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Community Impact Committee: Strategies and tools for building nonprofit-funder partnerships

Bank of America invests over $1.7 million regionally to support economic mobility

The Chamber’s Community Impact Committee (CIC) featured guest speaker Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) to discuss strategies and tools nonprofits can use to build effective relationships with funders. Attended by nearly 30 business and nonprofit representatives the group examined success factors and learned how nonprofits and funders can provide each other with constructive feedback to maximize impact, while offering up examples of their own experiences. Masaoka, a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations, with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning and the role of nonprofits in society, provided insight into the role of philanthropy in connecting nonprofits, businesses and government to address critical issues in the current economic environment. With a show of hands, Masaoka demonstrated the nonprofit sector’s economic activity and impact on the region and state, by asking how many in the room worked

Bank of America announced over $1.7 million in economic mobility grants to be distributed to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and 75 other Bay Area nonprofits working to increase basic needs, workforce development and education opportunities in the San Francisco-East Bay region. The high cost of living continues to be a challenge for many in the area, with only a quarter of Bay Area residents able to afford to buy a median priced home, according to the California Association of Realtors, and San Francisco and Oakland being the first and fifth most expensive rental markets in the U.S., respectively, per the National Rent Report from Zumper. These issues contribute to the increasing need for people to be able to address not just the most basic needs such as hunger and shelter, but to also have pathways to economic mobility such as workforce programs. The nonprofits receiving funding are connecting youth to first-time jobs and providing second chances to people ready to rebuild careers and lives – work that aligns with the bank’s commitment to building a diverse regional workforce, in addition to helping people chart a path toward greater economic mobility through access to food, shelter, benefits and other fundamental needs. "We recognize that addressing immediate basic needs as well as connecting people to long-term success through skill-building and jobs are critical to achieving greater economic mobility,” said Thong Nguyen, San Francisco-East Bay market president, Bank of America. “We’re honored to partner with nonprofits like Rubicon, Compass Family Services and AIM High for High School that are helping to build a more inclusive and sustainable community.” Rubicon will use the funding to launch a new, integrated approach to breaking poverty. This new model equips participants to climb a unique ladder to success through guided participation and achievement in four domains: income, assets, wellness, and community connections. "Our partnership with Bank of America helps to move our participants towards long-term economic prosperity,” said Jane Fischberg, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rubicon. “Our programs lay a foundation for East Bay individuals and their families to achieve economic mobility, and together we will continue to move closer to our vision of an East Bay without poverty.” "We're very pleased to be a recipient of this grant from Bank of America," stated Barbara Leslie, President and CEO of the Oakland – continued page 6

Jan Masaoka, CalNonprofits

directly for a nonprofit, or had a family member who worked for a nonprofit, or knew someone who worked for a nonprofit. Masaoka noted nonprofits account for 1 out of every 16 jobs in California, saying, “Nonprofits represent the largest single sector employer outside of government jobs in the state, more than finance, construction, and healthcare.” One of the difficulties the nonprofit faces is the fact it is “hidden in plain sight,” continued Masaoka. “Girl "Nonprofits are Scouts, Boy Scouts, ACT, houses of worship, hospitals, a massive animal rescue, environmental organizations, watching Downtown Abby on PBS; these are all nonprofits we come economic into contact with on an almost daily basis, and yet we don’t engine in this really think of them as part of that impactful, valuable group.” state." “More than $40B is pumped into the California economy by way of nonprofits from sources ranging from the federal – Jan Masaoka government, national foundations, and individuals; nonprofits are a massive economic engine in this state. An example would be the Sierra Club, whose headquarters are right here in Oakland; they get donations and funding from sources all around the globe; it’s an economic driver.” Masaoka noted of particular concern to her was addressing and improving access to the funders in the nonprofit universe. “There are people in this sector who may not have the same connections and they are ineffectual at getting on radar,” she said. Her concern led to the creation of GrantAdvisor (, a web service that facilitates open dialogue between nonprofits and grant makers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grant seekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy. "GrantAdvisor helps people discover what works, what doesn’t; where they need to improve so they become more efficient and effective at writing grant proposals and working together,” said Masaoka. Masaoka noted it has been a longtime source of concern for East Bay nonprofits to gain better access to San Francisco and Peninsula/Silicon Valley foundations. “Regional funding is important, perhaps even more important than local funding,” stated Masaoka. “We need to all be singing the same song to gain a larger share of voice, volume and momentum. It drops off exponentially in other communities – – continued page 8

#OAKPROUD at the ballpark It was Chamber night at the Oakland Coliseum as the A's took on the

San Francisco Giants in the annual "Battle of the Bay," and some 80 members, friends, and family took over a section of the ballpark. exuberant crowd cheered on the A's, belted out a rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballpark," and kept food and drink concessionaires busy. The game was lost and the series split, but #OAKPROUD spirit was in full force.

#OAKPROUD NEWS • Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP lands 10 attorneys in the 2018 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." Partners Michael D. Cooper, Patricia E. Curtin, Michael A. Dean, Monica Dell’Osso, Matthew Graham, Charles A. Hansen, Les A. Hausrath, Howard W. Lind, Richard Waxman and Todd A. Williams have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. The attorneys represent various practice areas, including real estate law, construction law, trusts and estates litigation, and land use and zoning law. Partners Les Hausrath and Todd Williams make their inaugural appearance on this year’s list, and Name Partner Michael Dean lands his 35th consecutive listing, appearing annually since the Best Lawyers first edition in 1983. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. • The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces Anyka Barber as its new Director of Engagement. Barber brings more than 10 years of extensive experience in arts administration, cultural programming, and business development to this leadership role at OMCA, including seven years experience as Founder and Director of Betti Ono gallery in Oakland, an arts space and creative social enterprise committed to the cultural, social, political, and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. Barber has earned many awards and honors, including "10 San Francisco Art Personalities You Should Know," by Complex Magazine; "Social Anyka Barber Changemaker" award from the 2016 Oakland Indie Awards; and "Most Socially Engaged Curator" by the East Bay Express. Barber was part of the advising team for OMCA's recent, groundbreaking exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50. • Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink, has been elected to the Board of Directors of BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing. Dr. McAfee has spent more than 20 years serving as a results-driven leader in the government, philanthropic, and human-service sectors. • Gary A. Barrera joins Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP as a partner in its Insurance Practice Group. Barrera joins the firm from Nicolaides Fink Thorpe, and has more than 12 years experience in insurance coverage litigation. Barrera earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (2004) and his B.A. from the University of San Francisco (1993). • The Oakland Athletics rolled out a special website,, with an in-depth survey and FAQs regarding the final three sites under consideration for the new ballpark. The A's also hosted a "Ballpark Listening Tour" at Everett and Jones BBQ, Jack London Square, and La Estrellita Cafe, E 12th Street, as part of the ballpark site selection process. Sites being evaluated are the current Coliseum site; Howard Terminal (a few blocks northwest of Jack London Square); and Peralta, an area several blocks below the Lake Merritt BART station. A commissioned economic impact report determined Oakland residents and businesses stand to realize some $3 billion in economic benefits over the first 10 years from the construction and operation of a new, privately financed ballpark. • #OAKPROUD #throwback: Before jumbotrons and massive stadium sound systems, professional MLB/NFL cheerleader "Krazy George" Henderson invented the stadium "Wave" as part of his whip-the-fans-into-a-frenzy act. the first documented, full-stadium wave took place October 15, 1981, when "Krazy George" was leading a sold-out crowd at an Oakland A's home game against the New York Yankees. • Welcome Back: The first Oakland PRIDE Festival since 2006 was held Sunday, September 10th, in historic downtown as Oakland celebrated "We Rise With Pride." Organizers are raising funds for an LGBT Community Center, and highlighting the culture and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay, while educating the greater community, promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. • The Port of Oakland continues Harbor Tour 2017 this Fall. Operated by Blue & Gold Fleet, the free tours are held twice monthly, and last approximately 90-minutes. Visitors learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point as marine terminals are closed to the public. Online registration opens the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. (PDT). Next tours are September 22, October 13, and October 27. Visit for additional information and to reserve a space.

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From the President Oakland Chamber amplifies the voice of industry in Regional Workforce Talent Development Earlier this summer the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce brought together workforce and economic development professionals to form an alliance focused on education and training in the East Bay. The industry-led discussion consisted of workforce and economic development professionals, dedicated community and business partners, including leaders of industry sector partnerships, and diversity and inclusion and human resources associations. Attendees expressed interest in developing a regional alliance that would support their discrete work while providing opportunities for regional education and workforce alignment with industry partnerships at the core. Overall, they seek to strengthen not only their capacity to hire, train and retain employees, but ensure a sustainable regional talent pipeline. Strengthening the Interface between Businesses and Education The Chamber’s education and workforce development initiative, supported by a grant from the Irvine Foundation, is focused on strengthening and streamlining the interface between businesses and education/training programs. This is essential to significantly enhance the successful work-related connections for youth and adults, preparing them for productive and rewarding lives, while meeting the philanthropic, civic and workforce development priorities of employers. The fragmented nature of the current interface has been one of the major friction points in achieving success in meaningful, longterm job development. The Chamber initiative is to develop specific ways to seamlessly engage industry in partnerships with educators and training providers. Key Regional Industry Sector Partnerships, focused on Information and Communication Technologies, Global Trade and Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare, have developed a model that has the potential for positively impacting the difficult interface between business and education/training programs by focusing on sector partnerships in discrete industries, rather than a general regional objective. Sector Partnership Model The June 27th meeting included an introduction to the sector partnership model, facilitated discussions about sustainability, and leveraging the

From Barbara Leslie, President and CEO Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

partnerships as a cornerstone of a potential education and workforce alliance. As an active convener and facilitator in the sector partnerships, the Chamber refers new industry members (including, in one instance a partnership co-chair), and works with talent pipeline committees to The Chamber supports define skill needs, and connect with educators.

a workforce development model that has the potential for positively impacting the difficult interface between business and education/training programs by focusing on sector partnerships in discrete industries.

