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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

Opinion: Bill for Statewide Uber Regulations Put Cities, Local Concerns in The Back Seat

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in The Oregonian


Summer Free For All Kick-Off

Nick Fish Blog


Fun, Free Summer Activities for Kids



Portland Parks & Rec Opens Outdoor Pools for The Season

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News


Portland Parks & Recreation Outdoor Pools Open for the Summer

Christine Pitawanich in KGW News


Oh Bouy! Portland Public Pools Officially Open for Summer

FOX 12 News


Portland Parks and Rec Pools Open Today

Jacob Dean in KXL News


Where We Live: Mill Ends Park

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News


New East County Park Starts Construction

Teresa Carson in the Portland Tribune


Citing Safety Concerns, City Council Imposes Longer Penalties for Park Violations

Diana Kruzman in The Oregonian

Renter Screening and Security Deposit Policy

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on Renter Screening and Security Deposit Policy

Nick Fish Blog


Portland Requires Landlords to Use First-Come-First-Served System to Choose Tenants

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Portland City Council Passes New Tenant Protections Aimed at Helping People with Criminal Histories

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Portland Gives Renters Win with New Screening, Security Deposit Rules

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


City Council Passes Rental Screening Ordinance

KOIN 6 News


News Release: Environmental Services Reminds the Public That It Is Illegal and Unsafe to Enter the City’s Sewer and Stormwater System

BES News


'Sewer People' Spur BES to Upgrade Security

Emily Burris in KOIN 6 News


Videos Show Groups of People Emerging from Portland Sewer Through Manhole

Christina Morales in The Oregonian


Advisory: Sewage Release from City Manhole on SE Long Street Near SE 128th Avenue

BES News

Affordable Housing Audit

Audit: Affordable Housing Bond Spending Off to Good Start

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News


Portland’s Housing Bond Off to Strong Start but Risks Not Serving Veterans, Seniors as Promised, Audit Finds

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

In Other News

Portland Pride Parade Shines with Rainbow-Colored Love

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Thousands Line Streets Downtown for Portland’s Pride Parade

FOX 12 News


Ancestors Honored at Portland's Juneteenth Festival

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Good in the Hood Rolls Into 27th Year

R. Dallon Adams in The Skanner News


Portland Police Chief Relaxes Education Standard for New Recruits, Allowing No College; May Also Allow Tattoos Above Collar, Beards

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Inside the Revamped and Expanded Home of The Timbers and Thorns

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

Summer Free For All Kick-Off

June 20, 2019

Today, Nick joined kids, sponsors, and Parks staff in celebrating the kick-off of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All.

Summer Free For All provides free, family-friendly activities all summer long, all across Portland. There’s something for everyone – movies and concerts, free lunches, open swim and swim lessons, and more.

The kick-off also marked the first day of Free Lunch + Play.

The program will serve over 100,000 free, healthy lunches to kids in need. Visit Parks’ website for locations and hours.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous support of the program, especially Nike – our first-ever Title Sponsor.

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on Renter Screening and Security Deposit Policy

June 19, 2019

Today, Council approved a proposal introduced by Commissioner Eudaly to reform rental screening and security deposit requirements.

You can read Nick's statement during the vote below:

“I’d like to thank my colleague Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and her Director of Policy Jamey Duhamel for bringing this policy forward.

In particular, I’d like to thank them for taking the time to get it right.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do with big, meaningful policy like this is to wait. But the additional time has given the community and the Council the opportunity to weigh in, make suggestions, and improve this policy.

I’d like to thank many of our key community stakeholders for the hundreds of hours they volunteered to helping us strengthen this policy.

Special thanks to:

  • Katrina Holland with the Community Alliance of Tenants
  • Allan Lazo with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon
  • Hannah Holloway with the Urban League of Portland
  • Legal Aid Oregon
  • The Oregon Law Center
  • The Coalition of Communities of Color
  • SEIU Local 49
  • Portland for Everyone
  • The New Portlanders Policy Commission
  • Dozens of affordable housing providers
  • Elected officials
  • And the hundreds of community members who came out to testify over these past few months.

In my ten years on Council, I have been focused on removing barriers – in the workplace, in housing, and in our economy.

From helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find meaningful work at the City; to the creation of our first Fair Housing Action Plan; to “Banning the Box,” removing the question of criminal history on job applications; to creating Harper’s Playground, the most inclusive and accessible playground in Portland; to setting a $15 minimum wage for City employees; and to removing gender designations and creating all-user restrooms across the city.

They all reflect a simple truth: when you remove arbitrary barriers, everybody wins.

