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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

The Weekly Catch

See The 4 Public Rose Gardens of Portland, Ready for Peak Bloom In June

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

Portland Harbor Superfund

City Council Considers Proposal for Portland Harbor Cleanup Fund

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

City, State, EPA May Join Forces to Clean Up Harbor Toxins

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City, State In $24M Deal to Spur Portland Harbor Superfund Work

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

Budget

U.S. Attorney supports Portland Gun Violence Reduction Team

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

U.S. Attorney for Oregon Throws Support Behind Portland Police Gun Violence Reduction Team

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week

 

Should Portland Defund Its Controversial Gun Violence Team?

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

A Ferry for Portland? It’s A Point of Conflict in City Council Budget Session

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland Leaders Debate Lopsided Distribution of Cannabis Tax Dollars

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

URMs

Earthquake Warning Sign Fight Resumes Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Brick Building Owners Seek to Block Quake Warning Sign Ordinance Permanently

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Film

Watch Cobie Smulders Ruin Two Kidnappers’ Day in the Trailer for Portland-Set ABC Show “Stumptown”

Matthew Singer in Willamette Week

 

This Year’s Filmed by Bike Festival Offers the Most Diverse Programming Lineup to Date

Chance Solem-Pfeifer in Willamette Week

 

Festival on Two Wheels

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Straight Talk: Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Part 1)

Laural Porter in KGW News

 

Straight Talk: Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Part 2)

Laural Porter in KGW News

 

Party with Paul Bunyan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Escalates Fight with Airbnb Over Illegal Listings

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

New Swimming Beach to Open on Willamette River in July

Keely Chalmers in KGW News

 

Portland Set to Adopt Tryon Creek Cove Trail Master Plan

Jonathan Maus in Bike Portland

 

Portland Council Overturns Chief, Finds That Officer Cited Woman for Jaywalking in Retaliation for Her Filming Police

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

Oregon Disability Group ‘Deeply Concerned’ by E-Scooters

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Hires National Group to Investigate How Police Handle Protests

Conrad Wilson in OPB News

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

 

UPDATE – May 22, 2019

Portland Harbor Superfund Site, Image Courtesy Port of Portland

Today, City Council unanimously approved the partnership with the State and EPA. It's an important milestone in the cleanup of a 10-mile stretch of the Portland Harbor.

The partnership establishes a trust fund that will enable the City to meet its fiscal obligations for the design phase in a thoughtful, responsible way – while increasing legal certainty. It's also intended to encourage other parties to come to the table, but will not subsidize private parties or absolve them of their liability.

May 10, 2019

Today, the State of Oregon and City of Portland announced a new, unique partnership that will help move the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup forward.

In December, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the entire Portland Harbor Superfund site needed to meet significant milestones toward the next phase of the cleanup by the end of 2019. This phase, called Remedial Design, is when scientists and engineers design the technical elements and work plans for the cleanup.

In response to EPA, the State and City proposed an innovative approach that efficiently leverages public investment to encourage private parties to begin design work. EPA has signaled their support of the concept.

Under the proposal, the State and City will form a trust, administered by EPA, which will provide funds to private parties who sign agreements with EPA to generate cleanup plans. EPA will credit the State and City for their cleanup responsibilities for each dollar spent from the Trust.

The State and City will each contribute up to $12 million to the trust, for a total of up to $24 million. Private parties who agree to the terms set by the EPA, State, and City will receive $80,000 per acre to help fund design work. The private parties remain responsible for all costs above and beyond $80,000 per acre.

By pooling and capping public resources, the public trust funds will be spent on actual cleanup design work as opposed to administrative costs associated with negotiating with other parties at multiple locations, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public dollars.

This is a creative approach among Superfund sites, and represents a major step forward toward a clean, safe Willamette River.

