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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

Industry of Aloha

June 22, 2016

The Portland Building’s newest art installation, Industry of Aloha, is a print media art exhibit consisting of vivid and bright Hawaiian-inspired flora.

The artist, Kanani Miyamoto, is a Hawai`i native who lives in Portland. Her eclectic art installation consists of paint and block prints on paper. She combines familiar paintings of tropical fruit and flowers with, on closer inspection, often strange and unusual elements.

Miyamoto hopes to use her artwork to bring attention to how the tourist industry in Hawai’i has negatively impacted traditional Hawaiian culture and the environment.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Each installation is selected through a juried process and often brings to light new perspectives and modern takes on traditional art. Each year, the series reserves a few exhibits for art students, such as Miyamoto, to help introduce emerging talents in the Portland area.

Industry of Aloha runs now through June 24 in the Portland Building’s lobby. Check out RACC’s website for more information about the exhibit.  

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

The Weekly Catch

Our opinion: Find a different site for the homeless

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board


Nick Fish Says A Massive Homeless Campus is a Bad Fit At NW Portland’s Terminal 1

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Property eyed for massive homeless campus now for sale

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


New Obstacles Face Portland’s Proposed $100 Million Homeless Campus

Rachel Monahan in the Willamette Week


Wheeler calls proposed $100 million homeless service center ‘a promising alternative’

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Washington Park reservoir overhaul begins soon

Cole Miller and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland auditor says revolving-door lobbying rules ‘all but unenforceable’

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Post Uber, Portland Leaders Looks to Strengthen Lobbying Rules

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


Mayor Charlie Hales had blasted a previous proposal that sought stronger ethics rules.

Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week


Community begins to mobilize around EPA cleanup plan for polluted Portland Harbor Superfund site

Law in the Portland Tribune


Pot tax for clean air? Portland’s heady plan moves to November ballot

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland to use collections agency for arts tax

The Associated Press


Portland to use collections agency to go after arts tax

The East Oregonian

Welcome Anna and Joyce!

June 30, 2016

Join us in welcoming our two summer interns, Anna Oliver-Steinberg and Joyce Seraya, to the Fish Team!

Anna and Joyce are interns for the summer of 2016, assisting with constituent services, the Commissioner’s website and social media, along with other office support and projects.

Anna was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Portland with her family shortly after starting school. She is the oldest of two siblings and the proud owner of a large Goldendoodle.

Anna is currently a student in the Robert D. Clarke Honors College at the University of Oregon, and is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Public Policy, Planning and Management. Anna is involved in multiple things on the UO campus, including University Catering, life guarding at the Rec center, a research assistant for the Stress, Neurobiology, and Prevention psychology lab, and art tutoring at a local juvenile detention facility in Eugene. In her free time, Anna enjoys attending Ducks sporting events and exploring the numerous hikes around Eugene.

Joyce is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is fluent in four different languages: Swahili, Lingala, Nyanja and English. At the age of nine, Joyce and her entire family (she has four brothers and three sisters) moved to Portland.

Joyce graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2015. She is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Communications at Portland State University. When not in school or working at a local store, Joyce likes going to different events and festivals in the Portland area. She also enjoys playing soccer.


Small Businesses shine in Historic Kenton

July 1, 2016

On Thursday, Nick toured three small businesses in the Kenton Business District. He was joined by Heather Hoell and Brad Forkner of Venture Portland.

First, he stopped to check on the construction of Integrate Architecture’s new office North Denver Avenue. Integrate owners Michelle Wood (Venture Portland’s new President) and her husband Phil Sydnor and their five employees are moving into their very first brick-and-mortar location after operating out of their home for the past several years. They’re in the process of renovating their new office space, which is located in a 100-year old former grocery store in the heart of Kenton.

Next, he visited Kenton Antiques, owned and operated by Maureen Bachmann, who also serves as President of the Kenton Business Association.

And finally, Nick met with Salvage Works co-owner Rachel Browning, where he got a tour of their showroom, their furniture building workshop, and their inventory of salvaged wood. Expect to see big things from Salvage Works as the City’s new deconstruction policy goes into effect later this fall.

Nick also learned of the neighborhood’s effort to restore the famous Kenton Paul Bunyan statue. If you’re interested in contributing, head to and donate! #paintpaulpdx

These are three stellar examples of neighborhood small businesses investing in their community.

Nick is honored to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland. The City of Portland recently expanded its investment in Venture Portland’s East Portland Pilot Project. The project is growing to include a focus on historically underserved areas of North Portland. The Kenton Business Association will be one of the first North Portland districts to join the project.

The Weekly Catch

Nick Fish sees a more beneficial use for city property than Homer Williams’ homeless camp

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal


Nick Fish: City’s sale of T1 is about creating jobs

Nick Fish in the Portland Business Journal


City selling proposed homeless project property

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Bullseye Glass fined for illegally dumping big glass shards in sewer

Rob Davis in The Oregonian


Council puts affordable housing measure on November ballot

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune  


City: Proposed $258.4 Million Housing Bond Amounts to 1,300 Units

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Affordable housing? In Portland, there’s (another) tax for that

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland City Council hears differing opinions on deconstruction

Talia Richman in The Oregonian


Portland's Permitting Software Project Mired in Uncertainty

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Lead in Portland Public Schools: District Will Spend $1.2 Million on Water Tests and Emergency Contracts

Rachel Monahan in the Willamette Week