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Community Impact Committee page 8
Workforce: GT&L's PJ Shelton page 24
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Oakland International Airport unveils new International Arrivals Building
"California needs to add 200K new housing units annually"
Oakland/East Bay Economic Forecast 2018
Ribbon cutting at Oakland International Airport's new $45 million International Arrivals Building in December. L-R: Caroline Bateta, President & CEO, Visit California; Sima Patel, Chair, Visit California; Anders Lindstrom, Director of Communications, Norwegian Air; Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland; Joan Story, President of Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners; and Colin Stenstrom, Manager of International Business Development, Southwest Airlines by Keonnis R. Taylor, Port of Oakland
On December 12, leaders from Oakland International Airport (OAK), the Port of Oakland, and the city gathered for a ribbon cutting of the International Arrivals Building (IAB), a nearly completed, $45 million renovation and expansion project. The project adds some 13,000 square feet to Terminal 1, incorporating a new baggage carousel and an expanded passenger primary processing room, doubling the capacity for international arrival operations from 300 passengers per hour to appoximately 600 passengers per hour – all while providing a dramatically improved cutsomer experience for arriving international passengers at OAK. With international passenger traffic up 134 percent in the two years since advance planning and construction began on the IAB Project (Oct-2015 to Oct-2017), the expansion of OAK’s IAB allows the Airport to better accommodate growing demand and increasing passenger levels arriving from foreign markets in Mexico and throughout Europe. In 2017, both Norwegian Air and LEVEL began service to Barcelona, British Airways began service to London Gatwick, and Southwest began service to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Norwegian will begin nonstop service to Paris and Rome in early 2018. “This is an incredible milestone worthy of recognition at OAK, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome our customers into this beautiful new space,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland's Director of Aviation. “We have worked in tremendous partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, multiple air carriers, and many other stakeholders in order to bring the promise of OAK’s international potential to fruition. This enhanced facility will allow us to better accommodate the increasing international segment of our business.” Technological Highlights and Upgrades to OAK’s new IAB facility include 14 passenger processing booths, including four newly added; 16 Automated Passport Control units, including eight added in April 2016; two Global Entry units; two new bag re-claim carousels, replacing one old unit; more modern, expansive, clean design with passenger circulation space doubled; new and updated restroom facilities, seismic upgrades and building systems infrastructure upgrades; new lighting, flooring, finishes, expansive windows and skylights, and reconfigured offices for Customs and Border Protection Services. OAK’s Terminal 1 facility was constructed in 1962, and houses the International continued on page 14
"One of many items of note in the Chamber's 2018 Oakland/East Bay Economic Outlook Report, released January 25th at our annual 'Oakland/East Bay Economic Forecast' breakfast, is the analysis of the nexus between housing and economic growth," stated Barbara Leslie, President/CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce. The data shows the high cost of housing in our region is driving workers out, especially those in lower wage industries, drastically increasing our region's outmigration." Leslie continued, "Based on the estimates provided by the report's author, nationally-recognized Beacon Economics, California should be adding approximately Christopher 200,000 new units of Thornberg, housing annually, but is founding partner, currently only building Beacon Economics, about half that. "If we was a guest speaker at the don't build, outmigration Oakland/East Bay will continue to rise, Economics stunting increases in our Forecast Event labor force and jeoparJanuary 25 dizing California's economic growth potential." The annual event kicked off the Chamber's 2018 programming, with an in-depth look at the economic trends on the hospitality/tourism front, as well as a granular look at the economic performance of Oakland's voter districts. Following a welcome by Jose Corona, director of Equity & Strategic Partnerships, Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf, focusing on the great strides Oakland's economy has made, Adam Sacks, founder and president of Tourism Economics, ran down the numbers. Sacks noted tourism in Oakland continues to grow, with nearly 4 million visitors annually, spending $627 million in Oakland, and directly supporting 5,800 jobs in the city. Sacks illustrated how important a visitor economy is to a city's bottom line, its pride and its future in terms of tourism spend and attracting investment dollars. Christopher Thornberg, founding partner, Beacon Economics, overviewed the national, state, regional and citywide economic scene, before delving into OakJose Corona, land's voter district data, director, Equity noting "data tells a story. and Strategic "Major indicators are Partnerships, trending in the right dirOffice of Mayor ection, and the outlook Libby Schaaf, for the local economy welcomed attendees to the remains positive, as noForecast 2018 thing appears to be on event the immediate horizon," he proclaimed. continued on page 7
Oakland Workforce Development "Lunch & Learn" series The Oakland Chamber hosted a special “Lunch & Learn" January 25th, the first of a two-part series with the Oakland Workforce Development Board, designed to assist small business owners in how to leverage for low-cost and no-cost business services to attract and retain talent. “Oakland is home to a treasure trove of workforce development services for employers, those new to the workforce, unemployed, continued on page 9
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▶The Oakland Business Review welcomes Bank of America Merrill Lynch as page sponsor of the Small Business Spotlight, appearing each issue. This issue, meet Tina Farman, owner, Wine & Design, in Jack London Square, a unique place to meet, eat, have a glass of wine, and paint. Read about Farman and her new, creative space on page 4 of this issue. In this issue you will also meet David Harris, CEO, Urban Strategies Council, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to social, economic and racial equity, and the elimination of persistent poverty in the Bay Area. Read their story on page 4.
▶The Oakland Business Review welcomes First Foundation Bank as sponsor of the Community Impact page, chronicling Chamber programs and amplifying the voice of our nonprofit community. With 40 percent of the Chamber's members identifying as nonprofits, and a full calendar of events, the Community Impact Committee (CIC) is bringing together for profit and nonprofit organizations and high caliber guest speakers in furtherance of creating productive partnerships committed to philanthropy and social mission. Read about the CICs successful 2017 rollout, and plans for 2018 (page 8).
▶Celebrating its second-annual citywide mobilization, Women’s March Oakland, nearly 50,000 women and men strong, took to the streets Saturday, January 20, 2018, in support of equity and inclusion for all our residents.
Women's March Oakland took place Saturday, January 20, 2018
B. McKeithen joins Donahue Fitzgerald LLP as a Construction, Intellectual Property, and Employment Senior Litigation Associate. Jesse joins the firm from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he handled antitrust cases, regulatory investigations, complex commercial litigation, and class action lawsuits, amongst other types of litigation matters. Jesse received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his law degree from UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University East Bay.
▶Congratulations to Daniel J. Schacht, head of the Music and Entertainment Practice Group and co-chair of the Jesse B. McKeithen Intellectual Property Practice Group, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, on receiving the Elizabeth Clark Volunteer of the Year Award by the Downtown Oakland Association (CBD) on December 6, 2017. “I'm honored to receive the award. It's a joy working with the CBDs and playing a small part in the amazing revitalization of Oakland,” said Schacht. The award was named after Elizabeth Clark, CBD’s pro-bono general counsel from 2011-2013, who passed away last October. ▶Congratulations
to Chamber member and innovative company Key Source International (KSI), named one of two Engineering & Design Finalists by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, in anticipation of the 2018 East Bay Innovation Awards to be presented March 29 in Oakland. With hundreds of U.S. hospitals monetarily penalized each year for high rates of hospital-acquired infections, healthcare is seeking to implement innovative measures to combat this chronic and growing problem that results in over 75,000 annual patient deaths in the U.S. “KSI is thrilled to once again be recognized as a technological innovator,” said KSI President & CEO Phil Bruno. “We’ve no doubt hit upon something big. Word is spreading our keyboard system really does help save lives, while being quick and easy to use.”
to Chamber member and Oakland-based, employeeowned Capture Technologies has added to its owner roll, announcing the purchase of Las Vegas based I.T., Low Voltage and Security company, PC911 / Las Vegas Low Voltage. The company has more than 70 years experience providing technology solutions for Healthcare, Public Safety, Transportation, Finance, Government, Education and Contact Centers of all sizes.
From the President 2018: Convene, communicate, connect After a brief holiday respite, the Chamber has kicked off 2018 in our usual
Barbara Leslie, President and CEO Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
▶ The labor market slowdown is attributable to a lack of workforce
fashion, providing our members with a myriad of opportunities to convene,
supply, which is a direct result of a lack of housing production in the region
communicate, and connect with Oakland’s leaders and business colleagues.
and across the State.
We were privileged to host Oakland’s new Planning Director William GilchrIst at our January Economic Development Forum, Oakland’s Superintendent of
The high cost of housing in our region is driving workers out, especially
Public Instruction, Kyla Johnson-Trammell for our Inside Oakland public policy
those in lower wage industries, drastically increasing our region’s
program, as well as partner with our Ethnic Chamber colleagues to host a
outmigration. Based on the estimates provided by the report’s author,
wonderful event at Agave Uptown to launch another great year of community
nationally recognized Beacon Economics, California should be adding
partnership and collaboration.
approximately 200,000 new housing units annually, but we are currently only building about half that. If we don’t build, outmigration will continue to rise,
The Chamber also presented, in partnership with Visit Oakland, one of our
stunting increases in our labor force and jeopardizing California’s, and the
annual signature events, Oakland's 2018 Oakland/East Bay Economic
East Bay region’s, growth potential. Best said by Chris Thornberg, founder
Forecast. This program has rapidly become a “do not miss” opportunity to
Beacon Economics, “We don’t have an affordable housing crisis, we have a
garner valuable data on economic trends, industry drivers, and job creators in
housing crisis that is impacting affordability. We have to build more housing,
our city and region. And this year was no exception with a program packed
with useful information. Most notably:
▶ The East Bay’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the state, falling to 3.4 percent in the past year.
▶ The average annual wage across all industries in Oakland increased 5.1
Somebody said to me recently, “Facts are stubborn things," and it reminded me why the Chamber’s work to present the facts is so important. The report has enabled the Chamber to influence city leadership with
percent from 2015 to 2016, more than doubling the 2.5 percent growth at the
economic data, using the information to inform policy makers to the
County level during that period, with wage gains across virtually all of the city’s
economic realities of their policy decisions. It has also been widely
distributed and used by Chamber members and the greater government and
▶ While East Bay employment growth has slowed modestly – similar to California’s other major regional economies – this is due to a tightening labor market rather than a slowdown in the economy.
business community to inform business decisions, educate investors outside our city and region, and by Oakland’s City Council members during their 2017-19 budget planning sessions.
