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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

Grand Opening of the New Asian Health and Service Center

August 9. 2018

Yesterday, Nick was honored to speak at the ribbon cutting for the new Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) in Southeast Portland.

AHSC opened its doors in 1983 in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church. Since then, the non-profit has grown into one of the largest healthcare providers in the Portland area that specializes in culturally-specific care for our Asian and Asian-American communities.

The new Center, called the House of Love and Kindness, will serve as a permanent home for AHSC and provide healthcare and educational services. With the new Center also comes a new partnership with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, to provide support services to Chinese-American elders.

Special thanks to Board Chair Dr. Erik Szeto, CEO Holden Leung, and the entire AHSC family for their leadership persistence, and for putting on a wonderful event!

You can read more about the new center here.


The Weekly Catch

Grand Opening of the New Asian Health and Service Center

Nick Fish Blog


In Expensive Cities, Rents Fall for the Rich – But Rise for the Poor

Jeff Stein in the Washington Post


Canzano: Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish Rooting for Major League Baseball to Portland

John Canzano in The Oregonian


Patches of Nature in Portland

Hailey Stewart in the Portland Tribune


City Hall Update: City Beating Deadline on Promised Affordable Housing Projects

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Bureau Assignments

New Bureau Assignments

Nick Fish Blog


Portland Mayor Announces Shake-Up of Bureau Assignments

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Wheeler Shakes Up Portland Bureau Assignments

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Mayor Wheeler Shakes Up Bureau Assignments Again

Sara Roth in KGW News


Portland Mayor Announces Sweeping City Bureau Assignment Changes

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


Mayor Wheeler Unveils New Bureau Assignments

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Short-Term Rental Audit

Audit Faults Portland's 'Lax' Approach to Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rentals

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Nearly 80 Percent of Portland Airbnb-Style Rentals Not Permitted by City, Audit Finds

KGW News


80 Percent of Portland Airbnb-Style Rentals Operate Illegally, Audit Finds

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


City Audit Unsurprisingly Finds Majority of Portland Airbnb Hosts Shirk City Regulations

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

PSU Study: More Needed to Understand, Address Homeless Crisis

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


This Summer (And All Year Long) Slow Down for Work Zone Safety

The Portland Water Blog


Portland Considers a New Disaster Preparedness Model

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


Disability Advocates Support Limits on Plastic Straws

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


National Night Out

The Portland Tribune

Relay for Life of Portland

August 13, 2018

On Saturday, Nick was honored to speak at a Relay for Life hosted by the American Cancer Society of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event to support cancer research. The event, a 24-hour team walk, was held at Portland Christian High School.

Nick shared his personal cancer story during the opening ceremony and participated in the honorary Survivor/Caregiver lap afterwards.

Special thanks to Angela Duncan, one of the organizers of the event, and all the event staff and participants for their support to find a cure!

To learn more about Relay for Life, visit their website here.


Planning for the Next 100 Years in the Bull Run Watershed

August 14, 2018 

Today, City Council held a work session with the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) to review options for building a water filtration facility for our Bull Run water.

In August 2017, the Portland City Council unanimously directed the Water Bureau to plan, design, and construct a filtration facility to meet current state and federal regulations, and to plan for the future demands on our water system. That includes meeting treatment requirements for Cryptosporidium and keeping our water safe after a major disaster like an earthquake or fire.

Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto” is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals and can cause illness. Federal regulations – the Safe Drinking Water Act and Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (“LT2”) – require local water utilities to treat for Crypto.

The City has been – and remains in – compliance with all state and federal rules. The bureau continues to test our water for parasites, and Bull Run water remains safe to drink.

PWB is currently in the planning phase for the new facility. Today, staff shared findings and a preferred option to address each of the following four questions:

   • What is the best treatment technology?

   • Where is the preferred facility location?

   • What capacity do we need?

   • How do we make sure we're getting experienced contractors and a fair price, while honoring our commitment to contracting equity?

Special thanks to today’s presenters – Director Mike Stuhr, Deputy Director Gabe Solmer, Chief Engineer Teresa Elliot, and Principal Engineer David Peters – for their outstanding work and ongoing commitment to public health and safe drinking water.


Work Session Video

Water Bureau Presentation

August 2017 Council Vote

OHA Compliance Resolution


Portland Water Bureau Has Location, Technology In Mind For New Filtration Plant

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Water Bureau Recommends Type, Location of Filtration Plant

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Salmon-Safe IPA Day

August 15, 2018 

Portland is proud to be home to native salmon and other threatened species.

And we’re proud to have more craft breweries per capita than any other city in the US.

Today, City Council proclaimed August 25th to be Salmon-Safe IPA Day.

Salmon-Safe, established in 1997, is a Portland-based non-profit. Their mission is to protect local watersheds and native species from the effects of urban development and farming through education and product certification.

They work with local hop farmers to share best practices for conserving water and preserving habitat. Nearly one-third of hop farmers in Oregon and Washington are certified by Salmon-Safe for their environmental practices.

This year, Salmon-Safe partnered with more than 20 local and national breweries to celebrate the first-ever Salmon-Safe IPA Festival. Each brewery created a new beer using only Salmon-Safe certified ingredients and techniques.

And, the City is committed to be a full partner in creating healthy rivers and streams. In 2004, Portland Parks & Recreation received Salmon-Safe certification, and in 2016, Portland became the first Salmon-Safe City.

Special thanks to Salmon-Safe Executive Director Dan Kent, Kurt Widmer from Widmer Bros. Brewing, Christian Ettinger from Hopworks Urban Brewery, and hop farmer Gayle Goschie from Goschie Farms for speaking today.

You can learn more about the Salmon-Safe IPA Festival here.

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