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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

Forest Park Single-Track Cycling Committee selects menu of options

March 5, 2010

Portland has long been America's premiere cycling city, but off-road opportunities here are notoriously limited. In 2007, Portland received Platinum status from the American Bicycle Association (ABA), with a caveat: off-road facilities in Portland were lacking and the City's status wouldn't be renewed without improvements.

Since August of 2009, Commissioner Fish and Portland Parks & Recreation have been working with a Forest Park Off-Road Cycling Committee to evaluate possibilities for increasing off-road cycling opportunities in downtown's 5000-acre Forest Park.

The Committee met last night at City Hall, evaluating suggestions, narrowing the menu, and approving a list of possibilities to be presented to the public in April. The options all come with management recommendations to ensure that not only will Forest Park not be damaged by any additional trails, it will be improved by enhanced management and care of the natural area.

Following community review and comments, recommendations will go to Commissioner Fish and Parks Bureau Director Zari Santner in May. To view documents and keep updated with this process, visit the Committee's website.

2010 Stand Down offers vets job opportunities, service providers

March 5, 2010

"On any given night in America, while we go to sleep in our homes there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who have fought for our freedom who go without their own home. Veterans make up 11 percent of America's adult population, but 26 percent of the homeless population." The Washington County Advisory quotes President Obama in March 2009: "Already, we are seeing homeless veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's just not right. That's just not who we are as a country."

Almost one-quarter of the homeless nationwide are veterans, writes Julie Sullivan in the March 6 Oregonian. This morning, Nick will speak at the 2010 Veterans Stand Down & Job Fair. The annual event will be held at the Ambridge Event Center, across from the Oregon Convention Center.

The 2009 Stand Down drew more than 600 veterans and connected attendees with potential employers, service providers, and each other. The 2010 Stand Down is organized by Central City Concern's Employment Access Center, the Department of Veteran's Affairs,

WorkSource OregonHire Oregon Vets, the Returning Veterans Project, and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 1. See Central City Concern'swebsite for more.

Spring in Waterfront Park

March 8, 2010

A quiet moment at the new home of Portland Saturday Market

The picture at left was taken Thursday, March 4, just two days before opening day for Portland Saturday Market, when the scene was remarkably different. 

Saturday Market debuted in this new space last Spring and vendors look forward to another successful year.

Wrote Allan Brettman in the March 7 Oregonian, "if Portland Saturday Market ever needs a standard to measure opening days, Saturday was it."

Charlie Kupchan at the World Affairs Council of Oregon

March 9, 2010

Nick was proud to introduce Dr. Charles Kupchan at this afternoon's World Affairs Council luncheon. Dr. Kupchan is the author of "How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace," published by the Council on Foreign Relations and Princeton University Press. The book deals with nations who have replaced hostility and friendship - and examines the global benefits of diplomatic engagement between former rivals. With the challenges we face at every level of government, nationally and globally, Dr. Kupchan's book is both timely and relevant.

Congratulations to Chair Wheeler

March 10, 2010

Congratulations to Ted Wheeler on his appointment as Oregon State Treasurer.

I can’t think of anyone better qualified for this assignment. Based on Ted’s private sector experience, and his outstanding record as County Chair, I am confident that he will excel in his new position.

Nick