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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

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Giving voice to the voiceless

Grant Magazine's story about Leo Rhodes, homeless advocate and Street Roots vendor.

May 1, 2012

We’d like to share a story about our friend Leo Rhodes, published in the April issue of Grant Magazine - a student-run publication at Grant High School.

Leo is a tireless homeless advocate, Street Roots vendor, and poet. In J.J. Miller’s essay, "Giving Voice to the Voiceless," Leo shares his personal history and the challenges that led to 19 years of homelessness. He also shares the inspiring path he took to find a home of his own with the help of veteran assistance programs.

If you like Grant Magazine, we encourage you to consider supporting these talented student writers with a subscription.

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

J.J. Miller in Grant Magazine

City Council to Honor Lincoln High Constitution Team

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish honor Lincoln High school student winning the 25th annual We The People competition

May 2, 2012

By David Nguyen

Congratulations to the Lincoln High School Constitution Team for winning first place at the National Finals of the 25th annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Washington, D.C.  The annual competition included three days of simulated congressional hearings on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Lincoln High School rose to the top among fifty-six of the nation's best schools.

City Council will honor the Lincoln High School Constitution Team at 9:30 am on May 9 during City Council session.  Nick will be pleased to read a proclamation recognizing their amazing accomplishment.

Earlier this year, Nick was honored to be a judge for the regional competition at Lake Oswego High School.

Founded in 1987, "We the People" has helped high school students across the country learn about the foundation of American democracy. The program culminates with a simulated congressional hearing, in which participants test their knowledge before a panel of civic leaders, attorneys, and teachers.

Photo courtesy of the Classroom Law Project

Portland's Lincoln High wins U.S. championship in Constitution contest

The Oregonian

Lincoln students win We the People competition

The Portland Tribune

Good News for Leach Botanical Garden

We are delighted to report that the Portland Development Commission (PDC) supports the restoration of $1.1 million in funding for Leach Botanical Garden.

May 2, 2012

By David Nguyen

We are delighted to report that the Portland Development Commission (PDC) supports the restoration of $1.1 million in funding for Leach Botanical Garden

Special thanks to East Portland advocates, Leach Executive Director David Porter, the Garden Board of Directors, and Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté for their efforts in making this possible.

Leach Botanical is the only signature developed park east of Interstate 205. The Leach Board intends to use the public funding to begin to implement the master plan, starting with a new entrance and visitor’s center. The City’s investment is expected to leverage substantial private support.

Securing funding for Leach Botanical Garden reflects Nick’s continuing commitment to bring equity to East Portland. It is a part of a larger vision we call E205.

We encourage you to bring your friends and family to visit Leach Botanical, Portland’s secret garden.

Classes and events at Leach Botanical Garden

Leach Botanical Garden Master Plan

5K Fun Runs kick off this Sunday

First of the 5K Fun Runs kicks of at Columbia Park, Sunday, May 6

May 3, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Join Portland Parks and Recreation this Sunday for the first 5K Fun Run of the season!

Portland Parks and Recreation is teaming with Foot Traffic to host a series of 5K runs this summer at parks around the city. The first 5K run begins at 9 am this Sunday at Columbia Park.

Runners will be given timing bibs for the event, and are invited to stay and enjoy music, prize drawings, a rock climbing wall, and other family activities.

Best of all, the run only costs $5 for runners ages 18 and up! Youth ages 17 & under run free. Kids 8 & under are invited to run in their own free 1K Fun Run.

Runs are scheduled monthly through October - for the full list of races and to register for Sunday’s event, please visit the 5K Fun Run website.

Columbia Park 5K Fun Run

Sunday, May 6 - run begins at 9 am

N Lombard St. & Woolsey Ave.

Assistance for Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), has awarded Home Forward 60 special vouchers to help veterans who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

May 3, 2012

By David Nguyen

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), has awarded Home Forward 60 special vouchers to help veterans who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

There are over 200 homeless veterans in the Portland area. A VASH Voucher offers a path to a safe, stable home, supportive services, and a better life. Nick worked with the VA, Home Forward, and local housing advocates to streamline the VASH Voucher program, which has helped make the vouchers more accessible for those who need it most.

Our renewed commitment is working - in March, HUD announced that the number of homeless veterans has declined by nearly 12% nation-wide.

We'd like to thank HUD and the VA for partnering with our housing community to help us welcome our veterans home