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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

Council Watch: Banking on Brownfields

Katy Sword in Oregon Business

 

City to Spend $5 Million on Superfund

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Water Quality

Crypto Options to be Considered by Advisory Committee Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

As Portland Races for Water Parasite Treatment, Public Utility Board Hits Brakes

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

Group Delays Vote on Treating Water for Crypto

Olivia Sanchez in the Portland Tribune

 

Health Official Recommends Most Expensive Crypto Treatment Option

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland Can’t Block Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, State Land Board Rules

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

State Land Use Board Overturns Portland Fossil Fuels Ordinance

KATU News

 

Portland Restrictions on Fossil Fuel Terminals Overturned

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland's Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Limits Overturned

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian

 

Portland's Fossil Fuel Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Sara Roth in KGW News

Big Float

Portlanders Flock to Willamette River for Big Float

Sarah Silbiger in The Oregonian

 

Photos: Hundreds Head to Willamette for Big Float

KOIN 6 News

Transportation

Portland OKs Public Transportation Plan to Reduce Congestion, Keep City Moving

Chris Liedle in KATU News

 

Vision Zero Gains Wiped Out by Surge in Fatalities

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

TriMet, C-TRAN, Portland Streetcar Team Up to Launch Hop Fastpass

The Skanner

In Other News

Accountability is Job One: Elimination of 48-Hour Rule Must Stand

Mayor Ted Wheeler Press Release

 

Portland's Mayor Pressing for Alternatives to DA's Opinion on Officers' Compelled Statements

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

'I Feel Really Safe': A Look at Life Inside the Kenton Women's Village

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

21 Cranes, 15 Hotels, 10,000 Jobs: Inside Oregon’s Development Spree

Jeff Manning and Anna Marum in The Oregonian

Redeveloping Brownfields in our Community

Brownfield Cleanup

July 19, 2017

Today, City Council took a big step forward in creating a new tax incentive to clean up and redevelop brownfields.

A brownfield is any land that has contaminated soil or water. There are over 900 acres of brownfields throughout Portland. They include places like former industrial sites, gas stations, and dry cleaners.

Nearly half of Portland’s brownfields are close to environmentally sensitive areas like wetlands and streams. They are 3 times as likely to be found in underserved communities. And they are eyesores that contribute little to our community or the local economy.

That’s why the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is stepping up to improve these vacant properties.

Today’s action directs BES, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Prosper Portland to develop a property tax incentive – a reduced property tax rate for owners of brownfield sites who clean up and redevelop their property. And it directs them to set up eligibility and accountability requirements, to make sure projects have social, economic, and environmental benefits to our community.

Redeveloping brownfields could generate thousands of new jobs and millions in new property taxes.

None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Oregon Brownfield Coalition, or the leadership of the state legislature, who made it possible for local governments to adopt brownfield property tax incentives.

Special thanks to State Senator Lew Frederick, Metro Councilor Sam Chase, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Prosper Portland Executive Director Kimberly Branam, and BES staff for their presentations today and partnership during this process.

You can learn more about brownfields here and check out the BES presentation.

In the News:

Council Watch: Banking on Brownfields

Katy Sword in Oregon Business

The Weekly Catch

Housing

Judge Upholds Portland Tenant Protections

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council Just Closed a Loophole in Portland's New Renter Protection Law—But Questions Remain

Dirk VanderHart in The Portland Mercury

Muslim Cultural Festival

First Portland Muslim Festival tries to dispel myths

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Muslim Cultural Festival Celebrates Inaugural Year

Bradley W. Parks in OPB

Water Bureau

Average Cost of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Water Treatment Controversy Heats Up Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council to Vote on Crypto Treatment by August

Andrew Dymburt in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland Looking at Ways to Rid its Water of Parasite – At a Cost

KATU News

 

Portland on track to pay $8 million for hydroelectric plant operations with risk of losses

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Poet’s Beach

Portland Cleans Dirty River, Invites Residents to Take a Dip

Gillian Flaccus in ABC News

 

Poet's Beach in Downtown Portland Adds Lifeguards, Buoys to Encourage Swimmers

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

 

