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DEC. 2014 / Jan. 2015

Chamber looks at local wineries

OAKLAND SCHOOLS Bringing technology to the classroom

BROADWAY SHUTTLE Service hours extended

LEADERSHIP OAKLAND Hitting all the stops

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> Post-election Inside Oakland enlightening by Isaac Kos-Read


N FRIDAY, NOV. 31, THE CHAMBER WELCOMED TO INSIDE OAKLAND Peggy Moore (below, right), the manager for the Libby Schaff for Mayor campaign, and Tom Clifford, the consultant to the Bryan Parker for Mayor of Oakland, Measure Z, and Measure BB campaigns. They were joined by long-time Pulse of Oakland team pollster from EMC Research, Ruth Bernstein (le). What unfolded was an enlightening hour-long moderated panel discussion with members of the Chamber Board, Public Policy Committee, and broader business community.

> OUSD takes a new ‘Pathway to Excellence’ Editor’s note: Antwan Wilson, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, was the guest speaker at the Chamber’s recent Power Breakfast, which attracted many of the top educators in the Bay Area. The following is a story written by Superintendent Wilson on OUSD’s new strategic plan, “Pathway to Excellence.” by Superintendent of Schools Antwan Wilson


S SUPERINTENDENT, I am charged with ensuring the success of more than 48,000 Oakland students. I’ve spent the past seven months learning about this city and its history, deepening my relationship with stakeholders, listening to your ideas and opinions, sharing my educational philosophy, partnering in service of children, and beAntwan Wilson ginning to chart the course to get us to our ultimate goal – a school district where Every Student Thrives!

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> Foodie alert: Restaurant Week Jan. 15-25 Mark your calendars – Oakland Restaurant Week, presented by Visit Oakland, is just around the corner. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 15-25 in correlation with California Restaurant Month, a statewide program promoting dining in California. Invite your family and friends to town to show off Oakland’s delicious restaurant offerings, or make a night out of it and stay overnight at one of Oakland's waterfront or downtown hotels found at Visit Oakland is partnering with the Oakland Restaurant Association, the city of Oakland and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to create a ten-day dining program incorporating many of Oakland’s top restaurants. During the ten days, participating restaurants will feature a special prix fixe, multi-course menu at a set price of $20, $30 or $40 for lunch and/or dinner. Keep your eyes peeled for a list of restaurants, menu details and special events at Oakland Restaurant Week is an excellent opportunity for visitors and locals to get a taste of Oakland's booming food scene. Over the past few years, more and more talented chefs have opened up their own establishments in Oakland, creating a flurry of hot new restaurants all over the city. Whether you are frequenting an old favorite or trying out a newcomer to the scene, Oakland Restaurant Week is a great time to discover dining in Oakland. Starting to think about gifts for the holidays? Buy a gift certificate at an Oakland restaurant to use during Oakland Restaurant Week. If your restaurant is interested in participating or if you have additional questions, contact Visit Oakland at (510) 839-9000.

Last month, we unveiled that roadmap – an update of OUSD’s strategic plan called “Pathway to Excellence: 2015-2020” during an event at Madison Park Upper Campus. Pathway to Excellence is our guide through school year 2020 as we see that all students find joy in their academic experience while graduating with the skills needed for success in college, career, and community. It is rooted in our foundational principles of putting our students first, equity, and integrity, and it clearly spells out our three core priorities: Effective Talent Programs, Accountable School District, and Quality Community Schools. We chose Madison Park as the site for introducing the Pathway to Excellence because this school represents the change we are working to achieve across the city. The lessons learned from Madison Park’s evolution are critical to the success of this plan. Madison Park was not always a star. It was a school that people talked about, but for the wrong reasons. Today, it’s one of the most celebrated schools in the city. Some refer to this journey as the “Madison Miracle.” Madison is an example of what a community can achieve through careful planning, inspired vision led by a compelling school leader, consistent partnership, a commitment to equity, and the practice of putting students first! The transformation at Madison Park is the product of hard work, integrity, and a belief in children. It’s work that we need to be doing every day, in every school, for every student. The belief in students, the academic focus, and the intentional efforts to make learning fun at Madison Park reflect the effort I’ve seen at other – continued on page 15

The first question to kick things off was – What happened on Nov. 4 and what does it mean for the business community? Bernstein led off reiterating some of what we saw in the Chamber’s Pulse of Oakland polling – people are excited for the city, feel it is headed in a good direction, feeling safer. All three panelists felt the results reflected this positive attitude and continued optimism. They also spoke to what they see as a generational shift that continues in our leadership – Mayor Quan to Mayor Schaaf, Pat Kernighan to Abel Guillen, to name just a couple of the highest profile races. Moore had the most humorous perspective on what happened – “In short, we won, by a lot, and early. And then I realized I needed some sleep.” Indeed despite polls suggesting the race was wide open not long before the election, Mayor-Elect Schaaf pulled out a resounding victory. Credit was given to many factors, but certainly among them were a slew of well-timed and high-level endorsements, starting with Governor Jerry Brown. On the Gov. Brown endorsement and campaign end game, Clifford tipped his hat to Moore for two reasons – the discipline in waiting to announce the endorsements the day ballots began hitting people’s mail boxes, and then the pivot to general awareness – i.e. people in the streets with signs, etc. – as opposed to (or more likely in addition to) targeted voter contact. He noted that this is a move political consultants generally shun. In this unique election cycle, it ended up working quite well by

At the recent Power Breakfast, Chamber President Barbara Leslie shares a moment with Brian Rogers, chief executive officer of the Rogers Family Foundation.

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