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Last edition of Award Winning Oakland Business Review. Stay tuned for new and exciting digital opportunities to stay connected while amplifying your organization | | Mar/Apr 2020

Small Business Spotlight The Wine Noire; Peralta Services Corporation Page 4

Finance & Sustainability: Williams Adley and Wells Fargo Page 8

Oakland Athletics 2020 Season: Schedule, Family Fun in the Town Pages 9-11

Industrial Sustainability: AB&I Foundry; Schnitzer Steel Industries; Argent Materials Pages 12-17

Economic Summit 2020: Livestream event viewed by hundreds With an abundance of caution, Oakland Metro Chamber leadership quickly made a determination to revamp its Economic Summit 2020 event. The Chamber cancelled the scheduled gathering of nearly 300 participants and attendees at Kaiser’s Lakeside Theater, setting up instead a full-scale, livestream production from the Chamber board room, and providing ticket holders a viewing link to the event via YouTube and Facebook. In opening remarks, Chamber President and CEO Barbara Leslie welcomed livestream viewers, noting the 2020 Economic Indicators Report will be mailed out to all registered attendees. Leslie thanked lead event sponsor Kaiser Permanente, and sponsors Visit Oakland, Southwest Airlines, Blue Shield of California, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Donahue Fitzgerald, Comcast, and the Port of Oakland for their support and partnership with the Chamber. An all-star panel of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and CA Fwd CEO Micah Weinberg discussed everything from sports stadiums to redlining to coronavirus with moderator Ken Maxey of Comcast. Guest Speaker Robert Sammons, Cushman &Wakefield, providing an in-depth look at the commercial real estate market, noted Class A office space in Oakland has appreciated 147% in price per square foot since 2012. Oakland's office market now rivals that of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. During the event’s “Spotlight” presentations, Oakland's newest business Square noted it now has 300 employees in Uptown Station, where they opted not to have an internal commissary in an effort to

support local restaurants. Four thousand small businesses in Oakland use Square, 36 percent of which have been in Oakland for more than 12 years, according to Square's Economist Felipe Chacon. The Port of Oakland supports land use planning that protects Oakland's industrial jobs base in tandem with new growth and activities, Executive Director Danny Wan said, during his “Spotlight” presentation. “Spotlight” presenter Pradip Khemani, VP of Global Business Services, Blue Shield of California, noted his organization has jumped into being a good corporate citizen by devoting both financial and human capital to education, public health, and housing causes in Oakland as well as supplier diversity initiatives. Visit Oakland CEO Mark Everton, during his “Spotlight” presentation discussed the importance of tourism to Oakland's economy and shared Visit Oakland's numerous initiatives aimed at telling Oakland's story to the world. Shifting gears to the political front, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer and "It's All Political" Podcast Host Joe Garofoli shared his predictions regarding the primary/caucus season and upcoming presidential election, stating “Vice President Joe Biden has the inside track on the nomination, but not necessarily the White House.” Economist Chris Thornberg, Beacon Economics, provided a deep dive into the Chamber’s 2020 Economic Indicators Report, with national, state, regional, and City Council district level data. Oakland's mid-sized businesses were the primary drivers of job growth in 2019. Oakland's larger businesses with over 50 employees are responsible for 50.7 percent of all jobs in the city.◼

“Oakland’s Open” full story; see page 3

▶︎ Congratulations to Chuck Jones, winner of the citywide #EATOAKPROUD 2020 photo contest produced by the Chamber in support of Oakland Restaurant Week, celebrating the tastes and talents of Oakland’s chefs and mixologists. The photo contest was offered in partnership with Southwest Airlines, and Oakland’s BID Alliance (Business Improvement Districts) to encourage support for Oakland’s eating and drinking establishments. Chuck won two roundtrip tickets to any Southwest Airlines published, domestic destination including Hawaii.◼ ▶︎ AT&T debuted its new retail store in Oakland, designed for an evolution in connected entertainment, with an official “blue ribbon” cutting with the Oakland Chamber. The 1,300 square foot entertainment-focused retail store allows visitors to interact with content across many different screens and find the best video, Internet and wireless options. The store is located in the heart of the Temescal District in Oakland (4750 Telegraph Ave). Stop by and check it out. #OAKPROUD!◼

along with doves, a street scape that reflects the buildings in the district, and the earth, to name a few themes. The rainbow theme represents the KONO logo. Mosaics on Litter containers provide an opportunity for community place-making and foster pride in the neighborhood. The mosaics also serve well as a source of graffiti abatement. #OAKPROUD!◼ ▶︎ Congratulations to U.S. Bank, named one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the sixth consecutive year U.S. Bank has received this recognition. “Our commitment to doing the right thing is at the heart of everything we do,” said Andy Cecere, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I’m proud of the work our employees do every day to earn and keep the trust of our customers. This honor belongs to them.” Ethisphere recognized 132 honorees that span 21 countries and 51 industries. U.S. Bank is one of four honorees in the banking category. The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based on Ethisphere’s Ethics Quotient® framework. The process captures and codifies the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.◼ #OAKPROUD community coming together

Chamber resources help connect community with info, each other As a leading voice in the Oakland/East Bay business community, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has developed and/or is working with its partners to provide resources to assist organizations in navigating COVID-19 on its website at Use the buttons below to link to the pages, or visit

The Chamber has launched “Oakland’s Open,” a crowdsourced list ▶︎ Title Boxing Oakland Central of organizations providing modified services during COVID-19. rolled out a red carpet and Support these #OAKPROUD organizations where and when you can. celebrated it’s opening with a Help us build the list by letting us know how you’re adapting and/or blessing by Buddhist monks, which spots you know are operational. dozens of red and white balloons, The list is open to businesses whether or and an official Chamber “red not they are a Chamber member. Email ribbon” cutting with family, at friends, and employees, followed the Chamber to be included. by a community open house for prospective members. Franchise owner A one-stop list for essential COVID-19 Info/Resources and links Ron Ito’s venture is located at 360 22nd Street, Suite 360A, in Oakland’s from various organizations including fellow Chamber members, Uptown District. #OAKPROUD!◼ governmental agencies, public utility and nonprofits, covering topic areas including general public ▶︎ Chef’s Toys opened Oakland's newest restaurant supply store with an announcements, business services, open house, product donations, financial information/ demonstrations, complimentary emergency and relief funding and food tastings and one-day specials, grants, food and housing, informational along with a free, 8” forged Chef’s guides (i.e., mental and emotional health, guidance from organizations knife for attendees who attended including CDC, County of Alameda, City of Oakland, etc.) as well as the celebration. Chefs' Toys, open volunteering, compiled by the Oakland Chamber. to the public, has been serving California's Chefs & Commercial For Business/Worker information Kitchens since 1988. 955 Kennedy from the City of Oakland, visit the City St. #OAKPROUD!◼ of Oakland site. ▶︎ Business Improvement District KONO recently received a grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation to put tile mosaics on four litter containers in the district. Local artist Juan Lopez features rainbows

The Oakland Fund for Public Innovation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the front lines. The Fund will focus on four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health, and economic security.◼ Page 2

Chamber welcomes new Board Members

Barbara Leslie

Michael Hursh, General Manager, AC Transit

Malinder K. Bhan, Vice President, Chase

Mike was appointed General Manager by the AC Transit Board of Directors in September 2015. He is a nine-year veteran of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), serving as the Deputy Director, Operations for Maintenance and Security, and between 2012 and 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mike directed all VTA transit operations, including bus and light rail, operator training, accessible services, planning, scheduling, and facility maintenance. Among his previous positions, he served as Deputy General Manager for Maintenance, Safety and Training for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Mike is a champion for the environment and has a thorough understanding of public transportation in the Bay Area. He values customers, key stakeholders and employees who make transit systems work. A native of Reno, Nevada, Mike is a long-time Michael Hursh Bay Area resident and veteran of the United States Air Force, serving six years in active duty and five years as a reservist in the California Air National Guard. He is a past chair of the California Transit Association Rail Operations & Regulatory Committee and graduate of Leadership Contra Costa. Michael Hursh, General Manager, AC Transit.◼

Malinder is a Senior Business Relationship Manager at Chase, where she provides solutions for business clients. Malinder works with her clients to deliver a full array of banking services to assist businesses in their growth. She has more than eight years experience at Chase, and 25+ years in the financial services industry. “My goal is to understand my client’s business in a way that allows Chase to bring unique insights and value to every interaction, providing a client access to the broader team of experts in areas such as cash management, credit and other business solutions,” Malinder said. “It is gratifying for me to see clients achieve their ream of owning their own commercial real estate that I helped them finance through Chase,” she concluded. Through involvement in the community, she has been able to advise entrepreneurs on how to make themselves bankable. She is a member of East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and a past president of Malinder Bhan the Rotary Club. Malinder earned her Masters Degree from GNDU, Punjab, India.◼

