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Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber

July 30,2013 
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Dear Members & Friends, 


With retirement less than five months away I would be pleased to hear from you. What is your hope for Oakland? What do you want from the Chamber as the Board launches a search for the new President? Share with me your thoughts and concerns.


We (Cathy and I) are grateful for the support we have received and the loyalty demonstrated by our many partners. In particular I am thankful for the Chamber staff, Board and committee leaders, a first-class group or professionals who work on behalf of the thousands of employees of our thousands of members and affiliates for a better Oakland.


Support the ordinance


The Oakland City Council will debate in a special meeting whether or not to support an ordinance prohibiting the possession of the tools of violence and vandalism during a demonstration. Click here to read the Chamber's letter in support of the ordinance. To show your support, call your Councilmember to voice your position.


Art + Soul 2013


The exciting lineup of national and local recording artists for  

Art + Soul 2013 has been announced, and this promises to be another outstanding Oakland event. Based around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Art + Soul will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4, and will include Lisa Loeb, Vintage Trouble, Tristan Prettyman and The Rescues on the main stage (there will be three other stages of music and dance - plus lots of food and family fun). For a complete lineup of performers and information on downtown street closures, visit


God Bless America!




 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO





East Bay Women in Business Roundtable luncheon Presents Oakland Eats - Friday, Aug. 2, featuring a panel discussion with moderator Karen Hester, producer of Bites Off Broadway. Our panelists include:Executive Director of Mandela MarketPlace, Dana Harvey, Restaurateur of BSide BBQ & Brown Sugar Kitchen,Tanya Holland,OUSD Director, Nutrition Services,Jennifer LeBarre,and Proprietor of Peerless Coffee,Sonja Vukasin.

$35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members, 11:15 .a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets only available over the phone, call Ivette Torres at 510-874-4800 x319.


Invest in the future: Enroll for the 2013/2014 Leadership Oakland program

The Chamber's Leadership Oakland program is based on the belief that our city's most valuable resource is people - people who have the talent, energy and motivation to assume leadership roles in the years ahead. It encourages the establishment and operation of an effective network of informed and talented citizens who are dedicated to making our community a better place in which to live.


Visit for an application or email Executive Director Cat Brewer at




The Chamber is the new administrator for the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) and urges you to take advantage of their valuable expertise. For details about one-on-one meetings and upcoming seminars and events, for details and more information, visit



Visit Oakland photo contest - Visit Oakland, the official destination marketing organization for Oakland, is now accepting submissions for its annual photo competition. This year's contest will focus on "Faces of Oakland," emphasizing Oakland's diverse community and neighborhoods.The contest will be focused solely on people´┐Ż -Visit Oakland is not accepting submissions of scenic shots, attractions or other related content. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.The entry date closes on Aug. 20.Winners will be rewarded with top-notch Oakland experiences. For additional information, guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact


St. Vincent de Paul lecture - Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., the founder and director of Homeboy Industries of East Los Angeles and a member of the California Hall of Fame, will be the featured speaker at a St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) evening lecture on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. The lecture, which is part of SVdP's year-long 75th anniversary celebration, will be held at Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Peralta Park, Berkeley. Info: or


Diabetes Kick-off - The "Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes" is set for Oct. 12 at Snow Park at Lake Merritt, but on Tuesday, Aug. 13 you're invited to a Step Out Walk Kick-off from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Courtside of the Oracle Arena. The first 40 guests to arrive, who are registered or will register for the October walk, will receive a ticket to the Oakland A's-Houston Astros game that night at 7:05 p.m. Info: or (510) 654-4499.


Ala Costa summer dance - A summer dance sponsored by Ala Costa Centers will be held at the organization's Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. All proceeds benefit Ala Costa's programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Info: or (510) 856-6771.


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

1. Mingle at the mansion in Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate.

2. Celebrate all things Californian at the Oakland Museum of California.


For more information on things to see and do, visit