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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

Emily York moves on to the Oregon Health Authority

We bid a reluctant but very fond Fish team farewell to Emily York, who is moving on to a new position with the Climate and Health program at the Oregon Health Authority.

August 9, 2013

We bid a reluctant but very fond Fish team farewell to Emily York, who is moving on to a new position with the Climate and Health program at the Oregon Health Authority.

Emily joined Nick’s staff in 2008 and has led policy assignments including the Healthy Portland initiative and our 1,000 Gardens program.

Armed with a Master’s degree in Public Health from Portland State University, and a knack for building community partnerships, Emily’s record of accomplishment includes replacing junk food with healthy options in our recreation centers, developing new meal programs to serve hungry kids, and coordinating an unprecedented expansion of the city’s community garden program.

Her passion for sustainability, health, and equity will be missed, but we know she will bring these values to her new role at the State. 

Congratulations to our colleague and friend!

Proposed Ballot Title for the Portland Public Water District

August 9, 2013

The City Attorney has issued the following ballot title language for the Portland Public Water District.

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on August 8, 2013.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2)(d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 19, 2013.

The ballot title is as follows:

CAPTION   

Amends Charter: Creates water and sewer district with elected board

QUESTION 

Shall Portland create independent utility district to administer water and sewer services,

with new legislative board elected from seven zones?

SUMMARY

Measure creates Portland Public Water District as independent agency of City; transfers operation of water and sewer systems from City Council to district board, including control over property and right of way used by systems. Seven uncompensated board members would be elected for three year terms, from zones coextensive with Portland Public School zone boundaries. Board vacancies filled by appointment. Certain persons disqualified from board or working for district. Board could adopt ordinances and resolutions, with civil and criminal liability for violations. Board could hire and discharge employees. City water and sewer employees would be transferred to district. District would set rates for water and sewer, and adopt annual budgets, with financial audits. District could purchase and condemn property; borrow funds; direct Council to issue water and sewer bonds; and assess properties for water and sewer local improvement districts. District cannot “regionalize or privatize” (undefined) water or sewer; commingle Bull Run water with other than existing sources, except in catastrophic emergencies; or adopt less-protective regulations for Bull Run watershed. No cost estimate provided with measure.

An evening of dance

Have plans this Friday night? Head out to the beautiful Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater for a free performance by Northwest Dance Project!

August 9, 2013

Have plans this Friday night? Head out to the beautiful Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater for a free performance by Northwest Dance Project!

Northwest Dance Project creates and performs innovative, contemporary new dance works from established and emerging dance makers. The company, under the Artistic Direction of Sarah Slipper, has over 150 dances choreographed by renowned international choreographers like Patrick Delcroix and Loni Landon, as well as local dancemakers Minh Tran and Franco Nieto.

The Friday Washington Park Summer Festival performance will kick off the company’s 10 year anniversary season. The evening’s performance will feature the musical stylings of DJ Anjali and Eden Hana.

The performance begins at 6 pm in Washington Park. Bring blankets, snacks, and good friends!

We’ll see you there!

Celebrating Community

It was another banner weekend for community events in Portland: NW Dance Project, Medicare, and Latino Network

August 12, 2013

 

It was another banner weekend for community events in Portland.

Friday night, Nick was one of 3,000 attendees at the Washington Park Summer FestivalNW Dance Project gave a stunning performance of In Good Company. We are so fortunate that NW Dance Project – an internationally-acclaimed dance troupe—calls Portland home.

 

Saturday, Nick was honored to join Steve Weiss, Jim Davis, Rep. Mitch Greenlick and other health care and elder advocates at a 48th birthday celebration for Medicare. Here in Oregon, over 600,000 older adults and people with disabilities rely on Medicare services to stay healthy and active.

Saturday evening, Nick attended the Latino Network’s "Noche Bella" benefit at PSU. He was pleased to join Executive Director Carmen Rubio, Board Chair Daniel Ledezma, former Mayor Tom Potter and many others from across the city at this inspiring celebration, and to support the next generation of Latino leadership in our community.