Small Business responds to COVID-19 realities

Chamber launches community list; rallies “Oakland’s Open” As our community navigates these challenging times, the Chamber is honored to support the amazing businesses and nonprofits that help Oakland thrive. Despite unprecedented barriers, many in Oakland's small business community are adapting and changing to find ways to continue to operate. The Chamber recently launched the "Oakland's Open" – a list of small businesses and restaurants providing modified services in response to the COVID-19 emergency. This crowdsourced list, initially focused on local eateries but quickly has grown to include services and retail listings, is now the go to resource for residents, visitors, and organizations who want to support our small businesses during this difficult time-getting hundreds of visits each day. As of the end of March more than 300 restaurants are included on the list, along with a growing list of retail businesses who deliver, gift card options, and those providing other necessary services. Help us build the list by telling us how you're adapting or which local spots you know are open! Oakland's Open is available to any Oakland business that has had to modify operations due to Alameda County's Shelter in Place Order - whether a member of the Chamber or not. The document will be updated daily; we thank you for your patience as we add new listings.◼ Page 3

Peralta Services Corporation: Cleaner, safer, better

The Wine Noire elevating wine makers, businesses

Gordon Leung, Peralta Services Corporation

The Wine Noire

Peralta Service Corporation (PSC), founded in Oakland in 1975, is a subsidiary of The Unity Council and nonprofit social enterprise that generates revenue with a social mission to help committed job-seekers to remove multiple employment barriers including history of incarceration, homelessness, mental health illness/disability, and language barriers. As a subsidiary and social enterprise of The Unity Council, our organization’s values are aligned with the principals of community, empowerment, equity, integrity, self-esteem, passion, as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. Since PSC believes everyone deserves a second chance, our goal is to help program participants to obtain all job readiness skills so that they can ultimately transition to a better career. All participants have an opportunity to work closely with the Employment and Training Program Manager who per-forms intake and assessment. While we assess employee’s performance on a regular basis, we also assure employees to have access to supportive services including financial coaching, computer literacy, transportation assistance, and housing. After being employed with PSC for 12 months, employees will be eligible of salary adjustments and benefits. PSC Peralta Services Corporation team also believes the importance of our program which creates job opportunities and makes positive impact to local communities. 95% of our employees grow up or live in Fruitvale District in Oakland and they are proud of being a member in the local community. Currently, PSC is providing street cleaning service, graffiti abatement, power washing, landscaping for several Business Improvement Districts in Oakland. We use environmentally friendly materials and approaches to complete works. Our team also keeps festival and event clean and safe by placing traffic signage as well as managing trash, compost, and recycle. Additionally, the Safety and Neighborhoods Ambassador Program (SNAP) is a key component of PSC team which has the goal of transforming a cleaner, safer, and better communities of Oakland. We serve as “eyes and ears” and connect stakeholders in community. Our team is solution oriented and trained to consistently focus on building and promoting relationship with merchants, police, and people in the public. Each ambassador is passionate about his or her community and eager to make a positive influence every day. They are also outgoing, respectful problem solvers with great attitudes and work ethics. To enhance efficiency and deliver the highest satisfaction to our customers, PSC utilizes a cloud-based software for our daily activity and incident report so that our clients can collect instant data to manage emergencies and issues timely. If you are interested in learning more about our social enterprise and services, please visit our website at Peralta Services Corporation: Building a cleaner, safer, better community together!◼

The Wine Noire founder and CEO Alicia Maria is a dedicated social impact and conscious entrepreneur with three years of diverse wine industry experience. Her journey into the world of wine follows a successful career in the Healthcare sector. “With 20 years corporate experience in training and development in Healthcare, I always had amazing hobbies outside of my professional work,” Alicia reflected. “One of those hobbies was wine. I’m an avid lover of wine, and it evolved from being a hobby, to being a student, to working in the industry as a Wine Sales Associate, and then graduating to owning a wine business,” she said. Throughout the different phases of her wine journey she increasingly noticed the lack of diversity and inclusion of people of color in the industry. “Even though there are women and minority wine producers, their representation is still very small,” said Alicia. “Women and people of color have even smaller numbers up and down the supply chain, and in ownership and operation of wine distribution importing, wholesale, and export businesses.” After working as a wine ambassador for a major winery in St. Helena California, Alicia decided to fill the void in the traditionally male-dominated wine industry by creating The Wine Noire in Berkeley. The Wine Noire is a Social Impact and Cooperative company using an integrated approach to offer equitable resources and diversity and inclusion solutions to the Alicia Maria, The Wine Noire wine industry. Alicia’s vision for her endeavor is summed up in her new venture’s company tag line, “The Wine Noire provides business solutions that allow women and people of color winemakers to get from bottle to the local and global marketplace.” “I chose to own and operate a company focusing on the business side of the wine industry – a business side that is both holistic and cooperative. There is enormous growth potential and opportunity to help women winemakers, people of color winemakers, and small producers get their wines directly to the consumer and business clients through equitable and sustainable supply chain and logistics services,” she said. The Wine Noire offers comprehensive, integrated wine solutions with a sustainable and equitable approach for women winemakers and minority winemakers. “Our wine solutions include wine distribution, importing, wholesaling, consulting, and event management,” stated Alicia. “Once women and people of color winemakers partner with our company, we take their wine brand to the next level by offering our growing California direct to consumer clients and B2B clients. Our social mission is that we work with underrepresented wine brands and provide them A+ business solution services so they can focus on producing amazing wines. “Wine is a shared experience,” said Alicia, “Our most important element of the supply chain is in enabling the experience for people, getting wine into the hands and heart of as many people as possible.” In addition to having an exceptional professional background, Alicia has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University East Bay. She has completed wine courses at the San Francisco Wine School and plans to complete additional wine education business courses. “One of the many amazing perks of my business are I get to travel to different wine producing regions to sample wines from women and people of color wine producers. The future of the Wine Noire is great with our growing wine portfolio, growing partnerships with B2B and B2C customer base, and being social change agents in the hospitality wine industry,” she concluded. For information, visit◼

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Montclair Village Plaza project offers local economy investment opportunity, public/private partnership Toni Mikulka and Daniel Swafford, Montclair Village Association

The Montclair Village Plaza project offers the Oakland business community a rare opportunity to make significant and enduring community connections, and to join the City of Oakland and thousands of area residents in a true public, private, and business partnership. More than 400 individuals have sponsored bricks [] to help build a public plaza, an arts and culture venue, and a community gathering place. Merchants, nonprofits, corporate partners, residents and commercial property owners are coming together to sponsor the Village Plaza in the center of Montclair’s bustling commercial district. The City of Oakland budgeted $560,000 for construction, leaving just $130,000 to raise. The Montclair Village Association (MVA), the 501c3 non-profit for the Business Improvement District, invites you to be a part of the Plaza! Plaza naming rights, event sponsorships, and brand placement sponsor opportunities are available to reach area residents and visitors. The historic Montclair Village shopping and dining district is the gateway to the Oakland Hills with 20,000 weekly visitors and a community of over 20,000 immediate area residents with an average age of 44yo, $170K median income, $1.2M median home value and primary occupations in sales, management, and tech [source: Leadership Oakland cohort 2019].

space. Jim Clardy Architects led the project design committee with Oakland based Golden Architects and Urban Design Engineers working under a grant from the City of Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission to get the Plaza plans shovel ready. Last year, championed by Councilmember Sheng Thao, the City of Oakland allocated Capital Improvement funds in the FY20/21 budget, leaving only $130,000 left to reach the 2021 break ground goal of $750,000. The transformation of the district will be profound, fixing a broken street with drainage issues, uneven sidewalks, dangerous street crossings, and traffic hazards, resulting in a destination streetscape for Oakland to shine. The Village Plaza grows two trees from one seed, repairing the streets and building a public gathering place. Vision, A Community Concept

Project History: Sponsor a brick at

Ten major community groups joined together to support the streetscape renovation. With a shared vision, the Village Plaza will host culinary expos, health and wellness events, and concert series featuring performing arts and music from Oakland students alongside legends in the field.

