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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

Check out what our Slavic Empowerment Team have for us this Summer!

July 19, 2016

This summer, the City of Portland’s Slavic Empowerment Team (SET) will present several events celebrating local Slavic culture and tradition.

SET, affiliated with Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland Committee, is an employee-driven affinity group for City staff who are interested in Slavic Culture and/or self-affiliate with Slavic cultural heritage.

Now through July 22nd, on the first floor of the Portland Building, a Slavic Culture Awareness display is on exhibit. The display includes traditional Slavic and Ukrainian dolls, painted trays, traditional shirts, embroidery, and pictures, all from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, and Serbia.

Today, the Portland Building hosted a Slavic Bake Sale, with a wide variety of traditional Slavic pastries. On Wednesday, August 3rd from noon to 1pm, check out a presentation of Slavic Culture Awareness in the auditorium of the Portland Building. Presenters will speak about different Slavic Cultures and countries as well as our local of Slavic communities.

To learn more, check out SET’s website

Nick Attends Launch of Portland’s First Bike Share Program—BIKETOWN

July 20, 2016

Yesterday, Nick celebrated the official launch of Portland’s very own bike share program – BIKETOWN.

He joined NIKE, Commissioner Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Director Leah Treat, Mayor Hales, and Congressman Blumenauer at the OHSU campus in the South Waterfront for the official unlocking of the first BIKETOWN bikes.

To commemorate Portland’s new and innovative transportation system, Nick and many others geared up and crossed the Trillium Crossing Bridge on the new bikes.

Nick was proud to support the creation of a bike share program in Portland when the proposal came to Council in 2015. And he was very excited to see NIKE step up to sponsor the program — public – private partnerships are the cornerstone of many successful City initiatives.

The program operator is Motivate, which has made 1,000 bikes available at 100 stations across downtown and select neighborhoods.

If you want to sign up or learn more about BIKETOWN, check out their website.

Bike rates include:

Single ride: $2.50/trip

Day pass: $12/day

Membership cost: $12/month

NIKE is also offering special rates to low-income residents.

The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Nick Fish "Shocked" at Dan Saltzman's Plan for Homeless Shelter in Northwest Portland

Julia Comnes in Willamette Week


Hall Monitor: Getting Lifted

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Lead in tap water? U.S. directive to Portland should spur creative solution: Editorial Agenda 2016

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland has 'exceptionally pure water' and no plumbing problem: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor in The Oregonian


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       


Reporter's Notebook: The Homeless Camp On My Block

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

Statement of Commissioner Nick Fish on the sale of Terminal One North (T1)

July 22, 2016

Yesterday, the media reported that two of my colleagues have an interest in using Terminal One North (T1), surplus industrial property owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), as the site of a mass homeless shelter.

I have not been presented with any proposal and can’t comment on the substance of the media report until I have been briefed on the specifics.

Last year, under the City’s surplus property policy, Council directed me and BES to sell T1.  The property has been on the market for 30 days and BES can accept bids through August 15.

As I stated in my June 17 memo to my Council colleagues (copy attached), I do not believe a homeless shelter is an appropriate use for T1. I am frankly shocked that any consideration would be given to concentrating vulnerable members of our community in an aging warehouse on the river.

I continue to believe, based on the shortage of industrial land, the existing zoning, and the interests of our ratepayers, that we should use this property to promote family-wage jobs.

Read Nick's Terminal One memo to his colleagues here and check out some news articles about Terminal One below.


Nick Fish: City's sale of T1 is about creating jobs (op-ed)

Nick Fish in the Portland Business Journal, July 1, 2016


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

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, June 17, 2016


Our Opinion: Find a different site for the homeless

Editorial Board in The Portland Tribune, June 21, 2016


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

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal, July 1, 2016


Commissioner Nick Fish “Shocked” at Dan Saltzman’s Plan for Homeless Shelter in Northwest Portland

Julia Comnes in the Willamette Week, July 22, 2016


Terminal 1 homeless shelter debate heats up as Portland commissioners talk tough

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal, July 22, 2016


Homelessness is Portland's great test of private and public will: Editorial Agenda 2016

The Oregonian Editorial Board, July 23, 2016


Commissioner Dan Saltzman Wants a New Shelter at Portland’s Terminal 1

Beth Slovic in Willamette Week, April 6, 2016


Portland developers pitch $100 million homeless campus

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, June 13, 2016


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

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, June 14, 2016


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

Rachel Monahan in the Willamette Week, June 17, 2016


Property eyed for massive homeless campus now for sale

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, June 24, 2016


Saltzman: Use Terminal 1 warehouse for a homeless shelter

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, July 22, 2016


Most Of City Council Now Supports A Massive Homeless Shelter at NW Portland's Terminal 1

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, July 22, 2016


Portland City Council Divided on Future of Terminal One North

Colin Miner in the Portland Patch, July 24, 2016


Homeless Shelter Model | Oregon's Instagrammer | Opera A La Carte

Hosted by Alison Frost on OPB's radio Think Out Loud, August 3, 2016


The Portland Business Alliance Is Now Opposing A Homeless Shelter... At A Property It Suggested

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, August 3, 2016


Fish, Saltzman spar over lease cost of proposed homeless warehouse

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, August 3, 2016


Our Opinion: Terminal 1 wrong place to put homeless

The Portland Tribune, August 4, 2016


Homer Williams’ Proposed Homeless Campus Has More Rivers to Cross

Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week, August 3, 2016


The Next Fight Over A Large NW Portland Homeless Shelter: How Much Should It Cost

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury, August 3, 2016


Fish: Homeless warehouse lease could cost up to $1.2 million a year

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, August 3, 2016


Opposition surfaces to using Terminal 1 for homeless

Jim Redden from KOIN News, July 27, 2016


PBA calls for open bids for Terminal 1

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) Grants Awarded!

July 26, 2016

The Portland City Council recently approved $100,000 in grant funding to support 13 community groups for the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP).

CWSP is a partnership between the Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland State University. It provides local groups with grants to enhance and restore Portland’s natural areas by enlisting the community to help provide stormwater management and watershed restoration.

For two decades CWSP has provided over $1 million in grant money, and has engaged more than 40,000 volunteers to work on community projects.

CWSP projects empower community leaders and volunteers in making our city cleaner and greener. It also support Portland’s green infrastructure. Projects include: rainwater infiltration, water quality improvement, steam restoration, pavement removal, watershed data collection and flood mitigation.

If you or a community group has a “green” project idea to improve watershed health, you can apply annually for grants up to $10,000.

Visit BES’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of BES