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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Weekly Catch

Housing

Portland Makes Largest Affordable Housing Investment in 50 Years

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Portland to Build 240 Low-Income Apartments by 2019

Eileen Park in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland to Help Fund Affordable Housing Complex in Lloyd District

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

The City Just Approved Its Largest Affordable Housing Project in 50 Years

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

Crypto Found Again as Variance Talks Continue

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Dan Saltzman Is Pushing Support for Portland Freeway Tolling—But His Demands Have Slackened Since August

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Pays Off for Electric Vehicle Drivers

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Eagle Creek Fire 100 Percent Contained

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB News

 

Multnomah Falls Lodge Reopens After Fire Closure

Jim Ryan in The Oregonian

 

Toxins Taint Airport Groundwater, Soil

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

City Set to Kick Off $195M Reconstruction of the Portland Building, Shroud Portlandia Statue

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Dreamers Still Waiting for DACA Decision

Melissa Wylie in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Timbers Hope to Name New Head Coach by End of Year

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

Vice President Biden Visits Portland

December 1, 2017

Last night, Nick and his daughter were honored to meet former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden was visiting Portland on his American Promise Tour. Nick thanked the former Vice President for his deep commitment to cancer research.

Biden served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The American Promise Tour is a series of conversations that connects people around “topics that matter.”

He spoke to a full house at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall about his new memoir – Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. Literary Arts hosted the event, and Portland’s very own Kim Malek did a superb job interviewing Biden.

The book tells a deeply personal and moving story about his oldest son Beau’s battle with brain cancer. Biden reflected on the experience – how it affected him and his family, and how it altered the arc of his political aspirations.

The book and speech touched Nick personally as he navigates his own cancer treatment at the Knight Cancer Institute.

Pledge to Shop Local

December 6, 2017

The holiday season is here, the most important time of the year for Portland’s neighborhood small businesses.

Nearly 20,000 small businesses call Portland home. They provide more than 270,000 jobs. And for every $1 spent at a local business, 70¢ stays in the local economy. 

Monday, I took a pledge to shop local this holiday season.

Please join me!

Share your commitment with your friends on Facebook and Twitter with the ‘I Pledge to Shop Local’ image and use the hashtag #PledgeLocalPDX.

You can learn more at Venture Portland’s website.

The Weekly Catch

Supportive Housing

Portland to decide whether to help subsidize low-rent housing along Southwest waterfront

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Rothko Pavilion

Portland Art Museum Adapts Expansion Plan to Win Over Critics

Aaron Scott in OPB News

 

Murmurs: Rothko Pavilion Nears Portland City Council Approval

Willamette Week

 

Portland Art Museum Will Try Again to Get Approval for Rothko Pavilion

Amy Wang and Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Rothko Alley: A Walk to the Park?

Oregon Artswatch

Transportation

Portland's Mad at Uber Again, This Time Over Concealed Data Breach

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Portland Needs a Lot More Money to Pave its Gravel Roads

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

City Evaluates Fee Collected to Repair Roads

Jennifer Dowling in KOIN 6 News

In Other News

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liaison

The Skanner News

 

Dec. 4, 2017: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Blog

 

2 City Bureau Directors Leave Office, Including Housing Director

Sarah Roth in KGW News

 

Wheeler: Portland Housing, Human Rights Directors Leaving

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

In Shake-Up, Ted Wheeler Announces the Departure of Directors of Housing, Diversity

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Booming Portland Might Now Be Facing a Budget Hole of Between $9 Million and $30 Million Next Year

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

In Lieu of Paris Agreement, Mayor Wheeler Joins Other Cities in Signing Climate Charter

Ericka Cruz Guevarra in OPB News

 

Wheeler Joins Other Mayors on Climate Charter

KATU News

Council Celebrates Community

December 13, 2017

This morning, Council honored two remarkable leaders in our community. Nick introduced the 2017 Steve Lowenstein Award, which was awarded to Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes and Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel. They serve as co-chairs of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

The Lowenstein Trust Award honors attorney, author, and civil rights activist Steve Lowenstein. The Lowenstein Trust recognizes Portlanders working to improve the lives of low-income people in our community.

Rev. Haynes, Senior Pastor at Allen Temple CME Church, and Rev. Bethel, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church, have been a constant force for good in our community. Congratulations!

Today, Council also recognized older adults in our community with a proclamation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Federal law protects individuals aged 40 and above from employment discrimination based on age.

Special thanks to our partners – Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, and Portland State University for their deep commitment to a vision for Portland as a city that is welcoming and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.