Poet's Beach Opens with More Safety Features: Lifeguards, EMT, and Life Jackets

KATU News

 

Poet’s Beach, Big Float Merge Water Fun on Willamette

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News

Water Quality

Advisory: Sewage Release Occurs to Woods Creek at SW 69th Avenue

BES News Release

 

Updated Advisory: Sewage Release Occurs in SW Portland's Maplewood Neighborhood to Woods and Fanno Creeks

BES News Release

 

90,000 Gallons of Sewage Spills Into Southwest Portland Creek

Nate Hanson in KGW News

 

27,000 Gallons of Sewage Spill Into SW Portland Creek

Samantha Matsumoto in The Oregonian

 

Private Pipe Identified as Source of 27,000-Gallon Sewage Discharge Into Woods Creek

Fox 12 News

Homelessness

RV Camping Has Exploded on Portland Streets

Dirk VanderHart in The Portland Mercury

 

Homeless in Portland: Choosing Villages Over Shelter

Thacher Schmid in KGW News

 

Right 2 Dream Too, Homeless 'Rest Stop,' Opens to Public at New Spot

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Neighbors Ask City Council To Do More About Homelessness in Hawthorne

Kandra Kent in KPTV

 

Laurelhurst Neighborhood Asks City to Ban Homeless Camping Near Parks, Schools

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

Transportation

Portland is Working to Make Roads More Bus Friendly

KOIN 6 News

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler: 'We Do Need to Transfer 82nd Avenue' to The City

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

 

Groups Call on City Council to Address Portland’s Parking Crisis

Kim Moore in Oregon Business

 

Portland learns how to be a smarter city

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Brownfields are back: Portland explores new development incentives

Clare Duffy in Portland Business Journal

 

Multnomah County DA: Police Can't Compel Officer in Fatal Shooting to Speak Until Criminal Inquiry Done

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

Despite City Hall Efforts, the 48-Hour Rule is Back—And Stronger Than Ever

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week

 

Jantzen Beach Center Sold; Carousel Location Remains a Mystery

Anna Marum in The Oregonian

 

Portland Grant Aims to Help Community Groups Track Hate Crimes

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB

 

Portland Parks, Comcast Present 'Summer Free For All' Kickoff

The Skanner

The Weekly Catch

First Muslim Cultural Festival

The Portland Observer

 

Oregon Becomes 1st State to Issue Gender-Neutral Licenses

AP in OPB News

 

Oregon Celebrates 50 Years of Beach Bill

Capi Lynn in the Statesman Journal

Water Quality

Council Mulls Pluses, Minuses of Water Treatment Options

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Willamette River

New Swimming Beach Opens Next Week in Portland

Keely Chalmers in KGW

 

New Poet's Beach Will Have Lifeguards, Swim Rope Along Willamette River's West Banks

Jackie Labrecque in KATU

Housing

Landlords Just Failed in Their Attempt to Dismantle Portland's Renter Relocation Law

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland's controversial renter protection rule legal, judge rules

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Homeless Offer Their Wish List for Shelters

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Portland Offers Grants to Combat City's Rising Hate Crimes

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

City Hall Funds Tutoring Program to Connect Graying Boomers with At-Risk Kids

Jessica Pollard in Willamette Week

 

Traffic Fatalities Surge, Decrease from Last Year Shrinks

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

TriMet to Start Low-Income Fare Discount Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Welcome Vince Ibarra!

July 6, 2017

Join us in welcoming summer intern Vince Ibarra!

Vince was born in Valparaíso, Zacatecas, Mexico. At eight months old, Vince and his family moved to Southern Oregon where he spent majority of his early years. He now spends his time in Portland, Medford, and Eugene.

Vince attends the University of Oregon, majoring in biology with a minor in biochemistry. He is currently on track for medical school, where he plans to specialize in hematology and oncology. In the future, Vince strives to provide accessible healthcare to communities historically marginalized by medicine including PoC, non-English speakers, LGBTQ+, and others.

This goes hand in hand with his participation in collegiate organizations such as College Democrats, Climate Justice League, MECHA, Students for Choice, LGBTQ+, and Community for Minorities in STEM.

Vince’s biggest passions are traveling, eating food, and admiring art.