The Montclair Village Plaza campaign began as a community initiative in 2008 to mitigate traffic safety and create a shared community

The finished Plaza will also serve to drive economic activity, improving accessibility and support Oakland’s business community by

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increasing foot traffic and spending. The reimagined streetscape will be a venue for community engagement. Decorative benches, outdoor dining tables, bike racks, public art, and

landscaping welcomes a crowd – imagine alfresco dining, the summer concerts, “doggie days” on the plaza, outdoor yoga, or just a safe space for Oaklander’s to elevate the Town. Get Involved – Connect to the Community Sponsorship opportunities range from Naming Rights of the Plaza, to your name or logo on a brick - visit for a full list of sponsor options. The MVA has been working to make Montclair a vibrant and safe destination since 1948. Every year, over a hundred thousand people attend Montclair events - the Montclair Beer, Wine, and Music Festival, Art Walks, Restaurant Walks, The Holiday Stroll, Halloween Parade, Red Oak Outdoor Movie Nights, Sunday Farmers’ Market, and more. Plaza infrastructure sponsorships include permanent street level recognition for 1M visitors annually. Underwrite an event or concert series, food fest or wellness expo and reach a Bay Area wide audience – marketed to 1.5M with 50,000 in direct emails. Major sponsors include small and large businesses such as: Montclair Sports, Lucky Supermarket, F&M Bank, Golden State Fitness, Chase Bank, Highland Partners Realty, and Farmstead Cheeses & Wine, to name a few. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a major sponsor of the Montclair Village Plaza. Sponsor or Get Your Brick at and become a part of the Plaza. For detailed sponsorship offerings visit: To discuss a sponsorship package tailored to your brand, please contact the executive team: Daniel Swafford and Toni Mikulka at: and◼

Council Update

2020 Economic Summit examines key trends, topics

Aly Bonde

Emergency Declaration The Oakland City Council ratified the City Administrator’s declaration of a local emergency on March 12 before recessing until April 7. The recess may get extended depending on the status of the Shelter in Place order issued on March 16 by the Alameda County Department of Public Health. Councilmembers Bas and McElhaney led the passage of an emergency item to request Alameda County Courts and the County Sheriff to halt eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency. The declaration of a local emergency expands the City Administrator’s powers to: • Procure necessary goods and services, • Establish necessary rules and regulations, • Expand the capability to communicate updates and recommendations to City employees and the community; and • Redeploy existing resources to best protect the health and safety of employees, the well-being of residents, the health of the local economy, and the continued provision of City services. Homeless Services: The City of Oakland has partnered with Alameda County to provide expanded hygiene and hand-washing services to Oakland’s unsheltered population residing in encampments. As of this writing no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within an encampment. The City has also updated its Encampment Management Policy to provide sanitation services around existing encampments but will pause the more invasive “clean and clear” operations that are more likely to result in the disruption and movement of unsheltered residents. Additional steps include: •Increased direct outreach to distribute small hand sanitizers, hygiene packets, and informational handouts from the CDC; • Added hand sanitizers to 20 sites where hygiene services (i.e., portable toilets and hand-washing stations) currently exist; • Delivered additional toilets, hand sanitizer, and wash stations to an additional 20 encampment sites; •Increased hygiene services to Oakland’s Community Cabin and RV Safe Parking sites; • Increased cleaning and supplies at indoor shelters. Small Business Assistance The City of Oakland’s Economic and Workforce Development Department is aggregating information and resources for small businesses during the emergency on their website at This includes low-interest SBA Disaster Loans, unemployment insurance, business tax extensions and payment plans, and KIVA zero-interest crowdsourced loans. The Oakland Chamber of Commerce makes information and resources available to the community on its communication channels and has conducted a large survey of small business needs and questions. Residential and Commercial Eviction Protections: Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 16 that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. PG&E had already announced that it would be suspending shutoffs during the emergency. The order applies to both residential and commercial evictions but does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period. ◼

The Chamber's 2020 Economic Summit took place via livestream on March 11, per public health recommendations. Chamber gatherings like the annual Economic Summit serve an important purpose by bringing the Oakland community together to discuss the future of our great city. While this year's Summit was not conducted in-person, hundreds of participants online still received the same access to the vital economic data, informational materials, and panel discussion. Regional Leadership Forum Here's a rundown of what happened: • An all-star panel of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and CA Fwd CEO Micah Weinberg discussed everything from sports stadiums to redlining to coronavirus with moderator Ken Maxey of Comcast. • The Chamber released the 2020 Economic Indicators Report with national, state, regional, and City Council district level data. Oakland's small and mid-sized businesses were the primary drivers of job growth in 2019. Oakland's larger businesses with over 50 employees are responsible for 50.7 percent of all jobs in the city. • Class A office space in Oakland has appreciated 147% in price per square foot since 2012, according to a commercial real estate update from Robert Sammons of Cushman & Wakefield. Oakland's office market now rivals that of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. • Oakland's newest business Square now has 300 employees in Uptown Station, where they opted not to have an internal commissary in an effort to support local restaurants. Four thousand small businesses in(L-R) Michah Weinberg, CA Fwd; Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento; Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland; and Ken Maxey, Oakland use Comcast square, 36 percent of which have been in Oakland for more than 12 years, according to Square's Economist Felipe Chacon. • The Port of Oakland supports land use planning that protects Oakland's industrial jobs base in tandem with new growth and activities, Executive Director Danny Wan said. • With its move into Oakland, Blue Shield of California has jumped into being a good corporate citizen by devoting both financial and human capital to education, public health, and housing causes in Oakland as well as supplier diversity initiatives, according to Pradip Khemani, VP of Global Business Services. • Visit Oakland CEO Mark Everton discussed the importance of tourism to Oakland's economy and shared Visit Oakland's numerous initiatives aimed at telling Oakland's story to the world. •Chronicle Senior Political Writer and "It's All Political" Podcast Host Joe Garofoli shared his predictions that Vice President Joe Biden has the inside track on the nomination, but not necessarily the White House. The Chamber would like to thank our generous supporters – event sponsor Kaiser Permanente and program sponsors Visit Oakland, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital of Oakland, Southwest Airlines, Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys, the Port of Oakland, Comcast and Blue Shield of California – for their flexibility and commitment to the health of our community.◼

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Leadership Oakland Class of 2020 gathered for Business, Boards, and Education for its February session. A special thank you to Oakland Leadership’s generous sponsors, Pacific Gas & Electric, Program Sponsor; and the Oakland Education Fund, and Piedmont Avenue Elementary School, Program Supporters, without whom this program would not be possible. The group convened for a special happy hour at Brown Sugar Kitchen, 2295 Broadway at 23rd, in Oakland’s Uptown. Thank you to our guest speaker, Zack Wasserman, Partner, Wendel Rosen LLP, “Getting Involved: Serving on Boards and Commissions,” and to our two sets of session panelists: Panel Discussion: Economic Development & Small Businesses in Oakland • Barbara Leslie, President and CEO, Oakland Chamber of Commerce • Ke Norman, Owner, Nailphoria Day Spa • Daniel Swafford, Executive Director, Montclair BID & Laurel District Association • Micah Hinkle, Deputy Director, Oakland Economic & Workforce Development Department

Leadership Oakland Class of 2020 wrapped up a packed day of activities with a Happy Hour at BSK and a talk with celebrity chef owner/founder Tanya Holland (center). BSK is located at 2295 Broadway, Uptown Oakland.

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Education in Oakland • Honorable James Harris, District 7 Member, OUSD School Board • Zarina Ahmad, Principal, Piedmont Avenue Elementary • Alexandria Medina, Program Director, Oakland Public Education Fund • Doli Rodriguez, Senior Talent Operations Associate, Kapor Center Cohorts participated in the 2020 African American Literature ReadIn. Fanning out into classrooms at host Piedmont Avenue Elementary, Leadership Oakland shared the gift of reading to spellbound students. The African American Literature Read-In, held each February in conjunction with Black History Month, commemorates books written by Black authors that elevate black experiences.◼

Watch for enrollment information and online application coming late Spring 2020.

Chamber names Small Business and Workforce Manager The Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce welcomed Ashleigh Smallwood as the new Small Business and Workforce Manager in lateFebruary. Ashleigh is responsible for supporting small and medium size businesses and partnering with workforce agencies to strengthen the City’s workforce while creating pathways to employment. Ashleigh joins the Chamber from Long Beach City College’s Workforce Development Department, where she worked to increase work-based learning opportunities for students across a variety of industries ranging from healthcare to global trade. She worked closely with students, faculty, and industry partners to foster an engaged community to holistically support the future workforce. On the student side, she supported students with their professional development by facilitating monthly workshops,

hosting mock interviews, and meeting students one-on-one. With the help of faculty, she expanded connections with industry members and developed internship descriptions, based on students’ learning objectives and industry needs. As a result, she created the first health-focused internship program at Long Beach City College, a program providing students with the opportunity to develop their skills and apply their education to real-life experience, while earning a living wage. Prior to her work at Long Beach City College, she worked at McCallum Group Inc., a lobbying firm, and Collaborative Brain Trust, a consulting firm, where she wrote weekly policy and legislative related reports, tracked legislation, and supported daily operations. Born and raised in Sacramento, Ashleigh attended St. Francis High School and went on to Page 7

pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of San Francisco (2014). More recently, in May 2019, she graduated from the Ashleigh Smallwood University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, with a Master of Public Administration. During her time at USC, she served as the Student Co-Chair for the Price Education Network and became the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair for the Graduate Policy and Administration Community. She stays connected with USC through her role as the Alumni Co-Chair for the Price Education Network.◼

