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The Brentwood Voice of Business October 2011

Vol. 47, No. 10

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR BOTH OF THESE GREAT EVENTS! See Page 4 for Hometown Halloween Booth application See Page 9 for Holiday Parade application

Page 1: Hometown Halloween Page 2: Director’s Message; Board of Directors and Staff Page 3: Ambassadors Corner and Upcoming Chamber Events Page 4: Hometown Halloween

Page 5: New and Renewing Members Page 6: Page 7: Ribbon Cutting, Save the Dates Pages 8:

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! NOV 19, 2011 Downtown Brentwood, that is. Save the date for the return of the Annual Holiday Parade to our beautiful new Downtown!

Page 9: Employer news, Brentwood news Page 10: Member Notes Page 11: Community Page 12: General Information

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Page 2 BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joe Trebino, President Delta Pure Water


Shayn Cutino, Past President Anja Wellness Paul Kelly, President-Elect Home One Mortgage Dirk Zeigler, Chief Financial Officer Zeigler Insurance Group Olga Vidriales, V.P. Community Programs, Travis Credit Union Brent Aasen Equus Group Amy Alvis Alvis Frantz and Associates Greg Benner Les Schwab Tires Kathy Blanton Sutter Delta Medical Center Jacqueline Hanel John Muir Health Lori Knudsen California Payroll Madelynn Krebs Speedee Oil Change & Tuneup Robin Schiavone Raley’s Ken Seamann Discovery Professional Services ********************************

Chamber Staff Lisa Hurt, Support Services Director Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator Bill Putman, Volunteer

Hi my name is Robin Schiavone, Store Director for Raley’s on Sand Creek Rd. I have been with Raley’s 31 years, the last three in Brentwood. I am one of the newest members to the Board of Directors for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. I am excited to be working in the Community in which I live and I was just as excited when I was asked to be a part of the team for the Brentwood Chamber. It takes a team for us to be successful, whether it is in our work place, community service, activities and yes, our home life. I have been given many opportunities over the years with Raley’s and grateful for all of them to achieve different successes. Whether it is on a focus group committee, part of a new leadership program or just running day-to-day operations as a Store Director, there is always a team working together to support you in achieving success. For Food, For Family, For You is our way of evolving to fit the lifestyle and needs for our customers at this economic time. Being locally owned and operated is not enough in these economic times. We need to evolve to fit the needs of our customers. The ever evolving grocery industry compels us to keep up with the ever changing times, by providing our customers with health conscious meals at money saving pricing. In challenging economic times, as other stores close, we are excelling at our new customer service programs as well as old ones that are engrained in us from our founder Mr. Raley since 1935. * Raley’s Dailies to help out in difficult economic times. * Highly encourage everyone to sign up at Raley’ for our weekly e-coupons and Friday Freebies. I am really proud to be a part of the Brentwood Chamber team and the opportunities that are given to be involved with our community. I hope to be a part of change, development, growth and success over the next few years as a Director for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. As a Business Owner, Manager or Director you can be a part of this team by being a Brentwood Chamber Member. You will gain networking opportunities, build relationships that open many doors for your business, community and home life. Be a part of that team in achieving success with our community that we play in, work in and live in. Visit the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce web site for more information Robin Schiavone Raley’s Store Director 2400 Sand Creek Rd. Brentwood, Ca. 94513 Phone (925) 513-9400 For Recipes and Savings visit Mission Statement: Raley’s makes our customers lives easier and better by delivering a personalized food shopping experience.

