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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

Hayden Island celebrates National Night Out

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish joined the National Night Out party hosted by the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community on Tuesday, August 4.

Nick with firefighters from Station 17    Nick with Hayden Island residents Gayle and Tina

August 5, 2009

Nick joined Ed Garren, Homeowners Association President Pamela Ferguson, along with community members and firefighters from the Hayden Island Fire Station, at the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community National Night Out event Tuesday evening.

Hayden Island is the focus of the Hayden Island Plan, a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Island residents to improve accessibility, livability, and sustainability on the Island over the next 35 years. The Plan will create a more walkable residential community and develop new business areas around the proposed light rail station while continuing to protect and support the marine and terrestrial habitats that make Hayden Island such a unique community.

National Night Out, now in its 26th year, brings neighbors together to strengthen community-police relationships and heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Last year nearly 40 million people participated in National Night Out events.

PDC welcomes incoming Chair Scott Andrews

Commissioner Nick Fish welcomes PDC Chair Scott Andrews, taking over from outgoing Chair Charles Wilhoite

August 6, 2009

We would like to extend our welcome to incoming PDC Chair Scott Andrews. Scott is a longtime Portland businessman and former leader of the Portland Business Alliance, writes Jim Redden in the August 6 Tribune.

We are grateful for the good work of outgoing Chair Charles Wilhoite, who will remain on the PDC Board of Commissioners.

We look forward to working with Scott on beginning construction on three planned affordable housing projects, his first priority as PDC Chair: the Pearl Family Housing project, the Block 49 project in South Waterfront, and the Resource Access Center in downtown Portland.

Nick helps kick off Census 2010

Nick speaks at the opening of Portland's Census office on NE Columbia Boulevard

August 7, 2009

Commissioner Fish joined Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, and U.S. Census officials August 4 to open our local Census office. Located at 2210 NE Columbia Boulevard, this office will serve as the hub for metro-area Census activity through 2010.

Nick co-chairs our regional Complete Count Committee with Commissioner Kafoury. The Committee is working to ensure that traditionally undercounted populations - elderly, homeless, and minority groups - are accurately represented in the Census, and to solve local barriers to participation in the Census.

At stake is over $400 billion each year in federal funds to support our roads, our parks, our schools, and programs and services for our most vulnerable citizens.

By working toward the most accurate count possible, the Complete Count Committee will help ensure that we receive our fair share of the federal pie.

Governer Kulongoski says Gateway Green is a go!

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski gives the green light to Portland's Gateway Green program.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus of www.bikeportland.org

August 12, 2009

This week Governor Kulongoski formally designated Gateway Green as an official Oregon Solutions project. Projects with this special recognition are considered high priority for the State because of their focus on sustainability and creative collaboration.

The Governor has selected Jay Graves, Bike Gallery owner and Oregon State Parks commissioner, and Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder to co-convene our team of regional leaders. I'm looking forward to shifting into the next phase of planning for this one-of-a-kind park in East Portland.

Two of the citizens behind this great vision are Ted Gilbert and Linda Robinson who joined us in council this week to accept a grant through the East Portland Action Plan. The grant will go to Friends of Gateway Green who will work in close collaboration with members of the Oregon Solutions team to bring the vision into reality.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Maus of www.bikeportland.org

Gardens "Build Community" in Portland

Letter to the Oregonian about Community Gardens in Portland

Thanks to Kenneth Aaron, of Neighborhood Notes, for the photo.  Also check out the complete Community Garden Tour.

August 17, 2009

From Today's Oregonian, Southeast Portland resident Joseph Huth writes a letter to the editor about the importance of community gardens in building community:
"In my work in a Portland Parks and Recreation community garden, I have witnessed how a community garden builds community beyond the borders of the garden.

A community garden creates relationships between the gardeners and with the neighborhood. It provides education for children and adults from across the city. Local food banks benefit from the surplus harvest the community gardens provide. Fees paid by community gardeners provide funds to improve city parks. The local and global environment benefits through an increase in biodiversity. Community gardening connects us to each other and to nature.

Vandalizing the Earl Boyles Community Garden was a senseless act of destruction. This unfortunate incident should not discourage the citizens of Portland, but motivate us to further strengthen the community gardens program."

We will hold a Community Rally next Saturday, August 22nd from 10am to noon for the Earl Boyles Community Garden. 

Please join us as we support the families in East Portland by making a community statement that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in our parks.

WHAT:   Community Rally and Re-Planting

WHERE: Earl Boyles Community Garden at SE 110th & Francis St.

WHEN: Sat, August 22nd: 10AM-NOON

WHO: Gardeners, Neighbors, Community Supporters, City Officials