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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 Patient: The Cost of Cancer

May 3, 2019

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.


The Weekly Catch

Nick Participates on Panel at the 2019 Intertwine Summit

Nick Fish Blog


Couch Park Adds Inclusive Playground, Plaza, Portland Loo

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


PP&R Joins in Celebrating May as National Water Safety Month

PP&R News


Deal on Portland’s Withdrawal from the Joint Terrorism Task Force Gives Police Some Leeway to Work with Feds

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Mayor’s Proposed Budget

FY 2018-19 Mayor's Proposed Budget

City Budget Office


Parks Cuts and a Water Taxi: What You Should Know About Portland’s Proposed Budget

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Mayor Wheeler's Draft Budget Sheds Light on Parks & Rec, Street Response Teams and Water Bill Hikes

Maggie Vespa in KGW News


Mayor’s New Budget Supports Parks Department, Columbia Pool to Remain Open

Kellee Azar in KATU News


Here’s How Mayor Wheeler Wants to Spend City Dollars This Year

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Wheeler: Homeless Crisis Straining All Portland Bureau Budgets

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Columbia Pool on Parks Budget Chopping Block

Jennifer Dowling in KOIN 6 News


Mayor Ted Wheeler Announces His Budget, With New Approaches to Helping Homeless People

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


Portland Budget Debate Looms as Hardesty Challenges Mayor’s Spending Plan

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


SR Editorial: Mayor Proposes Funding for Portland Street Response

Street Roots Editorial


Mayor Ted Wheeler Includes Albina Vision, Willamette River Ferry in Proposed City Budget

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Mayor Wheeler Proposes 2020 Budget Focused on Homelessness

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

State of the City

Portland Mayor: Homelessnes May Seem Like It's Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News


Mayor Wheeler Gives State of The City Speech

Katherine Cook in KGW News


Mayor Wheeler Gives Annual State of The City Address

FOX 12 News


Mayor Ted Wheeler’s State of The City Speech

Jacob Dean in KXL News


Mayor Wheeler, In State of The City Address, Touts Portland As on The Right Track

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian


Portland Bureau of Transportation Ditches Scooter Complaint Process, Requires Companies to Maintain 24/7 Customer Service

Elise Herron in Willamette Week


E-Scooters Arrive by Hundreds, Not Thousands, In Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Avenue of Roses Parade Blossoms on 82nd in Portland

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Former Fire Chief Returning to Portland to Head Emergency Management Bureau

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Nick Opens A New Playground in Couch Park

May 7, 2019

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!

Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on New JTTF Agreement

May 8, 2019

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."

The Weekly Catch

Blazers Performance on the Court Benefits Local Organizations

Catherine Van in KATU News

Portland Harbor Superfund

State and City Announce New Partnership for Cleaning Up the Willamette River

Nick Fish Blog


Portland, Oregon, and EPA Partner for Superfund Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland, State of Oregon Team Up to Pay for Willamette River Superfund Cleaning

OPB News Staff


Sources: Portland Superfund Talks in High Gear

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Commissioner Nick Fish Statement on New JTTF Agreement

Nick Fish Blog


Post Joint Terrorism Task Force, Portland Adopts New Relationship With FBI

Conrad Wilson in OPB News


Police Could Still Join FBI Terrorism Investigations

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Council Allows Police to Work with FBI Task Force

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


FBI Signals Support for New Relationship with Portland Police

Conrad Wilson in OPB News


A New Playground in Couch Park

Nick Fish Blog


Couch Park Adds Inclusive Playground, Plaza, Portland Loo

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


Glenhaven Park Is Getting A NEW Playground – Construction Starts the Week of May 13

PP&R News and Media Releases


Springwater Corridor Bridge A Boon for Johnson Creek Fish

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Leach Plant Sale Called ‘Best Ever’

David Ashton in the East Portland News


Chief defends work of Gun Violence Reduction Team as Commissioner Hardesty pushes to defund it

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Portland City Council Paves Way for Timbers to Reopen Stadium by Passing Updated Good Neighbor Agreement

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian


Portland Picks Sports Fields Concept for Massive Post Office Redevelopment

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Uber And Lyft Caused Major Traffic Uptick In San Francisco, Study Says

Merrit Kennedy in OPB News


Will Portland Pay a CO2 Penalty by Lowering In-City Speed Limits?

Marty Smith in Willamette Week


Amy Dotson, New Northwest Film Center Director, Says She’s Interested in ‘Visual Storytelling in All Forms’

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian


RACC launches new Project Grants category: Catalyst

RACC News & Media Releases