Wine and art bring life balance to entrepreneur East Bay native and San Jose State University graduate with a degree in business administration, Tina Farman was a career road-warrior. As a versatile sales executive, with 20 years experience, she was no stranger to airports, baggage queues, and travel delays. And she was also becoming a “stranger” at home to two young children. “I made a decision. My children are now old enough to know mama isn’t here; and though I was successful in my sales career, I wasn’t passionate about what I was selling. I felt there was something missing, and something more, I could – should! – be doing to make a difference in my family, my community,” Farman explained. No stranger to being a business owner, with her husband an independent business owner, Tina started to think about what it was that would make her happy, provide flexibility so she could be more involved with her children’s lives, be self-directed. and allow her to establish more of a collective business model, where employees have a voice. And one evening, while watching TV, she hit on it. “Wine & Design” was a featured presenter on ABC’s popular “Shark Tank” series. “Their pitch resonated with me – creative, fun, experiential. I love wine; I loved the idea of art in a social setting. I loved the idea of being my own boss.” The budding entrepreneur dug in and did extensive Tina Farman, Wine & Design homework. “I vetted the company; I determined who the competitors were, and signed up and went through classes to get a feel for offerings. I participated in Wine & Design’s ‘Discovery Day’ in Burbank and met with Harriet Mills, CEO. I met with other studio owners, with customers, and with other prospective franchise owners, and the more I dug in, the more I was convinced this was the path for me. I liked what Wine & Design offered; the flexibility, and the creative nexus with painting on canvas and the availability of so many mixed media options – canvas, glasses, bottles, wood, burlap,” she reflected. “Wine & Design provides tremendous support for its studio operators. We have a special Facebook group where the studio owners can brainstorm and support each other, share insights and ideas. The company offers template marketing to maintain both brand consistency and national presence and awareness. It’s fairly ‘turnkey’ in putting the pieces together with the supply chain in place,” Farman stated. After looking at several locations in and around Montclair, Farman found the area’s commercial real estate too small for her needs. “Wine & Design is a 2,300 square-foot footprint. I liked the vibe at Jack London Square, and secured a lease for my first studio at 222 Broadway (the Ellington), suite 3B, Oakland. There’s great energy with the foot traffic, tourists, convention goers, JLS residents, and Oakland and East Bay residents who come to enjoy Oakland’s thriving waterfront.” One thing not ‘turnkey’ and fast enough for this go-getter was working through the City of Oakland’s permitting process. “I began this process in August; we’re finally getting ready to open in February. After several delays, I made some ‘squeaky wheel” calls to various offices, and we were able to get things pushed along faster than the City’s normal timeline and ready to open in six months. Wine & Design has five days of fun planned for its soft and grand openings. “We'll be holding a Grand Opening party and Open House, with a ribbon cutting, with complimentary wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and a ‘Paint the Town’ painting class where you can show your #OAKPROUD spirit by painting the Starry Night Skyline,” said Farman. Other opening activities include an Art Buzz Kids Party, and Date Night Painting of the Golden Gate Bridge, where couples each paint one of the theme project’s dual canvases side by side. For a full schedule of opening week events and coupons, visit wineanddesign.com/locations.oakland -jls. "We’re really looking forward to being #OAKPROUD, active members of the Chamber and of the Oakland business community,” Farman remarked. "This new venture is giving me a creative outlet, and a way to give back by creating more employment, opportunities, and giving people a place to bring balance back into hectic lives.” continued on page 7 4 Oakland Business Review
Intentional impact drives Urban Strategies Council Founded by Angela Glover Blackwell in 1987, the Urban Strategies Council celebrated its 30th year in 2017 and kicked off a $30 for 30 years donation campaign to celebrate the milestone. With a mission to eliminate persistent poverty in the Bay Area by working David Harris, CEO with partners to transform low-income Urban Strategies Council neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities, the Urban Strategies Council is looking to execute on its vision for a just, equitable society without poverty, where basic needs are met, and systemically oppressed people have agency, power, and the opportunity to thrive. David Harris, CEO, joined the organization a year and a half ago (2016). Harris had spent most of his professional career as a nonprofit manager and grantmaker at several of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations, including the Mott Foundation, Iowa West Foundation, and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Harris follows in the footsteps of the Council’s long serving CEO Junious Williams – and his 20-year tenure – a man whose presence was well known in the community. Harris thoughtfully outlined the challenges facing the Council in its mission. “The Bay Area operates as a region; we live, work, play here. We’re endowed with so many assets; we’re a fairly diverse economy, and we have to respond to that by looking more regionally at problems. Second, having initially focused primarily on issues facing the African-American community here in Oakland, the community has changed and has become more diverse. We have to look at a much more diverse population, and as a result, or third challenge – and our opportunity – is we must be more intentional about impact we want to see.” "Since our inception we’ve had the broad goal of eliminating persistent poverty as our mission. To think that we, as a relatively small nonprofit can eliminate persistent poverty – the poverty rate in 1987 when we started in Oakland to where we are today hasn't really changed, in fact it’s gone up about two-tenths of a percent – is not realistic. So we have to look at impact that we can see, touch, feel … it’s great to have that big broad goal, but we have to have a stake in the ground on what we can demonstrate and change; we act as convener, facilitator, researcher and innovator,” stated Harris. The Council’s issue areas are focused on educational and economic opportunity, targeting individuals and families not participating in the region’s economic growth and success, like boys and men of color, youth who are outof-school and out-of-work, the formerly incarcerated, and immigrants. In the education arena, the Council’s role is to bring together public systems and community partners to develop innovative solutions to ensure all young people in the East Bay are successful in college, career, and community by convening cross-sector tables and driving the development of programs and policies that support the success of the most disconnected young adults to college career pathways. The Council supports this collaborative decisionmaking with its data-driven approach that exposes disparities in resources, opportunities and student outcomes, helping the education community better target its resources, while increasing transparency and accountability. Oakland, one of the largest regional economies in the nation – an important hub of housing and commercial activity – is one where economic opportunity is not available to all. The Council continues to work to ensure the benefits of local growth and development are equitably distributed, primarily through its work to increase incomes and assets for poor people, workforce development for the unemployed and under-employed, and affordable housing for those at risk of displacement. An example of how this work comes together for a specific population can be seen in the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. To improve the education, employment, health and safety outcomes of boys and men of color, the Council convenes and staffs the Alliance, which works to eliminate disparities for boys and men of color in education, employment, health, and juvenile and criminal justice. ___This extends to the areas of violence prevention and criminal justice reform, based on a premise that public safety involves more than the absence of crime – it requires the presence of justice. Reform of entrenched and highly politicized criminal justice systems is essential in building safe, healthy, and continued on page 7
CITY COUNCIL CORNER
Oakland’s new planning director talks 2018 and beyond
Oakland's City Hall
by Aly Bonde
by Aly Bonde
After returning from Winter Recess on January 9th, the Oakland City Council has dealt with a number of issues. The following is a brief recap of what has been discussed. Tenant Move Out Regulations: Early this year the City Council approved a requirement for property owners to pay new fees to renters experiencing certain types of no-fault evictions – for example if a property owner or family member wishes to move back into the unit. Under the new rules, the owner must pay the tenant an amount between $6,500 and $9,875, depending on the size of the rental unit. Apartments built after 1995, single-family homes in which an owner is renting a room out, and owner-occupied buildings with three or fewer units are all exempt from the new rules. However, the fees do extend to single family homes unless there is an agreement beforehand that the owner plans to move back in the future. Fire and Police Overtime: Two Council committees heard a long-awaited report regarding the reasons behind the Oakland Police Department and Oakland Fire Department’s chronic over-budget overtime spending. The Council has decreased the amount of overtime allotted in each budget for two cycles in anticipation that hiring more officers and firefighters would decrease the required overtime. While the City has successfully increased the size of its police force, OPD overtime spending remains relatively stable. In FY17-18, OPD’s projected overtime expenditures are estimated at $30 million, which is $17 million over budget. OFD Is projected to come in at $22 million in spending, which is $20 million over budget. Though it should be noted that the Council has not funded as many new firefighters as police officers. Both OPD's and OFD's projection includes overtime for special deployments (e.g. recent hurricanes and fires to the extent they are funded in the GPF) and other reimbursable events. According to OPD and OFD staff, the key drivers of overtime expenditures for OFD and OPD are backfilling due to vacancies, training, and special assignments, MOU requirements, and legal mandates such as the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA). For OFD, a key driver of overtime is MOU mandated minimum staffing requirements in Fire Suppression. Affordable Housing Funds: In May of 2016 the City Council adopted new requirements on developers that charge a fee per new unit of housing built to fund affordable housing, capital improvements, and transportation. The fees were phased in as an attempt to let the market adjust. Earlier this month the council heard a report detailing how much funding was raised during the first year of impact fees. A total of $7.6 million was assessed for affordable housing, $2 million for transportation, and $1.3 million for capital improvements. However, because not all the fees will be paid until the units are built, the City has only collected about $1.1 million so far.
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Long-awaited office project breaks ground The empty lot next to the historic Key System building at 11th and Broadway has long been seen as a key potential office site in Oakland’s development pipeline. After years of anticipation, Ellis Partners broke ground on a brand new 18-story Class A office tower on January 12. The project was the subject of the Chamber’s November Economic Development Forum. Early last year Ellis Partners purchased 1100 Broadway from SKS Partners, which bought the site in 2007. Ellis hired Gensler’s Oakland office to redesign the building plans. The project is the future home of the University of California Office of the President, which signed the large 165,000 square foot lease that made the project’s economics pencil out to the point where Ellis Partners could start construction. The lease is for all but the top eight floors of the building, which are being marketed to other potential office tenants. “It’s interesting how many tenants are really saying they want to be in Oakland now, not just the East Bay,” commented Matt Weber, Senior Development Manager with Ellis Partners. According to Sam Swan of JLL, which is handling the leasing of 1100 Broadway, more than 50 regional tenants have relocated to Oakland since 2010, "For me it’s exciting when the great things about Oakland that we’ve all been saying for years, start being told to us like it’s new news,” Swan enthused. continued on page 7 6 Oakland Business Review
Every January, the Chamber’s monthly Economic Development Forum is dedicated to looking at what’s on the horizon in Oakland’s development community in the coming year. This year the Chamber welcomed Oakland’s new Director of Planning and Building William Gilchrist to the Forum. "Bill has just marked his fourth month here in Oakland,” said Barbara Leslie, President/CEO, of the Oakland Chamber. “He’s really made it a point to be engaged with our members and the whole community since he arrived.” Gilchrist comes to Oakland from New Orleans, where he was the Director of Place-Based Planning and specialized in reforming permitting systems for greater efficiencies. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Architecture degree, a Master of Science degree in Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Design. He also completed the Kennedy School of Government’s State and Local Executive Program at Harvard University. "I was charged when I took this job with looking at how we improve our permitting system, which I’ve been flown into many cities to do,” Gilchrist acknowledged, addressing an often-discussed challenge for the department. “All permitting operations offer opportunities for improvement and you’re not an exception here.” Oakland has 6,675 units of housing and 2.1 million square feet of commercial space currently under construction – which represents a heavy infusion of building, Gilchrist noted. There is another 15,306 units either proposed or approved, as well as an additional 6.9 million square feet of commercial space. "In a market you really have to make sure you’re providing housing at all levels,” Gilchrist commented. “If the housing supply is constrained and people still want to live in Oakland, prices are going to rise.” Oakland is currently in the middle of a multi-year planning and rezoning process to develop a Downtown Area Specific Plan to guide and hopefully streamline the future development of the downtown. This process, which resumes with neighborhood-specific meetings February 10th-13th, will play a key role in shaping Oakland’s economic development. “I’m a firm believer that there should be no planning that doesn’t get exercised, but the best way to ensure that is to make sure it’s well informed from the beginning,” Gilchrist stated unequivocally, speaking about the Specific Plan. “First you must understand the marketplace specific to the city. What are the strong engines and drivers of the city? It’s great to be aspirational, but we also have to be realistic about what we can achieve.” Since arriving in Oakland, Gilchrist has placed an emphasis on engaging with the local community and learning all he can about Oakland. "I have vested very much in the local Chambers where I have worked,” he said. “Where they’re best managed – and I know this is true here – they’re best a convener of the community.” Editor's note: The Chamber’s Economic Development Forums informs participants and engage members and the community in meaningful dialogue about economic development issues in Oakland. The Forums convene the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm.
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However, Thornberg cautioned the recent economic softening, while not a decline in economic activity, is being driven by fundamental market forces of supply and demand. "A lack of available housing is impacting Oakland, the East Bay, the Bay Area and the state. It's not an affordability issue, it's an availiability issue," he professed. "Decades of growth controls and public policy aimed at protecting places and populations have constricted supply, forcing a rise in pricing across rental and residential sales markets. "The way forward is not to build more restrictive public policy measures, which often do not help the people they are intended to help, but to build,
Near and dear to Farman’s heart is programming for children. “Art is essential for children; it’s experiential, engaging, and there are no right or wrong answers, just a complete freedom of self expression,” stated Farman. "We have planned outreach to children in the JLS neighborhood. We’re also committed to working towards developing sustainable art programming for students in the Oakland Unified School District, as well as children's art camps when school is not in session," Farman acknowledged. The busy mother of two daughters, ages 6 and 7, and a newborn son not yet two months old, has already lined up local Jack London Square partners to make up nutritious, kid-friendly box lunches. Wine & Design offers corporate team building events – companies can come to the studio or the team from the studio can travel to offsite locations. Wine & Design also serves as a venue for private parties, ranging from birthday, retirement and engagement parties, to bridal and baby showers. For more information, visit wineanddesign.com.
build, build," he admonished. The full report was overviewed and distributed to attendees at the Chamber's 2018 Economic Forecast event, January 25th, at Yoshi's, Oakland. Highlights of the report can be viewed on the Chamber 's website, oaklandchamber.com The event was sponsored by Visit Oakland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alaska Airlines and 360 Total Concept. The San Francisco Business Times and Berkeleyside.com were media sponsors.
