Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, March 14, 2014
Eric Apalategui in The Oregonian, March 13, 2014
Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune, March 13, 2014
March 14, 2014
Our state partners help small businesses
This week, Governor Kitzhaber announced that Oregon secured an extra $5.6M in funding from the U.S. Treasury to help small businesses.
That’s great news for our small business community.
Small businesses are the engine of job growth in our community. 98% of our neighborhood small businesses employ 5 or fewer people. This new federal money will help them grow.
For more information, please visit the Business Oregon’s website.
Also this week, Oregon’s new Small Business Advocate, Ruth Miles, visited Nick’s office to talk about her work as a champion for small businesses at the state level.
Thanks to Secretary of State Kate Brown, who fought to create of this new position.
As Council Liaison to Venture Portland, Nick is proud to work with partners at the federal, state and local level to support our local economy.
March 14, 2014
Shepherding in restoration
Volunteers from the Dharma Rain Zen Center, Madison High School, Friends of Trees, Backyard Habitat Certification program, and the Portland community planted 1,200 native trees and shrubs on the 14 -acre plot of land in just one day!
In today’s Portland Tribune, Joseph Gallivan highlights Dharma’s work in Sustainable Life. Working with PCC Environmental Science and Resources students, Dharma Rain is transforming the site into a peaceful Zen Center, meditation hall, public park, and community gardens. It will also provide a wildlife corridor connecting Rose City Golf Course and Glenhaven Park to Rocky Butte State Park.
The brownfield site will soon become a place for the whole community to enjoy – Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike! The park and community gardens will be completed by spring 2015.
Zen Buddhists clean up Portland's mess
Photo courtesy of the Portland Tribune, by Jeffrey Ball.
March 13, 2014
Lovejoy Fountain restored
Yesterday, the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, CH2MHill, and Portland Parks & Recreation joined to celebrate the restoration of the Lovejoy Fountain shelter in Northwest Portland. Nick was honored to attend on Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s behalf.
The Lovejoy Fountain, built in 1966, is part of the historic Halprin Open Space Sequence.
The Open Space Sequence was born from architect Lawrence Halprin's vision for community in the heart of Portland. His innovative design links fountains, plazas, parks, and other open spaces with the bustle of the city. In his own words, Halprin explained that "the space is choreographed for movement with nodes for quiet & contemplation, action & inaction, hard & soft, yin & yang."
Last year, the Halprin Sequence was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Portland wouldn’t have its outstanding public spaces without our public/private partnerships. Thanks to the generous donation from CH2MHIll and the ongoing work by the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, the Lovejoy Fountain and Halprin’s legacy will last for the next generations of Portlanders.
Rebecca Koffman in The Oregonian
March 13, 2014
River View Natural Area
More than 50,000 trees and shrubs are planted in southwest Portland!
The River View Natural Area is a beautiful 146 - acre forest with seven streams that flow in the Willamette River. Located between the River View Cemetery and Lewis and Clark College, the lush forest will soon become a recreation destination for nature enthusiasts.
In 2011, when Nick was Parks Commissioner, the City purchased the River View Natural Area from the River View Cemetery. The forest is now permanently protected from development, and is an important addition to the Westside Wildlife Corridor.
In the past, invasive species, like English Ivy, wreaked havoc on the forest’s sensitive ecosystems. Today, thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Watershed Revegetation Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and volunteers from the community, invasive species in the River View Natural Area have been reduced by 95%! The program protects water quality, prevents erosion and landslides, and helps restore abundant forests.
Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.
Photo: Thanks to flickr user SoulRider.222 for the beautiful shot of Mt. Hood from the River View property
March 12, 2014
City utility rate review
Join Nick and the Portland City Council to learn more about a proposed 4.92% sewer, stormwater, and water services rate increase for FY 2014-15, and share your feedback with the Council.
The meeting will include a brief overview of operating budgets, capital improvement programs and projects, and the rate-making process for the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).
Typically, utility rate-making occurs near the end of the City budget process in May. To increase transparency, Nick and Mayor Hales are bringing the proposed rate increase to the public as soon as possible.
Your City Council, along with staff from both PWB and BES, will be on hand to answer questions.
The City Utility Rate Review will be held on March 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Parkrose High School. Doors will open early, so if you want to come before the formal agenda begins to talk with staff or learn more about the bureaus, please do!
Learn more about the City budget process at the City Budget Office website.
City Utility Rate Review
6:30 - 8:30 pm
12003 NE Shaver St.
March 11, 2014
Slough 101 Workshop
Learn all about the Columbia Slough Watershed and its unique history!
The Columbia Slough is a beautiful 60-mile long floodplain of the Columbia River. Previously, Native Americans lived along the wetlands. Today, ten percent of all jobs in Oregon are located around the Slough.
Slough 101 is a free workshop that covers watershed health, environmental issues, wildlife and history of the region. Participate in hands-on activities and go on levee and pump station tours. Eight local experts will be on hand to answer a range of questions, from where to see Great Blue Herons to flood management.
Slough 101 is on Saturday, March 15, from 9 am – 12:45 pm at the Multnomah County Drainage District. Light refreshments are provided. Please register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.
9 am – 12:45 pm
Saturday, March 15 2014
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
1880 NE Elrod Dr.
March 10, 2014
Division/Clinton First Friday
The Division/Clinton Business Association is hosting a First Friday event tonight!
