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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

Spirit of Portland 2015

November 18, 2015 

Last night, Nick was honored to join his colleagues to present the 2015 Spirit of Portland Awards.

The Spirit of Portland celebrates Portlanders and community groups who are making a difference in our city.

This year, Nick was proud to present five awards, to Po’Shines Café de la Soul, the Portland Area Business Association, Jennifer Delvin and the Community Watershed Stewardship Program team, Debbie Aiona from the League of Women Voters, and The Skanner founder Bernie Foster.

Po’Shines Café de la Soul won Business Community Partner of the Year. Po’Shines provides workforce training and restaurant experience to Portlanders in need.

Portland Area Business Association (PABA) won Business Association of the Year. PABA promotes equality and economic opportunities for Portland’s LGBTQ community. As Council liaison to small businesses, Nick is grateful to PABA for its dedication to our local economy and its commitment to equality.

As Commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Nick was thrilled to give Jennifer Devlin and her Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program team the Equity in Practice Award. They are focusing on providing environmental education for new Portlanders in underserved parts of our community.

Commissioner Fish was also proud to name two recipients for his Commissioner’s awards.

Debbie Aiona has been a strong and principled voice in our community, and an effective advocate in the fight to address Portland’s affordable housing crisis.

Bernie Foster is the founder of The Skanner. For the last 40 years, The Skanner has brought to light hard issues affecting African Americans and other minorities in our community. In 2011, The Skanner published award-winning stories about WWI hero Sergeant Henry Johnson. This spring, Nick was proud to join Bernie at the White House as President Obama posthumously awarded Sergeant Johnson the Medal of Honor.

Commissioner Fritz gave her Commissioner’s Award to the Portland Water Bureau and the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association for their work in finding a solution for our historic Mt. Tabor Reservoirs. Thank you, Commissioner Fritz, for recognizing the hard work and dedication of the Water Bureau team.

Congratulations to all the awardees!  

Are you ready to give?

November 19, 2015

Since 2004, the Willamette Week has published their annual Give! Guide.

The Give! Guide provides Portlanders with the opportunity to give back and support our local mission-driven nonprofits and community organizations.  

The Give! Guide makes giving easy. All 143 of this year’s chosen nonprofits are divided in to 9 different categories, including art, education, social action, and more. And when you give, you get back – from discounts at local businesses to free items (like a scoop at Salt & Straw!).

This year, some of our favorite partners, including the Circus Project, Harper’s Playground, Street Roots, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Classroom Law Project, Friends of Trees, and The Right Brain Initiative made the list!

During the holiday season, the Willamette Week honors four Portlanders under 35 who do incredible work for local nonprofits with the Skidmore Prize. Our friend, Rebecca Burrell from The Right Brain Initiative, was one of the winners!

Browse the entire Give! Guide on its website – and help make a difference this holiday season. 

The Weekly Catch

2015 Spirit of Portland Awards

The Skanner


"Celebrating Public Art" exhibition at Portland City Hall opens November 12

The Regional Arts & Culture Council


Behind-the-scenes look at the Bull Run Watershed, source of Portland’s drinking water (photos)

Thomas Boyd in The Oregonian


Top 10 American political dynasties include Portland Connection

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Uber, Lyft accused of cutting corners on insurance

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


How will fossil fuel stance affect city?
Editorial Board in the Portland Tribune


Dave’s Killer Bread Ambivalent About ‘Ban The Box’ Measure

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


Sewage leaking into SW Portland creek at 20 gallons a minute

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Future of bike trails uncertain with release of River View management plan

Jonathan Maus in Bike Portland

Celebrating Public Art

November 20, 2015 

Last night, City Hall was proud to host a reception for Celebrate Public Art, a building-wide art exhibit presented by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

As Arts Commissioner, Nick was honored to raise a toast for the celebration. The celebration was one for the ages, with incredible live music by local artists, pop-up performances from Turandot and Carmen by two of Portland Opera’s finest, drinks, delicious food, and more.

November is Public Art Month, and Celebrate Public Art is one of many special arts-related events this month. All four floors of City Hall are decorated with colorful banners showcasing the City’s wonderful public art collection. There is also art from the Portland Building’s Installation Space – including a comical stuffed yeti on a throne.

2015 is a big year for arts. We’re celebrating 35 years of the Percent for Art program, Portlandia’s 30th birthday, the 20th anniversary of Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the 10th anniversary of the Public Art Murals Program.  

Celebrate Public Art runs now through December 4. It’s free and open to the public.

Celebrate Public Art

Portland City Hall

1221 SW 4th Ave.

Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Little Boxes 2015

November 23, 2015

Are you ready for some holiday shopping? Shop local this year and support your neighborhood small businesses with Little Boxes!

Little Boxes is a wonderful local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition. The Portland-wide shopping extravaganza features the best of our small business community.

Little Boxes started in 2011, when small business owner and jewelry designer Betsy Cross of betsy & iya, along with her business partner and husband William Cervarich, brought together several shop owners who agreed to offer discounts and prizes for shoppers.

The event has grown over the last four years into a big success. This year, over 220 small businesses are participating!

Head out to any Little Box on November 27 and 28 and fill out a raffle ticket. You can do this on paper or with their App on your iPhone or Android. There’s no purchase necessary to enter the raffle, and you’ll receive one entry for each store you visit, and bonus raffle entries with each purchase. This year’s prizes include shopping sprees at your favorite Little Box, an Apple iPad Air, a 4-night roundtrip vacation for two, and many other incredible prizes. 

Small businesses are an important part of Portland’s economy. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community.

Visit Little Boxes’ website for a list of participating businesses and more information.

Photo courtesy of Little Boxes.