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A 101-year old discussion on the topics that affect Portlanders and Oregonians.
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A 101-year old discussion on the topics that affect Portlanders and Oregonians.

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2019 Legislative Preview: Should We Fear or Cheer the Supermajority?

1/11/2019
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Democrats rode a blue wave to a supermajority in the Legislature and Governor Brown has ambitious policy goals, including finding $2 billion for education. How much of the Democrats' agenda will make it to the Governor's desk this summer? Will Republicans look for opportunities to compromise or are they forming their own "resistance" in the hopes that a red wave will carry them in 2020? Join us as we discuss the politics and policy goals of 2019 with Oregon House and Senate leaders from...

Duration:00:56:28

2018 Year in Review

12/14/2018
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Immigration, #metoo, the economy, protests, wildfires, the election—what were the issues that you followed this year and what needs another look now that it's almost 2019? Let's reflect on the events that shaped 2018 and think about what might be ahead in the coming year. Panelists Rukaiyah Adams is the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. She is responsible for leading all investment activities to ensure the long-term financial strength of the organization. Before joining...

Duration:00:59:55

Exit Interviews: Metro President Tom Hughes

12/7/2018
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Tom Hughes's second and final term as Metro President will end in January. After 8 years leading Metro, what has he learned about our region? What are his personal highlights from his time working for Metro and what would he have done differently knowing then what he knows now? Join us as we ask these and other questions at Friday Forum! About Tom Tom Hughes is President of the Metro Council, the elected leadership of the Metro regional government. He was elected in November of 2010, and...

Duration:01:59:51

How Oregon Is Failing Black Students and What We Can Do About it

11/30/2018
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In Portland, two-thirds of Black students are failing according to state testing standards. A report by EcoNorthwest and commissioned by KairosPDX and Chalkboard Project shows that this gap has been persistent over the last decade. In a city that is becoming increasingly diverse and prides itself on equity and sustainability, these trends are troubling. The good news is innovation and community-based solutions promise new opportunities for Black children. If these strategies are effective,...

Duration:00:57:30

Exit Interviews: City Commissioner Dan Saltzman

11/16/2018
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In January, Dan Saltzman will leave the Portland City Council, a job he's held for two decades. At Friday Forum, we'll ask him to reflect on his time in office. What has he learned over the last twenty years that he thinks a new commissioner ought to know? What were the biggest challenges during his tenure? What would he have done differently if he had the chance to go back in time? And does the commission form of government work? Join us for an insightful look into how Portland's...

Duration:01:59:51

Recount: Reflecting on the 2018 Election

11/9/2018
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What were the big surprises in Oregon and across the country? What do these results mean for the Oregon Legislature in 2019? And what can we expect in 2020? Join us as we look back at the political races and ballot measures that will shape the coming year in Oregon and beyond. Panelists Ana del Rocío is the state director of Color PAC Action, a nonprofit that uplifts leaders of color to enter public office and govern effectively. Ana is a first-generation Chicana/Peruana, and has...

Duration:01:59:52

If the Democrats Take Back the House, What Will They Do With It?

11/2/2018
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The pollsters and prognosticators believe there's a good chance Democrats will win a majority in the U.S House of Representatives this year. But if they did, what would they DO with it? On November 2, we will pose that question to our own U.S. House representatives—Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer. What will their top priorities be? Will they try to repeal the Trump tax cuts? Require that all Federal uniforms be made of hemp? Cut military spending and use the money to fight climate...

Measure 106: Injecting Inequality into Reproductive Health

10/26/2018
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In November, Oregonians face Measure 106, which would prohibit using state funds to pay for abortion. The City Club of Portland believes this measure introduces gross inequalities in our health care system because it would prevent many women of color, low-income women, and women employed by government from getting the reproductive care they need. City Club published its first report advocating against a similar proposal in 1978, and another in 2014. Our stand today remains the same. Join...

Up for Debate: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative

10/19/2018
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Measure 26-201 would impose a 1% gross receipts tax on certain large retailers to fund renewable energy and energy conservation projects, job training for economically disadvantaged and traditionally under-employed workers, and local agriculture. It's a pretty big deal, and this is your chance to hear from both sides. Is this tax progressive or regressive? Is it fair to large companies? Is this the best way to fight climate disruption and help low-income people? Even if it's not, is it worth...

Duration:01:59:52

Up for Debate: Supermajority Votes for Revenue

10/12/2018
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The Oregon Constitution already requires a 3/5 vote of each state legislative chamber for lawmakers to raise revenue. Measure 104 would further define revenue to include the repeal of tax exemptions, credits, and deductions that result in increased revenue. At Friday Forum, we'll debate the pros and cons of this ballot measure and how it will affect Oregon taxpayers and state government if it is passed. Yes on 104 Panel Paul Cosgrove was born in Seattle, but raised in Klamath Falls and...

