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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

The Weekly Catch

Proclamation for Public Art Month


Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water

Press Release, Portland Water Bureau


Commissioner Nick Fish: Why we disagree with court's Hurricane Katrina ruling (Letters to the Editor)

Nick Fish in The Oregonian


Portland business nurturer gives out thousands in neighborhood grants

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Portland City Council Votes to Oppose Oil Trains

Cassandra Profita in OPB


Portland City Council adopts position against expanded oil shipments by train, delays fossil fuel export ban

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland City Council Votes Today to Oppose Fossil Fuel Infrastructure and Oil Trains

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Portland Says No to Oil Trains and Delays Vote on Resolution to Oppose Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Expansion

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Steve Duin: Unleash cities to address affordable housing

Steve Duin in The Oregonian


Hall Monitor: Shelter Ready

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Troubleshooter: 2 inches of rain, 6 hours and 200 calls
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Heavy Halloween rainfall did not break records in Portland

KGW Staff


Portland approves vision for Post Office property, closes in on $80 million deal

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Bill Naito’s dream gets closer to reality

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Don't saddle utility customers with bill for decorative foundations: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


The Portland Divide: 82nd Avenue
Thomas Boyd in The Oregonian

Before and after

November 9, 2015

What a difference a few weeks – and a major rain storm – makes.

Just last month, our Bull Run reservoirs’ water levels dipped below the tree line – this is known as a “drawdown.”

A drawdown occurs when the city draws more water from our reservoirs than streams carry into them. It’s common during the warm, summer months – before the fall’s rain returns.

Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have an abundance of water in our Bull Run Watershed. Unlike many Oregon cities, we never faced drought conditions for our drinking water this summer. In addition to the Bull Run, Portland has a back-up supply at the Columbia South Shore Well Field. When needed, well field water is blended in with Bull Run water to supply Portlanders.

Now, after an impressive Halloween storm and a few weeks of rain, the Bull Run reservoirs are once again full!

We are lucky to have some of the best drinking water in the world, thanks to the incredible Bull Run and our Columbia South Shore Well Field.

And, our high-quality, safe, and reliable Bull Run water is a big hit! In the City Auditor’s 2015 Community Survey, 87% of residents gave our drinking water high marks!

Water Bureau staff took some impressive before and after photos that show what the Bull Run looked like during the drawdown and after the recent rains.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website to learn about the Bull Run Watershed.

Green Living: Bull Run Watershed, oil trains in Portland

Katu Staff

A Grimm evening

November 10, 2015

This evening, Nick is proud to present a City Proclamation honoring the adventurous fantasy TV series, Grimm.  

The cast and crew of Grimm and NBC and Universal Television will achieve a remarkable milestone: shooting their 100th episode in Portland today!

Grimm is filmed throughout Portland, supporting our local economy and helping put Portland on the map for film and TV productions.

As Arts Commissioner, Nick supports film and TV productions that contribute to Portland’s thriving creative economy. Since 2007, the Portland metropolitan area has seen a 24% increase in film and TV production jobs – thanks to producers from projects like Grimm, The Librarians, Leverage, Wild, and many others who are committed to hiring our local talent.

Grimm Day Proclamation

Photo courtesy of

Celebrating our veterans

November 10, 2015

On Wednesday, join Nick at the 41st Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade!

Nick is honored to march alongside local nonprofits JOIN and Street Roots, and to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.

The parade begins at 9:45am at NE Tillamook St. and 40th Avenue, and continues down NE Sandy Boulevard.

After the parade, Nick will present ‘Challenge Coins’ on behalf of the Parade Planning Committee. The Coins are given as a special thanks to those who provide great support to the veterans’ community in Oregon. 

Check out the Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade’s website for more information.  

Thank you to the women and men who serve our country every day!

Photo by David Nguyen.

Veterans Day 2015

November 12, 2015 

Yesterday, Nick was honored to march with JOIN and Street Roots in the 41st Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade.

After the parade, Nick presented four ‘Challenge Coins’ on behalf of the Parade Planning Committee, as a thank you to those who support our veteran community. The Coins were given to the parade’s Grand Marshal, Team RWB (Red White and Blue), to Staff Sergeant Walter Brophy (a WWII veteran and POW), Mike and Amy from 99.5 The Wolf, and Bill Schonely.

Thanks to the Ross Hollywood Chapel, the planning committee, Grant High School’s band, Tony Starlight, and all the honorees for making it a wonderful event! 

Our friend Mike Verbout said it best:

“Today we honor and recognize the men and women who have served our nation and who love their country enough to risk their lives to defend us.  Every day they deserve our gratitude.  Their courage to defend our country to preserve the liberties that we have as Americans.”