Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oakland Army Base - Request for Prequalification #02

Attention Businesses and Firms interested in working on the Oakland Army Base Project:
The attached Prequalification Form for the Oakland Army Base project must be filled out!

The deadline to turn in this Prequalification Form is:  Friday February 8th.Please review the attached form for a list of trade packages we are currently prequalifying for.

If you are having a hard time opening the attachment, please visit our FTP site for another copy of the same PQ form:

For more information please feel free to email or call- Brendan Crockett, Assistant Purchasing Agent at Turner Construction, Office:510-267-8239, Cell: 415-559-3980


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Addendum No. 1 to the RFP 12/13-04 for Construction Management Support Services for Yerba Buena Island Ramps

From time to time, the Chamber is made aware of local business opportunities and projects relevant to our members and other community based organizations. See below for the most recent opportunity spotlight:

The Request for Proposals for Construction Management Support Services for Yerba Buena Island Ramps (RFP 12/13-04) has been posted on the San Francisco County Transportation Authority website,, under Doing Business with Us. It is also linked for your reference.

Questions may be submitted in writing on or before January 30, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. by mail, fax, or e-mail to the attention of Lily Yu, Senior Management Analyst (fax 415.522.4829 or
 e-mail The answers to questions will be made available on the Authority’s website ( by February 4, 2013. Any other addenda to the RFP will be made available on the Authority’s website prior to the proposal due date.

As a reminder, proposals are due by February 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the Authority’s Offices., contact information below.

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
1455 Market Street, Floor 22, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 522-4800

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BART's Small Bus. Dev. Overview Seminar - Sponsored by OBBT&C & OBDC - Jan. 31, 2013

Free Seminar Coming this Thursday!

Please find attached a flyer from the Oakland Black Board of Trade & Commerce (OBBT&C) and the Oakland Business Development Corporation (OBDC) for BART's Small Business Development Overview seminar being held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at:
Everett & Jones Restaurant
210 Broadway (2nd Street & Broadway - Jack London Square)
Oakland, CA 94607
Please RSVP to Mr. Eddie Dillard at (510) 706-9005.

Monday, January 28, 2013

SFMTA Central Subway Small Business Opportunities

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Friday, January 25, 2013

New 2013 Event Series at the Chamber: Lunch + Learn

On January 24, the Chamber began a new educational series wherein members and guests are invited to bring your lunch and join us for a great brown bag seminar series at the Chamber, entitled "Lunch and Learn." All businesses, members, and visitors are welcome to join.

This month we explored the new mandatory requirements for commercial recycling services in Alameda County with a panel discussion organized by Alameda County Waste Management Authority (

The presentation was entitled; Recycling Rules | Learn what it takes to follow the rules of the new Alameda County law.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.Org) has an ambitious goal to reduce waste by ensuring that by the year 2020, recyclables and compostables make up less than 10 percent of what goes to landfill.  To help reach that goal, the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance 2012-01 went into effect July 1, 2012 and prohibits the disposal of certain recyclable materials including paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans.  Affected businesses, those generating four or more cubic yards of garbage per week, need to arrange for adequate recycling service, properly label recycling and garbage containers, and provide recycling information to employees. Inspections of business for compliance will begin this month.


The lunch and learn session was a panel presentation from StopWaste.Org (the waste management authority for the county) and a local waste hauler Waste Management. Presenters,  Rachel Balsley Program Manager at StopWaste.Org  and Pedrito Gella Recycling Representative at Waste Management, together told participants how to learn about (and access) the free resources available to help your business set up or improve a recycling program to be best in compliance with the new law. Waste Management generously provided lunch to all the participants.

Join us for the next Lunch and Learn session at the Chamber on February 20 at Noon, for an in-depth discussion on New Employment Legislation, Impact on Businesses, Recent Trends In Employee Lawsuits with Andrew Shalauta an attorney of Oakland’s Burnham Brown law firm.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Just Announced-Public Safety Action to come Quickly

Ten additional Alameda County Sheriff Deputies should be patrolling the streets of Oakland as early as February 2, according to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.  The Mayor, joined by Police Chief Jordan and City Administrator Deanna Santana, held a press conference at City Hall this afternoon to discuss the public safety votes of the City Council the night before.  When asked when Bill Bratton would come to Oakland, Chief Jordan said he would expect at least 3 visits to the city by Bratton, the first to come in mid-February, depending on the former LA and NY City Police Chief’s availability.  

Jordan also took the chance to address concerns about “stop and frisk policing”.  Jordan said Oakland police engage in Constitutional policing.  He said that phrase “stop and frisk” comes from a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1968, Terry v. Ohio.  In that case the Court established police may, stop, question and frisk a person the officer has a reasonable suspicion to believe has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime.  He emphasized that racial profiling is not the policy of the Oakland Police Department.    

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OPD Chief Jordan gets strong Council support

An Oakland City Council that will work together in the face of a boisterous opposition seems to be developing.  Last night the council approved four measures to support public safety.  These measures include (1) approving a consulting contract with former LA and NY police chief Bill Bratton to develop a Crime Reduction strategy; (2) approve financing for a "3rd" Police Academy to start in September 2013; (3) hire 21 civilian police department employees to improve service and free sworn officers for other duties; and (4) contract temporarily with Alameda County Sheriff to bring 10 sheriff deputies to Oakland two days a week for 3 months. 

The last three of these four resolutions passed on an 8-0 voice vote.  Only the Bratton contract received any opposition on the Council, and that a no vote from Desley Brooks.   Mayor Quan demonstrated leadership on these issues as well issuing a letter of support for the Bratton contract last week and attending the Council meeting last night.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Business Opportunities, VTA/BART San Jose CA, Feb 7th

The Joint Venture Skanska/Shimmick/Herzog (SSH JV), invites businesses to participate in a FREE B2B matchmaking session for the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project. The Berryessa Extension consists of the design, construction, and future operation of an approximate 10-mile extension of the BART system into Santa Clara County. The Berryessa Extension will connect to the track south of the BART Warm Springs Station in Fremont, and includes a retained-cut passenger station in Milpitas (Milpitas Station) and an above-ground passenger terminus station in San Jose (Berryessa Station). The project is approximately $772 million and is estimated to be of four year duration. We are working directly with the SSH JV general contractor to identify prospective and qualified subcontractors, suppliers and professional services for the following categories (but not limited to):

§  Rebar

§  Concrete forming

§  Sidewalk

§  Excavation

§  Utilities (dry and wet)

§  Striping

§  Traffic Control

§  Structural Concrete

§  Architectural Pre-cast Concrete

§  Structural Pre-cast Concrete

§  Masonry CMU

§  Steel (Structural/ Ornamental/ Miscellaneous)

§  Metal Deck

§  Cabinets

§  Fireproofing Cementitious

§  Fireproofing Intumescent

§  Waterproofing

§  Roofing

§  Acoustical Insulation

§  Louvers

§  Caulking

§  Flashing and sheet metal

§  Metal Wall Panels

§  Doors and Hardware

§  Roll Up Doors

§  Glazing

§  Sky lights

§  Drywall and Plaster

§  Tile wall and floors

§  Topping Slabs

§  Painting

§  Toilet Accessories/Partitions

§  Lockers and Benches


§  Electrical

Additionally, we are also working with Aldridge/Rosendin Joint Venture to identify qualified and/or certified subcontractors in the electrical trade.

We will be hosting a B2B matchmaking event for subcontracting opportunities on Thursday February 7 from 3.30 - 6.30pm in Downtown San Jose, where you will have the opportunity to meet the project managers and buyers from the SSH JV and Aldridge/Rosendin JV for a one-on-one B2B session for the prospective trades. There will also be a DBE and SBE (VTA) certification workshop, and bonding and financial assistance sessions to help qualified firms prepared for contracting opportunities. There is no charge to attend this event, and light refreshment will be provided. However, due to the expected large participation, the session will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you would like to participate in this event, please register promptly to secure your seat by clicking on the RSVP below and submit your registration:

For current procurement opportunities, please visit the SSH JV website:

If you have any questions regarding the project and/or event, please contact Ms. Paula Tran at 408-998-8058 ext.136,  We look forward to seeing you at the event.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Oakland Named Among Top 12 Art Places in the Nation!

Oakland has just been named among the top 12 cities for art in the nation. The ranking comes from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. ArtPlace is investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities.  

As selected by ArtPlace, “America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces” are communities that have most successfully combined art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods

Oakland is in very good company. See below for complete list, which are not in any ranked order – all 12 cities are considered equal in the survey.

America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces for 2013:

Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle

Here is a link to the ArtPlace press release, which has already generated coverage for Oakland in the San Francisco Chronicle (see below link).

“Oakland on top 12 list for art, not crime”

January 8, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

In addition, the City Hall art exhibit featured at our 2012 Art +Soul festival was recently named among the top 10 Bay Are art experiences of 2012:


**** Come hear more about art in Oakland at our upcoming event: Building A Strong Economy: A Vision for 2020 on February 6th. The Concurrent Program sessions will feature a discussion on arts and entertainment in Oakland. Join Us – register online HERE.******

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Get More Police Officers on the Streets of Oakland

That was the message at the Oakland City Council Finance and Management committee on Tuesday.  Chairperson Libby Schaaf, along with Council President Pat Kernighan and President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan (fourth committee member Desley Brooks was absent) voted unanimously to approve the resolutions that will authorize the expedited hiring of 20 police technicians and one fingerprint examiner; bring eleven Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs on patrol in Oakland two days a week; and commit needed funds to begin to prepare for a Police Academy that would start in September 2013 (it would be the third Academy to start since September 2012).

All three matters now go to the full Council for approval on January 22.  All three resolutions were authored by Schaaf and Vice Mayor Reid and supported by Police Chief Howard Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and Mayor Jean Quan.
It was noted that all three resolutions are meant to get more patrol officers on the streets.  By hiring more technicians the hope is not only that more evidence will be gathered and hence more crimes solved, but also that sworn officers now handling those tasks will be able to return to patrol. 