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vibrant communities. The Council works with community partners to support the transformation of criminal justice systems into institutions that reflect constitutional, effective, and restorative practices. The Council convenes the Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County, which addresses the issues facing probationers, parolees, formerly incarcerated people, and the families of those impacted by the criminal justice system. The Council continues to partner with local government and community-based organizations to inform planning and increase residents’ engagement to reduce violence in the East Bay. They are proponents of data-driven decision making and advocate for greater transparency and open data related to violent crime and policing so that the cycles of violence and incarceration are broken. The Council’s small, dedicated team is made up of educators, researchers, cartographers, evaluators, data crunchers, trainers, policy wonks and public health people, and provides collaborative management, GIS and mapping to help model, understand and investigate social issues. “Our most prized offering and attribute is the Council’s position as a trusted local community research partner. With three decades under our belt, we are Oakland and the region’s ‘go-to’ data shop,” Harris noted proudly. The organization’s commitment to, and understanding of data mining enables them to spot trends and work with policy advisors and other partners to proactively respond to change. Harris went on, "As an intermediary we have to think about, within our lane, how can we effect policies and systems that create inequities. When we think of impact, we're thinking about it at a level that is more upstream. For example, we could provide services around homelessness on Broadway, and tomorrow there would be yet another person homeless. Truthfully, there will never be enough services to take care of the needs that exist. So we have to work more intentionally about how we can be more impactful in shaping and changing rules of the game. We're not yet where we want to be in terms of getting upstream. "Here at the Council, we see ourselves as a key instigator in helping both solve complex problems, and in changing the rules of engagement so everyone benefits. This why we joined the Oakland Chamber; it’s truly one of the most unique Chambers I’ve seen. I was on the board of the Florida Chamber, but I’ve never
continued on page 26 continued from page 6 After years of anticipation, Ellis Partners held a long-awaited ground breaking January 12, 2018 for 1100 Broadway, a brand new 18-story, 330,000 square foot Class A office tower, in Oakland's central business district. The project is the future home of the University of California Office of the President, which signed a large, 165,000 square foot lease. Ellis hired Gensler’s Oakland office to redesign the building plans. JLL is handling the leasing of 1100 Broadway.
In addition to bringing 330,000 square feet of office space online, Ellis Partners is rehabilitating the adjacent historic Key System building constructed in 1911, which has long been vacant. The eight story Key System building consists of 38,000 square feet of commercial space and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1981. As part of the rehabilitation, the existing floor plates at floors two through eight will be joined to the newly-constructed tower, resulting in internally continuous 20,000 square foot floor plates. The existing historic facades on Broadway and 11th Street will also be repaired and maintained. “We’re excited about taking [the building’s really good bones and recreating what’s there in all its splendor,” Weber remarked. “The old is benefiting from the new and the new is benefiting from the old.”
Making a difference
Community Impact Committee set to build on successes of 2017; deliver on high value, 2018 programming "To understand where we are headed in 2018, we have to take a look back at a few highlights from CIC programming in 2017,” reflected Alana Ross, Community Impact convener and Chamber consultant. In a first-of-its-kind move to rethink and recast both business relationship and strategic engagement between nonprofits and businesses, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce in 2017 rolled out its transformative Community Impact Committee (CIC), bringing together for profit and nonprofit organizations in furtherance of productive partnerships committed to philanthropy and social mission. The move to the redesigned CIC, an outgrowth of the legacy Nonprofit Committee, generated strong interest and support, capturing both the interest and imagination of a wide swath of the Chamber’s membership and the community at large. With input from a survey and working group completed in the early part of the year, CIC created programming to address the current needs of nonprofits in Oakland and the East Bay. This forum focuses on practical applications, as well as exposing CIC members to innovative practitioners and thought leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. In July, CIC welcomed guest speaker Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits. The discussion centered on strategies and tools nonprofits can use to build effective relationships with funders. Attended by nearly three dozen business and nonprofit representatives, the group examined success factors and learned how nonprofits and funders can provide each other with constructive feedback to maximize impact, while offering up examples of their own experiences. Masaoka, a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations, with a particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning and the Jan Masaoka role of nonprofits in society, also CalNonprofits provided insight into the role of philanthropy in connecting nonprofits, businesses, and government to address critical issues in the current economic environment. Masaoka noted of particular concern is addressing and improving access to the funders in the nonprofit universe. “There are nonprofits who may not have the same connections and they are ineffectual at getting on radar,” she said. Regional funding is important, perhaps even more important than local funding, and access and relationships are key. Masaoka observed, “The event at the Oakland Chamber was unique in that some of the representatives in attendance were veterans who’d written hundreds of proposals, as well as those who were thinking of writing their first grant. It wasn’t just about the information, it was about the connections.” A standing-room only crowd of nonprofit groups and businesses gathered last September for a Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) workshop, led by Common Impact – a nationally recognized nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston. Common Impact’s model for social change creates talent programs for engaging employees while advancing the mission of nonprofits. The workshop was designed to educate businesses and nonprofits on this new form of corporate citizenship program and to help them to align and connect effectively with each other to implement successful SBV initiatives. Ross noted that SBV has emerged as one of the fastest-growing corporate citizenship activities, in which teams of corporate employees work for extended periods of time to assist a nonprofit in solving an operation issue.
The presentation provided a nonprofit sector overview and the need for skills-based volunteering, while addressing structure and operating environment. Discussing current trends in community engagement, attendees also gained insights on the capacity building challenges of the nonprofit sector, and explored ways to design a mutually beneficial skills-based volunteering program. The skills-based volunteer model is gaining in popularity with business. It is shown to increase employee engagement and retention, and also enhance Season Eckhardt skill sets of employees. Common Impact SBV workshop presenters included Season Eckardt, project consultant with Common Impact; Joanne Smikle, PhD, Saybrook University, a core faculty member in Saybrook University’s Department of Leadership and Management; and Marty Dutch, VP Philanthropy Services and Executive Director of Scholars First, First Foundation Bank. Saybrook University and First Foundation Bank sponsored the event. Smikle and Dutch both provided unique perspectives from the field, speaking to what does and does not work in a real-world application. Heather McLeod Grant, co-founder of Open Impact and a social entrepreneur, author, and consultant, gave a special presentation on the Giving Code – Silicon Valley’s Prosperity Paradox in November, 2017. The report, co-written by McLeod Grant and Alexa Cortes Culwell, explores some of the reasons that local nonprofits struggle to meet demand in one of the wealthiest regions in the world, and why more philanthropists aren’t directing dollars toward local organizations and issues. Providing a holistic portrait of the region’s nonprofit and philanthropy ecosystems, McLeod Grant led a discussion on the Bay Area’s giving culture, and how donors and local nonprofits can Marty Dutch work together. First Foundation Bank “We’re pulling together our Committee members, stepping back, and reviewing 2017, and jointly exploring and setting our course for 2018. CIC will continue to look at the tools and techniques that foster connections and increase technical know-how. And, we’ll still be bringing top-notch change makers to the table to explore how we execute and maintain partnerships. But we want to layer the deep dive, indepth look by way of case studies and best practices. Thus, our programming mission and efforts for 2018 will be directed toward fulfilling those goals,” Ross said. Heather McLeod .....Ross will be representing the Chamber and Grant, Open Impact attending a conference in February featuring noted philanthropist and innovator Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s. “This early 2018 look at the future of social responsibility is key: I’m looking forward to additional networking and seeing what companies are looking for, and who they want to align with; it will be inspirational and provide us additional context for planning out our 2018 Community Impact Committee calendar,” said Ross. “It’s important to keep track of the pulse of what’s happening globally, to keep seeking out that which is innovative, and that can be applied at the practical level with our membership and local community. It is equally important to see what is happening in our own ranks that is successfully creating community impact," concluded Ross.
Dr. Joanne Smikle headliner at January Community Impact Committee event at Saybrook University With its first program in 2018 designed as an interactive workshop, CIC kicked off the new year with programming providing an in-depth look at the vital role leadership plays in achieving a strong partnership’s aims. January 16th's "Leadership Essentials: Strategies for Engaging Stakeholders in Powerful Partnerships,” presented by the Oakland Chamber’s Community Impact Committee (CIC) and Saybrook University, and featured Saybrook’s own nationally recognized authority on leadership and strategy, Joanne L Smikle, PhD. "This workshop was designed with leaders in mind – those looking for strategic, productive, and successful ways to build employee engagement, connect better with boards, develop more effective, purposeful networks, and create and sustain commitment across a variety of fronts with myriad Joanne Smikle, PhD stakeholders," said Smikle, in welcoming the nearly three dozen participants. Saybrook University The three hour skills-building workshop identified practical tools for building Workshop Facilitator 8 Oakland Business Review
CIC welcomed some three dozen participants
strong engagement and connection with stakeholders, and provided a range of strategies for enhancing stakeholder commitment to organizational missions, including motivational factors such as responsivness, respect, reason, and reach, and how to communicate and collaborate effectively.
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under-employed or incumbent workers,” stated Barbara Leslie, CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce. “The problem is it is often difficult to navigate the various opportunities.” The Oakland Workforce Development Board (OWDB) is providing an overview of the low-to-no cost services and resources available to Oakland employers to recruit, attract, train and retain local talent. According to Tamara Walker, a program analyst, economic and workforce development with OWDB, the organization is providing expert resources to small businesses at the "Lunch & Learn" events, the first of which was held January 25th at the Chamber. “At our first session we walked attendees through the step-by-step process that can offset the onboarding and training costs up to $5,000 per new employee,” said Walker. Lynn Vera, manager, Talent Acquisition and Community Outreach, Mettler-Toledo Rainin, LLC, was recently introduced to the OWDB’s program last fall. Rainin, a METTLER TOLEDO Company, is the leading provider of advanced pipette solutions for life scientists worldwide and employs some 500 people in Oakland at their plant near the Oakland Airport. “At any given time, we could have 50 or more good-paying jobs, often at rates more than Oakland’s minimum wage, that need filling in our Oakland manufacturing facility,” said Vera. I met Tamara through my community outreach efforts and quickly found out this program would be ideal for our organization. The OWDB walked me through the application process – an initial year application, with annual updates – and we were quickly set up and
Eric Brooks, materials clerk, Rainin, is the company's first OWDB on-the-job training hire.
ready to onboard new employees through the OWDB’s On-the-Job training (OJT) program, which reimburses employers for the time and effort it takes to train a new employee on additional skills, workplace literacy skills, and qualifications to be successful in the workplace. There was also the benefit of having OWDB partners who can provide recruitment and screening to fill businesses employment needs, and this has sped up our overall hire process.” Vera continued, “I am interested in filling these jobs. We’re already hiring people from the community. We don’t hire them because of this program, and we don’t limit our hiring to people in this program. But if they qualify, and we’re hiring them anyway, and we can be reimbursed up to a specified amount per employee for onthe-job training or upskilling, indeed, yes, it’s a win-win-win for all involved.” Walker noted the program has been successful, with a 66 percent retention rate, with the newly placed employees remaining on the job for a full year after their hiring. “We know that small business needs support, and the program has a positive and direct impact on the bottom line,” she concluded. The next OWDB "Lunch & Learn" event takes place in March; please check the Chamber website, oaklandchamber.com, for date and time.
Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland is deeply rooted in the region's past, spanning more than 165 years, and a solid history of leadership and innovation that has kept Oakland's Seaport at the fore of port cities both in the United States and globally. The Port continues to have a dynamic impact on the shape of Oakland's future. Having been the first port on the West Coast to build terminals for container ships in the late 1960s, the Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest container container port in the United States, and handles 99 percent of all containerized goods in Northern California. The Seaport is responsible for nearly 40 percent of regional jobs. But the Port of Oakland is more than its Seaport. It includes Oakland International Airport (OAK), which has grown to take its place as the fourth largest international visitor gateway in California, welcoming more than 13 million passengers annually; a growing list of international carriers and destinations; as the site of West Coast hub operations for both FedEx and United Parcel Service, generating some 2.6 million regional jobs; and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a "closer to downtown SF than SFO," better weather, easier parking and public transit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a popular choice for regional travelers. The Port of Oakland also includes robust waterfront development through its Commercial Real Estate division, anchored by historic, scenic Jack London Square (JLS), with the organization serving as steward to nearly 1,000 acres of commercial land situated on waterfront property. Hundreds of underused and vacant lots are being converted to homes, hotels, restaurants, offices, shops, parks and industrial flex/research projects through private investment dollars. JLS is a major force in Oakland's urban renaissance, creating jobs, housing, recreation and leisure activities, and exceptional investment opportunities.
