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

Neighbors Furious Water Bureau Selling Multnomah Village Land for Infill Housing

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The Portland Water Bureau has been deluged with angry ratepayers fomenting a coup over high utility bills. Now the bureau is taking more heat—for selling unused land in an effort to lower rates.Members of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association want the city to cancel the sale of three-quarters of an acre around a decommissioned water tank in the 8700 block of Southwest 42nd Avenue. As WW first ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

How Nick Fish Broke Rank with Charlie Hales' Plan for Sidewalk Sweeps and Food Carts

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has watched how Mayor Charlie Hales has been treating the homeless, and he’s not happy. Hales took the city Housing Bureau out of Fish’s management portfolio in June—and since then has cracked down on campsites on city sidewalks. Fish broke his silence last night by offering a lengthy statement to The Portland Mercury criticizing Hales' sidewalk sweep. He also spoke ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Nick Fish Still Stumping for Parks Bond

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Even though Portland Parks & Recreation has cancelled plans for a bond measure on this November's ballot, City Commissioner Nick Fish keeps reminding voters the idea will come back soon.At his opening address for the Pearl District's new dog-oriented Fields Park this afternoon, Fish put in a plug for a future bond—urging the assembled crowd to support the parks system "at budget time, at bond ...   More
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Fish Will Try to Amend Apartment Parking Rules on Thursday

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City Commissioner Nick Fish is wading into the apartments-without-parking controversy, proposing a compromise between the multiple factions arguing over how many parking spaces developers should be required to build on large apartment buildings.Fish will introduce an amendment at the April 4 City Council hearing on new requirements for on-site parking at apartment projects. His change would swap out ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

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