NOTE DATE:

Thursday, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 (third Thursday)
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Networking
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Program

Where:
Riverhouse on the Deschutes (Convention Center)
2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

Fee Schedule: 

$25 for members; $40 for non-members.

Registration closes at noon on Monday, February 12.

Plated lunch is included. No registrations will be available beyond the deadline.

We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on forum day.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.
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Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring one of our forums? Contact Joey Drucker at the information below.

Contact:
Joey Drucker, Executive Director
City Club of Central Oregon
info@cityclubco.com
541-633-7163

SPONSORS AND DONORS:

Community Partner in Education:

OSU-Cascades Campus

Partner in Higher Education and Workforce Development:

Central Oregon Community College

Elite Event Sponsor:

Riverhouse on the Deschutes

Platinum Sponsors:


Media Sponsor:

Founding Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:

In-Kind Donor:

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?

 For the answers to these questions and more, please join City Club for a discussion moderated by former City Club President, and attorney, Bill Buchanan with the following panelists:

Bill Gary:  Bill has been lead counsel for Oregon local governments in connection with reform of PERS from 1998 to present and has appeared in numerous PERS-related legal challenges. He is senior trial attorney, and partner, of the Willamette Valley law firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick.   He previously served as Oregon’s Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney General.  Bill has appeared in more than 1,400 appeals and has argued hundreds of cases in the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, federal appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court

Bob Livingston.  Bob has served for 26 years in the Salem Fire Department as a Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain. He is currently in the rank of Battalion Chief.  He has served for the past 20 years as the Legislative Director for the Oregon State Firefighters Council (OSFFC), and is the current president of that organization.  He also serves on the Governor’s task force to identify and rank options for reducing PERS liability. 

 

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

 

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

 

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* * IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ * *

In an effort to improve your experience at your City Club forums, please review the following:

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum. 

Choices for payment include:

  • Online credit card payment:  When you receive an event email, simply click on the REGISTER HERE button. Once you’ve entered your contact information, you have the option to pay online via credit card.
  • Check by mail: If you select the “pay by check” option during the online registration process, we will be alerted to check our mailbox. We need your checks by the Tuesday before the forum.
  • Credit card by phone:  You may also call us to finalize your registration and pay by credit card.  Your credit card information will be taken over the phone and you will receive an email confirmation of payment.

Registration closes at noon on the Monday prior to the Thursday forum.

Although you have registered and pre-paid online, please remember to check in at the registration table to receive your name tag.

  • We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the forum.
  • Refunds may be issued for cancellations if made 48 hours prior to the event.  Cancellations less than 48 hours are non-refundable.
  • If you have already registered, but are no longer able to attend, you may send someone in your place. We would appreciate you letting us know the name of the alternate person 48 hours prior to the forum so we can update our registration list and have the correct name tag waiting.
  • If you registered online but have not prepaid or called to cancel, you will be invoiced for the forum.  Reason why? Our attendee count is submitted to the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center 72 hours prior to the forum and we are charged for the cost of your lunch – regardless if you attend or not.
  • As a courtesy to others, we ask that you do not video or record our forum. Recordings are available on our website and on COTV.
  • By registering for this event, you acknowlede that your name, image or voice may be used for the live streaming and/or production of a Zolo Media video, KPOV fm, internet or print project.

Thank you for your support of City Club - we will see you at the forum!