City Club of Central Oregon – August 2018

August forum:

Are Our Kids Ready For the Future?

What high school graduation rates tell us (and don’t) about education in Central Oregon

Graduation rates in Central Oregon are climbing. More students are finishing high school thanks to collaborative initiatives and community partnerships. But what’s the real story behind this trend? Are we doing enough to ensure that students are prepared for real-world success? Are we connecting them with opportunities beyond high school? What role does higher education play in these partnerships?

Join Central Oregon’s education leaders at August’s City Club of Central Oregon for an honest conversation about student achievement. We’ll talk about the numbers, the stories behind the numbers, and the successes and challenges of getting kids ready for the future.

The forum will include a panel and discussion including:

Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President of Central Oregon Community College, will introduce the topic and moderate a lively and interactive discussion.

City Club of Central Oregon – July 2018

July Forum:

It’s Branding Time in Bend

Will the community be on the giving—or the receiving—end of the tourism branding iron?

Pretend you are the tourism marketing Czar for Central Oregon:

  • What will be your priorities?
  • What cultural values will you cultivate?
  • What role will the arts and entertainment play?
  • Will you reserve a portion of your annual budget for stimulus during the next recession?
  • What tourists will you target?
  • Which activities, seasons, and locations will you feature?
  • Will you take steps to ascertain the impact of your efforts on jobs, infrastructure, crime, safety, and traffic?
  • Who will benefit from your efforts?
  • Who will pay the costs?
  • Will you harness tourism for the community, or will the community be harnessed for tourism?

City Club will gather your input on these issues and more at its July 19th forum, which will feature:

  • Diverse perspectives on tourism from special guests, including:
    • Katy Bryce (freelance writer and author of blog “Bend is Being Loved to Death – And It’s My Fault”)
    • Nathan Hovekamp (Bend Park & Recreation District Board Member and Central Oregon LandWatch Wildlife Program Director)
    • John Hummel (Deschutes County District Attorney)
    • Carolyn Eagan (Bend’s Economic Development Director)
    • Tim Neville (freelance writer and correspondent for Outside and Ski magazines)

City Club of Central Oregon – May 2018

May Forum: A Solution for Pollution?

Considered by some to be a fruitful “pollution solution” and others a “job-killing energy tax,” it is no wonder carbon pricing was a hot-button issue in Oregon’s recent legislative short session. While the proposed Clean Energy Jobs bill did not pass, legislative leaders are clear it will be back on their 2019 agenda. Statewide efforts to reduce climate pollution in Oregon have been a decade in the making. In 2007, the Legislature set ambitious goals for carbon pollution to reduce Oregon’s contribution to drought, severe weather and rising sea levels, which are among the hallmarks of climate change. Many argue that the next step is to set a price on carbon, cap emissions from Oregon’s largest carbon polluters, auction permits to continue polluting, and reinvest permit proceeds into efforts that fuel a clean energy future.

How would the proposed “cap and invest” program work? What has been the experience of other states that have implemented similar efforts? Are we ready to set a price on carbon? And how might a cap and invest program effect Oregon businesses and residents? At this month’s City Club, special guest Greg Dotson, a ‘twenty-year veteran of energy policy-making in Washington, D.C.,’ will explain the market-based approaches to reducing carbon pollution and talk about the cap and invest bill that was proposed for Oregon this year. We will then hear from two representatives from the business community about the positives and negatives of this proposal, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Join us as we explore whether carbon pricing is the right next step for our state.

City Club of Central Oregon – April 2018

April Forum:

Transportation Planning Today For Tomorrow’s Technology

Will the chicken be crossing the road by foot, in a self-driving car or pedaling a bike?

The future of transportation is changing. From autonomous vehicles to investing in “great streets,” we can shape the planning today for our community’s future growth and technology.  Learn about the economic benefits of creating “great streets” that are walkable, bikeable, and likable. See how other communities have responded to growth (aka traffic) and their transportation solutions. Discover how demographic trends are shaping our needs. Alex Joyce, an urban planning expert, will cover all these topics and touch on the interplay between growth priorities and transportation investments. Join us to decipher how that chicken will cross the road in the future!

Threat at Bend Senior High

Bend Police Increasing Presence at Bend Senior High Tuesday After Report of School Threat

Administrators at Bend Senior High School released the following letter to parents and students on Monday night to warn them about a police investigation involving a reported school threat, and the increased presence that Bend Police will have on campus on Tuesday when students return from the three-day holiday weekend:

February 19, 2018

Dear Bend Senior High School families,

In recent days, we have seen students and community members responding to, and talking about, the terrible act of violence that took place at a Parkland, Florida high school. For those who work and attend school in classroom environments every day – or send their students to school every day – we may find that events like the tragedy in Parkland feel close to home and raise intense emotions.

This weekend we talked with a student who reported overhearing two other students talking about general school attacks in ways that were perceived to be threatening to the Bend Senior High School learning environment. Bend Police Department and school administrators spent countless hours throughout the weekend attempting to follow up on this lead. The students who were said to have made these remarks were not identified and the single witness statement did not yield a viable lead. We will continue to investigate any new information that becomes available.

I share this with you tonight so that you are aware that we will have an increased police presence at Bend Senior High School tomorrow, which is the date that the reporting student said the two youth were allegedly discussing violence could take place at our school.

We and our partners at Bend Police Department have invested many resources into looking into this tip – all hours that we give willingly and with passion as we want to do everything we can to keep our students and schools safe.

That said, we have an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment’ where we can talk to our students about tone that is appropriate to use when having conversations with others about the tragedies that we are too frequently seeing on our mobile devices, on social media and on television.

It is my hope that you can help to reinforce to your student that if they see something, they should always say something. Please encourage your students to contact the main office, talk to a staff member or counselor, or use the SafeOregon tip line that they can find under the First Step icon on their iPad desktops at any time. (Parents, you can download First Step on your own device. Search for First Step OR in your app store.)

This single incident is not indicative of the Bend Senior High School culture or students. We, and our law enforcement partners, believe that our school will be safe for all students tomorrow. Patrols and police presence will be increased in an abundance of caution. Additionally, we understand that in informing our community of this threat we run the risk of other students copying this behavior. However, we felt it was important to communicate with our parents about this situation tonight.

Thank you for your support of our Lava Bear community.

Sincerely,

Bend Senior High School Administration Team