Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Oakland panel discusses future of Measure Y

This year is a big one for public safety in Oakland. Measure Y, the Violence Prevention & Public Safety Act, which was overwhelmingly passed in 2004, expires at the end of the year. Unless renewed, the city’s already resource-constrained police, fire, and social services budgets face further cuts.
Funding for Measure Y comes from a $97.62 parcel tax and 8.5 percent surcharge on commercial parking lots. Around $19 million is generated annually, with $4 million going to fire prevention, a particularly important issue given the severe drought we are facing. 60 percent of the remaining, or about $9 million, goes to hiring at least 63 Problem Solving Officers for the Oakland Police Department.
The remaining 40 percent, or about $5 million, goes to violence prevention and intervention programs that are targeting the hottest crime spots in the city with research-tested policies that are yielding tangible results.
At the Inside Oakland event on Jan. 24, a panel of representatives from the city of Oakland, Oakland Police Department, a local nonprofit organization, and a small business owner and blogger discussed the benefits of Measure Y, how it has been improved over time, and what further enhancements are needed.

Panelists Included:

Anne Marks, Executive Director of Youth ALIVE!- Click here to see her presentation


Len Raphael, CPA 

Sara Bedford, Interim Director, City of Oakland Human Services- Click here to see presentation


Interim Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, OPD

“This is an ethical approach to addressing violent crime – and it’s working,” explained  Paul Figueroa, who as an officer in the 90s was involved in drug busts that contributed to around 30,000 arrests annually in Oakland. He noted that last year the number of arrests was around 8,000 while overall violent crime is down.

Yet the fate of Measure Y is unclear. The city administrator’s office has engaged a consultant to look at polling, conduct outreach and education around the measure, and determine what can and should be taken to the voters in November. This review and evaluation will take place over the next six months.
The Chamber plans to be front and center in helping foster a constructive dialogue around this vital issue for Oakland. Please keep on the lookout for future events, and check out the presentations from the Inside Oakland event on the Chamber’s website,

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

100 Black Women Oakland Bay Area Chapter Hosts Annual Business Luncheon


100 Black Women Oakland Bay Area Chapter Hosts Annual Business Luncheon


San Francisco, CA –The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, will host its 16th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards Fundraising Luncheon, on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, located at 55 Fourth Street.  Guests will enjoy a VIP Reception, exhibits and book signing at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards program follow promptly at 11:30 a.m. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information are available on the NCBW website,

We proudly honor the first African American female self-made millionaire and business leader, Madam C.J. Walker, with this annual luncheon.  In remembrance of Madam Walker’s hard work and entrepreneurial spirit which is deeply rooted in the African-American culture; we will recognize four outstanding women who are making an impact in our community:


Madam C. J. Walker Corporate Award-- Kim Winston - Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Starbucks

Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur Award-- Kimberly Bryant - Founder, Black Girls Code  

Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award-- Alecia DeCoudreaux - President, Mills College 

Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy Award-- Gloria Lockett - Executive Director, CAL-PEP 

Keynote speaker is the Honorable Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, who upon acceptance of an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court became Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems   in the country. Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and awarded an honorary degree by the college. She attended Emory University School of Law and because of her commitment to excellence and service within the community. Judge Hatchett was awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to alum by the university.

Glenda Hatchett presided over the 2-time Emmy nominated syndicated show, Judge Hatchett which ran for 9 seasons (Sony Pictures Television), and is author of the national best-seller, “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say” (HarperCollins). She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Gap, Inc. the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and The Service Master Company. Presently, Glenda Hatchett is    a board member of the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization and serves on the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International. She also serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Board of Governors.

Mistress of Ceremonies--Dr. Brenda Wade---Creator and founder of the Love, Money & Seva Seminars, Dr. Wade has ignited change and transformed the lives of thousands over her more than 30 year career.  She co-hosted her first TV show, HELP! at age 16, and has been changing lives ever since.  Through her unique blend of psychology, science and spirituality, she has become “one of the most renowned psychologists in America,” earning numerous awards for her TV programs, best-selling books, and breakthrough seminars.  Currently, Dr. Wade co-hosts PBS’s nationally syndicated program, Healing Quest.  Dr. Wade is also host of the CW/CBS program, “Black Renaissance”, the network’s longest-running program focusing on the African-American Community in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Special Guest, A’Lelia Bundles, author and Great Great Grand Daughter of Madam C. J. Walker will host a book signing.


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, a local non-profit organization, offers a variety of programs and services that enrich the lives of women, young girls and families. One of the signature programs is “Positive Steps”, a program developed to support and nurture leadership in young girls aged 12 –17. This year the Madam C. J. Walker Essay Contest Winner & Positive Steps participant is Camille Batiste, who will be acknowledged with an award during the luncheon. 


