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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

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

May 2, 2018

Today, City Council proclaimed the month of May to be Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islanders of Portland (HAPI) Affinity Group, comprised of City employees, brought the proclamation to Council. The group will host events for employees and the public to celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Asian Americans in the United States.

The Council celebration featured a traditional dance performed by local Polynesian dance troupe Teva Oriata and remarks by members of the Pacific Islander community.

Betsy Quitugua on the Fish Team, who identifies as Chamorro and Japanese American, and serves on the HAPI leadership committee, was the host for the festivities.

The Weekly Catch

Portland Celebrates Small – National Small Business Week April 29 – May 5

Venture Portland Blog


Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Nick Fish Blog

TNC Drivers’ Rally

Supporting TNC Drivers

Nick Fish Blog


Portland Ride-Hailing Drivers Call for A Transportation Board

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News


Uber and Lyft Drivers Rally for City Labor Regulations

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


‘We Want a Voice:’ Rally at City Hall Highlights Tensions for Uber, Lyft Drivers

FOX 12 News Staff


AFL-CIO Calls on Portland to Give Uber Drivers a Voice

Don McIntosh in the NW Labor Press


Uber and Lyft Driver Rally Sparks Debate Over Whether Ride-Hailing Company Drivers Need Formal Representation

Elise Herron in Willamette Week


Uber, Lyft Drivers Rally at City Hall, Push for Better Pay, Working Conditions

The Oregonian Staff


Employees or Contractors?

Mike Turner in KXL News


Uber, Lyft Drivers Deserve a Choice: Guest Opinion

Tom Chamberlain and Owen Christofferson in The Oregonian


5 Things to Know About Portland Mayor Wheeler's Proposed Budget

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Mayor Ted Wheeler Proposes $553 Million Budget Focused on Police, Housing

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


Wheeler Releases Proposed 2018-19 Budget

The Skanner News Staff


Wheeler's Proposed Budget Calls for More Cops, More Housing

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Mayor Wheeler: Portland Needs Additional Police, Homeless Services

FOX 12 News Staff


Wheeler Proposes Budget with Boosts in Taxes, Cops

Nick Budnick and Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Mayor Ted Wheeler Proposes $15.3 Million Tax Hike on Portland Businesses, Will Add 58 Police Officers

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Mayor Wheeler's Proposed Budget Includes Call for 52 Additional Police Officers



Mayor Would Fund 58 New Portland Police Officers, Replace Firefighters' Breathing Equipment

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Ratepayers Will See Spikes in Water, Sewer Bills if Mayor's Proposed Budget Passes

Sara Roth in KGW News


How Portland, Multnomah Budgets Could Affect Businesses

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Tribune


Portland’s Toxic Harbor Cleanup Enters the Who-Pays-For-What Phase

Cassandra Profita in OPB News


Take the Mt. Tabor Interpretive Display Survey

The Portland Water Blog


What Portland’s Proposed Water Assistance Expansion Would Do

Emily Green in Street Roots


Portland City Council Agrees to Support More Accessory Dwelling Units

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Is Size Allowance for ‘Missing Middle’ Houses Too Small?

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Affordable Housing Developers Work to Fill the Gap

Mark Miller in the Portland Tribune

Better Naito

City Leaders Gear Up for Busy Season at Waterfront Park

Portland Patch Staff


Better Naito Launches for the Summer

KOIN 6 News Staff


Better Naito Returns, and Biketown Rides Are Free Through May

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Better Naito Has Returned! All Hail Better Naito!

Erik Henriksen in the Portland Mercury


It’s Bike Month! What Does That Mean?

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

Wheeler Proposes Longer Timeline for Portland Seismic Upgrade Mandate

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Portland City Hall Could Soon Spend Half a Million Dollars on Immigration Lawyers and Support to Fight Deportations

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


82nd Ave. Parade of Roses Reigns Under Overcast Skies

Jessie Darland in the Portland Tribune


49 Earthquake Supply Chests Hidden Across Portland

Nina Mehlhaf in KGW News


ODOT Continues ‘Value Pricing’ Research at Open House

Velena Jones in KOIN 6 News


City Reveals Final Design for Glenhaven Park

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


State Proposes Camping Ban on Stretch of Willamette River for Environmental Cleanup

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian


Portland to Lease Larger Space to Store Homeless Campers’ Belongings

Maggie Vespa in KGW News


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Event Held in Downtown Portland

Sarah Hurwitz in FOX 12 News

Celebrating Older Adults and An Age-Friendly City

May 9, 2018

Today, Council proclaimed May to be Older Americans Month in Portland.

