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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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Building a healthier community - one smile at a time

Portland City Council voted in favor of adding fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

September 12, 2012

This morning, Portland City Council voted unanimously to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

As co-sponsor of the Ordinance, I concluded that fluoridation is a safe, cost-effective, and common-sense approach to promoting public health.

I did not reach this decision lightly. I have heard from Portlanders who strongly oppose adding fluoride to Portland’s water.

But today, the children and families of Portland are looking to this Council for leadership, and we must seize this opportunity.

Read my full statement

City Council September 12, 2012

 

August 16 Fluoride Statement

August 16, 2012

 

Fluoride in Portland: a banner day for public health

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland City Council Votes Yes on Fluoridation in 5-0 Decision

Helen Silvin in The Skanner

 

Fluoridation fans Nick Fish and Sam Adams are doing the right thing

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Fluoridate Portland’s water

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Straight Talk: the Fluoride Debate

KGW News Straight Talk

 

Portland Weighs Fluoride Years After Broad Acceptance

Kirk Johnson in NY Times

 

Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition

 

Centers for Disease Control: Community Water Fluoridation

New Blanchet House of Hospitality Grand Opening

Nick was honored to join Blanchet House of Hospitality Board members, volunteers, and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Blanchet House in the Old Town China Town neighborhood.

September 13, 2012

 

Nick was honored to join Blanchet House of Hospitality Board members, volunteers, and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Blanchet House in the Old Town China Town neighborhood.

Founded in 1952 by a group of University of Portland students, Blanchet House began serving meals to those in need in the community.  60 years later, Blanchet serves three meals a day, six days a week, and provides shelter and services for men experiencing homelessness.

Blanchet House had outgrown its home on NW 4th & Glisan, and the City of Portland was proud to invest in a new, larger building just a half a block away.  Now with four stories, Blanchet House and its surrounding community can shepherd in the next 60 years of service.

Blanchet House in Old Town dedicates its new building serving the needy

Rebecca Koffman, special to The Oregonian

Statement from Commissioner Fish in response to the Justice Department's investigation of the Portland Police Bureau

Commissioner Fish's statement regarding the Department of Justice's investigation of the Portland Police Bureau.

September 13, 2012

I am deeply troubled by the Department of Justice’s finding that the Portland Police Bureau has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force against people with mental illness.

While I applaud Chief Reese and the Bureau for steps they have already taken to address this problem, more needs to be done.

The report acknowledges serious deficiencies in our mental health system.  Nonetheless, people suffering from the often debilitating effects of a mental health crisis should never have to fear unnecessary use of force by Portland law enforcement.

The Justice Department report emphasizes the strong link between people suffering from mental illness and homelessness.

As the Commissioner in Charge of Housing, I call for a renewed commitment to investing in housing and services for those in need.

We know what works, including prevention and treatment.  We also know that we cannot be successful without a strong federal partner.

This report tells us that we are failing those who need us the most.  It is a call to action, and I pledge to do my part.

Summer Free For All comes to a close

Our 2012 Summer Free For All came to a close last Saturday, with the final Portland Parks & Recreation movie in in Wallace Park.

September 14, 2012

We may be holding on to the summer heat a little longer, but the leaves are beginning to change and young Portlanders are back to school.

Our 2012 Summer Free For All came to a close last Saturday, with the final Portland Parks & Recreation movie in Wallace Park.  Neighbors enjoyed Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and snacked on popcorn after sundown.

This summer, Portlanders enjoyed nearly 50 free concerts, over 40 free movies, special performances at the Washington Park Summer Festival, free swims at our local pools, and free, healthy lunches for children in our parks and playgrounds.

Thanks to all of you who came out to enjoy our green spaces, pools, and community centers this summer - and special thanks to our wonderful sponsors for making summer in the parks a success!

Friday Roundup

Blanchet House in Old Town dedicates its new building serving the needy

Rebecca Koffman, special to The Oregonian

 

Fluoride in Portland: a banner day for public health

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland City Council Votes Yes on Fluoridation in 5-0 Decision

Helen Silvin in The Skanner

 

Straight Talk: Debate over fluoridating Portland's drinking water

Laurel Porter with KGW News

 

Wilshire Park mural supporters in Northeast Portland to seek grants for protection

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian