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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

Shop & support Elders in Action

September 2, 2015

Did you know you can fill your fridge and support local non-profits at the same time?

Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program links your Fred Meyer Rewards Card with your favorite nonprofit. Fred Meyer is donating up to $2.6 million each year to local nonprofits, schools, and community organizations.

Link your Rewards Card to Elders in Action, and support Portland’s older adults!

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action. The nonprofit advocates for older adults, provides meaningful volunteer opportunities, and works to build an age-friendly community for all.

Sign in to your Rewards Card, search for Elders in Action, and link your card! Then, every time you shop at Fred Meyer, just scan your card as usual – that’s it! You’ll still earn your regular Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and other rebates.

To learn more about Elders in Action, visit their website:

Photo courtesy of Elders in Action

The caboose is loose

September 3, 2015

The Johnson Creek Watershed is one of Portland’s most important ecological resources. About 170,000 people live within the 52 square mile watershed, including forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more.

Our new Watershed Health Report Cards show that the Johnson Creek Watershed averages about a C in overall health. The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is working hard to restore stream banks, water quality, and habitat to improve our grades.

BES purchased land along SE Tenino Street for one of those restoration projects. The land purchase came with a unique find – a vintage 1921 railroad caboose! The caboose had once been used as an apartment, but sat empty for several years.

Usually, BES crews will deconstruct buildings or other structures on purchased property. But the caboose is so unique, the owners of local company Lorentz Bruun Construction wanted to keep it!

Last month, crews loaded the caboose onto a flatbed truck, and hauled it to its new home next to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Bruun family hopes to restore the caboose and make it open to the public.

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is home to the historic SP 4449, SP&S 700, and OR&N 197 locomotives. In 2012, Nick was proud to partner with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to secure a permanent home for our historic trains.

Learn more about the Rail Heritage Center on their website.

Weekly Catch

To the hardworking families in our community: thank you.

Enjoy your Labor Day!

'Wake of Vanport' Draws More Survivor Stories

The Skanner News


Portland Japanese Garden Expansion Groundbreaking

Janet Eastman in The Oregonian

Japanese Garden Breaks Ground on New Expansion

Aleck Z. Woogmaster, GOLocalPDX

Groundbreaking at Portland Japanese Garden



Hempstalk approved but smoke still hangs in the air

Chris Woodard, KOIN 6 News

Hall Monitor: That First Commute is a Doozy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

The City’s Going to Battle Its Second-Biggest Power Company Over Renewable Energy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

City pays dearly for historic properties

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Artslandia spins off an arts-focused magazine for Portland-area kids

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

Forest for the Trees NW brings noted mural artists from around the world to Portland

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian


September 8, 2015

On Saturday, Nick was proud to join his friend, Jaime Lim, and the Council of Filipino American Associations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

The Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, inspired a wave of new Filipino immigrants to the United States. Most of the 20,000 Filipinos living in Oregon immigrated to the U.S. after the Act was signed.

Filipino-American families from across our community gathered at the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization for the day-long Pagdiriwang, the Filipino word for "celebration."

We’re proud to live in a city that celebrates its diverse communities, and that understands the blending of different cultures and nationalities is one of our greatest strengths.

Special thanks to the Council of Filipino American Associations for hosting this great event!

Arr ye ready for an Aquifer Adventure?

September 9, 2015

This Saturday, put on your best swashbuckling outfit and visit the pirate-themed Aquifer Adventure!

The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council arrrr pleased to host the special festival, celebrating the importance of our groundwater.

The free festival has educational and fun adventures for all ages. Drift away on a pirate canoe, create an edible aquifer, hunt for buried treasure, and more.

Arrive early – the first 300 kids get a free t-shirt!

Learn more on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.

Aquifer Adventure

Saturday, September 12, 2015

12 – 4pm

Portland Water Bureau Launch

16650 NE Airport Way

Portland, OR 97230