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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.
Bureau of Environmental Services Update
City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released an audit today regarding the BES Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant office building.
It contains a number of serious and troubling findings.
I have directed the City Attorney to begin an outside investigation. The investigation will be conducted by Ed Harnden and Paula Barran, partners at the Barran Liebman law firm. Ed is a past president of the Oregon State Bar and both Ed and Paula are highly respected employment lawyers. They have extensive experience conducting sensitive high level investigations, including those arising in the public sector.
Given the gravity of the issues raised in the audit, I have placed BES Director Dean Marriott on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the outside investigation. Jim Hagerman, BES’s Business Services Manager, will serve as acting bureau director.
I expect the investigation to be completed before the end of the year.
Portland City Council will review the auditor’s findings at a work session scheduled for October 28, 2014, 9:30-11:30am. The meeting is open to the public; no testimony is taken during work sessions.
City Audit, LaVonne Griffin-Valade
Denis Theriault in the Portland Mercury
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian
Oregonian Editorial Board
Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week
Rob Manning on OPB
Dan Tilkin, KOIN6 News
October 22, 2014
Dia de los Muertos
The Portland Building’s art installation space is celebrating the dead.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that remembers and celebrates loved ones that have passed on. Originating in Moscoso’s native Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is now celebrated by many people all over the world – including right here in Portland.
As with the holiday’s tradition, Moscoso constructed an elaborate, colorful altar, filled with painted skulls, photos, and special trinkets. The deceased’s spirits are believed to appreciate the offerings.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.
Dia de los Muertos is up until the end of October. Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.
1120 SW 5th Avenue
8 am – 5 pm
Photo courtesy of RACC.
October 20, 2014
Douglas Wolk in the Slate
Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury
Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week
October 17, 2014
Kenton Art Walk tonight!
This evening, join fellow North Portlanders at Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk.
Stroll along the beautiful historic neighborhood while perusing its great art and local small businesses.
When you need a break from all that shopping, enjoy music, dancers, live martial arts, and delicious foods from local eateries. And be sure to walk north on Kenton to visit the historic Paul Bunyan statue!
The event serves as a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting Portland’s neighborhood small businesses and our wonderful arts and culture community.
Photo courtesy of the Kenton Neighborhood Association.
October 16, 2014
Reel Film Festival
This year’s festival celebrates the wonderful combinations of sound, images, music, and culture within movies.
Be inspired by rich, dichotomous blends of old and new, and of familiar and strange. With diverse, eclectic collections ranging from vintage performance clips to modern animation, viewers are taken on a journey of musical and cinematic exploration.
The NW Film Center is a recipient of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support Grant.
The Reel Music Festival runs through October 22. Check out NW Film Center’s website for more information.
Photo courtesy of NW Film Center.
October 15, 2014