Nick attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Loaves & Fishes in the Portland-Vancouver area today at the Lincoln Street Methodist Church, where it all started.
Founded in 1969 by three Portland women, Loaves & Fishes has grown over the last four decades into an organization serving 5,000 meals per day with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers. In the last 40 years Loaves & Fishes has served more than 40 million meals to the elderly in our community.
Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to host Loaves & Fishes at three Community Centers - University Park, East Portland, and the Multnomah Arts Center.
"For every 100 people whom the decennial U.S. census misses," writes Nikole Hannah-Jones in this morning's Oregonian, "Multnomah County misses out on $1.2 million in federal money." In the 2000 census, it's estimated that more than 6,000 people weren't counted in Multnomah County.
Nick and County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury are Co-Chairing a Complete Count Committee, working with local groups to increase the number of people counted in the 2010 Census. So far, the Committee has distributed $150,000 to local groups that work closely with historically undercounted communities.
This Wednesday, Council will take up a resolution to "authorize the City to participate as an intervener in petitioning for review of Federal Communications Commission's decision to preempt state and local regulations for cell tower siting."
Last Sunday, the 21st, Commissioner Fish attended the Portland premiere of the documentary Full Signal at the Hollywood Theater, where Director Talal Jabari was on hand to discuss his film.
Full Signal explores the health effects of cellular technology and the activist community working to regulate the placement of antennas.
The showing was also attended by representatives of RespectPDX, a local group "advocating for respectful and responsible neighborhood wireless."
The 2010 Census will determine Oregon's share of more than $400 billion in federal funds. That funding supports our schools, transportation infrastructure, hospitals, social service programs, and more. And for every 100 people the count misses, our community loses more than $1 million.
Together with Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner Fish co-chairs the Complete Count Committee, working to ensure the most accurate count possible by working with local non-profits to reach out to historically undercounted communities.
Speakers on Friday include Commissioner Kafoury, Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Michael Burns, and CEO of the United Way of Columbia-Willamette Marc Levy.
Earlier this month, an illegal off-road bike trail almost a mile long was discovered in one of the most remote areas of 5,000-acre Forest Park in Northwest Portland. Parks officials put the trail at between one and two months old, and estimate that it will take more than $10,000 and many years to fully restore the forest.
Commissioner Fish describes the damage done to one of Forest Park's most ecologically fragile areas as completely unacceptable. "It's outrageous, actually," he told Janie Har in the February 24 Oregonian. "This is nothing less than vandalism of our natural areas, and it will not be tolerated."
Committee member John Deshler, who discovered the trail, describes the damage in the Murmurs section of today's Willamette Week: "In order to turn what was previously a well-vegetated, stable, meandering deer and elk trail into a mountain bike trail, mountain bikers cut live Western red cedar trees, pushed over snags, cut or otherwise destroyed significant ground cover and thereby created a wide, muddy, rutted, eroded mess."
Surveying the damage with OPB's Rob Manning, Deshler described the impact the trail would have on area wildlife, reporting that elk are known to live in the area but carefully avoid signs of human activity, writes Manning for OPB today.
Local partners have stepped up to address the situation - NW Trail Alliance, for example, has put signs up at the site, and on their blog asks riders to "Please abstain from unauthorized trail building, riding on trails that are off-limits to bikes."
"I'm hopeful that we will come together to educate park users about the importance of wildlife habitat, and that something good will come out of this misfortune; that we will create more stewards of the park who won't stand for this destruction," Commissioner Fish says.