Speakers
Apr 21, 2014
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"UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS"

For six years now, columnist Daniel Borenstein has been highlighting the problems of public-employee pension funding. On 4-21-14 he will explain the inner-workings of these retirement plans, delving into how they are financed and why they are leaving billions of dollars of debt for our children to pay.

Dan Borenstein is an award-winning columnist and editorial writer for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

 He has worked for the Times and its affiliated newspapers since 1980, including previous assignments as political editor, Sacramento bureau editor, projects editor and assistant metro editor.

 A Bay Area native and Contra Costa County resident, he holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science and master’s degrees in public policy and journalism, all from University of California, Berkeley.

 His weekly column often focuses on public finance issues, including columns during the past six years on government employee pensions. Those columns have helped shaped public policy at the local and state levels.

 Borenstein is regarded by many as one of the most knowledgeable journalists in California when it comes to public pensions. His pension columns have won the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award for commentary and Freedom of Information Award for column writing, and the California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for column writing and public service.

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Apr 28, 2014
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"Building a Better BART: What you don’t know about BART could cost you"
 SUMMARY:  “BART… and you’re there. “  It’s no surprise that traffic becomes gridlocked when BART trains aren’t running.  That point was made painfully clear during the two BART strikes last year.  Both strikes curtailed the commute for millions of drivers.  But did you know that there’s another significant issue the media isn’t talking about, which could have an even greater impact than a strike on both your daily commute and your pocket book if BART doesn’t resolve the issues soon?  Join John McPartland, one of BART’s nine elected members of the agency’s Board of Directors, for a sneak peek behind the scenes on what it takes to run BART and keep traffic moving in the decades to come.

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INTRO OF JOHN MCPARTLAND:

Alameda County native John McPartland was elected to represent District #5, which includes Dublin, parts of Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton and a portion of unincorporated Alameda County.

Before joining the Board, Director McPartland was a BART Safety Specialist for six years where he planned and conducted disaster training exercises between BART emergency operations staff and state and local authorities.

Director McPartland brings to BART a strong background in emergency management and leadership. He is retired from the Oakland Fire Department after 25 years as a Chief Officer.  He was responsible for the mitigation of emergencies of every kind throughout the city.  Additionally, he served as the Emergency Medical Services Manager and was a member of the Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. 

Prior to his career in the fire service,Director  McPartland served in the armed forces and retired after 36 years of service as a Colonel. 

Director McPartland holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s Moraga, a M.P.A. from Cal State East Bay, and is a “Command and General Staff College" graduate of the U.S. Army. 

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May 05, 2014
"OUTSTANDING ROTARIAN AWARD"
 Come to find out who is the latest choice as Hayward Rotary's Outstanding Rotarian. 
May 19, 2014
"VOCATIONAL AWARDS"
 Our club will be honoring three individuals for their Vocational Service.  One honoree will be from the private sector, one from the non-profit sector, and one from the public sector. Nominees must maintain a business address or be employed by an organization within the City of Hayward.
Jun 02, 2014
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"LAS VEGAS & THE EVICTION OF THE MOB"

 After gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 an “unholy alliance” developed between the emerging gambling industry and the world of “organized crime.”  That alliance evolved over several decades and no longer exists.  Our guest speaker, Tom Lorentzen, was a student of this “alliance” and its evolution and was a participant in the Mob’s eviction from Las Vegas and Nevada.  Mr. Lorentzen has known every Governor of Nevada since 1950 and played a key role in working with key law enforcement officials, political leaders and journalists during the period of time when this alliance was broken, particularly between 1978 and 1982 in Las Vegas.

Mr. Lorentzen resided in Nevada for a period of 21 years, starting in 1968 and ending in 2001.  He earned a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.A. degree from CSUEB.  He was the first Executive Director for a political party in Nevada and was based in Las Vegas.  Lorentzen later was appointed to serve in three Presidential administrations.  His last appointment was as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from 2006 to 2009 with lead responsibilities in Calif., AZ, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Region.  Previously he served at the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. General Services Administration.  He also received a Presidential appointment to the National Board at the Institute of Museum & Library Services, for which he received Senate confirmation.  He presently provides strategic consulting services under the auspices of “Health Approaches” and is also affiliated with (and co-founder) the Global Intelligence Network in Las Vegas.  Articles written by Mr. Lorentzen have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Daily Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Business Press.  He resides in Castro Valley and writes a monthly column for the Castro Valley Forum.

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