Regional Employer Engagement & Career Pathway Development via the Chamber The spring and summer are busy times for workforce development at the Chamber. Concurrent with convening the group to investigate the development of the workforce alliance, the Chamber continued its discrete and transformational work in regional employer engagement and career pathway development. Examples include facilitating a partnership between Merritt College and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory leading to cyber security summer internship opportunities, and support for a more complete computer science degree program.

The Chamber also facilitated an expanded partnership between PG&E and the Oakland Unified School District to increase energy pathway offerings and provided 20 summer internships to local students. The Chamber continues to advocate for the adoption of a promising community college accelerated math program shown to have success preparing students to tackle science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career coursework. The Chamber has facilitated discussions between the industry-led program developers, the STEM Core Network, and enthusiastic community college faculty, workforce development staff, and academic senate members. Chamber activities like these, integrated with regional network development efforts such as the Workforce Alliance gathering, are designed to increase opportunity for all the region’s young people, while ensuring a robust talent pipeline to meet the needs of growing industry sectors.


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Laurel Bookstore – creating community

Aroma Café – coffee and camaraderie

Luann Stauss, founder and proprietor of Laurel Bookstore, took time from a very busy schedule to talk with the Oakland Business Review about her ongoing struggle to raise the profile of the bookstore. Situated in the shadow of City Hall on the edge of Frank Ogawa Plaza, with frontage on Broadway, a mostoft heard refrain from people who do come through the doors is, ‘Hey, I didn’t even know you were here.’ In an effort to raise $30,000, she recently wrote a letter asking for customers to shop in her store in order to get on a more solid financial footing. “I love books, I love authors, I love stories. I read newspapers; how can one not support the written word?” she asked. Stauss is as passionate about creating community as she is about books. Hailing from a very small town in Oregon, she wants to create that sense of neighborhood in an urban environment. Her store is about community and being a safe place, and safe space, for minds to Luann Stauss, Founder and Proprietor, explore and grow and connect with Laurel Bookstore. one another, a connection that won’t occur when purchasing a book online. Laurel Bookstore, 16 years old, opened days after 9/11. Even at that tenuous time, the community was welcoming and supportive. By 2014, the store had grown out of its 1,000 square foot space, and with the promise of a revitalized downtown Oakland – large corporations, City Hall, major transit crossroads and the likelihood of more visibility – she relocated to larger digs, four times the size of her previous space. There is a creative, inviting children’s room; event space and shelves of books that reflect the diversity of Oakland and its many communities. "It’s been interesting and hard. It’s not that easy to get the name out there,” said Stauss, echoing a sentiment from merchants heard in the Downtown district. With pockets of retail dotting Broadway, the hope is new residential and commercial construction will increase foot traffic, and ultimately pave the way for more merchants to move into the area, creating a more cohesive shopping district, with a good mix of retail adding to the restaurants and bars Oakland is so well known for. "We were early in,” said Stauss. “My goal for this store is to remain here, to be a destination stop, to grow and thrive, for my employees to do well, to be able to hire more people, to be a light in this community.” Stop by and let the love of reading flame! Visit Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway at Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.

On a busy Tuesday morning, customers streamed through the door of Aroma Café, 19th and Franklin. Emil Wahbeh manned the gleaming chrome espresso machine while conversing with customers, and customers greeted and conversed with each other. The pace picks up even more and Abe Wahbeh, Emil’s older brother, appears from the kitchen and wades through the throng of customers to refill coffee urns, smiling and warmly greeting regulars and newcomers alike. Emil and Abe and the Wahbeh family founded and have been running Aroma Café for 27 years at this location; a newer place on Harrison, a second venture run by another brother, is 10 years old. “This was my first ‘solo’ venture in the restaurant business,” said Emil. “I’d had some experience before with partners in a food business in Emil Wahbeh, Owner, Aroma Café San Francisco.” “It’s not easy; the restaurant business looks great from the outside looking in, but once you’re doing the operations, you quickly learn how difficult it really is,” Emil continued. “I’ve been in the corporate world, and worked for others in small business settings – and I could never go back to working at either ever again. I love working for myself,” he stated, while noting taking a “legitimate vacation – more than a long weekend,” is something he and the family haven’t done too often since opening the doors of Aroma Café. “You become really tied to the business,” adding that in that bit of a lull between Christmas and New Year’s the business closes for the week, and everyone gets to take a well-deserved break. When asked what is his favorite thing about running Aroma Café, he unhesitatingly, enthusiastically says it’s about the fast pace and the people. “The energy of everything, the buzz of being around the business; it would be hard, if not impossible, to duplicate that in some other type of business.” Abe Wahbeh, Owner, Aroma Café On the flip side, when queried about the challenges, he reflected and said, “Challenges … we’ve had quite a few in the past year or so. Salaries have taken big jumps as Oakland’s minimum wage goes up. Add to that the sheer difficulty of finding employees that can live here, and who can afford to work for a small business with the cost of living being what it is in Oakland, the East Bay. These are the biggest challenges and cannot be readily resolved.” Jordanian-born Palestinians, raised on the Peninsula, the brothers – and the extended family – honor their mother's memory with recipes Coffee, croissants, conversation, community. they’ve had for decades. “My mother was a baker, and we’re continuing her tradition of baking. She baked everything from artisanal breads to sweets; many of our cookies, muffins and pastries are her recipes – everything we bake is from scratch,” he notes with pride. The café offers a wide range of bakery items to hearty hot and cold sandwiches, specialty sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps. “It is definitely a family affair,” said Emil. “Do I think we’ll be a multi-generational business? I’m not sure. But, our kids work here in the summers and they’re experiencing what it means to see the same customers here every day, to know their names, to converse with them, to start knowing their families, to start knowing them as family. One of the greatest things about having this business is when you realize you’re creating a sense of community, of family.”

Oakland FastSigns employees receive national awards Two Downtown Oakland FASTSIGNS sales employees were recognized for outstanding sales achievements at the 2017 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit, recently held in St. Louis, Missouri. Michelle Darnell was one of only eleven recipients of the Platinum Sales Award, which recognizes Outside Sales Professionals who achieved sales exceeding $1 million. Marie Sescon received the Silver Sales Award, which recognizes Outside Sales Professionals who achieved sales between $500,000 and $699,999. Only 29 Outside Sales Professionals received this award.

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Aroma Café, 1900 Franklin. Monday-Friday. Catering available. 4 | OBR Oakland Business Review


Oakland Politics


Before leaving for recess in mid-July, the Oakland City Council took up several issues including forming a public bank, nonprofit space, and tax credits for low income business owners. The Council resumes committee meetings on September 12. Department of Violence Prevention The Council passed Councilmembers (CM) McElhaney’s and Reid’s proposal to create a Department of Violence Prevention by shifting all non-sworn Measure Z personnel (18.5 FTEs) from the stated goal is to create an advocate within the Administration for violence prevention and reduce homicides in Oakland by 80 percent in 3 years. The FY 17-18 Budget included $650,000 from the General Purpose Fund for a Chief, and a Deputy Chief. DVP community services will continue to be funded through Measure Z, as they were under the previous department. Measure Z is a $100 parcel tax and 8.5 percent parking surcharge that provides approximately $2526 million annually for violence prevention Oakland's City Hall and public safety services — $2 million to OFD, $14.5 million to OPD for community policing, and $9 million to the City for violence prevention services. Owner Move-In Evictions The Council passed a resolution from CM Kaplan requesting the Rent Board to consider regulations to require property owners who owner-occupy duplexes and triplexes confirm their owner-occupancy status through a certificate of exemption or other administrative process for exemption from the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance. Currently, owners who live in their two or three-unit buildings are exempt from both eviction and rent controls. City Attorney Expansion of Powers City Attorney Barbara Parker is proposing an ordinance to “clarify” and make more explicit the City Attorney's powers to seek civil penalties through litigation. However, there is concern among many — the Chamber included — the changes would actually give the City Attorney’s Office co-equal power with the Administration in pursuing litigation, regardless of whether or not the individual or business is working with the Administration to correct the matter. The item was removed from the City Council’s consent calendar until after recess. Nonprofit Displacement The City is examining the potential threat of displacement of nonprofits from Oakland due to rising rents caused by a low office vacancy rate. The Community and Economic Development Committee has discussed the issue three times. Economic Development staff have reviewed the efforts by other cities to address the issue, specifically San Francisco, and recommend continuing to assist nonprofits on a case-by-case basis, as each have differing needs rather than create new policies. They also recommended continuing to pursue public-private partnerships and philanthropy, such as the recent $1.7 million grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to create affordable spaces for arts organizations, including purchasing real estate and leasing at below market rates to Oakland artists. New Market Tax Credits The Council approved a resolution authorizing the allocation of $20 million in federal New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) toward the development of a full-service grocery store in West Oakland at Myrtle St. and San Pablo Ave. The NMTC Program attracts private financing by allowing individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit in exchange for making equity investments into qualified businesses that are in low-income communities. Since the program was created in 2000, Oakland has applied for NMTC 6 times and been successful twice, the first $20 million award in 2013 going toward supporting Swan’s Marketplace, and to the Seminary Point retail development at Foothill and Seminary in East Oakland. Of the current $20 million award, $14 million goes toward developing the grocery store and $6 million will go to the Commercial Loan Pool Program, which provides businesses in low-income communities with low-interest loans. The City will also provide an additional $4.5 million loan to the program from existing Redevelopment Commercial Loan Funds. Editor's note: Aly Bonde, the Chamber's public policy director, chronicles projects, discussions and actions at Oakland's City Council meetings.

