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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Zenger Farm's Jill Kuehler visits the office

February 24, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was delighted to have Jill Kuehler, Executive Director of Zenger Farm and At-Large Representative for the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, in our office today.

Zenger farm is one of the nation's only urban farms, focusing on sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, and local economic development.

Zenger utilizes sustainable practices, including composting waste to grow mixed vegetables, fruits, and many other farm's products, which then make their way into local markets, and restaurants.

For more information, check out Zenger's great website.

Attorney General John Kroger announces settlement of fair housing claims in Portland

February 24, 2012

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced today a settlement in a fair housing case in Portland.

The agreement settles claims of alleged discrimination at a Southeast Portland apartment complex. Under the agreement, policy changes announced today will apply to more than 8,000 apartments. The management company will pay attorney fees and will additionally compensate affected families.

Last year, we announced the City's first ever Fair Housing Action Plan, echoing our community's call for strong commitment to ensuring compliance with fair housing laws. Drawing on the excellent work of a committee that looked at barriers to housing in our community, it combines:

  • Enhanced education of tenants and landlords
  • The creation of a new Fair Housing Advocacy Committee
  • Regular testing of landlords
  • Enforcement of our fair housing laws

We applaud Attorney General John Kroger's commitment to enforcing fair housing laws in Oregon. For more on our plan, click here.

Southeast Portland apartment complex, property owner to pay $65,000 over claims of discrimination against families

Helen Jung in The Oregonian


Civil Rights Agreement Requires Portland Apartment Complex Owners to Cease Discriminatory Practices and Pary $55,000

Department of Justice Press Release

Join our Aquatic Team this summer!

February 28, 2012

By David Nguyen

Looking for a fun way to serve the community this summer? Portland Parks & Recreation is hiring more than 700 positions for its six indoor and seven outdoor pools!

Open positions include lifeguards, swim instructors, and water fitness instructors within the PP&R Aquatics Department. The positions offers competitive wages, a positive work environment, flexible hours, opportunity for advancement, and an employee recognition program. 

Training courses for those interested in becoming a lifeguard, swim instructor, or water fitness instructor are offered during Spring Break, March 26-29, and in April. Water fitness instructor training is also offered in May.

For more information regarding training courses and employment opportunities or to request an employment application call the Aquatics team at 503-823-5130 or visit PP&R's website.

Portland Parks has more than 700 jobs on summer Aquatic Team for city's pools

The Oregonian, February 27

Honoring Black History Month

February 28, 2012

Nick was honored to join the 1st Annual Salute to Black History Makers on Monday.

The 1st Annual Salute was sponsored by Self Enhancement, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth tap into their potential, and Portland Prime, a downtown Portland restaurant.

Ten of our local community members were honored for their contribution to our local history.

Honorees this year were:

  • Reverend Dr. W.G. Hardy, Highland Christian Church
  • Avel Gordly, a former Oregon State Senator
  • Mel Brown, the legendary jazz musician
  • Larry Miller, President of the Portland Trailblazers
  • Bernie Foster, publisher of the Skanner News
  • Loretta Smith, Multnomah County Commissioner
  • Margaret Carter, former Oregon State Senator
  • Phil Walden, local community coach (posthumous)
  • Ernest Hartzog, retired educator
  • Vesia DeWeese-Loving, community activist

February is National Black History Month. Earlier this month, Mayor Sam Adams read a proclamation calling on Portlanders to:

“…embrace and celebrate the rich histories of this City and dedicate themselves, their families, neighbors and community to the pursuit of the freedom, justice and equality all Americans deserve.”

Congratulations to our community’s history makers!

The 1st Annual Salute to Black History Makers

In The Skanner, February 28