A Kickoff to the Election Season

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber

September 4, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


A kickoff to the Election Season


What's best for Oakland? What do Oakland's voters think are the most important issues? The Chamber has embarked on the first of what it expects will be an annual series on "The Pulse of Oakland," a public opinion poll that is currently underway to find out what issues are most important and the direction that the city is headed. The poll of Oakland residents, conducted by EMC Research, covers everything from economic development and jobs to public safety and education.


The results of the poll will be announced at a special Chamber breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Jack London Square, and a professional pollster will be on hand to explain the results of the poll and answer audience questions. The breakfast costs $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Sponsor tables are available.


In addition, OakPAC -- the Chamber's political action committee -- will begin candidate interviews for local elections tomorrow, and results will be announced at the same breakfast -- and all of those endorsed candidates will be invited to attend.


Join us to learn what Oakland voters consider the most important issues -- and discover the story behind the numbers.


For tickets and information, contact Amanda Medina of the Chamber staff at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at amedina@oaklandchamber.com


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God Bless America!

 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO





The Northern California Beer Festival is here. The festival-dinner on Friday, Sept. 7, co-sponsored by the Chamber's Oakland Restaurant Association (ORA), features four award-winning and ORA restaurants - Pican, A'Cote, Chop Bar and Miss Pearl's - paired with four Northern California breweries - Linden Street, Oakland Brewing Company, Anchor and Pyramid. A reception kicks off the evening at the Pavilion Building at 98 Broadway in Jack London Square. The proceeds benefit two wonderful Oakland nonprofits - St. Vincent de Paul's Kitchen of Champions and GO (Great Oakland) Public Schools. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com and search "Beer Dinner, Oakland CA."


Matt Bahms State Farm Ribbon Cutting, Friday, Sept. 7th, Noon, 4400 Keller Ave., Ste. 260


Ambassador Committee meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 12, noon-1 p.m.


Economic Development Forum, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.


TatuyO Tapas N' Tequila Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 4:30 p.m., 1015 Clay St., Oakland


The Pulse of Oakland - A kickoff to the local election season, results of a Chamber poll on what's best for Oakland and how we need to get it done. A breakfast meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Jack London Square. $40 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members


Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Young Professionals Mixer, location to be announced, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30-9 a.m.


After Five Reception, Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road in the Oakland hills, site of the Chamber's Oct. 15 Golf Classic, Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30-10 a.m.


East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon, featuring guest speaker Jessica Steel, executive vice president of Business & Corporate Development for Pandora, discussing "The New Era of Business: Technology Trends," Friday, Oct. 5, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.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


Boxing Championship with Andre Ward - On Saturday, Sept. 8, Oakland's favorite son Andre Ward, considered 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. Sponsorship levels and tickets still available. Info: (818) 817-8001. Pre-fight activities will include a "Fanfest" at City Center on Friday, Sept. 7, which will include food, music and interactive boxing. The Ward-Dawson weigh-in will also be held at City Center on Friday beginning at 2:30 p.m., hosted by actor and comedian Nick Cannon. The event is free and open to the public.


Tom Williams Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament - On Monday, Sept. 17, Williams Adley will present the Tom Williams, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club in the Oakland hills. The tournament will help benefit the American Heart Association. For information regarding sponsorship levels, visit ca.williamsadley.com/golfregister


Advancing Diversity - The fifth annual "Advancing Diversity" event hosted by Burnham Brown at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.The Oakland law firm of Burnham Brown has teamed up with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to continue to promote and encourage diversity in the Bay Area legal and business environment.Info: www.burnhambrown.com 


Meet Peralta's new chancellor - Join Jose Ortiz, Ed.D, the new chancellor at the Peralta Community College District, in a lively discussion about the region's existing and emerging workforce development needs on Friday, Sept. 21. The breakfast meeting, costs $45 per person, will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.Info: www.peraltafoundation.org or call Stephanie Casenza at (510) 587-7890