A Public Safety Plan for Oakland

Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
January 22, 2013
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Dear Members & Friends,
A public safety plan for Oakland


Encourage your Oakland City Councilmember to vote in favor of the four-part Reid-Schaaf plan for Public Safety, which is up for debate tonight:

  1. Amend the contract with Strategic Policy Partnership to hire a consultant to help develop a Citywide Reduction and Community Safety plan.
  2. Support funding for the third Police Academy scheduled for September 2013.
  3. Hire 20 Police Services Technicians and one Latent Print Examiner. 
  4. Authorize Chief Jordon to work with the Alameda County Sheriff for 90 days of crime suppression assistance. 
Click here for the complete letter to City Councilmembers.


Students Leaders Program


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2013 program.


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. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

  • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank.
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-12, 2013.

Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership.


Students can apply for the program by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.

Please note the application deadline is Friday, Jan. 25.



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


A great lineup set for Economic Summit on Feb. 6



Dr. Yossi Sheffi, the director of the MIT Transportation and Logistics Center in Boston, will be the keynote speaker at our economic development half-day summit entitled "Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020," on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oakland Convention Center.


Reserve your seat today at www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Eleanor Hollander at (510) 874-4800, ext. 320 or at ehollander@oaklandchamber.com.


For more information on Dr. Sheffi and our outstanding lineup of panelists for the three consecutive sessions - Health Care; Transportation and Logistics; and Entertainment, Sports, Art/Design and Hospitality - visit the webpage. 


Enjoy Oakland Restaurant Week


Are you taking advantage of the third annual Oakland Restaurant Week, which is running through next Sunday, Jan. 27? Prix fixe menus at $20, $30 and $40 are being offered for lunch and/or dinner, and many restaurants are including drink specials to supplement the meal. Tickets and special passes are not required, but reservations are recommended. Oakland Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, designated by Visit Oakland. Info: (510) 839-9000 or www.visitoakland.com.



The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber is now selling 2013 California and Federal Employment Posters. If you get one thing to protect your company in 2013 from liability and government fines, it should be the labor law poster (regular or laminated), which is required for all businesses. Whether you have one employee or 1,000 employees, you're required to post 16 state and federal notices. You can avoid fines in the thousands of dollars by purchasing a poster from the Chamber.


For more information or to order your 2013 posters, contact Hank Masler at (510) 874-4808 or at hmasler@oaklandchamber.com



Bring your lunch and join us for a free new monthly brown bag seminar at the Chamber entitled "Lunch and Learn." All Chamber members and guests are welcome. This month we'll explore the new mandatory requirements for commercial recycling services in Alameda County with a panel discussion organized by Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.org). And while future seminars will not include lunch, this first seminar will feature sandwiches on a first-come, first-served basis by Waste Management of Alameda County. Thursday, Jan. 24, noon-1:30 p.m.
Info: Contact Eleanor Hollander at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 320 or at ehollander@oaklandchamber.com.






      • After Five Reception (the fourth Thursday of every month), this month on Thursday, Jan. 24 hosted by PC Professional, 1615 Webster St., no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP.
      • Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum - (the third Friday of every month), Friday, Jan. 25 featuring guest speaker Alex Zwissler, executive director of Chabot Space & Science Center, sponsored by Schnitzer Steel Industries, 8:30 to 10 a.m. RSVP.
      • East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon series, "Women of Distinction," Friday, Feb. 1 featuring guest speaker Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. RSVP.
      • Economic Development Summit, "Building a Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020," Wednesday, Feb. 6 with optional "Insiders Real Estate Market Update & Trends" session, 8 a.m.-noon. Register Today!


Employment Law Seminar - The law office of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP will present a free seminar on "New Employment Laws for 2013" on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at its offices at 1111 Broadway, 19th floor (breakfast will be provided). Topics include changes to discrimination laws relating to religious dress and breastfeeding, new restrictions on access to employees' social media accounts, overtime rates for non-exempt "salaried" employees, and more. Reserve your spot by Jan. 22 at rsvp@wendel.com or contact Gillian Ross at (510) 834-6600 or at gmross@wendel.com.


Basic Bookkeeping and Intro to QuickBooks - Hilliard Management Group will present a Basic Bookkeeping workshop on Jan. 31 at the Chamber offices (9 a.m. to noon)that will help you understand how timely and accurate financials can help your business increase profits and business performance. Then from 1-5 p.m. they'll present a hands-on Introduction to QuickBooks workshop with laptops and sample data that will help you manage your business finances. Info: (510) 655-2041 or register here.



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


1. Stretch your necks with the giraffes at the Oakland Zoo.

2. Shop 'til you drop on Piedmont Avenue.


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