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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

Friday Roundup

Partners play with purpose
Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

Portlander could pay additional $4.58 a month for water

Mark Hanrahan in KGW News


Hales and Fish want to appeal utility case ruling

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Scoop: Portland as Fudge.

WW Culture Staff in the Willamette Week

Housing Bureau Boldly Demands Almost All of City’s Remaining Surplus Cash

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury


Portland startups play musical chairs, making space for one another as they grow

Mike Rogoway in The Oregonian


Portland Commissioner Nick Fish is looking for a new chief of staff

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland cops could rejoin Joint Terrorism Task Force

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland offers monthly mailed water/sewer statements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

The Jungle Book

February 9, 2015

Northwest Children’s Theater and School is presenting The Jungle Book!

The Jungle book is a beautiful interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story, brought to life.  It follows the journey of a young boy raised in the wild, and features vibrant, traditional Indian dance, with Bollywood flair.

Northwest Children’s Theater and School seeks to enrich and educate youth in our community, through wonderful theater arts performances and programs.  It is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support grant. 

The Jungle Book was created in partnership with Anita Menon’s Anjali School of Dance.  It runs now through March 1st at the Northwest Children’s Theater and School. 

Visit the Northwest Children Theater and School’s website to learn more. 

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Put this rainy weather to good use

February 10, 2015

This rainy season is the perfect time to utilize rain barrels in your gardens.

Rain barrels are simple rainwater collectors that store runoff from a roof downspout.  The purpose is to temporarily hold water for irrigation and other exterior uses. It’s a great way to manage stormwater overflow on your property - and save money on your utility bill. 

The City of Portland offers financial incentives for using rain barrels in approved locations, where overflow water soaks into the ground. 

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ downloadable guide to learn more about rain barrels. 

Shop local this Valentine’s Day weekend

February 11, 2015

Show our small businesses some love this weekend by shopping local this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Hidden Hearts is a new Valentine’s Day shopping event that rewards Portlanders for buying their Valentine’s gifts at local, independent retailers.  The brainchild of Supportland co-founder Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Hidden Hearts showcases Portland’s small business community and gives shoppers the opportunity to cash in while supporting their neighborhood stores.

Shoppers can collect a Hidden Heart at each participating Supportland business through February 14.  On February 15, each heart will turn into 20 Supportland Merits to use during a 24-hour shopping spree on

As a champion for small businesses, Nick will help kick off Hidden Hearts at SW Portland’s Crafty Wonderland on Friday morning at 8 am. 

Local small businesses are part of what makes Portland great. They employ half of our workforce and strengthens our neighborhoods.  For every dollar spent at a small business, nearly 70 cents stay in our local economy.

Check out Supportland’s website for more information. 

How Portland's small businesses are gearing up for Valentine's Day

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Nick Fish Asks Portlanders to Shop Locally for Valentine's Day

Skye McKizzie in GoLocalPDX

Keep your family safe from lead exposure

February 12, 2015

Homes built between 1970 and 1985 may have lead in their pipes, which can add lead in your water. It’s a major health risk for children and pregnant women.

The Portland Water Bureau wants you and your family to stay safe! They offer free lead testing kits to all customers. Order a lead kit today to test your tap water. 

The Water Bureau also has simple tips to avoid lead exposure from household plumbing.

  • Avoid using water that has been standing in household pipes. Let faucets run for at least 30 seconds to allow fresh water to come through.   
  • Use a filter that removes lead.
  • Buy low-lead fixtures.

Check out Multnomah County Health Department’s LeadLine website for more information, and to order a lead-in-water test kit.