Background

News Release: The State of Oregon and the City of Portland Propose a New Partnership for a Safer, Cleaner Willamette River

Bureau of Environmental Services Joint Press Release

 

Portland Harbor Superfund Agreement Aims to Drive New Cleanup Plans Throughout the Lower Willamette River

EPA Press Release

Media

Portland City Council Approves Funding for Superfund Cleanup Plans

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

Council Approves $24 Million Superfund Cleanup Planning Agreement

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Set to Contribute to Willamette River Superfund Cleanup

Bob Heye in KATU News

 

City Council Considers Proposal for Portland Harbor Cleanup Fund

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

Your City Hall: City, State, EPA May Join Forces to Clean Up Harbor Toxins

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Cleanup of the Lower Willamette River on the Way

Dredging Today News Staff

 

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

 

City, State in $24M Deal to Spur Portland Harbor Superfund Work

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Sources: Portland Superfund Talks in High Gear

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Council Approves City Budget

May 23, 2019

This evening, Council approved the City Budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. In June, City Council will formally adopt the budget. Nick's full statement during the vote is below:

Thank you, Mayor.

And thank you for introducing this year’s new budget process. It required us to think about bureaus and their budgets in a new way, and to build the budget from the ground up.

I’m pleased to support this budget. The process was collaborative – and ultimately, this budget is responsive to community concerns, and reflects our shared priorities as a Council.

It also advances a number of my priorities, including:

   • Significant investments in supportive housing, including funding for deep rental subsidies and services for people struggling with homelessness, mental health challenges, and addiction.

   • Continued support for brownfield remediation, our work to convert contaminated land into productive community use.

   • Funding for the Portland Film Office, which supports film production in Portland.

   • Seed funding to support the Albina Vision, a community-driven plan for re-developing the Rose Quarter and repairing the damage done by urban renewal.

   • Establishing the Age-Friendly Coordinator position in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to guide the City’s work on age-friendly services and practices.

   • Launching a Dark Skies initiative, also in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to reduce urban light pollution.

   • And support for the Portland Rose Festival – our official festival.

The budget includes significant one-time funding for the Parks bureau to continue summer programming, to keep Columbia Pool open for another year, and to transition other spaces to new models.

And the Parks bureau will also receive much-needed ongoing funds for operations and maintenance of new parks and playgrounds, including many in East Portland.

Thank you, Mayor Wheeler, for your partnership and for your vital support of our Parks in this budget.

I want to acknowledge that there were no easy fixes for the $6.3 million structural gap Parks faced. One-time funds are not a solution. They would only extend the problem for another year, allowing it to grow and worsen.

It would be a disservice to the community, to Parks employees, and to Council’s stated goals of equity, affordability, and fiscal responsibility to avoid addressing the root cause of the budget gap – the bureau’s business model.

The bureau and its Budget Advisory Committee put together a thoughtful, balanced approach to closing the $6.3 million gap. They prioritized equity, long-term financial sustainability, safety, and maintenance.

And with the one-time support in this budget, the transition will be on a timeline that continues summer programming and provides additional time for the bureau, workforce, and community to plan for the future.

To our workforce: this budget affects 50 people and includes potential layoffs of deeply valued colleagues.

Parks and Human Resources are working closely with each affected person. Our goal is to help affected people find other positions at the City.

Parks has shared with me that half of the people affected as of July 1 will be moving to other positions within the Parks bureau.

For those we can’t retain at the City, Parks is providing support including:

   • Career counseling, interview coaching, skill assessments, and resume and cover letter help – both in workshops and one-on-one.

   • Thanks to our partners at the Bureau of Human Resources, a new initiative to prioritize affected employees for hiring in certain classes Citywide – affected Parks employees are specifically invited to participate.

   • Onsite Employee Assistance Program support and referrals to health coaches and a wide variety of wellness programs.

Colleagues, I am committed to continuing the hard work of stabilizing the Parks bureau and building toward a sustainable future. That includes looking at new models for funding and delivering services. I will have more to say about this important effort later.

Mayor Wheeler, thank you again for your leadership and collaboration on this year’s budget.