This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” focuses on the importance of civic involvement, volunteerism, and being active in the community. It recognizes the many contributions of older adults and reaffirms Portland’s commitment to a city that is welcoming and inclusive to people of all ages and abilities.

Council also presented a surprise proclamation today, recognizing the outstanding work of Dr. Margaret Neal from Portland State University. Dr. Neal led the effort to recognize Portland as a World Health Organization Age-Friendly City, and has spent over 30 years working on issues relating to older adults.

Special thanks to Jerry Cohen from AARP Oregon and Dr. Alan De La Torre from Portland State University for joining us today, and to Multnomah County, Age-Friendly Portland, Portland State University, SAGE, AARP Oregon, and Elders in Action for their ongoing partnership.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action. In 2011, Portland was recognized as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization – one of nine inaugural cities, and the only from the United States. And in 2013, City Council adopted the Age-Friendly Action Plan, a guide to help create a more livable community that has been a model for other communities nationwide.

Friends of Trees Leadership Awards

May 10, 2018

Last night, Nick was honored to receive the Community Partner Award at the Friends of Trees Annual Leadership Awards Reception.

Friends of Trees is a local non-profit focused on creating a healthy urban tree canopy, restoring sensitive natural areas, caring for trees, and – most importantly – planting more trees! They have been a key community partner for many years.

Friends of Trees recognized Nick for his leadership as the Commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Environmental Services, and previously Portland Parks & Recreation, for his work to update the City’s tree code, and for his commitment to making our city greener and more livable, especially in tree-underserved East Portland.

You can learn more about Friends of Trees here.


The Weekly Catch

Celebrating Older Adults and An Age-Friendly City

Nick Fish Blog


Friends of Trees Leadership Awards

Nick Fish Blog


St. John’s Bizarre Celebration Happening this Saturday

Rachel Rafanelli in KGW News


MET Celebrates Silver Anniversary

The Portland Tribune


Wheeler Requests Fewer Police in Revised Budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Reaches Budget Compromise with City Council to Fund 49 New Police Officers

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Mayor Wheeler Bends to Fund Community Centers in City Budget

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit

Earthquake Safety Resolution Vote Postponed Until June

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


Portland Pushes to Retrofit Brick Buildings for Earthquakes

Brian Brennan in KGW News


The Price of Making Portland Buildings Earthquake Safe

Cole Miller and KOIN 6 News


Portland Considers Ways to Ease Financial Burden of Seismic Upgrades on Businesses



Portland’s Affordable Housing Includes 2,090 Units in Buildings That Would Crumble in a Big Earthquake

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


City Council Begins Planning for Portland’s Looming Earthquake

Kelly Kenoyer in the Portland Mercury


Councilors Eye Code Change for Portland Buildings Likely to Collapse in Big Earthquake


In Other News

Where EAST Meets the Northwest

Maileen Hamto in The Asian Reporter


Tour the Columbia South Shore Well Field

Columbia Slough Watershed Council in The Skanner


In a Reversal, Portland City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to a High-Rise in the Pearl District

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Plans Reforms of Renter Screening Criteria

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Neighborhood Associations Hope to Switch 82nd Avenue Ownership from ODOT to City

Kellee Azar in KATU News


With Municipal Broadband, Cities Area Taking Back the Internet – And Making It Faster and Cheaper. Can Portland Do the Same?

Erik Henriksen in the Portland Mercury


Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Holds Meeting, Seeks Applicants

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News


Portland to Settle with Wheelchair Users for $113 Million in Sidewalk Fixes

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


10 Pride Festivals Happening Around Oregon in 2018

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian