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.



Friday Roundup

2015 Arts Oversight Committee Report


Check Portland watershed health grades online

Bureau of Environmental Services


Portland's new Kelly Butte Reservoir is open, funneling water to city taps

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Water Bureau Shows Off New Reservoirs

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB


Portland can expect $50 million in new revenue for 2015-16, officials say

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


State of Housing in Portland - Phase One

Portland Housing Bureau


Portland nearly 1,500 units short of central city affordable housing goal

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland Struggles With Affordable Housing

Michelle Leis in OPB


To Catch a Bike Thief

Matthew Korfhage in Willamette Week


Utility watchdog group: Stop developer discounts

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Grant Constitution Team wins national trophy

Pamplin Media Group in the Portland Tribune 


Uber unleashed

Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press

May 1, 2015



Are you ready for a swashbuckling comedy adventure?


Portland Center Stage presents Cyrano, a dramatic and delightful comedic play set in 17th century France. 


This modern adaptation follows Cyrano, a talented swordsman with a beautiful soul, who has a giant nose. Cyrano is in love with the stunning Roxane. She is being pursued by a young soldier, and Cyrano makes it his mission to creatively get her suitor out of the picture.


Portland Center Stage is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) General Operating Support program.  Arts organizations benefit from RACC’s funding so they can enrich our community with wonderful arts performances, educational programs, and more.


Cyrano runs through May 3 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.


Check out Portland Center Stage’s website to learn more.



Gerding Theater at the Armory

U.S. Bank Main Stage

128 NW 11th Ave.

April 30, 2015

Arts Education & Access Fund Making a Difference

This afternoon, Commissioner Fish was pleased to welcome the Arts Oversight Committee (AOC) to present their 2015 report to City Council.


The AOC, Chaired by Stan Penkin, is a public citizen group which oversees the Arts Education & Access Fund income tax (the “Arts Tax”). The AOC Report analyzes how nearly $7 million has been invested in our public schools and local arts organizations.


Thanks to the tax, more than 30,000 children, ages Kindergarten to 5th grade, are enjoying better arts education in our schools. And more than 80 teachers in 6 public schools districts are helping make it happen.


Council members were surprised by a few special guests from Capitol Hill Elementary School, the Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), the Access Academy, Peninsula Elementary, and Glencoe Elementary School today. Student artists presented each Council member with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!


Nick is proud to display “Seasons” by MLC students Esja Mirti and Millie Jarvis in his office.


In addition to arts in our schools, the Regional Arts & Culture Council has invested millions in operating support for a number of local arts organizations thanks to the Arts Tax funding. They have also awarded special grants to organizations focused on increasing access to the arts for all.


Special thanks to the AOC, students, teachers and school districts, RACC, the City’s Revenue Division, and our local arts organizations for helping make the arts the heart of our community.


Read the AOC's full report online, or view a summary here.


And look for Nick's piece, "Arts Education Matters," coming soon in the May/June issue of Artslandia magazine!

April 29, 2015

Supporting Crystal Springs

The Spokane Street Neighbors, along with local volunteers, have been hard at work making Crystal Springs Creek more healthy and vibrant. 


Crystal Springs is major tributary of Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland. It’s an important habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife. 


With the support of a Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Native Plant Mini Grant, volunteers planted 350 native plants and shrubs, as well as 12 native trees along Crystal Springs. 


Native Plant Mini Grants are part of the Community Watershed Stewardship Program. Mini grants provide a great way to help start or maintain projects in our local waterways.


Crystal Springs Creek has a new life, thanks to a major restoration project managed by BES and Portland Parks & Recreation – and supported by neighbors like the Spokane Street Neighbors! The project enhanced conditions of the creek to improve water quality. In addition to planting native trees and shrubs, crews also restored a wetland area, removed nine culverts, and added better walkways around the sensitive natural area.


Last week, staff from BES and Parks accepted the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award from the American Planning Association for Crystal Springs’ transformation.


Thank you to the Spokane Street Neighbors and all the volunteers for looking after Crystal Springs! 


Check out BES’ website to learn more.

April 28, 2015

Kelly Butte Reservoir serves Portland

A new reservoir at Kelly Butte in Southeast Portland is now serving pristine Bull Run water to customers across our community. 


For 43 years, a 10 million gallon above-ground tank stored water at Kelly Butte. In 2012, the Portland Water Bureau began work on a new, larger reservoir to serve Portland’s growing population.


The new reservoir includes two underground cells that hold 25 million gallons of water. Bull Run water fills the Kelly Butte reservoir, which then serves East Portland businesses and families. The reservoir also serves as a  water stopover for reservoirs and storage tanks in Southwest Portland.


The storage tanks are now underground, so they have disappeared from view. Crews will continue working this year to construct access roads and fences, and to complete landscaping – including  planting more than 1,660 trees and 7,250 scrubs across the entire site. 


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.


Portland's new Kelly Butte Reservoir is open, funneling water to city taps

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Water Bureau Shows Off New Reservoirs

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB

April 27, 2015

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