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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

A cozy ode to our legendary Benson Bubblers

April 8, 2015

The Benson Bubblers are Portland’s iconic bronze drinking fountains. They provide fresh, Bull Run drinking water throughout downtown. The Bubblers are so famous, there’s even one in our sister city, Sapporo, Japan. 

And now, their likeness can even keep your teapot nice and cozy!

The City of Portland has hosted the Rose City Yarn Crawl for the past six years. The event features unique patterns from yarn shops around the city.

This year, designers took inspiration from Portland’s iconic landmarks and destinations, including our Benson Bubblers. 

Talented local knitter, Tinaka Schwendiman, crocheted the fantastic Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy. The imaginative creation is a wonderful hand-made tribute to the original Benson Bubblers. 

All of the patterns presented at this year’s crawl, including the Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy, can be downloaded here! The crocheted creations are also featured in the 2015 eBook, “Postcards from Portland.”

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website to learn more about the Benson Bubblers. 

Photo courtesy of the Rose City Yarn Crawl.

Transforming biogas into vehicle fuel

April 9, 2015

The Oregon Department of Energy granted the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) a $2 million tax credit through the Energy Incentives Program

BES will use that tax credit to offset the cost of a project to convert wastewater biogas into vehicle fuel. 

Biogas is a byproduct of wastewater treatment. Portland City Council recently approved a contract to design a facility at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. It converts biogas into compressed natural gas vehicle fuel. 

The process is both economically beneficial and environmentally friendly! It will reduce diesel fuel use and cut greenhouse gas emissions. And, the project will re-use nearly all of the 600 million cubic feet of biogas the treatment plant produces annually!

The tax credit will also reduce construction costs, which will save money for sewer ratepayers. 

BES expects the new facility to be operational by 2017. 

Check out BES’ website to learn more.

Friday Roundup

Gretchen Kafoury memorial: Portland leader remembered as advocate, grandmother, best friend

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Service honors politician Gretchen Kafoury

KGW News


Portland could expand low-income utility discounts, panel says: City Hall Roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Community garden plots, waiting lists growing like weeds

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune


Uber recommendations provide good framework for testing taxi competition: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Our Opinion: Uber, ride services must play by rules

Editorial Board in the Portland Tribune


Uber a rebel no more? Company promises it's done defying Portland taxi laws

Joseph Rose in The Oregonian


City councilors note ready to hitch a ride with Uber just yet

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Hall Monitor: Death, Taxes, Budgets, and Horse Cops

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


SW Portland pipe blockage spills 7,200 gallons of sewage

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


April 13, 2015

Friday evening, Nick was honored to join his friend and local arts advocate Stan Penkin and his family for the opening night of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s moving play, Columbinus.

The provocative and powerful play follows the tragic 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Columbinus stitches together interviews, police evidence, and the private diaries of the Columbine shooters to offer a thoughtful and disturbing look at one of the worst school shootings in history.

The young actors (from Portland-area schools) did a superb job with very difficult subject matter. Columbinus is for ages 15 and up, and continues through April 19. Tickets are available online or at the door.

As Portland’s Arts Commissioner, Nick is proud that our community has strong and dynamic nonprofits like the Oregon Children’s Theatre. Since 1990, OCT has provided outstanding theater, arts education, and even an acting academy for local youth. Thanks to Portland voters, the Theatre also receives financial support through the Arts Education & Access Fund (arts tax)!

The Fish team is hiring!

April 13, 2015

Our office is seeking a talented professional to fill the Policy Coordinator position.

Learn more about the position here.

Applications are due Monday, April 27.