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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Celebrating the 2019 “Spirit of Portland” Awards

October 17, 2019

Tuesday night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding Portlanders at the 2019 Spirit of Portland Awards.

Every year, Nick selects an individual to receive an award. This year, he honored Renee Mitchell. Renee is a longtime community leader, artist, and teacher; a domestic and sexual abuse survivor and advocate; and a social justice champion.

Renee is perhaps best known for her 10 years at The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for her twice-weekly Metro columns. Renee also organized Portland’s first conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Today, Renee heads her own company, Renee Mitchell Speaks, where she weaves together her love of writing, performance, and the arts to positively impact our community. She is the also the Founder and Director of Spit/WRITE, a youth writing, performance, and mentoring initiative. She also serves on Portland Parks and Recreation’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Community Advisory Committee.

You can see the complete list of recipients here.

Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees!


The Weekly Catch

Where We Live: Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News


Portland Parks Bureau Determined to Bring More Green to City’s East Side

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News


Portland Part of Global Tree Planting Movement

Emily Green in Street Roots


Northeast Portland’s Glenhaven Park Playground Set to Reopen; Public Celebration Set

PP&R News


New Bond-Funded Bridges Complete in Southwest Portland Parks

PP&R News


Barbara Walker Bridge Over West Burnside Rd. Will Open Oct. 27 with Large Celebration

Genevieve Reaume in KATU News


Portland’s New Wildwood Trail Pedestrian Bridge Will Open Oct. 27 With All – You – Can – Eat Pancakes

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


‘Contemplative Place’ Art Moved to Leach Garden

David Ashton in East Portland News


Sellwood Neighbors Rally Around Community Center

Samantha Kar in the Portland Tribune

Climate Change

Annual Gathering of Climate Change Experts Returns to Portland

Monica Samayoa in OPB News


Portland to Host Climate Change Conference

Associated Press in KGW 8 News


Portland Rated 9th Greenest City in U.S., According to New Report

KATU Staff in KATU News


PPB in ‘Substantial Compliance’ with DOJ Settlement

AP in KOIN 6 News


Takeaways from Portland’s Police Overtime Audit

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

In Other News

Lawyer: City Council Will Repeal URM Warning Requirements

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland Voters Put a 1% Tax on Large Retailers – But Some Consumers Are Paying It Too

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian


Some Businesses Still Bristling at Having to Pay Portland’s Clean Energy Tax

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian


Cost Estimates Rise for Portland Water Bureau Project; City Leaders Answer Questions

Keaton Thomas in KATU News

The Weekly Catch


Celebrating Salmon in Our City

Commissioner Fish Blog

News Release: Portland Recognized as Finalist for Salmon Restoration Work by the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards

BES News

Portland Named as A Finalist in Global Climate Action Awards

Monica Samayoa in OPB News

Portland Salmon Restoration Project Named Finalist for Global Bloomberg Award

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

Plastic Straws

Portland’s New Plastics Policy is Almost Here. Here’s What You Should Know

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

What You Need to Know About Portland’s New Plastic Policy

Morgan Romero in KGW News


Your City Hall: Police Matters Dominate City Council Docket

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Civil Rights Advocates Present to Portland City Council on Police Union Contracts

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

Portland City Council Works to Determine Best Police Practices

Elise Haas in KOIN 6 News

Portland Police Adopt New Procedures, Training for Crowd Control Liaisons

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Portland’s ‘Stone Soup’ Teaches Kitchen Skills, Life Skills to Those at Risk of Homelessness

Nina Mehlhaf in KGW News

Rest Area for Homeless Rallying to Stay Open During Winter

Danny Peterson in KOIN 6 News


Plans for Mobile Crisis Response Team Move Forward in Portland

Lashay Wesley in KATU News

In Other News

City Repays Water and Sewer Funds to Settle Ratepayer Lawsuit

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Applicants Sought for Portland Congestion Pricing Task Force

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland Building Renovation Costs in Line with Contract, but City Should Start Routine Reviews Now, Audit Says

Everton Bailey Jr. in The Oregonian

Historic Building in Portland’s Alberta Neighborhood to Be Demolished

Katherine Cook in KGW 8 News

Celebrating Salmon in Our City


October 2, 2019

Today, Council celebrated salmon in the city with a proclamation, a new salmon sanctuary project, an update on the City’s Salmon-Safe practices, and a major award announcement.