Economic Development

Chamber events educate members on new city budget by Aly Bonde

June’s Economic Development Forum featured a presentation by Brad Johnson from the Oakland City Administrator’s Budget Office about the City’s proposed 2017-2019 $2.7 billion dollar budget. Below are some highlights both from his presentation and from the ultimate budget adopted by the City Council on June 29, 2017. The City of Oakland conducts a citywide resident poll every two years before the budget process begins to gauge residents’ priorities. The top issue this year is affordability and housing with 39 percent of respondents rating it as a first or second priority, followed by education and public safety at 25 and 24 percent respectively. "Affordable housing actually jumped up 29 percent compared to a similar ranking from the poll two years ago,” Johnson said. Mayor Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth’s proposed budget — which was slightly amended by the City Council before adoption — funds 4,250 full-time staff positions, which make up approximately 70 percent of the City’s total costs. Of the $2.7 billion included in the budget, about 47 percent is General Purpose Funds, discretionary money that can be spent however city leaders choose. The rest is in restricted funds that are received only for a specific purpose. "Most of the discussion around the budget involves these General Purpose Fund dollars,” Johnson said. Of the approximately $580 million per year in General Purpose funds, roughly 50 percent comes from property and Real Estate Transfer taxes; more than 25 percent from fees and fines; and the remaining 25 percent are comprised of consumption and tourism related revenues like hotel taxes, business taxes, and sales taxes. In terms of General Fund expenditures, roughly 43 percent is spent to fund the police department and another 23 percent goes toward the fire department. Other major expenditure categories include employee personnel costs, debt service payments, long-term liability payments for retirees, and other miscellaneous operations and maintenance costs. This budget cycle had to close a $32 million shortfall, caused in part by historic use of onetime funds creating a structural deficit. “Revenue growth is strong, but not enough to cover expenditure growth, especially CalPERS and medical costs, and historical use of one-time revenue for ongoing expenditures,” explained Johnson. After several weeks of political jousting, the Oakland City Council adopted the Mayor’s Proposed Budget with relatively few changes. The Council adjusted revenues and expenditures totaling about $14 million of the $2.7 billion budget. The major changes included removing a fire academy, reducing police overtime, and partially cutting funding for police academies. These cuts funded the creation of the Department of Violence Prevention, Wildfire Inspector positions in the hills that would otherwise have been eliminated by the expiration of a special assessment, additional homeless services and encampment clean up, and added an illegal dumping cleanup crew and a paralegal to prosecute dumpers. Aside from the Council amendments, other budget highlights include increasing the number of fire prevention inspectors from 8 to 20, as well as adding 20 new positions to build permitting and code enforcement capacity. The new positions are funded through fee increases not new General Fund expenses. The budget also includes the first tranche of spending from the infrastructure and Alameda County housing bonds approved by voters in the last election. This includes $185 million for anti-displacement and homeless services, with $15 million earmarked to purchase an additional transitional housing facility for homeless residents and other funds going toward acquiring and preserving affordable housing. Funds from the infrastructure bond will also more than double the funding for capital improvements to $120 million, including city facilities and street repaving. Editor's note: The Chamber’s Economic Development Forums convene on the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm, and are intended to inform participants and engage members and the community in meaningful dialogue about economic development issues in Oakland.




REPORT: Opportunities for improvement in district-run, charter schools

CSUEB: Changing the future of math for Oakland students

The Oakland Unified School District spent $1,400 more per pupil than charter schools on operating expenses after adjusting for the number of special education, low income, and English-learner students according to a recent survey. The survey, conducted by Education Resource Strategies and the Oakland Achieves Partnership, also shows spending levels differed greatly among individual schools ranging from $6,600 per pupil up to $19,600 per pupil. "For anyone who cares about educational equity, this report raises significant questions for public schools, district-run and charters,” said Ash Solar, executive director, GO Public Schools Oakland, and member of the Oakland Achieves Partnership. “There is a clear need for the "For anyone who incoming superintendent and other leaders in both districtcares about educational equity, run schools and in charters to do serious work together to understand and disrupt some of the patterns in this report to this report raises ensure that all our public schools – district-run and charter significant questions – serve all our students well.” for public schools, The Oakland Achieves Partnership and Education district-run, and Resource Strategies released Informing Equity: Student Need, Spending, and Resource Use in Oakland’s Public charters.” Schools. The report examined district-run and charter – Ash Solar schools in Oakland across three areas: (1) student need; (2)

Cal State East Bay senior Tenisha Alston has always been good at math. So good, in fact, that when she was in seventh grade, she was placed in an eighth grade class to the peril of her junior high social life. “Being in the eighth grade class switched my lunch period around,” Alston said. “So I wasn’t with my friends, and I stopped trying just so I could be moved back to the regular class so no one would find out I was a nerd at heart.” On the verge of completing a degree in finance and a minor in math this quarter, Alston spent a part of her summer modeling the inspiration she says she lacked as an adolescent for incoming freshmen at Oakland High School. CSUEB program Alongside professors Julie McNamara focuses on shifts (teacher education), and Julia Olkin (math), in attitude, through Cal State East Bay’s Institute for positive outlooks. STEM Education, Alston mentored 33 teenagers in a program called Summer BRIDGE, sponsored by a $25,000 grant from the Warriors Community Foundation. "There was no one in my life telling me, ‘Math is cool. This is going take you places, this is going to do something for your future,’” Alston said. “I hope I can be a part of getting rid of the stigma surrounding math for these kids.” Although her experience is different from how most students get turned off math, professors McNamara and Olkin tapped Alston because she shares their common goal: To shift the needle on the long-standing, abysmal passing rates of Algebra I among California freshmen. It’s the prime age when how kids see themselves and how others see them is so important, so they give up when something is hard or creates

resource levels, and (3) resource use. The report reflects a snapshot of financial and student-level data from the school year 2014-2015. The final report found that: • District schools are serving a greater proportion of higher-needs students, in terms of incoming academic proficiency, students in need of special education services, and late entering students. • Compared to peer districts in California and nationally, OUSD places 30 percent more of its special needs students in restrictive, and more costly environments. • The Local Control Funding Formula, a state funding law, caps the amount of needbased funding for charter schools, causing them to receive less funds to educate the English learners, foster youth, and low-income students they serve than their need would otherwise provide for. According to the report, the Oakland Unified School District received $540 more per pupil in special education revenue than charter schools, but spent $1,548 more per special education student that same year. Given these differences, Education Resource Strategies recommends to: • Explore more fully the use of less restrictive placements, and highlight across sectors high-quality programs that meet student needs cost effectively, and in less restrictive settings. • Identify opportunities to increase special education student access to least restrictive environments, particularly at district-run schools. • Explore potential to grow state special education revenue citywide by redesigning the Oakland Special Education Local Plan Areas structure. Other findings in the survey show that charter schools contracted teachers for about an additional hour per school day, resulting in 14 percent more teacher time than its district-run counterparts. Furthermore, Oakland’s charter schools could save $3.4 million if charter school rents dropped to median levels. "This report confirms that we have to do more to provide equitable opportunities in our schools, and it provides a foundation for educators across Oakland and District leaders to work together to better serve students. It is going to be the starting point for a series of conversations that I want to have about how we equitably educate our children and allocate our resources,” said Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammel, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District. "This research is especially beneficial as a way to spark a conversation about how we are serving our students,” said Barbara Leslie, President and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Members of Oakland Achieves Partnership include GO Public Schools Oakland, Urban Strategies Council, Educate 78, United Way of the Bay Area, Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland Public Education Fund, First 5 Alameda County and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of America invests over $1.7 million continued from page 1 Chamber of Commerce. "Our work in the area of workforce development to enhance and increase economic mobility is some of the most necessary and rewarding work the Chamber does." The grants in the San Francisco-East Bay market are part of nearly $43 million in grants the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is providing across the country to advance economic mobility through workforce development and basic needs. These grants are part of the company’s commitment to responsible growth as it works to improve the financial lives of individuals and families. Philanthropic and volunteer investments play a key role in this effort to build thriving communities. In 2016, Bank of America volunteers logged nearly 40,000 hours in the San Francisco-East Bay market alone. 6 | OBR Oakland Business Review

embarrassment or insecurity,” McNamara said. “It is not uncommon for schools to have a 70 percent fail rate in Algebra I. It becomes this I ncoming freshmen at

Oakland High School participated in a one-week math intensive program at Cal State East Bay this summer called Summer BRIDGE. – continued page 15

East Bay Workforce Alliance: Building the talent pipeline of tomorrow The Chamber of Commerce hosts a gathering of the East Bay Workforce Alliance Wednesday, October 25th, 8:00am-10:00am, at Preservation Park. "We're convening the region's industry leaders, educators, employers, advocacy and policy organizations in this in-depth workshop designed to inform around the issues of workforce shortages, particularly in key areas vital to the region's economic wellbeing," stated Barbara Leslie, Chamber president and CEO. "We've identified four industry sectors that are aligned with the needs of Oakland and the East Bay region, and where workforce shortages are projected to be acute – trade and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and ICT – and this meeting provides context, focus, and expertise. The program is designed to address how to build industry-specific pipelines for a future workforce that supports and meets our regional requirements, and also to provide ample opportunity for attendees to engage with leadership and peers," said Leslie. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00am. The program begins at 8:30am. Four guest speakers will address industryspecific segments, followed by industry-specific breakout sessions. The East Bay Workforce Alliance includes the region's largest policy and advocacy organizations committed to deepening the connection between business and industry to ensure longterm and sustained economic development. For additional information, visit the Chamber website, Event is free; limited seating.