Raising cranes for bigger ships by Marilyn Sandifur, Port of Oakland
More big ships are calling U.S. ports and more containers are stacked high atop the decks of these huge vessels. That is why the Port of Oakland started raising four of its massive, 366-foot shipto-shore cranes in 2017. After adding new legs that are 27 feet taller than the old ones, two container cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) now soar 393 feet in the air. Two additional OICT cranes will be heightened in 2018. The huge container cranes at the Oakland Seaport load and unload ships. The taller cranes tower over stacks of containers on megaship decks making it easier for crane operators to move the big metal boxes of goods on and off vessels. continued on page 11
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Cool Port Oakland by Mike Zampa, Port of Oakland
Two international logistics specialists signaled their intention in 2017 to redirect part of the global food chain through Oakland. In 2018, their vision becomes reality. Dreisbach Enterprises of Oakland, and Carson, Califonia-based Lineage Logistics will open a $91 million refrigerated clearinghouse for U.S. meat products. Called Cool Port Oakland, the 280,000 square-foot depot could send 750,000 tons of beef and pork through the Port of Oakland annually. It could also make Oakland a focal point in efforts to meet Asian demand for U.S. agricultural products. “This is a game changer for global trade and the local economy,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “We’ll connect U.S. producers to Asian consumers, and in the process create hundreds of jobs in our own backyard.” Dreisbach and Lineage have signed a 30-year lease to build and operate Cool Port on 25 acres at the Port’s waterfront. They hope to make it the gateway to Asia for meat packers from as far away as the U.S. Midwest. Both companies specialize in warehousing and temperature-controlled logistics. Lineage operates
Dreisbach Enterprises: Family-owned business grows with Oakland, Port over generations
more than 50 facilities across the U.S. Dreisbach is concentrated in the western U.S., with a 63-year history in Oakland. Cool Port Oakland broke ground in the summer of 2017. It will include refrigerated warehousing and distribution facilities, and be fed by 11,200 feet of rail track. The temperature-controlled depot will be able to accommodate up to 36
From its beginnings, Oakland-based, family-owned and operated Dreisbach Enterprises has been a fixture in Oakland. The company’s roots are deep in East Oakland, with the beginning of the 20th century and the seeding of a family business, the Zenith Mill & Lumber Co., at E. 12th Street, and a nearby gas station. In 1939, with a second generation of the family business being led by Frank Dreisbach, the Zenith Mill & Lumber Co. relocated to E. 11th Street, adding a planing mill and box factory, and operating under the name Dreisbach Box & Lumber. The company operated throughout the war producing munitions boxes for the military. The former facility at 1125 Miller has been converted to warehouse residential lofts, and is still owned by the Dreisbach family. After the war Oakland experienced rapid growth, bustling with canneries and food manufacturing facilities. In 1953, Frank Dreisbach and Gerber Baby Foods entered into an agreement to build a temperature-controlled warehouse adjacent to the box factory for the cooling and storage of fruits from the Central Valley prior to processing. With the US hungry for the modern conveniences of “TV Dinners,” the luxury of fresh, frozen orange juice, and new appliances such as the home freezer, Dreisbach saw an opening and expanded operations to include general public warehousing and distribution. Third-generation family member Ron Dreisbach renamed the company Dreisbach Enterprises. Under his leadership the company upgraded existing East Oakland facilities, expanded services to include blast freezing, and created a transportation division for freight consolidation of perishable foods for nationwide distribution, while adding warehouses in Watsonville and Richmond, California. In the 70’s, as the Port of Oakland grew, Dreisbach’s Oakland warehouses expanded, and the company added import/export services, including sea container drayage, shuttles, transloading, and inspection services. In 2006 Jason Dreisbach took over the reins, becoming the fourthgeneration family member to lead the ever-evolving, innovative company now playing on an increasingly global front. He is actively working to increase the company’s logistics growth, and continues to grow the company his grandfather built, and in which he was raised. In 2015, Dreisbach moved 396 million pounds of import/export cargo in
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$11 million project connects UP, BNSF to on-port perishables distribution center Port of Oakland, Communications Office
The Port of Oakland has approved construction of a two-mile rail spur that will in a temperature-controlled setting, from rail cars to shipping containers, and then brought across the street to the docks for loading on outbound connect the two main U.S. western railroads with an on-port distribution center vessels. The proximity of the $90 million center to “Dreisbach Enterprises is proud to partner designed to handle exports of perishable foodstuffs. with the Lineage Logistics and the Port of the docks means shipments can be loaded onto The $11 million spur will link Omaha-based Union Pacific Oakland to bring this much-needed rail vessels at minimal cost, and with little risk to Corp. tracks to "Cool Port Oakland," a 25-acre facility slated product integrity. to open in the third quarter of 2018. The port will oversee infrastructure to the port,” said Jason Dreisbach, president, Dreisbach Enterprises. The opening of the $90 million center could the spur's construction and share the cost with the The $15M improvement project, split dramatically improve market access for Midwest developers, Irvine, California-based Lineage Logistics, and equitably among the partners, covers trackage, beef and pork producers, the port said. Oakland-based Dreisbach Enterprises Inc. switches and crossings, and while only a lineal Oakland is one of the few U.S. ports that UP will construct part of the spur on its property. Fort distance of 600 yards, covers some two miles of handles about the same amount of exports as Worth-based BNSF Railway Co., will also have access to rail track. imports. It has a strong niche in agricultural the spur. Dreisbach Enterprises is also development Under the Cool Port concept, the railroads will bring and managing partner in the $90 million 275,000 commodities thanks to its relatively close proximity square foot Cool Port international transload to California's verdant Central Valley. product to the center, where the freight will be transferred, center, opening September 2018.
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The Port of Oakland and its partners are making a commitment to the future of shipping in Oakland by investing in, and building, the infrastructure to keep exports and imports moving through this global gateway. Cost of the craneraising project is estimated at $14 million. It is part of the Port’s strategy to increase its competitive edge on the West Coast. Heightening the Port cranes, along with other concurrent maritime projects including the Seaport Logistics Complex and Cool Port Oakland, a refrigerated facility for agricultural products, will boost imports and exports, allowing the Port to continue serving the region as a jobs creator and economic engine. What it takes to heighten a crane Fifty trucks had to transport the sections of a massive jack to Oakland where an expert crew assembled the huge piece of equipment on the marine terminal in summer 2017. Technicians placed the enormous jack under a crane to pull the 3-
million-pound unit off its guide rails. In an intricate, 90-minute procedure, the crane was then relocated to the work area by the same equipment that moves the space shuttle for NASA. It took more than two months for engineers to brace one crane on supports, cut away its lower legs and insert the newer, longer extensions. Once the work was completed, the crane was carefully moved to its service location, tested, and finally placed back into operation. The Port of Oakland is already working the largest containerships that call North America. Raising Port cranes ensures that the Oakland Seaport is well positioned to handle the megaships heading its way. The Port and its terminal operators are considering raising even more cranes in the near future to promote greater efficiency.
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Matson – 136 years in the Bay Area and going strong Keoni Wagner, Matson
In 1882, Captain William Matson made his maiden voyage from San Francisco to Hawai'i aboard the three-masted schooner, Emma Claudina, marking the beginning of Matson Navigation Company. One hundred thirty-six years later, Matson Navigation is still here, still sailing, and as a recipient of numerous industry awards over the decades (including back-to-back Quest for Quality top rankings as the world's #1 Ocean Carrier in 2014, 2015 and 2016) it’s still bringing the best in ocean transportation service to the Bay Area. From modest beginnings to award-winning innovator From its modest start in 1882, Matson has grown to become the premier shipping company between the west coast and Hawaii, and one of the most respected and innovative carriers in the world. Matson was the first to recognize the potential of Hawai'i as a tourist destination, building a fleet of first-class luxury liners to ferry passengers from the mainland and a five-star hotel on Waikiki Beach – the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel – to welcome them upon arrival. From hotels to airplanes to containers, Matson never hesitated to take the first step. It pioneered containerization in the Pacific – an innovation that revolutionized the industry and became the worldwide standard – and developed the first automobile-carrying ship in the Pacific. Matson’s talented engineers designed much of the industry’s first shore side container handling equipment, including the world's first A-frame gantry crane, which was erected in Alameda in 1959 and became the prototype of container cranes around the globe. Matson was among the first containership operators to recognize an obligation to protect the environment, and set the industry standard for environmental protection with its Zero Solid Waste Discharge policy. From its use of state-of-the-art bilge water and exhaust gas cleaning systems, to the dual fuel, LNG-capable engines being installed on its two new Aloha Class
and Kanaloa Class ships currently under construction, Matson is committed to being an industry leader in environmental stewardship. Today, Matson’s ocean transportation service is recognized for its industryleading on-time arrival performance and award-winning customer service. Its diversified fleet features containerships, combination container and roll-on/rolloff vessels, and specially designed container barges. Matson’s ships and assets are U.S.-built, -owned and -operated, which provides significant advantages in the integrated trade lanes of the company’s operations. A key supply chain partner Serving Hawaii continuously since 1882, Matson is uniquely experienced in carrying the wide range of commodities needed to support remote economies. It provides a vital, reliable lifeline to the economies of Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia, and select South Pacific islands, where Matson is a key supply chain partner, allowing customers to rely on the company’s dependable vessel schedules to continually replenish inventories. Matson’s China-Long Beach Express has a strong reputation in the Transpacific trade for reliable, expedited service from Xiamen, Ningbo and Shanghai to Long Beach, consistently delivering the best transit times. Matson’s Pacific services are further enhanced by the transportation and distribution network of the company’s subsidiary, Matson Logistics. A leading provider of freight transportation, warehousing, and supply chain services to the North America market, Matson Logistics helps companies source, store, and deliver their products faster, more reliably and cost efficiently. Its services and technology are customized to drive efficiencies in — and costs out — of supply chain networks for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, and offering next day cargo availability on the West Coast. After 136 years, Matson remains firmly committed to the Bay Area, committed to operational excellence, and to providing its customers with the highest level of service across all modes of transportation. Learn more at matson.com.
City and Port combine forces for truck management
Money in the air for freight haulers
by Mike Zampa, Port of Oakland
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Thousands of trucks roll through the Port of Oakland every day moving the nation’s containerized cargo. In 2017, the Port initiated measures to help drivers, while ensuring they don’t impact nearby neighborhoods. The Port began negotiations to build a six-acre service center for big rig drivers. The complex would include fueling stations, food service, and truck scales. The purpose of the service center would be twofold: 1) support harbor truckers; and 2) keep them out of residential neighborhoods. It’s hoped that a deal can be reached in 2018 to build the facility. City and Port of Oakland officials began meeting with neighbors late in 2017 to hear concerns about big rig traffic on streets in West Oakland. The agencies say they anticipate a new West Oakland Truck Management Plan by fall of 2018 that will address trucking problems in the area. The goal: steer heavy truck traffic away from West Oakland residences bordering the Port. "This will be a plan that relies on community input to address truck circulation and parking,” said Patricia McGowan, Senior Planner, City of Oakland Planning and Building Department. “We want trucks to be less disruptive by controlling where they drive and park.” Officials discussed trucking concerns during 2017 with more than 100 Oakland residents in
two West Oakland community workshops conducted by the City and Port. Three more are scheduled in 2018. Among the concerns raised so far are safety, lack of truck route signs, diesel exhaust, and big rigs parked overnight in residential neighborhoods. About 3,000 trucks daily transport containers in Oakland, according to Richard Sinkoff, the Port’s Environmental Programs and Planning Director. Most of that traffic sticks to Port roads or nearby freeways, he said. However, truckers in search of fuel, food, or repairs, sometimes detour through nearby West Oakland. The City designated truck routes around the area in 2005, according to McGowan. But not every driver stays on track. The new plan will specify where trucks can drive and park. It will also strengthen enforcement of truck restrictions. The City and Port say that community workshops will identify what else needs to be in the plan. "We are holding the public meetings and encouraging public input,” said McGowan. “We want the community to come together with the City and the Port to develop a plan that addresses their concerns.” Truck service centers are planned at the Port and at an adjacent City development so that drivers won’t have to venture into West Oakland for fuel, food and other services. Overnight truck parking spaces are being added, too.