C40 Cities Award

Nick announced that Portland’s Crystal Springs Watershed Restoration project was named a finalist for the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropy Awards, which recognizes cities worldwide that are demonstrating climate action leadership.

The Crystal Springs Watershed Restoration project in SE Portland improved the creek’s water quality and removed culverts so salmon and other fish can travel up the Willamette River tributary.

As a result of the project, Crystal Springs Creek became the city’s first salmon sanctuary in 2017. Led by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the project brought together community groups, government agencies, and indigenous communities to protect threatened salmon and steelhead.

Making Tryon Creek Accessible for Salmon

Following the project at Crystal Springs, BES, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a restoration project at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The project included replacing an old culvert with a “salmon subway” that allows fish to access the Refuge for the first time in over 100 years.

Today, Council approved the next restoration project – Tryon Creek. BES and partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will remove a culvert that’s blocking fish passage to Tryon Creek, unlocking the watershed to salmon.

A Salmon-Safe City

Council also received an update on the City’s progress in meeting its Salmon-Safe re-certification.

Portland-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe independently certifies land management practices and their possible effects on water quality and salmon habitat. Portland Parks & Recreation has been certified Salmon-Safe since 2004, the first City bureau to be certified. In 2016, the City of Portland became the first city in the world to achieve certification.

Salmon in Our City Day

The City’s 6th annual Salmon Celebration will be this Sunday, October 6th. Council proclaimed October 6th to be the 2nd annual “Salmon in our City Day” and invites community members to join the celebration at Johnson Creek Park, where Crystal Springs Creek flows into Johnson Creek.

Special thanks to the staff at BES and Parks for their ongoing work, to Salmon-Safe Executive Director Dan Kent, and to Judy Bluehorse Skelton for her steadfast partnership. And thanks to the many government, nonprofit, and community partners who support the City’s salmon restoration work and share our vision for a greener, healthier city.




Salmon in Our City map (click for full size) Crystal Springs Creek as it passes through Westmoreland Park


C40 Cities Awards Press Release

BES News


Portland Named as a Finalist in Global Climate Action Awards

Monica Samoya in OPB News


Portland Salmon Restoration Project Named Finalist for Global Bloomberg Award

Everton Bailey in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Hearings Gavel in Office



Meet Mel Brown, the Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays for Something Greater than Himself

Isabel Zacharias and Kaylee Domzalski in OPB News


EPA Rejects Proposal to Scale Back Cleanup Plans for Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB News


Portland Parks & Recreation

Urban Forestry Celebrates Arbor Day 2019 And the Fall Planting Season
PP&R News


Portland Metro Makes Gains Against Poverty; Oregon Overtakes U.S. in Household Income

Elliot Njus and Mike Rogoway in The Oregonian

Most Oregon Rent Increases Capped at 9.9% in 2020

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Portland Leaders Oppose White House Proposal on Police Moving Homeless People

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Neighborhood Associations

Eudaly Delays City Council Vote on Neighborhood Changes

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Moves to Delay Changes to Portland’s Neighborhood Associations

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Neighborhood Watches Have Gone Out of Fashion. Portland City Hall Aims to Remodel Them.
Sophie Peel in Willamette Week


Environmental Services

Advisory: Sewage Release from Pump Station at NE Alderwood Road Reaches Columbia Slough

BES News


Sewage Flows into Columbia Slough After Pipe Ruptures at NE Portland Pump Station

FOX 12 News


In Other News

Council Appoints First Five Clean Energy Fund Committee Members

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland’s Carbon Emissions from Planes, Trains, And Automobiles Are Rising

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Portland Water Bureau Warns Earthquake Could Leave City with Major Shortages

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

Can the People Wanting to Bring Major League Baseball to Portland Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Robert Ham in the Portland Mercury


Portland Approves $1 Million Repair Contract for Going Street Bridge Smashed by Train

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian