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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.
Watershed Report Cards
The Bureau of Environmental Services has a new tool to help guide the next chapter in our story: Watershed Report Cards.
Healthy watersheds protect public health, make our community more livable, and support native fish and wildlife.
The Report Cards are a grading system to track Portland’s watershed health. Each watershed is assigned A-F letter grades for temperature, mineral content, wildlife numbers, tree canopy, and more!
Not only will the City be better able to identify problem areas, but Portlanders will also get a bigger picture of our overall environmental health – and how they can get involved in keeping Portland green.
We’ll grade watersheds across our community – in the Willamette, Willamette Tributaries, Fanno Creek, Tryon Creek, Columbia Slough, and Johnson Creek.
Check out BES' website for more information.
Andre Theen in The Oregonian
May 4, 2015
The Portland Water Bureau Administrator Recruitment
The City of Portland is looking for a highly qualified professional to lead the Portland Water Bureau.
The Water Bureau Administrator is responsible for managing a workforce of over 550 represented and non-represented employees. A successful candidate will possess the necessary experience to provide leadership, policy planning, direction, and operation of the bureau.
The mission of the Water Bureau is to provide safe, reliable and high quality water to nearly one million customers in the region.
Applications are due by 4:30 on Monday, June 1.
Learn more about the position on the Water Bureau’s website.
May 4, 2015
Bureau of Environmental Services
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian
Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian
Portland Housing Bureau
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian
Michelle Leis in OPB
Matthew Korfhage in Willamette Week
Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff
Pamplin Media Group in the Portland Tribune
Don McIntosh in NW Labor Press
May 1, 2015
Are you ready for a swashbuckling comedy adventure?
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.
And look for Nick's piece, "Arts Education Matters," coming soon in the May/June issue of Artslandia magazine!
April 29, 2015