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Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

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Young leaders embody the Spirit of Portland

Commissioner Fish was proud to nominate two groups of outstanding young community leaders for Spirit of Portland awards

September 26, 2012

The City of Portland has announced the recipients of the 2012 Spirit of Portland awards. 

The City created the Spirit of Portland awards in 1985 to recognize those who have made a positive difference in our community. The individuals and organizations chosen for these awards have helped make Portland a better place. 

Commissioner Fish was proud to nominate two groups of outstanding young community leaders this year.

University of Portland Women's Soccer Team

They are perhaps best known for their outstanding skills on the soccer pitch, but the women of the Pilots soccer team also gives back to their biggest fans - the Portland community. 

Team members regularly volunteer for soup kitchens, neighborhood clean-ups, and children's soccer camps.  They also lend their support - and their decorating skills - to the Ronald McDonald House, where there is now a Pilots-themed family room.  2012 graduate Danielle Foxhaven even launched a new effort, Equipment Across Continents, to provide new and used sporting equipment to young teams in developing countries.

Most inspiring, the team rallied this year to support fundraising efforts for Harper's Playground- a new, inclusive and accessible playground in Arbor Lodge Park.  Inspired by six-year-old Harper Goldberg, who was born with Emanuel Syndrome, the lady Pilots launched a season-long silent auction and raised $5,000 for the playground.  This season, the team will donate tickets to raise additional funds. 

Grant High School Community Garden Team

Last year, a team of young visionaries in Grant High School’s Environmental Club set out to build a community garden.

After meeting with City officials and community partners, the students decided to build a City-owned community garden as well as a Learning Garden for use by classrooms. 

The team quickly gained community support and in October 2011, the students were thrilled to be awarded a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant in the amount of $50,300 to develop the garden. 

In June, the team welcomed neighbors and students to the grand opening of the Learning Garden and the Grant High School Community Garden. The gardens contributed 43 plots to our 1,000 Gardens initiative, including 2 ADA accessible beds at each garden.

The Learning Garden will be used to advance student’s learning in botany, biology, foreign languages, sustainable agriculture, math, and more. Produce grown by the different classes will be used in the school's cafeteria and donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

These young leaders will be recognized at the Spirit of Portland award ceremony at 7pm on October 29 at the Doubletree Hotel. 

Commissioner Fish's statement on the Aaron Campbell case

Commissioner Nick Fish's statement regarding the ERB's decision to reinstate Ron Frashour.

September 26, 2012

I was saddened and outraged by the death of Aaron Campbell. Earlier this year I supported appealing the arbitrator’s decision to reinstate Officer Ron Frashour to the state Employment Relations Board.

After being briefed by the City Attorney and Mayor Adams, it is clear to me that there is merit in taking this case to the Court of Appeals. While the appeal may be a long shot, there are important legal issues which should be decided by an appellate court.

I will therefore vote to support Mayor Adams’ recommendation that we appeal the ERB’s decision to the Court of Appeals.

Portland Commissioners Fritz and Fish join Mayor Adams, Commissioner Leonard in appeal of Frashour reinstatement

Stuart Tomlinson in The Oregonian


Mayor Has Votes for Court Challenge of Frashour Reinstatement

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury


Don't Play Politics With Our Lives

Bernie Foster in The Skanner


State employment board orders City of Portland to reinstate Ron Frashour

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

E205 initiative reaches new milestones

Our E205 intiative is wrapping up several projects this fall; the community will celebrate a new playground at East Holladay Park this Saturday.

September 27, 2012

By David Nguyen

A new playground is taking shape at the East Portland Community Center - construction is expected to be complete by the end of next month.

On Saturday, join Nick, Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, and community members to celebrate another new playground in East Holladay Park from 11 am - 12 pm.

These new playgrounds are part of our E205 initiative, which brings parks improvements to underserved neighborhoods in East Portland.  40% of Portland families with children live in East Portland neighborhoods, but there are fewer parks for them to enjoy.  To date, ten parks - including East Holladay - have received new amenities including playgrounds, benches, water fountains, new trails, and garden plots.

Playground Grand Opening

East Holladay Park

12999 NE Holladay St.

11 am - 12 pm

E205 Fact Sheet

PCRI moves forward with "Big 11" renovations

Renovations of two out of "The Big 11" affordable Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI) homes have been completed, and new residents are beginning to move in.

September 27, 2012

By David Nguyen

Renovations on two out of "The Big 11" affordable Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI) homes have been completed, and new residents are beginning to move in.

For nearly 20 years, PCRI has reinvested in Portland’s neighborhoods, preserved their diversity and provided tools to help low-income Portland families and individuals achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

The Big 11 project is a collaboration between PCRI and the Oregon Tradeswomen.  Together they will renovate and preserve 11 affordable rental homes in Portland neighborhoods, while teaching carpentry and building skills to the women in the Oregon Tradeswomen program.

The two completed homes are in North Portland, close to parks, the Village Market, and frequent-service bus lines.  The rehabilitated homes will benefit from energy-efficient appliances and windows.

The Portland Housing Bureau is proud to be a partner with PCRI, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Energy Trust of Oregon to support this project.

Renovations for the other nine homes are expected to be complete by the end of this year. 

Learn more information about The Big 11.

Photo courtesy: PCRI

PP&R thanks Central City Concern for 10,000 hours of volunteer work

Portland Parks are reaping the benefits of 10,000 volunteer hours, thanks to the dedication of Central City Concern

September 28, 2012

By Sophia Kecskez

On Wednesday Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) celebrated the amazing dedication of Central City Concern (CCC) volunteers.

Since 2009, volunteers have completed 10,000 hours of service in Portland parks. That's equal to 1,250 eight-hour work days. To recognize reaching this outstanding landmark and commemorate their successful partnership, PP&R Director Mike Abbaté presented CCC with a golden shovel. 

At Wednesday's celebration in Lair Hill Park, Abbaté said, “ten thousand hours is a landmark achievement. The value of this long-lasting partnership is that it gives our parks even more care, and we are delighted that so many CCC graduates and participants get so much out of their work with us. We appreciate them immensely.”

Most of the work was done by volunteers working with Central City Concern's Community Volunteer Corps (CVC), an organization that in total has completed over 30,000 hours of volunteer work in the Portland community. At the event, Emily, a CVC graduate, shared that her experiences working in Portland's parks have helped her enhance her skills, confidence, maturity, and life. 

CCC works to provide comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. The organization serves more than 13,000 Portlanders annually and is a valuable partner to the Portland Housing Bureau.

Photo: Emily (center left), a CCC Community Volunteer Corps graduate, poses with fellow volunteers and the commemorative golden shovel given to CCC by Portland Parks & Recreation. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation and Central City Concern.