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 is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



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Friday, June 26, was an amazing day. To start off, I attended the grand opening of the Portland Water Bureau’s new Interstate maintenance building with Nick. Here are some of my photos of the event. I got to see the old building versus the new building. I also took a group tour; my favorite part was standing on top of the building. The roof is an eco (green) roof, it also has solar panels, along with a great view of the Fremont Bridge. The whole Interstate building is design to save energy. I also met a women named Catherine Howells, she is a teacher at Portland State. Catherine works with the Water Bureau, and teaches about our water system. Catherine invited me to join her class to visit the Bull Run Watershed, where Portland gets its drinking water. The Bull Run Watershed collects water from rain and snow melt, and more than 17 billion gallons are stored in two reservoirs. The bureau treats the water before it enters the three conduits that bring water to Portland. The water moves through the system by gravity, requiring no fossil fuel consumption to move water from its intake to the main storage reservoir at Powell Butte.


Next, I joined Nick at the Annual David Campbell Memorial service. Here I also took pictures of Nick and the service. At the memorial service I met Police Assistant Chief Modica, he was great and told me I should intern for the Police Bureau. He said if I am interested he will buy me coffee, then he gave me his card. See he is just the sweetest. I met a lot of great leaders serving for Portland. One of he firefighters sang Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of Somewhere over the Rainbow - it was very beautifully sung. When Fire Bureau Chief Jannsens introduced Nick as the former Commissioner in charge of the Portland Fire Bureau, I cheered for Nick. Everyone was completely silent, and turned to see who Nick's fan was. I saw Nick chuckle a little, then I was completely embarrassed!!!


After Friday's Supreme Court ruling, I joined Nick at a rally for LGBTQ equality - it felt very lively. There was a lot of energy, love and support in the crowd. The weather was very warm, however it did not seem to bother anyone. Love was too great. From the overcrowded crowd, I can experience first-hand that people who are gay are looking for acceptance and equal rights. Prior to the ruling, 37 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage.



Last, I visited Zenger Farm, and I ran into one of my scholarship cohort members, Raisa. She is volunteering at the Zenger Farm. The structure of the farm has a beautiful balcony, along with a brand new building. I got to meet and chat with the loving couple whom designed the new building. The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services purchased the land in 1994. BES saw opportunity for this land, and today Zenger Farm is an official and sustainable public space. 


Friday could not have been any better!

June 29, 2015

Celebrating Interstate

This morning Nick was proud to welcome Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, and Commissioner Fritz to celebrate the dedication of the Water Bureau’s Interstate Operations Maintenance Facility.


The Interstate Facility is an essential part of Portland’s drinking water system, from forest to faucet. Interstate houses more than 300 employees, a water control center, water quality laboratory, storage area, administration offices, and more.


Part of the facility is nearly 100 years old, so it lacks modern safety standards – and is known to “rain” inside the building on stormy days!


This morning, we celebrated the grand opening of a new 28,000 square foot office building, which came in on time and under budget. The no-frills building was built to LEED Gold standards, and its eco-friendly design conserves water and energy, and uses solar power. We anticipate saving almost 370,000 kilowatt hours of energy thanks to our green building standards. That’s the equivalent of burning about 194 tons of coal.


Members of the Portland Fire and Rescue’s Honor Guard helped celebrate the event. They raised the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 


The rest of the facility is set to be completed in early 2016. Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information. 


Portland Water Bureau debuts sparkling new $50 million maintenance, operations buildings

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

June 26, 2015

The Weekly Catch

Portland Water Bureau debuts sparkling new $50 million maintenance, operations buildings

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Hundreds celebrate US Supreme Court marriage ruling: 'Love has won,and we are not done'

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Gay marriage: Decision ends any doubts for same-sex couples in Oregon

Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian


My View: Protecting our common home

Nick Fish in the Portland Tribune


A son’s lesson on Father’s Day

Nick Fish in Street Roots News


Father’s Day

The Oregonian


Sunday Parkways in North Portland celebrates Father’s Day, summertime and cycling

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian


Mt. tabor reservoir decision pushed 3 weeks

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council delays Mt. Tabor reservoir vote

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland explained: Why Portland is taking Mount Tabor, Washington Park reservoirs offline

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland approves Washington Park reservoir demolition

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Hall Monitor: An End to the Shouting

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Council to decide fate of Mount Tabor reservoirs on Thursday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council to consider demolishing Washington Park reservoirs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


It's Official: South Waterfront Is About To Be A Pearl District ReduxDirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury


City agrees to Zidell deal on South Waterfront

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland approves 'make or break' South Waterfront deal with Zidell

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


This is How Uber Takes Over a City

Karen Weise in the Bloomberg Business Week


Uber vs. Portland Gets the Bloomberg Businessweek Feature Treatment

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week


City, county to update Climate Action Plan

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Vision Zero: ‘Commit to changing behavior’

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune


Council formally adopts new budget

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune 


‘Louie Louie’ sing-a-long rocks the steps of Portland’s City Hall (video)

Jessica Greif in The Oregonian


Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

June 26, 2015

Explore Hawthorne

Summer is the perfect time to explore Portland’s eclectic neighborhood business districts. 


The Hawthorne Boulevard Business District is one of Portland’s great destinations. This historical district is pedestrian friendly, and offers something for everyone. It’s filled with unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, fun nightlife, and important neighborhood services. 


Business districts and neighborhood small businesses 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.


Nick is proud to be Council liaison to Venture Portland, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting Portland’s dynamic business districts and small businesses.


Check out Venture Portland’s website to find your local business district, and to learn more about upcoming events, including summer street fairs! 

June 25, 2015

Louie Louie

Are you ready to sing along – and be part of a Guinness World Record?


On Thursday, local non-profit Know Your City is hosting The World’s Largest Louie Louie Sing-A-Long here at City Hall. As Portland’s Arts Commissioner, Nick was proud to sponsor this one-of-a-kind event.

Louie Louie is a world-famous rock ‘n’ roll song, best known for the 1963 hit version by The Kingsmen. Not everyone knows that this famous rendition was recorded right here in Portland! Louie Louie is the most popular recording ever to come out of the city of Portland.


The song became an international hit – it even prompted an FBI investigation to make sure there were no profane lyrics hidden in the hard-to-decipher song.


Join us on Thursday to sing Louie Louie all together. A Guinness World Record representative will be on hand to count all the singers.  


The event will feature great musical acts, including The Kingsmen, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls Band, Heavy City, and The Beat Goes On Marching Band. An official proclamation declaring June 25 as “Celebrate Louie Louie Day” will also be read.


Come hungry! Voodoo Doughnuts will be dishing up their new Blouie Louie doughnuts, made especially for the event, and Brew Dr. Kombucha will be handing out beverages.


Know Your City is a local non-profit dedicated to providing programs that engage the public in arts and social justice. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit, and is part of their Sing-A-Song of Portland walking tour. The tours take visitors through a journey of Portland’s musical past.


Check out Know Your City’s website for more information about this event.


The World’s Largest Louie Louie Sing-A-Long

Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Portland City Hall Plaza

1221 SW 4th Ave.

June 24, 2015

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