Port of Oakland officials made an 11th hour financial pitch to freight haulers in January. Their message: The state of California has millions of dollars available for purchasing new, lower-emission trucks and cargohandling equipment. The Port is meeting with trucking company owners and harbor drivers to inform them about clean-truck grants. Among the opportunities: $48 million from a 2006 state ballot measure for purchasing rigs that range from natural gas-powered to electric; more than $16 million from California’s Carl Moyer air quality program for everything from new trucks to marine terminal cargo handling equipment; and up to $150,000 per unit in vouchers through the state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Project. The Port is encouraging truckers to sign up in an effort to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions in Oakland. Previous clean-truck programs have cut diesel particulate matter emissions 98 percent at the Port since 2005. “We’ve made significant progress in Oakland in partnership with air quality regulators and harbor truckers,” said Diane Heinze, the Port’s Environmental Supervisor. “Now it’s time to ramp up the effort as new clean-air technology becomes available.” The Port has announced that it will introduce an updated clean air plan in 2018 to attack air emissions. It said that the plan would include working with industry, public sector and community partners to bring grant funding to Oakland.
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and out of the Port of Oakland. The company filled and hauled more than 8,000 containers in 2016, and employs more than 200 people. In 2017, Dreisbach Enterprises, in partnership with Lineage Logistics and the Port of Oakland, began construction of the highly anticipated Cool Port, one of the most advanced, state of the art refrigerated transloading and consolidation facilities in the world. Cool Port makes use of its close proximity to the Port, and boasts a unique rail infrastructure that increases rail shipping opportunities for customers using the Port, while at the same time reducing both shipping costs and carbon emissions. 12 Oakland Business Review
The proximity of the Cool Port to port terminals mitigates truck traffic through West Oakland neighborhoods, and increases the import/export of perishable foods through Oakland. This dynamic logistical hub is proving to be a solid job creator in Oakland, and its projected Q3 2018 opening puts the region at the fore of the international perishable logistics market. Dreisbach Enterprises is a third-party logistics provider with core businesses in temperature-controlled warehousing, transportation, and associated value-added services. Managing the unique challenges in moving fresh, chill and frozen warehousing and distribution ensures timely and accurate movement of customer products start to finish, locally or globally.
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Oakland International Airport replaces main runway; $67 million project completed
New flights at OAK as passenger support, growth continues to soar
by Keonnis R. Taylor, Port of Oakland
by Keonnis R. Taylor, Port of Oakland
Perhaps one of the most impressive feats of 2017 at Oakland International was the resurfacing of the Airport’s main commercial air carrier runway. The effort required two full weeks of around-the-clock construction and was completed while the Airport maintained full operations. The $67 million project replaced 8,300 feet of asphalt to provide a new operating surface for aircraft. As Runway 12-30 is typically in service 24-hours per day, Port of Oakland staff conducted an extensive planning process with its air carriers, the FAA, and other stakeholders to develop a preferred short-duration, full-closure option to minimize impacts to aircraft operations. OAK received a $37 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate the runway in June of 2017, adding to grant monies received in 2016. The funds were provided via the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which allocates federal funding to US airports. A portion of the FAA funding was used to convert an existing taxiway into a temporary alternate runway, which is what allowed OAK’s flight operations to be maintained during the Runway 12-30 rehabilitation activities. "We are so pleased to serve our customers on a newly repaved main runway. Many partners were involved in an immense amount of planning, collaboration, coordination, and effort to execute such a critical project," said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland Director of Aviation. “This important project will ensure that our runway remains functional and safe for all users for many years to come.” Community outreach The Port of Oakland also conducted outreach efforts to local residents expected to be impacted by noise caused by the rerouting of aircraft during construction, and distributed over 600 movie tickets and Oakland A's tickets to airport neighbors over the two weeks prior to construction. Runway 12-30's last pavement overlay occurred in 2001.
From the number of passengers, to the quantity of airlines and flights from which to choose, to the sheer infrastructure of the Airport, and the amenities within it – Oakland International Airport (OAK) is trending upward, and continues to soar. OAK has long been known for its convenient accessibility, on-time reliability, and Oakland charm. OAK emerged in 2016 as a global destination, recognized as a gateway to the Bay Area’s world-renowned attractions, and a notable player in the Aviation industry. With new flights and routes, growth has and continues to encompass Oakland International, as it now claims the ranks of third largest California gateway to Europe (ranked by number of markets), fourth busiest airport in the state, and second busiest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of the three major airports in the region, it is also the airport located closest to more of the Bay Area’s 7 million residents. Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. Oakland International Airport is growing in many ways to accompany the recent limelight and new appreciation for one of the West Coast’s most diverse and historic cities. The Airport has now experienced four years of consecutive monthly passenger traffic gains. More than 13 million passengers traveled through the gates at Oakland International in 2017. Carriers announce new flights In 2017, carriers announced or launched flights to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos (Southwest Airlines); Copenhagen (Norwegian Air); London-Gatwick (British Airways); Baltimore and Detroit (Spirit Air); Barcelona (budget carrier Level); Newark/New Jersey (Southwest) and another Barcelona route, this newest from Norwegian Air. .2018 will see additional routes at Oakland International Airport, with Norwegian Air adding a flight from Oakland to Rome; American Airlines offering a Dallas-Fort Worth route; and Southwest Airlines with flights to Orlando, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Minneapolis-St. Paul. In fall 2017, Southwest Airlines announced it was launching the application process with the Federal Aviation Administration authorization for Extended Operations (ETOPS) that would allow the carrier to begin service from cities on the US mainland to Hawaii.
Alaska Airlines soars as 5th largest airline in U.S. by Kevin Nguyen, Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines has seen phenomenal growth in the Bay Area since the integration with Virgin America, beginning in 2016. In 2017 alone, Alaska has launched 18 new routes out of the Bay Area, enabling its guests to reach a total of 42 destinations from the three major Bay Area Airports. Alaska offers the most nonstop destinations and average daily departures from the West Coast, including four popular Hawai'i destinations out of Oakland. The carrier has a long-standing history in Oakland, having served the community since 1983. Dedicated to top-flight guest care, Alaska has earned the JD Power Award for Highest Customer Satisfaction 10 years in a row and been designated by FlightStats as the most on-time airline in the industry for seven straight years. Superior performance combined with its award-winning Mileage Plan, premium amenities, assigned seats, and low fares are what have won the heart of Bay Area travelers for decades. Committed to communities Being a great airline also requires being a good neighbor. Alaska is committed to the communities they serve, as demonstrated most recently by its support of the Oakland Public Education Fund and Elizabeth House, which offers residence, support, and a path to independence to women with
children who have experienced the poverty of homelessness, violence or addiction. Last December, Alaska teamed up with Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, advisor to the airline’s CEO, to jointly surprise the families at Elizabeth House with care packs of Alaska gear, warm blankets, KD Nike gear, and Warrior's superstar Kevin Durant, adviser generous personal contributions to to the CEO, Alaska Airlines, teams up with each organization. Alaska to surprise families at Oakland Longstanding community prioriElizabeth House last December. ties for Alaska Airlines include youth and education, diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability. Meet Stephanie Cardenaz, Alaska’s leader at Oakland Airport Stephanie Cardenaz, Alaska’s station manager at Oakland airport, has seen much change in the industry in her 19 years with the airline, working at all three major airports, and now overseeing both OAK and Santa Barbara. As an Continued on page 15
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Arrivals Building (IAB), which was built as an extension of Terminal 1 in 1972. Prior to the opening, international arrival operations had been limited to one widebody aircraft (300 passengers) at a time. With the expanded facility in operation, two widebody aircraft can be processed simultaneously, with a processing capacity of over 600 passengers per hour. OAK now has 14 international destinations and over 60 total: London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Terceira, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Morelia and Leon. 14 Oakland Chamber of Commerce
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operations leader in a business that is predominantly male, she said she has seen Alaska “rise up to the challenge of respecting the diversity of the guests we serve and the communities from where we draw our tremendous talent.” “Oakland has been a great environment to work in,” reflected Cardenaz on her safe and on-time operational focus. “The Port of Oakland has been a strong partner in creating an airport where parking is easy, transit connections such as BART are convenient, and flying is hassle-free.” Cardenaz represents a team that has continually invested back in the community. When she met organizers of the Oakland Education Fund gala last year, she followed up by visiting Brookfield Elementary near the airport to read inspiring books to 2nd-5th graders. For the past six years, her team has also worked with the local chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind to bring puppies and trainers to the airport to acclimate them to the noisy and busy experience of going through security checkpoints, boarding a plane, deplaning, and going down to baggage claim. The bustling environment is confusing enough for sighted passengers; it’s Alaska’s way to better serve guests with disabilities. Embracing and demonstrating diversity Here in the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have a vibrant tapestry of experiences that drive our social, cultural and economic engine. “We want to reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve,” said Annabel Chang, Alaska’s vice president of the Bay Area. “Alaska strives to be a true partner in the Bay Area, and by investing in our neighborhoods, we can guarantee that our community’s vibrancy continues. We believe creating an airline that people love is not just good business sense – it’s the right thing to do.” For 85 years, Alaska’s community focus, from its humble roots in the Last Frontier tundra, to now its growth up and down the West Coast, is a history of investments in its people and communities. Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service at Top photo: Acclimating Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies to air travel Bottom photo: 1983 Alaska Airlines inaugural service delivers Santa and newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. huskies-drawn sleigh from North Pole
Southwest adds more nonstop options from OAK Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is looking forward to summer 2018. The airline recently published its flight schedule through Aug. 6, 2018. The schedule includes new options for California customers who use Oakland International Airport (OAK), and Texas travelers, as well as new gateways to Cancun. Flights are on sale now at Southwest.com. Investment in the Bay Area Beginning July 15, 2018, Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop service between Oakland and Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Orlando (currently available through July 14 on Saturdays). "Our decades of investment in California air service continues with new, relevant, nonstop options for Southwest’s East Bay Customers,” said Andrew Watterson,
Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer. “We’re connecting Californians with time-saving value at low fares and with hospitality that’s built on a foundation of doing what’s right for our customers.” Alamo City Additions For the first time, beginning on July 8, 2018, the carrier will offer nonstop service daily between Oakland and San Antonio. Also from San Anonio, Southwest resumes its seasonal daily service to and from Cancun June 7, 2018. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawai'i, subject to requisite governmental approvals. US mainland cities with flights to Hawai'i have not yet been announced. For information and booking, visit southwest.com, or call 800I-FLY-SWA.
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been involved with, or even seen, a Chamber with such a high number of nonprofits. Our core work in the business community and with education, workforce development, second chance opportunities — the private sector here is real potential ally. That’s why we see value in being in this Chamber,” Harris remarked. "The private sector drives the economy and markets; for us it’s important if we’re talking about being a central point for solving complex community problems, that we know how to talk to all constituents, to call sectors to bring all of it together,” commented Harris. “We may not all get everything we want, but in the true space of civil society, we may be able to take care of those most vulnerable. It lifts up everyone. From an economic continued from page 26 oaklandchamber.com 15
Port of Oakland
New developments and Oakland A’s signal vibrant waterfront Port of Oakland, Communications Office
Picture this – a beautiful new neighborhood along the waterfront with acres and acres of public parks and open space. A Port of Oakland development took a big leap forward in 2017. Private developer Zarsion-OHPI, LLC began the first phase of construction on the $1.5 billion Brooklyn Basin project. The new neighborhood is only a five-minute drive south of the Port’s Jack London Square along the Oakland estuary. The project will enhance Oakland as a city and support the growing vibrancy of the Square. With 3,000 residential units, 30 acres of public parks and open space, and two recreational marinas, Brooklyn Basin is beginning to deliver some of the thousands of
Brooklyn Basin will offer waterfront living at its best, with 30 acres of public parks and open space, enhancing Oakland's estuary.
Oakland Athletics sign lease in Jack London Square Port of Oakland, Communications Office
Oakland's Brooklyn Basin
short-term and and permanent jobs anticipated with this development. Brooklyn Basin, formerly called Oak-to-Ninth Avenue when held by the Port, was an old and underutilized, industrial district. permanent jobs anticipated with this development. "Now it’s being transformed to create a new neighborhood, enhance public enjoyment of the waterfront, and bring hundreds, if not thousands, of
locals and visitors alike to Jack London Square,” said Pamela Kershaw, Port of Oakland Director of Commercial Real Estate. CIM Group manages Jack London Square for the Port. CIM is moving forward on the plan approvals for two, new residential buildings close to the Square and updating the Square’s common areas in 2018 for a new look and feel.
Brooklyn Basin's 3,000 residential units will be home to thousands of new residents when completed.
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The Oakland Athletics signed a lease in fall 2017 to make Jack London Square their home base. The A’s moved into their new headquarters at the start of this year. They took 40,000 square feet of office space, allowing them to consolidate staff in one location. The A’s organization brings prestige and another 200 workers to the Square, where they can enjoy existing restaurants and new ones that will be locating at the waterfront this year. More than 3 million visitors thronged to Jack London Square last year. With new residential developments near the waterfront, there will be more people coming to the Square where they can enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants, live entertainment and significant recreational opportunities, including biking trails, kayaking and sailing. Jack London Square is a center for celebration. The more than 110 free public event days throughout the year stimulate the local economy, provide employment and generate community fun and good will.
The Oakland Athletics new 40,000 square foot digs in Jack London Square; World Series trophies on display.
Port of Oakland
Port of Oakland: 2017 busiest year in 90 year history Cargo volume of 2.42 million containers breaks previous record set in 2014 Port of Oakland, Communications Office
The Port of Oakland reported that 2017 was the busiest year in its 90-year history. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 2.42 million 20-foot containers last year. That broke the previous record of 2.39 million containers set in 2014. The Port said it broke two more records in 2017, with 919,523 loaded import containers, and 1.85 million combined imports and exports. The Port said import growth drove its record performance. It reported that imports increased 4 percent in 2017 over 2016 totals. December imports were up 6.4 percent over the same month in 2016. The Port attributed the import rally to a strong U.S. economy and increasing consumer demand for retail products. "Our record-setting 2017 has set the stage for the future,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “With new development projects already underway, we expect to increase our capacity and drive greater volume.” The Port said it expects Cool Port Oakland, a 280,000 square-foot temperature
-controlled distribution center, to open late this summer. It projects that the clearinghouse for agricultural exports will handle about 30,000 containers full of chilled and frozen meat products annually. The Port said work on its 440,000-square-foot Seaport Logistics Complex could begin by spring. The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.
Seaport Logistics Complex a first for U. S. West Coast By Mike Zampa, Port of Oakland
A long-held vision to revitalize Oakland’s decommissioned Army Base and transform the Port of Oakland is nearing reality. Port Commissioners in November 2017 approved a landmark deal with CenterPoint Properties for a logistics center at the former Base. It would be the first building in the Port’s proposed 180-acre Seaport Logistics Complex. CenterPoint said work could begin on the project in the first quarter of 2018. The deal with CenterPoint caps nearly 15 years of planning for the mostanticipated Port growth project ever. Port officials consider the Seaport Logistics Complex a game-changer for global trade and transportation. "There’s not anything like it on the U.S. West Coast,” says John Driscoll, the Port’s Maritime Director. “This Complex will make it faster and cheaper to import and export containerized goods internationally than ever before.” The plan calls for Oak Brook, IL-based CenterPoint Properties to build a 440,000-square foot distribution center adjacent to the Port’s $100 million rail yard. It will be located across the street from marine terminals where container ships berth in Oakland. CenterPoint officials say the project will distinguish Oakland on two counts: • The distribution center would be the largest warehouse-style building at any U.S. West Coast port. • It would be one of the few nationally where cargo could be transloaded
within a port’s footprint for transport by ship, truck or train. That’s how international shippers can expect to cut transportation costs while accelerating shipment time. The Port will lease property to CenterPoint, which will manage the facility. The land is the site of a former Army Supply depot shuttered in 1999. The Port and City of Oakland each received 240-acre parcels from the closure. The Seaport Logistics Complex is expected to create hundreds of jobs in construction and warehousing. The Port’s agreement with CenterPoint includes a jobs policy giving hiring priority to residents from the neighboring community. Disadvantaged residents would receive special employment consideration. Community activists have hailed the agreement as a national model for equitable development and job creation that strengthens local communities. Oakland Maritime officials expect the Seaport Logistics Complex to increase the Port’s containerized cargo volume. That could spur additional hiring on the waterfront to handle the extra load. Long-range planning for future developments at the Seaport Logistics Complex development is still underway. The Port has not yet indicated a timeline for additional projects. oaklandchamber.com 17
LEADERSHIP REAL ESTATE OAKLAND: ROUNDUP
Session 3: Health, Housing & Human Services
Session 4: Public Safety and Implicit Bias
Leadership Oakland spent the day at Make A Wish Foundation's offices. With gratitude and thanks to our expert panelists: Panel Discussion: The Social Safety Net Hon. Wilma Chan, Supervisor, Alameda County Sara Bedford, Director of Human Services, City of Oakland Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director, EveryOne Home Delvecchio Finley, CEO, Alameda Health System Panel Discussion: Exploring the Impact of the Housing Shortage Michele Byrd, Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland Adhi Nagraj, Northern California Director, BRIDGE Housing Ronnie Turner, CEO, Turner Development Resource Group Darin Ranelletti, Deputy Director of Planning and Building, City of Oakland Panel Discussion: The Role of Nonprofits in the Community Regina Jackson, CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center Allison Pratt, Chief Policy Officer, Alameda County Community Food Bank Betsy Biern, CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
Fire Chief Darin White, and Police Chief LO working through session exercises Anne Kirkpatrick
Special thanks to our sponsors: Program Sponsor: PG&E Progaram Partner: Starbucks Program Supporter: Make A Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area
Thank you, Starbucks! Panel: The Social Safety Net
Panel: Exploring the Impact of the Housing Shortage
Mitch Green, Office of Emergency Services
District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
Leadership Oakland convened at the Emergency Operations Center, MLK Jr. Way, Oakland, for Session 4. Thank you to our speakers for enlightening panel discussions and Q&A; our tour guides at the Office of Emergency Services and Fire Station #1; Alameda District Attorney Nancy O'Malley; and CircleUp Education. Panel: The Role of Nonprofits in the Community
Q&A with Leadership Oakland class
Panel Discussion: Public Safety in Oakland Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, City of Oakland Police Department Chief Darin White, City of Oakland Fire Department Office of Emergency Services Tour Fire Station #1 Tour Lunch with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley Diversity Uncovered Exploring the impacts of unconscious bias and discrimination ih the workplace, with Tyrone Bothelo, and Tiffany Hoang, CircleUp Education Thank you to program and session sponsors: PG&E, Starbucks, The Town Kitchen, and CircleUp Education.
GREATER BAY AREA
LEADERSHIP OAKLAND CLASS OF 2018 Scarlett Sheldon Scarlett Sheldon is a business development associate for TMC Financing, serving lenders, brokers and small businesses throughout San Francisco, the North Bay and the East Bay. As a Business Development Associate, Scarlett works with TMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior business development staff to provide analysis and support for the financing of SBA 504 commercial real estate loans. She also helps guide clients through the SBA lending process. Scarlett strives to make the lending process as seamless as possible for her clients and partners, delivering stand-out service and results. Her relationships are built based on trust, integrity and follow-through. She understands that each business is
unique, and her service is customized to meet the needs of each client. Before becoming a Business Development Associate, Scarlett spent two years as aclosing associate at TMC, where she facilitated the closing and funding of SBA 504 loans across California and Nevada. Before joining TMC, Scarlett spent several yearsworking in title and escrow. She has worked in the real estate and finance industries her entire career. Scarlett graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Scarlett Sheldon is fluent in Spanish. TMC Financing
Editor's Note: Ms. Sheldon was inadvertently omitted from the Leadership Oakland Class of 2018 section, Nov/Dec 2017 OBR.
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Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center collaborates in ground-breaking study for early breast cancer detection by Clayton Warren, Sutter Health
Alta Bates Summit’s Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center and other Sutter Health affiliates throughout Northern California are participating in a study that hopes to identify a new tool for early breast cancer detection. Sutter Health Research is helping to lead the study. The multicenter study, called the STRIVE Study, will evaluate a new blood test in development by GRAIL, Inc., a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early when it can be cured.
The study will involve mammography centers at more than a dozen Sutter Health sites, as well as Mayo Clinic and other institutions. "We are delighted to be part of this initiative evaluating how new technology might enhance early detection of breast cancer and other
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rail cars at one time. Here’s how it works: Packers ship refrigerated cargo to Oakland in bulk, by either rail or truck. At Cool Port, shipments are then "transloaded" into 40-foot-long ocean containers. The containers are whisked across the street to ships waiting at Port of Oakland marine terminals. Oakland is already a hub for ocean transport of chilled and frozen meat products. Port officials expect Cool Port to significantly increase the volume of those commodities, as well as other perishable foods. Cool Port officials said they expect to export the equivalent of 27,000 20-foot-shipping containers of meat to Asia annually. The project is expected to create 195 permanent jobs and 266 construction jobs, developers said. 20 Oakland Chamber of Commerce
cancers,” says Eileen Consorti, M.D., medical director of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center. “The STRIVE Study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and has the potential to improve how we screen for breast cancer in the future.” Breast cancer that is found early is easier to treat successfully. Regular mammograms are the current standard of care for breast cancer screening. However, in some women, breast cancer can be difficult to detect with existing screening methods. During the STRIVE Study, blood samples will be collected from women at the time of their mammogram. Samples will be searched for small pieces of cell-free tumor nucleic acids in the blood. The STRIVE study will enroll approximately 120,000 women receiving screening mammography at Sutter Health, Mayo Clinic and other participating institutions. Women will be followed for at least five years after their after their screening mammogram. For more information on the study, visit the website www.JoinSTRIVE.com, call 1-855-5-STRIVE, or email email@example.com.
Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center Expanding Services in the East Bay In 2016, the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center received a $4 million philanthropic donation dedicated to improving early breast cancer detection, treatment and patient support services for women in the East Bay. This includes placing a high priority on breast cancer screening and treatment of AfricanAmerican women who are estimated to be 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than Caucasian women according to the most recent statistics from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center will expand access to advanced screening technology and extensive patient navigation support systems across all three Sutteraffiliated hospitals in the East Bay. This includes Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. To learn more about the Carol Ann Read Health Center, visit www.altabatessummit.org/breast -health/
NEW MEMBER UPDATE Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
360 Total Concept 555 12th Street Suite 1670 Oakland CA 94607 (510) 836-0360 360tcpr.com
Hilton Garden Inn Oakland/San Leandro 510 Lewelling Blvd. San Leandro CA 94579 (510) 346-5533 hilton.com
Alaska Airlines 555 Airport Boulevard Burlingame CA 94010 (650) 762-7000 alaskair.com
Mettler-Toledo Rainin, LLC 7500 Edgewater Drive Oakland CA 94621-0060 (510) 564-1712 mt.com/rainin
American Express 4910 Shelton Street Dublin CA 94568 (925) 719-6450
Oaklandish 291 3rd Street Oakland CA 94607 (510) 652-7490 oaklandish.com
Argosy University 1005 Atlantic Ave. Alameda CA 94501 (510) 217-4700
Berkeley Youth Alternatives 1255 Allston Way Berkeley CA 94702 (510) 845-9010 byaonline.org
California Bank of Commerce 1300 Clay Street, Suite 500 Berkeley CA 94612 (510) 457-3615 californiabankofcommerce.com
Capital One Spark Business Credit Card (2% Cash Back) 101 Post Street San Francisco CA 94108 (510) 318-2759 capitalone.com/small-business/sparkiq/
Cardenas Consulting Group 360 Grand Avenue, Suite 64 Oakland CA 94610 (415) 265-0037 cardenasgroup.org
Evergreen Home Loans 2431 W. March Lane, Suite 103 Stockton CA 95207 (209) 251-9365 evergreenhomeloans.com
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USPS Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation: Oakland Business Review
Oaktown Properties 2501 MLK Jr. Way Oakland CA 94512 (510) 677-0557 oaktownproperties.com
OTG Experience 352 Park Ave. South, 10th Fl. New York NY 10010 (914) 393-8254
San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club 8450 Enterprise Way Oakland CA 94621 (510) 972-8750 bayareacurling.com
Second Line Vinyl 2471 Peralta Street Oakland CA 94607 (718) 593-7238 secondlinevinyl.com
Stagebridge 2501 Harrison Street Oakland CA 94612 (510) 444-4755 stagebridge.org
The Helmsman Group LLC 5900 Hollis Street, Suite W Emeryville CA 94608 (510) 764-2830
Editor's Note: The United States Postal Service "USPS Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation" is published annually. This document, Form 3526, is required to be filed and published annually by publishers for each authorized Periodical publication.
NEW MEMBER PROFILES Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK). Please follow us on facebook.com/alaskaair, www.twitter.com/alaskaair, and instagram.com/alaskaair.
Argosy University Argosy University offers undergraduate degree programs in the areas of Business, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Psychology. Masters and Doctoral degree programs are available through the Graduate School of Business and Management, the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, the College of Education and the College of Clinical Psychology. Classes are taught in a supportive environment that combines teaching and practical training with flexible programs designed for working adults with evening, weekend, and online courses. Our commitment at Argosy University is to our students and their success. We recognize the education process is a partnership providing students with the tools and relationships necessary to achieve professional success. Courses are offered year- round in a collegial supportive environment that combines teaching and practical training. In addition, many of our programs offer coursework in flexible learning formats to accommodate a busy professional and/or personal life. Accelerated formats with classes evenings, weekends, or online are all available. Serving the entire Bay Area, Argosy University is conveniently located in the East Bay town of Alameda. Easy freeway access, bus service to BART, and close proximity to the Oakland Ferry terminal makes the campus an ideal location for commuting students. In addition, the campus features on-site parking and is within walking distance of restaurants and Bay Front Park. To learn more about Argosy University, visit our website at https://www.argosy.edu/or call 510.217.4708. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, 1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501.
Second Line Vinyl Second Line Vinyl is a new West Oakland music startup that will be building a new music business ecosystem around the first vinyl record manufacturing plant in Oakland since 1935. We are focused on growing our business while serving both our artists and community stakeholders. Second Line provides wealth creating product and services for our artistic community and jobs, education, and sponsored programs for our Oakland community. Second Line Vinyl co-founders are Zane Howard (Columbus, Del Monte), Lyz Luke (Leadership Oakland Class of 2017, Oakland Symphony, UnderCover Presents, Governor for Recording Academy’s SF Chapter), Piper Payne (Neato Mastering, President for Recording Academy’s SF Chapter), Jared Covington (Sony, BMG, Utah Jazz), and Michael Thomas (Northern Soul, Multi-instrumentalist).
Stagebridge Stagebridge is the nation’s oldest and most renowned theatre company of older adults, using performing arts to change the way people view or experience aging while uniting the generations along the way. For 40 years, Stagebridge’s innovative workshops and performances have had a dramatic impact on a wide range of communities. From bringing spirited performances to isolated older adults through its Seniors Reaching Out program, to facilitating high quality classes and workshops for adults in its Performing Arts Institute, empowering local at-risk youth with Storybridge in elementary schools, or providing a generational bridge through its annual Grandparent’s Tales Writing Contest, Stagebridge transforms the lives of older adults, children, and their communities with award-winning programs that offer opportunities for lifelong learning and participation in the performing arts. Founded in 1978 by Dr. Stuart Kandell, Stagebridge’s honors include being chosen in 2017 as a “Program with Purpose” by the 2017 Milken Institute, the 2013 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Award, and the 2009 American Society on Aging MetLife MindAlert Award. With work featured nationally and internationally on ABC‐TV, CNN, National Public Radio, and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s, Nikkei BP, Oakland Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel and at national conferences, other parts of the country are starting to replicate Stagebridge’s influential programs. For more information, visit stagebridge.org.
Chamber email communications, social media The Chamber is constantly evolving its social media and communications platforms to better engage and serve members and interested parties. Here’s a look at how to get the most from Chamber emails and social media in 2018, and how to participate in the many ongoing conversations and amplifications that are shaping how we work, live, and play in Oakland and the East Bay: Emails are sent out from the Chamber Tuesdays (Chamber events update); Wednesdays
(Community Bulletin, keeping you updated on fellow chamber member activities) and Thursdays, (Chamber In Focus, where we do a deep dive on the Chamber and its many facets). If you have events you'd like to share with membership, send info by Thursday the week prior for the Wednesday distribution. Subject to review and space availability. Direct to us at officemanager@oaklandchamber. • In 2017, the Chamber debuted a YouTube channel (Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce). Be sure to subscribe. • We launched a second Twitter feed, @OCCMemberEvents the last week of December 2017. All members, through their Chamber Member Portal, can add to the Events
Calendar; doing so pushes an automatic tweet into this twitter feed. Go to @OCCMemberEvents, “like," “follow,” and be notified of fellow member events and activities on the Chamber’s website, and see your own organization’s tweet out to the world! • Twitter’s @OaklandChamber is the Chamber’s newsfeed, followed by membership and the community at large, including media, elected officials, and community influencers. It is the channel the Chamber uses for distributing breaking news, community outreach, chamber events and spreading #OAKProud messages. • The Chamber’s Facebook page, @OAKBiz, is a repository of current news and information, and timeline of Chamber activities. Keep it in your Facebook newsfeed by following @OAKBiz, engaging with content by using the “Like” feature and emoticons, posting comments, and responding to @mentions of you and/or your business when we tag you in a post; please turn on your notifications. When you don’t follow, like, or
on your notifications, Facebook’s algorithms push this valuable business resource and communications tool linking you and your business to the greater Oakland community right off your feed. Here’s what you’ll find on the Facebook page: • Chamber Events including who, what, where,
when and why; any associated costs; links to registration pages on the Chamber website or others (i.e., Eventbrite link). • OCC photos from events and activities: ribbon cuttings, Chamber events, meetings, mixers, civic functions, Oakland happenings, etc.; be sure to tag yourself in photos and get extra exposure for yourself
and your organization by engaging with content. And when we mention @you and/or your @organization, be sure to respond with a comment or “Like” … it takes a couple of seconds to keep your organization front and center! • From time to time the Chamber runs polls, sometimes about business and civic issues, and sometimes just for fun, but we do promise relevance! Let your voice be heard! • Watch for contests on Social Media. Recently, the Chamber held #ShopOAKProud and #eatOAKproud photo contests on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We asked members to take photos and post to social media using the hashtags; winners received two, roundtrip tickets to any published Southwest Airlines destination in the US or Puerto Rico • Watch for Facebook Live broadcasts and engage with us in real time! Your “On” notifications will send you a text to let you know when we’re broadcasting.
Global Trade & Logistics key to smooth sailing at Port The Port of Oakland loads and discharges more than 99% of the containerized goods moving through Northern California. Oakland's cargo volume makes it the seventh busiest container port in the United States based on 2016 data. San Francisco Bay ranks among the three principal Pacific Coast gateways for U.S. containerized cargoes. In 2016, about 77 percent of Oakland's trade was with Asia. Europe accounted for 12 percent, Australia/New Zealand and Oceania about 2 percent, and other foreign economies about 1 percent. About 7 percent of Oakland's trade is domestic (Hawaii and Guam) and military cargo. California's three major container ports carry approximately 50 percent of the nation's total container cargo volume. Moving goods in and out of Oakland is a major undertaking, requiring integration, specialized skillsets and an understanding of not only what is happening now, but conceptualizing and innovating to meet the needs of the future. It is the nexus of technology, industry, business, and people and it is being played out on the global stage right here in Oakland. A major economic engine "The Port of Oakland is a major economic engine,” said Petural “PJ” Shelton, Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade & Logistics (GT&L), hosted at Peralta Community College. “The Port, and the industries and businesses supporting the Port and its activities, are responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs, not only in Oakland, but throughout the region, directly, and indirectly. Good, secure, entry-level living wage positions, to high-paying jobs,” stated Shelton. “Keeping jobs filled and being able to ramp up as Port operations continue to grow is essential; it is absolutely critical to keep the Port of Oakland fully staffed and able to compete on the global stage.” Workforce Development: Global Trade & Logistics Shelton has held this position – a unique position in an interrelated web of workforce development roles responsible for connecting education and industry for the purpose of aligning current and future industry needs with education and training of current and future employees – since its inception 5 years ago. The goal for the Global Trade & Logistics sector is to educate the public about the importance of GTL. "Without sitting together at the table and discussing the value and importance of GT&L, no one had a clue as to what the importance of it was, and what global trade and logistics was, and is; and when I say no one, I mean educators and industry both had completely different perspectives. From industry’s perspective, it was moving goods, it was moving products, globally; from an educator’s perspective, GT&L was warehouse distribution, just working on a warehouse floor, and that’s it. There wasn’t an understanding, because the connection, the reality, was hidden by incorrect perception,” Shelton lamented. Perceptions began to change when The East Bay Transportation and Logistics Partnership brought everyone together to talk about issues, common goals, and the future. “That was one item off my checklist; they’re at the table, we’re together, we’re talking, we’re moving forward. That was a first step and is all good,” recalled Shelton. The Transportation and Logistics Partnership is a joint venture of the East Bay Leadership Council and the Oakland Chamber. "PJ has
been a dedicated education partner and tireless leader in the industry led initiative, said Mark Butler, the Chamber’s Industry Engagement Director. "She has worked with GT&L Partnership Director Alyson Greenlee to insure that industry perspective is a vital part of the regional talent development equation." Value proposition Shelton went on, "Moving forward, in my second and third year, I discovered the critical component missing was a defined value proposition aligned with Global Trade and Logistics. Many, many educators only think of logistics in the context of working in warehouse; the perception is that it is a low level, dead-end job. It’s the opposite of that; totally the opposite of that, especially in this 21st Century. Logistics is a critical component in automation, AI (artificial intelligence), digital media, entrepreneurship – all of these are closely aligned with, and reliant upon, GT&L,” she remarked. Shelton went on, “And that is where my position played out in the third year; talking about and defining the truly exciting value proposition for GT&L for the future. Students simply didn’t get it, with the exception of the cadets at Cal State Maritime in Vallejo. They get it; that’s what they do. My job moving forward is, still is, going into schools, going to businesses and industry leaders, taking businesses and industry leaders to schools, and meeting with counselors so they have an informed understanding of what is available within this dynamic sector. I’m happy to say, on a scale of 1-10, we’re at a 4, and that’s major. Before, it was zero; incredible!” exclaimed Shelton. The Port – Oakland's biggest story "The Port of Oakland was a mystery to everyone; what do they do, what is their main job? All anyone knows is ships come in; ships go out. There was no clue as to what the responsibility of the Port really was. After extensive study, meetings and evaluation in tandem with the Port and a team of consultants, we decided to take the blinders off, and communicate with our community base to be sure they understood they were part of the Oakland family; the Port is in the center of our city. It is essential students understand they are the future of the Port. We started a campaign working with counselors and students, providing tours, giving them guidance, bringing in industry to tell their story, outline their needs. “One of our ‘aha’ moments was teaming with one of the biggest industry names, Amazon. It’s a known name, worldwide, and the first thing that comes to my mind is innovation. Amazon, Bezos, think out of the box; the organization represents world-class system thinking. Our alignment with Amazon and LinkedIn has opened a lot of doors for me to get in front of the educator populations and steer them in a direction they didn’t even know existed. It is allowing us to shine a bright light on the GT&L industries, and the major career opportunities available and waiting for students. 'Silver Tsunami' threatens Oakland's port “A new terminology I hadn’t heard, is the coming ‘Silver Tsunami’ – GT&L sector employees are retiring across the board, indeed, in all sectors. But in this sector, when it happens, there is a major decline that will impact Oakland and the region exponentially … for example, trucking. Truck drivers; we need to have people in these positions, at least until we have trucks that drive themselves and deliver the goods. We have to be clear and persistent continued on page 28
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Home prices, Tech jobs set to rise in Oakland and East Bay in 2018 By Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo Senior Economist
