Weekly Headlines---------------------------------------Week of September 28, 2020
Walnut Creek Chamber Says Stay the Course
When it comes to the Walnut Creek City Council, the Walnut Creek Chamber believes this is not the time to make a change. The three incumbent council members Loella Haskew, Justin Wedel, and Kevin Wilk, represent the experience, the fiscal understanding, and the vision required to tackle the grave challenges confronting Walnut Creek. COVID-19, massive City budget shortfalls, social unrest, and a stalled local economy will require seasoned leaders. That is why the Walnut Creek Chamber urges you to vote for Loella Haskew, Justin Wedel, and Kevin Wilk.

A Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau was held on September 15. All eight candidates vying for the three open City Council seats in this November's election participated. To view the Forum in its entirety, click here.
The Walnut Creek Chamber Board Endorses
Debora Allen for BART Director
Debora Allen is a current BART director focused on improving the BART rider experience and working conditions for BART employees while ensuring fiscal integrity. She was originally elected in 2016 and has consistently shown that she understands the needs of the suburban transit rider as well as the local taxpayers.The Walnut Creek Chamber urges you to vote for BART District 1 Director, Debora Allen.
the Walnut Creek Chamber
of Commerce encourages you to
the Contra Costa County 1/2¢ Sales Tax

There is no argument that Contra Costa County is facing unprecedented challenges funding firefighters, medical services, homelessness, and maintaining a viable social safety net. This 20-year, 1/2¢ sales tax is expected to generate $81,000,000 per year. That is why the Walnut Creek Chamber is encouraging you to vote YES for Measure X.
The Walnut Creek Chamber
of Commerce urges you to

Proposition 15 is a draconian tax shift, that will land squarely on Walnut Creek small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Increased taxes on commercial properties will simply be passed along to tenant businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of whom are barely hanging on during this pandemic. This can only further undermine local employers and hurt Walnut Creek employees.
A Super Star, That's Who You Are
Volunteers are the backbone of nonprofits, which thrive on the work volunteers perform on behalf of the organization and in service to others. Today we recognize one of those dedicated volunteers,
Linda Rimac Colberg, who has been volunteering for the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau in some capacity since March 2004.

In 2013, Linda reestablished the long dormant Business Links group, the Chamber’s non-compete networking and leads sharing program, which is now
enjoying success and robust membership, leading to the formation of a second group and an extensive Wait List. After seven years as chair of the popular morning group, Linda is stepping down and making room for others to take the lead. 

In addition to chairing the twice-monthly group for the past 172 meetings, Linda is a familiar face among Chamber staff and members for her ten years of service on the Chamber Board of Directors, including one term as Board Chair (2016-2017); and her years of service with the East Bay Women’s Conference Committee; Leadership Contra Costa Alumni Association, which she co-founded in 2011; and Civic Affairs Committee, among a host of other activities. Linda is the 2018 Walnut Creek Chamber UXL Citizen of Year, which gives you an indication of the time and energy she has contributed to the Chamber and the Walnut Creek community.

Linda has made a mark on the lives and livelihoods of many business members who have been touched by her enthusiasm and professionalism. Our sincerest thanks and best wishes to Linda, our friend and advocate.
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau continues with topics relevant to this political season as part of our BACK TO BUSINESS series. We kicked off with speakers on both sides of Measure X (click here), followed by a Candidates' Forum with all eight Walnut Creek City Council candidates (click here). The topic and date for our next webinar will be announced shortly.
To learn more about these new member businesses, visit their websites.

Jon Elder

Jim Shepherd

Darlene Baxter
Member in the News
Ellipsis Marketing Receives Best Hayward California Advertising Agency Award
Congratulations to Chamber member Frank Nicholson-Bjerre, Owner Ellipsis Marketing, and his staff on winning this prestigious award. In addition to running a successful business, Frank is a valued Chamber Ambassador and a member of the BLINKS networking and leads sharing program.

"We are very proud to receive Best Hayward California Advertising Agency Award from Expertise - a premier independent research firm based in California. Expertise team performs independent research, evaluates each business based on hundreds of parameters including past work, referrals and social media signals, and then hand picks only a top few. Thank you Team Expertise for this!"
One Project to Fill One Big Need
Community Service Day
Community Service Day on October 10th is going to be one huge food drive this year. There are lots of ways you can help. Click here.
Winter Pop-ups
An updated version of the Guidebook is now available, directing any pop-ups in the city on requirements for winterizing their outdoor spaces located in the public right-of-way. The changes noted are required to be made by October 15 for continued operations, for applicable pop-ups

City of Walnut Creek Memo to Bar, Restaurant and/or Food Service Owners
Find Guidebook 2.0 here
The Community Arts Foundation (CAF) is looking to grow our team! If you have a passion for the arts and are looking to get involved and give back to our community, please check us out here and consider applying to join the Community Arts Foundation Board of Directors today. For more information please contact us at cafoundation@walnut-creek.org and/or visit our website.
What's Happening?
Think there's nothing to do? You might be surprised what's happening; click here.

Chamber member benefit: List your upcoming events, webinars, workshops to the calendar. If you need assistance, contact Tani at tdhana@walnut-creek.com or Linda at lvesneski@walnut-creek.com.
Help Wanted
Chamber member American Swim Academy is looking for a Swim Instructor. Chamber member Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning have openings for a sales professional and all levels of HVAC service technicians. Click here

Chamber member benefit: List your job opportunities on the Chamber website. If you need assistance, contact Tani at tdhana@walnut-creek.com or Linda at lvesneski@walnut-creek.com.
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the 16th annual
 East Bay Women's Conference

Two-day virtual event
Monday, March 1 & Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Exciting details coming soon!

To make inquiries about the Conference or 2021 Conference Sponsorship, please contact EBWC Founder Marcie Hochhauser at mhoch@walnut-creek.com.

NEW 9/22 -At A Glance What's Open Now, click here
All the latest County information, click here
4-Tier System for What's Open-
Understand status in Contra Costa, click here
City of Walnut Creek Rebound Program website
GET TESTED, Click here
When an Employee Tests Positive, click here
Official California State
Roadmap to all Four Phases - click here
What's Not to Like?
Oktoberfest has arrived at Gott's Roadside. They’re celebrating with an Oktoberfest Bratwurst for just 2 weeks (9/19-10/4) that you won’t want to miss – made with Niman Ranch bratwurst topped with Sonoma Brinery sauerkraut, house-made pickled vegetables and Sir Kensington spicy brown mustard. 

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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