Building A Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020 Event A Major Success!
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
February 6, 2013
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Members & Friends,


Restaurant Week was a big hit thanks to Visit Oakland, the Oakland Restaurant Association, and the many restaurants that opened their doors with great specials! And also to all of our members and friends who continue to enjoy the food scene in Oakland!



Building A Strong Economy: Vision 2020 Event Major Success


Our thanks to the Bank of America, the Port of Oakland and AEG for their leadership as Title, Presenting and Concurrent Session sponsors of our Vision 2020, Economic Development Summit this morning at the Oakland Convention Center. Over 300 participants enjoyed the Insiders Real Estate Market Update and the keynote presentation on world class logistics clusters from Dr. Yossi Sheffi of MIT. We received great feedback on our three concurrent session discussions on Health Care, Logistics, and Entertainment. Do you have a comment on the event? Let us know. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all 17 speakers and moderators and our Chamber Ambassadors for contributing to a wonderful summit.

Sheffi at Vision 2020 


Keep an eye on our event page for more pictures -- coming soon!



God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO


Join us for two exciting Oakland A's games

The Oakland A's, the reigning American League Western Division Champions, will open the season in defense of their crown. And the Chamber is already making plans to help cheer them on to more victories once the season begins.


The Chamber has reserved a section at two A's games this year that should be particularly entertaining. The first is on Saturday afternoon, April 27 at 1:05 p.m., when the A's take on the Baltimore Orioles at Coliseum. The game will not only feature two of the American League's best teams from 2012, but will also feature free Reggie Jackson bobbleheads to fans as the team recognizes the 30th anniversary of the 1973 Oakland A's, the World Series champions. Many members of the 1973 squad will be on hand, with a celebration taking place on the field prior to the game.


And then, just to make the game even more enticing, the Chamber has acquired Lower Box seats on the Field Level down the first base line within the first 20 rows of the field - and will be selling half-price tickets to children 14 and younger. The $34 adult tickets become $17 for the younger crowd.

The second Chamber game is the first 2013 meeting of the annual "Battle of the Bay," with the A's facing the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, also at Coliseum. The Giants game will be held on Tuesday evening, May 28, with the Chamber holding a block of tickets in the Plaza Level right behind home plate. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.


Tickets for the A's-Giants showdown are just $40 per person ($50 for non-members) and the ticket price is guaranteed - even as regular ticket prices increase for this exciting game.

To reserve tickets for the A's-Orioles game on Saturday afternoon, April 27 that features a visit by the 1973 A's champions - or the game on Tuesday evening, May 28 against the San Francisco Giants, visit or contact Ivette Torres at or at

(510) 874-4800, ext. 319.


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


  • Ambassador Committee meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 13, noon-1 p.m.
  • Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch + Learn, featuring an in-depth discussion on New Employment Legislation, Impact on Businesses, Recent Trends in Employee Lawsuits, with Andrew Shalauta, attorney with Burnham Brown law firm, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Young Professionals and East Bay Black Professionals Joint Mixer, Wednesday, Feb. 20, Scott's Seafood-Empire Room, free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m RSVP today.
  • Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, featuring guest speaker Oakland City Council President Pat Kernighan, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • After Five Reception, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, hosted by Blue Heron Catering and Royal Raspberry Catering, free for Chamber members, $15 for
    non-members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

Opening Reception - The Redux Studios & Gallery, a social enterprise of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, will have an opening reception entitled "All Types: Text & Type-Based Art" on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Redux is located at 2315 Lincoln Ave. in Alameda. Info: (510) 865-1109.


Policing Strategy - Robert Wasserman, chairman of the Strategic Policy Partnership, which assists public agencies, including Oakland, with policing strategy development and performance improvement, will speak at the Holy Names University Crime Policy Experts series on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. Wasserman will speak at Holy Names' Valley Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 3500 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland. Info: (510) 238-7041


BART wants feedback - A new law aiming to create a safer, cleaner environment for BART riders and employees is being implemented. BART will hold a community meeting on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the third floor BART Board room at Kaiser Center, 344 20th St. to inform the public about the law and seek feedback on its implementation. The meeting is free and open to the public.


Wells Fargo Preservation Workshop - Wells Fargo & Company is hosting a free Home Preservation Workshop for Bay Area Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardship on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oakland Convention Center. Parking is free. Customers should register here by Feb. 11 at  or call (800) 405-8067.





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


1. Hug a really big tree at Redwood Regional Park.

2. Bite into a ripe peach at one of Oakland's Farmer's Markets.


For more information on things to see and do, visit