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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

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Peninsula Pool Re-Opening

July 18, 2019

Today, Nick and Parks Director Adena Long cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated Peninsula Park Outdoor Pool.

The event included a synchronized swimming performance by the Rose City Raindrops, water safety activities with Parks lifeguards, and cake for kids.

The improvements include expanding the shallow end to better accommodate swim lessons and play, improved ADA accessibility, and new filters and pump systems.

The project was funded by the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges (SDCs) paid by developers.

Located in north Portland, the Peninsula Park Community Center was the first community center in the Portland Parks system, established in 1913.

 

Press Release: New Lawsuit Seeks to Stall Progress on Willamette River Clean-Up and Shift Cost to Portland Taxpayers

July 15, 2019

Press release from the office of Commissioner Nick Fish:

New Lawsuit Seeks to Stall Progress on Willamette River Clean-Up
and Shift Cost to Portland Taxpayers

Late Friday afternoon, Portland law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP filed a lawsuit challenging the City’s recent actions to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an 11-mile stretch of the Willamette River running through the heart of our community.

The claims are recycled from an earlier lawsuit brought against the City by the same firm – claims lost on the merits. The new lawsuit seeks additional taxpayer money to cover the firm’s fees, accounting costs and administrative services.

In Anderson v. City of Portland, Circuit Court Judge Bushong previously ruled that, “Determining whether water and sewer ratepayer dollars should be spent for various projects is a question presented in the first instance to the elected officials who serve on the City Council and manage the water and sewer funds. It is not the court’s role to second-guess or attempt to judge whether Council’s decision in any given situation constitutes a wise use of ratepayer dollars or sound public policy.”

Earlier this year, the State of Oregon and the City of Portland partnered to launch an innovative new approach to jump start clean-up of the river. The strategy both pools and caps the public agencies’ financial commitments for this phase of the work and offers greater certainty and significantly lower risk and cost. Together, the City and State are establishing a trust to hold up to $24 million to provide funding to parties that commit to making progress on clean-up.

“Not only is the trust a responsible approach for Portland ratepayers and taxpayers, it’s become a national model,” said Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services. “During my tenure, we brought sewer and stormwater rates down to below the rate of inflation, while continuing to be a leader in the Willamette River clean-up. I’m disappointed that – again – Portlanders will be asked to foot the bill for an unfounded lawsuit.”

Michael Jordan, Director of BES added, “We are proud of our work on the Superfund, most notably our recent agreement with EPA which continues to explore the most efficient and cost-effective ways to address City liability and use public funds to clean up our river.”

Chief Deputy City Attorney Karen Moynahan, who will handle the case for the City, commented, “Despite transparent and clear communication from the City, I’m disappointed by the misrepresentation of facts in the lawsuit. The City won this case before and we’ll win it again – unfortunately, at a cost to the public.”

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Media

City Sued Over Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Planning Efforts

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Legality of Portland Harbor Cleanup Fund Challenged

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Sued Over Water and Sewer Spending

KATU News

 

Portland Faces Lawsuit Over Sewer Utility Spending

Gordon R. Friedman in the Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

Council Gets Handle on Arts Spending

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Parks

Transitions for Parks and the Fish Team

Nick Fish Blog

 

$4.7 Million Invested in North Portland's Peninsula Pool

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Presents the 2019 Walk with Refugees & Immigrants - Sunday, July 21, 2019

PP&R News

 

"Free Summer Fun for Everyone" Back!

Slavic Family News (Article in Russian)

Abortion Resolution

Supporting Women’s Health and Abortion Rights

Nick Fish Blog

 

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

 

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

BES

Advisory: Sewage Release at Simmons Pump Station, Possibly Impacting Columbia Slough

BES News

 

Est. 200-Gallon Sewage Leak May Have Impacted Columbia Slough

FOX 12 News

 

Traffic Advisory: Sewer Cleaning to Close One Lane on NW Front Avenue at NW Kittridge Avenue July 8 For Up To Three Weeks

BES News

 

Portland Metro Monday Traffic: Sewer Line Work Closes Hamilton Terrace to All Traffic

Rosemarie Stein in The Oregonian

Supportive Housing

Blackburn Center Opens With 175 Beds, $52 Million Price Tag

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

New Homeless Clinic Opens on Portland's East Side

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News

Vision Zero/Transportation

Portland Traffic Deaths Spike Through First Half of 2019 While Statewide Fatalities Dip

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Task Force to Recommend Portland Street Tolls

KOIN 6 News

In Other News

Our Five Favorite Bites at the Unbeatable Portland Mercado

Andrea Damewood in the Portland Mercury

 

New Beach Added for Willamette River Swimmers in Portland

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Art Project On I-205 Pedestrian Bridge Caught in Bureaucratic Limbo Is Spared ‘Restoration’

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

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.

Media

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

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!