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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

Fish Team welcomes new policy team member!

June 15, 2015

We are delighted to welcome Jamie Dunphy to our team as Policy Coordinator.

Jamie has an extensive background of service to people in our community.

He joins the Fish team after 5 years with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. As a Constituent Service Representative, Jamie focused on a range of federal issues, including education, Social Security, consumer finance, and the environment.

He previously worked in the David Douglas School District – at Ron Russell Middle School – creating a community support network to help kids succeed in the classroom.

Jamie and his wife also owned and operated Lovecup, a neighborhood coffee shop in Sellwood.

As Policy Coordinator in our office, Jamie will track a broad range of City legislative and policy issues, and serve as liaison to Venture Portland and our local small business community. Non-profit Venture Portland provides grants, trainings, and support to Portland’s diverse business districts and small businesses.

Jamie and his family live in the Lents neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

Portland artworks gain national recognition

June 16, 2015 

Americans for the Arts recently honored 31 of the nation’s most outstanding public art projects – and three are from Portland!

Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing arts and arts education.

All three award-winning projects were funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC and Portland’s diverse arts community.

This All Happened More or Less by Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis is located on SE Division St. The artwork is part of the Division Streetscape Project, a partnership between the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Bureau of Transportation. Schenk and Davis created delightful small bronze figures on large, dolomite boulders.

Westmoreland Nature Play by Adam Kuby and Greenworks Landscape Architects is Portland’s first Nature Play Area, in Westmoreland Park. Part of the Westmoreland and Crystal Springs reconstruction project, the unique playground encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations while interacting with nature.

The Rippling Wall by David Franklin at located on the wall of Portland Fire Station 21. The large sculpture represents the opposite of fire: water. When the sun rises and sets, sunlight dances across artwork, and makes it appear as though it really is rippling water.   

Congratulations to the award-winning artists! 

Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

Three Portland projects named among the nation’s best public art

In the Oregonian

Local Public Art Projects Receive National Awards

GoLocalPDX Arts Team

Photos courtesy of RACC.

Lilly Lee - Week 3

This week has been crazy busy!

June 18, 2015

This week has been crazy busy! On Monday Asena was out for her friend’s wedding. Which gives me a chance to perform the skills I’ve learned from Asena in the last two weeks. 

Backing up Asena while she’s away, I answered phone calls, prepped the Council binder, opened Nick’s mail, and collected all information from the phone calls and mail to archive in binders and Excel documents.

Along with covering Asena’s day off, I continued to work on the Interstate project. Nick gave me a new assignment: researching about Memorial Coliseum. What is really interesting about the Memorial Coliseum is that the building is an indoor arena located in the oldest part of what is now known as the Rose Quarter in Portland. The arena is home to the Portland Winterhawks. I am fascinated by the building structure, it was designed by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

New assignments are coming my way left and right, a never ending cycle of projects. Being able to work on individual projects, search updated news feeds, and listen to Council meetings is a little hard to tackle; and impressive.

A new project I am working on from Liam is to research the Climate Action Plan. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and Portland City Council have a goal of reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. We surely need every resident in Oregon to work together to help achieve this goal.

Story Time:

Every Monday we have a staff meeting, and Nick talked about how he bought some books at the Rose City Book Fair over the weekend. He got a book called Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs, and asked if anyone wanted to borrow it. I raised my hand because I wanted see if this book could potentially be a gift for my partner. He has been a lead climber for over almost two years now, and is working on getting his arborist certification. Wanting to buy this book, I looked online, and it was way out of my price range. When I told Nick thank you for letting me borrow the book, I also told him I wanted to buy this book for my partner because he’s working on being a certified arborist. Nick gave me his copy, and he signed the book with a message. Wow! Nick is a wonderful person. And I’m grateful to be working in his office. 

Young urban raptors

June 18, 2015

Three young red-tailed hawks were recently found on downtown streets, near the Portland Building. The fledglings left their urban nest on the Wells Fargo Tower too early, and were too young to fly or hunt by themselves. 

The Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center took in the young hawks for a short while, and nursed them back to health.

The Audubon Society is a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting education and protection of native birds and other wildlife in our community.

After a week in rehabilitation, they were released on the Portland Building’s ecoroofs, as a safe place to learn to fly. Their parents joined the birds on the ecoroofs and have resumed their parental duties. That includes bringing dead rats, squirrels, and pigeons to the hungry young hawks. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services created the ecoroofs on the Portland Building. Ecoroofs manage stormwater, filter pollutants, help keep buildings cool, reduce electricity costs, and are simply beautiful. They also serve as a great location for urban raptors to learn to fly!

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more. 

Photo courtesy of The Audubon Society of Portland.

The Weekly Catch

Spring 2015 Riverviews


Hundreds attend Pride Northwest Festival 2015 in Portland

Kim De Guzman in the Sun Times


Local Public Art Projects Receive National Awards

GoLocalPDX Arts Team


Three Portland projects named among the nation’s best public art

Entertainment Photos in The Oregonian


An ecoroofs for a Dumpster? Work remains on Portland utility spending: Editorial Agenda

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland News and Events for June 20-27, 2015

The Skanner


Portland launches Vision Zero efforts

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune


Portland’s A “Vision Zero” City Now. What’s That Going To Mean?

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury


Council sets to adopt $3.7 billion budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune