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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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Creating Community Artfully

Nick was honored to join Grammy Award-winning artist Thara Memory and community members at Emmanuel Church last night for the City of Portland’s Creating Community Artfully celebration.

February 27, 2013

Nick was honored to join Grammy Award-winning artist Thara Memory and community members at Emmanuel Church last night for the City of Portland’s Creating Community Artfully celebration.

This year marked the celebration’s second year, and community members enjoyed an art sale, live music, kids’ activities, and more in honor of Black History Month.

This year, the celebration also paid tribute to the late great Obo Addy - musician, composer, and band leader.

Obo Addy was one of Portland’s famed African musical composers and performers. Addy was one of the key originators of the seminal music movement known now as “worldbeat.” Addy was also a prominent member of the first generation African musicians to bring their tradition and popular music to Europe and America.

His legacy lives on with other prominent African and African American artists, including Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding.

Creating Community Artfully was a great success, and we hope it will continue for years to come. Thank you to the Portland Water Bureau’s Tim Hall, and creative visionary S. Renee Mitchell for organizing this wonderful event.

Investing in our Gold Medal system

Recently, the Portland Parks Foundation funded a public opinion survey - Portlanders are asking us to continue to stretch our dollars and past investments a little further right now.

February 28, 2013

Over the last century, Portlanders have preserved and built our incredible parks system through a series of legacy investments. Historically, voters have committed to a bond or levy about every nine years. The last levy expired in 2009 and the last bond, passed about 19 years ago, will expire in 2015.

Every day, I have the opportunity to meet and talk with people who use and love our parks.  Recently, the Portland Parks Foundation funded a public opinion survey.  Parks Director Mike Abbaté and I have listened closely, and understand that Portlanders are asking us to continue to stretch our dollars and past investments a little further right now.

While Portlanders are not ready to invest in a new Portland Parks bond effort this year, we are beginning a conversation about the most pressing health and safety needs in our Parks system.  We start this work from a very good place.  From the survey, we also learned:

  • Portlanders believe we have done an excellent job creating and maintaining our Gold Medal system, often through sheer will and elbow grease.  Nine in ten Portlanders (91%) give positive marks to the quality of the parks, programs, playgrounds and community centers.
  • Portlanders trust us as responsible watchdogs of taxpayers’ money. Nearly two-thirds (66%) say the Bureau "is probably efficient with the money they have."

I invite you to visit Portland Parks & Recreation’s website to take a survey, and tell us what you think are the most pressing needs in our parks and recreation facilities. 

At the same time, the City is crafting its 2013-2014 budget.  With an expected $25 million shortfall, we anticipate difficult cuts to our programs and services.  Follow the PP&R budget process online, and visit the City Budget Office online for upcoming public hearings and opportunities for comment.

Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful Portland Parks & Recreation system.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Parks bureau backs away from bond plan

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

Friday Roundup

News of and about Commissioner Nick Fish

March 1, 2013

March has arrived, and that means it's time for the nation's largest continuous public market to start up again!

The Portland Saturday Market returns to Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza this Saturday for its 40th Year. The season-opener celebration will kick off with gift card give-aways, live music, and over 250 booths to buy local products and delicious food.

The market runs every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4:30 pm until Christmas Eve.

Get out, have fun, and shop local!

American Winter wins audience award for Best Documentary

Portland International Film Festival

 

Fish: City Parks Bond Measure Grounded by "Headwinds"

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

 

Parks bureau backs away from bond plan

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Could Generate Renewable Power in City Water Pipes

Cassandra Profita on OPB.org

 

Supporting Water Fluoridation for our Beloved Community

Avel Gordly and Tricia Tillman in The Skanner

 

Council tackles cost of historic designation

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Why we need labor laws like paid sick time: Guest opinion

Helen Moss in The Oregonian

Public Hearing on City Budget

Join us on Wednesday, March 6 for a public hearing on the City’s 2013-2014 budget.

March 1, 2013

Join us on Wednesday, March 6 for a public hearing on the City’s 2013-2014 budget.

This year, the City is facing a $25 million shortfall. Mayor Hales has asked all city bureaus to develop a budget with a 10% cut.

Make sure your voice is heard, and tell us what programs and services are important to you. The hearing will be held at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Gymnasium, beginning at 6:30.  

Public Hearing on City Budget

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Gymnasium

Wednesday, March 6

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Can’t make it on Wednesday? Visit the City’s Budget Office online to see future opportunities for comment.

Celebrate National Women’s History Month!

March is National Women’s History Month – a time to highlight the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

March 4, 2013

March is National Women’s History Month – a time to highlight the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

Women’s History Month began in 1911 as the first International Women’s Day. In 1981, after increased popularity from a Sonoma, California-recognized Women’s History Week, Senator Orrin Hatch along with Representative Barbara Mikulski passed a Congressional Resolution proclaiming Women’s History Week.

The day turned into a week, and the week into a month in 1987 when Congress expanded the focus to the whole month of March!

On Wednesday, Mayor Hales will proclaim March as Women’s History Month in the City of Portland. The City will host events throughout the month to honor women.

For more information about Women’s History Month please contact Janis McDonald at (503) 823-5358.

Women’s History Month Proclamation

Portland City Hall

March 6, 9:30 am

photo courtesy of womenshistorymonth.gov