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.



Celebrating Portlandia’s 30th birthday

On Thursday, October 8, join Nick and the Regional Arts & Culture Council in celebrating a big milestone in our community: Portlandia’s 30th birthday!


30 years ago, Mayor Bud Clark and 10,000 fellow Portlanders welcomed Portlandia to the City of Roses as she arrived by barge on the Willamette River. The 6.5 ton statue was created by renowned artist Raymond Kaskey, who also made the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.


Portlandia is one of the largest copper statues in the country – second only to the Statue of Liberty. It was inspired by Portland’s city seal, and paid for by our Percent for Art program, which celebrates its 35th birthday this year. Portlandia remains one the most iconic symbols of our city.


Our Portland City Council will be joined by former Mayor Bud Clark, former Commissioner Mike Lindberg, and other special guests. The great Storm Large and students from Chapman Elementary School will lead us in singing “Happy Birthday” to our copper goddess.


Join us at the Standard Insurance Plaza across from Portlandia, from 12 – 1:30 pm. Special thanks to The Standard, Cupcake Jones, and Starbucks for sponsoring the event.


Portlandia’s 30th Birthday

The Standard Insurance Plaza

1120 S.W. 5th Ave.

Thursday, October 8, Noon – 1:30 pm


Portlandia Turns 30

Matt Strangel in Artslandia


Quiz: How well do you know the Portlandia statue on her 30th birthday? (PHOTOS)

Joseph Rose in The Oregonian


Party like it’s 1985 for Portlandia’s birthday

Kevin Trevellyan in the Portland Tribune

October 6, 2015

Tall Trees in City Hall

As Arts Commissioner, Nick is proud to host an exciting art exhibit in our City Hall atrium: The Tall Trees of Portland


Hellion Gallery owner Matt Wagner authored the book, The Tall Trees of Portland, which features 40 talented local artists and their creative, colorful, and inspiring art. In the book, the artists also share their workspaces, their favorite things about our city, and even whether or not they use an umbrella when it rains.


The vibrant City Hall exhibit showcases art by 30 of the artists featured in the Tall Trees book. Stop by and see fascinating sculptures, paintings, sketches, and more. 


The Tall Trees of Portland art exhibit is presented by Hellion Gallery and Overcup Press, which published the book. The show is free and open to the public, and runs through October 15.


Join us for an opening reception on Tuesday, October 6 at 4pm, and meet some of the artists!


Checkout Overcup Press’ website to learn more about The Tall Trees of Portland.


The Tall Trees of Portland art exhibit

Portland City Hall Atrium, first floor

1221 SW 4th Ave.

8 am – 5 pm

October 5, 2015

Let 'er Buck!

Today, we were honored to welcome Pendleton Mayor Phil Houk to our City Hall office.


Nick had the opportunity to thank Mayor Houk again for his hospitality during Nick's recent trip to the Pendleton Round-Up.

October 5, 2015

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

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