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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

Council welcomes Grant High School's Constitution Team

May 27, 2015

This morning, City Council proudly welcomed the Grant High School Constitution Team, winners of the 2015 National We the People competition in Washington, D.C.!

Nick was honored to read a Proclamation to celebrate their victory. 

The We the People competition, designed to simulate congressional hearings, teaches students about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Classroom Law Project has administered Oregon’s We the People competition since 1987. Nick has been proud to serve as a judge for the regional competition for the past six years.

2015 marks the fourth year in a row that a Portland Public School team has brought home the gold. Oregon boasts more national titles than any other state in the country!

Grant High Principal Carol Campbell, Constitution Teacher Jeremy Reinholt, and Classroom Law Project Program Director Barbara Rost praised the students’ work. Two students, Cassie Hill and Amelia Morrison, shared how the program has made a difference in their education – and even in their future career goals.

Congratulations to the Generals for their incredible achievement!

Grant High School Constitution Team’s We the People Proclamation

Grant High team wins national 'We the People' competition

The Oregonian

Expanding cultural access to the arts

May 28, 2015

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded 20 local non-profits with grants totaling more than $50,000 in “Expanding Cultural Access” grants!

The Expanding Cultural Access grants help invest in wonderful arts and culture programs for Portland’s diverse and underserved communities. They are made possible thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund in 2012.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it works to provide equal access to art for everyone in our community.

The 20 grants awarded will help fund festivals, musicals, HIV awareness programs, and more!

Check out a RACC’s website for more information and a full list of grantees.    

Friday Roundup

Fish submits ordinance to create Portland Utility Board

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Grant High School Constitution Team – We the People Proclamation


Sgt. Henry Johnson Medal of Honor Press Release  


Henry Johnson’s Medal of Honor to be received by local guardsman

Mark Baker in News 10


Fish submits ordinance to create Portland Utility Board

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Nick Fish wants legal opinion on city’s standoff with Pembina

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal


Fish question brings life to Pembina plan

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Not Dead Yet: Two City Commissioners Are Going to Tour the Site of That Proposed Propane Terminal Tomorrow

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Propane export terminal cold still get a shot at city zoning approval

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian


Reservoir hearing ends without decision as questions linger

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


These garden plots are not for sale

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Neighbors worry St. Johns community garden may be in jeopardy

Nina Mehlhaf in KGW News


Flush with cash, Portland Oks city budget with little debate

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland approves $485 million general fund spending plan, with roads at the center

Andrew Theen in the Oregonian


A $100 monthly utility bill in Portland? Almost

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland Oks higher development fees for parks

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


It just got easier to fight Portland City Hall, and City Council is thrilled

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Justice for Sgt. Henry Johnson

May 29, 2015

Nearly a century after his service to our country in World War I, Sergeant Henry Johnson will finally be awarded this nation’s highest military honor.

On June 2, at the White House, President Obama will posthumously award Sgt. Johnson the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during World War I.

Nick is honored to be invited to the ceremony, and will join an Oregon delegation including The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster and Nick’s former public advocate, George Hocker, at the White House on Tuesday.

Nick is especially grateful to the two United State Senators who took up Sgt. Johnson’s cause: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Sgt. Johnson served in the 369th Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters. The African American regiment fought under the French flag, a legacy of segregation in the Army during WWI. 

Nick’s grandfather, Hamilton Fish, was a Captain in the regiment.

In 1918, a wounded Sgt. Johnson fought off a German raider party for an hour – with only his jammed rifle and a bolo knife. His actions saved the lives of other soldiers. Sgt. Johnson was the first American soldier to receive France’s highest military honor, the Croix de Guerre with Palm.

Since 2010, Nick has been working with Senator Ron Wyden and The Skanner newspaper to right this wrong, and to secure the Medal of Honor for the WWI hero.

President to Award Medal of Honor to Sgt Henry Lincoln Johnson

Helen Silvis in The Skanner

Medal of Honor at Last for Black WWI Veteran

Jacob Siegel in The Daily Beast

97 years later, soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

The Oregonian

WWI hero to receive posthumous Medal of Honor after push from Oregon politicians, newspaper

Jim Ryan in The Oregonian

Commissioner Fish introduces ordinance to create the Portland Utility Board

May 29, 2015

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish today filed an ordinance to establish the Portland Utility Board (PUB). The PUB will strengthen public oversight of the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).

The ordinance contains key recommendations presented to Council by the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) chaired by former U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton. The eleven-member BRC was charged by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fish with identifying potential public oversight and accountability reforms for PWB and BES.

The BRC submitted its final report to Council at a work session held in December 2014. The report recommended the formation of a year-round community oversight body, with dedicated professional staff under its direction, to be actively involved in upstream deliberations on utility bureau budgets, capital spending, policies, and programs. 

The new PUB will replace the existing Public Utility Review Board (PURB) and the individual utility Budget Advisory Committees (BAC), and will report directly to the City Council.

“Today we are following through on a commitment to bring forward the BRC’s recommendations to improve public oversight of our public utilities,” said Commissioner Fish. “In concert with a unique partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, the PUB will bring a new level of accountability and transparency to our utilities.”

Under the proposed Ordinance, nine new board members will be appointed by the Mayor this summer. The goal is to have the PUB up and running for the next utility budget cycle.

The proposed Ordinance will be considered by Portland City Council on June 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Portland Utility Board Ordinance

Press Release

Fish submits ordinance to create Portland Utility Board

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune