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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

Opioid Litigation

Holding Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland to Sue Opioid Companies for Costs of Local Havoc

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland Plans to File Suit Against Drug Companies for Role in City's Opioid Crisis

KATU News

 

City of Portland Announces it Will Sue Drug Industry Over Opioid Crisis

Elizabeth Hayes in the Portland Business Journal

 

Additional PNW Governments Vote to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Kristian Foden-Vencil and Molly Solomon in OPB News

Arts Affordability

'We Have a Lot to Lose': Portland Commissioners Try to Save Creative Space

April Baer in OPB News

 

Can Portland Save Its Arts? | Towne Storage | Milepost 5 | Zidell Yards

April Baer and Aaron Scott in OPB News

Water Bureau

Portland Water Bureau Aims to Expand Assistance to At-Risk Renters

Joanne Zuhl in StreetRoots News

 

Feb. 22, 2018: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Blog

HomeAway

Portland Has Settled Its Years-Long Beef with HomeAway

Dirk VanderHart in the Oregonian

 

Portland, Vacation Rental Site HomeAway Settle Dispute Over Lodging Taxes

Elliot Njus in the Oregonian

In Other News

PBOT: Speed Safety Cameras work, NE Marine Drive next

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

New Traffic Cameras Aim to Reduce Crashes, Fatalities

The Portland Patch

 

Portland Gas Tax Brings in Nearly $20 Million in First Year

Rachel Ramirez in Willamette Week

 

State Grant Delivers More Field Trips to Zenger Farm

Jack Rushall in the Mid-County Memo

Holding Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis

February 21, 2018

Every day, more than 115 Americans die from overdosing on opioid drugs. In the past two decades, Portland, like the rest of the country, has seen a dramatic increase in opioid use, addiction, and overdose deaths.

Today, Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues in directing the City Attorney to take legal action against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs.

The lawsuit has two goals.

First, it will help us recover some of the costs Portland has spent on fighting this crisis in our community.

Second, it makes a statement as we join communities across the country calling for accountability from Big Pharma.

Special thanks to former Commissioner Steve Novick, who shared the story of his brother’s death from opioids, and the City Attorney’s Office for their work on this important issue.

You can read Nick's statement during the vote here.

Background

Opioid Resolution

 

Commissioner Fish's Statement

 

City Council Joint Press Release

Media

Portland to Sue Opioid Companies for Costs of Local Havoc

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland Plans to File Suit Against Drug Companies for Role in City's Opioid Crisis

KATU News

 

City of Portland Announces it Will Sue Drug Industry Over Opioid Crisis

Elizabeth Hayes in the Portland Business Journal

 

Additional PNW Governments Vote To Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Kristian Foden-Vencil and Molly Solomon in OPB News

The Weekly Catch

East Portland is Getting an Aerial Tree Walk

Commissioner Nick Fish in Willamette Week

Utility Financial Assistance

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

Nick Fish Blog

 

Cracking the Code: How We’re Helping Renters in Need Afford Their Utility Bills

The Portland Water Blog

 

Portland Water Bureau Aims to Expand Assistance to At-Risk Renters

Joanne Zuhl in StreetRoots

 

Water Bureau Proposes Fix for Decades-Old Bill Assistance Program

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Council Supports Expanding Utility Relief Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Council to Consider Low-income Utility Relief Plan Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Water

Five Presidents That Helped Protect Portland's Water Supply

Portland Water Blog

 

Do We Really Need to Build an Expensive Water Treatment Plant? Nobody is Even Getting Sick

Marty Smith in Willamette Week

Environmental Services

Be a Stormwater Star! Workshops Coming up in February, March, and April

BES City Green Blog

 

Human Access Project Dives into Willamette To Celebrate Winter Milestone

KATU News

 

Shedding Clothes on Valentine’s Day

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Housing

City of Portland Wants to Change the Oregon State Constitution to Build Housing

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Homer Williams-Led Nonprofit to Provide Mobile Showers, Laundry and Other Services for Portland's Homeless

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

Arts

Statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu

NEA News

 

A New North Portland Gallery Gives Space to Queer and Trans Artists of Color

Fiona McCann in the Portland Monthly

 

41st Portland International Film Festival

NW Film Center

 

Projects Put Portland in Starring Role

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Puppet Museum is Straight Out of a Story Book

Samantha Swindler in The Oregonian

In Other News

Here are 2018's PBJ Women of Influence Winners

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Tribune

 

Who are the DACA DREAMers and How Many are Here?

Alan Gomez from USA Today in KGW News

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

February 13, 2018

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

Today, Council held a work session to review our proposal to help cost-burdened renters.

The Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services have a nationally-recognized financial assistance program. But historically it didn’t reach people living in multi-family housing. The challenge is that many apartment buildings only have one meter, and many renters don’t have a utility account (instead, landlords include water and sewer in the rent).

To reach cost-burdened renters, we’ve proposed a partnership with Home Forward. The utility bureaus would contribute up to $500 annually for a low-income household that pays utilities through rent. Home Forward would then incorporate utility assistance into an existing, proven program they manage for low-income renters.

Today’s proposal includes other solutions to expand the financial assistance program, including lowering the bar to qualify and creating a single point of contact for customers to get help.

Special thanks to Gabe Solmer, Kathy Koch, Liam Frost, all the Water Bureau customer service staff, Home Forward, and the many community partners who provided input and joined us today.

Background

Helping Low-Income Ratepayers

Nick Fish Blog

 

Cracking the Code: How We're Helping Renters in Need Afford Their Utility Bills

Portland Water Blog

 

Utility Financial Assistance Slides

Work Session Presentation

Media

Water Bureau Proposes Fix for Decades-Old Bill Assistance Program

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Portland Water Bureau Aims to Expand Assistance to At-Risk Renters

Joanne Zuhl in StreetRoots

 

Council Supports Expanding Utility Relief Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Council to Consider Low-Income Utility Relief Plan Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Pastor Hardy

Nick Fish Blog

Housing

In Turnaround, Mayor Ted Wheeler Now Supports Ending a Loophole in Portland’s Strongest Tenant Protections

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Will Support Strengthening Requirement for Landlords to Pay Moving Costs

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Seeks to Spark Increase in Backyard Cottages and Other ADUs

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

‘Not in My Backyard’: Neighbors Demand a Say in Homeless Solutions

Amanda Waldroupe in Street Roots News

 

Want to Take You Higher: Portland's Vanishing Views

KOIN 6 News

 

City Offers Help for Homeowners in Johnson Creek Floodplain

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Council Votes Against Controversial SW Portland Subdivision

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Environmental Services

Environmental Services Statement Responding to DEQ Fine for Discharge to Woods Creek

BES News

 

DEQ Slaps Portland With $55,200 Fine for Woods Creek Sewage Spill

The Portland Tribune

In Other News

City Asks, Hundreds Respond on Infill Plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

3 Reasons Why Your Students Will Love (and Learn from) the Water Bureau’s School Assembly Program

The Portland Water Blog

 

TriMet to Continue Selling Paper Tickets for Now

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

What's Fresh at Portland-Area Farmers Markets this Winter

Grant Butler in The Oregonian