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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Arts Education & Access Fund supports local schools

January 15, 2015

In November 2012, the Arts Education & Access (AE&A) Fund tax passed in Portland with flying colors – with 62% of the vote.

The Fund is designed to support arts education in our public schools, and provide funding for arts organizations throughout our community.

We’re pleased to share that the first Arts Fund disbursement, totaling about $3.3 million, has been sent to the six public school districts in Portland! Additionally, the Regional Arts & Culture Council will receive a disbursement of $200,000 for arts education and access programs.

Our school districts and RACC will receive a second disbursement this Spring, after additional revenue has been collected for the 2012 tax year.

We have an outstanding citizen Arts Oversight Committee (AOC), which is working to collect the hard data from this first year of the Arts Education & Access Fund. Our school districts will partner with the AOC to report on the number of arts, music, and dance teachers Portland has gained thanks to voters.

But so far, we already know our six school districts – including more than 30,000 Kindergarten to 5th graders – are already enjoying better arts programs at school. Later this year, the AOC will report back to City Council, and we’ll hear more about the positive effects this fund has had on our children city-wide.

Portlanders will be able to start paying their 2013 tax beginning March 1 – due April 15!


Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

Local high school students advance to We The People state championship

Last night, Nick was proud to join Portland-area students, teachers, and parents for the regional We The People competition

January 16, 2014

Last night, Nick was proud to join Portland-area students, teachers, and parents for the regional We The People competition.

We the People, sponsored by the Classroom Law Project, is designed to simulate congressional hearings, and teaches students about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Portland teams - from Grant and Lincoln High Schools - have taken home the national championship for the past two years.

This was the 5th year Nick has been honored to serve as a competition judge and give a keynote speech highlighting current constitutional challenges and debates.

Nick chose an often-controversial topic: the legalization of marijuana. While it remains an illegal drug by Federal Law, many states allow medical or recreational marijuana use -- and the Federal government is not yet enforcing the law. The debate continues, and Nick argued that the student competitors and constitution experts in the room, as our next generation of voters, will be a strong and informed voice going forward.

After last night's competition, teams from Lincoln, Grant, Franklin, Lake Oswego, and Central Catholic will advance to the state championship on January 25. Congratulations to all the teams.

Here's to a national victory again in 2014!

Nick Fish highlights complicated topic of marijuana legalization during 'We the People' speech to high school students

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

"Weed" The People: Commissioner Fish's full remarks

January 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Fish: Mediate sale of Water Bureau site

Drew Dakessian in The Portland Tribune

Commissioner Nick Fish, faced with two possible lawsuits, requests mediation regarding sale of Freeman Tank property
Melissa Binder in The Oregonian

Nick Fish highlights complicated topic of marijuana legalization during 'We the People' speech to high school students 

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

A Postmortem on the Port

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury


Aaron Mesh In Willamette Week

Touring Portland's United Bicycle Institute

January 17, 2014

Yesterday, Nick enjoyed a tour of the United Bicycle Institute’s (UBI) facilities in North Portland.

For more than 30 years, UBI has been a leading bicycle mechanics school.  Ron Sutphin, president of UBI, showed Nick some of the incredible workshops and classes that are preparing the next generation of bike manufacturers.

Bike manufacturing is a $7 Billion industry, and Portland is frequently rated the number one biking city in the nation. There’s no better community than Portland to support innovative programs like UBI.

To learn more about United Bicycle Institute, visit

Portland celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2014

This weekend, Nick was pleased to attend three events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, people across Portland come together on his birthday to volunteer their time, share their stories, and reflect on how to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.

On Sunday evening, Nick attended the Albina Ministerial Alliance’s special service at Allen Temple Church, which focused on Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence. The service welcomed many community leaders – each reflecting on the life, words, and deeds of Dr. King.

Nick was honored to speak at the service. He addressed two questions: how best to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, and when we will know that his dream has been fulfilled.

Monday morning, Nick attended the The Skanner’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Oregon Convention Center.  Thanks to Bernie and Bobbie Foster for another inspiring event.

ick ended his day by attending the World Arts Foundation’s "Oh Freedom!" event in East Portland, honoring the lives of both Dr. King and Nelson Mandela, and the 1963 March on Washington.

Nick was joined by his Public Advocate, George Hocker Jr., who proudly participated in the 1963 March.