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Scouts visit the Fish team


This morning, we were honored to have Girl Scout Maddie and Boy Scouts Austin and David visit the Fish team.


Maddie sold us delicious Girl Scout cookies, and Austin and David earned “Citizenship in the Community” merit badges for speaking with Nick about important community issues.


Thanks for joining us!

March 11, 2016

The Daily Catch

March 11, 2016

Superfund Survey

The City of Portland is looking for your views on the Portland Harbor Superfund site.


Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce a proposed plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site in the Willamette River north of downtown Portland, a process that will affect all Portlanders.


Once the proposed plan is released, the city will submit a formal response. In preparation for that response, the city wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to share and your priorities and values for the cleanup of the Portland Harbor site through an online survey at Oregon’s Kitchen Table.


This anonymous survey, developed with the help of key stakeholders, is your opportunity to share what you value most about the cleanup. The survey will be open through March 31. After it closes, responses will be compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and results will be shared with the community later this spring.


If you can’t take the online survey, you can call Sarah Giles at 503-725-5248 to request a hard copy to fill out and return. The survey is available in five languages.


After the survey closes, the public will also be able to participate in EPA’s public comment period this spring. EPA’s record of decision, the final cleanup plan, is expected this December.

March 10, 2016

The Oregon Commission for Women

The Oregon Commission for Women just announced its 2015 Women of Achievement Awardees, and our friend, Kay Toran, is one of the recipients!


The Women of Achievement Awards honors dynamic leaders in our community who have a strong record of public service.


Kay is the visionary Chief Executive Officer and President of Volunteers of America, Oregon, an organization dedicated to promoting self-determination and social justice.


Since 1983, the Oregon Commission for Women has advocated for women’s equality and served as a link between women and the state legislature and other governmental agencies.


Congratulations to Kay and all the other awardees!


Check out the Oregon Commission for Women’s website for more information.


OCFW Announces Four Recipients for the Annual Oregon of Women Achievement Awards

Press Release

March 9, 2016

Happy International Women's Day!

Today we celebrate the social, political, cultural, and economic achievements of women.


This year’s theme is ‘pledge for parity.’ Women around the world make great contributions to society, but still face gender inequalities.


It’s up to us to work together to break glass ceilings and create positive social changes. Everyone in our community deserves equal opportunities and pay.


I want to acknowledge the women leaders I have the honor of working with, including in my bureaus, my Chief of Staff, and my policy advisers. 

March 8, 2016

RACC Focus Groups

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is partnering with Resolutions NW to host three focus groups this spring, dedicated to Portland’s diverse communities.


Two of the three focus groups are designed to hear from previous applicants of RACC’s Grants, Public Art, and Right Brain Initiative programs. RACC wants to hear from people who did not receive grants.


The third group is for community members from local organizations working with immigrant, refugee, and English Language Learner populations who have not accessed RACC’s great programs and services.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to the RACC, as it’s committed to funding diverse and accessible arts programs that reach all people in our community.


Check out RACC’s website for more information or contact Tonisha Toler at ttoler@racc.org or (503) 823.5866.

March 7, 2016

Grant Magazine

Congratulations to the reporters at Grant Magazine and to David Austin for their award-winning journalism.


The latest issue, addressing racism in our community, just hit the streets.


Steve Duin in The Oregonian reminds us why all of this matters.


Check out the latest issue here.  


Steve Duin: Great expectation, and journalism, at Grant Magazine

Steve Duin in The Oregonian


Unpacking the 'N-word' at Grant High School: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

March 4, 2016

The Weekly Catch

March 4, 2016

DJC Newsmaker's Luncheon

This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the 2016 Daily Journal of Commerce’s (DJC) Newsmaker’s Award Luncheon.


DJC Newsmakers recognizes leaders in architecture, engineering, and construction in our community. The Water Bureau’s Chief Engineer, Teresa Elliott, was one of the awardees.


Teresa began her career with the Water Bureau 20 years ago, as a civil engineer. Since then, she has broken glass ceilings, becoming the bureau’s first female principal engineer, and now, the first female Chief Engineer.


As Chief Engineer, Teresa oversees a team of 125 engineers and support staff. One of her top priorities is preparing our water infrastructure for the “Big One.” There are 2,800 miles of water pipes in the city, and Teresa is working to ensure they survive an earthquake.


Congratulations, Teresa! And thank you for your great service to the Water Bureau and our city.

March 3, 2016

Watershed Wide

This Saturday, grab your neighbors and friends, and head over to Watershed Wide!


Watershed Wide is the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s largest community planting event of the year. It’s a great excuse to venture out to the beautiful Johnson Creek, and help make it healthier for people and wildlife.


Watershed Wide was coordinated in partnership with the City of Portland, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the City of Gresham, Friends of Trees, and other great local organizations.


Tools, gloves, and instruction will be provided at each site. Kids are welcome to join too! And, there’s free pizza for volunteers in Gresham and Milwaukie.


Visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information. There are multiple locations, so be sure to check out the map.


Watershed Wide

March 5, 9 am – 12 pm

March 1, 2016

Women's History Month

March is national Women’s History Month. It celebrates the vast contributions women have made and continually make to society.


Women’s History Month began over a century ago, in 1911, as International Women’s Day. In 1981, after increased popularity, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Maryland Representative Barbara Mikulski passed a Congressional Resolution proclaiming Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a full month. 


On Wednesday, Mayor Hales will proclaim March as women’s History Month in the City of Portland. The City will host many events throughout the month to honor women.


Check out the Women’s History Month 2016 Calendar for a full list of events from the City of Portland.

February 29, 2016

Consequences of Xenophobia


Nick was pleased to participate in Teach-In: Consequences of Xenophobia at Portland State University last night.

Nick joined a panel of community and student leaders to discuss to the repercussions of xenophobia and Islamophobia, and how our community can unite to combat it.


The dialogue was respectful and constructive.


Nick noted in passing that thanks to some of the most extreme rhetoric at the national level, people are organizing around the values of tolerance, hope, and love.


Recent events and actions include: the Muslim Educational Trust’s grand opening in December, the City of Portland’s Resolution opposing hate speech and supporting Muslim-Americans, passed in December, and a panel discussion about Islamophobia on KGW’s Straight Talk


Special thanks to Dr. Birol Yesilada, PSU student leaders and PSU administrators for organizing the event, and to Kayse Jama, the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s Executive Director, for moderating.

February 26, 2016

The Weekly Catch

February 26, 2016

50 Feet from Syria


Last weekend, Nick watched the film “50 Feet from Syria”, which was featured at the Portland Film Festival.


The powerful documentary chronicles Dr. Hisham Bismar, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Portland, who regularly travels to the Turkish-Syrian border to treat victims of the Syria civil war.


The film was nominated for an Academy Award, and is the latest project of Skye Fitzgerald, a family friend who lives in Portland.


Dr. Bismar was born in Syria and immigrated to this country when he was 18. He now works at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center


Some of the most extreme voices in the immigration debate have called for a shameful blanket ban on Syrian refugees coming to this country.


Dr. Bismar is a shining example of why immigrants and refugees are an important part of our community.   

February 25, 2016

Portland Jazz Festival

Portland’s legendary Jazz Festival is back and better than ever!


The festival is a celebration of America’s great, indigenous music and Black History Month. It’s a wonderful jamboree of talented musicians who play concerts around the city for about two weeks every February.


The festival also reaches out to our community by providing jazz education and outreach programs in Portland’s schools and community centers.


2016’s festival runs through February 28. Check out the Portland Jazz Festival’s website for a schedule and locations.

February 25, 2016

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