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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Helping Cost-Burdened Renters Pay Their Utilities

May 23, 2018@CommishFish

During Portland’s housing crisis, some of our neighbors need extra help paying their utility bill.

Since 1995, Portland has offered lower-income customers discounts on their utility bills. We were one of the first big cities in the nation to do so.

But customers needed a water meter to qualify. Because many apartment buildings have a shared meter, cost-burdened renters were left out.

Today, we took a step to change that.

In the City’s recently-adopted budget, we approved a handful of new tools to expand eligibility for struggling families. And today, Council heard a proposal for a first-of-its-kind partnership with Home Forward, our public housing partner.

Here’s how it works: the utility bureaus will contribute up to $500 annually for a low-income household that pays their utilities through their rent. Home Forward will incorporate utility assistance into their short-term rental assistance program, an existing, proven program they manage for low-income renters.

Portland would be one of the first big cities in the nation to offer utility financial assistance to customers without a water meter. Council will vote on the proposal next Wednesday.

We’re proud to take this important step, and grateful to all the partners who made it happen. Special thanks to Gabe Solmer, Kathy Koch, Liam Frost, and all the Water Bureau customer service staff, and our partners at Home Forward, the Portland Utility Board, and the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board.

Background

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

Nick Fish Blog

 

Utility Financial Assistance Ordinance

Media

Portland Utility Bureaus Will Help Renters At Risk of Eviction

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Hall Monitor: Treading Water

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Protecting TNC Drivers and Consumers

May 23, 2018TNC Comparison Graphic

Nick is committed to justice and fairness for workers and consumers.

Drivers with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are stuck in a legal limbo – it’s not clear whether they are employees or independent contractors (take a look at the graphic, click to see a larger version). Many drivers have said they want to have a voice in the workplace – and a place to resolve disputes.

Yesterday, City Council unanimously took action to support TNC drivers.

Council directed Portland Bureau of Transportation staff to develop a proposal for a TNC Wage Board – a community oversight group to be made up of TNC representatives, drivers, and consumers.

This is an important step to support workers and consumers in our changing economy.

Background

Supporting TNC Drivers

Nick Fish Blog

Media

Regulating Ride Hailing Companies

OPB's Think Out Loud featuring Commissioner Fish

 

Portland City Council Approves Resolution on the Rights of Uber Drivers

Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press

 

Portland City Council Endorses New Worker Board for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Fish Statement

Man In Custody After Hit-And-Run Leaves 3 Women Injured In Downtown Portland

Max Barr in KGW News

 

Ceremony to Honor Victims of MAX Stabbing Attack

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Utility Financial Assistance

Helping Cost-Burdened Renters Pay Their Utilities

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Utility Bureaus Will Help Renters at Risk of Eviction

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

RACC Audit

Reviewing Our Partnership With RACC

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Auditor: Clearer Goals, Strong Leadership, Better Results

RACC Pressroom

 

Audit: Regional Arts and Culture Council Needs Oversight

April Baer in OPB News

 

Audit Uncovers Oversight Problems with Regional Arts and Culture Council

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury

 

The Way Forward? Portland's Regional Arts Agency Seeks Direction

April Baer in OPB News

 

A Convenient Time to Reset City's Arts Strategy: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Audit Faults City Oversight of Arts Spending

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Local Arts Council Needs Spending Oversight, Portland Auditors Say

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

 

Audit Critical of Arts Tax Beneficiary RACC

Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News

TNC Wage Board

Protecting TNC Drivers and Consumers

Nick Fish Blog

 

Regulating Ride Hailing Companies

OPB's Think Out Loud featuring Commissioner Fish

 

Portland City Council Approves Resolution on The Rights of Uber Drivers

Don McIntosh in the NW Labor Press

 

Portland City Council Endorses New Worker Board for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Vanport Mosaic Festival

City Honors Vanport And the Vanport Mosaic Festival

Nick Fish Blog

 

City of Portland Mayor's Proclamation for Vanport Day of Remembrance

Vanport Mosaic Festival Blog

 

Share Your Stories of The Vanport Flood

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Affordable Housing / Short-Term Rentals

Metro Increases Proposed Bond to Build Affordable Housing to $652 Million

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

 

Portland Mayor Proposes a $1.2 Million Tax on Airbnb and Its Competitors to Fund Home Ownership for Displaced Families

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Another Possible Use for Portland’s New Million-Dollar Airbnb Tax? Social Services for Housing

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland's Mayor Wants to Tax Airbnb, Its Competitors & Hosts

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Portland Mayor Pitches $4 Per Night Tax on Short-Term Rentals to Fund Housing Budget

KATU News

 

Restive Short-Term-Rental Hosts Unite, Form Trade Group

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Art and Infrastructure: Student Artists Bring the Story of Portland’s Water System to Life

The Portland Water Blog

 

Why Is All That Water Pouring into The Street?

The Portland Water Blog

 

Green Street Stewards Make a Difference!

BES City Green Blog

 

Here’s Why a Plan to Ease the Housing Crisis Is Making Portland Homeowners Flip Their Lids

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Your Complete Guide to the 2018 Portland Rose Festival

Eder Campuzano in The Oregonian

 

Peep the Library's Photo Archive of Portland's Black Community

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

After-Parade Fair Delights Neighbors

East Portland News

 

Proposed Seismic Mandate Has Portland Building Owners Quaking

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal (Subscriber Content)

The Weekly Catch

Nick on 1080 TheFAN's Dirt & Sprague

1080 TheFAN

 

Brick By Brick

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury

 

City Hall Watch: Portland's 2035 Growth Plan Takes Effect

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Utility Financial Assistance

Hall Monitor: Treading Water

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

RACC Audit

The Way Forward? Portland's Regional Arts Agency Seeks Direction

April Baer in OPB News

 

A Convenient Time to Reset City's Arts Strategy: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Vanport Mosaic

Vanport

Nadine Jelsing in OPB’s Oregon Experience

 

The Vanport Mosaic Festival Honors Memories of a Multi-Cultural City

Abigail Winn in OPB News

 

Flood of '48 Wiped Out Vanport 70 Years Ago, Giving Rise to Modern Portland

Douglas Perry in The Oregonian

 

Vanport Flood: Readers' Memories (Letters to The Editor)

Clara Kern Reames in The Oregonian

 

Never-Seen Photos Show How Historic 1948 Flood Swamped Portland

Grant Butler in The Oregonian

In Other News

Tall Buildings Could Throw Shade on Portland's Chinatown-Japantown District

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Chief Danielle Outlaw Hopes She's Here for Long Haul

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Wants Washington Court to Block Defense Attorney's Public Record Request

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Two Strikes On Public Records; Will City Go For A Third?: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Region's Leaders Split on Metro Affordable Housing Bond

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

'South Portland' Designation Moves to City Council

KOIN 6 News

 

Plan to Shift Thousands Of Addresses To 'South Portland' Heads To City Council

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

City Review Reveals Portland Police Did Not Delete Photos of Protesters' IDs, Despite Promises to Do So

Katie Shepard in Willamette Week

 

Biketown In Motion: Cheaper Prices, Expanded Coverage

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park Gets Improvements

Janet Goetze in the Hollywood Star News

Celebrating Portland Timbers Stand Together Week

June 6, 2018

The City of Portland is home to three professional soccer teams – the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC, and Timbers 2.

Today, City Council was proud to join the Timbers to kick off the seventh annual Stand Together Week.

Stand Together Week is a call to action to inspire people to give back through community service. One of the best features is that volunteers get to work alongside current and former players!

Special thanks to Timber Joey and Timbers staff for speaking at Council today.

You can learn more and sign up to participate here.