Monday, March 31, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Public Safety Debate- April 3rd

Labels: , , ,

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Oakland A's Spirit Week" Returns for 2014

Oakland Gearing Up for Kickoff to
"Oakland A's Spirit Week"

Monday, March 31 – Sunday, April 6

The 2013 American League West Division Champion Oakland Athletics, Visit Oakland, the City of Oakland, and Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will kick off "Oakland A's Spirit Week" Monday, March 31 to celebrate the start of the regular season. The celebration will last all week until Sunday, April 6.

During this citywide celebration, marking the start of the regular season, fans are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing A’s apparel or green and gold all week.

There will be a variety of spirit initiatives including:


·        AC Transit bus headers to read “Go A’s” on all busses

·        Oakland Airport (OAK) to shine green and yellow lights curbside at both terminals

·        An A’s flag to fly atop Oakland City Hall

·        An A’s flag to fly atop the Tribune Tower

·        Hotel front line staff will wear A’s hats

·        The Salvation Army of Alameda County will hold a luncheon to honor the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, April 22 at the Hilton Oakland Airport. Tickets available at

During the 2014 season, Visit Oakland will continue to work closely with the Athletics organization and city offices to engage fans and promote games to visitors.

More information about Spirit Week can be found at:

Labels: , , , , , ,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bay Area Public-Private Partnership Resiliency Initiative- April 3rd


Labels: , , , , , ,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Protecting Oakland Businesses & Residences, Public & Private Perspectives

Protecting Oakland Businesses & Residences – Public & Private Perspectives

Come hear the latest about Oakland’s new comprehensive public safety plan and get some perspective from private sector leaders involved in public safety.

Register Today-

Speakers Include:

Interim City Administrator

Fred Blackwell- As Interim City Administrator, Fred Blackwell is responsible for the day-to-day operations of City agencies and departments.

Interim Chief Sean Whent
Interim Chief Sean Whent-   Interim Chief Whent manages and oversees the planning, development implementation of all law enforcement and crime prevention for the City.    

Amy Roither-Quintero

Amy Roither- Amy Roither-Quintero, MBA, is the Director of Business Development for Detect All Security & Fire, an Oakland-based company that provides security and fire alarm, video surveillance, and access control services throughout the Bay Area.

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board Room
475 14th St., Suite 100
Date: March 28th, 2014 Time: 8:30am-10am



Labels: , , , , , , ,

Monday, March 24, 2014

illuminating ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit only a few weeks away!

On Wednesday, April 16 please join the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for an educational half day economic development program, illuminating ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit.” This exciting event will explore how energy, sustainability and green technology are contributing to economic growth in the East Bay and surrounding areas.

The program includes a keynote address by the immediate past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff and two consecutive panel discussion sessions on Green Infrastructure and Smart, Resilient Cities and Innovative Energy Technology and the Public Private Partnership. Participants will also be treated to an overview of 2014 real estate trends and demographics with an emphasis on the ‘clean and green tech sector’ from Cassidy Turley’s Director of Research, Garrick Brown.

Confirmed Panelists include:

Green Infrastructure and Smart, Resilient Cities

-          Arrietta Chakos, Principal, Urban Resilience Strategies

-          Mike D'Orazi, Fire Chief, City of Alameda

-          Larry Goldzband, Executive Director, BCDC

-          Dan Halperin, Director, Distributed Generation, Pacific Gas and Electric

Moderated by: Rebecca Rubin Founder, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC

Innovative Energy Technology and the Public Private Partnership

-           Robert R. Davenport, III, Managing Partner, Brightpath Capital Partners

-           Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director and Sustainability Lead, Waste Management

-           Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland

-           Bob Thronson, Vice President, Vigilent

Moderated by: Emily Kirsch, Cofounder and CEO, SfunCube

Sponsors: Chevron, PG&E, Bank of America,  Marstel-Day, LLC, Peralta Community College District, Port of Oakland, AC Transit, BART, Cassidy Turley, Community Bank of the Bay, City of Oakland, Matson, Bank of Marin, Southwest Airlines, Colliers International, and Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean LLP. Media partners: San Francisco Business Times, KBLX Radio, KOIT Radio, Live Work Oakland, Bay Area News Group, and Berkeleyside.

Tickets: $75, Register Today!

Date + Time: April 16, 2014, 7:30am to Noon

Venue: Oakland Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.


Go online to for more information.



Event Information:

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Friday, March 21, 2014


Invitation to bid

1. Project Background and Objectives
Sacramento Basketball Holdings, LLC ("SBH") and City of Sacramento ("City") have partnered to develop a new, world-class entertainment and sports center ("ESC") in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The ESC will be the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings ("Kings").

The ESC will have an estimated 17,500 seating capacity and feature state-of-the-art amenities, premium seating, restaurants and clubs, and multi-story views of the city to enhance a uniquely Sacramento experience. In addition to professional basketball, the ESC will be designed to host other sporting events as well as concerts and other music events, family shows, circuses, ice shows, ice competitions, general assembly events, stage shows, and other special events.

The ESC is being developed by SBH and will be owned by the City. SBH has appointed ICON Venue Group, LLC to serve as Owner’s Representative/Project Manager for the ESC. AECOM is the architect for the ESC and Turner Construction Company ("Turner’) is providing preconstruction services for the ESC. The Kings, ICON, AECOM and Turner are collectively known as the ESC Project Team.

The ESC Project Team is requesting proposals from highly qualified candidates to act as a Consultant to assist with the ESC Project’s Local Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise Utilization Program ("LBE/SBE Program") detailed in Appendix A.

The RFP selection process will be based on the respondent’s relevant experience and track record, depth and quality of local relationships and expertise, strength of staff, demonstrated expertise, and competitiveness on a cost basis. The ESC Project Team reserves the right to make this selection on the basis of whatever factors it deems appropriate.

