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July 24, 2015

Guest Blogger - Lilly Lee

I sat in a meeting this week with Commissioner Fish and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). I learned that BES has a high school summer internship pilot program, which is allowing 65 high school students to be out in the field. These students will then gain experience and knowledge to have a successful career. They are also taking advantage of networking and making connections. The students inspire me because they are already thinking ahead about how they can be successful.


I really enjoy sitting in meetings with Nick because there is so much going on behind the scenes. There are so many different ideas for how Portland can grow. Many organizations, nonprofits, and citizens wants to improve Portland, but need help and support from Council. I really enjoy listening to the feedback and comments Nick has for them. In the end, they need to have a good selling argument to make their case.


As for my goodbye lunch gathering, the Fish family had it at the Nel Centro restaurant. The restaurant is connected to the Hotel Modera downtown. I got to shake hands with the owner, David Machado. David is also the chef, and owns two other Portland restaurants as well. Lunch was great, the food is amazing. I had the chicken salad with grapes and walnuts. The salad dressing is what made it so delicious!!! 



July 23, 2015

Portland welcomes home World Champions


A Governor, a Thorn, two Fishes, and friends joined a record sell-out crowd at Providence Park for the Portland Thorns soccer game last night.


Soccer City, U.S.A. welcomed home World Cup Champions Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe. Governor Kate Brown, accompanied by three representatives from Girls, Inc., congratulated the women on the field before the game, with a thunderous cheer of 22,000 voices.


We're proud these outstanding women athletes and role models call Portland home. Go Thorns!


Portland Thorns set attendance record in 1-0 loss to Seattle Reign

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

July 23, 2015

BES' summer interns

Today, Nick was pleased to host interns from the Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Summer Intern Program.


The program is a great career introduction for students, and provides important skills, knowledge, and a fun experience of working in public service.


The paid internship is an 8-week program working alongside BES staff, learning all about pollution prevention, engineering, watershed restoration, and wastewater management collection and treatment.


Congrats to the interns for doing a wonderful job! BES is lucky to have you on the team this summer.


July 22, 2015

Celebrating Portland Opera’s 50th Anniversary

This morning, City Council honored the Portland Opera with a proclamation celebrating its 50th anniversary. 


Portland Opera inspires audiences with extraordinary, artistic, and diverse performances.


It first launched in 1964, with a production of Die Fledermaus at Madison High School. Today, Portland Opera has grown into a first-class company and is an important feature in our community.


The Opera is dedicated to expanding arts access in Portland and around Oregon. The Portland Opera To Go program provides one-hour versions of classic operas to schools and community groups state-wide, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the arts. 


Want to check out a show? Portland Opera is closing its riveting season with a street fair on Saturday, August 1, next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The street fair will be followed by a live outdoor simulcast of that night’s performance of The Elixir of Love.


Check out Portland Opera's website to learn more.

July 22, 2015

Just keep paddling

Are you up for an incredible water adventure? Grab your family and friends and head to the 21st Annual Columbia Slough Regatta


It’s an on-the-water festival, great for families and enthusiastic kayakers or canoeists alike. Feel free to paddle at your own pace, and enjoy the wildlife-watching excursion on calm, safe water.


The Columbia Slough Watershed was historically used by local Native Americans, and even visited by Lewis and Clark! Today, it’s an urban watershed, home to thousands of businesses, people, a marine terminal, and two airports.


Sponsored in part by the Portland Water Bureau, the Columbia’s hidden waterway is an important habitat for some of Oregon’s most beautiful creatures. While there, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, blue herons, otters, turtles, and more!


Register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.


Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, August 2, 9 am – 1 pm

1880 NE Elrod Drive

July 21, 2015

Bored with Power

Artists Joshua Pew and Molly Eno provide a satirical view of power in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, Bored with Power.


The installation includes a handmade, life-sized, stuffed gorilla on a ply-wood throne. It symbolizes the artists’ feelings towards the perceived power of large corporations, governments, and the general Western world. 


Each year, the Installation Art Series has several exhibition opportunities for talented university students. It’s a great way to introduce up-and-coming artists to the Portland community. Molly and Joshua both received their Bachelor of Fine Arts this year from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. 


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


Bored with Power is up now through August 14 in the Portland Building’s lobby.


Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

July 20, 2015

The Weekly Catch

Women’s soccer still seeks a level playing field (OPINION)

Nick Fish in The Oregonian


Portland approves deal to keep Mt. Tabor reservoirs filled

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Mt. Tabor reservoirs: Council approves preservation plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council agrees to spend $4M for Mt. Tabor reservoir water

Rachel Rafanelli in KGW News


Council tackles Mount Tabor, rideshares, RTDToo
Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Council agenda: Reservoirs, R2DToo, Uber and Lyft

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Council poised to resolve wrangling over reservoirs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Crystal Springs Chinook July 2015

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services


PWB to blend reservoir with well water

Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland Water Bureau taps groundwater, will you notice the change?

Emily Sinovic in KATU News


How much water does your garden need this week? Get the exact number

Janet Eastman in The Oregonian


2015 Editorial Agenda mid-year report card: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board



Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune


Street pianos in Portland provide an open opportunity to play

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian


Rescued pianos comes to life on the streets of Portland (Photos & Video)

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian


Surplus Stores

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury


Portland should test for housing discrimination every 18-24 months

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Housing, minority groups support Saltzman proposal to boost affordable housing in central city

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

July 17, 2015

Special guest blogger - Lilly Lee

What a busy week of work! Not necessarily just for myself, but for the whole Fish family. Working hard, helping each other prep Nick for Wednesday’s council session. The Mt. Tabor Reservoirs decision was a huge deal for Council. I sat in Council and listened to friendly amendments, testimony, and watched Portlanders give thumbs up and thumbs down. I thought the people living in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood gave thoughtful testimony, asking Council to preserve the reservoirs. The City Council approved a plan for the three open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor, so the reservoirs will be preserved. Council also approved $4 million to restore the reservoirs over the next four years. After sitting in council for an hour and a half, I had a lunch date with Commissioner Saltzman’s intern.


Alexis, Commissioner Saltzman’s intern, is studying at Oregon State University and her major is business. Alexis and I had lunch at Karam Lebanese & Syrian Cuisine. We’ve never had Lebanese food before, and I thought it would be great if we tried something new together. As we walked to the restaurant I found out that Alexis and I have a lot in common. We are both in college, we are the same age, we are interning through summer works for the same position in City Hall, and we both are believers. The only down side to this date is that we waited 40 minutes for our food, Alexis brought her lunch back to the office; and I brought mine home. Over all I had a great time connecting with Alexis and getting to know her on a deeper level!!!


I’m really sad I’m leaving this office so soon. Next Thursday is my last day!!!! I’ve learned so much from everyone here. I admire Nick, just the way he talks; so powerful and meaningful. Liam and I staffed Nick in a PowerPoint meeting this week, and when the presenter was done presenting Nick had the chance to give feedback. Every correction that Nick gave, I wanted to give him a high five. I can see that Nick really puts himself in the lens of the citizens of Portland, and cares about the benefits of Portlanders.


It’s an honor to work with the Fish family!

July 16, 2015


The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the nation.


One of the ways the Water Bureau maintains our high quality water is by conducting unidirectional flushing (UDF).


Over time, small bits of sediment and organic matter from the Bull Run Watershed settle and accumulate in the bottom of pipes. Unidirectional flushing forces high-speed water through pipes to remove those sediments. Flushing crews temporarily close valves to isolate sections of pipe, and water is directed through an open fire hydrant.  


Residents near flushing zones may notice discolored water and lower than normal water pressure. The discoloration does not pose a health risk. Residents should let tap water run until it becomes clear.  


Beginning this week, the Water Bureau will flush out water mains in the Powellhurst-Gilbert, Pleasant Valley/Powellhurst-Gilbert, and the Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. Flushing usually occurs Monday – Friday, between 9 am - 3:30 pm.


Check out the Water Bureau’s website for a full map of the flushing zone. 

July 15, 2015


Talented local artist Kello Goeller takes viewers on a topsy-turvy journey in her latest art exhibition, Habitat


Infused with spirituality and symmetry, Habitat features a diverse array of mediums, including maps, mandalas, videos, and more. The eclectic exhibition was inspired by Goeller’s love of maps in storybooks, and from her experiences exploring lush forests. 


Goeller’s various forms of art have been featured around the world. Her other exhibition, Cube, is currently on display in Milan, Italy. 