Money matters: For generation Z, it’s never too early to prepare for financial success

The power of being seen

By Christina Pels-Martinez

Students need to feel seen, to see themselves reflected in their teacher’s eyes as having limitless potential. That’s how learning happens. That’s something I felt strongly as a student in Oakland public schools and something I kept in mind for years as a teacher in Oakland. As the Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, I work to ensure all students feel seen by their teachers and safe in our schools. When students feel safe and supported, they are more motivated and inspired to be their best. I was born and raised in East Oakland and attended Oakland public schools all the way through middle school: Montclair Elementary and Montera As the new Superintendent, I Middle School. For high school, I attended The want all students Branson School in Marin through a and their families to program my mom discovered, called A know that Oakland Better Chance. It helps students of color Unified School get into independent schools. I got up at 5:30 every morning to take public District is a Sanctuary District. transportation from Oakland to Marin so I could have that unique college preparatory experience. I later received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, with plans to become a corporate lawyer. – continued page 15

For Erick Garibaldi, 12, the concept of financial success has always been encouraged by his parents, but his exposure to personal finance did not go beyond saving, he said. During summer breaks, the Oakland native became accustomed to playing basketball with friends or helping his father weld fences. After a hard day’s work, Garibaldi spent the allowance he earned from helping his dad on video games or school clothes, and saved the rest in his wallet. He was excited to try something new this summer when his mother signed him up to participate in the Mills College five-week college preparation program for Oakland youth. He even convinced his cousin to join. The program offered 45 lower-income, middle, and high school students a financial education course to help them gain a deeper knowledge of ways to budget, invest, save for college, a car or the latest tech gadget. Garibaldi, a seventh grader at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland, said the program made him more comfortable with finance, a topic he now realizes he enjoys learning about. "The course gave me hope with math, and helped me learn how banks work. They taught me how to save up to put money in the bank,” Garibaldi said. “I know its important (information) to know so I can pay all my bills and buy the things I need when I grow up. I didn’t learn this stuff in school, and I think it’s really valuable.” As the number of jobs that require a college degree increase, college tuition is also expected to increase by the time Garibaldi heads off to college. Most of the students in the program plan to attend college and be first generation graduates; many of them may have to rely on student loans to pay for expenses. Understanding how the loan process works and that they will have to pay back the money they borrow with interest is a concept most don’t understand yet, said Mayra Guevara, Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) TRIO project director, and program alum. Dexter Hall, Wells Fargo community relations consultant, worked with a Wells Fargo personal banker and branch manager to teach the course. The Football Challenge, was a game Garibaldi said he enjoyed the most because it related one of his favorite sports to banking. During the game, the students applied the information they learned from the course to earn enough yards to score a touchdown. “The students’ involvement stood out and you could really tell they wanted to learn more. It was the right age group to introduce these concepts to them because some already had piggybanks and bank accounts,” Hall said. “This financial literacy course is something the students don't get in the school year,” said Guevara. “We are able to connect and genuinely identify with them and the challenges that our families face. It is very rewarding to assist our students in achieving their educational goals.” Christina Pels-Martinez, region bank president, Wells Fargo Community Banking

Design firm KTGY adopts Oakland school – Submitted by Oakland Public Education Fund

Last year, the Oakland office of the award-winning international architecture and design firm KTGY celebrated 11 years as a local business, and decided to take the opportunity to reinforce its commitment to the community. Brainstorming led them to the Adopt an Oakland School program. What better way to give back and strengthen ties with Oakland — now and in the future — than to engage with local youth? Earlier this year, KTGY became the sixth Adopt a School partner when they adopted Madison Park Business & Art Academy, a middle school in East Oakland. As part of a year-long commitment, KTGY staff volunteers work with the school and Ed Fund staff to carry out high-impact projects that play to their team’s strengths. In spring 2017, KTGY volunteers engaged students through a semester-long workshop series that built on existing enthusiasm for art and design to enhance STEM learning. They also hosted a field trip at their Jack London Square office that opened students’ eyes KTGY became the sixth Adopt a School to new career possibilities. partner with the adoption of Madison Park True to their original intention, KTGY Business & Art Academy staff are playing an important role in supporting positive school culture and student achievement. Consistent visits by the KTGY team give students a chance to build affirming relationships with adults. These relationships are vital to students’ social emotional development, and ensure they grow and thrive not only in school and career, but in the wider community as well.

By Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent

Corporate volunteers ready Oakland schools for back-to-school Thanks to a record number of volunteers from local businesses, 35 Oakland Unified School District campuses started the 2017-18 academic year ready for optimal learning. In preparation for the first day of school August 21, nearly 500 volunteers took on projects large and small at schools citywide. Together, they accomplished in a few hours what would have taken school staff days, if not weeks. Plus, their smiles and encouragement let school staff know that they have an entire community behind them. For example, at Roses in Concrete Community School, volunteers from the Kaiser Permanente Regional Privacy and Compliance Department washed chairs, prepared bulletin boards, and even

Thank you 2017 Chamber back-to-school volunteer teams: • 1st United Credit Union • Golden State Warriors • Kaiser Permanente • Pandora • Rogers Family Foundation

helped one teacher completely redesign his classroom for better student engagement. The Golden State Warriors fielded the biggest back to school volunteer team this year — all 125 office staff turned out August 21 to completely makeover Rudsdale High School, inside and out. The transformation was especially meaningful for this school, which focuses on newcomer students and is a new OUSD campus this year. They started the day with rooms full of boxes and not much else. They ended the day with a beautiful, welcoming campus. Thank you to all the 2017 Back to School Corporate Volunteer Teams: 1st United Credit Union; Beyond 12; Broadly; Educate 78; Ed Surge; Gallagher Benefit Services; Green Charge; Golden State Warriors; JF Shea; Kaiser Permanente; Nerdwallet; Pandora; Rogers Family Foundation; Salesforce; and Siemens. More surprisingly, adopting a school has also been a great teambuilding success for KTGY. Working with young learners has reinforced and developed their own skill sets, and enhanced trust and respect between staff. As KTGY Job Captain Adam Potter explains, “Adopting Madison Park has given the team an opportunity to step back and remember why we fell in love with architecture in the first place. Reinvigorating our personal enthusiasm for the profession is essential for success mentally and creatively, resulting in a renewed commitment to design excellence.” Based on the successful outcomes as an Adopt an Oakland School partner, KTGY leadership is now looking into how it can undertake similar partnerships in its other five US offices. . 7 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER



Lyft delivers backpacks to area schools Thanks to Lyft staff and Oakland drivers, nearly 4,000 supply-filled backpacks were delivered directly to 68 Oakland Unified School District schools on August 16 — in under 90 minutes! The backpack delivery day was the final leg of Oakland Public Education Fund’s fifth annual Backpack Drive, which provides supply-filled backpacks donated by nonprofit Family Giving Tree to Oakland public schools serving highneed students. The Oakland Public Education Fund is the only organization that raises money for all Oakland schools. This was the second year Lyft partnered with the Ed Fund to deliver the donated backpacks, a hugely important service that gets kids the tools they need, without adding to teachers’ and principals’ lengthy “back to school” to-do lists. One big factor in the speedy delivery times this year was the new location: the American Steel Building in West Oakland, use of which was generously donated by 11 West Partners. The large-scale warehouse enabled Ed Fund and Lyft teams to set up a volunteer “drive-thru”: drivers checked in and grabbed a to-go breakfast at one entrance, got loaded up with backpacks by community and Lyft volunteers inside, and then drove straight out the large doors on the opposite side of the building. Volunteers loaded cars so quickly and effectively it seemed like magic. At one point, they even managed to organize 50 backpacks into a single Honda Fit, while still leaving room for the driver to safely see mirrors and windows! “We’re excited to partner with Oakland Ed Fund again this year to help students start off the school year on the right foot,” said Mihir Gandhi, Lyft San Francisco General Manager, who was part of the volunteer team loading cars. Lyft staff invited some of their highest-rated Oakland drivers to take part in the event. Drivers were excited to give back to the community, and many took

selfies or had photos taken at the schools where they dropped off backpacks. Some felt an even more personal connection, including Lyft driver Iquana, who delivered backpacks to Oakland Technical High School, her alma mater. In addition to Lyft, Family Giving Tree, and 11 West Partners, support for the backpack drive came from Kenny Truong and Climb Real Estate, which sponsored moving costs to get all 4,000 backpacks to the American Steel Building, and the Chipman Relocations team, who drove the two truckloads of packs from Sunnyvale to Oakland. Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, Sojern, Skool, and the wider community assisted with two backpack sorting days in preparation for delivery day. Slinging backpacks filled with binders, pens, paper and more in an industrial warehouse is hard work, but volunteers’ spirits never flagged as they came together to do something meaningful and positive for our community. Ed Fund Executive Director Brian Stanley noted, “Lyft is leading by example as drivers from across Oakland rally around our schools and students, and we’re proud to work with them to do good things in our city.” In under two hours, the Lyft team helped set up thousands of Oakland students for a successful academic year. The organizers look forward to what continued partnership will make possible next year!

