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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

The Weekly Portland Podcast: Commissioner Nick Fish

Gregory Day in The Weekly Portland Podcast


Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder and Blazers and Seahawks Owner, Dies at 65

Joe Freeman in The Oregonian

Bloomberg Climate Challenge

Mike Bloomberg Names Portland Winner in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge

Mayor Wheeler Press Release


Bloomberg Gives Portland $2.5 Million to Fight Congestion, Climate Change

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland One of Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Winners

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


A Crucial Funding Stream for Urban Parks

Catherine Nagel in Governing Magazine


Portland Weighs Changes to Key Affordable Housing Policy

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Bureau Director Shannon Callahan

Portland Housing Bureau


Ted Wheeler Selects Portland Housing Director

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

Proposed Protest Time, Place, Manner Ordinance

Portland City Commissioners, Surprised by Mayor’s Proposed Crackdown on Protest Violence, Call for More Public Process

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week


Restrict Protests? Where Portland Leaders Stand

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


Portland Mayor Proposes Fast Track Regulations for Public Protests

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Wheeler: Restrictions Needed to Prevent Political Violence

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Mayor Wheeler May Restrict Future Protests in Portland

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News


Mayor Wheeler Promises Crackdown on Violent Protests

Kandra Kent in FOX 12 News

In Other News

As E-Scooters Roll into American Cities, So Do Safety Concerns

Deena Prichep in OPB News

Bringing Salmon Back to Oaks Bottom

October 22, 2018

Today, Nick was honored preview the completed Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge restoration with the media, and to announce a re-opening date for the Springwater trail – November 1.

For the first time in 100 years, salmon will be able to access Oaks Bottom. That’s because we reconnected the refuge to the Willamette River with a new “salmon subway” – a large, natural-bottom culvert that replaced a small pipe.

The restored refuge will be an important rest stop for juvenile salmon on their journey. Salmon are now found in almost half of Portland’s 300 miles of streams.

The restoration is a joint project between Nick’s two bureaus – the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) – and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.

In 2016, the City and Army Corps restored the entire length of Crystal Springs Creek. And last year, Council declared Crystal Springs to be the city’s first Salmon Sanctuary.

Portlanders have long valued nature in the city, and under Nick’s leadership, BES and PP&R will continue to protect salmon and the healthy environment they need to recover and thrive.

Special thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, our teams at BES and PP&R, and to community leaders Bob Sallinger and Mike Houck for their leadership to protect nature and wildlife in the city!


Commissioner Nick Fish Remarks


BES News Release


Oaks Bottom Restoration 'A New Salmon Subway'

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News


'Salmon Subway' Finally Complete; Oaks Bottom Set to Reopen Next Week

Brenna Kelly in FOX 12 News


Project Finished: Salmon Can Now Reach Oaks Bottom



Springwater Corridor to Open Next Month With Better Salmon Habitat

KGW News



Shining a Light on Conflicts of Interest

October 25, 2018

Yesterday, Council unanimously adopted a Resolution designed to increase the transparency and accountability of local government by strengthening our policy on outside employment.

The City currently has a policy about outside work – or ‘moonlighting.’ It states that employees can have a second job, provided they do not (1) engage in an actual or perceived conflict of interest or (2) give so much time to their second job that they aren’t fulfilling their duties as a City employee.

But, as we’ve learned, the City’s written policy doesn’t give employees adequate guidance to ensure they’re following the rules, and places the burden on employees to decide if a potential conflict needs to be disclosed.

Our proposal is modeled after best practices from other jurisdictions nationwide. It pairs clear guidance with mandatory disclosure of outside work, and it directs that an updated policy, training materials, and a disclosure form come back to Council within 90 days for review and adoption.

As a first step, this action applies primarily to non-represented employees in more senior-level positions, and does not change collective bargaining agreements with represented employees and our labor partners.

Special thanks to Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fritz for co-sponsoring this important legislation, to the City Attorney’s Office and Chief Administrative Officer for their partnership, and to our labor partners for sharing their expertise and perspective.



Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 25, 2018

Today, Nick was honored to speak at a National Disability Employment Awareness Month ceremony held in City Hall. He was joined by Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz.

Across the nation, people with disabilities experience high rates of unemployment.

The City of Portland is committed to being a model employer, by removing barriers in the workplace, providing meaningful access and services, and building a diverse workforce.

That’s why Commissioner Fish is proud to lead the City’s partnership with the Project SEARCH internship program. Project SEARCH provides 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 created paid positions for qualified candidates. And, we expanded the program to two other bureaus – Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Bureau of Human Resources.

Special thanks to Bob Joondeph, who recently retired after nearly four decades at the helm of Disability Rights Oregon, for his leadership and advocacy.

Film & TV in Portland

October 25, 2018

Portland has long been known as a creative hub. And the film, television, video, virtual reality, and multimedia industry is an important part of the creative community that makes our city special.

In September, Mayor Wheeler appointed Nick to be the first City Council Liaison to the Portland Film Office, which serves as a local resource and booster for the industry.

This afternoon, Council adopted a Resolution reaffirming support for the film and TV industry and outlining several follow-up actions designed to grow the role of the Portland Film Office.

With over 180 productions filming in Portland every year, the industry provides thousands of jobs, contributes nearly $200 million of dollars into the local economy, and continues to grow Portland’s reputation as a desirable place to live, work, and play.

The Resolution directs City staff to work with the Portland Film Office to transition it to a self-funded and fee-supported office and to create a “universal permit” to replace the current system that requires separate permits from different city bureaus.

Special thanks to all the partners who spoke at Council today, including Tim Williams from Oregon Film, Brian Lord from the Portland Film Office, and Juliana Lukasik from At Large Films.