This proposal has a lot of individual components that I deeply support.

  • Security deposit reforms
  • Standardized applications for tenants
  • Tools for more fully implementing and supporting the Fair Housing Act
  • Education for landlords and tenants
  • Clear rules for the entire community to abide by

We continue to hear concerns from critics.

They need more time.

These regulations are burdensome.

Any new regulation will drive up the costs of housing.

And that this could lead to a decrease in supply.

I appreciate that Commissioner Eudaly has extended the roll out until next year.

This will give us time to do an education campaign with landlords and tenants. I am also pleased that Council approved my amendment to require annual reports.

As we draft regulations, and work with the community, we will have the flexibility to make changes as necessary to ensure our goals are met without unduly burdening any landlords.

In my role as a policy maker, constructive criticism is welcome if it leads to improvement. But I reject efforts by some to mischaracterize the law, and to target and demonize classes of people, like those exiting the criminal justice system who deserve a second chance.

During my service, we have made big investments in combatting homelessness and increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Since Commissioner Eudaly joined this Council, we have sharpened our focus on the rights of renters, building in protections for the 47% of people who rent in our community, many of whom are severely rent burdened.

Chloe, I appreciate your leadership on this issue.

I vote aye.”

The Weekly Catch


The Beginning of Summer – and Thanks Summer Free For All Sponsors!”

Nick Fish Blog


Eventful Weekend in Portland Gardens

Nick Fish Blog


Hot Weather Is on The Way – Stay Cool with Portland Parks & Recreation

PP&R News and Media


Jump into Summer Fun

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune


Splash Pads Open in Portland As Temps Hit The 90s

KGW News


Fountains Open at Parks Around Portland, Splash Pads to Open Wednesday

KATU News 


Glenhaven, Rose City Park Playgrounds Targeted for Facelifts

Phill Colombo in The Hollywood Star News


Groups Work to Make Holladay Park Safer in NE Portland



‘Makes A Tough Job Tougher:’ Portland Firefighters, Park Employees Do Their Best to Beat the Heat

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News

Trail Blazers Proclamation

Portland City Council is Committed to Keeping Trail Blazers in PDX

Jamie Hudson in NBS Sports Northwest


Mayor Ted Wheeler: The Blazers Are Part of Portland's DNA

NBC Sports Northwest


June 12, 2019: It’s Trail Blazers Day as the Portland City Council Honors the Organization

Jamie Hudson in NBC Sports Northwest


Portland Declares Today Trail Blazers Day



Portland City Council Honors Trail Blazers’ 2018-19 Season

Isaiah De Los Santos in Blazers Edge


News Release: Ready for Willamette River Swimming, Boating, And Playing? “Check the Rec” To See Environmental Services Water Quality Test Results

BES News


Going Swimming? ‘Check the Rec’ Gives Weekly E. coli Levels in the Willamette



Check the River Water on Your Phone Before Swimming

Jacob Dean in KXL News

Vision Zero

Portland City Council to Consider New Vision Zero Street Safety Focus

Bob Heye in KATU News


PBOT Plans to Re-Focus 'Vision Zero' On Far East Side, Where Most Traffic Deaths Occur


Renter Screening and Security Deposit Proposal

Portland City Council Passes 9 of 10 Amendments to Renter-Protection Policy

Morgan Romero in KGW News


Portland City Council Approves Some Changes to Two Controversial Rental Ordinances



Portland Poised to Make it Easier for People with Bad Credit, Criminal Histories to Find a Place to Rent

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Portland Mayor Could Support ‘Flawed’ Rental Screening Ordinance

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Mayor Ted Wheeler Poised to Sign onto Tenant Protections

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

In Other News

The Portland City Council Issues Proclamation for Pride Month

KGW News


City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Wants to Create Miles of Bus-Only Lanes Along Portland’s Busiest Streets

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Sara Boone Becomes Portland's 1st African American Fire Chief

Meerah Powell in OPB News

The Beginning of Summer – and Thanks Summer Free For All Sponsors!

June 12, 2019

It’s hot outside and summer is here!

To celebrate, City Council issued a proclamation to celebrate Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All and thank sponsors for their generous support of the program.

Summer Free For All provides free, family-friendly activities across all of Portland, all summer long.

There’s something for everyone: special events, movies and concerts, free lunches, open swim and swim lessons, and more.

Summer Free For All is possible thanks to public-private partnerships. Thanks to our title sponsor – Nike’s Made to Play and the nearly 50 civic-minded businesses, organizations, and foundations who stepped up this year to support our community.

Park’s splash pads and outdoor pools are also opening! Visit Parks’ website for locations and hours.