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




Friday Forum: Campaign Finance Reform: How Money is Undermining Oregon's Values

Once a national leader in environmental law, Oregon now consistently trails other West Coast states in protecting its environment. Oregon has become an outlier for another reason. Per capita, it’s first in the nation for corporate donations to lawmakers, and is one of only five states with no limits on political contributions. Reporter Rob Davis wrote about this in the recent Oregonian series, “Polluted by Money: How corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America.”...


Portland City Club: The Current September 11 2019

The Current features community leaders, elected officials, leading scholars, and engaging personalities to discuss the big issues in our community. One Wednesday night each month we'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails before diving into the conversations that matter right now in and around Portland.


The Student Success Act: An Historic Investment in Oregon's Children

Location: The Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave. For information on parking, please visit Ecotrust's website. Our first Friday Forum of the 2019-2020 season will focus on the Oregon Student Success Act. We'll hear from education leaders from across the state about the specific provisions that they think will make a big difference for low income and underserved children in Oregon. Panel Parasa Chanramy Parasa is the Policy & Implementation Director at Stand for Children in Oregon. In...


The Green New Deal: Energy Sector Solutions

The Green New Deal is a non-binding resolution put forward by members of the U.S. Congress to shift the nation to 100 percent zero-emission energy sources over the next 10 years. This ambitious policy outline is both an environmental plan and an economic one, calling for increased investment in education, high-quality jobs, healthcare, and housing. At Friday Forum, we'll zero in on the environmental goals and discuss the role the energy sector will play in reducing U.S. carbon pollution....


The Aftermath: Speaker Kotek Reflects on the 2019 Legislative Session

This year's legislative session was chaotic, alarming, but also surprisingly productive. Join us to hear directly from Oregon's House Speaker, Tina Kotek, about how we got here, what happened … and how we move forward from here. Kotek will dive into the policies and politics that influenced major fiscal initiatives, including the creation of a $1B annual business tax to help fund education and the effort she led to refinance the statewide PERS deficit and contain costs for public...


Higher Priorities: How Post-Secondary Education Lost Ground in 2019

Oregon's Student Success Act promises a big increase in education funding over the next two years. However, higher education was not included in that bill and many college students will face another tuition hike this fall. At a time when a post-secondary education is required for a vast majority of jobs, why is Oregon investing so little in our future workforce? Join us as we examine higher education policy in Oregon and consider the opportunities for a stronger higher education system in...


Let’s Get Connected: Improving Digital Access in the Portland Region

At work, in your community, even getting together with family and friends—so much of what we do depends on fast, reliable internet service. Right now we're at a crossroads. City of Portland and Multnomah County leaders are choosing different paths that will determine how our devices connect to the world. Is 5G the future? What about municipal broadband? Are both possible? Join us at Friday Forum to learn more about municipal broadband and 5G technology from local experts. They'll share...


Queer, Trans & Healthy: Challenges and Opportunities in LGBTQ Healthcare

The national healthcare landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and access to basic health insurance has expanded significantly. Despite this trend, LGBTQ people continue to have access to health insurance at much lower rates than their straight counterparts, while experiencing a set of unique health challenges. Join City Club for a conversation with local experts on the health outcomes and experiences of LGBTQ Oregonians, including the areas where Portland has made progress and...


How to Build an All-Ages City

What does it take for a city to be "age friendly"? What questions do we need to ask to plan cities that offer a high quality of life for children, families, young adults, older adults, and senior citizens? Join us as we consider Oregonians' attitudes toward aging, learn a little more about Portland and Multnomah County's designations as "age-friendly" places, and discuss how to continue to make our region more livable for young and old. Guests Adam Davis is a founding partner of DHM...


Oregon Chief Justice Martha Walters

NOTE: We had previously planned to discuss solutions to Oregon's financial crisis on this date. However, with significant legislation in progress, we're postponing that discussion for after the Legislative session. Martha Walters is the first woman to preside over Oregon's highest court. What was her path to becoming Oregon's 44th Chief Justice, what barriers did she face along the way, and how does she think her leadership might change the culture of the Oregon Supreme Court? We'll...


State of the Region: A Conversation with Metro President Lynn Peterson

Metro, the most important government nobody understands, is playing an increasingly prominent role in housing, transportation, and other key issues. Lynn Peterson, the new leader of Metro, has big plans, and as City Club members, we want to hear the details. Please join us for a conversation with Lynn. (Note: This event was originally planned as a conversation between Lynn Peterson and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Unfortunately, a conflict came up for Mr. Constantine and he is now...


The Big One: Facing Oregon’s Coming Financial Challenges Together

Despite a strong and growing economy, the coming two decades hold magnitude 8.0 challenges for public services for nearly every community in Oregon—schools, water, fire protection, public safety, mental health, and more. The key difference between the big earthquake predicted in our future and this coming financial crisis is simple: Oregon governments and voters have the tools to determine when (or if) the financial hardships will hit, how deeply they will impact communities today and in the...


Bob Joondeph: 30 Years in the Fight for Disability Rights

For more than 30 years, Bob Joondeph has served as the Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon (DRO). He recently announced his pending retirement, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the history and current state of disability rights in Oregon, and on disability rights as civil rights. About Bob Joondeph Mr. Joondeph came to Oregon as a VISTA volunteer attorney in 1976. Throughout his career, Mr. Joondeph has represented individuals with disabilities in state and federal...


Does Portland’s System of Government Work?

The ingenuity and can-do spirit of Portland residents is why our city's slogan is "the city that works." But does our governmental structure hinder our best work, especially when addressing complex issues such as race, policing, and housing? For more than a year, a City Club committee researched Portland's commission form of government and other forms of government and voting systems. On February 12, we'll highlight the research findings and consider whether Portland's form of government...


Between the Cracks: Will essential health and human services survive "The Big One?"

Local nonprofits provide essential services including health care, housing, and mental health support for our most vulnerable residents. How well will these services hold up in Oregon after a major earthquake? Will people get the help they need when they need it most? In 2018, a survey of local nonprofits found that only about a third of nonprofits have a plan for continuing their operations after an emergency. How can we work with the nonprofit sector to ensure that a plan is in place for...


They Say it Can't Be Done: Universal Health Care in Oregon

Many Oregonians can’t depend on receiving timely, affordable health care. The Oregon Legislature’s House Health Care Committee just released a report from legislators, industry representatives, physicians, and a few critics, all attempting to find a way toward accessible, affordable healthcare for everyone in Oregon. Can we achieve universal care? Do we want universal care? State representative Andrea Salinas (D) and former state representative Rich Vial (R) join Oregon Nursing Association...


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

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...


2018 Year in Review

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...