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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

Celebrating Portland Opera’s 50th Anniversary

July 22, 2015

This morning, City Council honored the Portland Opera with a proclamation celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

Portland Opera inspires audiences with extraordinary, artistic, and diverse performances.

It first launched in 1964, with a production of Die Fledermaus at Madison High School. Today, Portland Opera has grown into a first-class company and is an important feature in our community.

The Opera is dedicated to expanding arts access in Portland and around Oregon. The Portland Opera To Go program provides one-hour versions of classic operas to schools and community groups state-wide, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the arts. 

Want to check out a show? Portland Opera is closing its riveting season with a street fair on Saturday, August 1, next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The street fair will be followed by a live outdoor simulcast of that night’s performance of The Elixir of Love.

Check out Portland Opera's website to learn more.

BES' summer interns

July 22, 2015

Today, Nick was pleased to host interns from the Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Summer Intern Program.

The program is a great career introduction for students, and provides important skills, knowledge, and a fun experience of working in public service.

The paid internship is an 8-week program working alongside BES staff, learning all about pollution prevention, engineering, watershed restoration, and wastewater management collection and treatment.

Congrats to the interns for doing a wonderful job! BES is lucky to have you on the team this summer.

Portland welcomes home World Champions

July 23, 2015 

A Governor, a Thorn, two Fishes, and friends joined a record sell-out crowd at Providence Park for the Portland Thorns soccer game last night.

Soccer City, U.S.A. welcomed home World Cup Champions Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe. Governor Kate Brown, accompanied by three representatives from Girls, Inc., congratulated the women on the field before the game, with a thunderous cheer of 22,000 voices.

We're proud these outstanding women athletes and role models call Portland home. Go Thorns!

Portland Thorns set attendance record in 1-0 loss to Seattle Reign

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

Guest Blogger - Lilly Lee

July 23, 2015

I sat in a meeting this week with Commissioner Fish and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). I learned that BES has a high school summer internship pilot program, which is allowing 65 high school students to be out in the field. These students will then gain experience and knowledge to have a successful career. They are also taking advantage of networking and making connections. The students inspire me because they are already thinking ahead about how they can be successful.

I really enjoy sitting in meetings with Nick because there is so much going on behind the scenes. There are so many different ideas for how Portland can grow. Many organizations, nonprofits, and citizens wants to improve Portland, but need help and support from Council. I really enjoy listening to the feedback and comments Nick has for them. In the end, they need to have a good selling argument to make their case.

As for my goodbye lunch gathering, the Fish family had it at the Nel Centro restaurant. The restaurant is connected to the Hotel Modera downtown. I got to shake hands with the owner, David Machado. David is also the chef, and owns two other Portland restaurants as well. Lunch was great, the food is amazing. I had the chicken salad with grapes and walnuts. The salad dressing is what made it so delicious!!! 

The Weekly Catch

After Heroic Quest, Portland Councilman Discovers Lost Endangered Place

Brandon Spencer-Hartle in Restore Oregon


Commissioner Fish found the Jantzen Beach carousel

Anna Marum in The Oregonian


Portland Commissioner Nick Fish names 3 finalists to lead Water Bureau

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Our Opinion: Tabor neighbors strike good deal on reservoirs

Editorial Board in the Portland Tribune


Council OKs plan to keep Tabor reservoirs filled

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Historic Sandy River Bridget officially rescued from scrap heap

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Nature Park vandalized overnight, 9 windows broken

KATU News Staff


Portland Thorns set attendance record in 1-0 loss to Seattle Reign

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian


Are Portland Thorns the first 'real club' in women's football?

Zach Dundas in The Guardian