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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

Vital Aging PDX

December 8, 2015

On Saturday, Nick was honored to speak at the Vital Aging PDX conference, which highlighted the importance of older adults in our community.

Portland is a proud member of the World Health Organization’s Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. In 2013, the City Council adopted an Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. The Action Plan acts as an important framework to help us understand and address the needs of older adults.

The City of Portland also collaborates with many local organizations dedicated to building a vibrant community for all ages. Our partners include Age-Friendly Portland, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, Portland State University’s Institute on Aging, and more.

Nick serves on the Advisory Committee for Age-Friendly Portland, and is also the City Council liaison to Elders in Action.

At last weekend’s conference, Nick issued a call to action to all of our older adults: get involved! Portland is brimming with wonderful opportunities for civic and social engagement, from mentoring children to attending City Council meetings and weighing in on important policy debates.

Visit Age-Friendly Portland’s website for more information about how to get involved in our community.

Public Art

December 9, 2015

The Portland Building’s art installation space is brimming with a large collection of art from an unexpected source – public employees.

City of Portland and Multnomah County employees submitted their own unique and original artworks for the 19th annual public employee art installation, all the art that fits.

Check out the installation! And while there, vote for your favorite artwork for the “People’s Choice Award.” This year’s winner receives a gift from the Northwest Film Center to attend the Portland International Film Festival.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.

All the art that fits is up until January 5. Visit RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Community Watershed Stewardship Program

December 10, 2015

Interested in improving your community? 

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is now accepting pre-applications for their Stewardship Grants.

The grants are for innovative projects that help improve Portland’s neighborhoods and communities, as well as watershed health. The grants are up to $10,000 each. Examples of past funded projects include youth leadership and environmental education, community gardens, green spaces, and more.

For the average resident ratepayer, the grants represent an investment of about 24 cents a year, and every grant dollar invested leverages three dollars in volunteer time and similar contributions.

Pre-applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 5.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website.

The Weekly Catch

Hall Monitor: Accessible Restrooms, At Last?

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Why Portland’s drainage system failed to stop this week’s flooding

Joe Douglass in KATU 2 News


Roads, property damaged in record-setting Oregon floods

KOIN 6 News Staff


Wettest day in Portland history cause landslides, floods



Portland area weather: Heavy rains cause MAX delays, landslides (live updates)

Andre Meunier in The Oregonian


Wind, rain and floods fill up your Monday

Pamplin Media Group in the Portland Tribune


Landslide Breaks SW Portland sewer pipe

FOX 12 Staff


No easy fixes for Johnson Creek’s persistent flood problems

Kelly House in The Oregonian


More rain storms on the way

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


In Other News

Mercury Staff


PDX City Council to Trump: Shut Up

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

The Muslim Educational Trust

December 14, 2015 

On Saturday, Nick was honored to attend and speak at the Muslim Educational Trust’s (MET) Community Center Grand Opening.

Nick joined community, faith, and civic leaders to congratulate Wajdi Said, MET’s co-founder, and everyone involved in bringing the Center to life. He and others highlighted the importance of standing in solidarity with our Muslim American neighbors and friends.

MET seeks to enrich the public’s understanding of Islam and the Muslim community. It fosters an open, empowering, and collaborative atmosphere in the greater Portland area, between people of all faiths.

Check out MET’s website for more information.