Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

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

Celebrating Older Adults and An Age-Friendly City

Nick Fish Blog


Friends of Trees Leadership Awards

Nick Fish Blog


St. John’s Bizarre Celebration Happening this Saturday

Rachel Rafanelli in KGW News


MET Celebrates Silver Anniversary

The Portland Tribune


Wheeler Requests Fewer Police in Revised Budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Reaches Budget Compromise with City Council to Fund 49 New Police Officers

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Mayor Wheeler Bends to Fund Community Centers in City Budget

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit

Earthquake Safety Resolution Vote Postponed Until June

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


Portland Pushes to Retrofit Brick Buildings for Earthquakes

Brian Brennan in KGW News


The Price of Making Portland Buildings Earthquake Safe

Cole Miller and KOIN 6 News


Portland Considers Ways to Ease Financial Burden of Seismic Upgrades on Businesses



Portland’s Affordable Housing Includes 2,090 Units in Buildings That Would Crumble in a Big Earthquake

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


City Council Begins Planning for Portland’s Looming Earthquake

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


Councilors Eye Code Change for Portland Buildings Likely to Collapse in Big Earthquake


In Other News

Where EAST Meets the Northwest

Maileen Hamto in The Asian Reporter


Tour the Columbia South Shore Well Field

Columbia Slough Watershed Council in The Skanner


In a Reversal, Portland City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to a High-Rise in the Pearl District

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Plans Reforms of Renter Screening Criteria

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Neighborhood Associations Hope to Switch 82nd Avenue Ownership from ODOT to City

Kellee Azar in KATU News


With Municipal Broadband, Cities Area Taking Back the Internet – And Making It Faster and Cheaper. Can Portland Do the Same?

Erik Henriksen in the Portland Mercury


Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Holds Meeting, Seeks Applicants

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News


Portland to Settle with Wheelchair Users for $113 Million in Sidewalk Fixes

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


10 Pride Festivals Happening Around Oregon in 2018

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

Council Approves City Budget

May 16, 2018

This afternoon, Council approved the City Budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. In June, City Council will formally adopt the budget. Nick’s full statement during the vote is below:

Thank you, Mayor.

I’m pleased to support this budget.

It balances the many urgent needs facing Portland, while also positioning us for the future.

There are a few items I’m especially proud of:

   • For the first time ever, our utility bureaus will be able to help cost-burdened renters. We're also approving a handful of other new tools and expanding eligibility for more struggling families.

   • This budget includes $3 million new dollars for housing placement services, $2 million of which we're investing in supportive housing, moving us closer to our goal of 2,000 new units by 2027. Supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective way to help many of the people sleeping outside move into a stable home.

   • We're funding a new position at Prosper Portland to help turn brownfields – land that has contaminated soil or water – into community assets. This small investment will deliver a huge return to our community.

   • And we not only continued our support for small businesses in East Portland, but we also made those funds permanent. Venture Portland, which runs the highly successful Catalytic Investment Initiative, will use our modest investment to leverage big wins for small business owners in underserved parts of town.

Colleagues, every budget presents its own challenges, and I want to thank you and your teams for working collaboratively – this is a good budget, and it reflects many of our shared values.

I want to thank the community members who served on the Budget Advisory Committee and all the people who shared their input with us.

Finally, our budget process is showing its age. I look forward to working with my Council colleagues, staff, and the community over the next year to reform and improve the way we engage the public and make tough budget choices.

I also want to thank my team, headed by Sonia Schmanski, for their work in getting to this point.



Portland Council, With Business Tax Hike, OK's $5.1 Billion Budget

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


City Council Approves $5 Billion Budget, Despite Cop Concerns

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


City Council Approves Mayor Wheeler's 2018-2019 Budget

FOX 12 News

The Weekly Catch

Voters Return Fish to Portland City Hall, Polls Show

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Nick Fish Wins Re-Election to Portland City Council

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


It's the Mercury's Primary Election Night Live Blog!

The Portland Mercury


Council Approves City Budget

Nick Fish Blog


Portland Council, With Business Tax Hike, OK's $5.1 Billion Budget

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


City Council Approves $5 Billion Budget, Despite Cop Concerns

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


City Council Approves Mayor Wheeler's 2018-2019 Budget

FOX 12 News Staff


Hall Monitor: Cop Out

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


From Forest to Faucet with STEM Week Oregon

The Portland Water Blog


Cycle the Well Field on June 9

The Portland Water Blog

In Other News

The Right Brain Initiative Awarded $45,000 Grant From National Endowment for the Arts

RACC Pressroom


Annual Parade Streams Through Downtown St. Johns

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Stark to Become Harvey Milk Street? Plan Heads to City Council for OK

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Mt. St. Helens: Remembering the Deadliest U.S. Volcanic Event 38 Years Later

KGW News with USA Today and KING 5 News


Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

Portland Playhouse in The Skanner

Reviewing Our Partnership with RACC

May 22, 2018

Today, Council held a work session to review our partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).

Last year, Commissioner Fish and Mayor Wheeler asked Auditor Hull Caballero to conduct the City’s first-ever outside review of RACC. The timing is good – RACC is conducting a national search for a new Executive Director and the City and RACC are renegotiating their contract.

For over 20 years, RACC has been a key partner in advancing our shared vision of a City that honors and invests in arts and culture.

Today, we heard the Auditor’s recommendations to strengthen oversight and increase accountability of our public investment.

We are already taking steps to implement some of the recommendations. For example, in the budget we just adopted, we funded a dedicated contract administrator position.

Special thanks to Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and her team for their thoughtful work and the RACC board and staff for their service to our city.


RACC Audit


Report Highlights


Audit: Regional Arts And Culture Council Needs Oversight

April Baer in OPB News


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 Critical of Arts Tax Beneficiary RACC

Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News


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

City Honors Vanport and the Vanport Mosaic Festival

May 23, 2018

Today, City Council proclaimed May 30th to be Vanport Day of Remembrance.

Vanport was once Oregon’s second largest city and had a substantial African-American population. On May 30 – Memorial Day – 1948, the Columbia River levee surrounding Vanport broke, flooding and wiping out the city in less than an hour.

Today’s proclamation honors the survivors of Vanport and remembers the rich history of this often-forgotten chapter in Portland’s past. This is year we highlighted several important anniversaries:

   • The 76th anniversary of Vanport’s construction in 1942.

   • The 70th anniversary of the Vanport Flood on May 30, 1948.

   • And the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act.

Special thanks to Laura Lo Forti from Vanport Mosaic, local historian James Burke, and former Vanport residents Marge Moss White and Joyce Nelson for speaking today.

An exhibit of art by former Vanport resident Peggy Ball, titled “Beyond Vanport: Remembering Native North Portland” is on display through Friday, May 25th in the City Hall atrium.