is no more controversial subject in California than the "Bullet Train."
This day we have one of the most knowledgeable transportation experts on
this and many transportation subjects, Martin Wachs. Martin is
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he directed the
multi-campus CA Transportation Center. Dr. Wachs was appointed to the
Peer Review Group of the California High Speed Rail program. He will be
giving us the real lowdown on Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the Bullet
Train as well as other transportation issues facing our congested
California roadways and byways.
March 1 - Nancy McCready's Craft Talk
time for our new member,
McCready, to give her "Craft Talk"! She works for Wells Fargo in the
personal finance section of the bank. But there is much more, for sure.
September 2012, California became the first and only state in the US to
officially recognize the human right to water. Subsequent legislation,
signed by Gov. Brown in Oct. 2015, directed the State Water Board to
submit recommendations by Feb. 2018 for a statewide "Low Income Water
Rate Assistance Program." Writing in the LA Times, columnist Michael
Hiltzik infers the cost of water will be the State's next crisis. Dr.
Gregory Pierce, a senior researcher in the
Luskin Center for
Innovation, is leading the Sustainable Water and Advanced
Transportation initiatives. A crisis in affordable water? Come and
listen, you will be paying for it!
March 15 - It's
a prelude to St. Patty's day on the 17th, we will have a speaker from
the "old sod." History, culture and Irish lore will be the focus of the
March 22 - Scott
a historian of the modern Levant, is doctoral candidate in the UCLA'S
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and a fellow at the
Israel Institute. His research will give us an insight into the "Plight
of Christians in the modern Middle East." Scott's focus, in equal parts,
will be historical and contemporary, touching on the deep roots of
Christians in the region where their faith emerged, followed by an
overview of the Christian role in modernizing the Middle East. Scott
will then discuss the sufferings of Christians in the region at the
hands of Islamic fundamentalists and the flight of Christians from their
homelands. Scott claims he can discuss these issues without offending
anyone. We'll see. Let the fireworks begin!
March 29 - Matthew Thornton
is the Western Director of the Boy Scouts of America. This speaker and
subject should be as non-controversial as they come. So, why did the Boy
Scouts allow girls into the organization? Why was it necessary to
respond the Trump's comments on the Boy Scouts? Where is the scouting
world headed when the younger generation does not seem to be interested?
Nothing to talk about here, is there!
April 5 - Dr. James Salz
Salz is one of the most respected eye surgeons in Los Angeles, becoming
the first to perform "all Laser LASIK" and serves as the CEO and founder
of Trusted LASIK Surgeons and is a clinical Professor of Ophthalmology,
USC Roski Eye Institute. More importantly, however, Jim joined the
non-profit Flying Doctors of mercy, serving as a volunteer performing
eye surgery in Mexico. In addition to telling us about his role on the
Mexico Mission Surgery, Jim will, for us older folks, cover "Common Eye
Problems as we Age."
April 12 - Joke Day
Tom promised the "joke day" will return. This is the day. Ed Gauld, with
his humor-filled, outgoing personality, will handle the chore. Get
ready, you have plenty of time to prepare. A panel will judge!
Rotary is a leadership organization
made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who
meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and
through that, be able to get things done in our local
community. Rotary is the world's oldest and largest service
organization (founded in 1905).
is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month