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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 Commissioner Nick Fish's Cancer Treatments to Intensify

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


Transgender Students Have Right to Use Restrooms of Choice, Oregon Judge Rules

Aimee Green in The Oregonian


Portland To Fund Affordable Housing and Mental Health Services

Elizabeth Hayes in the Portland Business Journal


Homelessness: ‘Here Is Who Is Missing from This Conversation: The Federal Government’

Kellee Azar in KATU News

Environmental Services

Growing More Than Trees: Partnerships and Healthy Urban Watersheds

BES City Green Blog


Hundreds of Gallons of Sewage Spill from NW Portland Manhole

FOX 12 Staff


Portlanders Getting Utility Discounts Aren’t Doing What They Promised

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Rental Registration

City Council to Vote on Portland’s First Rental Registration System

Mayor Ted Wheeler Media Release


Portland Will Require All Landlords to Register Their Apartments – By Late 2020

Betsy Hammond in The Oregonian


City Council to Vote on Creating A Massive Database for Portland Rentals

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


You Can Now Rent E-Scooters in Portland

Nate Hanson in KGW News


E-Scooters Arrive in Portland

Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News


Want to Try One of The New E-Scooters in Portland? Remember to Wear A Helmet



E-Scooters Now Available to Ride in Portland

Lizzy Acker in The Oregonian

In Other News

City Council to Adopt Performance-Based Parking Manual on Changing Hourly Rates



Green Loop Gets City Moving for Sunday Parkways

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Minimum-Wage Workers Can't Afford Typical 1-Bedroom Apartment in 31 Oregon Counties

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Right 2 Dream Too Adds More Sleeping Pods

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


City Hall Update: Neighborhood Office Gets A New Name

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Starting in 2020, Many Businesses Must Keep Food Out of the Garbage

Rebecca Koffman in Metro News


Suicide Prevention Resources in Oregon And Beyond

Lydia Gerike in The Oregonian

Welcome Sheila Panyam!

July 30, 2018

Join us in welcoming Sheila Panyam to the Fish Team!

Sheila will serve as our summer intern in the office, and will help the policy team with research and other tasks, staff the Commissioner in meetings and at events, and provide general support to the office.

Sheila is a graduate of Lincoln High School and has finished her first year in the University of Washington (UW) honors program. She hopes to double major in philosophy and classics. Currently, Sheila competes on the UW’s mock trial team, and dreams of going to law school and becoming an attorney.

Sheila’s interest in governance comes from competing on her high school’s Constitution and debate teams. In high school, she helped lead a nonprofit that taught free, bilingual American history classes for immigrants seeking citizenship. She is also passionate about reading and has worked extensively with the Children’s Book Bank to help bridge the ‘booklessness’ gap. 

In her free time, Sheila loves to write novels, play the guitar, and spend time with family. Her favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Scott Lynch, Victoria Schwab, J.K. Rowling, and Alexandre Dumas.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

August 2, 2018 

When we remove barriers and create a more inclusive workplace, everyone wins.

This afternoon, Council heard a report on the first phase of the City’s partnership with Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH’s mission is to provide on-the-job experience to young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Nick launched our partnership with Project SEARCH in October 2017 with the creation of 5 internship positions in the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau. The interns became valued members of the bureau teams and gained meaningful work experience.

Based on the success of the pilot program, and the City’s commitment to be a model employer, we are creating paid positions for qualified candidates, and hope to expand the partnership to other bureaus.

Special thanks to our outstanding interns, the staff and leadership at the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau, the Bureau of Human Resources, and Mer Stevens from Project SEARCH.


Pilot Program in Portland Aims to Help People With Disabilities

Christine Pitawanich in KGW News



The Weekly Catch

Welcome Sheila Panyam!