FINANCE & SUSTAINABILITY New law creates retirement tax breaks

Ten Top provisions SECURE Act – Bob Griffin, Managing Partner, Williams Adley

Late in 2019, Congress passed the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” (SECURE) Act, the biggest retirement law in more than a decade. Most provisions in this new legislation went into effect on January 1, 2020. Following is a summary of ten key changes. 1. Stretch IRAs: Generally, the new law favors taxpayers, but it does close a tax loophole that allowed non-spousal beneficiaries of IRAs and defined contribution plans like 401(k)s to “stretch” required minimum distributions (RMDs) over their life expectancies. Now funds must be distributed to non-spousal beneficiaries within ten years of the account owner’s death, unless an exception applies. The exceptions are for surviving spouses, disabled or chronically ill individuals, children who have not yet reached the age of majority and individuals not more than ten years younger than the account owner. 2. RMD starting age: Previously, qualified plan and IRA participants had to start taking RMDs in the year after the year they turned age 70½. The SECURE Act pushes back the starting date to the year after the year in which you turn age 72. 3. IRA contributions: The tax law had prohibited individuals from contributing to a

traditional IRA after reaching age 70½. This age restriction has been removed. 4. Plan start-up credits: Under prior law, a small business could claim a tax credit equal to 50% of the start-up costs of a qualified plan, up to a maximum of $500. The new law increases the credit under a new formula with a maximum of $5,000. 5. Automatic enrollment credits: The new law also creates a brand-new credit of up to $500 per year for employers that automatically enroll 401(k) and SIMPLE participants. This credit is only available for a three-year period. 6. Part-time workers: In the past, employers could exclude part-time workers working fewer than 1,000 hours per year from participating in their 401(k) plans. But the new law opens up plans to employees who have completed three consecutive years of at least 500 hours of service. 7. Annuity options: The new law requires 401(k) plan administrators to provide annual disclosure statements reflecting annuity options. In addition, participants who purchase annuities will have more flexibility, including portability between plans. 8. Early withdrawal penalty: Certain types of plan distributions are exempt from the usual

10% tax penalty on early withdrawals prior to age 59½. The SECURE Act adds to the list by Robert “Bob” Griffin allowing penalty-free distributions for up to $5,000 of qualified birth and adoption expenses. 9. Fellowships and stipends: In the past, non-tuition fellowships and stipends received by graduate and postdoctoral students generally could not be used to fund IRA contributions. Now these amounts may be used for IRA funding. 10. 401(k) safe harbor rules: Finally, the new law includes various changes designed to enhance employee protections and encourage use of 401(k) plans. See a benefits specialist for more details. Of course, this is only a brief overview. Please contact your tax consultant or feel free to contact our office to discuss further.◼ Robert “Bob” Griffin is managing partner of the Bay Area office of Williams Adley, provider of expert accounting, auditing and consulting services to a growing number of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, real estate entities and construction clients. For more information visit

Tips for making a small business sustainability plan – Denise Piper, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

According to recent studies, 81 percent of global respondents feel strongly that companies should help improve the environment. The increased interest in corporate sustainability — powered in part by younger generations entering the market as consumers — calls on business leadership to create policies that support long-term environmental initiatives. Sustainable business practices can help decrease a business’s carbon footprint and may even help save money and boost sales. Benefits of increased business sustainability may include reduced energy use, attracting green-conscious customers, and garnering positive media attention. To date, many large companies have realized business success by focusing on sustainable green business, and small businesses can scale these practices for their own organizations. Get started on a sustainability plan for your business with these tips: 1. Assess your starting point During the beginning stages of planning, assess your company’s compliance. Make sure you’re aligned with local and federal regulations pertaining to sustainability. 2. Educate yourself and your team From there, it’s important to educate yourself

and your staff on what it means to be a sustainable business. Find trusted resources and build your company’s environmental knowledge on green practices and regulations. Share your ideas and plans with your team and ask for their thoughts on how to make your business greener. 3. Identify room for improvement Next, decide how green you can go. What are the opportunities for your business to become more sustainable? Perhaps you can significantly reduce your waste output through resourceefficiency initiatives or switch to cleaner forms of transportation for your business and its employees. And don’t forget about your supply chain – seek to work with vendors and other business partners who you know are also committed to sustainability. Look for actionable practices for your business to implement. For example, consider replacing conventional lighting with LED bulbs and installing a smart thermostat. Brainstorm ideas for adapting to climate change and investing in water conservation measures. Can you reduce business travel by using virtual conferencing? Could you install water-efficient fixtures in your restroom or implement a smart irrigation system? Page 8

Plan out how your team can improve and set measurable goals to stay on track. Be sure to consult with your business’s financial manager to discuss any costs related Denise Piper to these changes. 4. Implement your plan and make real changes Now is the time to take real action. Communicate the company’s sustainability goals with your team, change policies that no longer align, and then measure your progress moving forward. It’s important to remain open to feedback from your staff and your customers. Be willing and ready to adjust your plan as necessary. 5. Stay consistent and transparent Once you’ve created a sustainability plan, you can communicate your new sustainable practices to your customers. However, be ready to substantiate your claims. Utilize the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines that apply to environmental marketing to avoid misleading your customers. Transparency is key — be honest about what you’re doing, what you hope to accomplish, and what you’re still working to address.◼

*Major League Baseball will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead. The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins." Page 9

OAKLAND ATHLETICS Celebrating everything that makes Oakland home The A’s 2020 season will celebrate and commemorate the Green and Gold legends, the passionate fans, and everything that makes Oakland home. The Club’s 2020 season is highlighted by a number retirement ceremony for the legendary Hometown Hero Dave Stewart, multiple fireworks displays, a tribute to the loyal bleacher fans, and 18 heritage nights. The A’s will host 510 Weekend – a nod to the area code of Oakland and parts of Contra Costa and

Enjoy a fun day at the ballpark with your family

Alameda Counties – from May 8 to 10.* To support the achievements of youth sports teams throughout the East Bay, the A’s will host Championship Night on May 8. The A’s will recognize local teams that have won a championship or tournament game during a special on-field pregame ceremony, plus provide the team with complimentary game tickets. On May 9, early arriving fans will receive a 510 Cap, presented by Comerica Bank.◼ * Please visit athletics for postponements and updated schedule information.

Play Ball with the A’s Come one, come all! During select weekends this season, the A’s Play Ball tour will come to an East Bay park near you. A’s Play Ball, presented by Bank of America, invites kids and families out for a fun day of pickup baseball and skills stations. Stomper may even make a special guest appearance. Kids of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to come out and play ball with the A’s!◼

Calling all families! The Coliseum is the perfect place to spend a summer day with your kiddos. Last season, the Oakland A’s introduced the A’s Stomping Ground, an area designed for kids and families at the ballpark. Located at the south end of the Eastside Club and behind the right field flagpoles, the A’s Stomping Ground is a fun and interactive space for kids of all ages. The 18,000-square-foot area features a digital experience that lets youngsters race against their favorite A’s player (or Stomper!), replica A’s dugouts, a simulated hitting and pitching machine, an outdoor miniature baseball field, play areas, an AstroTurf grassy

seating area, drink rails for parents, and more! Families can also enjoy exciting

special events throughout the season like dazzling postgame fireworks. Plus, following every Sunday home game, kids can go on the field and run the bases with their favorite elephant Stomper cheering them on. Fans can visit to enjoy a day at the ballpark and a great value.◼

Find your perfect space to cheer on the Green and Gold

Whether you like to sit in the stands, treat yourself to a little Charitable organizations can receive comfort, or enjoy the A’s tickets through A’s Community game in a more social Ticket Program atmosphere, the Coliseum has a space for The Oakland A’s are inviting everyone. nonprofits, schools, military Fans who want to organizations, and community enjoy a unique social groups to apply for 2020 game exper-ience while tickets through the A’s Commucatching an A’s game can nity Ticket Program. In partnercheck out The ship with the Commissioner’s Treehouse, which Community Initiative and MLB features two full-service bars, Players Give Back Program, the numerous televisions, general A’s Community Ticket Program admission seating, lounge seating, provides complimentary tickets to and drink rails in the outfield. organizations throughout the Bay The Coliseum also has several Area and Northern California. In 2019, the A’s donated more than 147,000 tickets to 700 organizations through the Community Ticket Program! Groups can apply for tickets using the online application at Local nonprofits serving East Bay communities can also apply to become an A’s Nonprofit Partner of the Game during the 2020 season. The Nonprofit Partner of the Game program allows the A’s to highlight local groups and grow awareness of the organization’s mission during games at the Coliseum. As a Nonprofit Partner of the Game, the organization will receive tabling space at the A’s Community Corner during a home game, pregame PA and radio mentions, logo on the videoboard, and a dedicated tweet from the A’s Twitter account. Organizations can apply to become an A’s Nonprofit Partner of the Game by emailing premium seating options and The A's support thousands of organizations annually through various hospitality areas. donation programs. Organizations looking for additional resources can The Terrace includes a series of learn more by visiting the A’s Community Toolbox at visit terraced half-moon tables at Section donations.◼ Page 10

