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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

This morning's news roundup

January 7, 2010

Today's Tribune features several interesting stories. The first is a follow-up to "O Father, Where Art Thou?", a story Peter Korn wrote in December about the relationship between the City and County and area churches. This morning, in "Churches answer call to aid homeless," Korn writes that at least 14 churches have offered their services in response to a letter Nick and County Commissioner Kafoury sent in November asking for help serving our homeless community.

Also this morning, Peter Korn writes about a micro loan program run by Mercy Corps that's helping local folks start their own businesses. In "Small loans can fuel big dreams," Korn tells the story of Eric and Naihma Deady, who are opening a bike shop in Sellwood with financial assistance from Mercy Corps.

Finally, Jason Vondersmith explains in how the economy has affected the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) grant program in "Recession cuts into arts council grants." During a year when a record number of grant applications flooded in - 263 - RACC's budget was about $50,000 less than last year. Says Executive Director Eloise Damrosch, "Now more than ever, it is essential that we invest in the arts."

Two stories in today's inPortland section of the Oregonian also caught our eye. In "Nightwatch holds 8-week art classes," Janet Goetze writes about the classes offered by Operation Nightwatch, a downtown Portland non-profit providing low-income or homeless people a social gathering place.

Joe Fitzgibbon, meanwhile, writes about the proposed park center at Powell Butte Nature Park, a joint project of the Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation. The project will turn several hundred acres of the park, located between SE Powell and SE Foster just West of Johnson Creek, into a farm-themed setting with a new maintenance facility, caretaker's house, and interpretive center. The space will also include equestrian staging and outdoor teaching areas.

Oregonian highlights Community Warehouse

January 7, 2010

In this morning's Oregonian, Margie Boule shines a light on one of our valued non-profit partners, Community Warehouse.

Last summer we worked with Community Warehouse to put together ReUse Week, highlighting the many reuse organizations in Portland and encouraging our community to reuse old items rather than throw them out.

That drive generated a large number of donations for Community Warehouse, but as our economy has continued to falter, donations have dropped off significantly. Unfortunately, the need for the household items - beds, in particular - provided by Community Warehouse has only increased. "It adds up", Boule writes, "to a big deficit and a long waiting list."

If you have items to donate, contact Community Warehouse at (503) 235-8786 or take your items to their new home at 3969 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. They are able to pick up larger items directly from your home.

Council honors Jeff Bachrach

January 14, 2010

New board members Amie Pico and Brian Lessler

On Wednesday afternoon, Council appointed Amie Pico and Brian Lessler to the Housing Authority of Portland's Board of Commissioners, reappointed James Smith and Lee Moore, and honored outgoing Board Chair Jeff Bachrach with a surprise proclamation recognizing his contributions to affordable housing in Portland.

Jeff Bachrach served as Chair of HAP's Board for three years, from 2007 through 2009. During that time HAP undertook challenging and vitally important projects, including the rehabilitation of the Grove Hotel and the launch of the Resource Access Center, now under construction. During Jeff's tenure as Chair, more than 15,000 households in Portland were served by HAP.

Jeff has also served our community as a Commissioner of the Portland Baseball Commission and a board member of the REACH Community Development Corporation, the Commercial Real Estate Economic Coalition, and the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland.

We are grateful for Jeff's service to Portland.

We are excited to welcome incoming Chair Lee Moore.