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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

ReUse Week wrap-up

ReUse Week 2009 in Portland, Oregon, concluded a successful donation drive last Friday. Led by Commissioners Nick Fish and Jeff Cogen, the drive collected materials to help many many folks in Portland.

June 23, 2009

ReUse Week 2009 in Portland, Oregon, led by Commissioner Nick Fish, was a success.

Kristy Wood, Executive Director of Community Warehouse, reports that the Warehouse collected enough ReUse Week donations to help 34 area families. (She also notes that City employees out-donated County folks, although only by the barest of margins.) Kristy tells us that for the first time in two months, the Warehouse is full. 

Thanks to all - citizens of Portland along with City and County employees - for your generosity in this extraordinary effort to give items new life within our community!

"I believe we will continue to see donations throughout the summer as a result of this effort," Kristy writes. "We also received some donations for the other organizations and made quite a few referrals to Free Geek and Rebuilding Center. Thanks again for your friendship and excellent efforts."

Soccer and baseball go their separate ways

Commissioner Nick Fish, who long advocated for decoupling soccer and baseball in Portland, Oregon, will have his way, according to Mayor Sam Adams and Merritt Paulson.

June 19, 2009

On April 15, following a long hearing about the future of the Memorial Coliseum, Commissioner Fish urged his Council colleagues to look at decoupling plans for soccer and baseball stadiums in Portland and to look at finding an interim home for the Beavers, commenting that “we’re talking about the biggest development deal in a generation, and we can’t spend more than two weeks on it?

Yesterday, Mayor Adams agreed. Writes Jim Mayer in today’s Oregonian, “Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard announced that they will move ahead with plans to renovate PGE Park to make way for Major League Soccer without settling where to move the Beavers. 

Commissioner Fish has strongly opposed the proposal to site a baseball stadium in Lents Park, for many reasons. Chief among his concerns were the plan to divert affordable housing funds to pay for a stadium and the negative impact on Lents Park. The park provides 38 acres of community treasure and is considered by many the pride of the neighborhood. Yesterday, a Friends of Lents Park rally to protest the proposal to site a baseball stadium at the park drew more than 100 people. Commissioner Fish spoke in support of the group’s effort, saying "as parks commissioner, I am here to join you to protect Lents Park...Your voices are being listened to."

Today, Merritt Paulson announced that he would shelve the proposal to use Lents Park as the home for a new baseball stadium.

Youth$ave graduates celebrate with Nick

Commissioner Nick Fish was on hand for the recent REACH CDC Youth$ave graduation ceremony.

Commissioner Nick Fish joins the graduates of REACH CDC's Youth$ave program this past week.

June 18, 2009

In his first commencement address as a Portland City Commissioner, Nick congratulated graduates of the REACH CDC Youth$ave program. For 10 years, the Youth$ave program has taught young people essential financial skills, including budgeting, goal-setting, media-literacy, and how to use credit.

Students set personal goals at the beginning of the program - goals which must be artistic, educational, athletic, or entrepreneurial in nature - and their savings are matched two to one by the program. Youth$ave also offers match money for time spent in community service projects. The programs has helped students save for summer camp, sports fees, college, musical instruments, art supplies, and much more.

Nick reminded the graduates of Nelson Mandela's words: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." He encouraged the students to carry their newly-acquired skills with them throughout their lives.

 Congratulations, Youth$avers!  

Lastly, thanks to Justine Reimnitz for the photos! See more in our 'Photo Gallery'    

Commissioners Fish and Kafoury chair the Census 2010 Complete Count Committee

Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury will chair the local Complete Count Committee for Census 2010, identifying and working to eliminate traditional barriers to reporting.

June 17, 2009

Census 2010, Complete Count Committee in Multnomah County, Oregon

The 2010 Census will provide information used to distribute some $300 billion in federal aid funds. Many of the programs this federal money funds are designed to serve our most vulnerable citizens, including elderly, homeless, and low-income populations. These groups are among those which have traditionally been severely undercounted by the Census.

Multnomah County has been identified as the fourth hardest to count county in Oregon; to combat the historical difficulty in accurately reporting on our area, Commissioner Fish and Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury are joining to chair the Complete Count Committee for Census 2010.

The Committee will "promote the Census, identify local barriers to participation, and work on solutions to those barriers" leading up to Census Day on April 10, 2010.    

Ross Island natural area welcomes volunteer group's effort to remove invasive species

Portland's Ross Island natural area welcomed a volunteer work group removing invasive species this past Saturday.

June 15, 2009

Portland's Ross Island, one of our newest natural areas, is home to invasive garlic mustard.

Last Saturday, June 13, a group of volunteers gathered for a paddle up the Willamette to the 45-acre parcel of Ross Island donated in 2007 by Robert Pamplin Jr., owner of Ross Island Sand and Gravel. Part of an internationally recognized bird habitat, Ross Island also hosts a number of invasive species, the most pernicious of which is garlic mustard. The group removed numerous bags of the plant, which spreads rapidly and can inhibit the growth of other plants, during the inaugural work party in the area. It will take years to fully restore the native habitat of this, one of Portland's newest natural areas.

Friends of Ross Island will host three more Saturday outings to remove invasive species and litter: July 11, August 8, and September 12. Boats depart from the Portland Boathouse at 9:00 and return around noon.

For more information, or to register, contact Marissa Dorais in the City's Bureau of Environmental Services at or by phone at 503-823-7016.

Thanks to Flickr user Donna62 for the photo!