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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

Nick Participates on Panel at the 2019 Intertwine Summit

April 29, 2019

This afternoon, Nick was honored to be a panelist for a discussion hosted by The Intertwine Alliance called “Investing in Nature.” The panelists discussed how to increase equity and investments in parks, trails, and natural areas in the Portland region.

Executive Director Warren Jimenez served as moderator. The other panelists were Metro Council President Lynn Peterson; Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board Director Felicita Monteblanco.

The Intertwine Alliance is a regional coalition of public, non-profit, and private organizations in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.

Nick highlighted the work of our two bureaus, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, including:

   • Increasing our urban tree canopy

   • Creating salmon sanctuaries

   • Investing in green infrastructure like bioswales

   • Generating renewable natural gas from the sewage treatment process (we call it "poop-to-power")

   • Working to convert brownfields into productive use

   • Building new parks in East Portland like Cully Park and Gateway Discovery Park

Nick also highlighted some challenges – including how to generate more money in the region for parks and nature, especially operations and maintenance dollars, and the continued need to invest in underserved parts of our community.

The Weekly Catch

Honoring Dr. James Lawson

Nick Fish Blog


Polluted Site Prepped for N. Portland Affordable Housing

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


82nd Avenue of Roses Parade to Celebrate East Portland Life

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Straight Talk: Meet New Portland Parks Director Adena Long

KGW News


Lynchview Park to Break Ground in May

Teresa Carson in the Gresham Outlook


Bridge Construction Planned Along Springwater Corridor

Chrisopher Keizur in the Gresham Outlook


Audit Finds No Improvement to Scholarship Program for City Classes and Camps

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Thank You Green Street Stewards - You've Made 1600+ Gallons of Impact

BES News

Providence Park

Portland City Council Approves Updated Traffic Management Plan for Portland Timbers’ Game Days

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian


E-Scooters Are Back on Portland Streets: 5 Things You Need to Know

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


E-Scooters to Re-Appear in Portland Friday

Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News


E-Scooters Will Return to Portland As Soon as Friday (With New Rules)

Keaton Thomas and KATU News


Pacific Northwest College of Art President Don Tuski Leaving

April Baer in OPB News

In Other News

Study: Low-Income Areas in Portland at Higher Risk of Flooding, Extreme Heat

Dallon Adam in The Skanner News


Many Rich Folks Say Renting Beats Buying

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland City Council Ordinance on Tenant Screening Criteria Delayed Until May

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


In the Sky with PPB Air Support

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News


Grass Is Greener: New Netflix Documentary Spotlights Portland Cannabis Industry Leaders

Jenni Moore in the Portland Mercury


Blues Cruises Set for Waterfront Blues Festival

KOIN 6 News

Honoring Dr. James Lawson

April 24, 2019

Today, Council honored Dr. James Lawson with a proclamation.

Dr. Lawson was an architect of the Civil Rights movement, a dear friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a mentor to U.S. Representative John Lewis.

He was joined by a panel including Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee of the Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church and PSU student Carolyn Johnson-Evans.

Special thanks to Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program, Dr. Patricia Schechter, and PSU’s Students United for Non-Violence group for bringing Dr. Lawson to Portland.

Dr. Lawson is speaking at PSU tonight. You can find more information here.

The Weekly Catch

New Annual Arts and Cultural Event Permit

Nick Fish Blog


Affordable Housing Developer Gets A Lift from Brownfield Program (Subscriber content)

Josh Kulla in DJC Oregon


Toxics in Willamette River Killing Young Salmon, Study Says

Keely Chalmers in KGW News


A New Playground in the North Park Blocks

Fish Nick Blog


A Look at Portland's Newest Downtown Playground

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Providence Park

Portland Timbers Submit New Traffic Management Plan to City Council

Bob Heye in KATU News


Portland-Based Shrill Gets Picked Up for Second Season

Steven Humphrey in the Portland Tribune


What Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ Says About Portland: We Have Savvy Strippers, Podcasting Man-Babies and Sex-Minded Singles

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

In Other News

After Portland’s Withdrawal from Joint Terrorism Task Force, Community Groups Push City Hall to Outline Rules of Engagement

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Council to Consider Four Subsidized Housing Projects Wednesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


After 5 Years with No Suicides from Vista Bridge, Portland is Considering Permanent Barriers

David Stabler in The Oregonian


Multnomah County Purchased Former Shelter Building for Mental Health Services, Chair Deborah Kafoury Announces

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Dr. Markisha Smith Steps into New Role at City

Christen McCurdy in The Skanner News


Photos: Blessing of the Festival

The Skanner News

New Annual Arts and Cultural Event Permit

April 17, 2019

This morning, Council adopted a new Annual Permit for Temporary Arts and Cultural Events.

Small arts and culture organizations frequently want to host special events like performances, gallery and exhibition openings, and classes. But in the past, it was complicated and expensive for them to navigate the City process to get the necessary permits for larger gatherings.

The new annual permit streamlines the permit process for community events. Now, arts and culture organizations can apply for a temporary occupancy permit that allows for up to 90 special events in a year, with up to 75 occupants.

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will administer the permit and continue to maintain the City’s high standards for building and fire safety.

Special thanks to Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty for co-sponsoring our proposal; to Arts Affordability Fellow Tracy Schreiber and Senior Policy Director Jamie Dunphy on the Fish team; to Fire Marshall Nate Takara and Terry Whitehill with the Bureau of Development Services for their partnership; and to the many community leaders, local artists, and arts organizations for bringing this to light.