Community Impact Committee announces September program The Chamber’s Community Impact Committee (CIC) announces its upcoming program, sponsored by Saybrook University and First Foundation Bank, is scheduled for September 21st, 2pm-4pm, featuring Common Impact in a high-level workshop dedicated to community engagement and skillsbased volunteering (SBV). Season Eckardt, a project consultant with Common Impact, a nationally recognized nonprofit that connects corporate employees to nonprofit organizations with proven models to tackle the greatest challenges our communities face, will facilitate. Topic areas include trends in community engagement, a description of core models in the business sector, and examining what’s in it for companies, nonprofits, and volunteers. A nonprofit sector overview and the need for SBV will address structure and operating environment, look at the unique capacity building challenge of the nonprofit sector, and common social-sector challenges that businesses can help address. A third topic in the module includes framing the

conversation and designing mutually beneficial opportunities, such as how to craft initiatives that return value to businesses and the social sector; how to communicate the need to invest in capacity building from the nonprofit perspective; how to create a “pitch” to companies; and overall best practices for creating and sustaining meaningful cross-sector partnerships. The workshop concludes with a Q&A session for CIC participants to explore ways to engage in SBV initiatives. "This workshop, generously sponsored by Saybrook University and First Foundation Bank, provides education for both nonprofit and business CIC members on the specific needs for Bay Area nonprofits and skill sets available within Bay Area businesses,” said Alana Ross, Chamber consultant and CIC Convener. “Event participants will have the opportunity to engage with these ‘voices from the field,’ as they share experiences and insight as to how their innovative initiatives strengthen the nonprofit community.” Saybrook, a non-profit, regionally accredited

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between rural and urban, communities of color; we can reflect disparities. We need to wave our arms and remind San Francisco, Mountain View, ‘we’re local; lots of your workers are here, our products are being purchased here, and we need your attention, so fund across the region, not just your local block.’ GrantAdvisor allows connections to be drawn more readily. This is the conversation that takes place between nonprofits with more experience, to those with less.” In conclusion, Masaoka stated, “This event at the Oakland Chamber was unique in that it convened veterans who’d written hundreds of grant proposals, as well as those who were thinking of writing their first grant. It was a great opportunity for the participants to network and it made the event valuable, productive and fun; it wasn’t just about the information, it was about the making of connections.”

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Alana Ross, Chamber consultant and CIC Convener, added this most recent event furthers the Chamber’s commitment to rethink and recast both business relationship and strategic engagement between businesses and nonprofits. A survey earlier this year indicated an overwhelming number of nonprofits wanted to learn how best to interact with the business community to carry out their respectful mission, statements and vision. "Based on the survey results, we are determined to continue our program offerings, which focus on understanding more about the establishment and functional role of partnerships. We are so pleased to have welcomed Jan Masaoka – a recognized leader in this arena – to share her insight and wisdom on this facet of navigating the nonprofit/funder relationship.”

graduate institution based in Oakland, and Bellevue, Washington, is a community of scholars and change agents around the globe. Continued Ross, “Saybrook has been inspiring transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities, toward a just, humane, and sustainable world, for more than five decades, and First Foundation Bank is similarly committed to skills based volunteerism. The Chamber is pleased to partner with both these committed organizations in bringing this important programming to our community.” Continued Ms. Ross, “This is another program element in our series designed to showcase innovative best practices to further meaningful, productive partnerships between nonprofits and businesses in Oakland and the East Bay.” For registration information, please visit the Chamber website,

Open Impact co-founder to headline CIC November event Heather McLeod Grant, co-founder of Open Impact and a social entrepreneur, author, and consultant, is the featured guest speaker at the Chamber's Community Impact Committee (CIC) Tuesday, November 7th. McLeod Grant is coauthor of the bestselling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, named a Top Ten Book of the Year by The Economist, and numerous case studies, articles and other publications. She helped lead the nonprofit practice at Monitor Institute and served as a McKinsey & Company consultant. She began her career as an Echoing Green Fellow when she cofounded Who Cares, a national magazine for young social entrepreneurs published from 1993 to 1999. She is also a Venture Partner with Draper-Richards-Kaplan and has served on numerous local, national, and global nonprofit boards. For more information and to register, visit

NEW MEMBER PROFILES AAA Companies Since 1995 AAA Companies, a Woman Owned Business, has been providing quality electrical, lighting and data cabling services and much more to Property Managers, Building Owners, and Engineers alike. Motivated by the challenge to provide "Anything, Anywhere at Anytime," they’ve continually expanded the suite of services, and have grown to include over 160 full-time employees. AAA Companies quality craftsmanship and expertise now extends to properties throughout the nation. To meet the demands of its clients, AAA Companies is organized into five main divisions: Electrical Services, Lighting Maintenance, Contracted Maintenance, Construction Management, and Property Services. The company covers everything from ground-up construction to tenant improvements and troubleshooting to scheduled maintenance. They also provide 24 hour emergency response for allservices and detailed property evaluations to assist with due diligence and/or budgetary considerations. AAA Companies is fully licensed, insured and bonded for Electrical, Plumbing, and General Contracting under our C-10, C-36 and B License 733738. Visit the website at

Code Fu Code Fu is a Day/After school enrichment & consulting program designed by teachers and software engineers to provide students in K - 8th with the option to learn Computer Science in the safety and comfort of their schools. While there are a number of "After School - Drop Off" Coding companies popping up, as former teachers, Code Fu understands how difficult it can be for parents, both financially and logistically, to enroll their child in these programs. Code Fu caters to parents, the children, and their schools by providing premier coding curriculum to students within the comfort and safety of their schools. The group believes coding should be a subject as common as English, Math, History and in bringing the program solely to the schools, can effectively show the districts and private institutions the general public's belief in this. Code Fu utilizes a variety of curriculum including Physical Activity (non-violent Kung Fu stretches), Block Coding, Tangible Coding, and the programming languages of Ruby, Python, Java, HTML, Css, and .Js, their Dojos scaffold programming, and logical, concentration skills to provide students with training in the Art of Code Fu. Code Fu prides themselves on the fact they are teachers first, programmers second, and Code Fu Senseis, always. 1557 Jackson St. #112, Oakland. Visit

American Indian Model Schools American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) is a public charter organization that serves grades Kindergarten through 12. Our schools are American Indian Public Charter School I and II, grades K-8 and American Indian Public High School (AIPHS), grades 9-12. Their mission is to cultivate a community of diverse learners who achieve academic excellence and to provide access to a four-year college or university for traditionally underserved students. AIMs commitment to high expectations in attendance, academic achievement, and character development results in our students being prepared for lifelong success. A resultsdriven culture at AIMS, and the adherence to it with fidelity guarantees all graduates earn admission into four-year postsecondary institution. Visit for additional information.

Building Owners and Managers Association of Oakland/East Bay Building Owners and Managers Associaton (BOMA) of Oakland East Bay has provided support and information to the commercial real estate industry in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Southern Solano counties since 1924. Membership includes building owners, managers, developers, real estate brokers, facility managers, architects, lawyers and various suppliers to the industry. BOMA Oakland/East Bay is federated with Washington, D.C.-based BOMA International. BOMA Oakland/East Bay is also a member of BOMA California. BOMA California is an association of eight local associations within the state. BOMA California's primary mission is to represent the interests of commercial real estate in front of the California State Legislature and the various regulatory agencies. BOMA Oakland/East Bay's membership is responsible for over 70 million square feet of office, medical office, corporate facility, industrial and retail space. Nearly 200 companies employing thousands of persons are also represented. BOMA Oakland/East Bay provides its members with the resources to operate their businesses and provides education and professional development. For additional information, contact Julie Taylor, CAE,, or call 510.893.8780.

Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant, Banquets, Catering & Events (previously the Rusty Scupper) is Oakland’s newest waterfront venue serving up panoramic views and fresh seafood. Enjoy unique offerings such as unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys on Saturdays and Sundays for only $15, a Sunday Brunch Buffet, Weekday Happy Hour 3pm-7pm, live music on the waterfront deck on Saturdays, 1pm-4pm and mouth-watering dinner specials from the Executive Chef. On Wednesdays celebrate Industry Night at Eve’s Waterfront with $4 pints and various specials for all industry workers. Eve’s Waterfront is perfect for private events, seating up to 400 Guests (800 standing), ample free parking, dance floor, special banquet menus for every occasion, projection screens and more! From corporate events to weddings, Eve’s Waterfront is fully customizable to fit your needs and exceed your expectations. 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland, in Jack London Square. Visit

Fremont Bank Fremont Bank, the Bay Area’s Premier community bank, is uniquely positioned as the only independent, locally owned, full-service bank in the Bay Area. Through every interaction, decision, and innovation they showcase their commitment to creating financial “Success through Partnership,” as they build enduring relationships with their clients and communities. 6300 College Avenue, Suite 160, Oakland. Visit

Greyhound Greyhound is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, serving more than 3,800 destinations across the continent. As one of the safest, most convenient and affordable transportation options, many consumers rely on Greyhound to travel on vacation, visit friends and family and seek adventure by traveling across the country by bus. Customers enjoy traveling with Greyhound, as

Cambridge CM CCM provides Project and Construction Management for public and private owners undertaking construction or development projects. CCM acts as advisor, Program Manager, and/or Construction Manager. Team members at CCM are experts in project and construction management. For public and private entities, they offer construction management expertise rarely possessed in-house. CCMs people have gained expertise by managing a variety of construction projects, as well as past experience leading projects for other construction management and/or general contracting firms. They have proven success assisting clients in managing top contractors and architects in the Bay Area, and across the United States. CCM team members work closely with the owner/client, to create a project delivery strategy to best address the project parameters. CCM brings effective management techniques to the planning, design, and construction of a project from inception to completion for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality expectations. Visit

they can enjoy premium amenities, such as free onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining leather seats, extra legroom and footrests during their trip. Greyhound has served the Oakland community for over 40 years, transporting customers to and from the City. Not only has the company been a reliable travel resource for Oakland residents, it is committed to giving back to the community as well. Oakland Greyhound’s City Manager Gaston Evans works with the Alameda County Social Services Agency to hire viable candidates within their Welfare-toWork program to assist those who are unemployed or underemployed. In addition, they often hire interns through the City’s Earn & Learn Program, providing workplace experience to youth in Oakland. Greyhound also regularly donates to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help combat hunger in Oakland. The company strives to be a benefit to everyone – the community, customers, as well as the residents of Oakland. Greyhound offers an exceptional travel experience at the lowest fares. Tickets at or call 1-800-231-2222. 2103 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Visit

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NEW MEMBER PROFILES InExpress InXpress is a parcel, freight, and shipping specialist that partners with the best global carriers. The company is the fifth largest customer, and the largest Global Partner of DHL, the world’s leader in courier services. Because of its size and shipping volumes, InXpress can provide customers unrivalled shipping solutions at some of the lowest prices available anywhere. To better serve local business owners, shipping industry leader Inxpress recently opened a new office in the Bay Area. Franchise owner Albert Mensah is ready to help small and medium-sized businesses with express and heavy shipping needs on both domestic and international fronts.

