1. We hear about child sex trafficking in other parts of the US or overseas in other countries. But did you know it happens here in our community?

    Dennis Morrow, the executive director of Janus Youth Programs in Portland will be speaking about child victims of sexual trafficking in Oregon. Dennis will discuss the current state of trafficking across the state and locally, how children end up being pimped, the challenge of treating child victims and the struggle to keep them from returning to that life.

    This is not a pleasant topic but increasing public awareness of it, and alerting people about how they can contribute to ending it, is a role City Club believes is part of its mission to encourage positive change in Central Oregon.

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    About Dennis Morrow: As the executive director of Janus Youth Programs since 1980, Dennis Morrow has been a leader in Oregon trying to address this issue. Janus operates over 40 different programs for high-risk adolescents, teen parents and young adults at 21 locations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. He will speak to all aspects of this problem from the recruiting of children, the pimps and Johns, efforts to stop the trade and why it is so hard to help these young victims as they grapple with improving their lives. Janus offers a multitude of services from counseling, shelter, transitional housing and the coordination of services needed to help this population. Mr. Morrow has an M.A.Ed. and MBA, teaches at PSU and is a sought-after speaker nationally on youth issues.

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  2. with R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster CA

    We all may feel a bit helpless when we confront the facts of climate change and the projections of how challenging life may become for our children and grandchildren. Mayor R. Rex Parris shows citizens and community leaders a practical approach for making meaningful and effective change at the community level. We may choose a different path to becoming more carbon neutral, but Lancaster CA shows us that it can be done and may help inspire us to do it.

    R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, California is the popular three-term mayor of Lancaster, California where he has put the city well on the way towards becoming a carbon neutral, zero energy community. He is extremely knowledgeable about the science and impact of climate change and has more experience in bringing a city towards carbon neutrality than any person in the world.

    Mr. Parris will talk about the financial benefits to the City of Lancaster, including new job creation.

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  3. We've all seen the stories about the drought in the Southwest and the dire water situation in California, with farmers unable to irrigate their fields, residential and municipal wells running dry, significant impacts to jobs, increased poverty, and even food banks having less food to give away.

    Closer to home, the Klamath Basin has struggled with water promises made to tribes, farmers, wildlife, and residents that could not be kept. Conflict there among water users has teetered on the edge of violence, while collaborative agreements don't seem to be able to be funded by Congress.

    What about here in Central Oregon? What is our water situation? Is a drought next for Central Oregon? Are there conflicts among the water users, and can it get as bad here as in the Klamath Basin? May's City Club Forum will address these questions, and yours, as well!

    These panelists will discuss the water situation in Central Oregon and what is being done to make sure there is enough water for everyone:

    Tod Heisler: Executive Director, Deschutes River Conservancy, will provide an overview of the water situation in Central Oregon.
    Mark Capell: Bend City Councilor, will represent the municipalities who need water for their growing populations.
    Phil Fine: Madras-area farmer and North Unit Irrigation District Board member, will represent farmers and irrigation districts who need water for their crops.
    Ryan Houston: Executive Director, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, will represent the rivers of Central Oregon and how water supports their long-term sustainability.

    moderator: Mary Orton, City Club member

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  4. Chances are you participate in at least one of the many recreational opportunities offered all around us. From biking, hiking, fishing, floating, skiing or the myriad of other outdoor activities, these valuable assets are also the things that draw thousands of visitors from all over the country - and the world. The quality of our outdoor recreation is the most important factor in our tourism and thus for our broader economic development.

    April’s City Club forum involves how best our Central Oregon community can plan for recreation. We’ve got a great natural “field of play” and a great team of private and public players, each with great plans. But is there a comprehensive game plan for how these entities might best coordinate their efforts? Do we need a coach? Or do we rely on private enterprise and markets to guide the process? Let's hear from you.

    Doug LaPlaca: (Visit Bend) will give an overview of the importance of outdoor recreation to tourism and economic development.

    Response panelists include representatives from various sectors of outdoor recreation, including:

    Woody Starr: Central Oregon Trail Alliance
    Aaron Switzer: Lay It Out Events
    John Allen: USFS
    Dave Rathbun: Mt. Bachelor
    JD Downing: XC Oregon
    Will Blount: Bend Paddle Trail Alliance

    moderator: David Blair, City Club board member

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  5. Three distinct approaches to Mirror Pond have evolved since our last forum on this topic: Mirror Pond at its historic level, a river-like approach that also maintains Mirror Pond, and a free-flowing river. All proposals value the river for its scenic and recreational benefits to the community. All of the alternatives have costs and benefits. The cost of dam removal or repair and the required remediation are present in all scenarios. The entity responsible for the costs, however, will differ widely depending on the ultimate solution.

    City Club will present a public discussion on each of three alternatives.

    Scott Wallace: (BMPRD) will give an overview of the Engineering Report on condition of the dam

    Speakers for the three alternatives:
    Victor Chudowsky: (Bend City Council) Mirror Pond Historic Level
    David Blair: (informal group of Mirror Pond supporters including members of the paddle trail alliance) River-like approach that also maintains Mirror Pond
    Ryan Houston: (Executive Director of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council) Free-flowing river

    moderator: David Rosell, City Club board member

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