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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

The Weekly Catch

Starting a new chapter: Israel Bayer to step down at year's end

Israel Bayer in StreetRoots News


Portland Firefighters Remember Those Who Have Died

Rosemary Reynolds in KXL


Gateway Green’s Bike Park Opens Amid Optimism, Huge Crowds

Jonathan Maus in BikePortland


Water Quality

City Council to discuss Bull Run crypto treatment

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland Weighs $500 Million Water Treatment Plant

Amelia Templeton in OPB


Hall Monitor: From Exceptionalism to Septic System

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland must make a $500 million call on removing parasites from its water

Jessica Floum in the Oregonian


Bull Run treatment options discussed by City Council

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Good in the Hood

Despite Racist Threats, Portland's 'Good in The Hood' Parties On

Molly Solomon in OPB


In Other News

Portland City Hall Approves New Legal Help for Immigrants at Domestic Violence Center

Jessica Pollard in Willamette Week


Traffic fatalities down so far this year

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Renovations to Portland Building may risk historic designation

Lincoln Graves in KATU News


Waterfront Blues Festival 30th Anniversary Special

KOIN 6 News


Local Government, Employers Welcome Youth to SummerWorks

The Skanner

Welcome Vince Ibarra!

July 6, 2017

Join us in welcoming summer intern Vince Ibarra!

Vince was born in Valparaíso, Zacatecas, Mexico. At eight months old, Vince and his family moved to Southern Oregon where he spent majority of his early years. He now spends his time in Portland, Medford, and Eugene.

Vince attends the University of Oregon, majoring in biology with a minor in biochemistry. He is currently on track for medical school, where he plans to specialize in hematology and oncology. In the future, Vince strives to provide accessible healthcare to communities historically marginalized by medicine including PoC, non-English speakers, LGBTQ+, and others.

This goes hand in hand with his participation in collegiate organizations such as College Democrats, Climate Justice League, MECHA, Students for Choice, LGBTQ+, and Community for Minorities in STEM.

Vince’s biggest passions are traveling, eating food, and admiring art.

The Weekly Catch

First Muslim Cultural Festival

The Portland Observer


Oregon Becomes 1st State to Issue Gender-Neutral Licenses

AP in OPB News


Oregon Celebrates 50 Years of Beach Bill

Capi Lynn in the Statesman Journal

Water Quality

Council Mulls Pluses, Minuses of Water Treatment Options

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Willamette River

New Swimming Beach Opens Next Week in Portland

Keely Chalmers in KGW


New Poet's Beach Will Have Lifeguards, Swim Rope Along Willamette River's West Banks

Jackie Labrecque in KATU


Landlords Just Failed in Their Attempt to Dismantle Portland's Renter Relocation Law

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland's controversial renter protection rule legal, judge rules

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian


Homeless Offer Their Wish List for Shelters

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Portland Offers Grants to Combat City's Rising Hate Crimes

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian


City Hall Funds Tutoring Program to Connect Graying Boomers with At-Risk Kids

Jessica Pollard in Willamette Week


Traffic Fatalities Surge, Decrease from Last Year Shrinks

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


TriMet to Start Low-Income Fare Discount Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch


Judge Upholds Portland Tenant Protections

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Council Just Closed a Loophole in Portland's New Renter Protection Law—But Questions Remain

Dirk VanderHart in The Portland Mercury

Muslim Cultural Festival

First Portland Muslim Festival tries to dispel myths

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune


Portland Muslim Cultural Festival Celebrates Inaugural Year

Bradley W. Parks in OPB

Water Bureau

Average Cost of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

Amelia Templeton in OPB


Water Treatment Controversy Heats Up Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Council to Vote on Crypto Treatment by August

Andrew Dymburt in KOIN 6 News


Portland Looking at Ways to Rid its Water of Parasite – At a Cost



Portland on track to pay $8 million for hydroelectric plant operations with risk of losses

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Poet’s Beach

Portland Cleans Dirty River, Invites Residents to Take a Dip

Gillian Flaccus in ABC News


Poet's Beach in Downtown Portland Adds Lifeguards, Buoys to Encourage Swimmers

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian


Poet's Beach Opens with More Safety Features: Lifeguards, EMT, and Life Jackets



Poet’s Beach, Big Float Merge Water Fun on Willamette

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News

Water Quality

Advisory: Sewage Release Occurs to Woods Creek at SW 69th Avenue

BES News Release


Updated Advisory: Sewage Release Occurs in SW Portland's Maplewood Neighborhood to Woods and Fanno Creeks

BES News Release


90,000 Gallons of Sewage Spills Into Southwest Portland Creek

Nate Hanson in KGW News


27,000 Gallons of Sewage Spill Into SW Portland Creek

Samantha Matsumoto in The Oregonian


Private Pipe Identified as Source of 27,000-Gallon Sewage Discharge Into Woods Creek

Fox 12 News


RV Camping Has Exploded on Portland Streets

Dirk VanderHart in The Portland Mercury


Homeless in Portland: Choosing Villages Over Shelter

Thacher Schmid in KGW News


Right 2 Dream Too, Homeless 'Rest Stop,' Opens to Public at New Spot

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian


Neighbors Ask City Council To Do More About Homelessness in Hawthorne

Kandra Kent in KPTV


Laurelhurst Neighborhood Asks City to Ban Homeless Camping Near Parks, Schools

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian


Portland is Working to Make Roads More Bus Friendly

KOIN 6 News


Mayor Ted Wheeler: 'We Do Need to Transfer 82nd Avenue' to The City

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune


Groups Call on City Council to Address Portland’s Parking Crisis

Kim Moore in Oregon Business


Portland learns how to be a smarter city

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Brownfields are back: Portland explores new development incentives

Clare Duffy in Portland Business Journal


Multnomah County DA: Police Can't Compel Officer in Fatal Shooting to Speak Until Criminal Inquiry Done

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Despite City Hall Efforts, the 48-Hour Rule is Back—And Stronger Than Ever

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week


Jantzen Beach Center Sold; Carousel Location Remains a Mystery

Anna Marum in The Oregonian


Portland Grant Aims to Help Community Groups Track Hate Crimes

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB


Portland Parks, Comcast Present 'Summer Free For All' Kickoff

The Skanner

Redeveloping Brownfields in our Community

Brownfield Cleanup

July 19, 2017

Today, City Council took a big step forward in creating a new tax incentive to clean up and redevelop brownfields.

A brownfield is any land that has contaminated soil or water. There are over 900 acres of brownfields throughout Portland. They include places like former industrial sites, gas stations, and dry cleaners.

Nearly half of Portland’s brownfields are close to environmentally sensitive areas like wetlands and streams. They are 3 times as likely to be found in underserved communities. And they are eyesores that contribute little to our community or the local economy.

That’s why the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is stepping up to improve these vacant properties.

Today’s action directs BES, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Prosper Portland to develop a property tax incentive – a reduced property tax rate for owners of brownfield sites who clean up and redevelop their property. And it directs them to set up eligibility and accountability requirements, to make sure projects have social, economic, and environmental benefits to our community.

Redeveloping brownfields could generate thousands of new jobs and millions in new property taxes.

None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Oregon Brownfield Coalition, or the leadership of the state legislature, who made it possible for local governments to adopt brownfield property tax incentives.

Special thanks to State Senator Lew Frederick, Metro Councilor Sam Chase, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Prosper Portland Executive Director Kimberly Branam, and BES staff for their presentations today and partnership during this process.

You can learn more about brownfields here and check out the BES presentation.

In the News:

Council Watch: Banking on Brownfields

Katy Sword in Oregon Business