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Get ready for the annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3

> Special Election Nov.15 – Chamber endorsements by Paul Junge

✔ Support public safety – Support Measure I and Measure J The city of Oakland needs to come together, support the Oakland Police Department, and give them the tools they need to keep our citizens safe. This includes low-cost

tools like supporting curfews, anti-loitering ordinances and expanded use of gang injunctions. It also means supporting measures that cost money, like hiring more police officers, scheduling a police academy soon, be`er street lighting and using a force multiplier like Shot Spo`er. In these difficult budget times, the Chamber of Commerce recognizes that sacrifices have been made by many stakeholder groups. The Chamber has consistently urged the city to make structural reform before asking the voters for tax increases. And while more work needs to be done to address the structural problems, the Chamber wants to encourage the steps that have been made and address a real public safety need. This five-year tax – Measure I – deserves support. This is true despite the fact that the revenue from the Parcel Tax can be spent on a variety of projects. The City Council has said it will spend about 55-60 percent of the funds in the first year on the police. This amount should be higher – much higher. And in the years that follow the Chamber will urge the Council to devote these funds to keeping our city safe. No doubt reluctance by some to support Measure I is driven by a concern that the money will not be spent as promised. The Council should begin to address this issue of trust by spending these funds as the voters expect. Because public safety needs are great, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce supports Measure I. The need to manage finances intelligently and provide resources for public safety leads to support for Measure J as well. This pension reform is an incremental but permanent change that allows the city to responsibly get its fiscal house in order. Measure J would affect the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) – a system which was closed in 1975. The fund is only approximately 38 percent funded, and under current law the city would be required to make annual $46 million payments into the fund. With the city already struggling to make ends meet, finding this money to meet this obligation would mean even more cuts to police and other budgets. The Chamber has a record of urging the Council to address these pension obligations, and we continue that policy. Measure J allows an actuarially sound extension of payments that reduces annual payments without adding to the total cost. Approval of Measure J and extending the deadline for funding the pension does not increase debt. This reasonable measure makes sense in any fiscal environment and is especially useful in these difficult fiscal times. Measure I requires approval by a two-thirds vote. Measure J needs only a simple majority of votes cast. ■ Paul Junge is the Chamber’s director of public policy.

> Take this to the voting booth on Nov. 15 The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce urges the following recommendations for the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 15. These endorsements were approved by a vote of the Board of Directors after being reviewed by the Chamber’s Public Policy Council and professional staff.

Measure I Yes Measure J Yes

> Joining our parade Miss Rosa, star of “Mornings on PBS KIDS,” will make her third appearance in Oakland for America’s Children’s Holiday Parade this year – but in a different role. This year she’ll be in the broadcast booth with the parade’s TV crew that includes Claudine Wong, the award-winning reporter and anchor with KTVU. “Mornings on PBS Kids” teaches the pre-school audience that learning is an adventure that’s fun and engaging. Featuring such favorites as Curious George and Sid the Science Kid, the show gives children thinking skills that help prepare them for kindergarten. The segments feature hands-on activities with Miss Rosa and real pre-schoolers, a show-andtell time with Miss Rosa, and music videos with Mr. Steve. Also coming back to the parade are numerous awardwinning high school bands from the Bay Area and around the state, as well as bands from Guatemala and Jamaica. America’s Children’s Holiday Parade is the only holiday parade in the country that contains bands from outside the United States.

> Don’t let the parade pass you by

Throughout this country, in parts of Canada, and 175 countries overseas, millions will enjoy the sites and sounds of family fun in Oakland. But this year, more than ever, the 12th annual Comcast America’s Children’s Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 needs your financial support. The parade’s Steering Committee is looking for more sponsors that can help make the parade a success for the children of Oakland and for the millions of television viewers across America. Be a “Friend of the Parade” with a contribution of $500 or more. Proceeds will be used to underwrite the cost of balloons, banners, bleachers and everything else needed to make the parade the magnificent spectacle that it’s been in the past.

On parade day in downtown Oakland, more than 100,000 spectators – children of all ages – enjoy the spectacular floats, the colorful balloons, the beautiful floats, and the award-winning marching bands. Some 40 cartoon and storybook children’s characters entertain. As do bands – many bands. This year the parade boasts 22 marching high school bands, as well as two international bands – from Guatemala and Jamaica. This is the first holiday parade in the country, in fact, that will feature bands from outside of the United States. The parade is also a holiday championship for the marching band circuit, sanctioned by the Northern California Band Association. These are your sponsorship dollars at work, with people all over the world seeing Oakland in a different light – a shining light that demonstrates that Oakland is a city of families that has a sense of pride and purpose. The parade will march through the streets of downtown Oakland beginning at 2 p.m., with children’s characters that include Snoopy and friends, Cat in the Hat, the Berenstain Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, and Warner Brothers characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others. Other special guests will include Mr. Steve, host of PBS Kids, a popular public broadcasting show. The parade will march up Broadway from 11th Street to 20th Street and turns right to Lake Merri`. The parade truly is a national event, with parade items, entries and volunteers coming in from ten different states, and from as far away as New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida. Don’t let the parade pass you by. Show your support today. For sponsorship opportunities for the 12th annual parade, visit or contact Chamber President Joe Haraburda at (510) 874-4810 or at jharaburda@oakland ■

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Names in the news • Jerry Metzker, who has 14 years of development and marketing expertise with particular skill in enhancing funding and outreach programs, has been named the new development manager at Biotech Partners. Prior to joining the Biotech Partners team, Metzker was previously development manager at Be A Mentor, Inc., and is currently the coJerry Metzker

chair of the Chamber’s Nonprofit Roundtable Committee. • Chadwick Spell, with more than 12 years of business consulting experience, has recently become a Comcast business account executive. Formerly with Cbeyond and a current Chamber Ambassador, Spell is excited to bring our community and businesses the

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benefit of having solutions aimed for growth. • The Northern California Small Business Development Center (NorCal SBDC) regional network has hired James Alva as its new strategic initiatives director. In this new position, Alva will develop and strengthen services to small businesses primarily in the areas of technology, international trade, government contracting and green business technologies.

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• Conway B. Jones, Jr. of Oakland, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force and long-time arts

and civic leader, has been appointed to the Alameda County Veterans Affairs Commission. Jones previously served a four-year term on the Alameda County Arts Commission and served as chair of the Oakland Arts Council. • Kaiser Permanente has announced that its Medicare plans in California received an overall rating of 5 stars for parts C and D, the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2012. Through the Medicare Star Quality Rating System, CMS assigns scores of 1 to 5 stars to Medicare plans based on 50 quality measures across five categories that include staying healthy, managing chronic conditions, member satisfaction, customer service, and pharmacy services. • Holy Names University has been awarded a five-year, $5,073,800 Transition to Teaching Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. • Grubb & Ellis Company, a leading real estate services and investment firm, has announced that members of its Office Group represented both parties in Metrovation’s five-year lease of 331 Jefferson St., an approximately 5,150-square-foot office building in Jack London Square, to Jocoto Advertising. Jocoto Advertising is relocating from San Francisco and will take occupancy of the space in January 2012. • ENGEO, an employee-owned firm of geotechnical and civil engineers, geologists, hydrologists, environmental professionals and construction services technicians, ranked ninth on the list on The Great Place to Work® Ranking for 2011, Best Small & Medium Workplaces in the nation, presented by Entrepreneur®. This annual, national list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. • Bell Investment Advisors, an investment advisory firm, has announced that James Bell, CFP®, the firm’s founder and president, has been selected by the Arts Commission of Alameda County as the recipient of the 2011 Arts Leadership Award for Oakland/Berkeley (District 5). Past winners have included Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Tony Taccone, artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. ■


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> Chamber Day at Golden Gate From the President | Joe Haraburda

Looking ahead More good things to come! We look to the future with great optimism! “Many” of us have been part of the Oakland community for more than 25 years and can attest to the fact that we have had our ups and downs! It can also be said that the same “many” have witnessed growth and development in Oakland, and we always look to the future for more good things to come! My hope for Oakland is to be the successful location for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s second campus at the Brooklyn Basin site. Choosing Oakland will clearly reinforce the message that we have the best site, best commute, best trained workforce and a city willing to be supportive for the long term. And of course a clear invitation to businesses aligned with the Lab to join them here in Oakland. Public safety, however, continues to be our number one priority for Oakland. The Chamber accordingly has endorsed Measures I & J to provide added funds for the Oakland Police Department. So send in your ballot ASAP! We still believe the city can do more to restructure its operation to ensure fulfillment of basic services. Our congratulations to Chief Howard Jordon as Oakland’s Interim Chief and offer him our full cooperation and support. Welcome Eleanor Hollander I’m pleased to announce that Eleanor Hollander has been named the Chamber’s new director of economic development. Eleanor recently moved to the East Bay from Chicago, where she was working as the manager for a large multi-neighborhood special service area – similar to Oakland’s business improvement districts. Her background is in city planning and she’ll coordinate the Chamber’s Economic Development Forum and act as our liaison to the city regarding a variety of planning and development issues. Please join me in welcoming Eleanor to the Chamber team. She’ll be working on your behalf to improve the economic development climate in Oakland. ■

Fields Nov. 11 The annual Chamber Day at the Races, a special day at Golden Gate Fields, will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11:30 a.m. For just $35 Chamber members will receive valet parking, admission, reserved seating, a daily racing program and a Turf Club buffet. A special race will also be named in the Oakland Chamber’s honor. In addition, members of other local Chambers will be participating, making the event an excellent opportunity to network. Buffet hours run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first race begins at 12:45 p.m. Don’t miss your chance for a big win. To reserve your tickets and for more information, contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at amedina@oakland ■

> Start your healthcare career with free information session Samuel Merritt University, a fully accredited health sciences institution that offers degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine, will host a free information session for students interested in learning more about obtaining an education in healthcare. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Samuel Merritt will offer an information session to “Start Your Career in Healthcare” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium of the Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St. No RSVP is needed. The sessions will provide general information about preparing for various health professions and in particular for the academic programs offered at Samuel Merritt University. For more information, visit or call (800) 607-6377. ■

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Oakland at the holidays

> Head to Oakland for the holiday season by Lindsay Wright

Oakland comes alive during the holidays when parades, festivals, music and performances abound. Invite your family and friends to visit Oakland and take part in the array of activities.