121, offering fans the opportunity to enjoy dinner, drinks, and the A’s

game in a social atmosphere behind the home dugout. The area features 18 four-person tables. The Lounge Seats in Section 113 includes 32 pairs of living roomstyle seats, offering a plush, modern experience on the first base line. The Coppola Theater Boxes bring the wine wonderland experience of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, anchored in Sonoma County, to the Coliseum. The four fourperson boxes and four six-person boxes are located in Sections 116-118. The Budweiser Hero Deck and Golden Road Landing are perfect for the next group outing.◼

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INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY Manufacturing in the East Oakland community protects the environment AB&I Foundry

Americans have become keenly aware of the loss of manufacturing jobs across every region of the country, and the impact these losses have had on the economy in many communities, especially Oakland. There is a renewed call for businesses to manufacture in the United States and for consumers to buy American-made products. At the same time, people are extremely concerned about the potential impact manufacturing has on the environment. They want manufacturers to invest in sustainable operations with minimal impact on air, water, and other resources. While it is a challenge to meet both these milestones, one home-grown Oakland company has succeeded in being a manufacturer as well as a good steward to the environment. Founded here over a century ago, AB&I today sustains the local economy with top-flight manufacturing jobs at its East Oakland plant, while using advanced technology and processes that employ recycling from the source materials to produce the heat and water in the plant. AB&I manufactures durable, high-quality cast-iron waste pipe using nearly 100% recycled scrap iron and steel. The scrap for AB&I’s pipe is sourced almost entirely in California, with

half coming from within 500 miles from the plant in East Oakland. That eliminates the greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise be generated by trucking the scrap to distant factories or shipping it overseas. Annually, the finished piping would stretch

over 3,000 miles – that's the equivalent of Oakland, California to Boston, Massachusetts. About 70 miles of pipe went into the new iconic Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and AB&I cast iron pipe is part of the infrastructure of the Oakland Coliseum, Levi’s Stadium, the Chase Center, and a host of other major commercial and large residential buildings in the Bay Area. AB&I cast iron pipe and fittings are used where life safety is important – the properties of cast iron piping is a far safer choice than plastic piping and will typically last for a century. AB&I is a truly local operation that provides substantial economic benefits to Oakland. With a payroll of $11.3 million a year, along with taxes and spending on local businesses and suppliers, the company has a total economic impact of $60 million annually. That includes the nearly 200 well-paid, union jobs at the company, a third of them held by residents of Oakland. Some of those workers are fifth-generation AB&I team members, working at jobs alongside their fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts. That’s one major reason the company has invested millions in technology and processes aimed at safety and sustainable operations. AB&I re-cognizes its responsibility as long-time mem-bers of the East Oakland community to invest in continuous safety and environmental im-provements to its facility, and as a result, far exceeds the most stringent

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regulatory standards. These sustainability investments benefit the environment in East Oakland and surrounding neighborhoods.

For example, the company has dramatically cut its energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by recycling the heat at the end of the manufacturing process to pre-heat the air at the beginning of the process to the required 1,000 degrees F. That alone has eliminated the use of at least $60,000 worth of natural gas each month. The water used in the manufacturing process is also entirely recycled and never discharged into the environment. Water is added to the system only to replace what is lost through evaporation, reducing usage by more than a million gallons a day. Emissions from the manufacturing process are captured and filtered via “bag houses” – which are like giant vacuums – that treat the exhaust air from processes in the plant. Since 2006, the company has invested millions of dollars in these bag houses and other technologies to filter particulates and eliminate other substances. To make that possible, the company employs a team of engineers charged with continually improving the environmental and safety aspects of the plant. In fact, most of the engineering projects at the company are environmental and safety related. Most of the waste generated in ABI’s processes is non-hazardous and they have worked with a local landfill that used this material as alternative daily cover (ADC) at their facility. By using a waste material for this purpose in lieu of clean dirt which might have to be hauled in as well, the landfill airspace is maximized. Well into its second century, AB&I continues to be a proud member of the Oakland community and the ultimate recycler. Providing employment for hundreds of local residents and contributing millions to the Oakland economy, it is enabling manufacturing to remain in Oakland while helping to build a more sustainable future for everyone.◼

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INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY Schnitzer Steel, at the Heart of Oakland’s Industrial Heritage Rob Ellsworth, Schnitzer Steel Industries

Institute. This prestigious award is given waste, more natural resources, and cleaner air. We turn the old into new, enable the end-of-life exclusively to companies that have a material impact on the way business is conducted by to become reusable, and, in the process, build fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at better communities. every level of the company. What we do: “Schnitzer Steel is not only • We acquire and recycle Civicorps’ neighbor in West Oakland And, of course, a critical part of ethical operations is ensuring millions of tons of scrap – they are also one of our key our facilities positively impact metal each year. corporate partners and an • We process a range of inspirational example of a company the communities where we work and live. end-of-life products from that cares about the local community. Schnitzer has supported As a member of the Oakland junk vehicles to brokenthe youth we serve by providing community for over 5 decades, down refrigerators. internships that serve as we value local community • We sell our recycled steppingstones to living wage involvement. Employees at our metal products for reuse by careers. In addition, Schnitzer’s Oakland facility are involved in steel mills and other financial contributions help us local causes from fighting manufacturers. provide the resources our participants need to excel in our homelessness and food short• We sell millions of ages, to promoting K-12 STEM serviceable used parts from program. We are grateful for Schnitzer’s generosity and and trade school education. salvaged vehicles – commitment to young people.” We’re proud to support and providing affordable parts – Meghan Hibner, Institutional Giving partner with community instito customers while saving Manager, Civicorps tutions like Civicorps, Children’s resources that would be Fairyland, the Crucible, the Alameda County consumed in producing new parts. Food Bank, the Oakland Parks and Recreation • We manufacture finished steel products at Foundation, and McClymonds High School. our energy-efficient steel mill using 100% “Schnitzer Steel is not only Civicorps’ recycled scrap metal (primarily sourced from neighbor in West Oakland – they are also one our own metals recycling operations). of our key corporate partners and an inspira• We reduce the need for tional example of a company that cares about intensive mining in steel the local community. Schnitzer has supported manufacturing. As a metals recycler with a local the youth we serve by providing internships that presence but global influence, our serve as steppingstones to living wage careers. In addition, Schnitzer’s financial contributions operations are a hallmark for sustainable progress. Annually, our help us provide the resources our participants need to excel in our program. We are grateful recycling operations act to: for Schnitzer’s generosity and commitment to • Avoid approximately 4.2 young people.” Meghan Hibner, Institutional million metric tons of CO2 Giving Manager, Civicorps.◼ emissions (The equivalent of taking more than 900,000 cars off the road) • Conserve approximately 10 ◼ Look at the bridge you cross, the road you million gigajoules of energy drive on, and the building where you work. (Enough energy to power more Most of the steel used in today’s infrastructure projects is made from recycled metal. than 250,000 U.S. homes for one We are committed to continuous improvement year) ◼ Steel made with scrap metal uses fewer resources than steel made virgin iron ore and in safety and the environment. Our commitment • Conserve approximately 1.9 billion gallons coal: 40% less water, 90% less virgin to sustainable operations locally is supported by of water (Enough water to fill more than 5,000 materials, and 74% less energy. our investment of over $27 million in Olympic-sized swimming pools) ◼ More scrap metal recovery and recycling industry-leading environmental capital projects • Conserve approximately 10 million cubic means less scrap in landfills and fewer virgin at our Oakland facility since 2012. These onmeters of landfill space (Equivalent to the materials mined from the earth. going upgrades include state-of-the-art air amount of garbage generated by 5.9 million ◼ Scrap metals like aluminum, copper, lead, emission control systems, as well as stormwater U.S. residents for one year) nickel, tin, zinc, and steel can be recycled an collection, recycling, and treatment systems that infinite number of times ◼ Approximately 86 percent of a vehicle’s minimize industrial water discharge, and imAn Ethical Employer & Good material content is recycled, reused or used for prove water quality in the San FranciscoCommunity Citizen energy recovery. We pride ourselves in being an industry Oakland Bay. leader in diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness, More broadly, as one of North America’s Industry references: largest recyclers of metal and a manufacturer of and ethical leadership. In 2020, Schnitzer was ISRI: steel from 100 percent recycled metal, we work named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for SMA: AISI: the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere every day to help ensure a future with less Schnitzer Steel has been an important member of the Oakland community for over 50 years, proudly operating on our city’s thriving industrial waterfront. As such, we’re committed to positively impacting our community through volunteerism, creating meaningful jobs for Oakland residents, and to upholding the highest ethical standards along the way. We are proud to be a part of Oakland’s industrial history. But, more importantly, we are excited to be part of Oakland’s sustainable future. For example, in the city of Oakland alone, Schnitzer’s operations support: • Over 350 good local jobs • Over $31 million in annual labor income • Nearly $500 million in annual economic output Those impacts ripple throughout Alameda County, and all of California. Last year, Schnitzer’s Oakland facilities created or indirectly impacted over 1,700 California jobs, and more than $700 million in statewide economic output. Recycling Today For a Sustainable Tomorrow in Oakland and Beyond Here in Oakland, we’re striving to set the industry standard when it comes to Sustainability.

