Improving City Budget Could be Good News

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
October 30, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,



Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, members of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, who are World Series champions for the second time in three years after sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. The Giants will hold a celebratory parade in downtown San Francisco tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.


Improving city budget could be good news for business


The city's financial trends and Mayor Quan's proposed five-year budget were the subjects of yesterday's briefing at City Hall by Mayor Quan and City Administrator Santana with me, Paul Junge, the Chamber's vice president and public policy director, and the city's Budget Advisory Committee. The detailed report identifies progress in key economic categories and sets forth a five-year budget to expand the number of police officers while continuing the city's positive trend. While there is still work to be done, it's always welcome to have good news for business and the Oakland community at large! To learn more about the financial trends and budget, click here.


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God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO










Tony SmithOn Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Chamber will hold another in our series of Power Breakfasts, this one featuring Dr. Tony Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.


Do you want to know how our schools have been progressing? What's in store for the future?


Join us for Dr. Smith's address at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square. Individual tickets are $50 for Chamber members and nonprofits and $60 for non-members. Sponsorships for $800 include a table of eight with preferential seating, your company logo in the program, a banner on display, and acknowledgement on the Chamber website, and in Oakland Business Review.


Breakfast registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m.


To register or for more information, visit the Power Breakfast Event Page or contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at


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.


America's Children's Holiday Parade, Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. at 11st and Clay streets in downtown Oakland.



Student Leaders Program - The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders Program is accepting applications for its 2013 event. Since its inception in 2004, the program has recognized more than 1,800 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. It helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in their communities and helps develop them as the next generation of leaders. Info: 


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


O'Dowd Open House - An open house at Bishop O'Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., will be help on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event includes campus tours, an athletics fair, and performances by students. Info:


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 - The season opens on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre with a program called "Celebrating Democracy." Info: (510) 444-0801.


Employment Law Update - The annual Employment Law Update for human resource professionals will be presented by the Oakland law firm Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Claremont Hotel. Subjects include legislative and case law, key risk areas, and HR policy language. Info: (510) 419-2217 or


Oakland Structures - Oakland leaders will again converge at this annual look into the city's economic future, which is presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Oakland law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. The breakfast will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, on Friday, Nov. 30. Info:  or call (415) 288-4972.


East Bay Holiday Food Drives - Mechanics Bank is sponsoring the 2012 Holiday Food Drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Beginning this week, Mechanics Bank will accept food drop-offs and donations at its Oakland, Albany, Berkeley, North Berkeley and West Berkeley branches.


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