You’ll find a blend of traditional holiday events and unconventional activities, a little bit of everything for everyone in your family.

Family festivities • When the trees are lined with lights and snow is found in Oakland, it's a sure sign that the holidays are here. Get into the spirit at Rockridge in the Snow, held Saturday, Nov. 26 near Rockridge BART. Santa will be in town early to spark the holiday spirit, and holiday carolers will be on hand as well. • On Friday, Dec. 2, head to Jack London Square for the official tree lighting ceremony, including a preview of the floats and characters from America’s Children’s Holiday Parade. Enjoy music and festivities as the holiday tree is lit for the season. • The following day, Saturday, Dec. 3, America’s Children’s Holiday Parade will march up Broadway beginning at 2 p.m. in an annual tradition that drawn 100,000 spectators to Oakland. Bring the family downtown to catch the holiday floats and marching bands. Television stars from PBS Kids will ride through the streets singing holiday tunes. • During the month of December, enjoy ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo, which becomes a fantasyland of toy soldiers, over-sized candy canes and lollipops, all lit up with thousands of LED lights. Walk around the displays and enjoy the holiday music. • Children’s Fairyland turns into a Fairy Winterland from Dec. 16-23, celebrating the holidays of many different cultures with live performances, rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts.

where you can shop for gifts from over 70 Bay Area artisans. For more shopping in Oakland, go to

▲ (Above left) America’s Children’s Holiday Parade marches up Broadway beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Above) The Oakland Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 22-24 at the Paramount Theatre.

Where to stay Do you need to find accommodations for your relatives? Oakland has a variety of stunning and affordable properties for visitors to the city. See for options in the area. Dining in Oakland Show off your city’s culinary scene by bringing your relatives to one of Oakland’s delicious restaurant options. And if you have guests arriving in the new year, make sure to bring them to Oakland Restaurant Week. ■ Lindsay Wright is marketing and communications manager at Visit Oakland.

Musical entertainment and performances • Add something different to the mix for the holiday season and head to Peralta Hacienda on Thursday, Dec. 1 for “Zorro by Night: Fiesta, Flamenco, Fire.” Flamenco lessons, Zorro films, costume contests and even historical cocktails will be available to guests. • Three-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Mathis comes to the Paramount Theatre on Friday, Dec. 2 to sing some of his favorite holiday tunes for Christmas. Dave Koz will bring his Smooth Jazz Christmas to the Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10. • The San Francisco Girls Chorus performs at the Creche Festival on Friday, Dec. 9 at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Grammy-award winning group Chanticleer will perform their annual Christmas Concert the following evening on Saturday, Dec. 10, and the Creche Festival will come to a close on Sunday, Dec. 11 with the Christmas Jazz Festival. • The Oakland East Bay Symphony will collaborate with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and special guest Joan Baez on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Paramount Theatre for “Let Us Break Bread Together.” A combination of gospel, classical and holiday favorites will be included. • The holidays aren’t the same without a performance of “The Nutcracker.” The Oakland Ballet Company will perform Graham Lustig’s interpretation of the classic story from Thursday, Dec. 22 through Saturday, Dec. 24 at the Paramount Theatre. Holiday shopping

• Head over to one of Oakland’s neighborhoods and stop into the antique stores or boutiques to find something unique. The Crucible will also host its Holiday Art Sale & Open House Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11,

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> Snow flurries in Oakland? Jack London Square celebrates the holidays Join family and friends as Oakland’s premier waterfront destination is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with snow flurries, for its annual tree lighting festivities from 5-7 p.m. The evening’s featured star is Jack London Square’s stunning 55-foot-tall fir tree delivered from Mount Shasta and decorated with 5,000 sparkling lights. Holiday revelers can participate in a holiday carol sing-a-along with members of the San Francisco Concert Chorale, visit the petting arena with two live reindeer, interact with a host of costumed characters and preview parade floats from the 12th Annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, scheduled for 2 p.m. in downtown Broadway on the following day, Saturday, Dec.3. As part of the activities, Jack London Square is hosting a canned food drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and a toy drive for the city of Oakland. Featured at the tree lighting will be performances by Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, local group Honey Bee Trio and a 40-member marching band from Jamaica. The parade’s honorary grand marshals, Mr. Steve (Steve Songs) and Miss Rosa (Jennifer Pena) from Mornings on PBS Kids, will also attend. In addition, children ages 5 to 14 will have a chance to show off their own performance chops at Jack London Square’s Rising Star Talent Competition, organized in tandem with KBLX radio. The winner of the competition will be a VIP guest in America’s Children’s Holiday Parade the following afternoon. “The tree lighting event has become our favorite tradition at Jack London Square,” said Linda Meyer, marketing director at Jack London Square. “It’s a chance for friends and neighbors from the East Bay and beyond to come together and get into the holiday spirit, create new memories and offer support to our local charitable partners.” The holiday spirit will continue at Jack London Square throughout the weekend. On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, the Encinal Yacht Club will be holding its annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Jack London Square waterfront. More than 35

▲ There’s music and merriment at Jack London Square this holiday season.

lit and decorated boats are anticipated to participate in this year’s parade, a holiday favorite benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Firefighter’s Random Acts organization. Get a front-row seat for the parade while enjoying a bite at one of the Square’s world-class restaurants, including Bocanova, Cocina Poblana, Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Il Pescatore, Kincaid’s, Yoshi’s, and Hahn’s Hibachi. For more information on holiday festivities, visit www.JackLondon or follow Jack London Square on Facebook and Twitter at @JackLondonSq. ■

> Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate – Still a holiday tradition The city of Oakland’s annual “A Holiday Tradition,” hosted by Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, has become a celebration of Oakland’s diversity, with live entertainment and fun for the entire family. During the last 41 years and centered around the national historical landmark, Dunsmuir Hellman House, A Holiday Tradition has created the greatest holiday enjoyment with one-stop shopping, nostalgic teas, breakfast with Santa, carriage rides and a host of other activities for everyone. Bring friends and family to enjoy quality time together while touring the 16,224square-foot mansion where volunteers have put in more than 5,000 hours to transform it into a breathtaking masterpiece of an Edwardian holiday. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations. This year’s program has been expanded to include the Great Meadow Holiday Sing-a-Long; adult and children’s holiday tea, live entertainment, carriage rides, carriage house crafters, a mansion gift shop, mansion tours, winter café, Kids Zone, and breakfast with Santa. According to Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) Director Audree JonesTaylor, “Holiday traditions help us create memories and have lasting impacts on our children. So we invite everyone to ‘Come Out and Play the OPR Way’ and have a great time at the Annual Holiday Tradition activities.” Events will run from Dec. 3-18 (Saturdays and Sundays only) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Built in 1899, the Dunsmuir House was designed from the international set of power and wealth. The romantic tale of Alexander Dunsmuir and Josephine Wallace is capably told by Docents during public tours at the mansion. The house was a wedding gift to Josephine after a 20-year liaison. In 1906, the House was purchased by I. W. Hellman, Jr. of Wells Fargo Bank to serve as a summer resort for his family. It was dubbed Oakvale Park. The Estate will also be open on Fridays for special tours of the grounds. Call (925) 244-1599 to schedule an appointment or visit www.dunsmuirhellman .com. It is located at 2960 Peralta Oaks Court off 106th Avenue in Oakland. ■


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photo courtesy of Jack London Square

Have you ever seen snow flurries in Oakland? You can on Friday, Dec. 2, as Jack London Square kicks off a season of holiday magic in style.

