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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

Celebrating the life and legacy of MLK Jr.

January 20, 2015

Yesterday, Nick was honored to attend two celebrations of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First, the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, sponsored by the Skanner Foundation. Nick was pleased to join his public advocate, George Hocker, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and bureau Directors Paul Scarlett and Mike Abbaté, at a table.

Thanks to Bernie and Bobbie Foster for once again organizing a wonderful community celebration, punctuated by a call to rousing action by Benjamin Chavis.

Later, Nick attended the 30th annual Keep Alive the Dream, a tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King at Highland Christian Center in Northeast Portland.  He was pleased to tell the story of Sergeant Henry Johnson — and his 100-year-old struggle for justice.

As Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Special thanks to the sponsors of these wonderful events!

New plants "roll out" at Stephens Creek

January 22, 2015

In addition to providing sewer services and managing stormwater in the city, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) also works to protect – and even restore – our local wetlands and watersheds.

In southwest Portland, wetland habitat had been lost to development along the lower Willamette River. The Stephens Creek Enhancement Project is working to restore a 3.5-acre area.

BES crews recently installed new plants at the mouth of Stephens Creek and the Willamette River. Since new plants often have a hard time surviving the strong currents of the Willamette, crews used an innovative product to restore vegetation.

They rolled out wetland sod mats – woven mats that already have plants with strong root systems incorporated into them! They were grown hydroponically in Idaho, delivered by boat to the shore, and staked down in place.

We expect these heartier plants to survive river currents, prevent erosion, and enhance the natural habitat around Stephens Creek. If successful, this method could be used in future restoration projects!

Visit BES's website to learn more about the City's watershed services.

Friday Roundup

Portland Art-Focused School Shows Gains
April Baer in OPB


Portland Meat Collective receives $150,000 grant, Oregon Arts Commission awards $200,000 in grants to 34 projects: Industry Notes

Vickie Kavangh in The Oregonian


Charlie Hales considers bureau shakeup: Portland City Hall Roundup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland to crack down on Airbnb hosts who fail to get permits

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Airbnb should trade rhetoric for real progress in hosts' compliance: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland council vote sets stage for showdown with Airbnb, short-term rental regulations

Mike Francis in The Oregonian


Deal could bring affordable housing to South Waterfront

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


How to End Poverty

Dmae Roberts in Stage and Studio

Free Fix-It Fair

January 23, 2015

Check out the City’s first Fix-It Fair of 2015 tomorrow!

Fix-It Fairs are free events that teach you simple ways to save money and keep your family healthy.

Visit exhibits and participate in workshops from many of our community partners. Experts will be on hand to discuss water and energy savings, health, nutrition, community resources, recycling, and more!

Staff from the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services will be at the fair – stop by their booths to learn more about watershed health and water conservation.

The fairs provide free, professional childcare and lunch.   

Fix-It Fair

Saturday, January 24 9:30 am – 3 pm

Rosa Parks Elementary School

8960 N Woolsey Ave.

Can’t make it tomorrow? The next Fix-It fair is Saturday, February 21. Some workshops will be offered in Spanish! 

Fix-It FairClases en español

Saturday, February 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm

David Douglas High School

1001 SE 135th Ave.

Visit Fix-It Fair's website for more information.