POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Join us at Southeast Division’s Openfest!

This Friday at 10 am, Nick and Commissioner Novick will officially re-open SE Division Street, after months of construction to improve the roadway!


Sponsored by the Division/Clinton Business Association, Openfest celebrates the end of the Division Streetscape Project with fun festivities and the debut of a wonderful art installation. 


The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was proud to partner with the Bureau of Transportation to bring the Division Streetscape to life.  Division’s transformation includes new green street facilities (like bioswales) and street trees, better access to public transit, new sidewalks and street lamps, public art, and much more!


At the re-opening, enjoy delicious foods, drinks, live music, and shopping! It’s the perfect opportunity to support our local neighborhood small businesses, and many shops will have discounts and deals throughout the day.


Also, don’t forget to check out Division’s newest art: This All Happened More or Less. Created by local artists Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis, the beautiful public art installation is woven throughout SE Division. Funded by the City of Portland’s Percent for Art program, This All Happened More or Less consists of delightfully small bronze figures on large, dolomite boulders. 


Visit BES’ website for more information about Openfest.  See you there!



Friday, October 24

SE 31st and Division St.

9 am – 7 pm

October 22, 2014

Bureau of Environmental Services Update

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released an audit today regarding the BES Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant office building.


It contains a number of serious and troubling findings. 


I have directed the City Attorney to begin an outside investigation. The investigation will be conducted by Ed Harnden and Paula Barran, partners at the Barran Liebman law firm.  Ed is a past president of the Oregon State Bar and both Ed and Paula are highly respected employment lawyers.  They have extensive experience conducting sensitive high level investigations, including those arising in the public sector.


Given the gravity of the issues raised in the audit, I have placed BES Director Dean Marriott on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the outside investigation.  Jim Hagerman, BES’s Business Services Manager, will serve as acting bureau director. 


I expect the investigation to be completed before the end of the year.


Portland City Council will review the auditor’s findings at a work session scheduled for October 28, 2014, 9:30-11:30am. The meeting is open to the public; no testimony is taken during work sessions.


Press Release from Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade


BES Columbia Building: scope additions and ineffective design oversight led to substantially higher project costs

City Audit, LaVonne Griffin-Valade


After Damning Audit of Budget-Busting Building, Fish Puts Sewer Bureau Chief on Leave

Denis Theriault in the Portland Mercury


Portland administrator Dean Marriott placed on paid leave as audit finds insufficient oversight on $11.5 million office project

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Overspending and under-accounting at the Columbia treatment plant: Editorial Agenda 2014

Oregonian Editorial Board


Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Placed on Leave After City Audit of Sewer Office Building

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week


Audit Finds Numerous Costly Problems With Portland's Columbia Building

Rob Manning on OPB


BES director put on leave during investigation

Dan Tilkin, KOIN6 News


Sewer director on leave during cost overrun investigation

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

October 22, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

The Portland Building’s art installation space is celebrating the dead.


Talented artist Pepe Moscoso commemorates Portland’s deceased leaders and visionaries in his beautiful installation, Dia de los Muertos.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that remembers and celebrates loved ones that have passed on. Originating in Moscoso’s native Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is now celebrated by many people all over the world – including right here in Portland. 


As with the holiday’s tradition, Moscoso constructed an elaborate, colorful altar, filled with painted skulls, photos, and special trinkets.  The deceased’s spirits are believed to appreciate the offerings. 


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series.  Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art. 


Dia de los Muertos is up until the end of October.  Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.


Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.  

October 20, 2014

Friday Roundup

October 17, 2014

Kenton Art Walk tonight!

This evening, join fellow North Portlanders at Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk.


Stroll along the beautiful historic neighborhood while perusing its great art and local small businesses. 


When you need a break from all that shopping, enjoy music, dancers, live martial arts, and delicious foods from local eateries. And be sure to walk north on Kenton to visit the historic Paul Bunyan statue!


The event serves as a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting Portland’s neighborhood small businesses and our wonderful arts and culture community. 


Join Venture Portland and the Kenton Neighborhood Association tonight.  Check out Kenton’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of the Kenton Neighborhood Association.

October 16, 2014

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