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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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Summer Free For All just around the bend

The Summer Free For All provides opportunities for the community to get outside and enjoy some free fun in the sun.

February 8, 2013

Does the brisk winter morning air have you dreaming of summer?

Enjoy this video from our 2012 Summer Free For All, and remember that summer is just around the bend!

The Summer Free For All provides opportunities for the community to get outside and enjoy some free fun in the sun. Activities include free movies in the park, live music, and healthy lunches for kids in our playgrounds.

So power through the cold months and start to turn your gaze at the glorious summer to come. Summer Free For All will return, better than ever!

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland bureaus release proposed budgets; tough cuts lie ahead

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Eastside parks get $800,000 makeover

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

 

East Portland Parks Project Invests Record Funds in Under-Developed Greenspaces

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

 

Parks announces E205 Initiative completion

Mark Ross in the Mid-county Memo

 

Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman urge Mayor Charlie Hales to fund summer youth programs: Portland City Hall roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Hales takes bureaus, outlines budget schedule

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Parks & Recreation completes 18-month E205 Initiative to refurbish parks in East Portland

Daniel Moran in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks & Recreation's $5 5K races expand to six parks this summer

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Forest Park update: wildlife report, new Parks Director chimes in, media goes crazy

on bikeportland.org

 

The 10 best U.S. cities for urban forests

Wendy Koch in USA TODAY

 

American Forests Names the 10 Best U.S. Cities

on americanforest.org

 

Where to get free help with you 2012 tax return

Brent Hunsberger in The Oregonian

 

Oregon bill would end Section 8 discrimination

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Portland Commissioner Seve Novick asks state for delay on reservoir requirements

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

To rent or to not to rent - that is the question

The “City of Roses” is not always coming up roses when it comes to someone trying to find a rental home.

February 11, 2013

Actually the question in Portland is: where can I rent?

The “City of Roses” is not always coming up roses when it comes to someone trying to find a rental home.

Portland’s vacancy rate is just 5.2% - which means only about 5% of rental homes are currently vacant, available for the next renter. Our vacancy rate is one of the lowest in the country - the national average is 8.7%.

Tight rental markets are particularly hard on low-income individuals and families. With fewer rental homes available, it’s that much harder to find one that’s affordable. Too many hardworking families are having to choose whether to buy groceries or pay rent.

The City is proud to partner with the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering renters, and helping them access (and keep) safe, affordable homes.

Elisa Harrigan, CAT’s Executive Director, recently spoke on OPB’s Think Out Loud about Portland’s vacancy rate and the rental market.  Take a listen and gain some insight into what’s happening in our local rental markets.

Gauging Oregon's Rental Market Economy

on OPB.org

Photo credit: OPB

American Winter Premiere this Sunday

Please join us on February 17 for the premiere of American Winter at the Portland International Film Festival.

February 11, 2013

 

Please join us on February 17 for the premiere of American Winter at the Portland International Film Festival.

Working with local non-profit 211Info, filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz document the struggles of eight Portland families.

This morning, Nick was proud to join Carl Wolfson for Carl in the Morning to discuss the film and Sunday's premiere.  Listen to the interview online here.

American Winter premiere

Sunday, February 17 - 3 pm

Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium

1219 SW Park Avenue

General admission is $11; buy tickets online now

Immediately following the premiere, the filmmakers will host a benefit reception for 211Info.

211Info Benefit Reception

Sunday, February 17

Immediately following the film

Portland Art Museum – Fields Ballroom

Sign up online to attend

Today, February 11 (2/11) is National 211 Day, a day to recognize and thank the often life-saving number: 2-1-1.  Millions of Americans depend on the services 2-1-1 lines provide nationwide.

Special thanks to our own 211Info for being a great partner and supporter for Oregon families.

American Winter on Carl in the Morning

www.carlwolfson.com

It's National 2-1-1 Day!

Chuck Sheketoff in BlueOregon

A picture can say a thousand words

In November, Nick was thrilled to join the United States Women’s Soccer Team during a team practice at Jeld-Wen field.

February 13, 2013

In November, Nick was thrilled to join the United States Women’s Soccer Team during a team practice at Jeld-Wen field.  The next night, the U.S. won their exhibition match against Ireland’s Women’s team.

Even more excited were the young women from Parkrose High School’s Varsity soccer team, who got to enjoy the practice and meet some of their idols.

Emotions ran high, and Oregonian photographer Randy L. Rasmussen captured one particularly inspiring image.

Nick was delighted to receive a framed copy of the photograph, which is now displayed proudly in his office at City Hall.

A true fan of soccer and the future of our youth, Nick was proud to have helped make this dream a reality for the young women of Parkrose High School.

U.S. women's soccer team meets fans at Jeld-Wen Field

Randy Rasmussen in The Oregonian

 

U.S. Women's National team rolls to easy win against Ireland

Geoffrey C. Arnold in The Oregonian