Thanks also to my colleagues, to my bureau leadership teams, and to my City Hall team.

I vote aye.

Media

Portland City Council Approves Budget with Painful Cuts to Parks

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

City Council Approves $5.6 Billion Budget in 4-1 Vote

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland City Council Passes $5.5 Billion Annual Budget, Slashes Parks Jobs and Community Centers

Morgan Romero in KGW News

 

Portland City Budget Passes; Cuts, Layoffs on The Way for Portland Parks & Rec

John Hendricks in FOX 12 Oregon

 

Portland City Council Approves $5.6B Budget

Jim Redden and Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland City Council Adopts $5.5 Billion Annual Budget, But Cuts Parks Services

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

 

The Uncertain Future of Portland’s Parks

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

How Will Portland Fix Its Park Budget Problem?

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Project SEARCH 2019 Graduation

May 24, 2019

Today, Nick was honored to speak at the City's second Project SEARCH intern graduation.

Nick launched our partnership with Project SEARCH in October 2017. Project SEARCH helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain meaningful workplace experience and employment. The pilot program created five internship positions in the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau. The interns became valued members of the bureau teams and gained valuable work experience.

Based on the success of the pilot, and the City’s commitment to being a model employer, we significantly expanded the program this year. Now, the City offers both internships and paid positions for qualified candidates and includes opportunities in two additional bureaus – the Bureau of Human Resources and Parks.

Special thanks to our outstanding interns for their work, staff at the Bureau of Human Resources for helping to expand the program, especially Anais Keenon, and Mer Stevens and Ashton Davenport from Community Access Services for their ongoing partnership.

The Weekly Catch

Project SEARCH 2019 Graduation

Nick Fish Blog

Superfund

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

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland City Council Approves Funding for Superfund Cleanup Plans

Erin Ross in OPB News

 

Council Approves $24 Million Superfund Cleanup Planning Agreement

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Set to Contribute to Willamette River Superfund Cleanup

Bob Heye in KATU News

Budget

Council Approves City Budget

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland City Council Approves Budget with Painful Cuts to Parks

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

City Council Approves $5.6 Billion Budget in 4-1 Vote

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland City Council Passes $5.5 Billion Annual Budget, Slashes Parks Jobs and Community Centers

Morgan Romero in KGW News

 

Portland City Budget Passes; Cuts, Layoffs on The Way for Portland Parks & Rec

John Hendricks in FOX 12 Oregon

 

Portland City Council Approves $5.6B Budget

Jim Redden and Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland City Council Adopts $5.5 Billion Annual Budget, But Cuts Parks Services

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

 

The Uncertain Future of Portland’s Parks

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

How Will Portland Fix Its Park Budget Problem?

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

Parks

Upcoming Space Grant Artists Community Events

PP&R Arts and Culture Blog

 

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free for All Returns with Movies, Concerts, Free Lunch + Play, and More

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

Audit: Portland's Golf Program Is Struggling to Stay Afloat

Meerah Powell in OPB News

 

Auditor, PP&R Director Disagree Over Future of Portland Golf Courses

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland’s City-Owned Golf Courses Are Essentially Broke, Auditors Find

Gordon Friedman in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks Director Calls Financially Unstable Golf Program a “Good Investment”

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

In Other News

Vanport Commemoration Combats 'Collective Amnesia' Around Historic Flood

Erica Morrison in OPB News

 

Straight Talk: Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Part 1)

Laural Porter in KGW News

 

Straight Talk: Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Part 2)

Laural Porter in KGW News

 

Portland Office of Community and Civic Life Proposes New Commission to Oversee Cannabis Tax Dollars

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

 

Portland Leaders Approve New City Hall Security Contract Amid Complaints

OPB News

 

Portland-Set ‘Stumptown’ Scores as Most-Watched New TV Series Trailer, Says ABC

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

 

Meals on Wheels People Serving Seniors

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune