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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

Portland2014's Binennial of Contemporary Art

March 3, 2014

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center presents Portland2014’s Biennial of Contemporary Art.  Art is brought to a whole other level with the 15 eclectic contemporary artists and 11 events.

Portland2014’s diverse art exhibitions come from an array of talented artists, including Portland’s Zachary Davis, whose mixed media art incorporates magnets, PVC, glass, and even YouTube videos. Personal Libraries Library recreates libraries from some of history’s greatest minds, and Professor Christopher Michlig takes on the manipulation of communication with vivid neon colors and shapes. 

The exhibitions are located in four Portland venues: Disjecta, Upfor Gallery, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, and The Best Art Gallery in Portland.

Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art goes from March 8 to April 27.  All Portland2014 venues are free and open to the public, from 12 - 6 pm, Tuesday - Saturday.

An opening reception will be held at Disjecta on Saturday, March 8, from 6 - 10 pm.

Please check Biennial Disjecta’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of Disjecta Contemporary

Out with the old pipes and valves, in with the new

March 4, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau’s Operations Group is improving water quality and making sure our drinking water is up to par with federal and state requirements.

Upgrades are in process for the water supply system at the Bull Run Watershed and

The massive pipes that carry water to our reservoirs.  Water Bureau crews are at the Sandy River Station, replacing old air valve vaults. The new valves will help maintain system efficiency and prevent contamination by flood water.  

Crews are also installing six new flow meters.  Some of the existing meters are over 90 years old.  The flow meters help measure and monitor chlorine in water, which keeps our water clean and safe to drink.

To learn more, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Blog

Glencoe Rain Garden - 10 years later

March 5, 2014

This winter has been especially rainy – it makes us grateful for our innovative systems that manage heavy stormwater.

Over a decade ago, some Mt. Tabor neighbors had sewage flooding their basements because heavy water runoff was clogging small pipes. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) worked to install larger pipes to prevent overflow.  They also partnered with Portland Public Schools and Glencoe Elementary School to design the beautiful Glencoe Rain Garden, which captures rain and stormwater runoff.

The garden provides the community with a lovely area of nature, and doubles as an outdoor classroom with a butterfly garden for Glencoe Elementary School.

10 years later, it is still a success! There have been no reported basement backups in the neighborhood.  The native plants and soils in the rain garden are doing well and soak up 85% of annual runoff water.  It also prevents pollutants from entering our sewers and rivers. 

To learn more about how Portland focuses on “green” solutions to stormwater management, visit BES’s website.

Age-Friendly Portland

March 6, 2014

The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council has launched a new website,

Unanimously supported by Portland City Council, Elders in Action, and other organizations throughout Portland, Age-Friendly Portland is dedicated to building an empowered and engaged community of older adults in our wonderful city. provides information for upcoming events and opportunities, highlights community partners’ initiatives, and shares news articles and other important resources.

Age-Friendly communities can be found all over the world, with more continually popping up.  Currently there are 145 in 22 countries! To learn more about other Age-Friendly communities, visit Age-Friendly World’s website

Get connected by joining a committee or volunteering! Email or call (503) 235 – 5474 for more information. 

Photo courtesy of Elders in Action.

Friday Roundup

Study says city top heavy with supervisors

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, March 5, 2014

Council Report Asks Police Bureau to Consider Cutting 23 Command Positions

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, March 4, 2014

Portland goes contemporary with 'Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art'

Jamie Hale in the Oregonian, February 28, 2014

Editorial gave short shrift to east-side park development: Guest opinion

Commissioner Amanda Fritz in The Oregonian, February 28, 2014