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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


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

The Weekly Catch

Spirit of Portland

2017 Spirit of Portland Awards

Nick Fish Blog

Environmental Services and Water

The Bull Run Does More Than Just Fill Water Glasses, It Creates Energy from a Renewable Source

The Portland Water Blog


Crews Removed Nearly 2.4 Million Pounds of Grease from Portland Sewer Lines

Kaitlyn Bolduc in FOX 12 News


Nov. 13, 2017 Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Blog


Portland's Now Finding Cryptosporidium in Its Water Supply Weekly

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Uber’s Bitterest City Council Foes Finally Have the Votes for a Crackdown

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

Kaia Sand Named New Executive Director of Street Roots

Street Roots Staff


Portland Parks and Rec Asks for Public’s Input on Washington Park

FOX 12 News


PCC Wins National Climate Award

The Bridge PCC’s Student Newspaper

DREAM Act Action Day in D.C

November 16, 2017

Last week, Mariana Garcia Medina, our newest staff member and a DACA recipient, traveled to Washington, DC to lobby members of Congress to pass a DREAM Act.

Mariana joined hundreds of other Dreamers from across the country at the event, hosted by non-profit United We Dream. United We Dream is an immigrant youth organization that helps DACA recipients navigate the citizenship process and advocates for youth immigrants.

Mariana shared her personal story and asked our elected officials to help Dreamers keep their work permits and protection from deportation.

You can read Nick’s statement on President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA here.

2017 Spirit of Portland Awards

November 15, 2017

Last night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding community leaders with 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards.

Every year, Nick selects individuals and/or organizations to receive an award. This year, he honored the Muslim Educational Trust (MET) and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).

MET President and Co-Founder Wajdi Said and Public Relations Director Rania Ayoub are helping to lead the fight against discrimination and bigotry. While Wajdi is the public face of MET, Rania is the steady force who often works behind the scenes. Together, they and the rest of the MET team are building bridges of love and understanding in our community.

SMYRC is a drop-in resource center that provides a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ youth. They have been quietly changing lives for 19 years, empowering and supporting sexual and gender minority teens and young adults. They host positive events and activities and provide counseling, education, and skills training. SMYRC serves a diverse population of homeless and queer youth, providing them with a safe place.

Nick also presented Lisha Shrestha and Surya Joshi with the Community Leader of the Year Award, Nestor Campos with the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year Award, and Cascade AIDS Project with the Access and Disability Justice Award. You can see the complete list of recipients here.

Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees!

The Weekly Catch

Veterans Day Weekend

Veterans Day 2017: Holiday celebrations, Freebies and Closures

The Oregonian


43rd Veterans Day Parade Set for Saturday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Boards and Commission

Strengthening Our Volunteer Advisory Bodies

Nick Fish Blog


Council Approves Conflict Policy for Advisory Committees

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Water Bureau

Nov. 6, 2017 Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Blog


Crypto Increase Has City Officials Scratching Heads

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

One Hundred Years Ago Along the Columbia River

BES City Green Blog


Portland Council Approves New Spending On Transportation, Police and Homeless Service

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Portland Adopts Equitable Building Plans

Emily Green in StreetRoots


Polluters in Driver's Seat for Superfund Cleanup Plan

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland Civil Rights Leaders Seek a New Address: Southwest Harvey Milk Street

Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week


Drag Queens, Former Mayor Remember LGBTQ Icon

Andrew Jankowski in the PSU Vanguard


Multnomah County, Portland 'Preparing For The Worst' This Winter

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB News


Officials Prepare to Support Homeless in Winter

Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News

Strengthening Our Volunteer Advisory Bodies

November 8, 2017

Today, Council unanimously adopted new policies and standards designed to increase the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of our volunteer City advisory bodies.

The package adopted by Council focuses on creating uniform rules and procedures, daylighting conflicts of interest, providing consistency and clarity on the role of advisory bodies, and giving community members greater confidence in their service.

We do our best work in partnership with the community, when the people at the table have clear direction and the resources they need to be successful.

And when Council has good community input, we make better decisions.

Today’s action follows a Council hearing in May and work session in April.

Thanks to Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz for co-sponsoring this important legislation. And thanks to the City Attorney’s Office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, and the many community members who shared their expertise and perspective as we developed these reforms.