Remembering 9-11

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
September 11, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,


Today is the anniversary of a day never to forget!  

The photo above represents a fire fighter in full uniform reaching out to "rescue and recover!"


Part of section #4 of the Remember Them: Champions for Humanity monument, which will be installed in 2013, will honor those lost and those who sacrificed to help others in New York, Arlington and Pennsylvania!

A note from Remember Them artist Mario Chiodo...


Dear Friends,


Today marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11/2001, and in the upcoming weeks and months the final phase of "Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" will be completed, which was inspired by that tragic event.


We must never forget that day and those who lost their lives, and we must also never forget those who made extraordinary efforts to help other people's lives for the better, for that is the purpose and point of "Remember Them." One person does make a difference, and that the best change comes through positive actions.


Let us also remember on this day the extraordinary examples that all of you listed here on this email have demonstrated over the years, in making efforts to better other people's lives.


Yes, we are all "Champions for Humanity" in our own way.


While we all have differences and imperfections, let us look and recognize at this similarity between us in the fact that we are all working for the betterment of others, and that there is great strength to be taken from this mindset to bring people closer together.


Today, I will be visiting the Remember Them site periodically throughout the day to pay my respects to those who lost their lives on this day, as well as to pay tribute to those who made a difference, and hope that you might find the time as well.


With much love and respect,




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OakPAC, the Chamber's political action committee, has made its recommendations for elective office in November.


"The OakPAC Board interviewed all the candidates, reviewed their extensive answers to our questionnaires and determined who we believe will best improve the city of Oakland." said OakPAC Board Chairman John Gooding.


Vice-Chairman Mike Jacob added, "Our goals of creating jobs, improving the economy and enhancing public safety for everyone in Oakland are shared universally by every candidate for office, but after careful review of their experience and policy proposals it is clear these candidates have the vision and ability to best make those goals a reality."


For a list of all OakPAC endorsements, click here.


Mayor Quan, along with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and sports fans, has announced that this week - the week of Sept. 10-14 - is "Oakland Loves Our Sports Teams" week. Join us for a free Home Team Rally and concert tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at City Center in downtown Oakland as the Raiders kick off their 2012 season and the A's fight for a post-season playoff berth. The event will be hosted by CBRE in association with the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Oakland.


Then on Thursday, Sept. 13, SaveOaklandSports (SOS) will hold its first "Stadium Aid" fundraising drive, mixer and fan celebration at Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro (15028 Hesperian Blvd.) from 6-10 p.m. SaveOaklandSports has invited former Raiders and A's players as well as local celebrities. There will be no cover charge, but a $10 donation is suggested. Proceeds will benefit an Oakland Stadium Fund. If the teams decide not to build new stadiums in Oakland, all proceeds will be applied to East Bay community charitable projects.


For info on the week's activities, visit For info on the Stadium Aid fundraiser, visit or


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


Economic Development Forum, featuring two important topics - Complete Streets and Greening your Business, with Iris Starr, city of Oakland's Transportation Department, 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


Volunteer Fair - Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1-3 p.m.Meet current volunteers from a variety of programs and learn how you can make a difference in a child's life at the fourth annual fair at Westlake Middle School, 2629 Harrison St. Hosted by Volunteering for Oakland in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District. Info:


Tom Williams, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament - Held on Monday, Sept. 17 at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, the tournament will benefit the American Heart Association. Hosted by Williams Adley. Info:


Northern California Breathmobile - Join the Prescott-Joseph Center for "The Fight Against Asthma: Keeping Kids out of Emergency Rooms and in School" on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Niles Hall in Preservation Park. The breakfast event benefits the Northern California Breathmobile. Info: (510) 208-5651.


Advancing Diversity - Thefifth 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:


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: or call Stephanie Casenza at (510) 587-7890.


Trade Expo - The sixth annual Trade Expo, your road to success in residential rental property, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakland Convention Center within the Marriott Hotel at 1001 Broadway. The all-day fair, presented by the East Bay Rental Housing Association, features free workshops and a keynote address by Michael C. Bush, founder of "8 Factors." Info:


A pint for a pint - Powell's Sweet Shoppe is hosting a community blood drive, and to encourage giving blood they are awarding donors with a special treat. On Saturday, Sept. 29, donate a pint of blood at the Red Cross, 6230 Claremont Ave. from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then head down the street to receive a free pint of bulk candy of your choice at Powell's, 3206 College Ave. Info: (510) 658-YUMM.