Every first Friday of the month, Portlanders and local businesses get together and enjoy entertainment, art, and great food in this historic neighborhood.
The Division/Clinton Business Association has been going strong since the 1930s, promoting the prosperity of the neighborhood for residents and local businesses alike.
Check out Venture Portland’s website for more upcoming events in Portland neighborhoods.
Photo courtesy of Venture Portland.
March 7, 2014
Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, March 5, 2014
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, March 4, 2014
Jamie Hale in the Oregonian, February 28, 2014
Commissioner Amanda Fritz in The Oregonian, February 28, 2014
March 7, 2014
The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council has launched a new website, AgeFriendlyPortland.org.
Unanimously supported by Portland City Council, Elders in Action, and other organizations throughout Portland, Age-Friendly Portland is dedicated to building an empowered and engaged community of older adults in our wonderful city.
AgeFriendlyPortland.org provides information for upcoming events and opportunities, highlights community partners’ initiatives, and shares news articles and other important resources.
Age-Friendly communities can be found all over the world, with more continually popping up. Currently there are 145 in 22 countries! To learn more about other Age-Friendly communities, visit Age-Friendly World’s website.
Get connected by joining a committee or volunteering! Email email@example.com or call (503) 235 – 5474 for more information.
Photo courtesy of Elders in Action.
March 6, 2014
Glencoe Rain Garden - 10 years later
This winter has been especially rainy – it makes us grateful for our innovative systems that manage heavy stormwater.
Over a decade ago, some Mt. Tabor neighbors had sewage flooding their basements because heavy water runoff was clogging small pipes.
The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) worked to install larger pipes to prevent overflow. They also partnered with Portland Public Schools and Glencoe Elementary School to design the beautiful Glencoe Rain Garden, which captures rain and stormwater runoff.
The garden provides the community with a lovely area of nature, and doubles as an outdoor classroom with a butterfly garden for Glencoe Elementary School.
10 years later, it is still a success! There have been no reported basement backups in the neighborhood. The native plants and soils in the rain garden are doing well and soak up 85% of annual runoff water. It also prevents pollutants from entering our sewers and rivers.
To learn more about how Portland focuses on “green” solutions to stormwater management, visit BES’s website.
March 5, 2014
Out with the old pipes and valves, in with the new
The Portland Water Bureau’s Operations Group is improving water quality and making sure our drinking water is up to par with federal and state requirements.
Upgrades are in process for the water supply system at the Bull Run Watershed and
the massive pipes that carry water to our reservoirs. Water Bureau crews are at the Sandy River Station, replacing old air valve vaults. The new valves will help maintain system efficiency and prevent contamination by flood water.
Crews are also installing six new flow meters. Some of the existing meters are over 90 years old. The flow meters help measure and monitor chlorine in water, which keeps our water clean and safe to drink.
To learn more, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Blog.
March 4, 2014
Portland2014's Binennial of Contemporary Art
Portland2014’s diverse art exhibitions come from an array of talented artists, including Portland’s Zachary Davis, whose mixed media art incorporates magnets, PVC, glass, and even YouTube videos. Personal Libraries Library recreates libraries from some of history’s greatest minds, and Professor Christopher Michlig takes on the manipulation of communication with vivid neon colors and shapes.
Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art goes from March 8 to April 27. All Portland2014 venues are free and open to the public, from 12 - 6 pm, Tuesday - Saturday.
An opening reception will be held at Disjecta on Saturday, March 8, from 6 - 10 pm.
Please check Biennial Disjecta’s website for more information.
Photo courtesy of Disjecta Contemporary
March 3, 2014
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune, February 27, 2014
Molly Young in The Oregonian, February 27, 2014
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, February 27, 2014
Time Hall from the Portland Water Bureau, February 25, 2014
Koin 6 News Staff, February 25, 2014
Katy Muldoom in The Oregonian, February 25, 2014
Commissioner Fish Support Letter: HB 4143A
February 28, 2014
The Mt. Tabor park tree update
Over the last week, I’ve heard from a number of people concerned about a future Portland Water Bureau project in Mt. Tabor Park, and its potential effects on the trees and landscape of the park.
Here’s some basic information.
As part of a federal water quality mandate, the Water Bureau is required to disconnect the park’s open reservoirs from the water distribution system by the end of 2015. But not to worry – we’ll still be able to fill the reservoirs with water in the future.
The bureau must go through a Land Use Review before they start any work. There are two possible review paths – Type II and Type III. Based on community feedback, I have directed the bureau to submit a Type III application, which includes a public hearing before the application is approved.
Water Bureau planners and engineers worked closely with Portland Parks & Recreation to develop the current tree mitigation proposal (including planting 1,200 new trees), and I appreciate the hard work they have done to date.
That said, I share community members’ concerns regarding the potential impact on trees in the park. Accordingly, I have directed Water Bureau staff to work with the Urban Forester at Portland Parks & Recreation to take a fresh look at this project and its potential impact to Mt. Tabor’s trees.
As part of this fresh look, Water and Parks staff will review the project’s potential impacts and the current mitigation proposal, and will identify any opportunities to further reduce the effects on trees in the park.
Here’s some additional information about the current proposed project and Mt. Tabor’s trees:
February 26, 2014
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