Duration:01:59:51

Up for Debate: Hardesty vs. Smith for City Council

10/5/2018
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Who will be Portland's first African-American Councilwoman? Join City Club and AARP-Oregon for a debate between Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith as they make their case for why they are the best person to serve the city. About the Candidates Jo Ann Hardesty is most known for her 1995-2001 term as Oregon state representative (formerly Jo Ann Bowman), her weekly Thursday morning radio segment on KBOO, and her former role as NAACP Portland President. Hardesty is a community leader and...

Groceries and the Oregon Constitution

9/21/2018
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Friday Forum—live at the Sentinel Hotel! The grocery industry has put Measure 103 on the ballot to preempt the taxation of groceries. But are apples and bread being targeted for new taxes? And do we really need a grocery specific tax protection in the Oregon Constitution? We'll discuss these and other questions at Friday Forum. Join us as we hear from those who disagree with Measure 103 and why they—and City Club members—think voters should vote "No" in November. Panel Barbara Smith...

Up for Debate: Metro's Affordable Housing Bond Measure

9/14/2018
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Metro's role has evolved from transportation and land-use planning to the oversight and coordination of many of the region's most important institutions—including the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center, and Portland's Centers for the Arts. With this $652.8 million bond measure, Metro dives deep into the affordable housing crisis facing our region. Is Metro up for the challenge? Can it equitably help all three counties—Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas—provide more safe, affordable,...

Duration:00:59:56

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Discusses the 2018 Elections

9/7/2018
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Join us for a conversation with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley as City Club launches its midterm election coverage. On September 7, Senator Merkley will share his perspective on the national mood leading up to the elections. We'll ask him about whether Democrats can build a coalition to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and what's being done at the national level to protect election integrity, including Oregon's vote-by-mail system. This Friday Forum promises to be a...

Duration:01:59:52

NIMBYs, YIMBYs and the Future of Portland's Neighborhoods

7/20/2018
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Everyone knows that Portland is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. But as a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found, affordability is an issue throughout the state, with the average Oregon renter no longer able to afford a one-bedroom apartment. Some blame the NIMBY ("Not in my Backyard") mindset, saying that zoning restrictions and neighborhood backlash often cause housing development projects to scale back or retreat. In response to the NIMBYs, a...

Duration:01:00:44

The Changing U.S. Supreme Court

7/13/2018
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This year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down important decisions on cell phone privacy, travel restrictions, and labor rights. By any measure, the 2018 term was historical, but Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement at the end of June has intensified the focus on the current Court. Join us as we discuss how the drama in America's highest court affects Oregon. How will travel bans affect people coming to Oregon? Are labor unions in Oregon at risk of losing clout—with employers...

Duration:01:59:51

Religious & Queer! LGBTQ Experiences in Faith Communities

6/29/2018
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We've seen many legal and policy wins for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans over the past six years. But for LGBTQ people of faith, it has been much harder to win acceptance in their religious communities. Join City Club for a conversation with LGBTQ faith leaders on the experiences of LGBTQ Oregonians in faith communities and the national effort to advance inclusion in churches, synagogues, and mosques across the country. Panelists Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell...

Duration:01:29:59

State of the Treasury: A Conversation with Tobias Read

6/22/2018
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The Oregon State Treasury manages Oregon's investment funds, issues state bonds, and protect's deposits. It also administers the Oregon 529 Savings Network and Oregon Retirement Savings Plan. Meet Tobias Read, the person overseeing this important work. He'll explain how his office works and share insights into some of the financial issues facing the state. Join us to better understand where your money goes! Tobias Read Elected Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer in 2016, Tobias Read draws upon...

Duration:00:57:21

Carbon Questions: Can Oregon Reduce Emissions and Create Jobs?

6/15/2018
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Going into the 2018 legislative session, the chatter around Salem was that a carbon-reduction bill would be a top priority for lawmakers. However, the Clean Energy Jobs bill (Senate Bill 1070) never made it out of committee, and proponents vowed to make a big push during the full session in 2019. Signaling that this legislation really will be a top priority this time, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek are co-chairing a Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. On...

Duration:01:29:59

Suing Trump: AG Ellen Rosenblum on Oregon's Role on the National Stage

6/1/2018
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Date: June 1, 2018 Time: 12:00-1:15 PM Location: Sentinel Hotel Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum probably wasn’t hoping to spend much of her second term dealing with Donald Trump—but she does seem to be embracing her role as a Trump spoiler. Under her leadership, the Oregon Department of Justice (in concert with other states) has filed ten major lawsuits against the Trump Administration. The portfolio of suits is wide ranging and includes topics such as DACA, net neutrality, the...

Duration:00:56:39