By authorizing preliminary steps needed to start an Academy in September the City sticks to its commitment to run academies for the foreseeable future.  With a current sworn staff at OPD of 613 officers and attrition averaging 4.25 officers/month new officers are needed.  Academy’s start with 55 trainees and usually graduate about 409 who then need 6 months of field training.  This means two academies a year would produce about 80 new officers, replacing 51 who would retire or otherwise leave the force. 

Given the low number officers (OPD was at 803 officers just about 3 years ago) and the time it takes to staff up the third item, a temporary agreement with the Alameda County Sheriff to bring officers on patrol in Oakland is timely.  And police staff noted that the deputies will be deployed to areas and at times identified by crime statistics as especially in need of additional law enforcement attention.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Assistance for Oakland Small Businesses


City of Oakland and Sand Dollar Group, LLC to Offer Free Business Consulting and Technical Assistance to Oakland Certified Small Businesses

Oakland, CA, January 2013 -  The City of Oakland and the consulting firm Sand Dollar Group, LLC have teamed up to help local small businesses grow and increase their revenue. The City and Sand Dollar Group, LLC are offering free technical assistance to Oakland entrepreneurs who are certified as small businesses with the City. Qualified small businesses will receive monthly consulting services through June 2014 at no cost and will be taught a variety of business growth and management strategies with hands on assistance from small business experts.

Additionally, all Oakland certified small business owners will have the opportunity to participate in seminars that will teach a variety of topics from local experts. Sand Dollar Group CEO Paul C. Wright says that, “the topics will range from financial management to sales and marketing and venture capital opportunities.” Most seminars will take place in downtown Oakland at the Department of Housing and Community Development.

To qualify as a participant in the monthly technical assistance program, visit to obtain an application for this free program. All small business owners are encouraged to visit the Sand Dollar Group website for more information on the upcoming seminars.


Contact: Paul C. Wright, J.D.
Office: 510-229-9381

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Oakland City Council – Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the next two years were approved by a unanimous voice vote this morning (Council Member Desley Brooks abstained). The assignments are:

By Council Member the assignments (and total number) are:

D1 – Kalb – 3:                        Rules, Public Works, Public Safety

D2 – Kernighan – 4:               Rules, Finance, Econ. Dev., Education


D3 – Gibson-McElhaney -4:   Econ. Dev., Life Enrichment, Education, Public Safety

D4 – Schaaf - 5:                      Rules, Finance, Econ. Dev., Education, Public Safety


D5 – Gallo -4:                         Public Works, Life Enrichment, Education, Public Safety

D6 – Brooks -2:                      Finance, Life Enrichment


D7 – Reid – 3:                                    Rules, Public Works, Econ. Dev.

At Large – Kaplan -3:             Finance, Public Works, Life Enrichment


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Non-Profit Roundtable - Appreciation

In December, the Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable closed out 2012 with a celebration of appreciation and hope for the future.
While the committee launches each meeting with an empowered introduction, the December introduction took a giant step further by combining the introduction with a response component. In this exercise, the speaker introduces herself, her title and company, then shares something she appreciates in her work or company, and concludes with something she wishes for in the upcoming year. When she finishes, the rest of the attendees write the speaker’s name on one side of a 3x5 file card, turn it over and write something complimentary about the speaker or a special wish. The speaker gets all of the cards to keep—as a special gift for use when she needs a little personal boost or a reminder of what is admirable about her.
Everyone in attendance left with a stack of these complimentary cards.
“This is fantastic! Thank you!” exclaimed one participant. “I am going to do it with my colleagues.”
In addition, each attendee received an empty lidded jar, made a label of “Good Things” and applied the label to the outside of the jar. The task: over 2013, when something good happens to you or at work, write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar. Then keep adding these notes of good things until December 31, 2013—New Year’s Eve—and before saying farewell to the year, read the notes to help you remember what a fantastic year you have had.
The Committee Co-chairs Ana-Marie Jones and Jerry Metzker, and Chamber liaison Brandon Brooks also appreciate those who brought snacks to help us celebrate: Kris Viers of the Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area (, Dale Marie Gordon of Torrey Pines Bank ( and Tara Jones of Divas with Sol (, as well as the door prize donors: Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (, Biotech Partners (, Torrey Pines Bank and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce (
The next meeting will be on January 15, from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Oakland Chamber board room. Please join us for an interactive session on planning for success and developing a road map headed toward prosperity for 2013!

Oakland Chamber Non-Profit Roundtable

Co-Chair Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD)

Co-Chair Jerry Metzker, Development & Marketing Manager, Biotech Partners

Brandon Brooks, Chamber Liaison and Membership Sales Representative

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pat Kernighan to lead new Oakland City Council

The eight member Oakland City Council has three new faces and a new leader.  At a special meeting this morning Dan Kalb, Lynette Gibson-McElhaney and Noel Gallo were sworn in as the new Council Members for districts 1, 3 and 5 respectively.  Pat Kernighan who represents district 2 and is the third longest serving member of the Council replaces Larry Reid as President of the Council.

Also this morning, Larry Reid was selected as Vice Mayor and Rebecca Kaplan was picked as the new President Pro Tempore.

The Council next meets on Wednesday (January 9) at 10:30 am when committee assignments for the next two years will be announced. 

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