Nick Fish Blog


Oregon, Japan Continue Deep-Rooted Partnership

Shinsuke J. Sugiyama in The Oregonian

Project SEARCH

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Nick Fish Blog


How the Portland Water Bureau Lead the Way In Bringing Project SEARCH to the City of Portland

PWB Water Blog


Pilot Program in Portland Aims to Help People with Disabilities

Christine Pitawanich in KGW News


Mayor Wheeler and Chair Kafoury Announce Funding Availability for Innovative Supportive Housing Pilot

Portland Housing Bureau Blog


City Hall Update: Council Oks Rental Registration Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


A New Zoning Change Has Been Delayed—But Housing Advocates May Love It

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

In Turnaround, City Decides to Renew Uber's Right to Operate Here for Just Six Months

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


City Throws in Towel On 'Rain Tax,' Offers Rebates To Houseboat Owners

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Editor's Note: 16,000 Vacant Apartments, Redux

Linda Baker in Oregon Business


Fighting Summer Hunger: Oregon Food Bank and Portland Park & Rec Team Up

Orion Ludlow in KATU News


Portlanders Took 5,000 E-Scooter Rides Over the Weekend

Elise Herron in Willamette Week


PSU To Offer State's First Major in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies This Fall

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB News

New Bureau Assignments

August 7, 2018 

Today, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that he will be reassigning bureaus in early September.

My new portfolio will include Portland Parks & Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, liaison roles with Venture Portland and Elders in Action, and a new role created at my request – liaison to the Portland Film Office.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz will become Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Water Bureau, and will also take over as liaison to the Rose Festival Foundation. The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) liaison assignment will transition to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.

It has been an honor to work with the women and men of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services over the past five years. I’m proud that we’ve put our public utilities on solid footing – stabilizing rates, focusing on basic services, planning for the future, and strengthening accountability.

The founders of our water system thought 100 years ahead, securing a pristine and plentiful water source. And during my time overseeing the Water Bureau, we have made key decisions to prepare our water system for the next 100 years: bringing major reservoir projects in under budget, working with neighborhood partners to preserve the historic Mt. Tabor reservoirs, beginning a filtration project to protect our water from climate change and future regulations, and launching a historic expansion of our financial assistance programs for people who need a little extra help – including, for the first time ever, renters.

And we have brought a new level of transparency and accountability to both utilities, creating a new community oversight body – the Portland Utility Board – and inviting the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board to oversee our work on behalf of residential customers.

I am grateful to the hard-working and dedicated Water Bureau employees for their partnership over the past five years, and for their ongoing commitment to our customers.

I have also been proud to serve as Portland’s Arts Commissioner since 2013.

We advocated for robust arts education in our schools and defended the Arts Tax in court.

We developed and launched a bold plan to protect and preserve affordable arts spaces across our community.

We thanked Julie Keefe for her many years of service as Portland’s Creative Laureate and appointed Suba Ganesan as our new Creative Laureate.

We celebrated Eloise Damrosch’s 30+ years of service with RACC, and we partnered with RACC in their search for a new Executive Director.

And we asked the Auditor to conduct the first-ever outside review of our relationship with RACC. Her audit gives us a roadmap for the future, to better align our work and to increase transparency and accountability.

Similarly, I am honored to have been Council liaison to the Rose Festival Foundation since 2017. Portland’s official festival has earned international acclaim and is a treasured Portland institution.

Finally, I am excited to step back into the role of Parks Commissioner. We have an opportunity to create new partnerships and stronger alignment between Parks and Environmental Services while building on the good work of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who has been a champion for underserved parts of our community.

I will focus on ensuring that parks and recreation programs are accessible to everyone, expanding our world-class network of parks, trails, and natural areas, and bringing more public and private investment to our system.

We have much to celebrate – from jewels like Leach Botanical Garden in East Portland to the Japanese Garden in Washington Park and Forest Park in Northwest – and development fees generated by Portland’s building boom give us a unique opportunity to build out parks and play areas in underserved parts of our community.

I thank Mayor Wheeler for his collaborative approach to the bureau assignment process, and look forward to this next chapter.