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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

Arts for All

December 15, 2015

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Arts for All program helps make art accessible to everyone in our community.

Portlanders with Oregon Trail Cards can now get $5 tickets to see arts performances and programs around the city!

65 arts and culture organizations participate in Arts for All, including Portland Center Stage, NW Dance Project, Portland Art Museum, and many more.  

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it works to provide equal access to art for everyone in the greater Portland area. One of the requirements of RACC-funded organizations is that all productions or programs must be available to the public – without discrimination – and take place in venues that are fully accessible for people with disabilities.   

Visit RACC’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of RACC. 

Willamette River Crossing

December 16, 2015

Making sure our drinking water system is ready for the “Big One” is a top priority for the Portland Water Bureau.

Today, the Council took an important step toward strengthening our system and preparing it for an earthquake: authorizing the Water Bureau to seek proposals to install a 4,000-foot reinforced pipe 80 feet below the Willamette River.

Together with the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project, the Willamette River Crossing represents major seismic upgrades to the most vulnerable areas of the Portland’s water system.

Both projects are critical to ensuring that our Bull Run water can travel to Portland’s west side, which includes all of downtown.

These investments will strengthen the City’s seismic resilience, and ensure the Water Bureau can continue to deliver high-quality, safe, and reliable drinking water at all times – even after the “Big One.”

City Council approves all-user restroom proposal

December 18, 2015

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously approved Nick’s Resolution requiring all-user single-stall restrooms in the City of Portland.

The City action follows the lead of regional partners like Multnomah County, Portland State University, and Portland Community College; and cities like Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas.

Nick’s proposal will ensure that the City’s single-user restroom facilities are accessible to everyone. Today, City restrooms are designated for use by either men or women. This leaves parents with children, older adults with attendants, and transgender individuals with limited options. Today’s resolution directs that within six months signs at those restrooms be updated to reflect that all users are welcome.

The proposal was developed with, and supported by, key community partners, including Multnomah County, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO), the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH), Disability Rights Oregon, DEEP, and others.

Special thanks to Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury for joining us and lending her support to this proposal.

This simple but meaningful change sends a clear signal that the City Council believes City facilities should be inclusive and welcoming to all.

Resolution proposes unisex bathrooms for city

Brent Weisberg on KOIN, December 17

Hall Monitor: Accessible Restrooms, At Last?

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, December 9

The Weekly Catch

Resolution proposes unisex bathrooms for city

Brent Weisberg in KOIN 6


Uber wins at Portland City Council

Don McIntosh in Northwest Labor Press


Dedicate Airbnb lodging taxes for housing but better data is needed: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


The City Will Use Airbnb Money to Build Cheap Housing – But Not Without Controversy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Tourist will help pay for affordable housing

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Oregon election law trumps Portland’s anti-Donald resolution

Associated Press in the Washington Post


Portland censures Donald Trump’s stance on Muslim immigration

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Faith and civic leaders speak against Islamophobia at Portland City Hall

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian


Team Water Bureau Commutes More Than 7,833 Miles during Bike Challenge

Lindsay Wochnick in the Water Blog


Johnson Creek residents may ‘start building ark’

Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News Staff


Mt. Tabor reservoirs no longer providing water

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

RACC Project Grant

December 22, 2015

For the 2016 calendar year, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded over $650,000 in project grants to 131 projects and programs in the greater Portland area!

The Project Grant Program provides financial support to local non-profit organizations and artists. Grants are up to $7,000 and awarded in two categories: Artistic Focus and Community Participation & Access.

The awardees’ programs and performances include art from many genres: folk arts, theater performances, music, dance, visual arts, and more!

Nick is proud to serve as City Council liaison to RACC. The City of Portland is RACC’s largest funding source.

RACC is committed to funding diverse and accessible art programs that reach all people in our community.

Visit RACC’s website for a complete list of funded projects.

Photo courtesy of RACC.