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.



The Weekly Catch

The State of our Public Utilities (buy today's issue from a Street Roots vendor near you)

Nick Fish in Street Roots


Airbnb Is Making Portland’s Rental Market Even Tighter

Shelby R. Kind in the Portland Mercury


Residents want L.A. to do more to enforce short-term rental regulations

Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times


Portland abandons auto pay for utility bills to comply with credit card rules

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland pulls plug on auto pay for water bills

Kerry Tomlinson in KATU News


Portland stops Auto Pay for utility bills

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Hall Monitor: Surprise! It’s an Emergency!

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


What’s Portland’s Housing Emergency Worth? $30 Million For Now.

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Will $30 million pledge cut Portland homelessness by half?
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland's 'housing emergency' plan to be released Wednesday

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Questions remain about Post Office land deal

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

October 1, 2015

Celebrating women leaders


Today, Nick was pleased to attend the Center for Women’s Leadership’s 9th Annual Power Lunch!

The Luncheon honored 5 incredible women in Oregon: U.S. Bank Oregon President Malia Wasson, Honorable Chief Judge Ann Aiken, Latino Network Executive Director Carmen Rubio, natural hair stylist Amber Starks, and Governor Kate Brown.


The Center provides pivotal tools for emerging women leaders. It is dedicated to educating and empowering women in high school and college to break glass ceilings and pursue leadership roles in their careers. Students go through rigorous and inspiring educational programs, skills training, and networking opportunities with top women leaders from around the state.


Our own Constituent Services Specialist, Asena Lawrence, completed the Center’s NEW Leadership Oregon summer conference in 2013 as a student at Portland State University.


Special thanks to the Center’s Executive Director Sunny Petit for her continued hard work in providing a wonderful place for emerging women leaders.


Learn more about the Center for Women’s Leadership on their website

October 1, 2015

Go Ducks!

We were honored to have two Ducks join us today: former quarterback Joey Harrington and former offensive lineman Ryan Schmid! Go Ducks!

September 30, 2015

Stormwater for Challenging Sites

We may have forgotten over the long, hot summer – but it rains a lot in Portland. Our heavy rains can make it challenging to manage stormwater in our streets and at our homes and businesses.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is partnering with the SW Watershed Resource Center, Green Girl LLC, and other local organizations to offer a Stormwater Challenge Workshop Series.


This Sunday, check out the first class, Plan & Design Best Practices for Challenging Sites.


The introductory workshop explains what stormwater is, and its relationship with watershed health. Learn how to create landscape designs that are safe, simple, and environmentally friendly, regardless of your property’s condition. The class will visit several Portland-area homes, perform on-site assessments, and work together to create site designs.


In November, attend hands-on classes where you’ll work on real construction projects that reduce runoff and improve stormwater management.


The Stormwater Challenge Workshop Series is free and open to all. Visit the SW Watershed Resource Center‘s website to learn more and to register.


Plan & Design Best Practices for Challenging Sites

Sunday, October 4, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Multnomah Art Center

7688 SW Capitol HWY

September 29, 2015

Apothecary for the Anthropocene

Talented artist Deanna Pindell takes viewers on a mysterious and thought-provoking journey in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, Apothecary for the Anthropocene.


The intriguing installation explores people’s causal relationship with mortality, and human existence on earth. It also seeks to answer an important question: can the climate crisis be transformed by self-reflection and cultural change?


Apothecary for the Anthropocene is set in dark apothecary, surrounded in deep blue. Viewers are presented with riddles on the walls, and intricate clues hidden within apothecary jars. It also includes a journal that visitors can read and add their own thoughtful comments. Concealed within its pages are answers to the riddles, as well as poems and other interesting information.


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


Apothecary for the Anthropocene is up now through October 23 in the Portland Building’s lobby.


Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 28, 2015

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