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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

Portland Approves $2.75 Million for Homeless Services

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


The City is Going to Pay For Homeless People’s Bus Tickets Out of Town

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


The City Has a New Front In the Fight Against Homelessness

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Council spends money to prevent more Portlanders from becoming homeless

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Helping cash-strapped homeowners prepare for an earthquake is the right thing to do (OPINION)

Steve Novick in The Oregonian


Will Portland mayor’s race go to runoff?
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland to Join Suit Against Monsanto

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


Equity Contracting Panel: No Confidence in City

Lisa Loving in The Skanner

Planting party

Love planting?

March 21, 2016

Love planting? This Friday, join Rose Community Development in the Lents neighborhood for the Beyer Court Planting Party.

Last summer, volunteers from Depave and Rose Community Development worked hard to remove a section of concrete from the Beyer Court Apartments parking lot, to make way for a new rain garden.

Now with spring upon us, it’s time for planting. The new rain garden will clean stormwater runoff and add lovely landscaping to the neighborhood. It’ll also function as a mini-habitat for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

The project is funded by the Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Community Watershed Stewardship Program. The program provides grants to innovative projects that help improve Portland’s neighborhoods and communities, as well as watershed health.

Anyone is welcome to help out! Rose Community Development will provide gardening tools.

Contact Eden at or (503) 788.8052 x 19 for more information.

Beyer Court Planting Party

Friday, March 25, 1 pm – 5 pm

Beyer Court Apartments

9305 SE Harold St.

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day!

March 22, 2016

Today is World Water Day!

World Water Day is an international observance day that dates back 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated the special day in response to global environment and development needs related to water. 

This year’s theme is "Water and Jobs". It highlights the power that water and jobs have to transform people's lives for the better.

World Water Day coincides with Women’s History Month. The Portland Water Bureau is observing both occasions by sharing stories of women employees of the Water Bureau who have dedicated their careers to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Check out the Water Bureau’s Water Blog all week to learn more about some of the talented and hard-working women who provide Portlanders with clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.

And, visit the United Nation’s Water website to learn about World Water Day.  

Temporal Ecologies

The Portland Building’s newest art installation transforms the exhibition into an activated environment, made entirely of brown paper bags.

March 29, 2016

The Portland Building’s newest art installation transforms the installation space into an activated environment, made entirely of brown paper bags

Talented artist Jenna Reineking encourages viewers to rethink simple, mundane items with her installation, Temporal Ecologies. Her carefully sculpted paper bags metamorphosed into an incredible installation, reminiscent of barnacles.

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

Temporal Ecologies runs through April 15 in the Portland Building’s lobby. Check out RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Nick Fish: OEB ‘substitutes cheap shots for reasoned opinion’ (Letters to the Editor)

Nick Fish in The Oregonian


Hall Monitor: Remember, Portland, Your River’s Also Filthy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Comp plan: Add ‘missing middle’ housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Business group fights R2DTOO move

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Sources: Kafoury endorses Bailey…twice

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Has Portland City Hall Learned Its Lesson About Parking Spaces Raising Rents?

Rachel Monahan in the Portland Mercury


Crews knock down protected birds’ nests to protect birds

Keely Chalmers in KGW News