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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

Art in the Pearl Celebrates 20 years as Oregon’s Largest Arts Festival

September 2, 2016

The 19th annual Art in the Pearl is this Labor Day Weekend!

Art in the Pearl is Portland’s largest arts community event. More than 75,000 visitors congregate in the Pearl to experience the work of over 100 artists, including painters, photographers, jewelers, musicians, and performance artists.

Attendees will be able to meet the artists, enjoy musical performances, participate in hands-on art activities, and find something special to bring home with them.

Each year, nearly a thousand artists apply to be one of the 130 artists who get to show their work at Art in the Pearl. If you would like to showcase your work at Art in the Pearl next year, follow the link here.

As the Arts Commissioner and Council liaison to Regional Arts and Culture Council, Nick is a proud supporter of Art in the Pearl, and a champion for the arts in Portland.

Visit the Art in the Pearl's website for further information.

Art in the Pearl

Saturday, September 3rd – Sunday September 4th from 10am – 6pm and

Monday, September 5th from 10am-5pm

Pearl District’s North Park Blocks (NW 8th Ave between Davis and Flanders)

FREE Entry

The Weekly Catch

Nick Fish: Portland’s Housing Emergency Will Be Extended for One Year

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland Council Moves To Extend Housing Emergency

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Harbor businesses to challenge 1 as shelter

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


State says homeless camps and shelter don’t belong on industrial property

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


R2D2 Ruling Could Sink Plan For Terminal 1 Homeless Shelter

Anna Griffin in KUOW News


Central Eastside Business Owners Have Prevailed in Fight Against Right 2 Dream Too

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

Weekend Roundup

September 6, 2016

Nick had a busy and productive Labor Day weekend.

On Friday, he visited the set of “Lean on Pete.” And he attended a Pilots soccer game with his family.

On Saturday, he attended the Thorns game with his son and daughter, and cheered the returning Olympians.

That evening, he served as a judge at the La Femme Magnifique International Pageant. Nick’s friend Darcelle was the host of the pageant. And former Governor Barbara Roberts was on hand to celebrate Darcelle’s recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records. 

 Group photo from the set of "Lean on Pete"  Sunset at the University of Portland

 Nick and Darcelle  Former Governor Barbara Roberts and her special friend Don

Anna's Last Blog Post

September 7, 2016

It is now the last week of my internship and my time in the Fish office is coming to an end (for now). I will be heading back to Eugene in a couple days for my junior year at the University of Oregon and want to recap the experience.

One of my favorite memories from the internship was attending the launch of BIKETOWN with Nick and Asena. It was so cool to see Nick in his zone – talking to friends, other politicians, and people who had key roles in the city and community. I was charged with being the cameraman for the event. This was fun. I followed Nick and snapped photos of handshakes and silly poses on the new orange bikes. Beyond the fun, though, it was exciting; it allowed me to see the finished product of a project that was born out of policymakers all contributing to an end goal—1,000 bikes for Portland’s first bike share program.

One of my chief tasks for Nick’s office was to write blog posts; I kept the city apprised of Nick and his staff’s activities. I was also given the tasks of writing memos, doing research on myriad policy issues in the city, creating a database of contact information for people in the arts community, as well as helping with constituent concerns, and other office tasks. 

For the past weeks, I have been lucky enough to help out with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Reservoir Improvement Project at Washington Park. I assisted Liam and the awesome people from the Water Bureau plan for the event, and even joined them in scouting out locations at the park for the ceremony. It was fun seeing the planning unfold and experiencing all the preparation that goes into a big public event such as this one. 

Furthermore, the people I met during my internship have changed my perspective. A Commissioner’s office is a place where things get done. People from all walks of life come in seeking input into our city and the policy decisions through which change is implemented. I was often at the front office and had the job of “gate keeper.” With each new person who came in, I experienced a different side of Portland and a new outlook. 

From this internship, I have taken away a new sense of what it means to be a citizen of Portland. I have learned about the key issues facing our city and the people and organizations that make up our population. I have acquired new skills and ideas that will follow me through college and life beyond. 

I will not forget my time at City Hall, and appreciate Nick and the entire staff so much for the opportunity to be part of our local government!

The Weekly Catch

City says Superfund cleanup plan good enough get moving

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune 


Portland Says Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan Strikes The Right Balance

Cassandra Profita in Northwest Public Radio news


Portland’s ‘housing emergency’ extended extra year

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian 


Boosters for a New Homeless Campus Are Touting “Resounding,” Anonymous Support for the Concept

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


City Council Approves Lease for Massive Homeless Shelter

Arashi Young in the Skanner


Texas Homeless Shelter Could Serve As a Model For Portland Facility

Sage Van Wing in OPB 


Grants target regional affordable housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune 


SW Portland neighbors expect big headaches during improvement project at Washington Park

Katherine Kisiel in KATU News