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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

Everyday Heroes

On April 6, KATU News featured one of our community’s everyday heroes.

April 12, 2013

On April 6, KATU News featured one of our community’s everyday heroes.

Sylvester Simmington has been volunteering for Portland Parks & Recreation for almost 30 years. He spends his time at Peninsula Park cleaning up the grounds and helping parents with young kids by being a second pair of eyes - making sure no one gets hurt or lost.

What makes Sylvester an Everyday Hero? It is more than the work he does. Rather, it’s how he does it. Rain or shine, Sylvester is there helping out. He always has a smile on his face and makes sure to check in on park staff and visitors alike.  He doesn’t want anybody to feel like they were left behind.

Next time you go to Peninsula Park say “hi” to Sylvester, and thank him for the great work he does to maintain our Gold Medal parks system.

Thank you Sylvester – for 30 years of service and just getting started!

Everyday Heroes: Keeping Portland parks beautiful

Steven Dunn on KATU.com

Commissioners Fish and Novick identify long-term budget savings

Today, The Oregonian’s Ryan Kost highlighted the work of City Council’s two budget subcommittees. The two subcommittees outlined nearly $5 million in potential savings for the City.

April 15, 2013

Today, The Oregonian’s Ryan Kost highlighted the work of Commissioners Fish and Novick's budget subcommittee. The subcommittee outlined nearly $5 million in potential savings for the City.

The subcommittee identified a number of savings – many of which could be on-going savings to the City each year. The subcommittee focused on long-term savings to Portland taxpayers, rather than “quick fixes.”

In the report, the subcommittee notes that “the city could save millions by reducing overhead and improving efficiency.”

They propose savings in three main categories: protecting diversity gains in public safety bureaus, cutting more than the Mayor’s suggested 10% from certain bureaus, and reducing materials and services costs in the City’s Office of Management and Finance budget.

Over the next two months, Nick will work with his Council colleagues to craft a responsible budget that addresses our short-term deficit while protecting the core services and programs that Portlanders value.

Portland budget group finds nearly $5 million in possible savings

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Subcommittee One Report

 

Subcommittee Two Report

Grand Opening of Mt. Tabor Community Garden

Join us on April 20 for the Grand Opening of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

April 16, 2013

Join us on April 20 for the Grand Opening of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

The Grand Opening celebrates a first and a last for us. The Mt.Tabor Community Garden is the first community garden in the Mt.Tabor neighborhood. The event also celebrates the last grand opening of our 1,000 Gardens initiative.

In 2009, we pledged to create 1,000 new gardens by the end of 2012. Not only did we reach our goal, we surpassed it.

The new community garden was generously sponsored by the Friends of Portland Community Gardens and Ames True Temper Tools. A heartfelt thank you to all the neighbors and community members who made this garden such a success.

For more information about Mt.Tabor Community Garden contact Carrie Vogelzang at (503) 823-1612.

Mt. Tabor Community Garden Opening

SE 64th and Lincoln St.

Saturday, April 20

2 - 3 pm

Fairness Matters

Tomorrow, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will join Nick to host Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

April 16, 2013

Tomorrow, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will join Nick to host Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Ms. Pratt will lead a discussion on Fair Housing issues in our community and nationwide, and will provide local leaders with an update on the federal budget and new HUD rules impacting our community.

Following breakfast, the City Council will hear a presentation about Fair Housing and proclaim Fair Housing Month in Portland.

We're grateful for our strong partnership with HUD  - from Secretary Shaun Donovan in Washington, D.C. to Mary McBride and Robin Prichard in the Pacific Northwest - and are so excited to host Deputy Assistant Secretary Pratt tomorrow.

Fairness Matters: Report to City Council

Portland Housing Bureau: Fair Housing

Volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteers to help complete an inventory of trees this summer.

April 28, 2013

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteers to help complete an inventory of trees this summer.

PP&R is seeking volunteers in the Brooklyn, Richmond, and Woodstock neighborhoods to help to gather information on sizes, health, site conditions, and other tree facts.

PP&R’s Urban Forestry team, which manages and regulates over 1.2 million trees in our city, will use the information to create a neighborhood tree guide for the maintenance and growth of the neighborhoods’ tree canopies.

To sign up to volunteer visit the PP&R website.

Brooklyn, Richmond and Woodstock neighborhoods are looking for tree inventory volunteers

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian