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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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REACH CDC celebrates 30 years of service

Nick was pleased to join Congressman Earl Blumenauer, former Portland Mayor Bud Clark, REACH Executive Director Dee Walsh, and community members to celebrate REACH Community Development Corporation's 30th anniversary.

September 7, 2012

Nick was pleased to join Congressman Earl Blumenauer, former Portland Mayor Bud Clark, REACH Executive Director Dee Walsh, and community members to celebrate REACH Community Development Corporation's 30th anniversary.

Founded in 1982, REACH CDC started as a small "community development corporation" with the mission to revitalize southeast Portland neighborhoods. 30 years later, REACH provides 1,400 affordable homes to the Portland community, provides home repair services for older adults, and brings the community together each summer for a day of service with the REACH Paint and Repair-a-Thon.

This winter, we will join with REACH to celebrate the grand opening of Gray's Landing, which will bring 209 affordable homes to the South Waterfront neighborhood.  42 of those homes will be for formerly homeless veterans.  Gray's Landing will also be the new home for REACH, to launch the next 30 years of service.

Friday Roundup

Charles Jordan Community Center computer lab doubles in size, thanks to Free Geek grant

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

 

New Columbia hosts dance battle before school starts

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

 

HuffPost Live: poverty in the middle class

Commissioner Nick Fish guest speaker

 

With the Bike Hub, a new chapter for New Columbia

Jonathan Maus on bikeportland.org

 

Controlled burns scheduled for Portland's Baltimore Woods, Elk Rock Island

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

 

E205 Initiative upgrades at Lynchwood Park; last projects wrapping this fall

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

E205 Initiative brings updates to Lynchwood Park

Lynchwood Park in East Portland received upgrades including on off-leash dog area, new benches, a drinking fountain and a half-mile of walking paths. The renovations are part of Portland Parks & Recreation's E205 Initiative.

September 10, 2012

Our E205 initiative has been the driving force behind a number of park improvements in East Portland neighborhoods.

The initiative targets improvements to underserved neighborhoods in East Portland, where 40% of Portland families with children live.  To date, Ed Benedict, Gilbert Primary, Parklane, Ventura, and West Powellhurst parks have all received updates.

Most recently, Lynchwood Park was improved with a half-mile of walking paths, more than an acre of off-leash dog areas, new benches, signage, and a drinking fountain.

Upcoming E205 improvements include Cherry and Glenfair parks with soft-surface walking paths and benches, and the East Portland Community Center and East Holladay Parks with $500,000 worth of play equipment.

Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté echoes the feedback Parks staff has received from neighbors when he acknowledges that these small renovations are "huge quality of life improvement[s]." Having the opportunity to stroll easily through the park, stop for a drink of water, and take a rest under a tree on a bench contributes greatly to the park's appeal and gets neighbors out together, moving around.

E205 Initiative upgrades at Lynchwood Park; last projects wrapping up this fall

Sara Hottman for The Oregonian

New faces join the Portland Housing Bureau team

Leslie Goodlow joins PHB as the new Business Operations Manager; Jaymee Cuti joins PHB as the new Public Information Officer.

September 11, 2012

The Portland Housing Bureau is proud to introduce two new members of the team.

Leslie Goodlow will be PHB's new Business Operations Manager. Leslie held progressively responsible jobs with Multnomah County during her 20 years there, most recently as Senior Manager in their Developmental Disabilities Program. She has considerable experience in all areas of operations, as well as work on the client side of the County.

She is also very active in the community, notably with the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Leslie has a tremendous personal and professional commitment to serving the communities we serve at PHB, and came highly recommended. She’ll be starting with PHB on Tuesday, September 18.

Jaymee Cuti will join PHB as the new Public Information Officer. From a pool of very qualified applicants, Jaymee stood out for her diverse background in journalism and communications, her passion for civil rights issues, and a personality that will be a great addition to the bureau.

Jaymee has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. She was a reporter for the Portland Observer and news editor for Just Out magazine. Most recently, she produced segments for Oregon Public Broadcasting's public affairs talk show, "Think Out Loud." She is also a producer for the short-run series, "Destination DIY," which airs on OPB. Jaymee is elated to amplify the important work happening within the Portland Housing Bureau to the wider world. Jaymee will be starting with PHB on Thursday, September 13.

Please join us in welcoming these two talented ladies to the Portland Housing Bureau team!

Straight Talk: the Fluoride Debate

On Saturday, Nick was pleased to join KGW News Anchor Laurel Porter on Straight Talk to discuss the proposal to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

 September 11, 2012

On Saturday, Nick was pleased to join KGW News Anchor Laurel Porter on Straight Talk, a local news show dedicated to hot topics and political news.

Nick enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the proposal to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.  Nick has shared his support for the proposal, which will ensure that all of our community's children have the same opportunity to start life with healthy teeth.

Thanks to fellow panelists Kylie Menagh-Johnson with the Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition, Kim Kaminski with Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, and Rick North, founder and director of the Campaign for Safe Food for a lively debate.

Portland City Council will vote on an ordinance to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water on Wednesday, September 12.

Straight Talk: Debate over fluoridating Portland's drinking water

Laurel Porter with KGW News