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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Fish Statement

Man In Custody After Hit-And-Run Leaves 3 Women Injured In Downtown Portland

Max Barr in KGW News

 

Ceremony to Honor Victims of MAX Stabbing Attack

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Utility Financial Assistance

Helping Cost-Burdened Renters Pay Their Utilities

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Utility Bureaus Will Help Renters at Risk of Eviction

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

RACC Audit

Reviewing Our Partnership With RACC

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Auditor: Clearer Goals, Strong Leadership, Better Results

RACC Pressroom

 

Audit: Regional Arts and Culture Council Needs Oversight

April Baer in OPB News

 

Audit Uncovers Oversight Problems with Regional Arts and Culture Council

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury

 

Audit Faults City Oversight of Arts Spending

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Local Arts Council Needs Spending Oversight, Portland Auditors Say

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

 

Audit Critical of Arts Tax Beneficiary RACC

Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News

TNC Wage Board

Protecting TNC Drivers and Consumers

Nick Fish Blog

 

Regulating Ride Hailing Companies

OPB's Think Out Loud featuring Commissioner Fish

 

Portland City Council Approves Resolution on The Rights of Uber Drivers

Don McIntosh in the NW Labor Press

 

Portland City Council Endorses New Worker Board for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Vanport Mosaic Festival

City Honors Vanport And the Vanport Mosaic Festival

Nick Fish Blog

 

City of Portland Mayor's Proclamation for Vanport Day of Remembrance

Vanport Mosaic Festival Blog

 

Share Your Stories of The Vanport Flood

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Affordable Housing / Short-Term Rentals

Metro Increases Proposed Bond to Build Affordable Housing to $652 Million

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

 

Portland Mayor Proposes a $1.2 Million Tax on Airbnb and Its Competitors to Fund Home Ownership for Displaced Families

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Another Possible Use for Portland’s New Million-Dollar Airbnb Tax? Social Services for Housing

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland's Mayor Wants to Tax Airbnb, Its Competitors & Hosts

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Portland Mayor Pitches $4 Per Night Tax on Short-Term Rentals to Fund Housing Budget

KATU News

 

Restive Short-Term-Rental Hosts Unite, Form Trade Group

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Art and Infrastructure: Student Artists Bring the Story of Portland’s Water System to Life

The Portland Water Blog

 

Why Is All That Water Pouring into The Street?

The Portland Water Blog

 

Green Street Stewards Make a Difference!

BES City Green Blog

 

Here’s Why a Plan to Ease the Housing Crisis Is Making Portland Homeowners Flip Their Lids

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Your Complete Guide to the 2018 Portland Rose Festival

Eder Campuzano in The Oregonian

 

Peep the Library's Photo Archive of Portland's Black Community

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

After-Parade Fair Delights Neighbors

East Portland News

 

Proposed Seismic Mandate Has Portland Building Owners Quaking

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal (Subscriber Content)

Protecting TNC Drivers and Consumers

May 23, 2018TNC Comparison Graphic

Nick is committed to justice and fairness for workers and consumers.

Drivers with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are stuck in a legal limbo – it’s not clear whether they are employees or independent contractors (take a look at the graphic, click to see a larger version). Many drivers have said they want to have a voice in the workplace – and a place to resolve disputes.

Yesterday, City Council unanimously took action to support TNC drivers.

Council directed Portland Bureau of Transportation staff to develop a proposal for a TNC Wage Board – a community oversight group to be made up of TNC representatives, drivers, and consumers.

This is an important step to support workers and consumers in our changing economy.

Background

Supporting TNC Drivers

Nick Fish Blog

Media

Regulating Ride Hailing Companies

OPB's Think Out Loud featuring Commissioner Fish

 

Portland City Council Approves Resolution on the Rights of Uber Drivers

Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press

 

Portland City Council Endorses New Worker Board for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Helping Cost-Burdened Renters Pay Their Utilities

May 23, 2018@CommishFish

During Portland’s housing crisis, some of our neighbors need extra help paying their utility bill.

Since 1995, Portland has offered lower-income customers discounts on their utility bills. We were one of the first big cities in the nation to do so.

But customers needed a water meter to qualify. Because many apartment buildings have a shared meter, cost-burdened renters were left out.

Today, we took a step to change that.

In the City’s recently-adopted budget, we approved a handful of new tools to expand eligibility for struggling families. And today, Council heard a proposal for a first-of-its-kind partnership with Home Forward, our public housing partner.

Here’s how it works: the utility bureaus will contribute up to $500 annually for a low-income household that pays their utilities through their rent. Home Forward will incorporate utility assistance into their short-term rental assistance program, an existing, proven program they manage for low-income renters.

Portland would be one of the first big cities in the nation to offer utility financial assistance to customers without a water meter. Council will vote on the proposal next Wednesday.

We’re proud to take this important step, and grateful to all the partners who made it happen. Special thanks to Gabe Solmer, Kathy Koch, Liam Frost, and all the Water Bureau customer service staff, and our partners at Home Forward, the Portland Utility Board, and the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board.

Background

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

Nick Fish Blog

 

Utility Financial Assistance Ordinance

Media

Portland Utility Bureaus Will Help Renters At Risk of Eviction

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

City Honors Vanport and the Vanport Mosaic Festival

May 23, 2018

Today, City Council proclaimed May 30th to be Vanport Day of Remembrance.

Vanport was once Oregon’s second largest city and had a substantial African-American population. On May 30 – Memorial Day – 1948, the Columbia River levee surrounding Vanport broke, flooding and wiping out the city in less than an hour.

Today’s proclamation honors the survivors of Vanport and remembers the rich history of this often-forgotten chapter in Portland’s past. This is year we highlighted several important anniversaries:

   • The 76th anniversary of Vanport’s construction in 1942.

   • The 70th anniversary of the Vanport Flood on May 30, 1948.

   • And the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act.

Special thanks to Laura Lo Forti from Vanport Mosaic, local historian James Burke, and former Vanport residents Marge Moss White and Joyce Nelson for speaking today.

An exhibit of art by former Vanport resident Peggy Ball, titled “Beyond Vanport: Remembering Native North Portland” is on display through Friday, May 25th in the City Hall atrium.

Reviewing Our Partnership with RACC

May 22, 2018

Today, Council held a work session to review our partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).

Last year, Commissioner Fish and Mayor Wheeler asked Auditor Hull Caballero to conduct the City’s first-ever outside review of RACC. The timing is good – RACC is conducting a national search for a new Executive Director and the City and RACC are renegotiating their contract.

For over 20 years, RACC has been a key partner in advancing our shared vision of a City that honors and invests in arts and culture.

Today, we heard the Auditor’s recommendations to strengthen oversight and increase accountability of our public investment.

We are already taking steps to implement some of the recommendations. For example, in the budget we just adopted, we funded a dedicated contract administrator position.

Special thanks to Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and her team for their thoughtful work and the RACC board and staff for their service to our city.

Background

RACC Audit

 

Report Highlights

Media

Audit: Regional Arts And Culture Council Needs Oversight

April Baer in OPB News

 

Audit Critical of Arts Tax Beneficiary RACC

Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News

 

Audit Faults City Oversight of Arts Spending

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Local Arts Council Needs Spending Oversight, Portland Auditors Say

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian