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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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A Portland weekend

Commissioner Fish enjoyed the Pittock Mansion, a big bike ride, and a Portland Parks & Recreation concert at McCoy Park this weekend

 July 19, 2010      

               

Nick enjoyed several uniquely Portland events this weekend: the Friday night opening reception for "Uncertain Times: Contemporary Art Views on the Fate of the Newspaper" at the Pittock Mansion; a long Saturday morning bike ride with friends from the BTA; and a great Sunday evening concert in McCoy Park with the Gretchen Mitchell Band.

Check out more photos of Portland's historic Pittock Mansion in our Photo Gallery!

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The Portland Housing Bureau will offer a free Homeownership Workshop this Thursday, July 22, at its offices at SW 5th and Washington

July 19, 2010

This Thursday, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will offer a free Homeownership Workshop at its offices in the Commonwealth Building at SW 5th and Washington. Homeownership Workshops are offered monthly as sites around Portland.

Stop by to learn more about homebuyer education and counseling services, tax credit programs, down payment assistance programs, first mortgage loan programs, and property tax exemptions. PHB's Homeownership Workshops also provide information about the services and programs offered by Portland's many valuable non-profit organizations.

Registration is required for participation in the Workshop. Call (503) 823-3400 today to register!

Special guest

Commissioner Fish's office was treated today to a very special guest appearance, courtesy of Audubon Portland's Bob Sallinger - a baby bat!

July 20, 2010

We were treated to a very special guest this morning - a baby bat Audubon Portland's Bob Sallinger is toting around to accommodate its feeding schedule.

RAC in the national spotlight

The Resource Access Center is featured in the latest publication from the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities

 July 20, 2010

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities highlighted Portland's Resource Access Center (RAC) project in its recently-released "Public Housing Authoritis: Local Challenges. Innovative Solutions."

"Designed to focus on the most chronically homeless populations and streamline access to existing services, it is designed and developed to enhance neighborhood livability" the authors write. They note that the building will be LEED Platinum certified, producing 60% fewer emissions than a traditional structure, and praise its groundbreaking urban infill design, which includes an interior courtyard and internal waiting area.

Nick is quoted as well, saying that the RACC will "provide a front door to services that transition hundreds of people out of tents, doorways, and cars into safe and decent homes." 

Portland celebrates young athletes

From the imminent arrival of MLS to sports field improvements across Portland to the Westside Metros' appearance in the US Youth Soccer national championship this week in Kansas, Portland has many reasons to celebrate youth sports

July 21, 2010

Congratulations to Portlander Evan Keny-Guyer, who recently returned from a Mercy Corps program in Colombia to join the Westside Metros in the US Youth Soccer U-19 national championship tournament in Kansas this week. Evan's father Neal is Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps, whose Vivo Jugando sports-for-change program works with disadvantaged children in Colombia.

As Commissioner-in-Charge of Portland Parks & Recreation, Nick is working to increase access to quality sports experiences here in Portland. The Council has approved plans to upgrade sports fields and athletic facilities at Roosevelt High School, Buckman Field, Grant High School, and Parkrose High School, with more in the pipeline.

High quality sports facilities help us invest in our community's children: youth sports programs foster leadership, teach teamwork, and encourage healthy physical activity. Bringing these opportunities to all of our young people is one of Nick's top priorities as Parks Commissioner.

With MLS on the way, the extraordinary turnout at two public viewings of World Cup matches, improved youth sports facilities, and representation in the upcoming US Youth Soccer Tournament, we're earning our title of Soccer City USA!

Above: Earlier this year Nike donated 4,000 jerseys to Parks' Saturday Youth Basketball Program