Oakland at the holidays

> Chabot Space & Science Center –

> ZooLights – A holiday

Rocketing towards science literacy

light festival

You already know the importance of science to our society and to our workforce competitiveness. Breakthroughs in medicine, technology, transportation, energy, etc, can measurably improve lives at the individual and global level, and can transform a local economy. Chabot Space & Science Center’s former student, Tom Hanks, said, “From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.” But underlying that surety to “just go” to the moon were scores of men and women, trained engineers, mathematicians, scientists, who had far less science and technology at their disposal than we have today but did possess intellectual curiosity and a profound Chabot Space & Science Center belief that many of the world’s challenges could be has launched the “Climb-It solved through the scientific method. Challenge” to encourage the At Chabot Space & Science Center, staff public to visit the Center using members are working with the educational and alternative methods of business communities to ensure that our children transportation on selected today become the scientifically literate workforce dates. The events on two that will take confident steps towards solving the Saturdays will include free challenges that face us tomorrow. shuttle transportation and The hands-on, engaging approach at Chabot is not discounts on admission. a substitute for science taught in the schools, but it is The program is a pilot project a place that can spark interest with people of all ages funded by the Metropolitan in a way that a traditional classroom might not. There Transportation Commission's are a number of ways that Chabot is contributing to Climate Initiatives Program to our community, and we offer these examples as ways educate, inspire and empower that they’re helping to improve science literacy: youth and their families to make • Bill Nye’s Climate Lab is one of the most transportation-related behavior successful exhibits in its history, recently winning a changes that reduce GHG emisprestigious national innovation award. This cuttingsions and vehicle miles traveled; edge, interactive experience has kids excited learning impart the knowledge and skills about the science of energy and climate. to youth and their families that • Night School: East Bay’s Hybrid Social Encounter will lead to the greatest reduction in GHG emissions in the long term; and provide elements to empower visitors and remove barriers to behavior change. A free shuttle will bring people from the Fruitvale BART station to Chabot Space & Science Center on Saturdays, Nov. 26, and Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., leaving every 40 minutes. The last shuttle will depart Chabot at 3:40 p.m. Riders on the free shuttle will receive $2 off General Admission to Chabot, home of Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, a positive, solutionsoriented exhibition centered on the Earth’s changing climate. and Science Experiment for Adults is a rockin’ hall pass Visitors will also receive $2 off on the third Friday of the month where guests 18 and General Admission when arriving older can revisit old school with music, drinks, food in a carpool with three riders or science, café conversations, live shows, DIY workmore on the same dates. Upon shops, stargazing, and bite-size astronomy classes. arrival at Chabot Space & Science • As a result of a successful agreement with the Center, everyone in the carpool Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Chabot has will receive a R.A.R.E. (Reduce emphasized its commitment to the Oakland schools Admissions Reduced Emissions) by providing free admission to all OUSD school card, redeemable for $2 off groups, resulting in a 47 percent increase by the General Admission. Chabot Space & Science end of the ’10-‘11 school year. Center is located at 10000 Skyline • Chabot’s 2011 summer teacher institutes Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the were fully enrolled, ensuring that they provide science Oakland hills. For more enrichment and professional development to those information, visit on the front lines of teaching and inspiring our kids. ■ Chabot Space & Science Center extends an invitation to our business community to partner with Chabot and be introduced to new customers at the same time. For instance, your business can sponsor one of their many programs, like Peet’s sponsorship of complimentary coffee on the observatory deck, or PG&E’s sponsorship of Educator’s Night. You can become a member of Chabot’s Corporate Advisory Council, book a team building event for your staff, or entertain clients at the Center. Direct donations can be made by visiting, or to discuss creative ways that a partnership can also benefit your business contact Melissa Rosengard at or at (510) 336-7379. ■

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new ‘Climb-It Challenge’

During the evenings of Dec. 2 through Jan. 1, the Oakland Zoo morphs into a magical wonderland filled with lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season. Thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland’s night sky for the presentation of ZooLights, an annual Oakland holiday tradition. This year’s highlights include a candy cane lane, themed rides, a nighttime adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Children’s Zoo, and a light show that’s sure to blow out any “bah hum bugs.” When it’s cold outside, warm up while watching the creepy crawlies in the Bug House. And, do snakes like holly? The Zoo elves are decking the halls of the Reptile Room with mistletoe and all things jolly. This family friendly event is filled with familiar festive music by KBLX Radio, a meadow light show orchestrated by Impact Lighting, and an atmosphere that will bring you holiday cheer. For more information visit ■

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Oakland at the holidays

> Joan Baez to perform with Symphony Dec. 11 The Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) and Music Director Michael Morgan will celebrate the holiday season with legendary singer/composer/activist Joan Baez and a joyous roster of guest artists for OEBS’ popular annual holiday celebration “Let Us Break Bread Together” on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. Baez will make a special guest appearance on a program with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir and Klezmer sensation Kugelplex. The afternoon of inspiring gospel, classical Joan Baez selections, holiday favorites and sing-alongs has made this annual event one of the Bay Area’s most beloved celebrations of the season for the past 19 years. Baez will join Maestro Morgan and company this holiday after having to cancel her appearance last December due to injuries sustained in a fall from her tree house. Baez has used her music to call for and inspire social change. Instrumental to the rebirth of the folk tradition in the 1960s, Baez has toured and recorded more than 30 albums while managing to find time to sing at fundraisers and benefits for causes around the world. Active for over 50 years, she continues to perform worldwide and support causes close to her heart. Founded by Rhythmic Concepts, Inc. in 1986 after an inspirational Gospel music workshop led by Terrance Kelly at RCI’s Jazz Camp West, Oakland

> ‘Nutcracker’ begins Dec. 22 The Oakland Ballet Company will present its annual performances of “Nutcracker” at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), Friday, Dec. 23 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 24 (11 a.m.). The Nutcracker, which will feature Michael Morgan conducting members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, will once again feature the work of ballet artistic director Graham Lustig. A Sweet Dreams Party will follow the matinee performances on Thursday and Friday. People of all ages are welcome, but require a ticket ($12). To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.Ticket, or call the Paramount Box office at (510) 465-6400. ■

> Exhibitions galore at Oakland Museum Three special exhibitions will be featured during the holidays at Oakland Museum of California. The 17th annual Days of the Dead exhibition, “Love & Loss: Días de los Muertos 2011,” looks beyond the icons to delve into the heartfelt tales of love and loss that “ofrendas” have to tell. Ends Dec. 11. In a second holiday exhibit, explore the legacy of John Muir’s life and the ways he continues to influence our relationship with the world. Ends Jan. 27, 2012. A third exhibit remembers a defining moment in Bay Area history as it presents “1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath,” photographs by Richard Misrach. Ends Feb. 12, 2012. ■


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Interfaith Gospel Choir began as an independent organization in 1991. It consists of 60 singers and four musicians who represent a multi-racial, multicultural interfaith community of diversity. The Oakland East Bay Symphony was founded in July 1988, when musicians from the former Oakland Symphony joined community leaders to form a new orchestra. Michael Morgan was appointed music director in 1990 and began guiding the Symphony in the musical and philosophical direction it pursues today. OEBS has achieved distinction nationally as a leading regional orchestra, noted for its unique convergence of artistic excellence and community service. The Symphony's mission is to make classical music accessible, particularly to those individuals in the community who might otherwise never hear live symphonic music. For full season information, visit ■

Public Policy Creating a strong economy

> Gang injunctions, curfews don’t work, says Vice Mayor Brooks by Paul Junge

Vice Mayor Desley Brooks (City Council District 6) was the guest speaker at the Chamber’s Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum in October. “Public safety” was the main focus of her comments and she covered several topics.

Councilmember Brooks told the group that in her view gang injunctions do not work; she says they displace crime instead of stopping it. She cited crime statistics increasing in North Oakland where 15 gang members have been cited in a gang injunction for just over the last year. She also expressed opposition to youth curfews, noting that according to the Oakland Police Department (OPD), only 10 percent of criminal offenses are committed by persons under the age of 18. Gang injunctions and a youth curfew are policies the Chamber supports. Councilmember Brooks also discussed better collection of crime data as a way of focusing police efforts where they are most needed. She has worked with OPD in developing data gathering and reporting that she says has been adopted by OPD. She also said it was not clear if the Mayor had used that information to identify the 100-block focus of her crime-fighting efforts. An audio technology called “Shot Spotter” also came in for praise by the Vice Mayor. The system detects gunshots within a three-square-mile area and promptly alerts police Desley Brooks just where the shot(s) occurred. She said that data from when the system was briefly used four years ago shows the number of gunshots decreases when the system is used. Brooks also argued that better street lighting, especially in high crime areas, was a critical need. Councilmember Brooks is serving her third term as the City Council representative from District 6, and she pointed out some of the good news happening in her district. ■

> Specialty’s opens in City Center Specialty’s offers a broad assortment of savory breakfast sandwiches served on delicious, madefrom-scratch country ciabatta. If you have a morning sweet tooth, try a Specialty’s cinnamon roll or chocolate almond morning bun. Fresh and tasty lunchtime options abound at Specialty’s, with classic sandwiches, crisp, fresh salads, and delicious soups. For dessert, few can resist their hearty cookie, cake and brownie selection. “Twenty-two years ago we started our company from our home in the East Bay. Today, we are excited to bring our made-from-scratch, wholesome breakfasts, lunches and treats to our second location in downtown Oakland,” said Dawn Saxton, Specialty’s co-founder. Specialty’s Café & Bakery has nearly 40 locations in the Bay Area, southern California, Washington and Illinois. ■ Specialty’s Café & Bakery, known for its broad assortment of breakfast and lunchtime sandwiches, gourmet salads and mouthwatering treats, has opened its doors at 555 12th St. in Oakland’s City Center.

▲ Owners Craig and Dawn Saxton (holding the scissors) celebrate the opening Paul Junge is the Chamber’s director of public policy.

of Specialty’s Café and Bakery at 555 12th St. in Oakland’s City Center.

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Economic Development Creating a strong economy

> New activity in three strong districts by Eleanor Hollander, AICP

Three of Oakland’s best performing ▲ At the Economic Development economic districts – Jack London Square, Forum (left to right) – guest Rockridge and the Airport Area – were speaker Chris Jackson (Rockridge represented at the Chamber’s monthly Business Improvement District), Economic Development Forum on Oct. 12. Chamber Board member Solomon A trio of dynamic presenters spoke about their Ets-Hokin (Colliers International), respective projects areas. First, Jim Falaschi, Anthony Thompson (Bank of chairman of Transbay Holdings, gave an update Alameda), guest speaker Jim on the leasing and development progress in Falaschi (Transbay Holdings), Jack London Square, which his company has Chamber Economic Development been instrumental in developing. Falaschi Director Eleanor Hollander, and underscored how his company is working to Board member Eric Kisshauer “soften” the large expanses of “hardscape” in (Pankow Builders). the square by injecting play areas and other interactive amenities into some of the common area improvements. This has served to make the area more pedestrian friendly and increase the leasing rate on some of the properties, despite the recent vacancy created by the abrupt closing of Barnes and Noble. Falaschi said that the former bookstore space will be used by Sungevity, a company that has been recently expanding its footprint in Oakland. Founded in 2007, Sungevity offers solar leasing programs to consumers who pay a monthly fee to cover the installation of rooftop energy systems. Additionally, Falaschi shared that the 45,000-square-foot marketplace designed to be

▼ Debbie Hauser (right), executive director of the Airport Area Business Association, promotes her proposed Business Improvement District with Chamber Economic Development Department chair Charissa Frank (Swinerton Builders).

a food emporium for Jack London Square and environs is now 60 percent leased. Due to the scale of the space, the lease percentage must rise to at least 80 percent before the marketplace opens successfully to the public. Next, Debbie Hauser, executive director of the Airport Area Business Association (AABA), described the AABA’s progress in developing a property tax based business improvement district (P-BID) in the airport area. The area businesses hope that such a district will be able to assist area land owners with landscaping, special lighting, graffiti abatement and promotion of special events and cultural opportunities. After extensive outreach to business and property managers, the 42-year old organization hopes to demonstrate a show of support for the assessment from at least 50 percent of the property owners. The process for establishing an Airport Area P-BID can take anywhere from six to 24 months. Finally, Chris Jackson, executive director of the Rockridge Business Improvement District, described how his organization has helped the merchant members promote their businesses in a number of ways – from organizing street festivals, improving security, engaging in marketing efforts, and interfacing with local schools. A recent accomplishment includes getting the light poles painted along College Avenue after 17 years of neglect. He also described the challenges particular to a sales tax based district – specifically that it is hard to predict what the operations budget will be from year to year. ■ Eleanor Hollander, AICP, is the Chamber’s director of economic development.

> Airport Area BID launched The Airport Area Business Association (AABA) has announced the launch of the Airport Area Property-Based Business Improvement District (BID) in Oakland. “The time is right, the need exists, means are available, results will be transformative,” said AABA executive director Debbie Hauser. “Our BID offers property owners a say in how the Airport-Coliseum area is marketed, how funds are allocated for needed services, and the opportunity to implement an ongoing maintenance program tailored to meet the needs of the business community. We see additional security as one of the major services desired by owners, but it’s they who will decide what’s best as our BID campaign moves forward. We’re encouraged by what we’ve seen transpire in other parts of Oakland as a result of BIDs.” With nine other business improvement districts already operating successfully in the city, AABA hopes to create the tenth, and the first for District 7. The 42-yearold organization has received the endorsement of Council President Larry Reid to spearhead the effort in his Council district. “The BID offers an incredible opportunity to strengthen the Hegenberger corridor and empower property owners and merchants doing business there,” says Reid. For those property owners unfamiliar with business improvement districts, it will be reassuring for them to learn that a BID does not replace existing city services, but rather enhances them with an additional layer of service on top of what is already there. Programs are molded by owners, for owners, who fund the district through an assessment added to their county property tax. ■

> Wendel, Rosen honored Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP has received a first-tier ranking in the second annual “Best Law Firms” list, published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Clinching the ranking’s highest possible honor, the list specifically recognizes Wendel Rosen’s highly regarded Bankruptcy Practice. Inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” listing is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes data collection, evaluation and feedback from thousands of clients, lawyers and law firm representatives spanning a wide range of practice areas nationwide. Additionally, Wendel Rosen Partners Michael Cooper, Michael Dean and Charles Hansen have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. ■

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> Should the Warriors be

“Moneyball.” Doesn’t use of the bridge show that even the team recognizes that in its heart they are “of, by, and for” Oakland? Second, getting local is the new money-maker. Baseball’s Miami Marlins recommitted to downtown Miami after years of playing in a converted football stadium in by Dan Cohen deep suburbia. By building a new stadium in Miami and changing their name (from Florida Marlins), they have doubled down on their bond with their most loyal and While we wait for the NBA to tip-off, how about we discuss renaming the team local fans. to the Oakland Warriors? As a business decision, this is fascinating. The “brand” of Florida Marlins baseIn a non-scientific survey among my Facebook friends there is a near even split. ball is affiliated with two world championships. However, the team likely saw no As you might imagine, my friends from that city across the bay raised a number of economic downside, and perhaps the potential for greatly increased revenues, by concerns while my 510 friends, and even ones from around the country, saw the adopting a hyper-local name and tapping into the affinity that goes possibilities in renaming the team. along with it. If you ask me, the Oakland Warriors has a fantastic ring to it. It is We need to look no further than 14th and Broadway to see recognition that Oakland is an economic force unto itself and a hat tip Oaklandish – a clothing and nonprofit enterprise that has tapped into to the community that has supported it through lean and good years. an enormous reservoir of good will and feeling towards Oakland. If Long ago, the Warriors were affiliated with a city…Philadelphia. My people in Oakland and across the entire region will spend $28 on a dad, a huge fan of the team, still talks about the direct link between t-shirt with a home-grown logo, how much would it be worth to the the players, the people and the city. Among the team greats included team to do the same? Paul Arazin, Neil Johnson, and Tom Gola. None stood taller than Wilt Third, getting local “guarantees” a winner. Local political consultant Chamberlain, who changed the game with his great scoring ability. Barry Barnes shared with me on Facebook that as the “California Angels Many of these players were born, raised or attended college in Philly. they won the division just three times in 31 years, and never a World The Warriors were “of, by, and for” Philadelphia. Their teams reflected Series. Since dropping California (and changing to Anaheim), they have the city’s diversity and grit. “If you ask me, won five division titles, a wild card, a pennant and a World Series In today’s NBA, players may come and go, but Oakland fans have the Oakland (boo!).” It’s a lock! Change the name, win a title. consistently packed the arena and had a collaborative relationship Warriors has a Finally, it wouldn’t be an article about Oakland if this didn’t quote with the Warriors efforts to give back to the community. fantastic ring to the great Dick Spees, longtime City Councilman, political guru, and the What’s in a name? I think we can look to three examples for it. It is recognition biggest Oakland booster there has ever been. He posted on Facebook, guidance. that Oakland is an “Absolutely the Warriors should be renamed the Oakland Warriors. First, the Warriors are already wearing their Oakland pride. Last economic force They have had a great deal at the Coliseum and should repay and honor season, the Warriors unveiled a new logo and look to its jerseys. unto itself and a Oakland by renaming the team.” ■ Featured prominently was the new Bay Bridge. ESPN’s Paul Jenkins said hat tip to the the logo is a “…great connection with the team’s heritage.” community that Dan Cohen is principal at Full Court Press and is a member of The new bridge will soon be as iconic and Oakland-centric as the Chamber’s Board of Directors. has supported it the giant cranes at the Port that played a starring role in the movie through lean and

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> When the lockout ends, will the Warriors be ready? by Carl Steward

All that’s needed now is a season to get that era started. That could take awhile, however, and there is a mounting possibility that there might not be a season at all. The NBA is in the throes of what could be the worst labor impasse in its history, and as of late October, an ownership lockout that began on July 1 was still in effect, with very little hope of a quick resolution on the horizon. The first two weeks of the regular season were canceled on Oct. 11 and games scheduled through Christmas could be wiped out next. The owners contend the league lost more than $300 million last season and that 22 of 30 teams lost money. They are demanding a reduction of the players’ revenue share from 57 percent to 50 percent, and also want a firm salary cap and shorter contracts in order to help small market teams not only make money but compete. The real question now is how long the lockout can last before the entire season will be in jeopardy, and how that will affect the second season of the Warriors’ new ownership headed by Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber. A three-day marathon negotiating session with a federal mediator did not significantly bridge the gap between the owners and players. Talks broke off and neither side appears ready to blink. How long can things go before Warriors fans have to pack away their “We Believe” t-shirts? Good question, but there is some precedent. In 1998-99, the NBA suffered through a similar lockout that wasn’t resolved until Jan. 20, and the league still managed a 50-game regular season plus their normal schedule of playoffs. The league did not begin playing until Feb. 5. There is another, more gloomy, precedent Stephen Curry has that the Warriors and the NBA could be facing, established himself as the team’s point guard and also may be the however. The National Hockey League canceled team’s most popular player. its entire 2004-05 season in a similar ownership

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lockout over radical restructuring of revenue sharing. If and when the season commences, the Warriors will be faced with more immense challenges than other teams simply because so many changes have been made to both the executive and coaching staff. It’s pretty much a whole new lineup on both fronts. In the front office, Rick Welts is the club’s new chief operating officer, replacing Robert Rowell, and Marty Glick is the new chief financial officer. Bob Myers has been hired as the assistant general manager of basketball operations and he will have nearly as much input on the team’s personnel maneuvers as holdover general manager Larry Riley. Hall of Famer Jerry West has joined the team’s executive board and will no doubt consult heavily on basketball matters as well. On the bench, longtime NBA point guard and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson was hired to replace Keith Smart despite the fact that he has never coached at any level. Jackson will be well insulated as far as X’s and O’s, however, with the naming of veteran assistant Michael Malone as his chief assistant. Pete Myers, Jerry DeGregorio and Wes Unseld Jr. also join an all-new Warriors coaching staff. Since players and coaches can’t have contact during the lockout, the team will have a lot of issues to settle once there is labor peace. First and foremost is familiarity, something many teams don’t have to worry about. How will players respond to Jackson and his system after making a 10-game improvement under Smart last season? The other big question is what kind of roster the Warriors will try to build under a tight time frame. Under what will certainly be new, stricter guidelines for the salary cap, it remains to be seen what moves can be made to improve a team that was just 36-46 last year and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Before the lockout, there had been much discussion of a possible trade

involving the team’s leading scorer, guard Monta Ellis, for Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala, but there are a number of teams who would covet a player of Ellis’ scoring prowess. The new incoming coach, Jackson, has gone on record as saying he hopes Ellis stays, calling him the third-best shooting guard in the league behind the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Heat’s Dwyane Wade. If Ellis isn’t moved, the Warriors that would prospectively take the court at the end of the lockout probably wouldn’t be much changed from the club that finished the 2010-11 season. Heading into his third season, Stephen Curry has established himself as the team’s point guard and also may be the team’s most popular player. The team committed a six-year, $80 million contract to power forward David Lee before the start of last season, so he’s a fixture, and the club isn’t likely to move small forward Dorell Wright, who was one of the NBA’s most improved players last season after coming over from Miami. Power forward Epke Udoh, entering his second season, figures to enlarge his role. Udoh could help solve one of the team’s big problem areas at center, where veteran Andris Biedrins has often been injured the past two seasons and underachieved when he hasn’t been hurt. A player who averaged double figures in points and rebounds in 2008-2009, Biedrins averaged just five points and seven rebounds the past two years and made just 84 starts due to various physical maladies. He is still owed roughly $27 million on the three years remaining on his contract. The Warriors also will look to strengthen a bench that was one of the weakest in the NBA last season. None of it can happen, however, until players and owners get on the same page regarding settlement of the lockout. It could be a long wait. ■ Carl Steward is a sports columnist for the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group.

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> Winter camp sessions announced

of Colliers International. Everyone Gives is simple. By building a “giving tree” for a selected charity, people will see the multiplier effect of their giving efforts, as the branches of the tree grow and expand. It is designed to engage givers of any means to give to and share the causes they care about. Social responsibility takes involvement and commitment. It’s about leading by example through the actions and contributions of people and watching them grow. The Golden State Warriors and Colliers International Oakland are two great examples of this. Colliers International is a global leader in real estate services with more than 15,000 professionals operating out of 480 offices in 61 countries. Colliers provides a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide including global corporate solutions; sales and lease brokerage; property and asset management; project management; hotel investment sales and consulting; property valuation and appraisal services; mortgage banking and insightful research. For additional information visit ■ Catherine Arlin is operations manager for Colliers International in Oakland.

▲ Larry Riley, the Warriors The Golden State Warriors Basketball general manager and Camp is gearing up for an action-packed executive vice president winter with a variety of sessions taking of Basketball Operations, place throughout the Bay Area. General welcomes young aspiring camp sessions are for you ages 7 to 15 and players to a recent for all skill levels. Warriors Basketball Camp. The upcoming winter sessions in the Oakland metropolitan area, which come complete with two free tickets to a 2011-12 Warriors home game, include: • Monday, Dec. 19-Friday, Dec. 23, Dream Courts, Hayward • Monday, Dec. 26-Friday, Dec. 30, Silliman Activity Center, Newark • Tuesday, Dec. 27-Friday, Dec. 30, Tice Valley Gymnasium, Walnut Creek • Sunday, Jan. 8 (one-day camp), Walnut Creek Intermediate School, Walnut Creek • Monday, Jan. 23-Friday, Jan. 27, Dream Courts, Hayward Warriors Basketball Camps generally run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation, contact the Warriors at (510) 9862200 or visit ■

> Teaming up to make a difference by Catherine Arlin

As individuals, we have a responsibility to the community – both local and global. But imagine what can be achieved when individuals work together for a common goal. If that responsibility is met through a large group, the old saying that we are more than the sum of our parts is truly evident.

Organizations like the Golden State Warriors and Colliers International Oakland take that initiative for their immediate community and it grows globally. On a local level, the Warriors are committed to enhancing the lives of Bay Area youth and their families. The Golden State Warriors Foundation was created years ago to provide financial assistance and opportunities to nonprofit civic and community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal is to benefit and enrich the lives of children, youth and those in need. The foundation has created numerous outreach programs and contributed more than $1.5 million in financial and in-kind assistance to thousands of nonprofit organizations. “Together with the NBA, the Warriors also promote league-wide initiatives supporting child literacy, Bysportsmanship, child abuse prevention, Black History Month, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.” Warriors: More Community Programs - Colliers International Oakland works on a similar platform, contributing locally and then reaching out at a higher level under the global presence of Colliers International. “The underlying thing people forget about is community,” states Ken Meyersieck of Colliers International in Oakland. The Links for Life Foundation and Colliers International supported members of the Golden State Warriors who hosted the Silence the Violence Rally, an event where athletes spoke to local youth about alternatives to violence. Colliers International and the Warriors took a proactive approach to this social epidemic, an investment into the futures of the youth of Oakland. At a global level, Colliers International is a founding partner of Everyone Gives, the world’s Social Giving campaign. It empowers the giver to support the causes they care about and multiply their gift through the power of their own personal networks. “Everyone Gives is a tremendous opportunity for us to come together as Colliers International, leveraging our global platform with our clients and in our communities, to make a meaningful impact around the world,” states Doug Frye, president and chief executive officer

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> New Warriors brain trust Executive Board Member Jerry West One of the most successful and respected figures in the history of the NBA, Jerry West has joined the Golden State Warriors as an Executive Board member. In this role, West will assist the team’s ownership group and represent the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions. The position will encompass various areas and responsibilities, ranging from basketball operations to business, sponsorship and marketing endeavors. He will report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and will travel to the Bay Area frequently while maintaining his Los Angeles-based residence. West, 72, owns a list of accomplishments as both a player and front office executive that is unmatched in league history – seven NBA Championships as a player, executive or special consultant, two NBA Executive of the Year awards, 14 NBA All-Star appearances, 10 First Team All-NBA selections, election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, and the list goes on. During an historic 18-year run in the Lakers front office, both as general manager (from 1982-1994) and executive vice president of basketball operations (1995-2000), West’s teams captured four NBA Championships (1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) and made eight trips overall to the NBA Finals. Additionally, following his departure after the Lakers’ 2000 NBA title, the team that he had built completed its “three-peat” by capturing two additional NBA Championships in 2001 and 2002. When the Los Angeles Lakers were in the midst of winning five NBA titles en route to earning professional sports’ “Franchise of the Decade” honors during the 1980s, West, in his typical modest fashion, deflected any credit for the team’s astounding success. According to the Lakers’ master architect, his value as a general manager/player personnel guru would be judged at the end of the Showtime era, when it was time to rebuild the franchise. After winning the last of three titles in a four-year span in 1988, the Lakers, with West revamping and re-tooling the roster, remained extremely competitive while piecing together the nucleus of the teams that would dominate the early part of this century. During that period, West earned NBA Executive of the Year honors for the first time following the 1994-95 campaign, a long-overdue accolade for a man who helped guide the Lakers through one of the greatest decades in sports history and once again positioned the team among the NBA’s elite. Known for his shrewd personnel moves and trades, West then made his biggest acquisitions in the summer of 1996, when he signed superstar Shaquille O’Neal to a free agent contract and later traded center Vlade Divac for the draft rights to fellow superstar Kobe Bryant, making the Lakers a championship caliber club once again. President and COO Rick Welts Rick Welts, the president and chief executive officer of the Phoenix Suns for the past two seasons, has been named president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. Welts will oversee all business-related operations for the Warriors and will report directly to the organization’s co-managing partners, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. He joins the Warriors following a nine-year stint with the Suns. During his tenure in Phoenix, the Suns enjoyed success on all levels, including on the court, where the club registered five 50-plus win seasons and advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

Welts’ responsibilities in Phoenix included the supervision of all business operations for the Suns and overseeing the team’s interest in the management of US Airways Center and the WNBA Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury won the WNBA Championship in 2007 and 2009. Welts, one of the most respected business executives in the NBA, has accumulated 36 years of experience in the league. He boasts an impressive and all-encompassing résumé that includes a myriad of different capacities spanning virtually every level of an NBA operation. His indoctrination into the NBA came in 1969 as a ball boy with the Seattle SuperSonics, and he had a successful 17-year stint as a highranking official at the NBA league office in New York. His recent tenure in Phoenix, which began in July of 2002 as president and chief operating officer, caps his comprehensive NBA background. ■

> Helping to feed the hungry More than 20 employees from the Golden State Warriors, as part of the organization’s recently developed Helping Hands Employee Volunteer Program, visited the Alameda County Community Food Bank to assist with the Food Bank’s efforts in feeding the residents of Alameda County. The Warriors’ Helping Hands contingent, which included Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers, as well as Assistant Coaches Michael Malone, Darren Erman and Kris Weems, assisted the Food Bank by helping sort food, beverages and produce that are destined for local nonprofit agencies. The Warriors’ Helping Hands Employee Volunteer Program was created in August as a way to incentivize team employees to become active in the community by volunteering their time and resources through hands-on service outreach projects. Each month, the team’s employees will give back to the Bay Area community by taking part in a volunteer community service activity arranged through the Helping Hands program. The Alameda County Community Food Bank, which was established in 1985, is Alameda County’s central clearinghouse for donated food, distributing 22 million pounds of food this year, more than half of which is fresh produce. The Food Bank serves one in six Alameda County residents by distributing food through its network of 275 food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers and other community-based organizations. For more information, visit ■

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> Warriors go back to school to assist students

Day 1 – Backpack giveaways at Lazear Elementary School in Oakland, featuring Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett and the Warrior Girls. As the tip-off event, Barnett and conducted classroom visits while distributing more than 200 backpacks to students. During the visits, words of inspiration were given to help motivate the students to do their best in school and to always strive to reach their goals. Day 2 – Green Mob Beautification Project at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, featuring Warriors Assistant Coach Michael Malone and Director of Player Personnel & Assistant General Manager Travis Schlenk. A representative from the Office of Councilmember Libby Schaaf and

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As part of their Back to School Initiative, the Golden State Warriors recently visited five Bay Area schools in five days, reaching out to the community and helping raise awareness about the importance of education. The following is a look at Back to School events:

Esurance were also in attendance to help beauty the school. Flowers, shrubbery and trees were planted, while volunteers assisted in a garbage clean-up and paint over graffiti on the school’s wall. Day 3 – Reading Rally at Greenleaf Elementary School in Oakland, featuring Warriors Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers, Assistant Coach Darren Erman, and Warriors legend Alvin Attles.

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Beautification Project at Oakland’s Fruitvale Elementary School, Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone (left) and Travis Schlenk, director of player personnel and assistant general manager, lent a hand.

