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.



Winter is coming

Today, the Portland Water Bureau is turning off most of the city’s iconic Benson Bubbler drinking fountains due to upcoming cold weather.


Dropping temperatures can freeze pipes, damage property, and cause safety hazards on sidewalks for pedestrians.


Of the 130 bubblers, two will be kept on to provide water to those who rely on them as their primary water source: one on West Burnside and NW 5th Avenue, and one on the waterfront near the west end of the Streel Bridge.


The Water Bureau has alerted 211info about the change, and asked them to contact homeless service providers to make sure water is available to people in need.


Once the weather warms up, the bubblers will be turned back on.


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information about our Benson Bubblers.

November 24, 2015

Little Boxes 2015

Are you ready for some holiday shopping? Shop local this year and support your neighborhood small businesses with Little Boxes!


Little Boxes is a wonderful local response to the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping tradition. The Portland-wide shopping extravaganza features the best of our small business community.


Little Boxes started in 2011, when small business owner and jewelry designer Betsy Cross of betsy & iya, along with her business partner and husband William Cervarich, brought together several shop owners who agreed to offer discounts and prizes for shoppers.


The event has grown over the last four years into a big success. This year, over 220 small businesses are participating!


Head out to any Little Box on November 27 and 28 and fill out a raffle ticket. You can do this on paper or with their App on your iPhone or Android. There’s no purchase necessary to enter the raffle, and you’ll receive one entry for each store you visit, and bonus raffle entries with each purchase. This year’s prizes include shopping sprees at your favorite Little Box, an Apple iPad Air, a 4-night roundtrip vacation for two, and many other incredible prizes. 


Small businesses are an important part of Portland’s economy. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and drive economic growth. For every dollar spent at a local small business, 70 cents stays in our community.


Visit Little Boxes’ website for a list of participating businesses and more information.


Photo courtesy of Little Boxes.

November 23, 2015

Celebrating Public Art


Last night, City Hall was proud to host a reception for Celebrate Public Art, a building-wide art exhibit presented by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


As Arts Commissioner, Nick was honored to raise a toast for the celebration. The celebration was one for the ages, with incredible live music by local artists, pop-up performances from Turandot and Carmen by two of Portland Opera’s finest, drinks, delicious food, and more.


November is Public Art Month, and Celebrate Public Art is one of many special arts-related events this month. All four floors of City Hall are decorated with colorful banners showcasing the City’s wonderful public art collection. There is also art from the Portland Building’s Installation Space – including a comical stuffed yeti on a throne.


2015 is a big year for arts. We’re celebrating 35 years of the Percent for Art program, Portlandia’s 30th birthday, the 20th anniversary of Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the 10th anniversary of the Public Art Murals Program.  


Celebrate Public Art runs now through December 4. It’s free and open to the public.


Celebrate Public Art

Portland City Hall

1221 SW 4th Ave.

Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

November 20, 2015

The Weekly Catch

November 20, 2015

Are you ready to give?

Since 2004, the Willamette Week has published their annual Give! Guide.


The Give! Guide provides Portlanders with the opportunity to give back and support our local mission-driven nonprofits and community organizations.  


The Give! Guide makes giving easy. All 143 of this year’s chosen nonprofits are divided in to 9 different categories, including art, education, social action, and more. And when you give, you get back – from discounts at local businesses to free items (like a scoop at Salt & Straw!).


This year, some of our favorite partners, including the Circus Project, Harper’s Playground, Street Roots, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Classroom Law Project, Friends of Trees, and The Right Brain Initiative made the list!


During the holiday season, the Willamette Week honors four Portlanders under 35 who do incredible work for local nonprofits with the Skidmore Prize. Our friend, Rebecca Burrell from The Right Brain Initiative, was one of the winners!


Browse the entire Give! Guide on its website – and help make a difference this holiday season. 

November 19, 2015

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