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Merril Keane is an active City Club member, and she most recently served as chair of last year's Advocacy Board. Portland Business Journal highlighted her in their section People on the Move. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Audubon Society of Portland. Founded in 1902 (14 years before City Club), the Audubon Society promotes the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, and other wildlife and their habitats. By day she is a business and tax attorney at Miller Nash.

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Our research committees are releasing their recommendations, over the next three weeks, on how Oregonians should vote on ballot measures in November. If approved by City Club members, the recommendations will become one of Oregon’s earliest and highest-profile endorsements about the measures Oregonians will vote on in November. Click here to read the ballot measure reports our committe's have released!

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Hot Topic: Water & Sewer

City Club members approved Rising Rates and Customer Concerns: Assessing Governance of Portland's Water and Sewer Utilities. The report recommended the creation of an appointed Portland Water and Sewer Authority, within the structure of City government, that would provide independent management and oversight of the bureaus. City Club is working with community partners improve the transparency and accountabilty of governance and ratesetting.

Our Opinion: Water panel a start, but we want results. "Back in April, Hales and Fish offered Portland residents a deal: If voters would defeat the public water district ballot measure in the May election, the two city leaders would consider water and sewer bureau reforms. The first step would be appointing a 12- to 15-member 'blue ribbon commission.'" Portland Tribune, Editorial board, July 3.

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Our weekly programs are a great way to stay informed and up-to-date on issues facing Oregonians. If you miss a Friday event at Sentinel Hotel, you can listen on Oregon Public Broadcasting every Friday at 7pm to listen, or watch on Portland Community Media and YouTube. City Club members can log-in to their accounts and livestream Friday Forums each week!




Members of our advocacy committees have key conversations with decision makers, and lobby our elected officials about issues that matter to Oregonians. Find out more about the issues we're working on!