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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
October 23, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

Election Day Preview


Are you planning to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6 but are still confused about some ballot measures and state propositions? The Chamber's Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum this Friday - Oct. 26 - will feature an Election Day Preview with Alex Evans, national pollster at EMC Research, and political reporter Matt Artz of the Oakland Tribune. Our guests will share their insights about local, state and national election trends as we approach Election Day.  Come have your questions answered. The breakfast is free and open to Chamber members ($10 for non-members), and runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. here at the Chamber.


Get involved in Oakland's Workforce Investment


The Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is looking for new industry-experienced board members. The Oakland WIB plays an important and critical role in overseeing the federally-funded employment and training programs and services in Oakland. These programs and services help job seekers gain employment and connect businesses with a qualified workforce. Are you a local business owner who is interested in making sure the money goes to training, and efficiently prepares workers for industry jobs? If so, contact Eleanor Hollander, the Chamber's director of economic development, at (510) 874-4800, ext. 320. Board and committee meetings are typically held once a month at Oakland's City Hall. To learn more about the Oakland WIB and its activities, Click Here.


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God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO









Uptown Body & Fender owner Giovanna Tanzillo always hosts one of the best Chamber "After Five Receptions," and this year is no exception! Uptown Body and Fender (401 26th St.) will hold our monthly After Five Reception on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Don't miss out on Uptown's hippest auto body shop, featuring appetizers, networking, and a French singer. Bring your business cards because this event will be packed. RSVP Here.


After Five Reception, Thursday, Oct. 25, hosted by Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th St. off Broadway, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, Oct. 26, featuring an Election Day Preview with national pollster Alex Evans (EMC Research) and political reporter Matt Artz (Oakland Tribune), sharing their insights about local, state and national election trends, 8:30-10 a.m.


Chamber Day at the Races, Friday, Nov. 2, Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Frontage Road, Berkeley, 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 includes valet parking, admission, reserved seating, program, and turf club buffet.


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.





Overcoming the Achievement Gap - Amethod Public Schools, which provides a fundamental and rigorous college preparatory education, will help celebrate students and schools from Oakland and Richmond on Thursday, Oct. 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Charter High School, 345 12th St. Keynote speaker will be author and Stanford University Professor Dr. Jerry Porras. Info: (510) 899-4806 or


Boo at the Zoo - This Halloween-themed weekend at Oakland Zoo - Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 - features a spooky scavenger hunt, the annual costume parade and trick or treating. Info: (510) 632-9525 or


Mayor's Summer Jobs Program - Provide a summer job to an Oakland high school student by supporting the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program. Attend an informational breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. The free breakfast will include former participants in the Summer Jobs program and provide information on how you might support the program in 2013. Info: or


Kitchen of Champions - The Kitchen of Champions, a training program of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, will host a dinner and fundraising event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at its free dining room, 675 23rd St. The event will feature executive chef and owner Tanya Holland of Oakland's Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ. Info: (510) 877-9249 or


Oakland East Bay Symphony - Individual tickets are now on sale for the 2012-2013 concert series. The season opens on Friday, Nov. 9 with a program featuring Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Copland's Clarinet Concerto. You can charge tickets by calling (510) 444-0801 or buy tickets in person at the Paramount Box Office.


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


1. Become a kid again at Children's Fairyland.

2. Serenade your sweetheart in an authentic Italian gondola on Lake Merritt.

For more information on things to see and do, visit