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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

PNCA celebrates its new home

March 23, 2015

On Friday evening, Nick was honored to represent the city at an important milestone: the grand opening of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s new home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art & Design.

Nick joined PNCA President Tom Manley, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer, Governor Kate Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, former and current PDC staff and Board members, architect Brad Cloepfil, and many others to celebrate the grand opening.

PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway was almost a decade in the making. The historic building opened in 1919 as a Post Office, and later served as Federal offices before becoming vacant in 2005. That’s when Tom Manley’s vision for a new PNCA took shape.

Congratulations to all the public and private partners for securing PNCA’s foundation for the next 100 years.

The splendor of energy efficiency

March 24, 2015

Energy Trust of Oregon awarded the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for their dedication to green energy. 

Energy Trust is a statewide nonprofit that promotes energy conservation and renewable energy sources. 

As one of its services, the nonprofit provides cash incentives to public agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to conserve and generate renewable energy.  Recently, BES received an incentive check for $284,810 for one of their projects!

BES’ award-winning project involved making aeration tanks at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant more energy efficient.  The machines that blow air into the aeration tanks use more power than any other equipment at the plant.  Modifying those blowers to use less electricity reduces energy costs, which means long term cost savings for ratepayers!

This isn’t BES’ first time getting an incentive check from Energy Trust.  In 2008, the bureau installed a co-generation system that used biogas as fuel to generate power and heat for plant operations. 

Congrats to the Bureau of Environmental Services for their success and dedication to being energy efficient! 

Keeping our water clean

March 25, 2015

The Bull Run Watershed provides Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the world.  Because it’s so high in quality, we only have to minimally treat our water to make it safe to drink. 

The Portland Water Bureau treats our water through a process called chloramination. Chlorine is lightly added at the source to protect us from possible harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. Ammonia is then added to ensure the disinfection remains stable throughout the system as it travels to our homes and businesses. 

The bureau tracks our water quality carefully, and adjusts chlorine levels as needed. The bureau will sometimes adjust levels during the warmer months of spring and summer, as warm temperatures could cause chlorine to decrease more rapidly (like evaporation).

Some people are sensitive to changes in chlorine levels. If your water smells like chlorine, you can minimize it by putting water in the refrigerator overnight, adding a slice of lemon or cucumber, or by boiling it. 

Visit the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about water quality, or call the Water Quality Line at (503) 823-7525.

Sakura Sakura

March 26, 2015

The cherry blossoms have bloomed, and spring is in the air!

Talented local photographer Motoya Nakamura has a stunning photo and video exhibit called Sakura Sakura

Sakura is the Japanese name for cherry blossom trees. Over the course of a year, Nakamura captured the beauty of the cherry blossom trees at Waterfront Park and the Japanese American Historical Plaza. 

The trees were gifts from Japan. They evoke cultural wonder, and symbolize Japanese-American history and friendship that is unique to our region. 

Sakura Sakura is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  It’s up through June 14th at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. 

Sakura Sakura

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Friday Roundup

The Legacy of Barney Frank

Nick Fish in Street Roots


Blanchet House gave him a 'do-over'

Ed Langlois in the Catholic Sentinel


Bull Run Dispatch

Newsletter of the Portland Water Bureau


Water bureau sends divers to fix pipe in Willamette

Tim Gordon in KGW News


Dr. Know: If I disconnect my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?
Marty Smith in the Willamette Week


D.A. says Portland’s Columbia Building won’t go to cops: Portland City Hall Roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Betsey & Iya Jewelry Celebrate 7 Year Anniversary

Kemea Smith in GoLocalPDX


Mayor Charlie Hales’ Wonky Redevelopment Tweaks Have Been Delayed Again. That’s Good For Affordable Housing Supporters

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury


Chop Shops: Suspects stockpile bikes at homeless camps

Nina Mehlhaf and KGW Staff in KGW News