Leadership Oakland Accepting Applications

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
September 25, 2012
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Leadership Oakland accepting applications

The Chamber's 2012-2013 class of Leadership Oakland is currently accepting applications. For information, visit
www.oaklandchamber.com or contact executive director Catherine Brewer at catbrewer.leadershipoakland@gmail.com or at (510) 755-0627.


Results of the Chamber poll

The Chamber's recent city-wide poll raised some eyebrows. For example, Oakland voters are unhappy with the direction of the city and not at all sure current leaders can turn things around. By more than a 2-1 margin (54% to 26%) they say the city is on the wrong track.

When asked how to make the city safer, voters showed strong support for many different strategies. Improving programs and services for young people were strongly or somewhat favored by 94% of poll respondents. Hiring more police officers received 89% support.


When it came to policies to promote economic growth and job creation, the voters also showed interest in many programs. As an example, 89% of respondents strongly or somewhat favor offering tax incentives to encourage companies to come to Oakland.


For a look at all the poll questions and voter responses, visit http://www.oaklandchamber.com/files/969.pdf and look in the upcoming October issue of Oakland Business Review.


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The deadline for advertising in the Chamber's 2013 Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide, which offers its advertisers 365 days of high-impact visibility throughout the Oakland metropolitan area, is Friday, Sept. 28. 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 at http://issuu.com/oaklandchamber/docs/2012_directory_online. Contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at hmasler@oaklandchamber.com


A number of Chamber members are currently offering discounts to other members. Are you willing to do the same - and start doing business with Chamber members who are interested in your products or services? It's free! For more information, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at hmasler@oaklandchamber.com.


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, featuring guest speaker Jose Ortiz, Ed.D., chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, 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.



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: www.ebrha.com


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.


U.S. Navy Band concert - The U.S. Navy Band, in conjunction with San Francisco Fleet Week, will hold a noon-1:30 p.m. concert - a salute to East Bay veterans - in Jack London Square on Friday, Oct. 5. Free and open to the public.


Walk to Stop Violence - The 11th Annual Walk to End Domestic & Teen Dating Violence, a benefit walk in support of A Safe Place, the only comprehensive domestic violence shelter in Oakland, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Merritt. A Community Resources Expo will be part of the festivities. Info for sponsorship/tabling opportunities: Alex Arteaga, aarteaga@arteagacoltassoc.com or (510) 859-8111.


When was the last time you took a lazy Saturday or Sunday and discovered the beauty and attractions of Oakland? This weekend:

  1. Reach for the stars at the Chabot Space and Science Center.
  2. Hug a really big tree at Redwood Regional Park

For more information on things to see and do, visit www.visitoakland.org.