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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


December 1, 2015

It’s the season of giving! And today is #GivingTuesday – the perfect day to give back to your community.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

#GivingTuesday first started in 2012 by New York’s 92nd St. Y and the United Nations Foundation. Over the last three years, it has grown into a massive event, with tens of millions of dollars raised by people from around the world!

Get involved and give back! Make a big impact in someone’s life by supporting one of the many great non-profits in our community. Need some ideas? Check out the Willamette Week’s Give! Guide, which highlights some of the best mission-driven non-profits in Portland.

Don’t forget to hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media when you give! Check out #GivingTuesday’s website for more information.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now Giving Tuesday

KOIN 6 News Staff

Charities hope Oregonians embrace #GivingTuesday

Kaellen Hessel in KGW News

Welcome Betsy!

December 2, 2015

Join us in welcoming Betsy Ruth Quitugua to the Fish Team! She is our Interim Constituent Relations Coordinator, and will be here until mid-January.

Betsy was born on the Island of Saipan. It is part of the Northern Marianas Islands, located in the South Pacific. She is the youngest of 5 children. At the age of 10, her entire family moved to Oregon. Being the daughter of a retired Veteran, Betsy has moved around a lot, but now considers Portland home.

Betsy is a student at Portland State University, working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. She has been involved with many student organizations while in college, including Key Club International Alumni - Division 65, PCC Sylvania’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and PCC's student government.

Betsy also works as a Community Service Aid at the Bureau of Environmental Services, working under the Facilities and Admin Division. She has a great passion for the environment and loves exploring Oregon’s great outdoors.

The Weekly Catch

AARP: Making Portland an Age-Friendly City

Janice Bangs in KATU News


Portland eyes $57 million project for earthquake-ready pipeline under Willamette River

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Proposal aims to keep Portland’s west side for losing water after major quake

Fox 12 Staff


Portland City Council mulls over new water main under Willamette

Time Gordon in KGW News


PWB wants earthquake-safe pipe beneath Willamette

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News


‘Grimm’ Celebrates 100 Episodes With Cake, and Lots of Love From Oregon

Amy Ratcliffe in Comic Book Resources


City Employees Now Get Parental Leave! Well, Most of Them.

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Commissioner Amanda Fritz Tears Into Her Colleagues (Again) As New Uber Regulations Pass

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland Deregulates Taxi Market In Divided Vote

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


With narrow vote, Uber and Lyft secure their place in Portland

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Amanda Fritz Lambastes Portland City Council for Giving Uber and Lyft the Green Light

Beth Slovic in the Willamette Week


Uber, Lyft Given Final Approval To Stay In Portland After City Council Vote
Mary Beth Quirk in the Consumerist


Uber and Lyft get green light into Portland taxi market

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Portland City Council approves permanent status of ride sharing programs

Fox 12 News Staff


Uber Rules Might Finally Pass Tomorrow. Surprise Rules For Pedicabs Won’t.

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland's Not Getting a Demolition Tax - This Year

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Lacking votes, Charlie Hales delays Portland demolition tax again

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Support lacking, Hales postpones demolition tax vote again

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council to vote on $25,000 demolition tax

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Charities hope Oregonians embrace #GivingTuesday

Kaellen Hessel in KGW News

Our Age-Friendly City

December 4, 2015

Yesterday, Nick joined Helen Raptis on KATU’s AM Northwest to talk about the vital role of older adults in our community.

The City of Portland is proud to partner with Age-Friendly Portland, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, Portland State University's Institute on Aging, and other local organizations to ensure that Portland is a city that works for people of all ages.

In 2013, the City Council adopted an Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland, a framework to help us address the unique needs of older adults. Since then, we’ve made great progress in increasing civic engagement, volunteerism, economic development, employment and more.

Nick serves on the Advisory Committee for Age-Friendly Portland, which is working hard to keep the Action Plan on track, and is also the City Council liaison to Elders in Action.

For older adults with time to give - now is the perfect time to get involved! There are so many ways to volunteer in our community. Read kindergarteners a book at your local elementary school. Attend a City Council hearing. Become a foster parent. Serve on a committee. Get involved in your neighborhood association. Mentor a child. Help a small business get started. Seek opportunities where your lifetime of experience can benefit our city!

Visit Age-Friendly Portland’s website for more information about how to get involved.

AARP: Making Portland an Age-Friendly City

Janice Bangs in KATU News

It’s raining cats and dogs!

December 7, 2015

Major winter rainstorms can cause unexpected floods in parts of Portland. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services has important tips to help you and your family stay safe during extreme rains: 

  • Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive – only six inches of flowing water can knock someone off their feet! If you have to walk through flowing water, use a pole or stick.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. It’s dangerous, and flooded waters can damage your vehicle.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Report any downed power lines to your power company.
  • If you live or work in a floodplain, and know a flood is coming, shut off your gas and electricity.

 Download the Bureau of Environmental Services’ multilingual flyer, How to Avoid the Flood, to learn more.