Habitat is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grant program. RACC provides grants to artists, local non-profits, and schools. It enriches our community by supporting innovative arts and wonderful expressions of culture.


Habitat runs through July 31 at Duplex Gallery.


Photo courtesy of Duplex Gallery.



Duplex Gallery

219 NW Couch St.

9 am – 5 pm

July 14, 2015

Rescuing pianos

As the Arts Commissioner, Nick has been proud to host a fantastic restored piano from Piano! Push Play! in City Hall this month.


Founded by Megan McGeorge, Piano! Push Play rescues old pianos that are destined for the dumpster. With the help of local businesses and designers, the pianos are transformed into working pieces of art. They are then placed across the city in public spaces, making music accessible to everyone in our community.


City Hall’s piano was designed by North Agency, and is an ode to Forest Park. On Tuesday, bring your lunch, and join us for a mini-concert. Jackson Grace, a talented 11-year-old, will serenade us with a farewell concert for the piano. It will be moved to Columbia Park in North Portland on Wednesday.


Want to find one of these great public pianos? Piano! Push Play! just released an app that shows a map of where all their pianos are located around Portland. When you find one, post a picture on social media and hashtag #pianopushplay!


Check out Piano! Push Play!’s website to find out more information. 



Jules Rogers in the Portland Tribune


Street pianos in Portland provide an open opportunity to play

Randy L. Rasmussen in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of Piano! Push Play!

July 13, 2015

The Weekly Catch

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

Marty Smith in the Willamette Week


Better water means better beer

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune


It's Not Your Imagination, There's A Drought In Portland

Amelia Templeton in the OPB


Portland metro now in 'moderate drought'

KOIN 6 News Staff


2015 Editorial Agenda mid-year report card: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board 


Council revisits policy on surplus property

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


The Central Question: Charlie Hales says he's still weighing industrial protections in Central Eastside

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Housing, minority groups support Saltzman proposal to boost affordable housing in central city

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portland says ending racial disparity begins with a goal

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Equity Matters: City-wide Racial Equity Goals and Strategies

Jeff Selby, Office of Equity and Human Rights


Work will continue on defective Columbia River levee system

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


New setting for the Jade District
Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

July 10, 2015

Citywide equity


Yesterday, Nick was proud to join City Council in unanimous approval of new citywide racial equity goals


The Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) presented a resolution with the goals to Council, to help transform Portland for the better. The goals are:

  • We will end racial disparities within city government, so there is fairness in hiring and promotions, greater opportunities in contracting, and equitable services to all residents.
  • We will strengthen outreach, public engagement, and access to City services for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities, and support or change existing services using racial equity best practices.
  • We will collaborate with communities and institutions to eliminate racial inequity in all areas of government, including education, criminal justice, environmental justice, health, housing, transportation, and economic success. 

These equity goals are an important investment in our community. Council voted to make them binding, meaning that the City of Portland will ensure that equity is a major priority.   


OEHR works hard to promote equity and reduce disparities within City government, and for the people of Portland. It helps remove barriers so that all Portlanders can have access to opportunities and achieve their full potential.


Portland is a regional model for equity. Director Dante James consults with other cities around the US, to develop other offices of equity and human rights.  


Check out the OEHR’s website to learn more.


Video courtesy of the Office of Equity and Human Rights. 

July 9, 2015

Lilly Lee Blog #6

Hello everyone! Last Thursday I had a lunch date with Commissioner Nick Fish, along with his long-time friend, Kay Toran, and her intern Katie. Kay is the Executive Director of Volunteers of America, Oregon – Nick used to sit on the VOA Board of Directors. We had lunch at Higgins, one of Nick’s favorite lunch restaurants.


It was very nice hearing Nick and Kay tell their stories to each other. They both told stories how they were in the White House. Kay represented the women of Oregon, and Nick attended the Medal of Honor Ceremony given to Army SGT Henry Johnson. SGT Johnson was an African American soldier who fought under the French flag in World War I, because our armed forces were segregated. Johnson showed acts of heroism by risking his life to save his fellow soldiers.


Kay’s intern Katie is a summer intern like me. She is majoring in marketing and minoring in history at University of Portland. She is also the editor-in-chief of UP’s newspaper “The Beacon.” Kay is a very interesting women, she is amazing and bold.


Overall, I had a great lunch date with Nick, Kay, and Katie!!!

July 8, 2015

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