Leavitt Pacific Insurance Brokers The goal of Leavitt Pacific Insurance Brokers is to achieve long-term relationships focused on bringing value to risk management and insurance programs. It commits to utilizing its collective talent to support client's risk management and insurance goals. The company delivers high quality property and casualty insurance programs and strategic planning consultation services in a manner that is most suitable to achieving their client's business objectives, and promises to identify activities that drive claim frequency and severity by implementing an action plan to contain losses. They identify training needs and provide on-site assistance to actively address loss sources and promote a safe work environment for their client's employees. Visit for additional information.

Kapor Center Located in Oakland's Uptown at 2148 Broadway, the Kapor Center serves as a

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Lend-A-Hand Foundation The Lend-A-Hand Foundation (LAHF) has is now in its 20th year of giving. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life of low income/at risk children, youth, and families by offering resources not otherwise available including educational, cultural, sporting, and life skills monthly workshops. LAHF is known for its Annual Backpack Giving

at 500 12th Street, Oakland City Center, downtown Oakland.

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LAHF celebrates its 20th Year Anniversary this fall, Friday, September 15th, at the Oakland Airport Hilton. For more information about LAHF's programs and the Gala, please reach out by calling, emailing, or visiting their website. 8105 Capwell Drive, Oakland. Visit

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Oakland RiteCare® Childhood Language Center The Oakland RiteCare® Childhood Language Center is a non-profit language and learning center that provides both neuroplasticity-based reading interventions, and traditional speech and language therapy. The Center's educational and speech-

Wooden Table Bakery Wooden Table Baking Co., established in 2011, creates high-quality Argentinian treats including alfajores and conitos here in Oakland. Baking everything from scratch and using all natural ingredients, including non-GMO flour, granulated sugar, cornstarch, chocolate, potato starch and tapioca starch, they use locallysourced, Oakland-born ingredients whenever possible. Wooden Table also likes to put its own spin on traditions by offering Argentinian-American fusion flavors such as Espresso Chocolate, Snickerdoodle and Peppermint Chocolate. Customers crave their fresh shortbread, dulce de leche and dark Guittard chocolate concoctions. Wooden Table Baking Co., where community is created one cookie at a time, is opening its first retail space at 2300 Broadway, in Oakland's Uptown. "We hope you will come and gather together around our table. Our goal is to foster joy and camaraderie through food," said Andreas Ozzuna, head baker and owner. For additional information and to learn when their new location opens, visit

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Urban Strategies Council Urban Strategies Council is a regional research, collaboration, and advocacy organization dedicated to social, economic and racial justice. For 30 years it has worked to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty and to build vibrant, healthy communities in the Bay Area by convening cross-sector partnership; producing action oriented data and research; and advocating for policy and systems reform on issues impacting low-income communities. The Council's approach to advancing equity is through collaboration, research and data for action, and advocacy. The Urban Strategies Council serves as initiator, convener, and participant in roughly 15 alliances and coalitions. Its equityfocused data and research increases the understanding of complex local issues for community based organizations and decision makers. The Council advocates for whole-system

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The following is a list of new members of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce since the last publication of the Oakland Business Review. Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society 2700 Ninth Street Berkeley CA 94710 (510) 845-7735

N. Noelle Francis Attorney-At-Law PO Box 16162 Oakland CA 94610 (510) 922-8773

Exceptional Community Connections, LLC 4096 Peidmont Ave. Suite 980 Oakland CA 94611 (510) 717-8207

RAD Urban PO Box 70975 Oakland CA 94612 (510) 343-5593 Revenue Boom 748 Oakland Ave #400 Oakland, CA 94611 (925) 998-9074

Greyhound Lines, Inc. 2335 Broadway #102 Oakland CA 94612 (510) 271-0142 Inner City Advisors 2335 Broadway #102 Oakland CA 94612 (510) 271-0142 Law Offices of Camellia Baray 4096 Piedmont Ave., Ste 111 Oakland CA 94611

Shannon Solutions, Inc 830 Santa Ray Avenue Oakland, CA 94610 (510) 462-2035 Signature Solutions Corporate Results 1200 Lakeshore Ave (8A) Oakland, CA 94606 (510) 817-4840

"After 5" Reception It's all happening at the zoo The Chamber held its August “After 5” mixer at the Oakland Zoo, high up in the Oakland Hills at The Landmark Café and Kaiser Permanente Visitor Center, part of the recently opened California Trail expansion. On the ride up to the event via the new gondola lift, the ground dropped away from beneath us as we soared over the ridge. Dr. Joel Parrott, president and CEO, Oakland Zoo, remarked, “We’re so pleased to have the Chamber here this evening to celebrate … Oakland has long deserved this, something that can be so exceptional that it’s a tourist destination – and one that builds up another part of the city.” As the gondola climbed higher, Dr. Parrott pointed out elephants across the way and moments later, the Zoo’s buffalo exhibit, and new overlook, offering 270-degree views of the Bay. The ride is peaceful and serene, and allows visitors to float above and view the park and its inhabitants from a completely different perspective. After the thrilling ride up to the Café, Chamber members were greeted by wait staff passing hors d’oeuvres of tasty wood fired flatbreads with various toppings, chicken and waffle bites, and a buffet table filled with cheeses, grilled breads and international spreads ranging from sun dried tomatoes in oil to hummus and avocado dips. Refreshing specialty juices prepared by The Landmark Café, and cold beers from Drakes Brewing and wines from Rosenblum Cellars flowed. The Café’s soaring ceiling, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows framed the view from inside; outside on the veranda, spectacular, sweeping views of the Bay were revealed, ranging from south of the Oakland Airport to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin, downtown Oakland shimmering in the distance. Gondolas appeared over the ridge, before gliding to the landing at ground level. With the setting sun, and the fog creeping towards us from across the bay, lights began to twinkle on. We stepped into the cars and quietly descended into the night.

Celebrate family friendly craft beer festival at 10th Annual “Oaktoberfest” Oaktoberfest, Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oaktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest brings worldclass beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites. Highlighting this years festival is a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oaktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur. Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business & Professional Association, Oaktoberfest celebrates the #OAKPROUD history of this shining district in Oakland, and raises funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events.

A very special thank you to the Oakland Zoo for hosting the August 25th, 2017 “After 5” Chamber Mixer. Thank you to Rosenblum Cellars and Drakes Brewing for wine and beer.


REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP Oakland 2017 market update – Courtesy of Robert Sammons, Cushman & Wakefield

Employment in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward MSA reflected a moderate +2.0 percent increase on a year-over-year basis bringing the total nonfarm payroll positions to nearly 1.15 million. Job growth in the East Bay continues to increase modestly and not nearly at the white hot pace seen for several years prior. Since mid-year 2016, the unemployment rate has dropped to a notable 3.8 percent from 4.4 percent and remains well below the national average of 4.4 percent. In addition, the labor force has increased dramatically over the past several years. Overall, Oakland has experienced a recent renaissance that has boosted the city’s status as the Bay Area’s new hotspot. This has resulted in an influx of new residents and businesses across various sectors migrating to or expanding within the market. We anticipate job growth will continue through the end of 2017 and into 2018. The multifamily pipeline in the East Bay Oakland market has swollen, and delivery of new housing will only serve to bolster these trends going forward. The whirlwind of activity in the East Bay Oakland office market continued in the second quarter of 2017. Overall vacancy is 8.4 percent, down -110 basis points (BPS) from 9.5 percent at the outset of the year. Vacancy hit its most recent low point one year ago at 7.2 percent at the close of the second quarter of 2016, but crept higher during following quarters. During that recent low, the activity surge had been concentrated in the Oakland CBD submarkets of City Center and Lake Merritt, while suburban submarkets saw relatively flat or slowly decreasing vacancy rates and did not benefit from the initial spate of activity. Though much of the excitement in the East Bay Oakland office markets remains around the CBD submarkets, there has been a recent spike in leasing activity in the suburban office markets. Notably, Zymergen signed deals to expand in Emeryville, taking a total of 219,000 (square feet) SF in three buildings and exercised an option on an additional fourth building bringing the expansion to 302,620 SF. In Southern Alameda, which recorded vacancy in the 20.0 percent to 25.0 percent range from 2010 through mid-2016, there were several notable leases in the past few quarters including Exelixis’ 111,000 SF expansion at The Waterfront during the second quarter, dropping vacancy to 10.7 percent in the submarket. The decrease in vacancy translated to +370,000 SF of net occupancy gains during the second quarter after three consecutive prior quarters of negative absorption figures. This brings the year-to-date total to +356,000 SF which represents a significant amount of net gains compared historically for the East Bay Oakland market. This increase in space absorption mirrors a rebound in office market activity in San Francisco during the first half of 2017, following a moderate pullback in 2016. It is anticipated this, coupled with internal momentum in the East Bay Oakland market, will continue to drive up occupancy figures through the remainder of the year. Among the most notable news in the office market in 2017, construction commenced on Shorenstein’s 601 City Center project, which will total 597,000 SF upon completion, estimated in late 2019. This project, of which 200,000 SF is preleased to anchor tenant Blue Shield of California, will be the first ground-up high rise office building completed in Oakland in 15 years. Additionally, Ellis Partners will be breaking ground next year on their project at 1100 Broadway with delivery anticipated in 2020. UCOP has preleased approximately 140,000 SF of the planned 310,000 SF building. In Emeryville, construction continues on Wareham’s fully available 250,000 SF Emerystation West, which is expected to complete construction later this year. Asking rents are up notably from the outset of the year, and are presently $3.25 per square foot (PSF) on a monthly full service basis. This is up +7.1 percent in this time period from $3.03 PSF. Rents have now significantly eclipsed those seen at the peak of the dotcom era in 2000 and 2001. While there remains a general trend upwards, this figure is down from the close of the prior quarter when rents were $3.27 PSF. This is in large part due to a decrease in the average asking rents for Class A product in the Oakland CBD submarkets, which are now $4.52 PSF compared to $4.62 PSF the prior quarter. However, this is not reflective of a softening market. Rather, in the second quarter, Class A Oakland CBD recorded 172,141 SF of occupancy gains, which translates to 27.2 percent of the space available at the end of the first quarter. The leases that represented this space absorption occurred largely in top-tier buildings commanding the highest rents in the market. As average asking rents are weighted by available SF, the result was a decrease in quarter-over-quarter asking rents brought on by a fewer availabilities in top-tier space. Going forward into the latter half of 2017, we anticipate a return to increasing asking rents as market fundamentals remain strong. Robert Sammons is Regional Diirector, Northwest U.S. Research, Cushman & Wakefied. Sammons was a featured speaker at the Chamber's 2017 Economic Summit, Oakland2030.

