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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

2015 Arts Oversight Committee Report


Check Portland watershed health grades online

Bureau of Environmental Services


Portland's new Kelly Butte Reservoir is open, funneling water to city taps

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Water Bureau Shows Off New Reservoirs

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB


Portland can expect $50 million in new revenue for 2015-16, officials say

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


State of Housing in Portland - Phase One

Portland Housing Bureau


Portland nearly 1,500 units short of central city affordable housing goal

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland Struggles With Affordable Housing

Michelle Leis in OPB


To Catch a Bike Thief

Matthew Korfhage in Willamette Week


Utility watchdog group: Stop developer discounts

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Grant Constitution Team wins national trophy

Pamplin Media Group in the Portland Tribune 


Uber unleashed

Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press

The Portland Water Bureau Administrator Recruitment

May 4, 2015

The Portland Water Bureau is hiring a New Leader.

The City of Portland is looking for a highly qualified professional to lead the Portland Water Bureau.

The Water Bureau Administrator is responsible for managing a workforce of over 550 represented and non-represented employees. A successful candidate will possess the necessary experience to provide leadership, policy planning, direction, and operation of the bureau. 

The mission of the Water Bureau is to provide safe, reliable and high quality water to nearly one million customers in the region. 

Applications are due by 4:30 on Monday, June 1. 

Learn more about the position on the Water Bureau’s website.

Watershed Report Cards

May 4, 2015

Good science drives good policy.

Over the last 50 years, we’ve made great progress for the health of our watersheds. From the Big Pipe to the Crystal Springs Creek Restoration project, our public investments have made a difference.

The Bureau of Environmental Services has a new tool to help guide the next chapter in our story: Watershed Report Cards.

Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife.

The Report Cards are a grading system to track Portland’s watershed health. Each watershed is assigned A-F letter grades for temperature, mineral content, wildlife numbers, tree canopy, and more!

Not only will the City be better able to identify problem areas, but Portlanders will also get a bigger picture of our overall environmental health – and how they can get involved in keeping Portland green.

We’ll grade watersheds across our community – in the Willamette, Willamette Tributaries, Fanno Creek, Tryon Creek, Columbia Slough, and Johnson Creek.

Check out BES' website for more information.

Portland Watersheds get inaugural report card; city and green leaders call it powerful tool

Andre Theen in The Oregonian

Out and about with Nick


May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, Nick was pleased to join Venture Portland and local business leaders in Gateway to celebrate National Small Business Week – and to kick off a new funding initiative for East Portland business associations.

The $100,000 initiative will go towards strengthening East Portland business associations, which provide essential support for our neighborhood small businesses. East Portland businesses deserve the same opportunity for success as other districts throughout Portland.

Our neighborhood small business community is part of what makes Portland great. They employ half our workforce and are the backbone of our local economy. Seventy cents of every dollar spent at a local business stays in our community!

Visit Venture Portland’s website to learn how you can support your neighborhood small businesses.

And last Friday, Nick enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Portland Water Bureau’s Interstate Maintenance Facility, which is currently undergoing renovations in North Portland.

The Interstate Facility is an essential part of Portland’s drinking water system, from forest to faucet. Interstate houses more than 200 employees, a water control center, water quality laboratory, storage area, administration offices, and more. Part of the facility is nearly 100 years old, so it lacks modern safety standards – and is known to “rain” inside the building on stormy days!  

The first phase of renovation of complete: a new 28,000 square foot office building. Its eco-friendly design conserves water and energy, and uses solar power. The Water Bureau expects the building will earn a LEED Gold certification. Next up, demolition of the old structure.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.

Celebrating older Americans

May 6, 2015

Older adults are an important part of the Portland community -- and this month, we celebrate them!

This morning, Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation declaring May as Older Americans Month in Portland. Created by President John F. Kennedy, Older Americans Month became a nationwide celebration in 1963. This year’s theme is Get into the Act. It focuses on older adults taking charge of their health and being active members of their communities.    

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant community of elders who are active in civic engagement. 

The City partners with Elders in Action, Multnomah County, and other local nonprofits to enhance the lives of older adults in our region.  

Learn about upcoming opportunities for older adults on the Elders in Action website.

Older Americans Month Proclamation