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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website

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.

    

     


Happy Holidays

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful new year!

 


December 24, 2014

2014 Year in Review

2014 was marked by steady progress on many fronts.

 

My team continued the hard work of strengthening oversight and accountability at the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

 

We launched a Blue Ribbon Commission headed by former U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, and they delivered a blueprint for meaningful reform. And we formalized a unique, independent role for the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon.

 

I was pleased to support a balanced budget that invests in strong neighborhoods and small businesses, protects our safety net services, supports older adults and youth, and builds strong partnerships.

 

We grieved the loss of visionary parks leader, Charles Jordan; beloved former governor, Vic Atiyeh; local jazz legend, Linda Hornbuckle; and a colleague’s spouse, Dr. Steven Fritz.

 

Voters, by large margins, rejected a deeply flawed proposed takeover of our public utilities, and supported a $67 million Parks bond measure.

 

After a long struggle, Oregon finally achieved marriage equality!

 

Through it all, I have never been prouder of the men and women who work in my bureaus and serve our city every day.

 

I'd like to share some of my favorite highlights from the year:

 

Unsung Hero

 

Dan Weidinger, the Water Bureau's "Lone Ranger" assigned to patrol the Bull Run Watershed. This year, I prioritized funding to add a second full-time ranger, which will help us protect our precious resource.

 

Most Inspiring Moment

 

Judging the We The People competition, and celebrating the hard work and passion of the next generation of civic leaders.

 

Unsung Hero II

 

World War I hero and "Harlem Hellfighter" Sgt. Henry Johnson. After nearly a century, Congress passed a bill to award Sgt. Johnson the Medal of Honor. The only thing left that's needed to right this wrong is the President's signature.

 

As always, it is an honor to serve you on the City Council—and to work with so many inspiring people across our community.

 

Thanks for all that you do to make our city a better place.

   
Village Market: Supporting
Access to Healthy Food
 Advocating for Older Adults
   
Salmon Return to Crystal Springs  Portland Welcomes the
MLS All-Star Game
   
 Right Brain Learning
Makes a Difference

Investing in East Portland Jobs

& Small Businesses

   
 Heroes During a Winter Storm

 Southeast Division Street

Reopens for Business

   
 Promoting the Creative Economy  Celebrating with the
Street Roots Family
   

 A New Beginning for a

St. Johns Brownfield

Dawson Park Reborn

 


December 23, 2014

The 1964 Christmas Flood

Today, December 22, marks the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 Christmas Flood.

 

The flood followed heavy rain, and caused significant damage throughout the Pacific Northwest, including here in Portland.  At its peak, water hit the top of the downtown waterfront’s seawall.  Parts of the Steel Bridge were underwater, and the Hawthorne Bridge was severely damaged debris, including nearly 1,000 logs. 

 

Heavy rains and floods also damaged the water system infrastructure at the Bull Run Watershed, Portland’s water source.  Only one of the three conduits remained intact and in service throughout the flood.  Thankfully, it still provided Portlanders with enough water to avoid shortages. 

 

Learn more about the flood from Clackamas County’s oral history videos.  The videos are presented through personal stories from Sandy River basin residents, where the Bull Run Watershed is located. 

 

The 1964 Christmas Flood: Oregonian carried stories, readers lived them

John Killen in The Oregonian

 

Photo courtesy of The Oregonian. 


December 22, 2014

Friday Roundup


December 19, 2014

Art project grants

This year, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded over $600,000 in project grants for 146 projects and programs in the tri-county region!

 

The Project Grant Program provides financial support to non-profits, school, and artists.  Grants are up to $6,000 and awarded in three categories: Community Participation, Arts-In-Schools, and Artistic Focus. 

 

Nearly half of the grant applications received were awarded full or partial funding. 65 grants went to nonprofits and schools, and 80 went to individual local artists. 

 

Nick is proud to serve as City Council liaison to RACC – the City of Portland is RACC’s largest funding source. 

 

RACC is committed to funding diverse and accessible art programs that reach all people in our community.

 

Check out RACC’s website for a complete list of funded projects. 


Photo courtesy of RACC.


December 18, 2014

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