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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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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Each May, our nation recognizes the ways that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped build our great country.

May 3, 2013

Each May, our nation recognizes the ways that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped build our great country. We remember how they have made our country bigger and brighter.

In 1978, congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution recognizing the first week of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Week. This time of the year was chosen because of two historical events that happened in our country’s past. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in America. The second milestone was on May 10, 1869, when the transcontinental railroad was completed, finished in large part by Chinese laborers.

In 1992 the month of May was permanently designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

In his Proclamation for this special month, President Obama said, “We can reaffirm our legacy as a Nation where all things are possible for all people. So this month, as we recognize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are fulfilling that promise in every corner of our country, let us recommit to giving our children and grandchildren the same opportunity in the years ahead.”

Their story is the American Story, and this month we honor them all.

Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage Month Proclamation by President Obama

photo courtesy of DN-0089489, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.

The Fields Park Opening

Join us on May 17 for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest green space - The Fields Park!

May 6, 2013

Join us on May 17 for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest green space - The Fields Park!

The Fields, located at NW 10th and Overton, was created with dogs in mind. Portland Parks & Recreation held focus groups to learn what dogs and dog owners wanted in their park. The ideas came rolling in and some amenities added to the park include a small/shy dog area, benches, double entry gates, and a water fountain.

The grand opening begins at noon. Join us and enjoy live music, art by neighborhood school children, light refreshments, and plenty of play time.

The Grand Opening celebration is May 17, but this morning the park officially opened!

We’ll see you and your furry friends there!

The Fields Park Grand Opening

NW 10th & Overton

May 17, noon 

Portland's newest dog park, The Fields Neighborhood Park, opens at noon today

Monique Balas Sepcial to The Oregonian

Sophia Kecskes - Presidential Scholar

Sophia Kecskes has been named one of two Presidential Scholars for the state of Oregon's high school class of 2013.

May 6, 2013

We always knew that Fish staff member and Multnomah Youth Commissioner Sophia Keckses is a rising star.

Now, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars knows it too!

Sophia has been named one of two Presidential Scholars for the state of Oregon's high school class of 2013.  She will travel to Washington, D.C. next month to accept the honor.

Sophia will be attending Yale University in the fall.  We're very proud of Sophia - it's clear her future is very bright!

Congratulations to Sophia and fellow honoree Raghav Tripathi.

Cleveland, Westview students are Oregon's Presidential Scholars for 2013

Betsy Hammond in The Oregonian

Natalie Sept featured in The Oregonian

On Monday, The Oregonian featured a story in their Living section about one of our former staff members, Natalie Sept.

May 7, 2013

On Monday, The Oregonian featured a story in their Living section about one of our former staff members, Natalie Sept.

Natalie, who now works for U.S Representative Suzanne Bonamici, wasn’t featured for her work in the office, but for her work on the canvas.

Natalie’s new art installation showcases people in our community working in the background of the food industry. Her paintings give a face to the often-unseen dishwashers, who work hard behind the scenes of the great restaurants our city has to offer. Natalie’s 19-question interview for the dishwashers gave them a voice.

This month you can catch Natalie’s work at the Radio Room on NE 8th & Alberta. Her talent will also be showcased at a one-night-only showing at The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel downtown.

Congratulations to Natalie on her wonderful artwork!

Portland artist Natalie Sept's portraits celebrate 'unseen' restaurant dishwashers

Kelly House in The Oregonian

photo courtesy of The Oregonian

The Yards at Union Station is complete

This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the opening ceremony for the final phase of The Yards at Union Station.

May 7, 2013

Yesterday, Nick was proud to attend the grand opening of the final phase of The Yards at Union Station.

The Yards is a multi-building apartment community which has brought more than 620 beautiful new homes to the River District, nestled at the foot of the Broadway Bridge.

The neighborhood, which includes market-rate and workforce apartments as well as apartments affordable to very low-income families, has been developed in several phases over the last 20 years.

The Yards supports a core belief we all share: that our neighborhoods are healthier and stronger when they’re open to all, and that everyone deserves a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. It also reflects our values around sustainability - developed on a former brownfield site, the new building achieved LEED-Silver certification.

Over the last 20 years, the City, through PDC as well as the Portland Housing Bureau, has invested more than $20 million in the Yards. PHB was very proud to invest $5 million in this last phase, which brings 80 affordable homes to the neighborhood.

Thank you to all of our partners, including GSL Properties, City Real Estate Advisors, and Chase, who brought this final phase home.

For those moving into the Yards, welcome home!