Weekly Headlines ------------------------------------------Week of August 31, 2020
2020 Strikes Again!
This time, in the HEART of the Chamber.
Jay Hoyer and Marcie Hochhauser
Announce Their Retirements
How do you sum up combined Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau careers of 70 years, Jay Hoyer, President/CEO, 30 years and Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President, 40 years? Then, sandwich it in between a webinar announcement and a Covid-19 update. You can’t. The Chamber is unlike most corporate businesses. Yes, we have corner offices with windows and money that needs to be made, but their life’s work has been about making the lives of the people living, working, and visiting Walnut Creek a better place to do it all. Separately and together, Jay and Marcie have touched thousands of lives doing just that. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in town who has not benefited by knowing them.

Innovative and passionate, they have brought so much to the Chamber organization, businesses, and community at large. When needed, they fought some battles in support of better business and a better Walnut Creek. They strengthened our community with the Leadership Contra Costasm program, Civic Affairs Committee, Education Committee, State of the City, and Candidates’ Forum events, among others. There have also been PBIDS and TBIDS to revive the Shadelands and encourage tourism. Their lighter side brought us together for fun, friendship, and creating memories. By recruiting countless amazing Chamber members as Ambassadors and volunteers to join their efforts, hosting hundreds of BASH mixers,
executing 38 Art & Wine Festival weekends, an annual holiday outdoor ice rink, and several Oktoberfest’s, they have joined us together as a community.
With preparations now underway for a 16th annual East Bay Women’s Conference,
there is no doubt that the opportunity to be enriched and empowered continues to benefit as all. Thank you, Marcie, for your vision. Jay, thank you for listening.

They say all good things must come to an end. But that’s not true. Although Jay and Marcie have announced their retirements November and October respectively, they have left us on solid footing and with a wide reach in which to move forward.

"We certainly shouldn’t be surprised with the plans to retire after 70 years of wonderful service to the Chamber and to our Community. But we were surprised. Jay and Marcie are so much a part of the Chamber I thought they would stay forever. I cannot express enough in words our thanks and appreciation for all the wonderful years they have spent building the best Chamber we could possibly imagine. The jewel of a Chamber they nurtured is alive and well, and we can confidently continue on the solid foundation they have bequeathed to us." said Chamber Board Chair Matt Guichard.

We know the entire Chamber membership and community join the Chamber staff and Board of Directors in saying thank you for including us in both of your incredible journeys. Although we can’t imagine this place without you, with you, we learned, we grew, we prospered, and we laughed. It doesn’t get much better than that! We all wish you joy and happiness in everything that lies ahead.
Eight Candidates
Vie for Three Open City Council Seats
Candidates' Forum | Tuesday, September 15
Candidates' Forum
FREE Virtual Community Event
Tuesday, September 15
9:00 - 11:00AM

To register, click here*

It is a long-standing tradition for the
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to host a free public forum to introduce all the City Council candidates to the community. On Tuesday, September 15, voters will have their first opportunity to hear from the candidates. All candidates will respond to questions posed by the Chamber's political action committee, WALPAC, and members of the audience.

Please note: Some of the candidate
website links may not be live upon receipt of this email. They appreciate your patience and ask you to check back soon.
Meet the Candidates

Environmental Scientist /Businessperson
Councilmember /CPA

Technology Manager


Lauren Talbert
Library Clerk

Councilmember/Technology Executive

Councilmember/Technology Executive

Down to the Wire:
Will sales tax Measure X make it on the ballot?
Contra Costa County supervisors voted to place a sales tax measure (Measure X) on the November ballot contingent on the passage of state Senate Bill 1349, drafted by Sen. Steve Glazer, which would authorize Contra Costa County specifically to impose a transactions and use tax of up to a half-cent for general or specific purposes to support countywide programs. Measure X appears to be headed toward the November ballot placing the decision in the hands of the voters. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau kicked off the political season this morning with proponents and opponents of this topic as part of our Back to Business series. Guests included Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Susan Pricco, President, Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, and Michael Arata, Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers. The video recording will be available on the Chamber website later today. Please visit walnut-creek.com
Member in the News
Please join us in congratulating Dominic DeVincenzi, owner of Genova Delicatessen, his family, and staff as they celebrate 94 years in business! The family has been the creators, sellers, and distributors of old-world Italian foods and wines since 1926. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is proud to have Genova Delicatessen as a member since 1969. Buon anniversario!
Zoom On In,
We're Having an Open House!
Business Links Networking [BLINKS]

The Walnut Creek Chamber Blinks II Noon Group
Invites you to a Virtual Open House Sept 15th
As people in business we are all trying to develop new strategies of networking and obtaining referral business during this unprecedented time of the COVID19 pandemic. Did you know that only 8% of the newsfeed traffic on LinkedIn is related to job seekers and that the main use is business to business networking?   Please join our group as a guest and hear keynote speaker, Angela Dunz share her expertise on professional branding and business development through LinkedIn.
While anyone may attend as guests, our group has openings for additional industry-exclusive representation. Inclusion is limited to Chamber members and will be on a first come, first served basis for all new categories.To register for this Virtual Open House or for more details about our BLINKS group, please contact Diane Kaplowitz, RC Fischer & Co. Insurance Brokers at kaplowitz@rcfischer.com or 925-627-5469
Embracing Change With the Wonder of All That Is Possible
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that the 16th annual East Bay Women's Conference will take place on
Monday, March 1, 2021.
Reservations will go online October 1, 2020.
The team behind the East Bay Women's Conference (EBWC) has enjoyed staying connected with you during the summer with our Beyond the Conference series. Just like the rest of the world, we needed to adapt, adjust, pivot, and make some unexpected changes. Therefore, we have decided to move the 2021 EBWC to a virtual format. Given the current health crisis, and the uncertainty that the upcoming months bring, this is the right decision. We are excited that technology enables us to still bring the EBWC community together for this much anticipated day of enrichment. Drawing inspiration from last year's event, Wow! Wonder of Women, we look forward to expanding our program, furthering our reach, and embracing this new challenge with the wonder of all that is possible!

Thank you to all of our
2020 East Bay Women's Conference Sponsors.

To make inquiries about the Conference or 2021 Conference Sponsorship, please contact EBWC Founder Marcie Hochhauser at mhoch@walnut-creek.com.
NEW 8/31 - 4-Tier System for What's Open-
Understand status in Contra Costa, click here
GET TESTED, Click here
City of Walnut Creek Rebound Program website 
When an Employee Tests Positive, click here
NEW 8/26 - At A Glance What's open, click here
NEW INFO - All the latest County information, click here
Official California State
Roadmap to all Four Phases - click here
Help Shape the City’s Sustainability Action Plan
The City of Walnut Creek wants your feedback to shape the new Sustainability Action Plan. The City is updating its plan to address climate change and expanding it to include new environmental sustainability topics. Give your input on the first phase of this plan by taking this quick survey, click here.
What's Not to Like?

In accordance with City and State directives, the Chamber office is operating virtually. While the Chamber office location is closed, all phone calls and emails will be returned promptly. We will continue to serve our members and community.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if we can assist you or your business in any way. We will continue to keep you updated in the weeks ahead. Updates will also be included on the Chamber website. Please visit walnut-creek.com
Stay well.
Jay Hoyer, President/CEO
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
1280 Civic Drive | Suite 100 | Walnut Creek | CA | 94596
t.925.934.2007 f.925.934.2404