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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

HB 2700: Expanding access to justice, serving Oregon families in need

June 22, 2015

Last week, Nick was honored to join Governor Kate Brown, Representatives Jennifer Williamson and Tobias Read, and other community leaders as the Governor ceremonially signed HB 2700 into Law.

HB 2700 authorizes Oregon courts to direct unclaimed damages from class action lawsuits to fund an endowment for legal aid services.  Most states already have similar laws in place.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is one of the non-profits which will benefit from the endowment.  LASO provides representation on civil cases to low-income families in Oregon. They work on over 8,000 cases each year – but only about 15% of eligible Oregonians receive the help they need.

In January, Nick submitted a letter of support for the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary: “We cannot allow a two-tiered system of laws – one for the wealthy, and one for the rest of us,” he shared.

With the Governor’s signature, the bill will expand significantly expand access to justice for thousands of deserving Oregon families.

Thanks to Governor Brown and Representatives Williamson and Read for their leadership.

Steve Duin: A golden opportunity to repair class-action law and rescue Legal Aid

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

Celebrating Father's Day

June 22, 2015

On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day. 

A number of local stories caught our eye.

A son’s lesson on Father’s Day

Nick Fish in Street Roots

Street Roots featured an essay written by Nick, sharing some of the lessons he learned from his father, Ham Fish. 

Father’s Day

The Oregonian

The Oregonian featured a diverse array of local dads, including Nick, Portland Timbers Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Black Parent Initiative CEO Charles McGee III, and many more.

Sunday Parkways in North Portland celebrates Father’s Day, summertime and cycling

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

The Oregonian featured Water Bureau meter inspector Curtis Roth, who volunteered with the Sunday Parkways with his son Jacob.  They rode their bikes together along the route, and dispensed water to thirsty participants. 

Our Common Home

June 23, 2015

Last week Pope Francis issued a call to action on climate change, declaring that “[T]he climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.”

This week, the City Council will consider updates to the City-County Climate Action Plan.

In today’s Portland Tribune, Nick describes the many ways our City’s utilities—the Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services—are answering the call. And he explains why green practices and policies are good for the environment and for our ratepayers.

Read more in Nick’s essay, “Protecting our Common Home,” published in today’s Portland Tribune.

My View: Protecting our common home

Nick Fish in the Portland Tribune

Draft 2015 Update: City Climate Action Plan

Louie Louie

June 24, 2015

Are you ready to sing along – and be part of a Guinness World Record?

On Thursday, local non-profit Know Your City is hosting The World’s Largest Louie Louie Sing-A-Long here at City Hall. As Portland’s Arts Commissioner, Nick was proud to sponsor this one-of-a-kind event. 

Louie Louie is a world-famous rock ‘n’ roll song, best known for the 1963 hit version by The Kingsmen. Not everyone knows that this famous rendition was recorded right here in Portland! Louie Louie is the most popular recording ever to come out of the city of Portland.

The song became an international hit – it even prompted an FBI investigation to make sure there were no profane lyrics hidden in the hard-to-decipher song.

Join us on Thursday to sing Louie Louie all together. A Guinness World Record representative will be on hand to count all the singers.  

The event will feature great musical acts, including The Kingsmen, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls Band, Heavy City, and The Beat Goes On Marching Band. An official proclamation declaring June 25 as “Celebrate Louie Louie Day” will also be read.

Come hungry! Voodoo Doughnuts will be dishing up their new Blouie Louie doughnuts, made especially for the event, and Brew Dr. Kombucha will be handing out beverages.

Know Your City is a local non-profit dedicated to providing programs that engage the public in arts and social justice. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit, and is part of their Sing-A-Song of Portland walking tour. The tours take visitors through a journey of Portland’s musical past.

Check out Know Your City’s website for more information about this event.

The World’s Largest Louie Louie Sing-A-Long

Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Portland City Hall Plaza

1221 SW 4th Ave.

Explore Hawthorne

June 25, 2015

Summer is the perfect time to explore Portland’s eclectic neighborhood business districts. 

The Hawthorne Boulevard Business District is one of Portland’s great destinations. This historical district is pedestrian friendly, and offers something for everyone. It’s filled with unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, fun nightlife, and important neighborhood services. 

Business districts and neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They strengthen our community and support good causes. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community.

Nick is proud to be Council liaison to Venture Portland, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting Portland’s dynamic business districts and small businesses.

Check out Venture Portland’s website to find your local business district, and to learn more about upcoming events, including summer street fairs!