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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

Happy Friday!

 February 10, 2012

As spring approaches, we'd like to share this magnificent view of the cherry blossoms at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Photo courtesy Port of Portland

Central City Concern honored at Heart of the Community Luncheon

February 13, 2012

We're so impressed by our community partners!

Last Tuesday, Central City Concern (CCC) received the Innovation Award at the Heart of the Community Luncheon jointly presented by the Trail Blazers and Hands on Greater Portland.

The award recognizes CCC's Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) program, which provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to CCC clients who are working to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It's entirely supported by private contributions.

The volunteer opportunities support other local non-profits. After 80 hours of service over three months, participants 'graduate,' and receive a letter of recommendation and access to CCC's employment programs.

To date, folks in the program have contributed over 30,000 hours of service to our community - more than 300 people have graduated.

Photo: Hands on Greater Portland's Andy Nelson, KGW's Laurel Porter, and Nick at last week's luncheon

Extended pool hours for Presidents' Day

February 14, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation has added extra open play swim sessions at several Portland pools for next Monday, Presidents' Day.

Buckman Pool 

320 SE 16th

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Dishman Pool 

77 NE Knott

1:15 - 3:45 pm

East Portland Pool

740 SE 106th

1:00 - 4:00 pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Mt. Scott Pool

5530 SE 72th

1:00 - 6:30 pm (leisure pool only)

Southwest Pool

6820 SW 45th    

1:00 - 4:00 pm (both pools)

4:00 - 7:30 pm (leisure pool)

7:30 - 9:00 pm (both pools)

Parks' Aquatic Program is dedicated to providing a fun and creative atmosphere for the development of swimming skills in the youth and adults of Portland, and we're committed to the importance of water safety and training for their lifeguards, swim instructors, and the community.

Swimming is a valuable lifetime skill and a healthy, recreational activity for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Birthday, Oregon!

February 14, 2012

By David Nguyen

Did you know? We all know that today is Valentine’s Day, but it's also the great state of Oregon’s 153rd birthday! On this day in 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the United States.

Here are a few fun facts about our wonderful state:

Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.

We are the only state with an official nut - the filbert.

The nation's most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse, in Lane County.

In 1905 the largest long cabin in the world was built in Portland to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

PHB Director Traci Manning celebrates 100 days

February 14, 2012

We'd like to offer our congratulations to Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning on her first 100 days leading the team at PHB.

This morning, she shared a review of her first few months and a look ahead at a forum presented by the Oregon Opportunity Network. Oregon ON is a statewide group of more than 200 organizations in the affordable housing and community development field.

A few of Traci's highlights:

- Reaffirming the City's commitment to the 30% TIF Set-Aside, and celebration $150 million invested in affordable homes since its inception.

- Launching the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee to oversee implementation of our Fair Housing Action Plan.

- Completing the Big Look Limited Tax Exemption policy review committee.

- Introducing a pilot overnight sleeping partnership with the faith community.

- Submitting the FY 2012-13 Requested Budget, crafted with the input of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), which serves as PHB's Budget Advisory Committee.

- Announcing the availability of funding to support the production or rehab of affordable homes for Portlanders, and investing over $9 million to create or preserve 151 affordable homes.

Looking forward, Director Manning's focus will include resource development, implementing PHB's equity agenda, a 'reset' of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and continuing to align PHB's Strategic Plan with the Portland Plan to align the City's strategies to meet the future housing needs of Portlanders.

Again, congratulations to Traci for an outstanding first 100 days.

Click here for Traci's full message.