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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.
National Night Out
National Night Out brings neighbors and local law enforcement officers together for great neighborhood parties and festivals that help strengthen our community.
Tonight marks 32 years of National Night Out celebrations around the country. In Portland, more than 20,000 people participate each year.
Whether it’s a block party, cookout, parade, or flashlight walk, there’s sure to be something fun happening in your area!
Nick is looking forward to joining his friend, former Senator Avel Gordly, for the Madison South neighborhood’s National Night Out party this evening.
While National Night Out is traditionally celebrated on the first Tuesday in August, Portland-area events are happening all week long. Check out the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s website for a full schedule of National Night Out events.
August 4, 2015
Out & about with Nick
Nick had a busy weekend out and about in Portland.
On Saturday, he was pleased to attend the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) 20th anniversary celebration and fundraiser, “In the Garden of Artistic Delights.” The celebration was hosted by Jim Sampson and Geof Beasley in their magical Bella Madrona gardens.
Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC and our diverse community arts organizations. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards RACC’s grantmaking programs for individual artists.
On Sunday morning, Nick had breakfast at the Bipartisan Cafe in East Portland, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Then he visited the annual Montavilla Street Fair. Local fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support small businesses!
The Street Fair was funded, in part, by Venture Portland. Nick serves as Council liaison to Venture Portland, which is dedicated to growing Portland’s 50 unique neighborhood business districts.
In the afternoon, Nick and Mike Jordan, our new Bureau of Environmental Services Director, attended the Willamette River Revival in North Portland's Cathedral Park.
Nick and Mike met with local community leaders, including the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association, the Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Groundwork Portland, and members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Afterward, Nick joined community leaders, including his friend Sho Dozono, at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Tom MCall Waterfront Park.
The powerful memorial was founded by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. It serves as both a celebration of the Japanese American experience in the Pacific Northwest, and as an important reminder to protect civil liberties during times of crisis.
The event included live music, a water show by Portland Fire & Rescue, and stirring speeches by special guests, including former Mayor Bud Clark and Star Trek’s original Mr. Sulu, George Takei.
At the end of the event, Nick announced a $25,000 grant from the City designed to help renovate the beautiful plaza. The celebration was followed by a cruise on the Willamette River with Thomas Lauderdale and friends.
Photos courtesy of Curtis Suyematsu of Reflections Photography LLC.
August 4, 2015
We are delighted to welcome Kassamira Carter-Howard to the Fish Team as our Summer Intern! She will be serving as our Community Service Aide and will be here until the end of August.
Kassamira grew up in Northeast Portland, and has been heavily involved in the community. In addition to working with community service organizations such as Loaves and Fishes and serving as a teacher’s assistant at the OPAL school, she spent most of her time working as a Swim Instructor. She worked for Parks and Recreation for 5 years teaching swimming lessons at various neighborhood pools like Grant, Peninsula, and Matt Dishman Community Center.
Her passion for social justice and bettering the quality of life for communities of color inspired her to serve on the Multnomah Youth Commission’s Youth Against Violence Committee. There, she collaborated with other youth to craft policy recommendations for city officials that aimed to reduce violence among young people in the community.
Kassamira is a rising junior at Santa Clara University, and will be studying abroad in Africa in the fall.
As our Community Service Aide, Kassamira will prepare and staff Commissioner Nick Fish at community events and engagements. She will also conduct fact-gathering and policy research as well as update content for the Commissioner’s web page and other miscellaneous office tasks.
August 3, 2015
The Weekly Catch
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Nina Mehlhaf in KGW News
Your arts tax dollars at work: RACC awards $215,000 to 19 Portland-area arts organizations
Stanley Penkin in The Oregonian
July 31, 2015
Lilly Lee - Last Blog Post
As I spend my last week in the office, Nick and Aja have been absent. I, too, felt very absent my last week, because I was not here on Monday. Tuesdays are my day off, and I went home early Wednesday. Today is Thursday, my last day. Time flies when work needs to be done in this office.
I’ve learned that many things happen behind closed doors. People in this office work very hard to make things happen for the City. There has to be a balance. If one asks, one can receive. Many organizations, small businesses, and non-profits come to this office, asking for Nick’s advice and support. Knowing Nick’s love for Portlanders, he gives his best to advise their missions.
During my time in the office, I have learned how to use Excel, thanks to Jim. I prepped Council binders, thanks to Asena, and how to make a binder for Nick, thanks to Liam. I became a better writer, thanks to Jenny. I learned to laugh, thanks to Aja. I learned that health is more important than work, thanks to Sonia. I learned that hitting a curb or two is okay, as long as the car takes you where you want to go. And lastly, I learned from Nick that it’s not about helping yourself, it’s about helping others.
What I will miss the most is Aja randomly singing in the office. Aja is filled with joyfulness, and he makes me smile. Liam makes me laugh. He can’t help it, it’s his accent, like when he says, “guard,” but it sounds like “God.” Laughter is catchy, and so are winks. The people in this office are winkers. Every morning when I come in, Asena gives me a wink.
As you know, this summer has been one of the hottest summers so far. The reason behind this is because in Portland, “July 9th is the 36th day straight without measurable rain” according to KOIN News staff. Therefore, outside of City Hall has been very hot! Inside, Fish’s office is very cold! Having air conditioning in the office is a luxury. Although, it can get a little chilly. There are always scarfs in the closet if you get cold.
Over all, my time in this office and going to events with Nick has helped me get connections and networks for the future. After my internship here, I am hoping to volunteer at APANO and other non-profit organizations. I had a really great time with the Fish family these last two months, and I hope to stay connected with this family always.
July 30, 2015