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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

Portland World Soccer Closing and Refugee Day

July 1, 2019

On Saturday, Senator Ron Wyden joined Nick and the community at the closing ceremony of Portland World Soccer and the celebration of World Refugee Day at Lents Park.

The 10th Annual Portland World Soccer Tournament builds community and welcomes immigrants and refugees to Portland and Oregon. Nick and Senator Wyden met with participating players and coaches and presented the tournament finalists with trophies.

The event also included vendors showcasing art, food, and cultural traditions from many countries.

Visit the PDX World Refugee Day Facebook page for more information on this and other events.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 3, 2019

Happy Fourth of July from the Fish Team! We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will reopen Friday, July 5th at 8:00am.

The Weekly Catch


Changes in Bloom at East Portland’s Leach Botanical Garden

Stephanie Basalyga in the Portland Tribune


Peninsula Pool Reopens for Summer on July 8, 2019

PP&R News and Media Releases


Peninsula Pool Reopens for Summer

The Skanner News


Portland Parks and Recreation Hosts Water Safety Events for Kids

Marja Martinez in FOX 12 News


Program Provides Free Food to Portland Kids in Summer

Courtney Vaughn in the Portland Tribune


Sizzlin’ Summer Sounds

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune


Pianos Placed in Portland Parks Asking Strangers to Come Together Over Music

Katherine Cook in KGW News

Environmental Services

News Release: Oregon Oils, Inc. Agrees to Pay the City Over $500,000 In Fines and Charges and To Upgrade Its Pollution Prevention Systems

BES News


Portland Plant Guilty of Water Pollution, Fined $500,000

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

UPDATE: Bomb Threat Evacuates Portland City Hall

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Housing Rezoning Bill Praised and Panned

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


A History of Portland Women Artists

Oregon Artswatch


Portland Business Turn to Street Artists to Help Deter Graffiti Taggers

Chris Liedle in KATU News


Your City Hall: Civic Life Bureau Rewriting Its Rules for Operations

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Blues Festival Benefits the Sunshine Division

KOIN 6 News

Transitions for Parks and the Fish Team

July 9, 2019

Tod Lofgren (left) and Tonya Booker (right)

Portland Parks & Recreation has added two new members to their senior management team – Todd Lofgren and Tonya Booker.

Todd Lofgren, who currently serves as Nick’s Senior Policy Director and liaison to Parks, has accepted a new role as the bureau’s Deputy Director.

Todd has been with the Fish team for two years, serving as liaison to the bureaus in our portfolio, including Parks, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Portland Water Bureau.

Todd brings over 20 years of experience in public policy, management, and business and economic development for both the public sector and non-profits in the U.S. and internationally. In 2007, he joined PP&R as the Business Development Coordinator, and then served as PP&R’s Property & Business Development Manager until 2015. Todd and his family then moved to Morocco for two years, where he worked on economic development initiatives.

While Todd will be greatly missed on the Fish team, he will be an outstanding Deputy Director for the Parks bureau. We wish him well.

Tonya Booker will also be joining Parks as the new Land Stewardship Division Manager. She has a wealth of experience in education, parks and recreation, and community programs.  Tonya previously worked at Portland Community College, where she has served for more than 12 years, including most recently as the Division Dean of Continuing Education. Before her time at PCC, Tonya worked for the City of San Carlos, California in their Parks & Recreation Department.

Congratulations Todd and Tonya!

Supporting Women’s Health and Abortion Rights

July 10, 2019

Everyone deserves access to safe, affordable reproductive healthcare.

Today, Council unanimously passed a Resolution reaffirming the right to safe and legal abortion in Portland. Every member of Council co-sponsored the Resolution, which was brought by Commissioner Hardesty.

The resolution also authorizes the City Attorney to join lawsuits challenging state abortion bans around the country.

Special thanks to Commissioner Hardesty, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Planned Parenthood, and the many other community organizations who helped shape the Resolution, and to the City Attorney’s Office for their work on this important issue.


Portland City Council Passes Resolution to Support Nationwide Abortion Access

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury


Portland City Council Will Urge City Attorneys to Advocate for Pro-Choice Court Rulings, From Afar

Sophie Peel in Willamette Week


Portland City Council Prepares to Publicly Oppose Abortion Bans In Other States

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Portland Commissioners Aim to Protect Abortion Rights with New Resolution

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News