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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

Saturday Roundup

July 13, 2016

Nick had a great time at community events this past Saturday.

He started the day at the 2016 Annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair, where he was honored to present the “Mayor of Mississippi Avenue” award to Justin Pabalate, Executive Co-Chair of the Portland Q Center. Founded in 2005, Portland’s Q Center provides a safe space and support for our LGBTQ community, celebrates diversity, and advocates for equality and love every day!

Later in the afternoon, Nick attended a garden party at the Hardiman-Beadell residence to celebrate Jeana Frazzini, longtime Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon (BRO). Nick was honored to toast Jeana’s leadership and to mark the tremendous progress we have made during her tenure at BRO.

Finally, he attended the opening night of Disjecta’s Portland 2016 Biennial. The Biennial showcases 34 artists at 25 partner venues in 13 different arts communities across the state.

Stay tuned this summer for more from Nick!

Nick Featured on Portland’s KMHD Jazz Radio!

 July 14, 2016

On Tuesday, Nick was honored to join Jessica Rand on KMHD, Portland’s premier jazz station.

He was part of KMHD’s story-telling series, “A Jazz Life,” where local people share their personal stories about jazz.

Nick shared his story of traveling abroad in Scotland, as a recent college graduate. He attended a concert in Edinburgh, headlined by the great Oscar Peterson. It sparked a life-long passion for jazz.

Visit KMHD’s website to listen to the full story! 

RACC's Art Spark is back!

July 15, 2016

Join the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) on July 21st for Art Spark!

It will be a night of public art hosted at a St. Johns favorite – Signal Station Pizza.

This year’s Art Spark features RACC’s Public Art Department and St. Johns Main Street.

RACC’s Public Art Department program works to maintain community artwork open to the public. The program also provides resources and support to local artists, organizations, and schools.

St. Johns Main Street strives to create a growing and sustainable local economy for the St. Johns neighborhood. They are a supporter of local artists, local businesses, community health, and affordable housing.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, which is committed to funding diverse and accessible arts programs that reach all people in our community.

Check out Art Spark’s website for more information.

Art Spark

Public Art at Signal Station

Thursday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

8302 N. Lombard

Photo courtesy of RACC's Art Spark

The Weekly Catch

A Jazz Life - Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Jessica Rand in KMHD Jazz Radio


Hall Monitor: Getting Lifted

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


In the final lap, a river cleanup plan requires a kick: Editorial Agenda 2016

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland workers need smart, cost-effective cleanup plan for Willamette River (opinion)

John Mohlis in The Oregonian


Hales: Springwater Corridor to be 'off limits' for homeless campers after massive cleanup

Tony Hernandez in The Oregonian


Homeless disrupt environmentally sensitive area

Tim Beck in KOIN News

Budget update: Fish Council office returns 5% to the General Fund

July 18, 2016

Last month, Council officially adopted a budget to guide our work in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Within that budget, we prioritized investments in housing affordability, public safety, safe roads and sidewalks, and neighborhood prosperity.

While the budget included $25 million in new money above the forecast, we once again asked bureaus to prepare 5% cut packages. That discussion helped Council understand the top priorities of each bureau and make important decisions about how to allocate funds citywide.

For the third year in a row, I directed the utilities to bring a combined rate increase below 5% - and they delivered, coming in at 4.45% thanks in part to our partnership with the Citizen’s Utility Board of Oregon. And we continued to exercise discipline with ratepayer dollars, funding Parks fountain operations and historic preservation work at Mt. Tabor with the General Fund.

And this year we returned 5.9% of my office budget to the General Fund, more than $59,000. This money will be available to fund future Council priorities.