Oakland and the East Bay appear to be headed for another solid year of economic gains in 2018. This past year saw economic growth strengthen broadly across the Bay Area and much of California, as the persistent rise in housing cost sent renters and homebuyers scrambling for more affordable housing options. The East Bay has served as a critical relief valve for other overheated parts of the Bay Area, allowing tech companies to expand their operations a bit more efficiently, and put offices closer to where more residents are settling. Reducing commute times has become more important to Bay Area residents, as traffic congestion has worsened. The average commute time in the Bay Area rose 0.4 minutes in 2016 to 33.6 minutes, which is the fifth longest among metro areas in the nation. The return of the affordability migration was one of the more notable shifts within the Bay Area in 2017, providing a huge boost to construction in the East Bay. We expect this to continue in 2018. While growth has remained strong throughout the Bay Area, the expansion is beginning to show some signs of maturing. Years of persistently strong employment growth have cut Alameda County’s unemployment rate in a full percentage point over the past year, to just 2.9 percent in November. The drop in the unemployment rate means that employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need, particularly for mid-skilled positions. Compensation costs are also rising more rapidly. The difficulty finding workers has often been cited as the reason why nonfarm job growth has slowed over the past year. Nonfarm employment in the broader Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley Metropolitan Division rose just 1.3 percent over the past year, compared to peak year-to-year growth rate of 3.9 percent back in October 2015 and 3.1 percent growth as recently as November 2016. While the tighter labor market may explain part of this moderation, the latest numbers appear to be exaggerating the extent of the slowdown. The monthly employment data comes from a survey of business establishments, or Current Employment Statistics (CES), and are adjusted to an actual count of jobs that are conducted on a quarterly basis. The latest quarterly count of jobs, or Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, shows employment rising twice as fast as the monthly CES data. This suggests the more closely followed monthly employment figures will be revised higher when the annual revisions are release in early 2018. While employment gains are likely stronger than has been reported, they are still highly bifurcated. Job growth continues to be the strongest at the high end of the pay spectrum and low end of the pay spectrum. Mid-skilled positions continue to grow ever more slowly. The split in employment prospects is one reason why discussions surrounding income mobility remain top of mind. It is very difficult to make the jump from a low-skilled, lower paying job to a high-skilled, high paying professions. The split in employment prospects is also one of the driving forces behind the affordability migration, that is now sending workers to outlying areas of the Bay Area, and employers are increasingly following them. According to Zillow, the monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Alameda County is just over $2,600, which equates to roughly 35 percent of the 2016 median income in the county. Housing affordability has recently fallen to just 19 percent, meaning that only 19 percent of the households in Alameda County can afford to purchase a median priced home, according to the California Association of Realtors. Notwithstanding the challenges discussed previously, we look for 2018 to be a fairly good year for Oakland and the Bay Area as a whole. After adding close to 30,000 jobs this past year, we look for continued on page 28
"Fast and Furious": 2018 Chamber programming off to quick start All Chamber Mixer New Year at Agave Uptown
Chamber "Lunch & Learn" with Oakland Workforce Development
Oakland/East Bay Economic Forecast 2018
Breaking the breakroom blues with fresh options, healthy habits Oakland-based Blaisdell’s Business Products knows January is the month people make – and most often break – those good intentions set around the New Year. Making the breakroom a healthy, “safe zone” for keeping those good intentions intact, in addition to its regular breakroom item lineup of warming winter soups and quick lunch or snack options such as Mac and Cheese cups, Blaisdell’s offers 50-serving boxes of locally procured, fresh, seasonal fruit for delivery in the Oakland area. Margee Witt, Blaisdell’s CEO, noted the company began its popular, affordably priced fresh fruit delivery service several years ago, and had seen an uptick in orders as the holiday season drew to a close. “All our seasonal fruits are hand selected, high-quality, and sure to help us all stay on course to get our daily recommended servings of fruit,” she said. “Our winter box is full of oranges, bananas, and apples, and a variety of other seasonal fruit, and with our hassle-free delivery service, it’s an easy way to incorporate assorted fresh fruit into the workplace and your day.” A review of the company’s website (blaisdells.com) shows more than 400 other snack and food options also available. “Nuts, trail mix, granola, and protein bars … even oatmeal,” noted Witt. This, in addition to the company’s stunningly wide-ranging array of coffees, with more than 800 options –from specialty designer coffees including Tully’s, Peet’s, Philz, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Lavazza, Green Mountain and more, to classics including Folger’s – are available for all types of coffee makers. “We’ve enough bean, roast, and flavor selections by the bag or by K-cup to keep even the most caffeinated among us happy!” said Witt. “And, of course, we do have decaf options as well,” Witt noted. Blaisdell’s offers programs to keep those mugs full, with auto-deliveries of coffee and supplies. The company also offers a Keurig & Bunn Brewer loaner program. “We’ve partnered with Keurig & Bunn to provide a great deal for clients to get high-end coffee makers into offices. When you order K-Cups and other coffee supplies from Blaisdell’s, we’ll place a Keurig Coffee Machine or Bunn Brewer in your office, free of charge,” Witt said. "We truly do offer everything from soup to nuts, and so much more,” laughed Witt. “It’s all a part of Blaisdell’s helping businesses ‘work smarter.’”
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point of view, equity is a superior model for economic growth. As you engage those left out and build their economic participation and security, it strengthens us all. It’s a trickle up. "We do believe there is tremendous opportunity to work with private citizens, enlightened politicians and über-passionate Oakland and regional residents about getting involved and wanting to see things happen – that if anyplace can try to realize the vision of a region that is thriving and healthy, where everyone has opportunity, and where even those who make a mistake get a second chance, it’s Oakland,” Harris concluded.
Blaisdell's partners with Chamber in special Social Media contest Blaisdell's Business Product is partnering with the Chamber in a special Social Media contest for local businesses January through June, 2018. Visitors to the Chamber social media sites (Facebook @OakBiz; Twitter @OaklandChamber and Instagram @OaklandChamber) need only like and/or comment on the Blaisdell contest graphic and are entered to win. Monthly drawings for a 5 lb bag of Blaisdell Roast, a custom roasted coffee made in Oakland, are held on the last day of each month, with winners notified via the social media outlets. All entrants are eligible to win the Grand Prize, a premium glassboard from Blaisdell's valued at up to $2,000. Glassboards are crisp, contemporary, modern, and fit in seamlessly with any design or décor, with options to personalize with color. Unlike melamine whiteboards, which break down easily, are susceptible to dents, scratches and peeling, and often contain ghosts of presentations past, glassboards don't stain or smudge, and can be quickly cleaned to get back to a perfect surface ready for the next brainstorming session. Made of tempered glass, they are a sturdy and stylish must-have for organization, collaboration, and brainstorming, an essential component for office conference rooms – or anywhere people gather to share ideas. Glassboards, a corporate standby, are very versatile and popping up in other settings such as restaurants, retail and even residential. Enter to win the Blaisdell's Blend Coffee and glassboard by "Liking" when you see the "Win!" post on the Chamber's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts. 26 Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Blaisdell's Business Products partners with Oakland Chamber in Social Media contest. "Like" when you see the above contest image on the Chamber Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page, and be entered to win a 5lb bag of Blaisdell's Blend Coffee, and a grand prize glassboard, valued up to $2,000.
CHAMBER CALENDAR All events are held at the Chamber offices, 475 14th Street, Oakland, unless otherwise noted. Call 510.874.4800 or visit oaklandchamber.com to confirm dates and times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members.
February 7 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
Immediate Past Chair MARK EVERTON Visit Oakland DAN COHEN Full Court Press
14 | Economic Development Forum ▶ 3 – 4:30 PM
JACKIE RAY The Clorox Company
The Business of Art. Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For more info, contact Aly Bonde, firstname.lastname@example.org
23 | Inside Oakland ▶ 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
ZACK WASSERMAN Ex Officio Corporate Counsel Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
21 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its
RICHARD KINNEY Matson
7 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
DAREN CHAN AT&T
ROBERT LUCCHESE Bank of America
Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager, email@example.com
STANLEY R. HEBERT California State University, East Bay
KEN MAXEY Comcast
VICTORIA JONES The Clorox Company PAT KERNIGHAN Former Oakland City Councilmember PAMELA KERSHAW Port of Oakland MELVINIA KING Peralta Community College District RICHARD KINNEY Matson NEIL KRAETSCH Oakland Athletics MICHAEL LEBLANC Picán KEN LOWNEY Lowney Architecture
ED McFARLAN JRDV Urban International SAM NASSIF Creative Hospitality Group DENISE PINKSTON TMC Partners CHUCK PROSPER Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Guest: Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan. Free for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. For more info, contact Aly Bonde, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICIA BERT Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
MICHAEL L. HESTER McGuire and Hester
22 | After 5 Reception Oakland ▶ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Hosted by Wine & Design; 222 Broadway, Suite 3B, Oakland. Free to Chamber members; nonmembers; $15. 7:30 PM Paint Class: $35. Register at wineanddesign.com/oakland
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair ELÑORA TENA WEBB Prinicpal, Signature Solutions, Corporate Results
Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. For info, contact Office Manager, email@example.com
members. Chamber members only. For info, contact Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
14 | Economic Development Forum ▶ 3 – 4:30 PM Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For more info, contact Aly Bonde, email@example.com
16 | Community Impact Committee (CIC) ▶3 PM – 4:30 PM Open to Chamber members; for information and to
make a reservation, contact Alana Ross, CIC consultant and convener, firstname.lastname@example.org
21 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager, email@example.com
23 | Inside Oakland ▶ 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For more info, contact Aly Bonde,
JENNIFER SCANLON Kaiser Permanente
4 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM
19 | A's Lunch ▶ Celebrate the A's!
KARIN SCHRADER CIM Group
Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for all the details via email and the next issue of OBR for this special event!
MANAN SHAH Gensler DAVID STEIN Donahue Fitzgerald LLP BJ WASHINGTON JP Morgan Chase & Co.
27 | Inside Oakland 18 | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 PM Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. Contact Office Manager, email@example.com
▶ 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Free for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. For more info, contact Aly Bonde, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Global Trade & Logistics key to smooth sailing continued from page 24
in letting people know driving a truck is an entrepreneurial opportunity, a high paying, secure position to have, and one that is essential to successful Port operations, and in keeping the Port at the fore of global trade. "An example of this is at the College of Alameda, where we’ve established a truck-driving academy to address the need for more drivers before it becomes a critical shortage. We have an airplane mechanics program, and a warehouse distribution training program, both in full swing. As we are graduating these students, they are prepared to take positions at the Port and with other employers involved in this very connected industry sector. "Scaling is an issue,” conceded Shelton. “We only work with a handful of companies who are on our advisory board, so we’re not hearing about all the needs of all the companies who are in the GT&L sector in Oakland and the greater region. We continually have to pound the pavement to find the companies grappling with filling GT&L positions. Internally, if employees need to be trained for other types of positions, we have worked with local community colleges now set up to do contract education to handle retraining and up-skilling specific to the organization. .....“Coming into this 5th year, I feel like we’re making some headway. Needless to say, there are still a lot of meetings, talking, and work that needs to be done. But basic awareness is out there. Everyone who understands how important this is, we’re coming together, not stepping on each other’s toes. A lot of community-based organizations, educators, and even industry organizations are talking a lot, but not necessarily still talking to each other. It’s slowly changing, and we are working hard to ensure the conversations take place, and that we not only are training and placing for current needs, but for future expansion to ensure the viability of the Port, and surrounding GT&L employers. “We really are all one family and it is vital we have open, honest dialogue about what is needed to ensure the economic viability of this critical industry sector upon which a lot of Oakland and the region rely,” she concluded.
Home prices, tech jobs set to rise continued from page 24
employers to add just under 25,000 jobs in the coming year. The technology sector will once again remain the driving force behind much of the Oakland’s growth. Expansions by tech firms throughout the Bay Area are fueling growth in apartment and office construction. The industrial market also remains strong, with techdriven manufacturing posting solid gains and the continued expansion at the port boosting the warehouse and distribution sector. Housing should have another strong year, with both single-family and apartment construction seeing solid gains. Home prices will continue to edge higher, however, making affordability even more challenging for many.
Port of Oakland launches 'year in review' web portal – Port of Oakland Communications Office
The Port of Oakland today launched its year in review web portal: Year in review 2017. The portal provides an interactive annual report on the Port’s activities during its record-breaking 2017 year and previews what's ahead in 2018. The web portal features 1-minute video summaries on each of the Port’s three business lines: the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and commercial real estate properties. There are also community, engineering, environmental and financial video updates. The Port said the year in review web portal provides readable graphs, intuitive navigation, video packages, and enhanced content.
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“The Port of Oakland’s year in review web portal provides visitors with an interactive platform for accessing key data from the Port’s very successful year,” said Port of Oakland Director of Information Technology Eva Jakubowska. “The site also provides cargo, financial, and passenger statistics in a compelling and visually engaging manner.” Other features of the year in review web portal: • Interactive map providing information on key development projects at the Oakland seaport; • Airline route map directory showing that various travel destinations from Oakland International Airport; and • Top 10 biggest stories during the Port’s record-breaking year.