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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Creative minds at work in Portland

September 24, 2009

With Fall comes the return to school. Nick is the proud father of two Portland Public Schools students, a daughter in high school and a son in elementary school.

Nick thinks his son has the potential to be an artist - you be the judge:

Rainwater Pavilion dedication in Tanner Springs Park

Commissioner Fish spoke at the dedication of the Rainwater Pavilion, in the Pearl,

September 25, 2009

Commissioner Fritz, Commissioner Fish, and Mia Birk

Nick spent Thursday evening in Tanner Springs Park, at the dedication of the Rainwater Pavilion in honor of Graham Clark. He was joined by Commissioner Fritz and Parks Director Zari Santner.

The Pavilion is a focal point for the park, gathering rainwater and channeling it to the wetland pond in the park, reflecting "the nature of a wetland pond leaf channeling rainwater to replenish a wetland."

The Pavilion came to life through several years of effort from family and friends of Graham Clark, the Portland Parks Foundation, and the City. It was funded with City money and by private donations from more than 60 individual donors.

Tanner Springs Park is located at NW 10th and Marshall, in the Pearl neighborhood of downtown Portland.

Beverly Cleary continues to delight

Author Laura Foster leads tours of Beverly Cleary's haunts in NE Portland

September 28, 2009

Local author Laura Foster combines our collective affection for Beverly Cleary and her expertise on exploring Portland on foot with a creative new tour: Beverly Cleary-themed walks.

Foster's tour leads walkers on a two-mile loop around NE Portland. It includes stops at Grant Park - a short walk from the Commissioner's home - the houses Cleary lived in as a child, and the two schools she attended.

If you can't make the tour at 5:00 pm today, you'll have other opportunities: Foster will be leading tours (starting at the Hollywood Library) on October 5 and October 21.

More information is available on Foster's website and at (503) 988-5391.

Thanks to Flickr user Krista76 for the photo!

"Opportunity awaits us"

The September 18 Street Roots editorial spotlights rays of hope

September 28, 2009

On all fronts, 2009 has been a challenging year for Portland's housing community. The global economic crisis has hit our most vulnerable especially hard, leaving many homeless service providers scrambling for funding and stretching every dollar.

Street Roots has used this week's editorial column to highlight some of the many points of progress in Portland, writing that "we live in a beautiful city, among amazing and innovative people, rich and poor, with a will to make the world we live in a better place."

Nick and our city's community of providers have been working harder than ever to buffer our homeless from the economic crisis, and have achieved some truly remarkable victories over the last year - securing a dramatically increased housing budget, moving forward on the RAC, sheltering our homeless during the winter weather crisis of last year, and launching a new Housing Bureau.

The editorial board writes that "opportunity awaits us at every corner," and that "watching many of the newly elected officials in Portland navigate the recession while trying to improve the quality of life for Portlanders and Greshamites is assuring."

Farmers markets survive a close call

Portland's farmers markets - ranked number one in the world recently - had a close call recently.

September 30, 2009

Portland's farmers markets - ranked first in the world earlier this month - had a near miss recently.

An announcement from the County Assessor in mid-September had the City - and the farmers markets - on the hook for a tax bill of more than $200,000. The retroactive bill would have taxed the Park Blocks land where the farmers markets are located.

Fortunately, after meeting with Commissioner Fish, and thanks to the work of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, the Assessor withdrew the tax bill.

Thanks to Flickr user Photos by Mavis for this shot from the South Park Blocks market!