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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

Portland Audubon Expands Wildlife Sanctuary

July 26, 2019

Today, Nick spoke at the grand opening of an expansion to the Portland Audubon Society’s wildlife sanctuary. The addition, called the Kehoe Sanctuary, is twenty-two acres donated by Marty Kehoe.

Audubon’s property is home to birds recovering at their veterinary facility. It also serves as an educational resource and an important wildlife corridor that connects to Forest Park and natural areas outside the city.

The Kehoe Sanctuary addition will help protect Balch Creek, the largest stream in Northwest Portland and home of the healthiest population of cutthroat trout in the city.

The event celebrated both Kehoe’s donation and Portland’s commitment to a healthy environment. The grand opening was dubbed an “ivy-cutting” to celebrate ongoing efforts to replace invasives (like English ivy) with native species.

Special thanks to Marty Kehoe and his family for their donation, to the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) on Balch Creek restoration and other projects, and to the great team at BES for their work protecting our urban watersheds.

Media

Northwest Portland’s Urban Forestland Expands By 22 Acres

Monica Samayoa in OPB News

 

A Developer Planned to Build Mansions in the West Hills. His Daughter Talked Him Into Preserving the Forest Instead.

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

Developer's Donation Adds 22 Acres to Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Hannah Sievert in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland’s Protected Forestland Grows Thanks To 22-Acre Donation Near Forest Park

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

2% for The Arts

Nick Fish Blog

Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary

Portland Audubon Expands Wildlife Sanctuary

Nick Fish Blog

 

Northwest Portland’s Urban Forestland Expands By 22 Acres

Monica Samayoa in OPB News

 

A Developer Planned to Build Mansions in the West Hills. His Daughter Talked Him Into Preserving the Forest Instead.

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

Parks

Summer Lunch Program Helps Fill Gap (Opinion)

Joe Dang in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland’s Walk with Refugees Carries More Weight This Year, Organizers Say

KGW News

 

Portlanders Walk to Support Refugees and Immigrants

KOIN 6 News

 

Hundreds Turn Out for 3rd Annual ‘Walk with Refugees and Immigrants’ in Portland

KATU News

 

Assault, Disturbance, Theft Calls Drop at Portland’s Holladay Park During Police-Community Partnership

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

 

Holladay Park Safety Plan is Cutting Down Crime

Emily Burris in KOIN 6 News

Arts and Film

Expanded Opportunities for Portland’s ‘Exploding’ Art Scene

Hannah Ray Lambert in KOIN 6 News

 

The Historic Oregon Film Trail Celebrates Scenery, History, Movies Like ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Stand by Me,’ And More

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

 

Portland Art Museum’s New Native American Art Curator Brings Strong Focus on Contemporary Work

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

In Other News

Street Fairs Celebrate Southeast Portland

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Neighborhood Associations Agonize as Portland Moves to Purge Them from Code

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

 

Portland's 'Better Naito Forever' Plan Will Make Naito Bike Lanes Permanent

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

A Fluid Situation

Brittany Allen in the Portland Tribune

2% for The Arts

July 24, 2019

This afternoon, Council updated the City’s Public Art Code to expand the Percent for Art program.

Percent for Art is a City program that requires major City projects to include funding for public art. Today’s update expands the program to increase art access and leverage public dollars more efficiently, including:

  • Expanding the list of allowed uses for Percent for Art dollars, including allowing creative space and artists-in-residence
  • Prioritizing underserved communities’ access to art
  • Clarifying responsibilities between the City and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), who administers the program

This update is one of the recommendations included in the Arts Affordability Plan adopted by Council in 2018.

Special thanks to Tracy Schreiber on our team, Pollyanne Birge from Commissioner Eudaly’s office, RACC, the City Attorney’s office, and community partners for their help crafting this update.

The Weekly Catch

Superfund

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

Nick Fish Blog

 

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 Residents Sue the City, Alleging Misuse of Ratepayer Dollars for Willamette River Clean-Up

Sophie Peel in Willamette Week

 

Portland Faces Lawsuit Over Sewer Utility Spending

Gordon R. Friedman in the Oregonian

 

Portland Sued Over Superfund Site Cleanup Efforts

AP Wire Story in the DJC Oregon

Parks

Peninsula Pool Re-Opening

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland’s Parks Are a Cherished Gem. But They Can’t Make Ends Meet.

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

WW: ‘Portland Parks and Wreck’

KATU News

 

Parks Commissioner Fish Says Springwater Will Get More Bike Patrols Following Assault

Jonathan Maus in BikePortland

 

Police: Suspect in Springwater Corridor Assault Spotted Riding Stolen Bike

Kelle Azar in KATU News

 

What Will It Take to Get the Oregon Zoo Railway's Long Route Back on Track?

Meerah Powell, OPB News

 

‘The Hurdle Doctor’ Prescribes the Remedy on the Track at Mt. Hood Community College

Nick Krupke in FOX 12 News

City Hall Bomb Threat

Suspicious Package at Portland City Hall Deemed Safe

KOIN 6 News Staff

 

Portland City Hall Evacuation Lifted, Police Find No Risk to Public

KGW News

 

Suspicious Package Leads to Second Evacuation of Portland City Hall This Month

Katie Shepherd, Willamette Week

 

Portland City Hall Evacuated For 2nd Time This Month After Possible Threat Reported

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

Arts and Film

‘Shrill’ Producer Max Handelman on Growing Up in Portland, And Why the City Is 'Part of The DNA Of the Show’

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

 

Jazz Festival Turns 39

The Skanner News

 

Portland Art Museum to Cut Staff, Illustrating Changes in Arts Funding

April Baer in OPB News

In Other News

Displaced Alder Street Food Carts Moving to Ankeny Square

Meerah Powell in OPB News

 

Will Portland Neighborhood Associations be Curtailed?

Jim Redden and Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News

 

Hundreds Convene in Portland To Block Zenith Oil Terminal Plans

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News

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.