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INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY Argent Materials crushes it daily Bill Crotinger, President, Argent Materials

Argent Materials, located in an historically industrial area of East Oakland, was founded in 2013 to meet a regional need for eco-friendly concrete and asphalt recycling. Argent’s four-acre Baldwin Street facility includes a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor recycling facility where some 1,500 tons are recycled each day. Argent’s core business is sorting, crushing and recycling debris resulting from the demolition of construction projects, large and small. Argent is most famously known for recycling the concrete roadway from the old San Francisco Bay Bridge when it was demolished. Argent diverts more than 200,000 tons of construction debris per year from landfills, while eliminating the need for the same material to be

ARGENT QUICK FACTS Argent’s recycling – an important component in the City’s strategy to meet future emissions goals: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oakland residents use 1.6 tons of aggregate per person, per year, with Argent supplying much of the total aggregate needs for Oakland roads, sidewalks, and construction projects annually. It is the largest construction materials recycling operation in the City. Reduces massive greenhouse gas emissions by material diversion: The East Oakland operation saves the equivalent of 10% of greenhouse gases produced by Oakland’s entire housing stock by diverting recycling material that otherwise would have to be trucked throughout Northern California. Supports good industrial jobs: 75% of the 20+ on-site workers for Argent are people of color, and the average worker earns $60,000 per year including a full suite of benefits—such as paid vacation as well as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement benefits. Indoor recycling is better for the environment. Recycling materials indoors captures dust and other particulates and is more environmentally friendly than conducting the same uses outdoors. Supports regional infrastructure projects: In past years, Argent Materials has recycled enormous projects such as the Bay Bridge and Candlestick Park and diverted recycled building materials back into local construction projects. Many quarries previously supplying these vital materials have closed, so a recycling facility like this is essential to preserving this type of low-cost, “green” building material.

otherwise have to drive to and from the North Bay or the Altamont area, on alreadycongested Bay Area roads and highways. The Baldwin Street facility has operated in East Oakland for more than twenty years. Argent acquired and upArgent Materials works to keep its East Oakland neighborhood cleared of illegally graded the facility’s dumped trash. equipment to increase ships with the East Bay SPCA and Cypress both efficiency of process and sustain-ability Mandela Training Center, and more recently the goals, and continues to run the indoor and Tuff Shed project and Supervisor Nate Miley’s outdoor operations in tandem. The outdoor Illegal Dumping Pilot Program, as the company facility receives, categorizes, and processes concrete material from large demo-lition projects. Once sorted, materials are moved indoors to a 40,000 square-foot warehouse and refined into its final product where water, the only additive in the process is introduced. Though the facility is in a zoned, highly industrial neighborhood, processing materials becomes even more deeply rooted in East Oakindoors contains noise and dust from impacting land. Environmental stewardship and sustainneighboring properties. ability are cornerstone principles of Argent’s The recycled rock and sand products created business ethos. The company works closely with from the Baldwin Street facility are purchased government agencies such as the California Air by a variety of customers for use on other con- Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Manstruction projects. Government agencies such as agement District, California Environmental Caltrans, BART, AC Transit, and the East Bay Protection Agency, and the City of Oakland to Municipal Utilities District rely heavily on Argent’s recycled pro-ducts and facilities – as do nearly 2,000 construction firms, including companies such as O C Jones & Sons, McGuire and Hester and DeSilva Gates Construction.

People, Philanthropy, Principles Nearly half of Argent employees live in Oakland, highlighting the company’s commitment Preserves an important industrial use that to hiring locally. Argent Michael Lowe, General Manager, AB&I, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Bill Crotinger, dates back over 2 decades: A concrete and asphalt recycling operation that has been running prides itself on this effort President, Argent Materials, join forces for “Battle For The Bay” coastal cleanup. at the same site for more than two decades is vital and is dedicated to to protecting Oakland’s historical industrial base. ensure full compliance with local zoning laws increasing this figure year-over-year. Despite being a relatively new company, Argent is also and air quality regulations. Argent is a member committed to employee advancement, develop- of Green Halo and Recycle Smart – which track mined or quarried. The company’s recycling ing the potential of its workforce and promoting materials recycled in the Bay Area – and is operations also save an estimated five-million from within wherever possible. certified by the City of Oakland as a Locally vehicle miles traveled by heavy trucks that would Argent is proud to have philanthropic partner- Produced Goods Business Enterprise.◼ Page 16

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Set Yourself Up for Success! By Karen Stern, Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc.

As a business owner, you know the importance of planning for your success. It’s no different when it comes to meeting the requirements of the Mandatory Composting and Recycling Law (MRO) in Alameda County. With a little planning – and help from the City of Oakland, StopWaste and Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. – you can set up a successful collection program for trash, recyclables and compostables. Let us show you how. Indoor Collection The secret to successfully separating trash, recyclables and organics (food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris) starts at the source, whether it’s a restaurant kitchen, office lunchroom or multifamily dwelling trash room. Every trash container should be accompanied by a bin designated for recyclables and another for compostables. Consider the volume of materials generated onsite and size each container accordingly. Both Waste Management and

StopWaste offer free site visits to evaluate your waste stream and calculate the levels and frequency of service for the three material streams. Placing all three bins next to each other is optimal for the user to make the proper disposal choice. We recommend color-coding the bins: black or gray for Trash, blue for Recyclables and green for Organics to match the colors of the outdoor bins’ lids, and/or carts or their labels. To help users sort correctly, each bin should be labeled. Stickers to

label bins and matching wall posters are available free of charge from Waste Management. In addition, StopWaste has a free online tool that allows you to create custom posters to show the materials commonly thrown away at your business. NOTE: July 1, 2020, a new state law (AB 827) goes into effect requiring businesses to provide customers access to recycling and organics bins to collect materials purchased on the premises. To help you introduce organics collection, StopWaste offers up to $500 of free indoor green bins in a variety of shapes and sizes for organics collection. Waste Management provides free kitchen pails for food scraps collection to Oakland multifamily property owners and residents as well as single family home residents. Plastic or Compostable Bag Liners? It depends … Recyclables: While it’s common practice to line indoor recycling bins with plastic bags, it’s an unnecessary and wasteful expense. With today’s emphasis on the Recycling ABCs (Always Be Clean*, Dry and Empty), plastic bags aren’t necessary; there should be no liquids or food in the bin. Further, plastic bags wreak havoc on the machinery used to sort recyclables into like material. The bags wrap around moving parts resulting in expensive repairs and safety risks to s t a ff m a i n t a i n i n g t h e equipment. Recyclables must be placed loose in the outdoor collection bin. If lining the indoor bin is a practice you wish to continue, please instruct janitorial staff to consolidate materials into a larger receptacle to transport to the outdoor bin, then deposit the recyclables loose into the exterior bin. Never put bagged recyclables, loose bags or plastic film in the recycling container. Contamination charges may be applied. Organics: When it comes to collecting food scraps and foodsoiled paper, compostable and

conventional clear plastic bags are currently accepted in the City of Oakland and most Alameda County jurisdictions. There are obvious benefits to using bags to manage this stream in an office, breakroom and restaurant front and back-ofhouse. However, the acceptance of plastic and compostable bags is contingent on the processor. Most composters aim to remove all bags because conventional plastic is often indiscernible from compostable bags, especially when processing tons of material a day. Since scraps of plastic can make it into finished compost, placing organic materials loose in the exterior bin is preferable. NOTE: Yard trimmings must always be placed loose in the bin. The US Department of Agriculture standards for compost used in organic farming does not allow compostable or plastic bags or compostable service ware made from bio-plastics. Composters for organic farms can only accept service ware made from paper, wood and fiber. The best way to reduce waste – and save money – is to provide reusable service ware at your office or restaurant. Thanks to the enactment of AB 619, you can now allow customers to use their own containers for leftover food, another way to cut costs and reduce waste! Outdoor Containers Accessibility is key. Placing colorcoded, labeled trash, recycling and organics bins close together helps staff and residents make the right choice when depositing their materials. Wall labels also help reinforce what goes where. Equally important is ensuring you have adequate containers for the volume of materials. After successfully separating materials at the source, it is a shame to have them deposited in the wrong container if the correct bins are full. All multifamily dwellings, depending on the number of units, were delivered 64 or 96-gallon organics carts prior to July 1, 2015. Additional organics carts are available

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free of charge to meet your residents’ composting needs. Wa s t e M a n a g e m e n t a n d S t o p Wa s t e o f f e r i n - p e r s o n

employee and resident trainings and the City of Oakland has online training videos to help ensure your ongoing success.◼

WHO’S COVERED? All businesses and multifamily properties must have recycling service. Businesses that generate food and/or have four or more cubic yards of total solid waste collection per week (trash and recycling combined) and all multifamily properties must also have organics collection service. The business threshold for service may be lowered to two cubic yards of combined weekly trash and recycling service in the future under California state law, AB 1826. Alameda County inspectors are routinely dispatched to businesses and multifamily properties to inspect the trash, recycling and, if required, the organics collection containers. Citations and fines are being issued for failure to comply with the requirements outlined above. (California state laws, AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling; Alameda County Waste Management Authority Mandatory Recycling Ordinance 2012-01) RESOURCES • Waste Management offers Free Technical Assistance – including site visits, signage and employee training. Call 510-613-8700 or email • Alameda County Waste Management Authority provides free indoor green bins up to $500 in value, site visits, and online resources at resources • City of Oakland website delivers training videos and more at

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Chef’s Toys TriMark USA, the country’s largest provider of design services, equipment, and supplies to the foodservice industry, is celebrated its new Chefs’ Toys store opening February 21st in Oakland. With the new location, TriMark how has 10 stores throughout the state, offering the best selection of products, fast, reliable deliveries, and a range of business services for dining establishments, eateries and foodservice facilities of all sizes. The Oakland store is the first Chefs’ Toys in the northern California region, known for its vibrant dining atmosphere with a wide range of culturally-rich menus. The location is open to the public 6 days a week and stocked with more than 10,000 items. Industry experts are available to assist customers with their purchases, with the added convenience of buying online at and picking up in store. “We are excited to bring two new Chefs’ Toys stores to California, recognizing the areas are ideal for our brand, which sets the standard in quality, value-driven products, costsaving business solutions and superior services unmatched in the industry,” said Frank Braudrick, Vice President of Retail and General Manager of Chefs’ Toys. “With the opening of this store, we continue to strengthen our relationships with customers and further our commitment to serve culturally diverse, dynamic urban hubs.” TriMark’s continuing goal aims to create a welcoming and expedient means for foodservice professionals to purchase and replenish essential supplies in the communities where they live and work. Visit https://◼ Choose To Be Happy Now is a private therapy practice in Oakland since 1994. Cia A. Robles works with an evidence based Heart and Neuroscience informed approach, dedicated to the transformation of the whole person. Cia sees individuals, couples and children; her client base includes attorneys, CEO’s, doctors, artists, teachers, professors, nurses, students, entrepreneurs and others who want to increase the quality of their health and happiness. Whether you are dealing with relationship disharmony, financial issues, physical health challenges, career changes, or addiction or developing your business and team to the next level, you can find help here. Cia’s expertise is in stress reduction and trauma healing for long term benefits. She is an experienced and gifted hypnotherapist. Her soothing voice will help lower your stress level right away, clearing your mind to access higher intelligence and creativity; it is like a mini vacation! She also provides the use of special software to measure heart-brain coherence; experience in real-time the effects of stress and anxiety. Learn how to shift your physiology and even lower your blood pressure! She teaches easy tools and techniques to help release stress and anxiety in the moment. (510) 853.5323.◼ Dataway is a small boutique cybersecurity company that specializes in network security, and only network security, so we can stay on the cutting edge of this rapidly changing field. Founded in 1994 at the dawn of the commercial internet, Dataway has evolved to support a variety of business sectors including those most at risk for cybersecurity attacks: financial and healthcare. We have clients around the globe of all different sizes yet we are small enough that our engineers are familiar with each client's unique security needs. We provide around the clock network monitoring from our two principle offices, one in Oakland, California, and one in Dublin, Ireland. We recently moved to Oakland in the neighborhood known as Santa Fe which borders both Emeryville and Berkeley. We love this neighborhood’s access to bike lanes and public transportation and are excited to have indoor bike parking. Network security is a subset of cyber security that focuses on

protecting an organization’s IT infrastructure, network, and remotely accessible resources from all kinds of cyber threats. Dataway secures networks by controlling network access, installing firewalls, encrypting sensitive information, and rigorously monitoring so that we can detect and contain intrusions as quickly as possible. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at or◼ Koreana Plaza Market While KP Asian Market started out as a Korean market, Mr. Yu saw an increase of high demand of Asian goods in the Bay Area. To meet the high demand of Asian goods from loyal customers, KP Asian Market now carry over hundreds of Asian products from Asia-- - South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Today, you fill fresh seafood, meat, produce, rice, wine, soju, spices, houseware items, and many other Asian specialty products. Koreana Plaza Market Oakland, Inc. dba KP Asian Market is a local Asian grocery market located in Oakland’s KONO District. A family business for over 40 years, KP Asian Market was the first Korean market to operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. B.J. Yu is the owner and CEO. 2354 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 http:// Hi, my name is Terry Blanchard, owner of Jaguar Recruiting dba Patrice and Associates, the largest hospitality recruiting firm in North America. We help restaurants and companies solve their most important staffing problem – finding the best leaders – the A+ candidates - for their management level positions. The restaurant business is hard. Regardless of how detailed and tested your restaurant processes are, you need good people to execute your strategy to be successful. More importantly, you need good leaders – highly trained, extremely competent, and focused on your restaurant’s success. Our exclusive focus is to become a staffing partner to help you find the best leaders and management staff for your restaurant. By hiring us as your staffing partner, you will have more time manage all of the other challenging aspects of running a restaurant – the minor and major emergencies, marketing opportunities, supplier issues, and many other problems. You can reach me at or 510-917-4271. TITLE Boxing Club We are the first and only fitness club dedicated to giving people the most empowering boxing workout of their lives. No matter your age, body type, weight or ability, you will love, benefit and have fun in our classes. Our exercise classes engage the body, mind and spirit by channeling the fundamentals of a true boxer’s workout. TITLE Boxing Club has the made oldest sport in the world new again and modernized the sport into a workout like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. Our people have heart. Every club owner, general manager, group and fitness experts and personal trainer and staff member is here to connect with you. We know your name and your story. Better yet, we know how to produce the results you long for. It’s time to reawaken your fighting spirit. Our mission at TITLE Boxing Club is to be the best hour of someone’s day. We know there are a million fights you encounter in your day-to-day life and we believe we can help change that. For just one hour, you can beat up a heavy bag, relieve stress and feel truly alive. We’re here for you. Because we know that sometimes, at the end of the day, you just need someone in your corner. 360 22nd Street, Suite 360A, Oakland, California 94612 510-463-1085 or visit ◼

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BreathWorks CPR LLC 3919 Lusk Street Oakland CA (888) 622-4130 Chef’s Toys 955 Kennedy Street Oakland CA 94606 (510) 740-8441 Community Education Partnerships 2909 McClure Street Oakland CA 94609 (732) 742-4506 Dataway 5530 Lowell Street Oakland CA 94608 (415) 882-8717 Freshii 500 12th Street Oakland CA 94607 (510) 407-4998

Jaguar Recruiting dba Patrice & Associates 8201 Skyline Circle Oakland CA 94605 (510) 917-4271 Title Boxing Club Oakland Central 360 22nd Street Suite 360A Oakland CA 94612 (510) 463-1085 Tsadik Law 420 3rd St Suite 200 Oakland CA 94607 (310) 922-4716 US Bank 344 Thomas L Berkley Way Oakland CA (510) 285-2592

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Donahue Fitzgerald recognized in World Trademark Review’s 2020 WTR 1000 Ranking Donahue Fitzgerald has been acknowledged in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) - WTR 1000 rankings for trademark enforcement and litigation as well as prosecution and strategy. According to the 2020 rankings, “Donahue Fitzgerald has cracked the code of global trademark prosecution.” The WTR cites leading trademark practitioners globally. Among top practitioners, they noted Managing Partner, Andrew S. MacKay, “is effective at starting dialogues that lead to fruitful resolutions without anything having to be filed, standing out as a business-minded and cost-conscious litigator.” WTR noted Music and Entertainment chair and IP cochair, Daniel Schacht, “anchors the top Andrew S. MacKay entertainment practice. A musician himself, he has a special affinity with musical groups and artists, Santana being one example – he oversees worldwide trademark prosecution and enforcement for all Santana trademarks.” Lastly, the WTR noted Partner, Anne Hiaring Hocking, “brings coherence to large international portfolios and overlays her knowledge of international Daniel J. Schacht trademark law with a strategic approach.” The WTR 1000 is the only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 80 global jurisdictions and U.S. states. Donahue Fitzgerald LLP is a fullservice law firm with more than fifty attorneys located in three Bay Area Anne Hiaring Hocking offices in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Larkspur and an office in Los Angeles. The firm provides legal advice and representation in all aspects of business and corporate law, employment, intellectual property, real estate and construction, immigration, nonprofit, franchise, legal cannabis, music and entertainment, data privacy and security, and tax, as well as trusts and estates and litigation.◼

