City Club of Central Oregon February forum: PERS SNATCHERS
Is Oregon’s Pension Promise Broken? Can it be fixed?
Oregon has sought to attract and retain the best and brightest public employees by promising fixed rates of return on pensions within the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Oregon originally failed, however, to adequately fund those promises. Accordingly, the Legislature reduced pensions in 2003. But when the stock market crashed, public employers still had to make up the difference. This situation begs the following questions:
- Is PERS broken? If so, can it be fixed without breaking promises to employees?
- How is PERS impacting other programs?
- If pensions are reduced or privatized, will Oregon need to increase wages to attract and retain quality employees?
- What are the alternatives to the current system?
- What legal, economic, and political obstacles exist to those alternatives?
- Who gets to decide, and how do we hold them accountable?
- Should Oregon retire its public retirement program, as we know it?
January forum: FRESH FROM THE FARM – a conversation about how food grown in Central Oregon gets to markets, restaurants and your table
City Club of Central Oregon
October 2017 Forum: THE TRUST GAP. Exploring the crisis of confidence in the American news media and how to fix it.
September 28, 2017
Hooked! Understanding our Addiction to Opiates
In the mid 1990s, the country’s pendulum of prescribing practices dramatically swung: doctors who at one time were prosecuted for overprescribing opiates to patients were now facing mounting pressure to write scripts for chronic, non-cancer pain. Since then, both the dosage and use of therapeutic opiates has skyrocketed, leading to widespread abuse—and what is now considered the worst drug crisis in American history. City Club’s September forum will examine the causes and impacts of this crisis, as well as our community’s approach to tackling an epidemic that not only kills, but also has major social and economic implications.
June forum: Oil Trains Transiting Our Community, Are They Safe?
Railways are an important part of Central Oregon’s history and our current economy. Hundreds of trains travel through our towns and cities carrying everything from logs and personal goods to crude oil. With horror stories in the news about derailments and spills, how safe is our community? An expert panel discusses what prevention programs are in place to keep us safe, who’s responsible, and, in the case of an emergency, the steps for remediation and cleanup.
Andrew Phelps, Director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Hal Gard: Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Administrator, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
- Michael Heffner: Emergency Response Manager / Assist. Chief Deputy, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
- Courtney Wallace: Director, Public Affairs, BNSF Railway
The City Club of Central Oregon May Forum: Is Being Civil Important to Our Democracy & Community?
Is being civil important to our democracy? Should civility be part of our public and community conversations? We will explore these questions and hear from panelists about their experiences with public conversations and what happens when things become less than civil.
The policies and uncertainties forming around healthcare are discussed. Find out how this will impact your own healthcare services, your providers, insurance, individual states and more.
Patrick O’Keefe – Owner, Cascade Insurance Center
Iman Simmons – COO, St. Charles Health System
Michael Morter, Agent and Small Business Liaison, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services
Del Johnson, Senior Vice President, USI Insurance Services LLC