Attorney Timothy Alan Simon, California's newest Public Utilities Commissioner, spoke to a May 7 lunch sponsored by the Oakland Black Board of Trade & Commerce, the Black Wall Street Merchants Association and Globe Newspapers.

Meg Vasey, Bernida Reagan, Cynthia Renta, Bessie Papailias, Bendu Griffin and Connie Ng-Wong (all, Port of Oakland).

Sadiq Bello Ikharo (Peralta Community College District); Michael Baines (Baines Group Inc.); and Frederick Jordan (F.E. Jordan Associates Inc.).

Jesus Vargas (VSCE Construction Managers).

Lisa Brown and A.J. Musante Jr. (both, city of Oakland).

Yvette Hogue, Emery Borsodi, Jan Hewitt, Mary Liz DeJong and Martha Johnson (all, AT&T).

Anita Hart (Southwest Gas Corp.); Eddie Dillard (Oakland Black Board of Trade and Commerce); Valerie Bailey (Southwest Gas Corp.).

Jerry Flynn, Fassil Fenikile and Rhonda Johnson (all, AT&T).

Photos by Stephanie Secrest | East Bay Business Times