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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

Painting Portland

July 27, 2015

Portland is getting more incredible art murals!

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) board of directors has approved funding for two new Public Art Mural projects that showcase Portland’s diversity and unique character.

One is a seven-mural project in partnership with Forest for the Trees Northwest. The local non-profit brings 30 local and international artists to Portland for one week in August. The artists work together and paint incredible murals around the city. The goal of the project is to celebrate Portland’s evolving diverse identity through colorful, eclectic paintings. 

The other project is a giant mural with the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in the Lents neighborhood. It will be 90 ft. by 25 ft. on the Club’s east-facing wall. The mural is a neighborhood collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), and gang-affected youth from Latino Network and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. The mural symbolizes the strength and interdependence of the Lents community.

The Public Art Murals Program is funded and administered by RACC. Check out RACC’s website to learn more.

A Rightful Place

Olivia Olivia in the Portland Observer

Photo courtesy of RACC.

In the summer of '15

July 28, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about droughts recently. With much of the west coast experiencing dry spells and Portland’s recent heat waves, it’s no surprise that people are concerned about our water supply. 

Luckily, Portlanders have an abundance of water, thanks to our visionary Bull Run Watershed and our Columbia South Shore Well Field. Our reservoirs in the Bull Run rely on rain rather than snow – and Mt. Hood had a rainy year!

A century ago, Portlanders also faced a hot, dry summer. An editorial from The Oregonian revealed a glimpse into the past. In the summer of 1915, the average Portlander used 112 gallons of water per day, which was quite a bit less than people in other US cities. 

Today, the average Portlander uses 52 gallons per day at home – considerably less than a hundred years ago. We are fortunate to have conservation-minded citizens and our incredible water supply.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about the summer of 1915, and about our great water sources.   

Commissioner Fish appoints Mike Stuhr as the new Portland Water Bureau Director

July 29, 2015

City Commissioner Nick Fish announced today his appointment of Michael Stuhr as the new Director of the Portland Water Bureau.

“I am delighted that Mike Stuhr accepted my offer to lead the Portland Water Bureau,” said Commissioner Fish. “He has extensive experience with Portland’s unique water system and has an outstanding track record as the bureau’s Chief Engineer. I believe Mike is the right leader to continue the bureau’s proud tradition of delivering high-quality, reliable, and safe drinking water to nearly 1 million Oregonians, from forest to faucet.”

Stuhr previously served for ten years as the Water Bureau’s Chief Engineer. In that role he successfully delivered major capital projects on time and on budget, including the new Interstate Operations and Maintenance Center and the Dam 2 Towers project in the Bull Run Watershed. He also served as Co-Chair of the Water and Waste Water Task Group for the Oregon Resilience Plan, a 50-year seismic resilience plan to guide policy and investments statewide.

Stuhr’s appointment follows a national recruitment to fill the position. Commissioner Fish and his team worked with bureau employees, partner organizations, and community members to develop the recruitment materials, review applications and interview candidates.

Stuhr holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.B.A. from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

“I am honored to be chosen by Commissioner Fish to serve as Director of the Portland Water Bureau,” said Stuhr. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Fish and the City Council on our shared priorities: stabilizing rates, providing strong oversight on major capital projects, improving our customers’ experience, and ensuring that we have a resilient and safe water system for generations to come.”

Stuhr’s annual salary will be $180,000. He will assume his duties August 31, 2015.

Portland's new Water Bureau director: Michael Stuhr

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Fish picks insider for new Water Bureau director

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Montavilla Jazz Festival needs you!

July 29, 2015

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is excited to host the second annual Montavilla Jazz Festival in East Portland August 15-16.

Now in its second year, the jazz festival brings together neighbors and music lovers to enjoy original Portland-based jazz. 2015 Headliner Darrell Grant will debut his new work, “All 4 Naught.”

This year, the festival has added on-site food and beverage options courtesy of Portland Mercado’s Mixteca Catering and The Wine Nomad.

And, some proceeds from the festival will be donated to four neighborhood schools to support music education!

Organizers need volunteers to help make the weekend a success. Volunteers will stamp hands, check IDs, help set up, clean up, and more. In addition to a cool Jazz Fest t-shirt, volunteers get a free day pass to enjoy the music after their shifts!

To sign up to volunteer, email

To learn more about the Montavilla Jazz Festival, visit their website:

Montavilla Jazz Festival

August 15-16, 2015

Portland Metro Arts

9003 SE Stark Street

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Lilly Lee - Last Blog Post

July 30, 2015

As I spend my last week in the office, Nick and Aja have been absent. I, too, felt very absent my last week, because I was not here on Monday. Tuesdays are my day off, and I went home early Wednesday. Today is Thursday, my last day. Time flies when work needs to be done in this office.

I’ve learned that many things happen behind closed doors. People in this office work very hard to make things happen for the City. There has to be a balance. If one asks, one can receive. Many organizations, small businesses, and non-profits come to this office, asking for Nick’s advice and support. Knowing Nick’s love for Portlanders, he gives his best to advise their missions.

During my time in the office, I have learned how to use Excel, thanks to Jim. I prepped Council binders, thanks to Asena, and how to make a binder for Nick, thanks to Liam. I became a better writer, thanks to Jenny. I learned to laugh, thanks to Aja. I learned that health is more important than work, thanks to Sonia. I learned that hitting a curb or two is okay, as long as the car takes you where you want to go. And lastly, I learned from Nick that it’s not about helping yourself, it’s about helping others.

What I will miss the most is Aja randomly singing in the office. Aja is filled with joyfulness, and he makes me smile. Liam makes me laugh. He can’t help it, it’s his accent, like when he says, “guard,” but it sounds like “God.” Laughter is catchy, and so are winks. The people in this office are winkers. Every morning when I come in, Asena gives me a wink.

As you know, this summer has been one of the hottest summers so far. The reason behind this is because in Portland, “July 9th is the 36th day straight without measurable rain” according to KOIN News staff. Therefore, outside of City Hall has been very hot! Inside, Fish’s office is very cold! Having air conditioning in the office is a luxury. Although, it can get a little chilly. There are always scarfs in the closet if you get cold.   

Over all, my time in this office and going to events with Nick has helped me get connections and networks for the future. After my internship here, I am hoping to volunteer at APANO and other non-profit organizations. I had a really great time with the Fish family these last two months, and I hope to stay connected with this family always.