMBRLNK.


Basic Bookkeeping and Introduction to QuickBooks- On Thursday, Aug. 23, Hilliard Management Group will present a Basic Bookkeeping workshop at the Chamber offices from 9 a.m. to noon. Theworkshop will help you understand how timely and accurate financials can help your business increase profits and business performance. Registration: Then, from 1-5 p.m. on the same day, Hilliard will present anIntroduction to QuickBooks workshop that will help you manage your business finances. Registration:


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 0


Small Business Taxes and Intermediate QuickBooks - On Thursday, Aug. 30, Hilliard Management Group will present a Small Business Taxes workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chamber offices. The workshop will cover how to avoid excessive tax penalties and reduce your small business' taxes. Understand many of the taxes that affect your business and your profits. Registration: Then, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the same day, Hilliard will present a hands-on Intermediate QuickBooks workshop that will cover proper intermediate data entry techniques, how to appropriately classify expenses, and more. Registration:


Great Race for Clean Air - This friendly commuting competition involves Bay Area companies competing to reduce driving alone to work. The Great Race runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Register:


Boxing Championship with Andre Ward - On Saturday, Sept. 8, Oakland's favorite son Andre Ward, considering by many as the rising mega-star of boxing, will place his WBA/WBC and Ring Super Middleweight title on the line against Chad Dawson at Oracle Arena. Ward is undefeated in 25 fights while Dawson, the WBC and Ring Light Heavyweight champion, recently beat future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. A number of sponsorship levels and tickets are available. Info: (818) 817-8001.


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 Annie Eagan at (415) 269-5105 or email