Full description here.

Labels: , ,

Thursday, March 20, 2014



You are invited to submit a firm Lump Sum proposal for the work of your trade for the below referenced project:

Emeryville Center for Community Life

Bid Documents: Bid Documents, Drawings and Specifications can be found via the BoxNet link in the attached document titled “00 ECCL ITB Bid Group 02 dated 2014-03-11.pdf”

Proposal Format:  Turner bid forms will be provided. Pricing is to be submitted to:

Turner Construction Company

ATTN: Shirley San Diego

1111 Broadway, Suite 2100, Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: (510) 267-8100, Fax: (510) 267-8214  Or e-mail exclusively to:

BID DUE DATE:  Bids are due on/or before Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00pm    
 INVITATION TO BID – Bid Group #02
You are invited to submit a bid proposal for the work on the project referenced below:
Emeryville Center of Community Life
Project Description: Remodel and expansion of existing Gymnasium Building ‘E’, construction of new athletic field, Community Building, Administration Building, K-8 Building and 9-12 Building.
Project Schedule:  Construction to begin in the 3rd Quarter 2014 with completion in the 3rd Quarter of  2015. Refer to construction bid schedule for more information. Prequalification: All subcontractors must be pre-qualified to submit a proposal. Pre-qualification information may be requested from Shirley San Diego (
Prevailing Wages: The successful bidder shall be required to comply with all provisions of California Labor Code Sections 1726 – 1861 et seq and the Davis-Bacon Act.
Bid Packages Currently Bidding (Bid Group #02): 3.3 Structural Concrete
8.2 Glazing and Storefront
5.0 Structural Steel & Metal Decking
9.1 Drywall, Plaster Framing and Insulation
6.0 Rough Carpentry and Wood Framing
7.5 Roofing, Waterproofing and Sheet Metal
 Proposal Format: Turner bid forms will be provided. Pricing is to be submitted to:
Turner Construction Company
ATTN: Shirley San Diego
1111 Broadway, Suite 2100, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 267-8100, Fax: (510)
Drawings and Specifications: Bid documents are available for review on our site. See below for link and access information. Each bidder will create their own login/password the first time they access the site.
Architect: dsk Architects
Owner: Emery Unified School District


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Unity Council Celebrates its 50th Anniversary



50th Anniversary Gala


Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Oakland Scottish Rite Ballroom

5:30pm | Welcome Reception

7:00pm | Dinner

Join us to honor the leaders who built this organization and show your support for our next 50 years of service to the community.

scottish rite

                                          Interested in becoming a sponsor?    
Contact Carlos Almanza, Development Director, for details: 510-535-6924; 






Interested in becoming a sponsor?  

Contact Carlos Almanza, Development Director, for details: 510-535-6924; 



Labels: ,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2 great events from Bell Investment

“The Art of 1031 Exchanges for Your

Real Estate Investments: Leveraging Your Wealth While Deferring Taxes.”

OAKLAND, CA. March 4, 2014 Bell Investment Advisors,, a Bay Area registered investment advisory firm, announced today that they will be conducting a webinar, “The Art of 1031 Exchanges for Your Real Estate Investments: Leveraging Your Wealth While Deferring Taxes,” on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2-2:30 PM PDT. This online event is a part of an ongoing series of webinars that demonstrate the firm’s commitment to providing free educational opportunities to the greater community centered on Bell’s three core services, investment management, financial planning, and career and life coaching.

 Jim Bell says, “1031 Exchanges for real property investments are largely misunderstood by the general public. This webinar will clarify the basics and help make the complex more understandable.”

Registration for the March 19 webinar is currently open at:
Bell Investment Advisors Offers Wine and Cheese Event,
“The Women’s Roundtable:
Taking Charge of Your Financial Future”
OAKLAND, CA. March 11, 2014 Bell Investment Advisors,, a Bay Area registered investment advisory firm, announced today that they will be hosting a wine and cheese gathering, “The Women’s Roundtable: Taking Charge of Your Financial Future”, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6-7:30 PM PDT in the firm’s Oakland office.
The wine and cheese gathering is a part of an ongoing series of events that reflect The Women’s Roundtable’s dedication to building a learning cooperative for and by women. The aim is to provide an enriching environment in which women learn and share ideas that impact their financial goals.
Reservations for the March 26 event are required and can be made by writing to Space is limited.
Additional information on The Women’s Roundtable of Bell Investment Advisors, along with an archive of blog posts authored by members of The Women’s Roundtable, can be found here:

Labels: , ,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Green and White Ball on May 31, 2014

Exciting News! Lend A Hand Foundation is holding a Green and White Ball on May 31, 2014 (week after Memorial Day weekend). Music by Ricardo Scales Ensemble Featuring Special Guest Pete Escovedo and we are also expecting other special guests. Dinner, Dancing, Awards, Auction, and much more. Theme: Empowering Our Youth to Stay In School.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Purchase your ticket now through March 24, 2014, SAVE $25
If you will be able to join us, please indicate your choice of meal:  Chicken, Salmon, Beef or Vegeterian

Labels: , ,

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alameda & Oakland Magazine Launch Party, March 17th

Invite you to ...
A Party Celebrating the
March issues of Oakland
and Alameda magazines. 
Our March issues highlight great food and drinks.
And what better place to celebrate those than
Oakland's venerable
Picán restaurant,
where Southern cuisine is unleashed.
Please stop by to enjoy some appetizers and wine, beer, or a specialty cocktail. Mingle with the magazine's writers, staff, editor, publisher, and advertisers, and pick up a complementary copy of our new issue.
Monday, March 17From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Picán restaurant
2295 Broadway, at 23rd Street

Valet parking available

Labels: , , , , ,