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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Hot weather advisory from Commissioner Fish

Commissioner Fish wants Portlanders to stay safe this coming weekend, when temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or more.




With unseasonably warm weather affecting Portland this week we all need to look after ourselves, our neighbors, and our pets. Staying hydrated; avoiding prolonged sun exposure, over-exertion, and heavy meals; and finding a shady, well-ventilated or air-conditioned space to sit out the hottest part of the day will help us all keep cool.

Prolonged periods of warm weather can be dangerous for the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who are ill, especially anyone who experiences breathing difficulty or heart trouble. Those people living alone, on fixed incomes, or without air conditioning may be particularly vulnerable.

Please be a good neighbor and look in on and help anyone living near you who may have difficulty coping with this week’s soaring temperatures.

If you’re looking for a place to go, Portland Parks and Recreation parks, pools, and community centers are among the best places to cool down. Visit for an online tool to locate the closest facility to you, or check out this Public Service Announcement, which details facility amenities and hours.

The Portland Office of Emergency Management has drafted guidelines for dealing with the hot weather, which can be downloaded from their website at

In the event of heat-related emergencies, especially fainting, extraordinary dehydration, inability to catch your breath, or an irregular heartbeat, dial 911. Dial 211 if you need free help to identify or access health and social services.


Youth Conservation Corps provides summer jobs for Portland teens

Mark Larabee on the Park and Recreation Bureau's Youth Conservation Corps, overseen by Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

July 23, 2009

If you want to know why I am so proud of our Parks and Recreation Bureau, please read Mark Larabee's story in today's Oregonian on the Portland Youth Conservation Corps. The Conservation Corps will provide jobs removing ivy and other invasive species from our natural areas for 64 teens in the Portland area this summer.

This program would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman and funding from Worksystems, Inc., and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Special thanks to Astrid Dragoy, Louise Shorr, Merle Roberts, Dave McAllister, and the whole team that worked to launch the Youth Conservation Corps this spring.

Major League Soccer Moves Forward

Nick Fish's Statements on MLS

 July 24, 2009

On Thursday, Portland City Council voted 4-1 to remodel PGE Park, setting the stage for Major League Soccer to come to Portland. In voting to approve the measure, Nick acknowledged that significant changes had been made to protect taxpayers while requiring significant private funds, adding:

"Oregon is home to Adidas and Nike.The University of Portland women’s soccer team regularly wins national championships. Youth soccer is on the rise; this weekend, the Westside Metros are playing for a national championship. It is time for MLS in soccer city, USA."

Read Nick's complete comments here.

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims visits City Hall

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish convened a meeting this morning with HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims with Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

July 24, 2009

Commissioner Fish was honored to welcome U.S. Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims to City Hall this morning for a breakfast meeting with local elected officials and housing community stakeholders.

Deputy Secretary Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts joined the Commissioner for a discussion of federal stimulus programs and regional sustainability efforts. Oregon was recently awarded $27.3 million in federal stimulus funding for affordable housing projects.

The money, part of $2.25 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, will fund projects across Oregon. At a time when Oregon is struggling with the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, this money will provide much-needed capacity to help our most vulnerable citizens find homes.

$1.45 million arts, humanities, and heritage across Oregon

The Oregon Cultural Trust, on whose Board Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish sits, recently announced $1.45 million in grants to state cultural organizations.

July 28, 2009

Oregon Ballet Theater

Commissioner Fish is honored to sit on the board of the Oregon Cultural Trust, which since 1999 has awarded millions of dollars in grants to support arts, humanities, and heritage statewide.

In spite of the economic hardship facing Oregonians, the Trust announced $1.45 million in grants, funding 48 projects around the state, this Monday. Chairman Norm Smith, recognizing that "the past 10 months have presented extraordinary challenges," affirmed that the Trust continues to work "the way it was intended - providing cultural funding in good times and bad."

This year's projects include historic building preservation in CorvallisStayton, and Astoria; Asian dance programming at Portland's White Bird dance company; exhibitions at The Museum at Warm Springs; and performing arts projects through Portland Opera and the Third Rail Repertory CompanyOPB and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival each received $35,000 in grants, the largest amount awarded this year.

Many thanks to Flickr user Alicia J. Rose for the beautiful photo!