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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

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on New JTTF Agreement

May 8, 2019

Today, Council approved a new agreement that governs how the City, including the Portland Police Bureau, protects public safety and works with law enforcement partners. You can read Nick's statement below:

"During my 10 years of service on this Council, I have voted on our participation in the JTTF three times. And I’ve seen many examples of our community’s successful participation in the JTTF.

In February, I voted to remain in the JTTF. I believe that we have better outcomes with our federal partners when we work together, rather than working in silos. We see that in our bureaus and among our Council offices. There is a great value in collaboration.

By participating in the JTTF, we also bring Portland values to the table. Our local law enforcement officers have a lot to offer – experience, an understanding of state and local law, and relationships in our community.

Finally – and, most importantly, I believe we continue to be safer when we have a relationship and share information with the FBI.

Other progressive cities, such as Seattle, Boston, Denver, Oakland, and New York, have formed partnerships between their police bureaus and the FBI, without sacrificing civil liberties.

I believe we can do the same.

That said, a majority of the Council disagrees with the Mayor and me. Therefore, I believe the Resolution before us today is a thoughtful alternative.

It will allow the City to continue working with the FBI on an as-needed basis. It requires detailed annual reports, something that has been, and remains, very important to me. Our police chief or deputy chief will serve as a liaison to the JTTF.

I want to thank the Mayor for his leadership and Commissioner Hardesty for her collaboration in the development of this resolution. I know that their two offices, especially Nicole Grant and Derek Bradley, worked tirelessly on this, and I am pleased with this compromise.

I vote aye."

Nick Opens A New Playground in Couch Park

May 7, 2019

On Saturday, Nick joined community members, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Parks staff in celebrating the opening of a new playground in Couch Park.

The project addresses the safety and accessibility of the playground, which hadn’t been improved since 1975.

It’s one of over 50 parks that will receive upgrades as part of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. The new playground is the fifth to be completed under the bond.

Special thanks to the Portland voters for passing the Parks Replacement Bond; to Commissioner Amanda Fritz for championing the bond during her tenure as Parks Commissioner; to John Blasher from Metro’s Parks & Nature Department for speaking at the event; to Cody Goldberg of Harper’s Playground; and to the community members and kids who came out to play!

The Weekly Catch

Nick Participates on Panel at the 2019 Intertwine Summit

Nick Fish Blog


Couch Park Adds Inclusive Playground, Plaza, Portland Loo

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


PP&R Joins in Celebrating May as National Water Safety Month

PP&R News


Deal on Portland’s Withdrawal from the Joint Terrorism Task Force Gives Police Some Leeway to Work with Feds

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Mayor’s Proposed Budget

FY 2018-19 Mayor's Proposed Budget

City Budget Office


Parks Cuts and a Water Taxi: What You Should Know About Portland’s Proposed Budget

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Mayor Wheeler's Draft Budget Sheds Light on Parks & Rec, Street Response Teams and Water Bill Hikes

Maggie Vespa in KGW News


Mayor’s New Budget Supports Parks Department, Columbia Pool to Remain Open

Kellee Azar in KATU News


Here’s How Mayor Wheeler Wants to Spend City Dollars This Year

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Wheeler: Homeless Crisis Straining All Portland Bureau Budgets

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Columbia Pool on Parks Budget Chopping Block

Jennifer Dowling in KOIN 6 News


Mayor Ted Wheeler Announces His Budget, With New Approaches to Helping Homeless People

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Portland Budget Debate Looms as Hardesty Challenges Mayor’s Spending Plan

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


SR Editorial: Mayor Proposes Funding for Portland Street Response

Street Roots Editorial


Mayor Ted Wheeler Includes Albina Vision, Willamette River Ferry in Proposed City Budget

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Mayor Wheeler Proposes 2020 Budget Focused on Homelessness

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

State of the City

Portland Mayor: Homelessnes May Seem Like It's Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News


Mayor Wheeler Gives State of The City Speech

Katherine Cook in KGW News


Mayor Wheeler Gives Annual State of The City Address

FOX 12 News


Mayor Ted Wheeler’s State of The City Speech

Jacob Dean in KXL News


Mayor Wheeler, In State of The City Address, Touts Portland As on The Right Track

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


Portland Bureau of Transportation Ditches Scooter Complaint Process, Requires Companies to Maintain 24/7 Customer Service

Elise Herron in Willamette Week


E-Scooters Arrive by Hundreds, Not Thousands, In Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Avenue of Roses Parade Blossoms on 82nd in Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Former Fire Chief Returning to Portland to Head Emergency Management Bureau

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

The Patient: The Cost of Cancer

May 3, 2019

Last night, Nick was honored to share his cancer story at a preview and fundraiser for an important new documentary called The Patient.

The documentary tells the story of several patients living with cancer, and is designed to be a resource for cancer survivors and their family and friends. The Patient offers a deep and holistic understanding of what it means to live with a chronic illness. It follows several cancer patients through their fears and joys, new friendships and rekindled family bonds, and daily challenges.

The documentary was made in Portland and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jon Garcia.

Nick shared his personal journey with cancer and several lessons he’s learned over the past 20 months.

Special thanks to Caroline Fitchett for organizing the screening, Dan Coates for emceeing, Bill and Diane McLean for their support of the film, and the many people – both in front of and behind the camera – who made the film possible.


Celebrating Age-Friendly Businesses

October 31, 2018

This morning, Nick was honored to speak at the inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards ceremony.

The award ceremony celebrated public-spirited local businesses who take the extra step to be age-friendly. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

After the ceremony, Council proclaimed October 31st to be Age-Friendly Business Day.

Many of Portland’s local businesses are certified Age-Smart Employers that embrace age-diversity and create workplaces that value equity, inclusiveness, and intergenerational respect.

In 2011, Portland was the first U.S. city to be certified by the World Health Organization as Age-Friendly, and we’re proud to continue to be a global leader in creating communities for people of all ages and abilities.

Special thanks to our community partners, including Portland State University’s Age-Friendly Cities Project, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, Venture Portland, and to the community leaders who spoke at Council today – including Barbara Bernstein from Elders in Action, Heather Hoell from Venture Portland, Joyce DeMonnin from AARP, and Dr. Margaret Neal from Portland State University.