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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.
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) fundraiser, “In the Garden of Artistic Delights.”
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 visited the Montavilla neighborhood in East Portland for their annual Street Fair. Local fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support small businesses!
The Montavilla Street Fair was funded, in part, by Venture Portland. Nick serves as Council liaison to Venture Portland, which is dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts.
In the afternoon, Nick joined the Bureau of Environmental Services director, Mike Jordan, at the Willamette River Revival. The event celebrated the lower Willamette River and its clean up.
Nick and Mike met with local community leaders, including members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. They provided a Native American cultural viewpoint of the importance of the Willamette River.
The plaza was created by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. It serves as a wonderful memorial for the Japanese American experience during and after WWII. It also highlights the importance of civil liberties, celebrating our Bill of Rights.
The event was huge hit, with live music, a water show put on by Portland Fire & Rescue, and speeches by great leaders, including former Mayor Bud Clark, and Star Trek’s original Sulu, George Takei.
Nick ended the event with a special gift to the Oregon Nikkei Endowment: a $25,000 grant from the City. The funds will help renovate the beautiful plaza to last the next 25 years.
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 has been heavily involved in the Portland 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.
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
Montavilla Jazz Festival needs you!
Now in its second year, the jazz festival brings together neighbors and music lovers to enjoy original Portland-based jazz. 2015 Headliner Darrell Grant will debut his new work, “All 4 Naught.”
This year, the festival has added on-site food and beverage options courtesy of Portland Mercado’s Mixteca Catering and The Wine Nomad.
And, some proceeds from the festival will be donated to four neighborhood schools to support music education!
Organizers need volunteers to help make the weekend a success. Volunteers will stamp hands, check IDs, help set up, clean up, and more. In addition to a cool Jazz Fest t-shirt, volunteers get a free day pass to enjoy the music after their shifts!
To sign up to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Montavilla Jazz Festival, visit their website: www.montavillajazzfest.com.
Montavilla Jazz Festival
August 15-16, 2015
Portland Metro Arts
9003 SE Stark Street
July 29, 2015