POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

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



Hidden Hearts

This morning, Nick kicked off Hidden Hearts at the Crafty Wonderland


Nick started the day at the Bipartisan Café in Montavilla, visited Broadway Books, and ended at Crafty Wonderland (where he purchased a crochet carrot for his collection). 


He was joined by Heather Hoell of Venture Portland and Ruth Miles, the State’s small business advocate.


Hidden Hearts is a Valentine’s Day shopping event that showcases Portland’s great neighborhood small businesses. It was created by Supportland co-founder Katrina Scotto di Carlo as a way to reward those who shop locally.


Here’s how it works: collect ‘Hidden Hearts’ at participating Supportland businesses today and tomorrow. Download the mobile app or pick up a rewards card in store. On Sunday, each heart will become 20 Supportland Merits to use towards great shopping rewards.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland. Venture Portland is the champion for our 50 neighborhood business districts.


Neighborhood small business are the backbone of our local economy. They strengthen our community and support good causes. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community.


Special thanks to Venture Portland, Heather Hoell, Supportland, Katrina Scotto di Carlo, the Bipartisan Café, Broadway Books, and Crafty Wonderland for a great day!


Check out Supportland’s website for more information, and shop at a supporting Hidden Hearts small business this Valentine’s Day weekend!


Hidden Hearts Press Release

February 12, 2016

The Weekly Catch

Hidden Hearts Press Release

Office of Commissioner Fish


Venture Portland at 30

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Business Tribune


Sources: Fish has questions about scale of new apartments

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Homeless Portlanders Will Be Allowed to Camp on City Land Under Proposals Being Unveiled Monday Afternoon

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


This is Charlie Hales’ plan for allowing homeless camping in Portland

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Study finds Metro area rents up 63% from 2006

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City’s Superfund bill likely won’t be known until at least 2020

James Cronin in the Portland Business Journal


Portland's newest park: a $15.1 million pathway to nowhwere

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


PDX Jazz Festival includes ‘Jazz in the Schools’

Ken Boddie and KOIN 6 News Staff

February 12, 2016

HUD Multifamily Housing

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Saltzman in sponsoring a proclamation honoring HUD’s Multifamily Housing office in Portland.


The HUD (or Department of Housing and Urban Development) office in Portland opened in 1971. Over the last 45 years, and it has provided multi-family loans, direct loans, and grants to 342 properties and almost 23,000 affordable apartments in Portland.


The City of Portland was proud to partner with HUD on many initiatives, including 11 x 13.


11 x 13 was a response to the fact that Federal subsidies on 11 privately-owned affordable apartment buildings in our community, home to low-income older adults and people with disabilities, were set to expire.  


Through strong partnerships, with the Portland Housing Bureau, HUD, NOAH, the State Oregon, and local nonprofits, all of the at-risk buildings were saved, preventing 1,000 affordable homes from being converted to market-rate rentals or sold as condos.


We are grateful for HUD’s partnership, and legacy of service to thousands of vulnerable families and individuals in our community.


Visit HUD’s website to learn more. 

February 11, 2016

Portland Harbor Cleanup


We believe that Superfund is the most significant environmental, public health, regulatory, and jobs issue facing our city.


Yesterday morning, Council hosted EPA leadership at a work session about the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Superfund process is moving toward significant milestones this year, including the release of a proposed cleanup plan this spring.


At the Council work session, EPA Program Manager Cami Grandinetti updated the Council on where we are in the process to get to a final cleanup plan and how EPA plans to seek feedback from our community. We are grateful to Cami for taking time to bring the Council up to speed and answer their questions about this important issue.


The Portland Harbor is a vital part of Portland’s history, culture, and local economy. It’s used for industry, recreation, fishing, shipping and navigation, tribal ceremonial practices, wildlife habitat, and is a migratory corridor for salmon.


The EPA is hosting Community Information Sessions for Portlanders to learn about the clean-up planning process. Visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more.


Bridge to Portland Harbor Cleanup

February 10, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!


This weekend, Nick was honored to attend the TET Vietnamese New Year’s Celebration.


Today is the official beginning of the lunar year for many people around the world, and in our community too.


Ethic, racial, and religious diversity are some of our city’s great strengths. The immigrant and refugee families who choose to call Portland home enriches our community.  


And, we are grateful for the many contributions the Vietnamese-American community makes to our great city.


We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

February 8, 2016

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