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.
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
“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
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
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.
Come to find out who is the latest choice as Hayward Rotary's Outstanding Rotarian.
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.
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.