Essex proposes 16-story residential at 412 Madison Bay Area developer and rental firm Essex has proposed building a 294-unit tower three blocks from Lake Merritt BART. The 16-story tower would replace a recyclying center with upscale, market-rate rental units or condos. 14 | OBR Oakland Business Review

The power of being seen – continued from page 7

But my true passion was always working with young people. When I was growing up, I taught dance and piano to make extra money. In college, I taught middle school to incarcerated students. So with these meaningful experiences, I returned to Oakland to begin teaching at Parker Elementary School, just a block away from the home where I grew up. It was there that I fell in love with teaching. Working in Oakland schools for the past 19 years, I’ve seen challenges across the District ranging from schools being under-resourced to the emotional trauma that many students in our city feel because of what happens on our streets and in some of our homes. Regardless of what they face off campus, we must ensure that students feel safe inside our schools. As the new Superintendent, I want all students and their families to know that Oakland Unified School District is a Sanctuary District. That means we don’t ask for or require proof of legal immigration status when you enroll and that our schools never collect that kind of sensitive information. There are steps you can take to protect yourself with immigration relief you might qualify for. You can also receive help covering the costs of legal services and application fees. If you live or go to school in Oakland, you can access free or low cost legal services through the Oakland Immigration Project, which is led by trusted Oakland immigration organizations. The Oakland Immigration Project aims to help qualified Oakland immigrant families apply for immigration relief and work

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell took office July 1 as the new Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District.

authorization to open the door to economic stability and success. No matter where you were born or what challenges you have overcome to be here, school can be your refuge. I want to make sure all students have the tools o pursue their passions, just like I did. It starts with being seen. To access free or low cost legal services in Oakland, go to: For more information on what Oakland Unified School District is doing, stay tuned to our website at:

CSUEB: Changing the future of math for Oakland students – continued from page 6

huge deal that’s a gatekeeper and prevents them from going any further. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the kids’ capacity, but their perception about math.” It’s hard to know how many failing students’ results are linked to their feelings about math, but according to California’s Department of Education, the number of eighth-graders who are already struggling before they enter Algebra I supports the need for intervention. Per the 2015 Assessment of Student Performance and Progress results, 35 percent of Alameda County eighthgraders did not come within range of meeting math proficiency standards, and an additional 22 percent “nearly met” standards but still did not pass. In Oakland Unified School District, where the professors focused their efforts this summer, the failure rate jumped to 62 percent — much higher than California’s overall 41 percent. Which is why McNamara and Olkin used the Icoming freshman participate in CSUEB hands-on opportunity to help shape Summer BRIDGE math camp positive student outlooks — before it’s too late. "Math is not about memorizing facts or speed,” Olkin said. “It’s about creativity and sharing ideas. We did group work and focused on visualizations of mathematics — no lectures. I don’t think the students had ever experienced math this way before. It’s about helping them go into next year confident; changing their outlook from a fixed mindset of ‘I’m bad at math’ to a growth mindset of ‘I can do this.’” Beyond the one-week intensive that took place at Oakland High School in July, the Cal State East Bay will be monitoring the students throughout the 2017-18 school year to track their progress, passing rates and shifts in attitude toward math. In addition to time with Cal State East Bay faculty and students, the teens were also able to draw long-term career inspiration from the Warriors Community Foundation, which sent an analyst to the class to talk about the business behind the NBA’s ruling champions. "By showcasing that there is a myriad of ways to work in sports and support an NBA championship — on and off the court — youth can see the connection between their work in the classroom and their career aspirations," said Joanne Pasternack, vice president of community relations and executive director of the Warriors Community Foundation. "Diverse front office team members — like the

analyst from the Warriors who spoke with the students in the program— use data to constantly evolve our operations. We hope that the Oakland High students will see this path to a career that focuses on academics, and aligns with their passions so they can realize their full potential.” With college, of course, on that trajectory. "I’m realizing how much earlier we need to get to these kids before they’re turned off,” Olkin said. “Math opens so many doors, including the opportunity to go to college, and it’s well within reach for all of these students. They just need to believe it." 15 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now providing outpatient bone marrow transplants Thanks to outstanding capabilities in pharmacy, transfusion and supportive-care services, patients with multiple myeloma are undergoing autologous stem cell treatment in an outpatient setting at the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Beginning earlier this year, the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program has been offering the full benefits of this life-saving treatment while allowing patients to spend nights in the comfort of their own home. "In addition to the conveniences afforded by an outpatient setting, this approach also reduces a patient’s risk of infection and substantially improves quality of life during the transplant process,” says Bev Hart-Inkster, RN, BSN, OCN, coordinator of Oncology Clinical Education. “Our transplant program is tailored to deliver the highest quality of care to patients who are most likely to benefit from this outpatient option.” Led by Oleg Krijanovski, M.D., Ph.D., the BMT Program is initially treating multiple myeloma patients that meet a strict set of criteria to ensure safe and effective care. Candidates for outpatient transplant and their designated caregivers meet with oncology nursing staff and a social worker to review medication schedules, care for the central venous catheter, how to spot signs of infection and measures to prepare a Oleg Krijanovski, M.D., safe, clean environment at home. Ph.D., “Transplant patients are receiving high dose chemotherapy Hematology/Medical and may develop infectious complications until their blood Oncology, Medical counts recover approximately 11 to 14 days later,” says HartDirector, BMT Program Inkster. “That’s why our patients have to live within 30 minutes of our campus in Berkeley to ensure they are within reach of care should any complications arise.” In addition, patients must have access to a dedicated caregiver that can attend to their needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week during treatment. The caregivers receive extensive training so they will know how to act in the patient’s best interests. "It takes a collaborative effort to logistically provide university level care in a community hospital setting,” says Dr. Krijanovski. “There are very few cancer centers in the country that can offer this level of service and the success of this program speaks volumes about

The BMT Team, Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center

how outpatient cancer care can be orchestrated. This is modern medicine made comfortable.” Teamwork Leads to Initial Success Samuel Monsale, nurse practitioner and coordinator of the BMT Program credits the success of the new program to careful, patientcentered planning and input from patients, physicians, nurses and an array of clinical specialists. "Our team actively meets and discusses how to improve the patient experience,” he says. “We want to ensure every outpatient will have the same stellar outcome that they would have received as an inpatient.” To date, two transplants patients have been treated and have done exceptionally well, and a third patient has begun the first steps of care. Early next year the BMT staff will invite the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) to verify the program’s data and outcomes. To learn more about this pioneering program, contact Samuel Monsale at (510) 204-3880.

Port of Oakland poised to benefit from new China rice trade pact For the first time in history, an agreement is in place that gives U.S. rice growers access to China, both the world's largest consumer of rice and largest producer of rice. The Sacramento Valley, which produces nearly 5 billion pounds of rice annually, is the second largest rice producing region in the U.S, and California currently accounts for nearly 40 percent of all U.S. rice exports. The Port of Oakland believes the new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas. The deal with China has been in the works for

September is Disaster Preparedness Month

Preparing for disaster improves odds of recovery

California's Central Valley and Port of Oakland likely to benefit from historic China rice trade deal

more than a decade. American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018, after approval of the rice trade agreement last July. Port officials have indicated in media reports it is too soon to estimate how much business would increase, but have indicated they believe there will be a benefit because of the proximity of the Sacramento Valley, and the fact two-thirds of all containerized rice exports leave through Oakland. Chinese buyers and inspectors must complete an audit, and review mills and packaging facilities. The China rice trade deal comes as the U.S. dollar is softening against foreign currencies, which means that other countries can purchase American-made products at a cheaper price than in the past. In January, the Port of Oakland reported a 233 percent increase in agricultural export tonnage over the past five years, led by rice and meat shipments.

