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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

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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Documentary Film for Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration

This year, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Peninsula Park will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary

March 5, 2013

This year, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Peninsula Park will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, some local youth have started filming a documentary to share during the park’s centennial celebration this June.

PP&R is offering a recreational film class at the park’s community center for youth aged 11-17. The students are learning the ropes from two film professionals about how to create a documentary film. From lighting to sound, to asking the pressing questions that require more than just a yes or no answer, these students are turning out to be quite the filmmakers.

The documentary features beautiful shots of the park, including the oldest rose garden in the city, and interviews with park experts about how the park has transformed over the past century.

The rest of the documentary film will be shot on Saturdays over the next nine weeks.

Local students will have another opportunity to participate in a class in April. To learn more about the class or to register, please call PP&R's Recreation Coordinator at (503) 823-3620

Teens make documentary about Peninsula Park in Portland Parks & recreation class

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Helensview Community Garden

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/03/helensview_community_garden_to.html#incart_river

March 6, 2013

Join Nick, community members, and partners on Saturday at the grand opening of the new Helensview Community Garden!

Helensview is the 46th community garden in Portland, and adds 450 new plots for community members to grow their own food.

The garden is part of our 1,000 Gardens initiative, launched in 2009. This garden is the first developed in partnership between the Parkrose School District and Portland Community Gardens program. The Gardens program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit for Portland neighborhoods since 1975.

Come celebrate with us this Saturday, March 9, beginning at noon. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Helensview Community Garden Grand Opening Celebration

Helensview School

8678 NE Sumner St.

March 9, 12 pm - 1 pm

Helensview Community Garden to build Sumner neighborhood pride

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Commissioner Fish testifies in support of Section 8 reform bill

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to testify in support of HB 2639, Speaker Tina Kotek's Section 8 reform bill, before the House Human Services and Housing committee in Salem on March 6, 2013

Marc Jolin of JOIN, Sybil Hebb of the Oregon Law Center, and Deborah Imse of MultifamilyNW testify in support of HB 2639 on March 6, 2013March 7, 2013

Nick was honored to testify before the House Human Services and Housing Committee yesterday afternoon in support of Speaker Tina Kotek's Section 8 reform bill.

The City has prioritized this legislation in its 2013 Legislative Agenda. Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC) members Deborah Imse of Multifamily NW and Marc Jolin of JOIN also testified in support.

The bill is a thoughtful and balanced approach to strengthening the Section 8 program statewide. It creates new protections for landlords who participate in the program, including a Landlord Guarantee Program, while removing the exception which currently allows landlords to reject applications from Section 8 voucher-holders without processing them.

As written, Oregon's current law has the effect of limiting choice and concentrating poverty. Under Speaker Kotek's bill, landlords will be required to treat voucher-holders like any other prospective tenant and process their application through normal screening criteria.

There are nearly 7,000 voucher-holders in Multnomah County alone: half are families, one-third have a disability, about half are people of color, and one in five is an older adult. Section 8 is the largest housing program in America, and it's important that we get it right. This balanced legislation will make the program more user-friendly while protecting the rights of all Portlanders in our rental housing market.

Nick and the City Council are proud to support this bill, an important step forward for civil rights in the state of Oregon.

HB 2639

"Portland Commissioner Nick Fish testifies in support of state law that would end 'No Section 8' policy"

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

City Council support letter

Commissioner Fish's testimony

City of Portland 2013 State Legislative Agenda

Portland Open Space Sequence lands spot on National Register of Historic Places

We are delighted to share that Portland’s Halprin Open Space Sequence has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

March 7, 2013

We are delighted to share that Portland’s Halprin Open Space Sequence has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The Open Space Sequence was born from architect Lawrence Halprin's vision for community in the heart of Portland. His innovative design links fountains, plazas, parks, and other open spaces with the bustle of the city.

In his own words, Halprin explained that "the space is choreographed for movement with nodes for quiet & contemplation, action & inaction, hard & soft, yin & yang."

The Sequence links some of Portland's most well-known downtown Portland Parks & Recreation spaces - the Ira Keller Fountain, the Lovejoy Fountain, and Pettygrove Park.

“They are spaces designed not to simply look at or to sit in, but to wade into, to dance upon, to become part of the work itself” Nick says about the beautiful landscape.

The National Register of Historic Places has 88,000 properties on their list - only 200 are noted due to landscape architecture. The Open Space Sequence is a wonderful addition to the list because it “was not inspired by architecture, but by nature,” notes Director Abbaté.  

The Sequence has been maintained through a wonderful public-private partnership between Halprin Landscape Conservancy, surrounding property owners, and the City of Portland.

We are so honored and proud to have this spectacular sequence in our city!

Portland Open Space Sequence in downtown Portland joins National Register of Historic Places

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Zenger Farm and Powellhurst-Gilber group hope to turn neighbors into farmers

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian 

 

Lone tree stolen from Portland's smallest park

KGW staff on KVTB.com

 

Portland City Council set for second public comment on sick leave: Portland City Hall roundup

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Despite critiques from business interests, Portland sick leave proposal moves forward

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Portland Fair Housing Action Plan Update

July 2011 - March 2013

 

Commissioner Fish Section 8 testimony

Commissioner Nick Fish testified in support of Speaker Tina Kotek's Section 8 bill

 

Portland Open Space Sequence in downtown Portland joins National Register of Historic Places

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

City digs deep to fix $25 million shortfall

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland's South Waterfront shows signs of evolving into a neighborhood

Rebecca Koffman Special to The Oregonian

 

City Council letter in Support of HB 2639

The City Council supports House Speak Tina Kotek's bill to reform the Section 8 program in the state of Oregon

 

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish testifies in support of state law that would end 'No Section 8' policy

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Helensview Community Garden to build Sumner neighborhood pride

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Presents the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail Restoration Celebration

On PDXTraffic.blospot.com

 

Portland Parks to open 46th community garden

On KGW.com