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Councilmember Desley Brooks was also on hand. The visitors spoke to the students about the importance of education, applying themselves and striving for perfect attendance. Day 4 – Rescue Recess Get Fit Time-Out at Goss Elementary School in San Jose, featuring Warriors General Manager/Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Larry Riley and Assistant Coach For Player Development Kris Weems. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the group provided nutritional tips to students as well as words of encouragement to get the students geared up for the school year. ▲ Top left to right, Day 5 – Inspired Warriors Assistant Time-Out at Everett Coach Kris Weems, General Manager Larry Middle School in San Riley and Warriors Francisco, featuring great Al Attles spoke Warriors Assistant Coach to students about Wes Unseld, Jr. In the importance of education as part of partnership with Hanson Reading Rally. Bridgett, Unseld hosted a one-on-one chalk talk for In partnership with student athletes. Kaiser Permanente, Afterwards Unseld Warriors executives participated in a Q & A provided nutritional tips to students as session with the students part of Rescue Recess. and passed out prizes. ■ photos courtesy of Golden State Warriors

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> Meet Head Coach Mark Jackson Mark Jackson, who enjoyed a successful 17-year career as an NBA point guard, is the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He becomes the 24th head coach in franchise history and the 19th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962. Although he’s never coached before, Jackson was an outstanding NBA player. During his 17 seasons (1987-2004), Jackson helped lead his teams to the playoffs 14 times, becoming one of only 28 players in league history to reach the postseason in 14 different campaigns. In almost 1,300 regular-season games with seven organizations, he amassed career averages of 9.6 points and 8.0 assists per game. His 10,334 assists are the third-most in NBA history (trailing only John Stockton’s 15,806 and Jason Kidd’s 11,578). After retiring from the NBA following the 2003-04 campaign, Jackson embarked on a successful seven-year television career when he joined ESPN as a studio analyst prior to the 2004-05 season. In 2005-06, in addition to his continued ESPN work, he began serving as a color analyst for the YES Network’s New Jersey Nets telecasts, a role he filled for three seasons from 2005-08. For the last five years, Jackson has also served as a game analyst for ESPN & ABC, working primarily alongside Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy on the network’s lead broadcast team. ■

> Wells Fargo teams with Warriors The Golden State Warriors and Wells Fargo have teamed up to recognize nonprofit groups and their group leaders who have made a profound impact on the Bay Area community through service and leadership. Last season, the Warriors and Wells Fargo selected one deserving community group and its leader per month to be recognized in-arena during Warriors home games for their efforts. The honored group received ten lower level tickets to that night’s game and the group leader took part in a halftime recognition ceremony where Wells Fargo representatives presented the honoree with a $1,000 check as well as a Warriors prize pack. ■

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> Warriors unveil new basketball court in Alameda Golden State Warriors have unveiled a newly refurbished outdoor basketball court on the playground of Haight Elementary School at 2025 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. The court, known as “Joe Lacob Court” in honor of the Warriors’ owner, was refurbished thanks to a partnership between the Warriors, Lacob, the Good Tidings Foundation and A force at power forward, David a grant from the Bank of America Lee averaged more than 16 points a Charitable Foundation. game last year while bringing down “It is such a privilege to be a part of almost ten rebounds per game for this project, knowing that this beautiful the Warriors. basketball court will provide a positive A former first round draft pick of and lasting impact on the young people the New York Knicks, Lee signed a of Alameda for many years to come,” long-term contract with the Warriors said Lacob. “I’m a big advocate of prior to last season. ■ community involvement and want to thank Bank of America, Larry Harper and his Good Tidings Foundation for making this possible.” The refurbishment project, which includes a new NBA-size playing surface as well as brand new backboards and rims, marks the 40th court overall that the Warriors and the Good Tidings Foundation have helped refurbish throughout the Bay Area in the past 15 years as part of the Makin’ Hoops program. In just the past five years, basketball court refurbishment projects have also taken place in Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, San Jose and San Francisco. ■ .

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Women in Business Roundtable

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> Mayor Quan featured at largest Women in Business 2011 event

by Allyson Fattore and Elsie Lum

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“STEP UP, REACH OUT – AND LEAD…” The East Bay Women in Business Roundtable (EBWIBR) launched a new approach in 2011. We declared ourselves leaders. We became motivated by exciting, innovative women speakers. We inspired women. We succeeded! Our 2011 series, “Women Who Inspire,” featured empowering female leaders from all walks of life with stirring stories of perseverance and action : • Mary Cranston, the first female leader of a Global 100 law firm • Dr. Elnora Webb, president of Laney College • Monique Moyer, director of the Port of San Francisco • A panel discussion featuring Samee Roberts, marketing director for the city of Oakland; Karen Engel, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance; and Manette Belliveau, president and chief executive officer of Visit Oakland • Mayor Jean Quan, City of Oakland As our capstone speaker, Mayor Quan spoke to us as her colleagues, as a woman “CEO” in charge of our lives and careers as women. She shared her roots and her ideas as an advocate for women, children, education and crime prevention. She challenged the audience to inspire others around us, collaborate, and focus on results.

As our capstone speaker, Mayor Jean Quan truly inspired those who attended the East Bay Women in Business luncheon in October with her commitment to Oakland and to women.

Speaking to some 150 businesspeople at ▲ (left to right) 2011 Sharing some inspiring messages WIBR Co-Chairs Elsie Lum, the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, The following are some messages that we received over the course of the Alameda County Training the mayor told her story, a story of deep roots year: & Education Center, Ally in Oakland, which date back to 1906 when her • Women must not let fear get in the way of reaching their goals. Fear Fattore, Sunwest Bank; grandfather arrived in Oakland via ferry. hinders females from reaching their goals. Access your individual skills, Kim Delevett, Southwest Mayor Quan is not only Airlines; Charissa Frank, build on and improve. Take baby steps towards Swinerton Builders; Oakland’s first female, Asian your goal each and every day. Do what is meanManette Belliveau, Visit American mayor, but she is the ingful to you. Focus on what is energizing. Oakland; Chamber first in her family to be born in • We already have the tools to do it all – it’s Chairman of the Board this country. Her familiarity with just a matter of finding our inner abilities and John Nelson, murakami/ Oakland’s current and past issues Nelson; Mayor Jean Quan; driving it with passion. as a long-time resident and advocate 2012 Co-Chair Kim Arnone, • Leverage yourself and use your strengths. Buchalter Nemer. of the people were evident as she Make and break your own rules! Cardinal rule: described Oakland’s struggles Never cry at work or in public unless someone through the past decades. dies – your co-workers and superiors will The mayor might have had her car booted her first week in office, remember it. but one thing can be agreed upon – this approachable mayor is defi• Network! Go out to lunch and work nitely tough enough to withstand that rough beginning and much through dinner. more. • Your career is like a garden – water it. Mayor Quan is an advocate for women business owners, but also • Model behavior you respect. champions children, their education, and crime prevention. The • Hire smart people, empower your people, mayor addressed the audience as “CEOs of our own company” and and be a leader. challenged those in attendance to “inspire others around us, collabo• Have a sense of humor. rate, focus on results, and most of all stay tough and don’t look • Oakland is the fifth “coolest” city in the wimpy.” As women, she said, we are held to a higher standard and nation (Forbes, August 2010), is one of the top must meet the challenge. green cities in the country with 300 major The mayor started with tips on how to best deal with media and companies as their corporate home (Pandora, how to translate our message to the public. Mayor Quan focused, Numi Tea and others), is ranked #1 in heavily on communicating strong messages that are clear and At the recent East Bay Women in the United States for its ideal climate, has the simple. As for crime, she focused on the “three-prong approach” – Business Roundtable luncheon, largest container Port in the U.S., and has many which was sponsored by enforcement, intervention and prevention. She advised us to work hot dining places and arts and cultural Southwest Airlines and Visit closely with each other, with our children, and with our local police amenities. Visit for more Oakland, Emily Hopkins (left) department. information. of the East Bay Regional Park We heard and felt her passion about the importance of We challenge you to be part of something District was the proud winner education, of investing in our children, and training parents and special this coming year. Come to hear “Women of two tickets anywhere that teens. She cited the correlation between the higher truancy rate Defining the East Bay’s Future” series, starting Southwest flies. The tickets were and elevated crime that Oakland is now facing. Mayor Quan would presented to Hopkins, the lucky Feb. 3, 2012. winner of a raffle, by Kim like to see more police officers out of their cars, in front of schools, Let the East Bay Women in Business Delevett, Southwest’s corporate living in town, and engaging the public. She has plans to create Roundtable become a resource for your community affairs manager. partnerships, increase support and resources for our police officers, business, knowledge and interpersonal change. Southwest Airlines, in fact, and focus interventions on high crime areas. We invite you to connect with us for a series of sponsored the entire “Women Inspired to do something now? Get involved, participate. moving discourse created by a group of women Who Inspire” luncheon series Support Oakland. Utilize our parks and recreation centers. Eat in just like you – leaders. ■ during 2011. ■ our restaurants. Enjoy our culture, festivals. Keep Oakland educated and safe! ■ Allyson Fattore, the vice president of Sunwest

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Bank, and Elsie Lum, executive director of the Alameda County Training & Education Center, are co-chairs of the East Bay Women in Business Roundtable.

