Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Today, he sent them by email to all City Council offices. The fee, which would eventually charge most households $144 a year, is being pushed to rapid approval by Hales and Novick, ...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish: I Won't Stand For Using Water, Sewer Bills To Collect the Mayor's Street Fee

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If Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are going to collect a $138-a-year street fee from Portland households, the most obvious place to charge residents is on their water and sewer bills.Hales said at today's press conference debuting the street fee that he and Novick were considering utility bills as a possible means of collection. "Another reason for the yearlong buildup here ...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Nick Fish, Dan Saltzman Cruise Back Into Portland City Hall

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Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman are returning to City Hall.Unofficial returns show Fish sailing into his third term with 73 percent of the vote. His opponents, Sharon Maxwell and Michael Durrow, had 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively.Saltzman will serve a fifth term after winning 64 percent of the vote. His strongest challenger, living-wage activist Nicholas Caleb, received ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 AARON MESH

Multnomah County District Attorney Won't Investigate Sewer Building

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Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill will not investigate allegations of contracting violations on a $12.6 million Bureau of Environmental Services office that tripled in cost.Underhill's office sent a letter this afternoon to backers of a ballot initiative that would remove control of Portland's water and sewer utilities from City Hall.It says his office will wait to see the outcome ...   More
 
Monday, May 12, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Requires Council Debate on Big Water and Sewer Spending

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City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will no longer allow the City Council to approve large water and sewer contracts without public debate, following reporting by WW about cost overruns on an office building for sewer workers.Fish, who oversees the Water and Environmental Services bureaus, today moved two contracts—one valued at $1 million, the other at $395,000—onto the City Council's regular ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.


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City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

City Hall Study Says Portland Utilities Crowded with Managers

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Portland commissioners have released a study showing which city bureaus have the lowest ratio of employees to managers—and two of the three worst offenders are the water and sewer utilities that could be removed from City Hall in a May vote.The study, conducted by City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick, examines how many bureaus have managers who oversee three or fewer employees. The recommendations ...   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Fish Flushes $4,200 Sewer Calendar

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Facing a ballot-initiative battle over control of Portland utilities, City Commissioner Nick Fish is trying to show he's cutting costs at the water and sewer bureaus.The latest casualty? The Bureau of Environmental Services' 2014 wall calendar. Fish has instructed the bureau not to print next year's calendar, which costs $4,200. "Commissioner Fish is looking for any opportunity to show that we're good ...   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON MESH

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