Most Protesters Gone, Park Cleanup Underway; Fences Up Soon (Updated)

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Wearing face masks and latex gloves, Portland police and parks bureau employees after daylight began cleaning up the remnants of the Occupy Portland camps at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. Most protesters had left by 9:30 am. ---Parks & Recreation Bureau Commissioner Nick Fish says he has no estimates yet as to what it will cost to repair turf damage at the parks, which weeks of camping have left ...   More
 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

City Says Occupy Camp Needs To Clean Up—Or Else (Updated)

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Portland City Hall is taking steps that will likely accelerate a confrontation with the Occupy Portland camp one block away. ---Yesterday, the Bureau of Development Services, which is responsible for building code enforcement and answers to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, sent a notice of code violations to Portland Parks & Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining the land on which Occupy Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN

Fish Says It's Time to End the Occupation of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares

Ends City Parks Bureau's support for Occupy Portland camp

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has pulled his Parks and Recreation employees out of the Occupy Portland camp out of concern for their safety, leaving the Occupiers with no public toilets, no trash pickup and no park security.---Fish tells WW the damage to Chapman and Lownsdale squares has gone too far, and city employees have found that Occupy campers have cut down branches from the historic elms.  ...   More
 
Monday, November 7, 2011 by Hannah Hoffman

Portland Receives Funding for Homeless People Living with HIV/AIDS

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The Portland Housing Bureau says it's received $1.365 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help fund rent assistance, employment services and permanent housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.  Portland is one of only eight communities chosen to receive federal money from HUD, beating out 38 other cities.  City Commissioner Nick Fish calls the new grant a ...   More
 
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Traci Manning Appointed Director for the Portland Housing Bureau

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has named a top official of Central City Concern, a local social service agency that deals with homelessness and addiction issues, as the city's new director of its Bureau of Housing. Traci Manning takes over the bureau as Fish is promoting his new anti-housing discrimination plan and is struggling to overcome the fallout from a flawed audit paid for by the city that misrepresented ...   More
 
Monday, September 26, 2011 SHAE HEALEY

After Hearing, Equity Office Will Return For Vote Late Next Month

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

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Members of local civil rights organizations turned out by the dozens to support the proposed Portland Office of Equity at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.In public testimony, advocates called out numerous areas of social and racial disparity in Portland, citing statistics and disparity studies as evidence of the city’s need to move forward with the ordinance.Supporters told the council that ...   More
 
Thursday, September 1, 2011 EMILY GREEN

An Unreliable Housing Audit

A city-funded housing audit misrepresented evidence, making discrimination in Portland look worse than it really is.


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In May, Portland got smacked in the face with embarrassing news: Nearly two of every three times they sought   More
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Fish Identifies Apartment Owners Named in Discrimination Audit

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Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish has released the names of the owners and managers of 26 apartment buildings where a recent audit found evidence of housing discrimination. The documents list the properties where the Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit found evidence of discrimination based on race or national origin. One document (PDF) lists specific incidents discovered by investigators, and ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 BRENT WALTH

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

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Last week's print edition of WW looked at 10 earmarks Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners wanted in the mayor's upcoming budget. Today Adams unveiled his $400-plus million spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here are the winners and losers from among the 10 groups we highlighted last week.Winners:Oregon Food Bank: Adams upped Commissioner Randy Leonard's $75,000 request for ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

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A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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