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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

Keeping Portland's Creative Economy Strong

February 28, 2018

This afternoon, City Council adopted a set of recommendations to protect and expand affordable art spaces. You can read the plan here.

Portland has long been a creative hub, with artists and makers of every type calling Portland home. But, as we all know, Portland is experiencing rapid growth and a housing crisis. This in turn threatens to displace artists and arts organizations.

Unless we are intentional about preserving our local creative economy, we risk losing what makes Portland special.

The plan lays out a road map for the arts in our community. It encourages collaborative, proactive action by the City, private and non-profit partners, community groups, and artists.

Today’s action follows a work session Council held in January. Throughout the process, we’ve received positive feedback from community stakeholders.

Special thanks to the community leaders who testified today, and everyone who helped shape our work.

A Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland

Commissioner Fish with Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly


Portland City Council Adopts Arts Affordability Plan

Regional Arts & Culture Council


Portland Agrees To Work Harder At Preserving Space For Artists

April Baer in OPB News

Nick Participates on Multnomah County Library Sanctuary City Panel

March 1, 2018

Yesterday evening, Nick was honored to be a panelist for a discussion on sanctuary cities.

The discussion, which was part of Multnomah County Library’s “Everyone Reads” program and hosted by Portland State University, looked at what being a sanctuary city means for Portland and our community.

The panel brought together a diverse group of community leaders including Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, immigration attorney Caroline van der Harten, Rae Anne Lafrenz from the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Romeo Sosa from Voz, and PSU professors Marc Rodriguez and Alexander Sager.

In March of last year, City Council declared Portland a Sanctuary City. It reaffirms a long-standing state law that prohibits the use of public dollars to enforce federal immigration laws.

Sanctuary City Panel

Sanctuary City Panel. From left to right: Rae Anne Lafrenz, Commissioner Fish, Caroline van der Harten, Sheriff Reese, Marc Rodriguez, Romeo Sosa, and Alexander Sager.

The Weekly Catch

Nick Participates on Multnomah County Library Sanctuary City Panel

Nick Fish Blog


Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s 20th Annual Watershed Wide Volunteer Restoration Event

BES City Green Blog


Where We Live: New Memorial to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News

Arts Affordability

Keeping Portland's Creative Economy Strong

Nick Fish Blog


Portland City Council Adopts Arts Affordability Plan

Regional Arts & Culture Council


Portland Agrees to Work Harder at Preserving Space for Artists

April Baer in OPB News

Renter Relocation Ordinance

Portland Council Takes Up Permanent Renter Protections, Facing April Sunset

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Portland Debates Policy Requiring Landlords to Pay Some Renters’ Moving Costs

Maggie Vespa in KGW News


Portland City Council Aims to Expand Renter Protections

Bethany Barnes in The Oregonian


City Tenant Protections That Require Landlords to Pay Moving Costs After Sharp Rent Increases Will Likely Become Permanent Today

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


LIVE UPDATES: Portland City Council Could Strengthen Renter Protections on Wednesday

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

City Tries New Softer Approach to Regulate Short-Term Rental Companies

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Uber, Lyft Drivers Earning a Median Profit Of $3.37 Per Hour, Study Says

James Doubek in OPB News


Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Opportunity for Community Organizations in Portland

The Portland Water Blog


A New Exhibit Celebrates Portland Artists of Color

Molly Woodstock in the Portland Monthly


Portland Mercado Chefs Serve 4 Pop-Up Dinners in March

Kelly Clarke in the Portland Monthly

Making Renter Relocation Assistance Permanent

March 7, 2018

Safe, affordable housing is a basic human right.

Today, Nick voted to support permanent renter relocation assistance and was proud to introduce an emergency clause, which allows the permanent protections to take effect immediately.

Portland is experiencing big growing pains. There isn’t enough affordable housing, and too many renters can’t afford to live here.

Today’s action builds on the existing renter relocation protections proposed by Commissioner Eudaly and approved by Council in February 2017. It makes the protections permanent, covers more renters, and provides additional exemptions based on community feedback.

It also lays the groundwork for a rental registration system, so that we can collect better data on the city’s rental market.

Special thanks to Commissioner Eudaly for her leadership, Mayor Wheeler for his partnership on this important issue, and all the tenants who shared their stories and pushed us to act.

You can read Nick’s statement during the vote here.


Commissioner Fish's Statement


Portland's Renter Relocation Policy Is Now Permanent and Stronger Than Ever

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland Makes Permanent Rule That Landlords Must Pay Some Tenants for Moving Costs

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

Progress on Poop to Power: City's First Natural Gas Fueling Station

March 8, 2018Natural gas fueling station

Last year, the Bureau of Environmental Services launched an innovative venture to turn waste into clean energy while earning money for our ratepayers. We call it “poop to power.”

Today, we opened the City’s first natural gas fueling station at the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant, and introduced the City’s first natural gas vehicles.

Here’s how it works: every year, BES processes 28 billion gallons of wastewater. A natural byproduct of sewage treatment is methane, a potent greenhouse gas. For years, the City has been capturing a portion of this methane gas to produce electricity. The rest gets burned and released into the atmosphere.

When Poop to Power is fully up and running in 2019, we’ll capture almost all of the methane from the wastewater treatment plant and convert it to renewable natural gas.

That means that every year, we’ll replace over one million gallons of dirty diesel fuel with renewable natural gas, eliminate 21,000 tons of greenhouse gasses, and generate upwards of $3 million each year for our ratepayers. All at the same time.

That’s why we call it a triple-win!

Our future is green, and we’re proud that the City of Portland is leading the way.

Thanks to Paul Suto and all the staff with the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for making this project a reality. And special thanks to Bill Edmonds and our key private-sector partner, NW Natural, who has worked with us to achieve this goal.

Natural gas powered truck fueling up Commissioner Fish with NW Natural's Bill Emmonds
Natural gas powered truck fueling up Commissioner Fish with NW Natural's Bill Edmonds


BES Media Release


A Big Win for the Environment and Our Ratepayers

Nick Fish Blog


Portland Taps Sewage Plant for ‘Poop to Power’ Natural Gas

KGW News


New Fueling Station Will Convert Sewage Waste Into Natural Gas for Cars

FOX12 News


'Poop to Power Project' Fuels Portland City Vehicles on Natural Gas from Sewage



Portland's 'Poop to Power' Reaches First Milestone

KOIN6 News


Portland Unveils Natural Gas Fueling Station

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal


Portland's 'Poop To Power' Project Appears Possible

The Portland Patch


Portland Launches Poop to Power Program

Brad Ford on 1190 KEX