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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

Mid Year Review

The first half of 2014 has been marked by big changes, new challenges, and many reasons to celebrate.

July 1, 2014

The first half of 2014 has been marked by big changes, new challenges, and many reasons to celebrate.

City employees and community partners stepped up during a big winter storm.

The Portland City Council approved a balanced budget that invests in strong neighborhoods and small businesses, protects our safety net services, supports older adults and youth, and builds strong partnerships.

And after Portland voters soundly defeated a ballot measure to create a new water district, we launched a Blue Ribbon Commission to consider reforms to the oversight of our public utilities.

As always, it is an honor to serve you on the City Council, to work with the talented professionals at the Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland'5, and Elders in Action.

Thanks for all you do to make Portland a great place to call home.

 #pdxLOVESsmallbiz  PHAME Celebrates
30th Anniversary

City Launches
Blue Ribbon Commission
Heroes During the
Winter Storm
BES Reclaims
St. Johns Brownfield
New Partnership with
Citizens' Utility Board
 A Decade of
Northwest Dance Project
BES: Everyday Heroes
Celebrating
Older Americans
City's First-Ever
Utility Rate Review


 

Shop local this summer

The sun is out and things are heating up. Need a new pair of shades? A summer hat? Or just a relaxing day at the spa? Portland’s small business community has you covered.

July 2, 2014

The sun is out and things are heating up. Need a new pair of shades? A summer hat? Or just a relaxing day at the spa? Portland’s small business community has you covered.

Neighborhood Notes, an online blog dedicated to sharing neighborhood news and events, shared that 12 new local businesses opened their doors last month!

From Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion in Northwest Portland to BlaqPaks in Southeast, you can fill all your summer vacation needs thanks to our neighborhood small businesses. Read more about Portland’s newest businesses on Neighborhood Notes’ blog.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, a nonprofit focused on the strategic growth of Portland’s business districts. Learn more about your business district, and see upcoming events like street fairs, farmers markets, and more on Venture Portland’s website.

Enjoy your summer!

The grass is always greener

Conserve water and keep your lawn green this summer by following tips from the Regional Water Providers Consortium

July 2, 2014

With the rainy season behind us, it may be time to break out your sprinkler to keep your garden green.

Conserve water and keep your lawn green this summer by following these tips from the Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC):

  • Water before 10 am or after 6 pm when the water is less likely to evaporate.
  • Your lawn and garden should be watered about two times a week.
  • Different plants have different needs, but on average, you should water your lawn about an inch of water per week.
  • Make sure you are only watering plants or grass – don’t water the sidewalk!

Don’t know how much water you’re using? The RWPC is offering free water gauge kits that will measure how much water is landing on your lawn! Request your free kit by emailing RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov. Include your name, mailing address, water provider (like “City of Portland”), and how you heard about the offer.

RWPC also posts a “weekly watering number” online, which offers a guide for the amount of water you should use each week to keep your lawn healthy. Visit their website and enter your zip code to find your watering number: http://www.conserveh2o.org.

Regional Water Providers Consortium offers free watering gauge kits July 7 - 31

Washington County Reader Contributer, The Oregonian

Thursday Roundup

New from and about Commissioner Fish

A utility panel that can change things for the better: Editorial Agenda 2014

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Water panel a start, but we want results
Portland Tribune Editorial Board

Busted Bottles: Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

Portland Bottling Company will fight $450,000 in fines, charges for illegally discharging water
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


City Council finalizes ordinance to legalize Airbnb style rentals here

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Water Activists Gather Just 1,000 Signatures, Won't Seek November Ballot

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

People's Water Trust suspends campaign effort, won't refer measure to November ballot

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Portland Won't Vote on Its Water Supply for a Second Time This Year, After All

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury

Knowledge Universe to stay in Lloyd District

Portland Tribune Business Tribune

Happy Independence Day

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens reminds Portlanders to enjoy the holiday, but to remember to celebrate safely.

July 3, 2014

On the 4th of July, we gather with friends and family to celebrate our great nation.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens reminds Portlanders to enjoy the holiday, but to remember to celebrate safely.

If you observe the holiday by setting off fireworks, remember that Oregon requires fireworks not to fly, explode, or travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet on the ground.

Whether you gather for a barbecue, watch a baseball game, or set off fireworks, have a safe and fun Independence Day!