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Chamber Ambassadors Vicki Sexton, Chair, First Bank Amy Alvis, Alvis-Frantz and Associates Kathy Blanton, Sutter Delta Medical Center Maurice Daroy, Farmers Insurance

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Ambassador's Corner Michele Lane GRI, SRES, CDPE, Realtor RE/MAX Accord The Lane Real Estate Team Your Avenue to Success in Real Estate DRE 01252457

Fred Ehler, Terracare Associates Kerri Fritsch, Monogramming by Fritchy Sarah Jamar, Paychex Lori Knudsen, California Payroll Sam Lamantia, Lamantia Insurance Services Michele Lane, ReMax/Accord Kathi Regan, Maxx Worms Paul Roman, Window Innovations, Inc. Patti Schneider, The Right Choice Kurt Tomicich, KRT Services Joe Trebino, Delta Pure Water, Etc. Pat Trombino, First Bank

“How is the Market? The number one question every Realtor hears is “How is the Market?” Number two is: “Should I buy, sell or wait?” Here are my simplified answers: The current economy has created financial hardship on many of our neighbors, families and friends. The market bubble has created a hardship very few of us were prepared for. While no one has a crystal ball, I believe there is a silver lining. Property is more affordable than it has been in 40 years. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest level in 30 years. Housing affordability has dipped to pre-housing bubble levels while rents have stayed the same or increased. Home prices are expected to rise in 2013 due to fewer distressed sales and impending housing shortage.

Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union

Many renters who purchase a home in this market, are getting a mortgage payment less than their former rent. This is without the additional tax benefit. Investors are finding with today’s prices they can purchase a home that will immediately have cash flow.

Lorraine Whitehouse, Synergy Homecare

Banks are being more cautious about “dumping” homes on the market. The number of distressed sales has slowed.

Kimberley Victor, Mary Kay Cosmetics


Buyers are excited to see a regular sale. Many of these “regular sales” have multiple offers and are selling quickly.

Thursday, October 20th Balfour Dental

Short sales have become much easier than just a year ago. The short sale process has become more predictable and faster. No longer do we expect to wait 6 to 9 months to get an answer from the bank to see if they will consider a buyer’s offer.

Thursday, November 17th Discovery Homes

If you are looking to buy, I would not wait. If you wait for the perfect opportunity it will be gone before you know it. If you are considering short selling your home, give me a call. Don’t wait until the bank is breathing down your neck. If you have questions about buying or selling a home, please give me a call. I can be reached at (925) 513 -2331 or

Hometown Halloween Saturday, October 22nd 5-8 p.m. First & Oak Sts.

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NEW MEMBERS The Brentwood Chamber is pleased to welcome the following new members: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Chris Esteban, General Manager 2365 Sand Creek Road Brentwood, CA 94513 Edible Arrangements Steve Durst 3101-D Balfour Road Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 516-0111 Events by Georgi Georgi O’Keefe, Owner Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 577-4060 LEBEC, Inc. Robyn Brockman 2013 Elkins Way, Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 634-4177 Synergy Home Care Lorraine Whitehouse, Operations Mgr 160 Guthrie Lane, Suite 15 Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-5501

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS Thank you to the following members who recently renewed their membership. The Chamber appreciates your continued support.

The Weathervane Western Wear Brentwood Bike Co. California Payroll Discovery Bay Accounting New Delta Cinema Pacific Gas & Electric Rave Brentwood 14 Theater Mission Statement:

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion of the civic and commercial progress of the community. We will continuously strive to maintain and foster a healthy business climate for Chamber members and the entire community.

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Thank you to Amy Alvis, Barbara Frantz and Rhonda Shelton of Alvis Frantz and Associates for hosting last month’s mixer at their office. Thank you to all who donated raffle prizes for the evening: The Monthly Grapevine, Sherri Dickson of Arbonne, The Brentwood Press, Kimberley Victor of Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Alvis Frantz and Associates.

Speaking is Barbara Frantz, to her right is Amy Alvis.

Alvis Frantz specialize in Business & Corporate Law and Estates, Trusts & Probate. They are located at 181 Sand Creek Road, Suite K, in Brentwood. Visit them on the web at

Karen Spann

Joe Trebino and Mike Davis

Patti Schneider, master ticket seller

Happy prize winners!

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BJ’s celebrated the Grand Opening of it’s newest location in Brentwood with a Ribbon Cutting on September 23rd. Pictured with scissors are General Manager, Chris Esteban; left of Chris is Rick Dobbs of BJ’s, on right is Chamber President Joe Trebino. Surrounding are the Chamber’s Ambassadors and Directors.

