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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014


Deputy Mayor Woodards proclaimed July 2014 as Gay Pride Month in recognition of the contributions of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ally community makes to Tacoma’s diversity, economic vitality, and quality of life, and of the city's

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Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

UPDATE: Votw now at gma.yahoo.com.

We knew there was a lot of talent within the Tacoma Fire Department, but until this morning we clearly didn't realize the full extent of it. 

Good Morning America gave fire departments across America the chance to compete for a $10,000 prize for their cities.

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City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

The City and Metro Parks are taking a new approach to how City-owned public open spaces are managed. The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks are embarking on a partnership for the managment of undeveloped open spaces in Tacoma.

They want to determine how the needs of the community can be served by

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Tacoma Transportation Master Plan

The City of Tacoma has begun work on a transportation master plan that will guide transportation decisions over the coming decades.

When the plan is complete it will be Tacoma's first comprehensive transportation master plan, meant to help inform decision-making on issues like the debates around

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 8, 2014

Public Private Partnerships

At this week's study session, the Tacoma City Council will hear a briefing from Public Works and Planning and Development Services on the City's Public Private Partnerships. The P-3 presentation will include an overview of major community partners and how those

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Ballast Point Brewer’s Night at The Parkway

Parkway Tavern July 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

We are so excited to be hosting a night with our friend’s from San Diego.

Come and enjoy tasty beverages and raffle prizes. This will be one fun night that you will not want to miss.

Tap List:

Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout -7%ABV
B/A 3 Sheets Barleywine - 10%ABV
Fathom IPL -

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Summer Rose Pruning

Point Defiance Park July 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden.

This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending a hand with this necessary and much-appreciated volunteer work.

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Sound Transit Long-Range Plan Open House & Public Hearing

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center July 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

How will a million new neighbors change our region?

Help shape the future of mass transit

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released for review and comment Last fall, thousands of residents expressed interest in regional mass transit as the Sound Transit Board kicked off a

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Tacoma Runners Thursday Beer Run - Steel Creek

Steel Creek July 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

​Join Tacoma Runners every Thursday at a different bar or restaurant. Run 3 (ish) miles, and return to the bar to eat, drink, and be merry with some of the best sweaty company ever.​Join us for our return to Steel Creek in downtown Tacoma. You know the routine - 3 easy miles, adult beverages,

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New Tacoma Awards Luncheon

Pacific Grill Events Center July 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

TACOMA, Wash. – Businesses, organizations and individuals who make outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma were nominated as part of the annual New Tacoma Awards.

This year the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in coordination with Presenting Sponsor Tacoma Power’s Click! Network, Awards

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Teen Meditation and Art Series

Samdhana Karana Yoga July 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Karen Kaarvand is a certified teacher with a passion for art and meditation and a desire to educate teenagers in mind, body, and spirit.

In this 6-week series, teens will be taught an introduction into meditation techniques and complete a related art project each session. Art mediums will

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Tacoma Pride Festival Kickoff!

Pantages Theater Lobby July 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Flag Raising and Pride Foundation Rainbow Awards

Mayor Marilyn Strickland will raise the flag and share a few words about what Pride Month means in the City of Tacoma. Pride Foundation will present the Rainbow Awards to leaders in Pierce County working for equality.
RSVP Preferred
21+ w/ ID for
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Tacoma(253) Photography Exhibit

Fulcrum Gallery June 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The Tacoma(253) project is a civic love-affair for photographer Jesse Michener showcasing 253 images of the people and places she calls home. Born and raised in Tacoma, Michener says, “I can’t wait to share my love for Tacoma through the people, places and spaces I’ve called home most of my

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The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Dog-A-Thon FUNdraising page

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The cats (and people) of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee are doing their part to help raise funds for the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society, and they're asking for your help. The IBKC has set themselves an ambitious goal of $100,000 for this year's Humane Society Dog-A-Thon.

The Dog-A-Thon raises funds for the Humane Society's programs to help homeless animals like the foster kittens featured on the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee blog. If you're not familiar with the IBKC,, you should be; it's one of the cuter corners of the internet.

At last check the IBKC was more than 40% of the way to their $100,000 goal, but with $48,000 to go, they could use your help.

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Who really gives a crap?: A drunk sailor guide to charter review for/against statements

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Maybe you just can't wait for the for and against statements on proposed changes to Tacoma's Charter to come out. Maybe you're looking for something a little less formal, but potentially more insightful than those statements. Maybe you're just interested in reading another perspective.

If either of these describes you, you might want to check out Patricia Sully's take on the proposed changes over on Post Defiance. It's definitely a less reverent take than you will find in your voter's pamphlet this fall.

It may just be the only voter's guide you need.

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Investigation may close down 6 for-profit Everest College schools

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For-profit colleges don't have the best reputation in the education world. Now an investigation is turning up questionable business practices by Corinthian Colleges, parent company of Everest Colleges.

The chain of for-profit schools is under investigation by the Washington Attorney General's office for preying on low-income students and falsifying job-placement rates. Those falsified job numbers, along with altered grades and attendance numbers, used in marketing materials, have gotten the attention of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission too.

There's an Everest campus in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue, about a block south of the UWT campus. Corinthian will be either closing or selling its Everest schools, which have already had state and federal financial aid yanked.

So, there could be a school, or maybe even a whole building available on Pacific soon ...

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Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety As Oil Trains Roll On

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With more and more trainloads of oil passing through Tacoma and the surrounding region, questions of railroad safety seem more important than ever.

So it's a little unsettling to read a report that reveals a culture at BNSF - the only long-haul railroad moving oil through the Northwest - that seems to value speed and profit over safety. The report details workers pressured to skip safety protocols, brake and rail failures, increased accidents for oil trains, and retaliation against workers reporting incidents and concerns.

The railroad continues to upgrade infrastructure, and the report does say that rail safety has improved overall, but is that enough to make you comfortable with the daily trainloads of oil rolling through Tacoma?

Read more at KUOW's EarthFix Report

Tacoma Fire Department Moves to Semi-Finals in Good Morning America’s “5 Alarm Firefighter Challenge

-- Community Invited to Vote in Support of Tacoma’s Video July 10 --

The Tacoma Fire Department is a semi-finalist in Good Morning America's "5 Alarm Firefighter Challenge", a contest open to all

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Bonney Lake couple charged for home-based meth conversion lab

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma, 30, with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance

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We’re Opening up the Beaches for Camping!

We’re opening up our beaches for camping this summer. Join us for three Saturday nights under the stars with your family and friends.

Join us on three Saturdays, July 12, August 24 and 31, and sleep

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District 4 Town Hall With Council Member Marty Campbell Scheduled for July 14

District 4 City Council Member Marty Campbell will host a Town Hall meeting on Monday, July 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Lincoln High School cafeteria (701 S. 37th St. in Tacoma).  The meeting

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Animals Run Through the Streets of Downtown Tacoma

So what’s turning heads in Downtown Tacoma this summer? 

Why that would be the Link Light Rail, a beautiful rolling advertisement for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

There’s a grizzly bear, bald

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