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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
September 18, 2012
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See the Chamber's poll results


If you couldn't make this morning's "Pulse of Oakland" breakfast at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, you missed a presentation of the results of the Chamber's public opinion poll conducted and reported by EMC Research. What's best for Oakland? What do Oakland voters think are the most important issues? The poll covered everything from economic development and jobs to public safety and education. Find the key findings and the city issues at



Leadership Oakland accepting applications

The Chamber's 2012-2013 class of Leadership Oakland is accepting applications through Oct. 8. The program is based on the belief that our city's most valuable resource is people - people who have the talent, energy and motivation to assume leadership roles in the years ahead. For an application and more information, visit or contact executive director Catherine Brewer at

or at (510) 755-0627.



Signed up for golf yet? Click here 

Travel to Spain? Click here


Interested in visiting China? Click here



God Bless America!


Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO















The Chamber's Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide, which offers its advertisers 365 days of high-impact visibility throughout the Oakland metropolitan area, is currently accepting ads for the 2013 edition. The Directory is recognized as the primary way for Chamber members to do business with each other and is organized alphabetically and by industry categories, serving as a convenient resource year-round. Place your company logo above your listing in both sections for just $300 - see examples here. Space reservations end Sept. 28. Contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at


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.


Young Professionals Mixer, tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 19, Tatuyo Tapas & Tequila, 1015 Clay St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Sept. 20, hosted by U.S. Bank, 7:30-9 a.m.


Grow Your Business Through Email Marketing, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9-11 a.m. Click here for details.


After Five Reception, Thursday, Sept. 27, Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road in the Oakland hills, site of the Chamber's Oct. 15 Golf Classic, 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, Friday, Oct. 5, featuring guest speaker Jessica Steel, executive vice president of Business & Corporate Development for Pandora, discussing "The New Era of Business: Technology Trends," 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, Wednesday, Nov. 14, featuring Dr. Tony Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, 8-9:30 a.m.



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.


Kitchen of Champions Graduation - The graduation of the 32nd job training class at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 beginning at 4 p.m. at the free dining room at 675 23rd St. in Oakland. You're invited to join the graduates, board of trustees, staff and supporters for the ceremony. Info: Melanie Diegel at (510) 877-9254 or at


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:


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.