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Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And homeowners are not immune, either. But by taking action now to prepare, businesses and homeowners can increase their chance of getting back on their feet. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring September 2017 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of California. "Communities across California are still recovering from the impacts of this winter’s severe storms, which caused extensive flooding and forced many from their homes. At the same time, five years of unprecedented drought prior to these storms, and millions of dead and dying trees increase the state’s vulnerability to destructive wildfires, contributing to yet another devastating season of wildfires underway across the state. As we respond to these ongoing emergencies, there has never been a better moment to reflect and act on the need for disaster preparedness," said Brown. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” and has an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Earthquakes, wildfires, and floods have all caused severe damage and loss of life in Oakland and the region as was seen this past winter following record rainfall. The Oakland Hills firestorm, the "Tunnel Fire," a large subrurban, wildland-urban interface conflagration in 1991, killed 25 people and injured another 150 others, and 1989 Loma Prieta quake were also devastating events for the city, killing 42 in Oakland, with another dozen fatalities throughout the the Bay region. For more information on citywide and regional resources for disaster preparedness, please visit the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce website at

Oakland tourism skyrockets in 2016

Swan's Market celebrates centennial in style

In 2016, 3.7 million visitors traveled to Oakland and spent $627

million, up 3.4 percent from 2015 according to results announced by Visit Oakland at its 4th Annual Tourism Breakfast, July 26th Oakland is showing strong tourism growth and interest from international travelers. Tourism supports seven thousand jobs in Oakland, generating $271 million in total income last year. Much of Oakland’s international tourism growth corresponds with new European flights coming through Oakland International Airport. Within the last 18 months, OAK has announced nonstop flights to and from London, Barcelona, Paris and Rome, in addition to the existing Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen routes. To continue growth in leisure and business travel sectors, Visit Oakland introduced two new marketing programs to solidify Oakland’s place nationally and internationally as a leading art and cultural destination. In continuing support of Oakland’s diverse creative community, Visit Oakland announced the inaugural Oakland Art Month for May 2018. Preliminary partners include OMCA, Oakland First Fridays, Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland International Film Festival, East Bay Mural Festival and the Oakland Symphony. "The goal of the program is to showcase a wealth of incredible arts offerings in Oakland that can be enjoyed by the local community and Swan's Market centennial celebration mural on the wall behind Deep Roots Oakland.

visitors from afar,” says Mark Everton, president and CEO of Visit Oakland. “Promoting May as Oakland Art Month, Visit Oakland aims to encourage overnight stays to attend several art events during their stay. Furthermore, the profile of smaller events can be raised in part of the larger city promotion.” Additionally, the Oakland Mural Grant program will continue Visit Oakland’s efforts to increase the number of public murals for display on the outward walls of buildings within city limits as a way to further enhance the aesthetics of the city, while supporting the strong artist community within Oakland. Oakland’s art talent was showcased during Visit Oakland’s Annual Tourism Breakfast in a live art demonstration by legendary local artist Vogue. His piece was donated to “heART is Oakland,” a benefit exhibit showcased at Classic Cars West during the month of July. The exhibition was a fundraiser to help keep art and artists in Oakland.

Chamber "Lunch & Learn" series launched The Chamber's "Lunch & Learn" Series kicked off August 30th, with guest speaker and facilitator Cory Nott, principal and co-owner, Asentiv Oakland in a hands-on workshop "Elevate Your Networking Success." Nott is a internationally recognized referral marketing expert and assists business owners with strategic business development and collaboration Nott's two hour presentation and workshop was designed to help business owners gain clear strategies to build networks, develop introductions in a way that gains attention and tactics for closing more referred business.

Swan’s Market, the formerly abandoned shopping center in historic Old Oakland that found new life as a mixed-use property with markets, restaurants, small businesses and housing, celebrated its Centennial with a series of public events over several days in late July and early August, including an Old Oakland Neighborhood open house, birthday party and community potluck dinner. The festivities mark the 100th year since the opening of Swan’s predecessor, the Oakland Free Market, at the site. The Oakland Free Market, established in 1890, moved to the current location on 9th Street, between Clay and Washington in 1917, from its original location on Clay Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The Swan's building had served as Oakland's destination market until 1984 when it was closed. The site remained vacant until East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), which owns and manages the large mixed-use complex, undertook a visionary, award-winning, historic renovation and redevelopment of the property, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The development consists of 18 affordable apartments, 20 co-housing condominiums, and about a dozen small businesses and nonprofits, including a barber shop, a charter school and an affordable housing education and advocacy group. Swan's now boasts a warehouse-chic food hall with eight diverse restaurants and eateries, including Cosecha Cafe, the Cook and her Farmer, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, AS B-Dama, Deep Roots Oakland, Miss Ollie's, Delage Restaurant and Super Juiced and two specialty purveyors whose roots extend to the now closed original Housewives Market, Taylor's Sausage – an Oakland institution – and renowned Sincere Seafood. Throngs of diners stop in daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner, and the common eating area with its communal tables are filled to capacity, spilling out onto the umbrella-bedecked sidewalk for seating on a warm, sunny afternoon or balmy evening. Shoppers stand patiently in line at the market counters waiting their turn for sausages and fresh fish, and the #OAKPROUD spirit of the original Housewives Market moves into its next 100 years.

West Coast Blues Society performs at Swan's Market Centennial Celebration Cory Nott, principal and co-owner, Asentiv Oakland, leading "Lunch & Learn" 18 | OBR Oakland Business Review

CHAMBER CALENDAR All events are held at the Chamber offices, 475 14th Street, Oakland, unless otherwise noted. Call 510.874.4800 or visit to confirm dates and times. Meetings are open to all Chamber members.

September 13th | 2017 Small Business & Nonprofit Fair ▶ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair ELÑORA TENA WEBB Prinicpal, Signature Solutions, Corporate Results Immediate Past Chair MARK EVERTON Visit Oakland DAN COHEN Full Court Press


Collier's International

20th | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

JACKIE RAY The Clorox Company

Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. For info, contact Paola Castellanos,

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


ROBERT LUCCHESE Bank of America.



STANLEY R. HEBERT California State University, East Bay

ED McFARLAN JRDV Urban International

MICHAEL L. HESTER McGuire and Hester RICHARD KINNEY Matson VICTORIA JONES The Clorox Company PAT KERNIGHAN Former Oakland City Councilmember PAMELA KERSHAW Port of Oakland NEIL KRAETSCH Oakland Athletics MICHAEL LEBLANC Picán KEN LOWNEY Lowney Architecture

At Oakland Marriott City Center. For exhibitor or sponsorship info, contact Paola Castellanos at Free for Chamber members; $10 for non-members.

SAM NASSIF Creative Hospitality Group DENISE PINKSTON TMC Partners CHUCK PROSPER Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

21st | Community Impact Committee (CIC) ▶ 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Community engagement and skills-based volunteering (SBV) Guest speaker Season Eckhardt, Common Impact. Limited seating. Open to Chamber members only. Free.

29th | Oaklanders Talk Tech ▶8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Hosted by Pandora. Presentation by Christopher Thornberg and “Tech 2030” panel discussion. Limited seating. The Backstage at Pandora, 2100 Franklin Street, 7th Floor. $45 for Chamber members; $55 for non-members.

October 4th | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

18th | Business Referral Network (BRN) ▶ 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. For info, contact Paola Castellanos,

Exchange leads, and learn business skills, with the goal to generate potential growth opportunities for its members. Chamber members only. For info, contact Paola Castellanos,

6th | East Bay Women in Business Awards

26th | After 5: Kapor Center for Social Impact Rooftop ▶ 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

▶ 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Scott’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Jack London Square. $55 for Chamber members; $70 for non-members. For info, contact Grace Lunardi,

11th | Economic Development Forum: First Look at 601 City Center ▶ 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For info, contact Aly Bonde,

Free to Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For info and to RSVP, please visit

27th | Inside Oakland ▶ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meet and talk transit with Oakland's new Director or Transportation, Ryan Russo. Free for Chamber members; $15 for non-members. For info, contact Aly Bonde,


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Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP attorneys named 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

In Memoriam Montague "Monte" Middleton Upshaw

Twenty-five Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP attorneys have been named to the 2017 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers, and another four have been named Northern California Rising Stars. Northern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service and publication, selects outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multifaceted nomination process that comprises a statewide survey of lawyers, detailed peer review and extensive research of each candidate.

Montague “Monte” Middleton Upshaw, former chairman of Fidelity Roof Company, passed away July 26, 2017, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his wife Joan, his previous wife, Carol, their four children, a brother, and 13 grandchildren. He was a graduate of Piedmont High School where he was student body president, a prep football wide receiver, and a world-class interscholastic track star in the long-jump, high and low hurdles, and mile relay. His senior year in high school saw him tie the national record of 18.8 in the 180 high hurdles, and break a national high school record with a long jump of 25-4.25, a record previously held by Olympic great Jessie Owens, and placing Monte as the 5th ranking long jumper in the world. He studied business and political science at UC Berkeley, continued in track and field, where he set a world record in the sprint medley relay in 1958, and also established a national collegiate freshman record in the sprint relay in 1955. He set the Cal freshman long jump record with a mark of 24-6, and the freshman 220-yard hurdles with a time of 22.8. During his sophomore year, he injured a knee while winning the long jump in a competition, ending his quest to compete in the Games of the XVII Olympiad, the 1960 Summer Olympics, in Montague "Monte" Middleton Upshaw Rome. While at Cal he also joined the ROTC, receiving his May 11, 1936 - July 26, 2017 commission in 1960, and completing his reserve service at Ft. Benning. Upon the untimely passing of his father, Monte set aside his personal career aspirations and unhesitatingly stepped into the operation of his father's business, Fidelity Roof Company (FRC), located in Oakland, while helping his mother raise a younger sister and brother. He grew the business into a premiere roofing company that gained local and national recognition. Monte was one of the first in the industry to hire women roofers, many of whom continued their careers beyond their initial experiences at FRC. Monte held prominent leadership roles for the Union and Merit Contractors, and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). He was inducted into the UC Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and was active with CAL Alumni for many years on the Scholarship committee, as the President of the "Big C" Society, and as the founder and chairman of "Friends of CAL Track and Field," a major alumni support group. The family respectfully requests In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Monte’s name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, the Cal “Big C” Society, or a charity of your choice.

Wendel Rosen attorneys named to Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Approximately five percent of the Northern California Bar received the distinction. Approximately 43 percent of Wendel Rosen attorneys were named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Practice areas represented include bankruptcy, business, business litigation, construction litigation,

environmental, environmental litigation, estate planning and probate, intellectual property, land use/zoning, and real estate. The 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer.

September/October 2017 Oakland Business Review  
September/October 2017 Oakland Business Review  

The quarterly publication of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Oakland, CA. News and features about the greater East Bay, with a...