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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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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!

The Weekly Catch

Parks

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

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.

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.

The Weekly Catch

2019 Mid-Year Report

Nick Fish Blog

 

Parks

10th Anniversary Portland World Soccer Tournament

Nick Fish Blog

 

PP&R's 2019 Portland World Soccer Tournament Features Record Number of Teams

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

Portland World Soccer Tournament Brings Immigrants and Refugees Together for 10th Year

Dan McCarthy in KATU News

 

Royal Rosarians Find, and Award, the Best Rose Gardens in Portland

Samantha Swindler in The Oregonian

 

Lloyd District Park Programs' Demise Triggers Blame Game

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

BES

Summer Events 2019: Get Your Fish Hats, Clean River Tips, And More

BES News

 

In Other News

A Fundraising Campaign Hopes to Raise $300,000 to Relocate the Alder Street Food Carts

Matthew Singer in Willamette Week

 

Bull Run Watershed Land Swap to Be Considered

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Police to Host First Active Shooter Training for Religious Communities

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

City Passes Renter Protections

Christen McCurdy in the Skanner News

 

Portland Eyes Citywide Biketown Expansion In 2020, With E-Bikes as Well

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian