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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

Nick Fish Asks Portlanders to Shop Locally for Valentine’s Day
Briauna Skye McKizzie in GolocalPDX


How Portland’s small businesses are gearing up for Valentine’s Day
Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Shop local this Valentine’s Day


‘How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes’ puts real weight in examination of issue

Carol Wells in The Oregonian


Water bureau told to restore and maintain reservoirs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland officials promise results on housing discrimination testing by April
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Tree roots caused 5,600-gallon sewage overflow near Portland's Bridlemile Elementary School

Fedor Zarkhin in The Oregonian


Sewage overflows won’t cancel classes at Portland’s Bridlemile Elementary School

Carli Brosseau in The Oregonian

Let’s show small businesses the love this Valentine’s Day!


February 13, 2015

This morning, Nick was pleased to help kick off Hidden Hearts at Crafty Wonderland.

Hidden Hearts is a Valentine’s Day shopping event that showcases Portland’s great neighborhood small businesses.  It was created by Supportland co-founder Katrina Scotto di Carlo as a way to reward those who shop locally. 

Here is how it works: collect ‘Hidden Hearts’ at participating Supportland businesses today. On Sunday, each heart will become 20 Supportland Merits to use towards a 24-hour shopping spree!

Neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our local economy.  They strengthen our community and support good causes. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community. 

So this Valentine’s Day, let’s show them some love. 

Special thanks to Supportland co-founder Katrina Scotto di Carlo and Crafty Wonderland Co-owner Torie Nguyen!

Check out Supportland’s website for more information.


Planning a greener future for the Central Eastside

February 17, 2015

This Thursday, the Southeast Quadrant Plan is offering an open house for Portlanders to learn about the future of the Central Eastside.  It’s a great opportunity to get involved and discuss goals, policies, and upcoming projects in the district. 

The Central Eastside is a dynamic part of Portland’s tech and factory industry.  It significantly contributes to our economy and job growth. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with fellow City bureaus on the Southeast Quadrant Plan.  Last year, BES staff helped complete the SE Clay Green Street project.  This year’s focus includes adding more green infrastructure to address stormwater runoff.  Other topics include enhancing river habitat, providing park-like spaces, improving bicycle and pedestrian corridors, and more!

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information about the open house.

Southeast Quadrant Open House

Thursday, February 19, 4 – 7 pm

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

2250 SE Water Ave.

Improving our Surplus Property Policy

February 18, 2015

This morning, Nick was pleased to brief City Council on a new “Surplus Property Policy,” developed by the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau.

The new policy increases transparency and accountability, and creates a robust public process for selling public land.

After Nick became Commissioner in charge of our two public utilities in 2013, he learned that the “Freeman Tank” property, a surplus Water Bureau site in Southwest Portland, was being sold to a private developer.  Community members in the Multnomah neighborhood objected – claiming they were not adequately notified of the sale, and were not briefed on the future plans to develop in their neighborhood.

While the Water Bureau followed the City’s then existing policy for surplus property, Nick agreed with neighbors – the policy needed to be strengthened! 

The new policy, developed with significant community input, includes expanded public notices to our local government partners like Metro and Multnomah County, and to neighborhood associations and business associations, ads in community newspapers, and a new “Surplus Property” section on each of our bureaus’ websites. The new BES and Water Bureau sites include photos, detailed information about each surplus site, and information about each site’s status.

This new policy would not have been possible without the thoughtful feedback and recommendations from Moses Ross and fellow neighbors in the Multnomah Neighborhood Association.

Tell us what you think! Review the new policy online, and submit your feedback.  

Policies set for sale of city properties

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Jerome Kersey, 1962-2015

February 19, 2015

Yesterday, our community lost one of the greats: former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey.

I do not have the words to express my shock and sadness at his sudden passing.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Jerome at Schoolhouse Supplies' Celebrity Spelling Bee last month -- we were on the same team. He brought his lovely wife and step-daughter as guests.

It was easy to tell that Jerome was the biggest "celebrity" there -- throughout the evening, people asked for his autograph and a photograph. He was always more than happy to oblige.

Before that, I once played a game of H-O-R-S-E with him.

I lost, naturally.

Jerome was a great player and ambassador for the Trail Blazers and our entire community. He was also a wonderful human being. Wherever I saw him, people were drawn to him. He always found time to give back.

It was an honor to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans today.