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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 Fish Team is Hiring!

Commissioner Fish Blog


Press Release: Launch of Region’s First Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center

The Lund Report


Multnomah County Trees Are Doing Much More Than We Think

Monica Samayoa in OPB News


Muslim Educational Trust Builds Bridges with Confidence

Ray Pitz in the Portland Tribune

Barbara Walker Crossing

Barbara Walker Crossing Grand Opening

Commissioner Fish Blog

New Bridge Over West Burnside Gives Hikers a Safer Crossing

Stephanie Villiers in KGW News


Barbara Walker Crossing Opens to the Public

KOIN 6 News Staff


New Pedestrian Bridge Installed Over Burnside

Joseph Gallivan in the SW Community Connection

Portland’s New Wildwood Trail Bridge Open to Washington Park Hikers

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian


Barbara Walker Crossing Officially Open Over West Burnside

KATU News Staff


Portland Volunteers Fear New Parks Permit Could Stop Them from Feeding Homeless People

Everton Bailey, Jr. and Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

Some Concerned Over New Regulations Restricting Social Services at Portland Parks

Bonnie Silkman in FOX 12 News

Searching for New Executive Director at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden

KXL News Staff


Airbnb Launching New Registration System to Help Portland Keep Track of Rental Hosts

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

Airbnb Changes Website to Meet Portland’s Mandatory Short-Term Rental Rules

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Portland Goes Red Today as Crews Install First New Priority Lane

The Skanner News Staff

New Bus – Only “Rose Lane” Painted onto Downtown Portland Street, Launching an Ambitious Plan

Kelsey Harnisch in Willamette Week

Proposed MAX Line: To Bridgeport, No Narrowing of Barbur

Ray Pitz in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Portland State University Prepares to Open New Art Museum, Brought to Campus by Jordan Schnitzer

Briana Miller in The Oregonian


Portland Approves Buying $800,000 House in Gresham Area for Planned Water Plant

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian


Portland Will Buy ‘Mansion’ for Water Filtration Plant Project

Portland Tribune Staff


Billion-Dollar Insurance Corporations Could Be Excused from Portland Clean Energy Tax

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury


Stone Soup PDX Cooks Up Life Skills for Second Chances

John McDonald in Street Roots


Marijuana – Related Record Expungement Gets Another Round of Funding from City

Saundra Sorenson in The Skanner

Barbara Walker Crossing Grand Opening

On Sunday, Nick attended the grand opening of the Barbara Walker Crossing, a new pedestrian bridge across West Burnside on Forest Park’s famous Wildwood Trail.

The event featured a parade, a trail run, performances by local artists, and more. It celebrated three things Portlanders love – parks, safe streets, and new bridges!

The project was led by the Portland Parks Foundation and funded through a public-private partnership that included generous donors, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Metro.

Prior to the bridge, many pedestrians were required to cross the busy road at a dangerous curve.

The footbridge is named for Barbara Walker, a long-time parks and trails advocate known for her role in the creation of Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Springwater Corridor.

Congratulations and special thanks to the Portland Parks Foundation, its Executive Director, Randy Gragg, and board of directors on this successful project!

The Weekly Catch

The Fish Team is Hiring!

Commissioner Fish Blog


Celebrating the Inaugural Betsy Ames Leadership Award

Commissioner Fish Blog


The City Council Plans to Review an Exemption to Portland’s Tree Code – But Too Late to Save Trees at the Star-Crossed Wapato Jail
Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week


New Portland Rules Could Abolish Free Hot Soup for Homeless People in Director Park

Kelsey Harnisch in Willamette Week

Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Portland Ends Requirement to Publicly Label Buildings Seismically Unsafe

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian


Portland Officials Say Mandatory Retrofitting Won’t Be in New Committee Recommendations

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News


Portland City Council OKs New Unreinforced Masonry Plan

KOIN 6 News Staff


City Council Poised to Overturn Controversial Earthquake – Unsafe Building Sign Policy

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

Zenith Energy

Portland Rejects Permit for Zenith Energy to Expand by Building Three New Pipes

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Zenith Energy Threatens Legal Action Over City of Portland Permit Denial

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

In Other News

$3.11 Billion In Transportation Spending Unveiled for Portland Area

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Water Bureau to Apply for $554 Million Federal Loan for Bull Run Treatment Projects

by Keaton Thomas, KATU News


Portland City Council Approves Cannabis Tax Grants

Bob Heye in KATU News

Celebrating the Inaugural Betsy Ames Leadership Award

On Monday, Annie Von Burg, Environmental Policy Manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, was awarded the first annual Betsy Ames Leadership Award by the City of Portland. 

The award was created in honor of Betsy Ames, a dear friend, longtime City employee, and former Chief of Staff to Commissioner Fish.

Betsy was known for her ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems. She helped guide challenging debates to effective compromises, and provided mentoring and support to anyone who asked for help.

Annie Von Burg oversees the City of Portland’s efforts to clean up the Willamette River. She passionately and effectively works with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders involved with the $1 billion cleanup. She is a highly respected leader and a mentor to many coworkers.

Congratulations, Annie!


The Fish Team is Hiring!

Following a series of internal promotions, we have a vacancy in our Communications Coordinator position and are looking for a new staff person to join our team.

The Communications Coordinator helps manage the Commissioner’s public inbox, ensuring that we provide timely and thoughtful responses to questions, concerns, and suggestions from community members.

This person will also be working closely with Commissioner Fish on a variety of other communications including talking points, web stories, tweets, and newsletters.

Public service is equal parts challenging and gratifying, and we are excited to welcome a new person to the office and to our team.

Learn more and apply here.