Annie Wenzel is the assistant director of MBA Program & Corporate Outreach at Holy Names University. She can be reached at (510) 436-1642 or at

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during the holiday season

celebrates new location

> Lions Center for the Blind

> Protect yourself by Ray Thrower

• Simply locking your vehicle is not enough. Thieves will break your windows to gain access. Place all valuables in your trunk or take them with you . • Park in lighted areas whenever possible. Avoid parking on poorly lit streets and try to find parking in available parking lots. • Shop with a friend. While shopping try taking a friend with you. Groups are much less a target than a lone person. • Conceal your jewelry. Oakland has recently been targeted by thieves seeking gold jewelry – gold chains in particular. If at all possible wear your jewelry underneath your clothing until you arrive at your destination. • When walking alone be aware of your surrounding, pay attention to what is happening around you. If something feels uncomfortable then take a safe alternate route. • We all feel compassion for the homeless. If you feel the need and you just have to give, go ahead! But rememRay Thrower ber to carry change – do not go into your wallet or purse to get money. Grab-and-go thieves are looking for opportunities and once you have removed your wallet from your pocket or your purse you have exposed yourself to crime. • Beware of the stranger who approaches you and says that they have access to cash and need your assistance. We all know it’s a scam, but every year people fall for it. Regardless of how well spoken they are or how well they are dressed, forget it and move on. • Avoid using the Versa Teller machine at night, well lit or not. Cameras don’t stop crime, they simply show you the person that robbed you. • If someone approaches you and demands cash and/or valuables with a threat of violence and/or bodily harm, you have a big decision to make. Think safety. If you cannot control the situation it is best to cooperate rather than take the risk of being harmed. Did you know that retail employee theft costs retailers more than shoplifters? During the holiday season shoplifters do warrant attention, but your real security threat may be the associate who is stocking the shelves and manning the cash registers. A recent survey showed that 44 percent of surveyed retailers said employee theft increased over the past year and only 29 percent reported no change. ■

As the holiday season approaches, the need for security increases. Crime is on the rise, vehicle breakins, burglaries, theft and home invasions increase during this period. Here are some tips that may curb the possibility of you becoming a victim:

Ray Thrower is manager of ABC Security Service in Oakland and can be reached at (510) 436-0666.

After providing more than 70 years of service to blind and visually impaired Bay Area residents, the Lions Center for the Blind ushered in a new era with a grand-opening at its new Uptown Oakland location on Oct. 13. Joe Haraburda, president and chief executive officer of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Lenhard Stevens Boardroom at 2115 Broadway. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan sent a proclamation applauding the center’s commitment to providing state-certified programs designed to promote societal and workforce integration for the blind and visually impaired and pronounced Oct. 13, 2011 as Lions Center for the Blind Day. Guests toured the new facility, which enables the center to expand its services to address the unprecedented growth it has experienced in recent years. The Uptown location is more accessible by public transportation than its old headquarters on Opal Street, can accommodate the center’s growing number of clients, and features an upgraded computer and assistive technology lab and a state-ofthe-art boardroom dedicated to training and community education programs. With the move, the center is also more ▲ At the ribbon cutting, Lions Center for the Blind integrated into Oakland’s professional executives Kathy Manhan (executive director), Dr. community, furthering the ability of Maureen Powers (vice president of the board), and Employment Services – the center’s newest Don Watson (president of the board, holding the program – to form the business relationships scissors), helped cut the ribbon to celebrate the move of the organization to downtown Oakland. critical to matching clients’ skills with local business needs. “We couldn’t have designed a space to better suit our needs as an organization,” remarked Kathy Manhan, executive director. “This new facility, in addition to being more accessible to our staff and clients, really reflects the success and professionalism of our agency”. The Lions Center for the Blind was founded in 1939 by local Lions Clubs and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1942. Dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired in Alameda and Contra Costa counties through education, training, social activities, and fellowship, the Lions Center for the Blind has provided critical assistance to thousands of individuals for more than 70 years. ■


> Give Something Back celebrates 20 years It began in a grocery store. While shopping for dinner, Mike Hannigan deliberated, “Ragu or Newman’s Own pasta sauce?” Newman’s Own won hands-down: it tasted better and cost the same, plus it donated all profits to charity. Hannigan asked himself, “If Paul Newman can do it, why can’t I?” Hannigan did do it, with business partner Sean Marx. In 1991, in Hannigan’s Oakland living room, they founded Give Something Back (GSB), a for-profit office supply company that would donate more than half its profits to charity. What started as a wild idea has become a highly successful business: GSB is now California’s largest independent office supplier. But what makes the company really stand out is that it has donated more than $5 million - $511,000 in 2010 alone – to scores of Bay Area organizations. GSB recently threw a 20th Birthday Bash for community and nonprofit leaders, customers and staff, with keynote speaker Nell Newman, founder of Newman’s Own Organics and longtime friend of GSB. Nell’s father, iconic actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, in 1999 named GSB one of the most generous companies in America and later partnered with GSB to award a community activist. ■

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> Ambassador of the Month Jonathan Mealley, sales representative for Bay Alarm, has been named the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month for October. Mealley, a Bay Area native, has been a member of the Oakland professional community for more than a decade and now calls Oakland his home. Says Mealley, “Working with the Chamber allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of Oakland, contribute to the city in ways beyond my work, and affords me an opportunity to be involved with the businesses and people that make this Jonathan Mealley city great.” As a Bay Alarm sales representative, Mealley works with local residents and business owners to help protect what is important to them – their families, homes, businesses and belongings. Through his work with Bay Alarm and the Chamber, he also strives to build lasting relationships and a sense of community across neighborhoods and industries in Oakland. Founded in Oakland more than 65 years ago, Bay Alarm continues to be a regionallycentered, family-owned and operated business. By encouraging employees such as Mealley to participate in community organizations like the Chamber and other local volunteer activities, Bay Alarm continues to support the Oakland community. ■

> Port reaches funding milestone for harbor deepening Of the nearly $350 million, Congresswoman Lee has ensured that the Port received $242 million for harbor deepening and $103 million for maintenance dredging. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already begun its annual maintenance dredging that keeps Oakland’s harbor navigable and at a depth of minus 50 feet. “It is with great pride that I celebrate the milestone of nearly $350 million in federal funds awarded to the Port of Oakland for vital harbor dredging and maritime maintenance,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Investment in goods movement infrastructure is so central to ensuring that the Port continues to be a competitive player in the global marketplace. As we face rampant unemployment and unacceptable levels of poverty in Oakland and in cities across the country, the federal government must continue to support and invest in economic and job creating engines such as the Port.” Two thousand container ships call the Port of Oakland each year. Significant federal funding is required to enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the Oakland channel at minus 50 feet. “Maintaining the Port’s harbor at -50 feet is critical for the efficient movement of large containerships through the Oakland seaport. Congresswoman Barbara Lee has been a long-time champion in supporting harbor deepening, maintenance dredging, and environmental initiatives,” said Port Board First Vice President Gilda Gonzales. “She has been instrumental in helping the Port acquire nearly $350

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee helped the Port of Oakland reach a major funding milestone of nearly $350 million for harbor deepening and maintenance. Deeper vessel channels mean that the Port can remain globally competitive, support job retention and growth, and drive positive economic impact for the region, state and nation.

million in funding for these initiatives and has also co-sponsored H.R. 104, which would ensure that Harbor Maintenance Tax collection is spent every year for dredging.” Some examples of jobs related to Port of Oakland maritime activity are longshore workers, terminal operators, customs officers, warehouse workers, truck drivers, railroad operators, ship pilots, tug boat operators, and freight forwarders. The Port of Oakland is the only U.S. West Coast port that has all top 20 ocean carriers with regular service. Intermodal rail with doublestack trains serve the Port and link it to major markets in North America.. ■


> An Oakland real estate update by John Dolby and Dane Hooks

John Dolby

Oakland is still not seeing an influx of San Francisco tech firms like we expected in 2011, but as the SOMA rates continue to climb higher, we believe that tech firms will soon start heading across the bay in 2012. Pandora, which went public in the third quarter, is one of the many tech firms already in Oakland that will continue to grow and act as the catalyst for the Oakland tech hub to grow stronger in the coming years. The biggest office requirement in the market right now is the Pac-12 Television headquarters, which is looking for 100,000 square feet of space and has narrowed down their choices to properties in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco.

Other highlights from the third quarter • Sungevity leased approximately 30,000 square feet in Jack London Square for their expansion and continues to be one of the fastest growing companies in Oakland. • Jacoto Advertising is relocating from San Francisco to Jack London Square, leasing 5,200 square feet at 331 Jefferson St. • EBALC purchased 1825 San Pablo Ave. for $1.5 million. • MTC has made the decision to relocate to San Dane Hooks Francisco. • The Class A vacancy in downtown Oakland, which consists of 6.5 million square feet, has remained at a vacancy of 13 percent, marking no significant change from last quarter. • The Class A rental rates averaged $2.45 per square foot. • Class B vacancy for the third quarter is 22 percent with an average rental rate of $1.50 per square foot. The third quarter had no significant leasing activity and we anticipate the fourth quarter will be much of the same. Tenants have the opportunity to secure office space at historic lows and choose from a diverse inventory of different properties within Oakland. It remains a tenant-driven marketplace for the time being and will continue to be until the market improves. Hopefully office leasing activity grows and tenants from outside of Oakland see the many positive attributes of being located here in 2012. ■ John Dolby is senior vice president and Dane Hooks is an associate with Grubb & Ellis Company.