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Chau and Wong recognized Donahue Fitzgerald announces Senior Counsel Yen Chau has been appointed to the Alameda County Bar Association’s (ACBA) Board of Directors, and Partner Jonathan Wong received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Yen and Jonathan were both recognized January 23, 2020, at the ACBA Installation and

Jonathan Wong

Distinguished Service Awards Dinner. “Congratulations to Yen and Jonathan on their well-deserved achievements,” said Andrew MacKay, Managing Partner, Donahue Fitzgerald. “Both their recognitions demonstrate not only our firm’s long-standing partnership with the Alameda County Bar Association, but also our commitment to continually providing legal services to our local community,” he concluded. ◼

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Yen Chau

Amtrak San Joaquins offers eco-friendly travel in California heartland

CIC reschedules March mobile tech workshop for nonprofits

Mukta Kelkar

Alana Ross, CIC

Amtrak San Joaquins takes you up and down the heart of the Valley between Bakersfield and the East Bay. With 365 miles of track, 18 stations, and over 1.1 million annual riders, Amtrak San Joaquins is the 5th busiest Amtrak train in the country. Plus, the Amtrak Thruway Bus service connects you to 135 destinations in California and Nevada, including local gems like Napa and Yosemite. Amtrak San Joaquins trains are fully equipped with Wi-Fi, charging outlets, large comfy seats, and a Cafe Cart! When you set your California

The Chamber’s Community Impact Committee postponed its second scheduled event of the year (originally planned for March 17) to a date to be announced. CIC will be presenting a special interactive presentation and workshop, “Using Mobile Technology to Build Community Engagement, featuring best practices and trends in mobile fundraising for nonprofit organizations. When the workshop convenes, CIC attendees will learn best practices and trends in mobile fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Given that charities have a unique donor base, attendees will gain an understanding of how to incorporate new technology into their current fundraising strategies. In addition, the workshop will focus on how to maintain effective communication with donors through text messaging. Using a five-digit code and a series of keywords, participants will use their mobile phones throughout an informative, hands-on presentation. Guest speaker Dave Asheim, CEO and Founder of San Franciscobased Give by Cell, is a veteran of up-and-coming technology and software providers with 11 years mobile technology experience. Before founding Guide by Cell in 2004, he was President of Well Engaged, the largest B2B software provider of web-based chat and discussion software and the pioneers of pre-Google/Facebook social networking. He began Give by Cell with the idea of bridging mobile technology and fundraising. Since then, the focus has grown in not only providing basic mobile fundraising tools but also new engagement tools for charities. travel resolutions for the new year, resolve to enjoy your journey AND Give by Cell is a leader in providing creative solutions to charitable your destination. organizations. Their work with more than 2,000 nonprofits, as well as With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22, it’s a good large foundations and Fortune 500 companies, allows them to be reminder for us all to show care for our collective home. The train is a fantastic way to travel while being environmentally conscious! Ditch the cutting-edge, anticipate and react to market needs, and serve as an industry expert. The company currently offers three main mobile car and take the Amtrak San Joaquins to your upcoming adventures fundraising tools: Mobile Give, Mobile Donate, and Mobile Pledge. across California. Visit, or email Alana Ross for registration and Visit the website,, for more information new date information at◼ about destination and tickets! All aboard!◼

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Plugging in: Earth Day 2020 and East Bay Community Energy Danny Kelly

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22nd, and it’s a big deal. In a year of important elections, little rain, and climate activism, you can expect people to be talking about Earth Day 2020 and East Bay Community Energy. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is Oakland and most of Alameda County’s default electricity generation provider. EBCE is a public agency looking to reinvest in our community. The County of Alameda and 11 of its cities formed East Bay Community Energy, the not-for-profit public agency that governs this Community Choice Energy service. While PG&E continues to maintain the grid and send you the bill, EBCE began procuring electricity for businesses in Oakland in June 2018.

100) or 100% renewable energy (Renewable Power Mix: At EBCE, providing cleaner, greener energy at 100). For more information contact Danny Kelly at lower rates to our customers is a top priority. or (510) 650-7585. Buying your electricity from EBCE is a simple way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet our community climate action goals. EBCE launched service in June 2018 with an ambitious power mix goal with higher percentages of renewable energy than PG&E. We also offer services for customers who want o double-down for the environment and purchase 100% carbon-free energy (Brilliant

Here is what this means for your business: • You have options. Oakland businesses were defaulted to EBCE’s Bright Choice generation option (85% carbon-free and cheaper than PG&E). You can choose at any time to switch to the Brilliant 100 option (100% carbon-free) or the Renewable 100 option (100% California wind and solar generation). • New energy programs, such as incentives to install battery storage, will be available to you in addition to any programs PG&E offers. • You receive the same reliable electric service you’ve always enjoyed.

8 Tips from Kaiser Permanente mental health experts: How to cope with stress, anxiety in challenging times Jonathan Bair

Kaiser Permanente shares eight tips from their day, and for a limited amount of time. Stay up to team of mental health experts on how to handle date using trusted sources, like the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress and anxiety. then take a break. The CDC also has good resources on stress and coping. 1. Keep up social connections

alone and that it’s ok to share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, colleague, clergy, or your physician or mental health provider.

Maintaining social connections is one of the most important things you can do to support your own mental health as well as others. Make a point of reaching out to those you love to keep your relationships strong even as we keep our physical distance. This is especially important for those with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Ask them how they are doing—offer to lend an ear and let them know you care.

8. Practice gratitude Practice gratitude by making a daily habit of writing down a few things you are grateful for. Better yet, send it to a friend and get them to share their list with you.

4. Practice good self-care Get plenty of nutrients by eating fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. We know that sleep has a direct impact on the immune system, so set a regular time each night to wind down and get some solid rest. 5. Modify your exercise routine If you are exercising at home now instead of the gym, have fun with modifying your routine. There are many resources available on the internet for working out without special equipment.

2. Offer to help others Simple gestures can mean a lot, like offering to shop for a neighbor or friend who may be more vulnerable, or letting people know you are 6. Take a few deep breaths available to help. Not only will they feel less Taking time to pause for just three full, deep isolated and alone, you will likely feel better as breaths can re-set the body’s “flight or fight” well. response. Try doing this several times throughout the day and see the difference it makes. 3. Take a media break If you find yourself spending significant time reading media coverage and notice it’s making 7. Share your feelings It’s normal, especially in times like these to you anxious, consider limiting yourself to checking the news at just one or two times per feel anxious and stressed. Know that you are not Page 24

About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser currently serves 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their per-sonal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.◼

All events are held at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce offices, 1333 Broadway, Plaza Level Suite 100, Oakland CA 4612, unless otherwise noted. Call 510.874.4800, or visit to confirm dates/times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members. Where applicable, specific events costs or fees are noted.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair ZACK WASSERMAN Wendel Rosen LLP DAN COHEN Full Court Press Communications MARK EVERTON Visit Oakland Board Chair

BEJNAMIN HARRISON Colliers International KENNETH MAXEY Comcast JACKIE RAY The Clorox Company MANAN SHAH Gensler


JIM MACKSOOD Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

ALICIA BERT Pacific Gas & Electric Co. WADE MARTIN Oakland Athletics MALINDER BHAN ED MCFARLAN Chase JRDV Urban International DAREN CHAN SAM NASSIF AT&T Creative Hospitality Corporation RAYMOND CONNELL Holland Partner Group DENISE PINKSTON TMG Partners MICHAEL L. HESTER McGuire and Hester DENISE PIPER Wells Fargo MICHAEL HURSH AC Transit JENNIFER SCANLON Kaiser Permanente PAT KERNIGHAN Former Councimember DAVID STEIN City of Oakland Donahue Fitzgerald LLP PAMELA KERSHAW ANGELA TSAY Port of Oakland Oaklandish RICH KINNEY Bj WASHINGTON Matson JPMorgan Chase & Co. MICHAEL LEBLANC JOHN WORLEY SE PLÄ YT ARUP GEORGE LOW California State University CIM Group East Bay Peralta Community College District ROBERT LUCCHESE Bank of America Schnitzer Steel Industries BARBARA LESLIE President and CEO Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce The mission of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is to secure the economic future of our community, and to enhance the quality of life in the City of Oakland.

OAKLAND BUSINESS REVIEW OBR Oakland Business Review (ISSN-7220) is published bi-monthly by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1333 Broadway, Plaza Level Suite 100, Oakland CA 94612-1903. Membership dues include subscription. Periodicals postage at Oakland CA. Contents may not be reproduced without permission. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to OAKLAND BUSINESS REVIEW, 1333 Broadway, Plaza Level Suite 100, Oakland CA 94612. Editor-in-Chief: Julia Lehman, BlackInk Advertising Sales: Design/Production: BlackInk Page 25

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