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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

Roselyn residents welcomed home

February 11, 2010

Nick with Lieutenant Allen Oswalt and Sean Cusack,  who was instrumental in helping residents escape the blaze

In late July of last year, residents of the Roselyn Apartments, on NW 21st, were forced to relocate after a fire damaged their building.

Last night, Nick was honored to join Portland firefighters who responded to the fire, Trader Joe's employee Sean Cusack, who helped many residents to safety, and others to welcome residents of the Roselyn back home. Also speaking at the event was Victor Merced, Director of Oregon Health and Community Services.

The Roselyn is one of the projects in Nick's 11 x 13 preservation strategy, which targets affordable housing development at risk of losing their affordability. Together with Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA), PHB was able to renew the federal rent subsidies that keep rents affordable at the Roselyn, which has critical access to the downtown, transit, and services.

Congratulations to Martha McLennan, Executive Director, and her staff at NHA on this successful preservation project, and to residents of the Roselyn - welcome home!

Council adopts Bike Plan

February 12, 2010

Council unanimously adopted the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 Thursday afternoon, reports Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal. "This will make bicycling a cornerstone of Portland's sustainable transportation system," Commissioner Fish said in Council. "It will focus on equity and bring access to safe and family-friendly bikeways" to everyone.

The plan's benefits are far-reaching, the Commissioner noted. "Hospitals have been big boosters of this plan because of the health impacts. Healthier workers are a big benefit to employers throughout the city. It also has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of transportation to families, which adds discretionary income they can spend on things other than gas and cars. The impact local businesses could be quite dramatic."

On bikeportland.org, Jonathan Maus quotes the Commissioner: "I can't thinkof a process that has been more inclusive...credit goes to the Mayor."

For the Commissioner's full statement, click here.

Thanks to flickr user Mark Stosberg for the photo of a downtown bike corral

First annual 211info event draws Portlanders to p:ear gallery

February 16, 2010

Last Thursday, February 11, Nick attended and spoke at 211info's first annual "211info: Sharing Our Dialogue" event, joining almost 100 people at downtown's p:ear gallery.

Our local 211info is part of a nationwide network of 211 organizations, connecting people to community resources they need and providing a direct route to health provider services, temporary or permanent housing, and a variety of other community services.

And congratulations to Liesl Wendt, longtime Oregon activist, who was named permanent CEO of 211info last week.

February 16, 2010

Statement from Commissioner Fish regarding Aaron Campbell shooting

I wish to express my deep regret over the death of Aaron Campbell. This young man should not have died. As the parent of two children, I cannot imagine the anguish and sense of loss experienced by his family.

I fully support the announced plans of Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Rosie Sizer to conduct a thorough, timely, and completely transparent investigation of this tragedy. I endorse making their findings and recommendations available to the public immediately.

I also support the ongoing efforts to strengthen civilian oversight of the Police Bureau, and to make it more independent.

The Grand Jury, in its February 10 letter to District Attorney Mike Schrunk, identified serious flaws in police procedures and policies, which led to Aaron Campbell’s death. This is unacceptable to me.

The Police Bureau must take immediate action to address issues of training, command and control and communication.

And, the bureau must work to strengthen community policing, which, at its heart, is a partnership between the community and police officers.

Now is not the time to point fingers or assign blame. Instead, we should come together for reconciliation and understanding.

We cannot reverse this tragedy. But we can honor Mr. Campbell’s life by re-committing to work across racial and ethnic lines for real, lasting change.

 

Visiting the Parkrose Business Association

February 18, 2010

Nick visited the Parkrose Business Association today to talk about his work leading the Housing and Parks bureaus, to discuss ways to create jobs in the short and long term, and to share ideas about creating a climate to support small businesses in our area.