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> Chef’s Corner Mike Scoggins

Mike Scoggins, Home of Chicken and Waffles, 444 Embarcadero West, Oakland,, (510) 836-4446, 1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-1653 BACKGROUND Automotive industry and landscaping. First job? Mail handler. Education? Graduated Castlemont High School, one year at Laney College and one and a half years at Merritt. Residence? Oakland BUSINESS STRATEGY How’s business? Business is very good! I’m excited to be working at our new Walnut Creek location. Biggest challenge that you face? Consistency of food and service. Personal goal yet to be achieved? Getting my children to college. Why people like working for you? I’m easy to get along with. I lis ten and I don’t judge. Mentor? My six older brothers. What do you like most about your job? The people. What do you like least about your job? When customers aren’t satisfied. Best meal/dish you ever created and to whom was it served? Fried chicken served to President Obama. Most respected competitor? Picán in Uptown Oakland. I really like what they do. PREFERENCES Stranded on a desert island; what cookbook would you want? I wouldn’t want a cookbook. I would create my own dishes. Lunch with Julia Child - one question for her? Wasn’t this the best fried chicken you ever had? Favorite cause? Equal opportunity. Favorite movie? “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Favorite restaurant? It WAS the Grotto in Jack London Square. Favorite way to spend spare time? Fishing On your iPod? I don’t have an iPod. Automobile? Nissan Sentra. ■

> A Chinatown visit The popular Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) in Chinatown, 388 9th St., was the site of the Chamber’s After Five Reception in October. It was held in conjunction with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Pictured below, Chamber President Joe Haraburda presents a gift to co-executive director Mona Shah. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in the Chinatown area. Since opening its own facility in 1996 in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown district, the OACC has presented countless high quality cultural programs including performances, workshops, festivals, school tours, classes and exhibitions. The OACC is a thriving first-class community arts organization that promotes crosscultural understanding for present and future generations. ■

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All events held at Chamber offices, 475 14th Street, unless otherwise noted. Call 874-4800 to confirm dates and times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members.

Annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade | December 3 at 2 p.m.

3rd Annual Chamber Day at the Races | November 11

Economic Development Forum | November 9 Gateway Park

Serious networking; serious fun

Keeping you connected and informed



8 | Power Breakfast

| registration begins at 7:30 a.m., EX ECUT IV E CO MM I T T E E Chair of the Board JOHN NELSON murakami/Nelson Vice Chair MARIO CHIODO Chiodo Art Development Vice Chair SHANNON PEDDER BRAND: CREATIVE DAN COHEN Full Court Press CHARRISA FRANK Swinerton Builders

SOLOMON ETS-HOKIN Colliers International MARK EVERTON Waterfront Hotel / Miss Pearl’s Jam House ALLYSON FATTORE Sunwest Bank JOHN GOODING The Quadric Group GEORGE GRANGER AT&T STAN HEBERT California State University, East Bay

breakfast from 8–9:30 a.m. featuring Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith, Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Dr. Tony Smith

9 | Ambassador Committee meeting | noon - 1 p.m. 9 | Economic Development Forum

| 3 - 4:30 p.m.

ERIC KISSHAUER Pankow Builders


DICK SPEES Honorary Member

VICTORIA JONES The Clorox Company

ZACK WASSERMAN Ex Officio Corporate Counsel Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP


11 | Inside Oakland Breakfast

KEN WHITE Fidelity Roof Company


| 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


IKE MMEJE Alta Bates Summit Medical Center




NATHANIEL OUBRE, JR. Kaiser Permanente


featuring a panel discussion on the proposed Gateway Park Development (at the base of the Bay Bridge) and Measure B Reauthorization

Forum featuring guest speaker Eric Figueroa of the League of California Cities

11 | 3rd annual Chamber Day at the Races | 11:15 a.m-3:30 p.m. brought to you by Golden Gate Fields and the Chamber of Commerce. Join members of multiple East Bay Chambers for an afternoon of serious networking and serious fun. Benefits include valet parking, admission and reserved seating, daily racing program, prime rib buffet at the Turf Club, and even the tax and tip for your food servers for just $35 per person

15 | Nonprofit Roundtable Committee meeting

| 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 17 | After Five Reception

| 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members

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2 | Pre-Holiday Parade celebration and tree lighting ceremony | 5-7 p.m. Jack London Square

marching up Broadway in downtown Oakland, featuring children’s cartoon and storybook characters, beautiful floats, enormous balloons and marching bands

13 | Annual Holiday Mixer

| 5:30-7:30 p.m. Claremont Resort & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, no charge for Chamber members, $15 for non-members

14 | Ambassador Committee meeting | noon - 1 p.m. 14 | Economic Development Forum | 3 - 4:30 p.m.


TERRY BRADY Securitas Security Services

EMILY SHANKS Bank of America

DAVE CANNON Barney & Barney LLC

DAVID TUCKER Waste Management of Alameda County

ANA CHRETIEN ABC Security Service


KIM DELEVETT Southwest Airlines

RICHARD WHITE Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLC

> A breakfast to remember


This happy crowd of Chamber members recently gathered for “Breakfast at the Chamber,” which provides an update of meetings and activities for new and long-time members. The free breakfast runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month and is an excellent opportunity for quality networking. For more information on the “Breakfast at the Chamber” or other upcoming Chamber meetings and events, contact Triche Christmon at (510) 874-4800, ext. 321 or at ■

JOHN DOLBY Grubb & Ellis

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After Five Reception

> Meet the Nonprofit Committee co-chairs The Chamber’s Nonprofit Roundtable Committee, which discusses issues that affect Oakland’s many nonprofit organizations, now features co-chair Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of CARD (Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters), and Jerry Metzker, development manager with Biotech Partners. For more information on the Nonprofit Roundtable Committee and its monthly meetings, contact Triche Christmon at the Chamber at (510) 874-4800, ext. 321 or at ■

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A neighborhood salute


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In recent years, Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown Business Districts have emerged as powerful agents of change. The community openly appreciates and supports these nonprofit, property-owner sponsored groups as they help revitalize the streets of Oakland’s core, especially now in tough times. But it’s not just the street fairs, new clubs, restaurants and concerts that drive the transformation of our downtown neighborhoods. District-backed events like First Friday celebrations, The Great Wall, and Children’s Fairyland are matched equally by strictly business blocking and tackling on district streets. Perhaps one of the least known examples of their good work is the emerging digital industry group, INOAK, which along with Uptown and Downtown Business District support, is quietly building a whole new community of businesses complementary to Pandora’s nationally-recognized Oakland roots. For their part, the leadership of both Districts has stayed true to their primary objective – attract jobs and businesses, and bring more people and commerce to the Uptown and Downtown neighborhoods. Working with Block-byBlock, District leaders have also funded and grown a small army of dedicated people, known as Ambassadors, who are on Uptown and Downtown streets every day with a very business-focused objective in mind. Maintenance Ambassadors quickly pick up litter and provide the elbow grease that keeps the neighborhood graffiti-free. Hospitality Ambassadors welcome workers arriving by BART, freely giving directions and advice to tourists and visitors. They have returned lost wallets and keys, and helped troubled people find help, all with neighborly intentions. One of the main irritants for many Oaklanders is the habit of journalists who often write up crimes as taking place in “Oakland” rather than by neighborhood. Obviously this leads to an unfair characterization of the entire city as crime ridden. But don’t tell that to the Uptown and Downtown Security Ambassadors who have become important eyes and ears for Oakland authorities, helping to keep street crimes and conflicts under better control. Based on their diligence, Oakland Districts are some of the most comfortable places in the city. They have successfully created the sense of security and normalcy that is so important to attracting both residents and businesses 24/7. In a time when the city of Oakland is critically strapped for funds, both the Uptown and Downtown Districts have been working with building owners to help fund programs that provide much-needed, highly-visible improvements that have literally changed the face of the streets. Hanging flowerpots, themed light pole banners and even the restoration of the old jewelry store clock on Broadway have all been driven by

photo by Ric Omphroy

Oakland’s business districts are on a roll

district capital investments. Districts’ Manager Steve Snider and his staff also spend a great deal of time on supporting ideas that emerge naturally from the entrepreneurial energy that seems to permeate the streets of Oakland. The well-known Art Murmur program, for example, has been a District focus for several years, and that popular program has led to the establishment of a growing community of art galleries throughout Downtown Oakland. The most recent project to garner support is the pop-up store phenomenon that has received investment from the ▼ The Remember Them monument – city as well. Putting Uptown on the map. One of the main problems with empty stores is the depressing feel that vacant windows can create. Thanks to several interests working with the Districts there is a noticeable number of temporary businesses moving into empty spaces on Broadway and clustering around the Fox Theater. The restaurateurs like these stores because they give customers something to do before and after their meals. Old Oakland is now unveiling a “pop-up business hood.” Landlords are cooperating with District management to encourage more pop-ups with the expectation that some of these fledgling businesses will become successful enough to sign a longerterm lease. It’s a process, of course, but there have been some interesting successes along the way. Foreboding streets have become destinations, especially at night. Several clubs and shared art spaces are under renovation all over Uptown and Downtown. The more pop-ups, the better chance that the eventual critical mass will push these renewals over the top. Beyond their support of improvements and programs ▲ The refurbished Art Deco clock on like the Broadway Shuttle and Broadway at 17th Street. the restoration of public spaces like Latham Square, District The Sticks and Stones Pop-Up art gallery in Old Oakland. building owners fund new ways to attract businesses and employees to the center city. Under the guidance of professional real estate people like Uptown Board President Deborah Boyer, who oversees assets for The Swig Company, including Oakland’s Kaiser Center; and SKS Development executive JC Wallace, who leads the Downtown District board, there is also a tremendous wealth of expertise that is regularly tapped, including by other businesspeople who serve on the all-volunteer boards for each District. This depth of talent and personal commitment has given Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown Districts a national reputation as a model for other BIDs (business improvement districts) dealing with difficult challenges in the urban core. Last year both Uptown and Downtown Districts were recognized in a Wall Street Journal article and in several commercial real estate and economic development industry publications. With even more cutbacks on the horizon for economic development, the expectation is that the private sector will be called upon with increasing frequency to step up to provide creativity, leadership and funding. Oakland may continue to have some deep-seeded and formidable challenges for public officials in the years ahead, but this is also a city that has an esprit du corps in its business community that can and has overcome difficult challenges in the past. Based on models like those being proven out in the Uptown and Downtown business districts, private sector creativity is still alive and well. ■ photo by Ric Omphroy

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