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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

Lilly Lee Blog #6

July 8, 2015

Hello everyone! Last Thursday I had a lunch date with Commissioner Nick Fish, along with his long-time friend, Kay Toran, and her intern Katie. Kay is the Executive Director of Volunteers of America, Oregon – Nick used to sit on the VOA Board of Directors. We had lunch at Higgins, one of Nick’s favorite lunch restaurants.

It was very nice hearing Nick and Kay tell their stories to each other. They both told stories how they were in the White House. Kay represented the women of Oregon, and Nick attended the Medal of Honor Ceremony given to Army SGT Henry Johnson. SGT Johnson was an African American soldier who fought under the French flag in World War I, because our armed forces were segregated. Johnson showed acts of heroism by risking his life to save his fellow soldiers.

Kay’s intern Katie is a summer intern like me. She is majoring in marketing and minoring in history at University of Portland. She is also the editor-in-chief of UP’s newspaper “The Beacon.” Kay is a very interesting women, she is amazing and bold.

Overall, I had a great lunch date with Nick, Kay, and Katie!!!

Citywide equity

July 9, 2015

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join City Council in unanimous approval of new citywide racial equity goals

The Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) presented a resolution with the goals to Council, to help transform Portland for the better. The goals are:

  • We will end racial disparities within city government, so there is fairness in hiring and promotions, greater opportunities in contracting, and equitable services to all residents.
  • We will strengthen outreach, public engagement, and access to City services for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities, and support or change existing services using racial equity best practices.
  • We will collaborate with communities and institutions to eliminate racial inequity in all areas of government, including education, criminal justice, environmental justice, health, housing, transportation, and economic success. 

These equity goals are an important investment in our community. Council voted to make them binding, meaning that the City of Portland will ensure that equity is a major priority.   

OEHR works hard to promote equity and reduce disparities within City government, and for the people of Portland. It helps remove barriers so that all Portlanders can have access to opportunities and achieve their full potential.

Portland is a regional model for equity. Director Dante James consults with other cities around the US, to develop other offices of equity and human rights.  

Check out the OEHR’s website to learn more.

Video courtesy of the Office of Equity and Human Rights. 

The Weekly Catch

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

Marty Smith in the Willamette Week


Better water means better beer

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune


It's Not Your Imagination, There's A Drought In Portland

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


Portland metro now in 'moderate drought'

KOIN 6 News Staff


2015 Editorial Agenda mid-year report card: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board 


Council revisits policy on surplus property

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


The Central Question: Charlie Hales says he's still weighing industrial protections in Central Eastside

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Housing, minority groups support Saltzman proposal to boost affordable housing in central city

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland says ending racial disparity begins with a goal

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Equity Matters: City-wide Racial Equity Goals and Strategies

Jeff Selby, Office of Equity and Human Rights


Work will continue on defective Columbia River levee system

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


New setting for the Jade District
Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

Rescuing pianos

July 13, 2015

As the Arts Commissioner, Nick has been proud to host a fantastic restored piano from Piano! Push Play! in City Hall this month.

Founded by Megan McGeorge, Piano! Push Play rescues old pianos that are destined for the dumpster. With the help of local businesses and designers, the pianos are transformed into working pieces of art. They are then placed across the city in public spaces, making music accessible to everyone in our community.

City Hall’s piano was designed by North Agency, and is an ode to Forest Park. On Tuesday, bring your lunch, and join us for a mini-concert. Jackson Grace, a talented 11-year-old, will serenade us with a farewell concert for the piano. It will be moved to Columbia Park in North Portland on Wednesday.

Want to find one of these great public pianos? Piano! Push Play! just released an app that shows a map of where all their pianos are located around Portland. When you find one, post a picture on social media and hashtag #pianopushplay!

Check out Piano! Push Play!’s website to find out more information. 


Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune

Street pianos in Portland provide an open opportunity to play

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of Piano! Push Play!


July 14, 2015

Talented local artist Kello Goeller takes viewers on a topsy-turvy journey in her latest art exhibition, Habitat

Infused with spirituality and symmetry, Habitat features a diverse array of mediums, including maps, mandalas, videos, and more. The eclectic exhibition was inspired by Goeller’s love of maps in storybooks, and from her experiences exploring lush forests. 

Goeller’s various forms of art have been featured around the world. Her other exhibition, Cube, is currently on display in Milan, Italy. 

Habitat is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grant program. RACC provides grants to artists, local non-profits, and schools. It enriches our community by supporting innovative arts and wonderful expressions of culture.

Habitat runs through July 31 at Duplex Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Duplex Gallery.


Duplex Gallery

219 NW Couch St.

9 am – 5 pm