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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

Free Fix-It Fair this Saturday

February 20, 2014

This season’s final Fix-It Fair begins at 9:30am on Saturday at David Douglas High School.

Fix-It Fairs are free events that will teach you how to save money and stay healthy this winter (and beyond!). 

Visit info booths from the City of Portland and our community partners. Experts will talk about water and energy savings, personal health, food, nutrition, community resources, recycling, and more.  Workshops throughout the day provide hands-on learning and practical information.

Free lunch is provided, and classes in Spanish are also available.

Fix-It Fair

9:30 am – 3 pm

Saturday, February 22 2014

David Douglas High School

1001 SE 135 Ave.

Please visit the Fit-It Fairs website for more information

Celebrating Lee Moore

February 20, 2014

Tuesday night, Nick was pleased to attend a celebration in honor of his friend, Lee Moore, for his 12 years of service on the Home Forward Board.

Nick was proud to serve with Lee on the Board, and we are grateful for Lee’s many contributions to the affordable housing movement.

The celebration was held at Stephens Creek Crossing—which when complete, will offer 122 new affordable homes for families and individuals in the Hillsdale neighborhood. The City of Portland was proud to invest $5 million in Stephens Creek Crossing, and help bring more affordable opportunities to Southwest Portland.

To recognize Lee’s service, Home Forward named the Opportunity Center at Stephens Creek in his honor. The Center, as inscribed on the plaque honoring Lee, “embodies Lee’s vision where success comes to those who seize opportunity, engage in their community, and share what they have learned with others.”

Special thanks to Lee for his outstanding service.

We look forward to joining Home Forward and our affordable housing community at Stephens Creek Crossing’s grand opening this Spring!

Home Forward's February Newsletter

Home Forward Resolution in Recognition of Lee Moore

Portland Jazz Festival is in full swing

February 21, 2014

In celebration of Black History Month, Portland is hosting its annual Jazz Festival! 

The nationally-recognized Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s Jazz identity.  The event takes place all over Portland, with many performances in multiple venues throughout the city. At the heart of the program lie Jazz education and outreach programs for local schools and neighborhoods.

As Portland’s Arts & Culture Commissioner, Nick looks forward to seeing our own homegrown, Grammy Award-winning Esperanza Spalding, who will sing in a Spring Quartet along side Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, and Leo Genovese with Matt Fleeger. They will perform at the Portland’5 ArtBar & Bistro on Sunday, February 23, at 2 pm. The event is free.

PDX Jazz, the non-profit cultural arts organization that co-produces the festival also has year-round Jazz performances at the Mission Theater and Jimmy Mak’s. 

The festival goes until March 2. For more information about Portland Jazz Festival and its events, please visit the website.

Photo courtesy of the Portland Jazz Festival

HB 4143A: Serving families in need

February 24, 2014

Today, Nick was pleased to submit a letter of support for House Bill 4143A, which would authorize Oregon courts to direct unclaimed damages from class action lawsuits to fund an endowment for legal aid services.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is one non-profit which could benefit from the endowment.  LASO provides representation on civil cases to low-income families in Oregon. They work on over 8,000 cases each year – but only about 15% of eligible Oregonians receive the help they need.

HB 4143A would redirect unclaimed class action case funds to the legal aid endowment, ensuring that thousands of deserving Oregon families receive quality legal services.

On Saturday, The Oregonian’s Steve Duin highlighted the Bill and its co-sponsors, Representatives Jennifer Williamson and Tobias Read.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to hold a work session on the Bill tomorrow.

A golden opportunity to repair class-action law and rescue Legal Aid

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

Commissioner Fish Support Letter: HB 4143A 

House Bill 41431A