Exercise Your Right to Vote 

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
November 6, 2012
Connect with Us!

Like us on Facebook    View our profile on LinkedIn    Follow us on Twitter    Visit our blog
Get Involved!
Dear Members & Friends,

Exercise your right to vote


Today's Election Day - one of the most critical in recent memory. Many political consultants consider this year unique for the Oakland City Council in that it will have at least three new Councilmembers after today - a turnover unseen for 16 years. In addition, voters will be considering a number of important local measures and state propositions.


The Chamber recommends:




Measure B1, Alameda County Tax Measure - Vote YES!




Proposition 30, Gov. Brown's Tax Measure - YES

Proposition 32, Political Contributions - NO

Proposition 35, Human Trafficking Penalties - YES

Proposition 37, Genetically Engineered Food Labeling - NO



Travel to Ireland? Click here


Interested in visiting China? Click here


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO











Tony Smith

Have you purchased your tickets yet for the Chamber's Power Breakfast with Dr. Tony Smith? Next Wednesday, Nov. 14, Dr. Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, will speak at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square.


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 amedina@oaklandchamber.com


Ambassador Committee meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m.


Economic Development Forum - Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., an international trade discussion featuring Jeff Leung and Lawrence Tang of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, San Francisco


Pre-Parade celebration and tree lighting - Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at Jack London Square, meet some of the children's characters and that will be in the next day's America's Children's Holiday Parade


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




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 tomorrow, 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 http://svdp-alameda.eventbrite.com


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 events@fablaw.com


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: www.sanfranciscobusinesstimes.com/event/57911 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. Let the kids' creativity loose at the Museum of Children's Art

2. Get lost in the beauty of the Cascades, a waterfall amidst the redwoods in Joaquin Miller Park.

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