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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 26, 2014



Resolution No. 38991 A resolution setting Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the draft North Downtown Subarea Plan and proposed amendments to the Municipal Code Chapter 13.06A, Downtown Tacoma.

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Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

The development company that bought the former Union Avenue Elks Lodge property where the Tacoma Walmart now stands is suing the City of Tacoma for delays in the permitting process.

According to the Business Examiner, Allenmore Medical Investors LLC is suing the City of Tacoma, as well as

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Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

There's some news out today that is a little disturbing to some people on a few levels. It appears that Tacoma Police Department has technology that allows it to collect cell phone information on the public. They've had it for several years, and have been keeping it up to date with the latest cell

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Safe Streets Turns 25, Looks to Next Quarter Century

Tacoma's Safe Streets program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Begun in 1989 as a response to violence and gang activity in Tacoma's neighborhoods, Safe Streets was a call for collective action. The response to that call came from 125 neighborhood groups over the last quarter century,

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A Quick McMenamins Update

We wrote last December that McMenamins would be indefinitely delaying its Tacoma Elks Lodge project to focus on a Bothell project. Due to the way development agreements were set up differently in the two cities, McMenamins would be focusing on the Anderson School project in Bothell before turning

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Summer Bash

Stewart Heights Park August 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Enjoy live music and entertainment, an inflatable obstacle course, food vendors, face painting, games and a free Click! Mobile Movie.

Click! move: Frozen, rated PG.

Free movies in Tacoma’s parks: You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!

Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs

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Stadium Fare

Stadium District August 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tacoma’s specialty food and fine arts market. The Fare offers great local food, vintage and artistic wares, and entertainment.

The Fare will be held the last two Saturday’s of July, August, and September in 2014.

Get ready for another amazing fare. We’ll have a 50′s theme so that

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Free Saturday 5k for August 30, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Join us for a beautiful August run in Tacoma’s spectacular Point Defiance Park.

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at TacomaRunners.com/register (it’s

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Keith Musig returns to the Art House Cafe

Art House Cafe August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Keith Musig returns to the Art House Cafe to play solo Jazz and Blues guitar on Saturday, August 30th, from 8:00-11:00pm in the Stadium area of Tacoma. Come listen to an evening of vocal jazz and blues, sit on the patio and have dinner at the Art House Cafe!

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Parkway IPA Fest

Parkway Tavern August 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Its that crazy time of year where we put 32 IPAs on tap for all of you lovely people! Join us for another fun time at The Parkway Tavern with music, beer garden, giant connect four, and BBQ goodness.

Here is your potential tap list:

Bale Breaker Top Cutter
Silver City Dry hop Whoop Pass

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Walk to Work & Win 2014

September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

Walk to work at least five days in the month of September and win a Walk Tacoma t-shirt, a $5 coffee card, and be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to South Sound Running. Just log your trips on the Commute Calendar at PierceTrips.com.

All participants must live or work in downtown

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Pierce County Master Gardener Information Session

WSU Pierce County Extension Office September 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Are you interested in becoming a Pierce County Master Gardener Volunteer? Come to our information session to learn about the program and 2015 trainings.

- Have the opportunity to talk to current MGs about their experiences.
- Learn about the requirements of the MG program
- Ask question

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City Club Outing - Downtown Tacoma Architecture Walk

Start at Fireman's Park September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

David Boe presents his unique view of the history of urban planning in the development of the City of Tacoma. He will present a quick overview of the original 1873 planning layouts for ‘New’ Tacoma and then lead a stroll around Downtown Tacoma to highlight some of the buildings and projects

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WATCH: Boaters wowed by dolphin’s backward backflips in Puget Sound

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We weren't fortunate enough to see the dolphins that visited the waters off Point Defiance over the weekend, but someone was, and they caught a video of it.

It's not often that these creatures make an appearance so close to Tacoma, and when they do, it's always special.

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One Poet’s Vision To Celebrate The Beauty — And The Warts — Of Tacoma

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Tacoma's Poet Laureate, Lucas Smiraldo, wants to hear your poetry, and to share it with others. Smiraldo is collecting poetry by Tacomans about Tacoma for his new Laureate Listening Project, funded by a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Spark Grant.

He will record Tacomans reading their poetry, and share it on a new website that will locate each poem on a map. He's not looking for experienced poets, but he is looking for meaningful content.

“... I’m not looking for polish,” he said. “I am looking for substance, but I’m not looking for polish.”

We're used to poets laureate telling the story of a place with their own words. Sharing the voices of others is a more inclusive take on the task.

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The 10 most expensive U.S. earthquakes

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As we watch all the pictures and details of the damage coming out of the Napa earthquake over the weekend, it's clear that the cleanup is going to be pretty costly. CNN Money has an interesting list of the top 10 most expensive past earthquakes in the U.S., in terms of damage to homes and other infrastructure.

Most of them are in California, as you might expect, but the Nisqually Quake that shook Tacoma in February 2001 did some serious damage, coming at #3 on this list, with about $2 billion in damages.

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What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

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Conversations about so-called "smart cities" focus on the potential for technology to revolutionize life in our urban centers, but often ignore questions of equity and access.

A recent piece from a British author asks another question, though; what if we reframe the idea of "smart" cities to think about how we can ask smarter questions about our cities, rather than just looking for the next smart technology? 

... the smart question about leadership is how to make it more inclusive and participatory, more open and responsive. Social media is one way of opening up such conversations. But if the conversation doesn’t shift the boundaries of who has access to land, property, influence and money, the benefit of the technology is marginal.

As Tacoma develops more apps and more online access, are we opening up government to more people, or are we simply putting more layers between the City and some of its citizens?

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Take Amtrak Cascades to Seahawks front door for NFL Kickoff Sept. 4

Trains will sell out and reservations are required

SEATTLE –The 2014 NFL Kickoff charges into Seattle on Sept. 4 with a day of events that will make you thankful you planned ahead. Avoid the closed

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Celebrate 13 Miles of Bikeway & Pedestrian Improvements

Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate completion of Tacoma’s 13 Miles of Bikeway and Pedestrian Improvements Project which spans from South 96th Street and Park Avenue South, through downtown along

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Expect delays and traffic congestion each night this week on I-5 in Pierce County

Nighttime drivers should plan for delays on southbound Interstate 5 around Lakewood, DuPont and Tacoma this week. 

Crews are busy building three separate construction projects along mainline I-5.

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Pet of the Week: Costello

Today’s Featured Dog will be a wonderful addition for the entire family! Costello is a 4 year old American Bulldog/Pitbull mix and is sure to be the life of the party!

This black pup is guaranteed

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Paid On-Street Parking Comes to Tacoma Avenue Sept. 22

Nearly four years to the date, the Tacoma on-street paid parking system is expanding for the first time – to Tacoma Avenue. On Monday, Sept. 22, metered on-street parking will go into effect along

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