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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

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Ban the Bag!

The Ban the Bag campaign visited Portland City Council this morning - with bag monsters!

June 14, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton

A quirky scene unfolded in Council today as swarms of "Ban the Bag" activists filled the chamber. They sported blue t-shirts, carried reusable grocery bags and were accompanied by a troop of plastic bag 'monsters.'

Four speakers addressed the Council with concerns about the harmful effects of plastic bags on our natural environment. One speaker, Stiv Wilson, Communications Director at the Five Gyres Institute, estimates that somewhere between 200-300 billion pounds of plastic are presently circulating in the world's oceans. In response to shocking statistics like this one, many grassroots organizations have sprung up to encourage plastic bag fees or bans at all levels. The Ban the Bag organization is asking the City and the state to either ban plastic bags or impose a fee for their purchase.

Both the City and our State legislators are looking to enact a ban. For more information on the Ban the Bag campaign, visit www.banthebagspdx.com.

Above: Bag monsters!

Bridges to Housing celebrates four years of serving families in need

Bridges to Housing celebrates four years of serving families in need in the Portland-Vancouver area this Friday

July 14, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton

This Friday, July 16, Bridges to Housing is celebrating four years of serving families in need.

Every night thousands of people sleep outside in the Portland-Vancouver area. Many of these individuals face enormous challenges, including mental illness, addiction, and disability. These barriers can make it very difficult to obtain housing and basic services. Bridges to Housing is dedicated to helping these families and individuals find and maintain housing, the first step in overcoming poverty and progressing toward self-sufficiency.

Nick will attend the celebration Friday to thank the dedicated staff, landlords, funders, families, leaders and partners who have made this program such a success in Multnomah County.

"Housing for a Healthy Community"

LifeWorks NW presents the Talking Points Series, featuring local leaders in the fields of mental health and addiction issues: Nick spoke today about "Housing for a Healthy Community"

July 15, 2010

Last week Nick was the featured speaker at "Housing for a Healthy Community," the second in the Talking Points Series presented by LifeWorks NW. The Series allows local leaders a forum for discussion of the many ways mental health and addiction issues touch our community.

Sellwood Pool turns 100

Nick joined the celebration for the 100th birthday of Portland's oldest pool

July 15, 2010

  

McCoy Park improvements

As part of the City's response to security and safety issues in the New Columbia neighborhood, crews from Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry division have trimmed trees and shrubs in McCoy Park, making the space more open to the neighborhood

July 15, 2010

 

 

As part of the City's response to security and safety issues in the New Columbia neighborhood, crews from Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry division have trimmed trees and shrubs in McCoy Park, making the space more open to the neighborhood.