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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

Today is Census day!

April 1, 2010

Today is Census day!

Only 51% of Multnomah County residents have returned their Census form so far, and this year, returning your form is more important than ever before. Here’s why:

- The Census count will determine our fair share of over $400 billion of federal and state funding each year.

- For every 100 people not counted, Multnomah County will lose $120,000 each year – $1,200 per person.

- Oregon may gain a sixth seat in Congress. 

-Census data helps our community decide where to build or locate new schools, roads, health centers, services for the elderly, job training centers, and more.

Together with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, I co-Chair the Complete Count Committee. We are working with community partners to reach out to traditionally hard to count communities in Multnomah County and ensure the most accurate count possible.

Remember – you count!

Thanks very much to Andrew McIlrath, Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau, for the photo!

Nick responds to camping proposal criticisms with guest op-ed in the Business Journal

April 2, 2010

Nick contributed a guest opinion piece, "Compassionate homeless camping plan will spur new ideas," to today's Business Journal. His piece responds to an editorial the paper ran recently, "Homeless plan ignores problem," criticizing Nick's proposed guidelines to regulate camping on our streets.

"The good news is that we are making progress," Nick writes, noting that Portland's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness is nationally recognized, that in five years we've moved 7,000 people from the streets into homes, and that the Portland Housing Bureau invests the City's money in proven solutions like permanent housing and the Resource Access Center.

Still, over 1,600 people slept outside last night. We can't provide shelter for everyone who needs it, and camping is a crime. His piece outlines the proposal and acknowledges that while we know camping is not the answer, the guidelines can "provide safety and accountability to homeless folks without other options."

Andy Giegerich's March 19 Business Journal story, "Homeless plan sparks heated debate," captures community feedback on the proposal. "While they don't think it's perfect," he writes, many Portland social service providers support the proposal. He remarks that Transition Projects, Inc., in Old Town, has an 11-week waiting list for its women's and men's shelters. 

What do you think? Share your ideas with us at

For links to these articles and more, video, and other documents, see our 'Camping' tab.

East Portland news roundup

April 5, 2010

Three stories in the April issue of East Portland Neighborhood Association News caught our eye:

- In "Powellhurst-Gilbert Gets Wild," Mark White highlights a recent volunteer event along the Springwater Corridor. The wildflower planting event, part of a P-G Neighborhood Association restoration project, drew nearly 40 people to the site, adjacent to the Springwater Corridor between SE 128th and 136th.

- "Sunday Parkways comes to East Portland!," also by Mark White, announces the addition of a Sunday Parkways event to East Portland. The Parkways event will take place on July 18, the day after the East Portland Exposition opens at Ed Benedict Park.

- Annual SOLV IT day is this Saturday, April 17. In East Portland, writes Linda Robinson, volunteers will work at the Gateway Green site. Register with SOLV online, at

The Bee: Roundup

April 6, 2010

Reporters David Ashton and Rita Leonard have several great stories in the current issue of The Bee:                                      

- In "City Budget Forum gives Southeast a chance to comment," he reports on the March 3 community budget forum at the Mt. Scott Community Center. Nick spoke at that meeting, asking citizens "to help us do the hard work of figuring out where we cut our budgets."

- Nike recently donated more than 4,000 jerseys to Parks' Saturday Youth Basketball League, Ashton writes in "Lane Middle School students accept gift of uniforms." Nick attended a special ceremony at Lane Middle School to accept the donation. Said Lane student Maddy, "It's really cool that we get these brand-new jerseys."

- The City is looking at steep budget cuts again in this year's budget process. In "Neighbors react to potential closure of Brooklyn Park summer program," reporter Rita Leonard writes about the Brooklyn neighborhood's strong support of its summer program.

- Tonight, an Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project Open House will be held at SMILE Station. The project, a joint venture of Parks and the Bureau of Environmental Services, will enhance 75 acres of wetland habitat in the southern portion of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Celebrate Arbor Week!

April 6, 2010

Portland is one of 49 Oregon cities designated "Tree City USA," a recognition we've received for 33 years and counting. Our community's renowned livability can be attributed in part to our extraordinary collection of trees, in our parks and along our streets.

Portland Parks & Recreation has put together a week of events to celebrate Arbor Week. Yesterday's kickoff event was "Tea Under the Cherry Trees" with members of the Tree Steward Coalition at Waterfront Park.

This afternoon, Nick joined the students and staff of West Powellhurst Elementary in SE Portland for an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony. Nick also commemorated Arbor Week with a proclamation declaring April Arbor Month in the City of Portland.

Also at the event were Parks Director Zari Santner, City Forester Dave McAllister, Urban Forestry Commission Chair Brian Krieg, Community Forester Kristen Ramstad, and Principal Allen Browning.

In addition to the tree planting and reading of the proclamation, the event offered community tree resources, free native trees, and a host of youth activities, including tree climbing.

There are many more events coming up! For more on Parks' Arbor Week event schedule, click here.