The C. J. Walker luncheon serves as the major fundraiser for the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of NCBW that supports their programs:  “Sistahs Getting Real about HIV/AIDS” an initiative promoting HIV/AIDS education resulting in increased public awareness, their Young Scholars and Working Women scholarships awarded to deserving students interested in continuing their education.


The list of partial sponsors to date include: AT&T, Oracle, Comerica, Safeway, XCEO, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Lennar, Lockheed Martin and Bank of the West.  These and other supporters will be in attendance as we host one of the Bay Area’s premiere networking and professional events.


Madam C. J. Walker Corporate Award-- Ms. Winston is a seasoned government affairs professional with over 15 years experience in issues management, stakeholder relations and community relations. Winston represents Starbucks on public policy impacting business operations throughout the United States as well as researching and analyzing laws and regulations that impact over 6000 retail stores in North America.  Ms. Winston is a Founding Member of NCBW and past Chapter President of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter.


Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur Award-- Ms. Bryant is a Biotechnology/Manufacturing/Engineering/ and Supply Chain professional with over 10 years experience in Facilities/Operations/Maintenance and Project Management.  She is the Founder of Black Girls Code.  BlackGirlsCode is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code. In reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, BlackGirlsCode introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities. BlackGirlsCode has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By offering computer coding classes and programs, they expect to increase the number of women of color working in technology and offer underprivileged girls the opportunity to become the masters of their technological world.


Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award—Ms. DeCoudreaux was inaugurated in 2011 as the 13th President of Mills College. DeCoudreaux previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Eli Lilly Company, where she worked for three decades. She also served as Executive Director of Lilly Research Laboratories, research planning and scientific administration and has directed governmental and community relations for the company.

Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy AwardMs. Lockett is the Founder and Executive Director of CAL-PEP, a unique, African American organization which provides a range of health services including coordinated HIV testing, outreach, van transportation services, substance abuse, mental health, employment support, advocacy, research, community forums and violence prevention services.


For more information about luncheon highlights, please contact Cathy Adams of CDA Consulting Group at

(510) 653-4085; via e-mail,  or visit the chapter web site at

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Explore the rich culture of Havana, Cuba through the lens of dance, music, and spiritual traditions. Study Cuban dance forms with local Cuban teachers and dance partners. Tour historical sites, visit eco-communities and experience the life and rhythm of Cuba. The program is open for all levels of participation and will give you a unique view of the Cuban dance world and lifestyle.

Where: Havana, Cuba

When: July 11-18, 2014 (Summer 2014 semester)

Cost: $2,685 from Miami, Fl

Program includes:
> All bus transfers in Cuba
> Stay at 3+ Star Hotels

> All lunches
> All breakfasts
> Round Trip Air between Miami and Havana
> Medical insurance in Cuba
> Visa for travel to Cuba
> A bilingual guide
> Museum Entrance Fees
> Welcome and Departure dinners
> Dance instruction and partner in Cuba

This program earns 3-5 accredited academic transferable units through Dance 7, Dance Study Abroad (Summer 2014). (All participants must enroll in Dance 7 and pay applicable course and other fees to the college not included in trip costs).

ANDREA V. LEE (Dance Instructor/Study Abroad) Phone: 510-228-8969 or email:

DREW GEPHART (Office of International Education) Phone: (510) 587-7834 or email:

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Save Oakland Sports East Bay Business Summit

            To keep the Raiders, A’s and Warriors in Oakland

You are cordially invited to attend
The Save Oakland Sports Organization East Bay Business Summit
To support keeping Our Teams in Oakland
Thursday, February 6, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel
One Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA

Our sports teams are East Bay's most visible and important longtime businesses, and we are part of a community of business leaders and sports fans working to make sure the storied franchise stays in Oakland.  

To that end, Save Oakland Sports is inviting you to an important business summit featuring our Teams’ staff, local entrepreneurs, and East Bay business and political leaders.

The Summit will provide you with the opportunity to hear keynote speakers, meet special guests; including members of The Oakland Raiders, and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, as well as discuss the fine points of proposed Coliseum City. We will also discuss in detail, the benefits to our local businesses of keeping our Teams in Oakland, and this will be a great way to network and promote your business as well.

We ask that you attend this event to learn more about how better to show support for our Teams and SOS. We would like you to publicly pledge your support for SOS’ goals by going to the group’s website at, and share this invitation with others in your personal and professional network.

If you have any questions about SOS, please call us at 510-562-2506.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Announcing: illuminating ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit

An educational half-day conference in Oakland on energy, innovation and green technology. 

Wednesday, April 16th , 2014
Oakland Convention Center
Join Us for an special half day conference featuring sessions on:
Green Infrastructure and Smart Cities | Resilient Buildings
Innovative Energy Technology and the Public Private Partnership
2014 Real Estate Market Update and Forecast  
For more information, check out the webpage-