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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

Our Public Utilities: Share Your Ideas

Join members of the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) for their first public meeting on Monday, September 8 at 6 pm in the Portland Building.

September 3, 2014

Join members of the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) for their first public meeting on Monday, September 8 at 6 pm in the Portland Building.

In June, Nick and Mayor Hales launched the BRC, Chaired by former U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, to analyze potential reforms of the oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

The BRC is focusing on ways to streamline communications and transparency in the rate-making process.

BRC members want to hear from you! Join them on Monday to share ideas and feedback about our public utilities – including services, billing rates, and more.

Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission

Public Listening Session #1

Monday, September 8, 2014

6 – 8:30 pm

Portland Building Room C

1120 SW 5th Avenue

Learn more about the BRC online: www.portlandoregon.gov/fish/brc

Oregonians honor the life of Vic Atiyeh, 1923-2014

This morning, Nick was proud to join the Atiyeh family, elected officials, and hundreds of Oregonians at a public memorial for former Governor Vic Atiyeh.

September 3, 2014

This morning, Nick was proud to join the Atiyeh family, elected officials, and hundreds of Oregonians at a public memorial for former Governor Vic Atiyeh.

Governor Atiyeh passed away in July at the age of 91.  He served as Governor for two terms (1978-1986), leading Oregonians through a difficult recession in the early 1980s. His passion, humility and statesmanship helped shape the Oregon we all love today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Atiyeh family.

Vic Atiyeh remembered as self-effacing 'symbol of public service' in Oregon

Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian

 

Oregon Remembers Former Gov. Vic Atiyeh

Amelia Templeton on OPB News

 

Gov. Atiyeh remembered with tributes, laughs

Peter Wong in the Portland Tribune

Beach Elementary School starts year off with a rally

This morning, Nick was proud to join Knowledge Universe, Schoolhouse Supplies, Portland Trail Blazer Robin Lopez, and Principal Mary Patterson at an all-school assembly at Beach Elementary in North Portland.

September 4, 2014

It’s an important time of the year students and parents – it’s the first week of school!

And for students at Beach Elementary, it has been a very exciting first week.

This morning, Nick was proud to join Knowledge Universe, Schoolhouse Supplies, Portland Trail Blazer Robin Lopez, and Principal Mary Patterson at an all-school assembly at Beach Elementary in North Portland. 

Around 300 volunteers from Knowledge Universe and Schoolhouse Supplies rang in the new school year by delivering backpacks full of school supplies for every student, along with 500 new books for the school library.

Blazers Center Robin Lopez, with mascot Blaze by his side, emphasized the importance of reading and storytelling.  An avid reader, Robin is part of a literacy campaign called ‘READ BIG,’ which encourages Portland Public School students to immerse themselves in books. Even as students and teachers alike were star-struck by the basketball player, Robin’s message was all about a lifelong love of reading.

K
nowledge Universe has been helping students at Beach Elementary start the year out right for the last 7 years! We’re thankful that civic-minded companies like Knowledge Universe call Portland home. Knowledge Universe partnered with local nonprofit School House Supplies, which provides teachers and students with free classroom supplies, to help make this the best school year yet.

Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez helps deliver supplies to N. Portland school

Randy Rasmussen in The Oregonian

Friday Roundup

Steve Duin blog - At long last, justice: Two acres returned to Elmo and Meliitta Marquette

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

WWI African-American solider Henry L. Johnson closer to Medal of Honor, with push from Oregon, New York

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

 

Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez helps deliver supplies to N. Portland school

Randy Rasmussen in The Oregonian

 

Vic Atiyeh remembered as self-effacing 'symbol of public service' in Oregon

Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian

 

Sewage release stopped in Southwest Portland

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Steve Duin: That Garden Home deal leads to Oregon AG investigation and questions about elder abuse

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

Celebrating National Arts in Education Week

Next week is National Arts in Education Week - and there is a lot to celebrate!

September 5, 2014

September 14 - 20 is National Arts in Education Week - and there is a lot to celebrate!

National Arts in Education Week was established by Congress in 2010 to highlight the important role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students.

Art is an important part of early and long-term education because it enhances creativity and innovation.

Thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, all K-5 students in our public schools now have access to art, dance, or music classes!

Also, the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Right Brain Initiative has expanded to nearly 60 schools across our community.  Right Brain weaves the arts into school curriculums through 8th grade. Working with our public schools, Right Brain hopes to make the arts available to every student, regardless of neighborhood, language, or income.

Learn all about RACC’s educational programs on their website

Photo courtesy of RACC.