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Last night, Nick was honored to share his cancer story at a preview and fundraiser for an important new documentary called The Patient.
The documentary tells the story of several patients living with cancer, and is designed to be a resource for cancer survivors and their family and friends. The Patient offers a deep and holistic understanding of what it means to live with a chronic illness. It follows several cancer patients through their fears and joys, new friendships and rekindled family bonds, and daily challenges.
The documentary was made in Portland and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jon Garcia.
Nick shared his personal journey with cancer and several lessons he’s learned over the past 20 months.
Special thanks to Caroline Fitchett for organizing the screening, Dan Coates for emceeing, Bill and Diane McLean for their support of the film, and the many people – both in front of and behind the camera – who made the film possible.
On Saturday, Nick joined community members, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Parks staff in celebrating the opening of a new playground in Couch Park.
The project addresses the safety and accessibility of the playground, which hadn’t been improved since 1975.
It’s one of over 50 parks that will receive upgrades as part of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. The new playground is the fifth to be completed under the bond.
Special thanks to the Portland voters for passing the Parks Replacement Bond; to Commissioner Amanda Fritz for championing the bond during her tenure as Parks Commissioner; to John Blasher from Metro’s Parks & Nature Department for speaking at the event; to Cody Goldberg of Harper’s Playground; and to the community members and kids who came out to play!
Today, Council approved a new agreement that governs how the City, including the Portland Police Bureau, protects public safety and works with law enforcement partners. You can read Nick's statement below:
"During my 10 years of service on this Council, I have voted on our participation in the JTTF three times. And I’ve seen many examples of our community’s successful participation in the JTTF.
In February, I voted to remain in the JTTF. I believe that we have better outcomes with our federal partners when we work together, rather than working in silos. We see that in our bureaus and among our Council offices. There is a great value in collaboration.
By participating in the JTTF, we also bring Portland values to the table. Our local law enforcement officers have a lot to offer – experience, an understanding of state and local law, and relationships in our community.
Finally – and, most importantly, I believe we continue to be safer when we have a relationship and share information with the FBI.
Other progressive cities, such as Seattle, Boston, Denver, Oakland, and New York, have formed partnerships between their police bureaus and the FBI, without sacrificing civil liberties.
I believe we can do the same.
That said, a majority of the Council disagrees with the Mayor and me. Therefore, I believe the Resolution before us today is a thoughtful alternative.
It will allow the City to continue working with the FBI on an as-needed basis. It requires detailed annual reports, something that has been, and remains, very important to me. Our police chief or deputy chief will serve as a liaison to the JTTF.
I want to thank the Mayor for his leadership and Commissioner Hardesty for her collaboration in the development of this resolution. I know that their two offices, especially Nicole Grant and Derek Bradley, worked tirelessly on this, and I am pleased with this compromise.
I vote aye."