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After the red ribbon has been cut, General Manager, Chris Esteban waves to honking passersby on Sand Creek Road.

BJ’s officially opened to the public on Monday, September 26th. They are located at 2365 Sand Creek Road in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center. Be sure to visit soon!

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Interested in hosting a Chamber mixer? Do you have enough space to accommodate 50-75 people? We are now booking into 2012. Call the Chamber today at 925-634-3344 to get on the list. Mixers are a great opportunity to showcase your business to our membership.

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In Downtown Brentwood for the 29th Annual Holiday Parade.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 Parade Starts at 2:30 p.m. No Entries after November 16, 2011



Chamber Member Entry in the parade $25.00

Non -Chamber Members Entry in the Parade: $35.00

Please Note! - Entry Fee includes a group of 25. Additional entry fee will be charged for groups over 25.

Equestrian Group and Single riders fees. Equestrian Group: Chamber Member $25.00 Non Member $35.00. Single Rider Entry Fee is : Chamber Member $25.00 Non Member $35.00 Groups are up to 25. Please provide name of each rider with payment. Each group of twenty will be required to pay a clean-up fee of $50.00. This fee will be refunded if staging area is left clean. You must provide clean-up behind horses on parade route.

Parade Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Staging will begin at 1:00 p.m. Parade route will be starting on First Street. Entries will not be accepted after November 16, 2011.

Please Note Starting Time and Route of the parade could change at anytime.

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Remember Our Troops this Holiday Seasons. HOLIDAY PARADE APPLICATION NOVEMBER 19, 2011 PARADE TO START AT 2:30 P.M.

OFFICIAL HOLIDAY PARADE APPLICATION NAME OF INDIVIDUAL/BUSINESS ORGANIZATION:_________________________________________________ PERSON IN CHARGE:_________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS:_________________________________________________CITY:_________________________ ZIP:________________ PHONE: (

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FAX OR EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________________________ NUMBER PARTICIPATING IN ENTRY: _________ DOES ENTRY CONTAIN NOISE OR SOUND? ____________

Total Fees

$25.00 Chamber Members $35.00 Non Members Clean-up fee for horse $50.00 refundable if area is left clean. Total amount due:________________ I HAVE READ THE PARADE RULES. In entering this event, I agree to accept the decision of the judges and to abide by all the rules and decisions herein and attached of the parade committee, which reserves the right to refuse any entry. I further agree to release the City Of Brentwood, the Chamber of Commerce and its associates from any and all liability for loss, damage or injury to any person or property from participation in this event. Date:_____________________ Signature: __________________________________ Important: Briefly describe your entry for reviewing stand announcement (use another sheet of paper if necessary). Please keep it as brief as possible. Please note! (If a brief description is not provided, the name of the organization, business will only be announced) ______ Initial MAIL CHECK WITH ENTRY FEE made payable to: Brentwood Chamber of Commerce,

8440 BRENTWOOD BLVD. SUITE C, Brentwood, CA 94513

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Page 12 IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS City of Brentwood

(925) 516-5400

Parks & Recreation

(924) 516-5444

Community Development

(925) 516-5405

Brentwood Library

(925) 516-5405

Police Non Emergency

(925) 634-6911

Fire Department

(925) 634-3400

Brentwood Aquatic Park

(925) 516-5430

Newspapers Brentwood Press

(925) 634-1441

Contra Costa Times

(925) 757-2525

Brentwood News

(925) 779-7120

Transportation Tri Delta Transit

(925) 754-4040

Hotels Hampton Inn

(925) 513-1289

Holiday Inn Express

(800) 345-8082

Medical Services Sutter Delta Medical Center

(925) 779-7200

John Muir Outpatient Center (925) 308-8100 Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center

SCORE Counselors, Counselors of Small Business Now at the Brentwood Chamber Office 1st and 3rd Monday’s: 1:30 and 2:30 pm----Call (925) 634-3344 for your appointment today.

(925) 813-6000

Theaters Delta Cinema

(925) 240-7370


(925) 809-0030

The Brentwood Clarion Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite C Phone: 925-634-3344 Fax: 925-634-3731 Email:

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