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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Eventful Weekend in Portland Gardens

June 12, 2019

On Friday and Saturday, Nick spoke at two celebrations at Portland gardens – Lan Su Chinese Garden’s 20th anniversary and the grand opening of a new community garden at David Douglas High School.

Lan Su Chinese Garden is the product of a sister-city partnership between the City of Portland and Suzhou, China. The garden was a shared vision of the late Mayor Vera Katz and the Suzhou Foreign Affairs Office. It broke ground on June 7, 1999.

Nick presented a proclamation celebrating Lan Su’s 20 years as a world-class cultural site and one of Portland’s greatest treasures.

On Saturday, Nick and Parks Director Adena Long spoke at the grand opening of the David Douglas Community Garden.

It’s the second garden the City and David Douglas High School have partnered on, and the 16th east of 82nd Ave.

The new space will serve as a place for the public to grow healthy foods, educate people about gardening, and build community.

Special thanks to the many partners at both Lan Su and David Douglas.

The Weekly Catch

Avitrol

Protecting Crows and Other Birds

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Audubon Applauds Portland’s Ban of Avitrol and Other Avicides (bird poisons) on City Lands

Portland Audubon Society News

 

Portland Bans Use of Bird Poison on City Property After Crow Deaths

Kale William in The Oregonian

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons on City Property

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Portland Bans Bird-Killing Poison on City Land

Brittany Falkers in KGW News

 

Portland City Council Bans Bird Poison from City Property

Bob Heye in KATU News

 

Portland Commissioners Ban Poison Linked to Crow Deaths from City Property

Fox 12 News

Avitrol Responds to Portland Banning Bird Killing Pesticide from City Use

Jacob Dean in KXL News

 

Portland City Council bans bird poison from city property

San Francisco Chronicle

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons On City Property

Cassandra Profita in KLCC News

Parks

Portland Parks Budget Cuts Mean Change for Arts Programs

April Baer in OPB News

 

Outdoor Pools Open for Summer on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

Portland Parks Outdoor Pools Summer Schedule

The Skanner News

 

Portland Parks Foundation Awards $7,500 In Grants to Innovative Community Groups

The Portland Parks Foundation

 

Portland City Council Votes to Close Five Community Recreation Centers

Don McIntosh in the NW Labor Press

Festivals and Parades

Portland Fleet Week 2019 Begins Wednesday: What You Need to Need To Know About Bridge Lifts, Ships And Tours

Lizzy Acker in The Oregonian

 

Fleet Week Kicks Off Wednesday

Emily Burns in KOIN 6 News

 

Volunteers Bring Rose Festival Floats to Life

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News

 

Downtown Portland Shines During 2019 Starlight Parade

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Flower Festival Dazzles Visitors to Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Portland Tribune

Providence Park

Timbers' Reconstructed Stadium Scores with Fans

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune

 

Soccer Fans Packed Providence Park Last Weekend, Setting a New Record for Highest Attendance in a Two-Day Span

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

In Other News

Portland City Council to Vote on Bull Run Watershed Charter Amendment

Gordon Friedman in the Oregonian

 

Portland's Poised to (Finally) Hold Airbnb Accountable for Shirking City Rules

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Prosper Portland Lands $500,000 Grant to Clean Up Post Office Site (subscriber content)

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Census data: Portland now 25th largest U.S. city

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

Protecting Crows and Other Birds

June 5, 2019

Today, Council passed a resolution directing all City bureaus to adopt the Parks Bureau’s existing policy that prohibits the use of Avitrol, a deadly neurotoxin, and any other avicides (bird pest control) on City owned and managed land.

The resolution essentially extends Portland Parks & Recreation’s existing Integrated Pest Management policy to all city bureaus. PP&R has never used avicides.

“These poisons have absolutely no place anywhere in our community,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “They not only put our birds and wildlife at risk, but they also put people and pets at risk as well.”

Special thanks to Bob Sallinger and the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership, the Humane Society of the United States, the Portland Business Alliance, and to BES and Parks staff.

Media

Portland Audubon Applauds Portland’s Ban of Avitrol and Other Avicides (bird poisons) on City Lands

Portland Audubon Society News

 

Portland Bans Use of Bird Poison On City Property After Crow Deaths

Kale William in The Oregonian

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons on City Property

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Portland Commissioners Ban Poison Linked to Crow Deaths from City Property

Fox 12 News

 

Portland Bans Bird-Killing Poison on City Land

Brittany Falkers in KGW News

  

Avitrol Responds to Portland Banning Bird Killing Pesticide from City Use

Jacob Dean in KXL News

The Weekly Catch

Starlight Parade to Brighten (And Close) Downtown Portland Streets Saturday

KGW News

Parks

Editorial: Portland Parks Cuts Show City Government’s Own Structural Defect (Editorial Agenda 2019)

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland Parks Budget Cuts Mean Change for Arts Programs

April Baer in OPB News

 

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free for All Returns with Movies, Concerts, Free Lunch + Play, and More

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

2019 Portland Summer Programs

The Skanner News Staff

 

FREE Summer Fun!

Lucinda Kay in KXL News

 

Do Portland Parks Still Have Barbeque Grills for People to Use? Or Do I Have to Go Out into the Boonies to Find Them? (WARNING: Post contains mature language)

Marty Smith in Willamette Week

Rental Screening Proposal

Portland Looks to Cap Income-To-Rent Ratios, And Landlords Push Back

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

As Tenants Urge City Council to Pass Fairer Rental Policies, Landlords Campaign for the Status Quo

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Anonymous Robocalls from Landlord Group Seek to Defeat Portland Ordinance to Ease Renter Screening

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Portland Diamond Project

Baseball Supporters Extend Talks Over Terminal 2 Site

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Diamond Project Gets 6-Month Extension to Study Port Site’s Baseball Stadium Potential

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Providence Park

Businesses Near Providence Park Ready for Timbers Return

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News

 

Providence Park Through the Years: Historic Stadium Has Served Many Purposes Since 1926

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

In Other News

Sources: Council Center Holds in Budget Vote

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Federal Judge Blocks Masonry Building Warning Signs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

WWI Almost Ended Portland's Rose Festival Tradition

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

 

Mayor Wheeler Hires New Deputy Chief of Staff

The Skanner News Staff

 

New(ish) Director Named for Portland Bureau of Transportation

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Audit: Portland’s Road Repair and Safety Program Oversight Largely Ineffective

Meerah Powell in OPB News

Project SEARCH 2019 Graduation

May 24, 2019

Today, Nick was honored to speak at the City's second Project SEARCH intern graduation.

Nick launched our partnership with Project SEARCH in October 2017. Project SEARCH helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain meaningful workplace experience and employment. The pilot program created five internship positions in the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau. The interns became valued members of the bureau teams and gained valuable work experience.

Based on the success of the pilot, and the City’s commitment to being a model employer, we significantly expanded the program this year. Now, the City offers both internships and paid positions for qualified candidates and includes opportunities in two additional bureaus – the Bureau of Human Resources and Parks.

Special thanks to our outstanding interns for their work, staff at the Bureau of Human Resources for helping to expand the program, especially Anais Keenon, and Mer Stevens and Ashton Davenport from Community Access Services for their ongoing partnership.