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Simpson Lumber Sells Mill Operations & Tacoma Headquarters

Simpson Lumber has a deal to sell off four sawmill operations and its Tacoma headquarters. Simpson will sell the business and assets of its four sawmill operations in Tacoma and Longview, Washington; as well as two East Coast mills to Vancouver, B.C.-based Interfor Corporation.

From the sound of

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Looking Forward to Development in 2015

With the last City Council meeting of 2014 in the rear view mirror, and news in both the private and public sectors winding down for the year as well, we've begun to look ahead to 2015, and what issues we might be writing about in the coming year.

As we look into our crystal ball, we see a list of

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - December 16, 2014

This was the longest City Council meeting in our recent memory, and the bulk of the four hours was taken up by one topic - paid sick leave.

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39078 A resolution setting Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing

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Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as Anchor Institution

This time of year it can be hard to think past all the holiday parties and vacation plans, but here's something to put on your calendar for after the lights are down and tne New Year's resolutions are made: UW Tacoma's 2015 Urban Studies Annual Debra Friedman Lecture this year will feature Portland

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 16, 2014

Charter Amendment Next Steps

A discussion of the next steps for Charter amendments approved by the voters in November is on the agenda for this week's City Council study session and Government Performance and Finance Committee meeting. 10 of the 12 amendments sent to the voters were approved.

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    Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not…

    A plastic bag ban for Tacoma? It could happen in 2015.

    The Sustainable Tacoma Commission has been exploring the possibility of implementing a plastic bag ban - studying other jurisdictions and the possible implementation and impacts of a ban on single-use plastic bags. Last week the commission

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    Grand Opening: REVIVE Opens in the Dome District With 5 Local Furniture Makers

    Here's a grand opening to put on your calendar: REVIVE, a collective of local furniture makers is opening in the Dome District. This latest Spaceworks project will fill that now colorful building at the corner of Puyallup Avenue and D Street.

    It's the latest building in the strip renovated by Jori

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    Improvements for Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park

    A shoreline permit has been approved for proposed improvements to Chinese Reconciliation Park. The park belongs to the City of Tacoma and is managed by Metro Parks.

    According to City planning documents, this is phase 3 of the construction of the park on the Ruston Way Waterfront near Old Town. The

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    Santa Visits ACM

    LeMay - America's Car Museum December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Santa and Mrs. Claus are driving in to ACM this holiday season to upgrade their ride!

    Join the Claus family for a photo op in a 1906 Cadillac and receive a free slot car voucher for the ACM Speed Zone! Santa photos are included in ACM admission. Mrs. Claus will also visit to read stories to

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    A Very Merry Creative Colloquy

    B Sharp Coffee House December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Santa will visit us for this very merry edition of CC for some Stories by Santa. He’s not yet the merry old soul we are used to but come get to know him and listen to some festive stories narrated by him.

    Featured stories include those penned by:

    Titus Burley
    Ellen Miffitt
    and

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Tacoma Musical Playhouse December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    The Peanuts Characters are coming to town for the most wonderful time of the year! A Charlie Brown Christmas, a staged musical version of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic television special.

    The award winning, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS special, debuted in 1965, on CBS and has aired during the

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    Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum

    LeMay - America's Car Museum December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of cars. Every fourth Saturday, you and your child, grandchild, or family will spend quality time together designing, creating, or exploring cool car concepts.

    When: Fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Ages: Geared to

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    Bike to a Business: Metro Coffee

    Metro Coffee December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Enjoy $0.50 off any drink when you bike to Metro Coffee in December!Metro Coffee is located along the grand staircase on the UWT campus. There is bike parking available at the top of the stairs along Jefferson Avenue and also along the Prairie Line Trail.

    Hours:

    Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7

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    First Night Tacoma

    Downtown Tacoma December 31, 2014 at 12:00 am

    ​Save the date for Tacoma’s all ages celebration of the New Year.

    First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a family-friendly, arts-centered, alcohol free celebration of New Year’s Eve that takes place throughout the downtown Tacoma theater district.

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    Grit City Podcast Presents: The 253 NYE BASH!

    Malarkey's Pool and Brew December 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Come spend new years eve with us! The Grit City Podcast! We will have food and drink served up by Malarkey’s Pool Tacoma With Appearances by some of our fantastic local actors, comedians, artists, athletes and musicians. We will be selling raffle tickets for great prizes and a glass of champagne

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    Grit City Podcast Presents: 253 New Year’s Eve Bash

    Malarkey's Pool & Brew December 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Grit City Podcast is holding a New Year’s Eve party and you’re invited!

    Come spend new years eve with us! The Grit City Podcast! We will have food and drink served up by Malarkey’s Pool Tacoma With Appearances by some of our fantastic local actors, comedians, artists, athletes and musicians. We

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    Tacoma real estate developers will have their estates liquidated

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    It's been a while since we've written about Prium, but for several years they were a pretty hot topic. First the development rumors, then the deals, then the financial troubles...  Most recently the news hasn't been good, with development partners Tom Price and Hyun Um filing for bankruptcy in 2010, followed by Prium itself earlier this year.

    Today we read that a judge has okayed the bankruptcy plan for Price and Um. It doesn't look very good for anyone. The liquidation of assets is only expected to yield around $2.3 million toward a $202 million debt. You can do the math. After four years in bankruptcy court, that's not much - and it will be even less once administrative costs are covered.

    This isn't quite the final chapter in the Prium saga, with Prium itself still facing bankruptcy reorganization, but the sooner Tacoma can put the whole Prium cluster... debacle behind us, the better.

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    No gentrification in Seattle? A new study makes the case

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    When new development comes to an established neighborhood, there's a pretty good chance you'll hear the word "gentrification" enter the conversation at some point. 

    It's not a word that is often defined in objective numbers - it's more likely to be a subjective response to a situation - but one recent study from City Observatory tries. The City Observatory study defines gentrification as the displacement of low-income households within a census tract - they must start with a high rate of poverty (>30%), and end with a low one (<15%). 

    The report finds that no Seattle neighborhood meets that gentrification test - in fact very few neighborhoods from the 50 cities surveyed do. Basically the trend is that nicer neighborhoods have always been pretty nice, and poorer neighborhoods have always been pretty poor.

    If there's doubt around whether Seattle is seeing gentrification, does that hold true for Tacoma too?

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    Fuzhou builds up links to US cities

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    The Chinese port city of Fuzhou is one of Tacoma's 12 sister cities. Fuzhou continues to show strong growth, with its port as a major engine driving its economy. Tacoma and Fuzhou have been sister cites for 20 years now.

    Leaders from Fuzhou are currently visiting a few US cities. They began in Tacoma, before heading down to San Francisco. Now those leaders are headed to Boston to meet with leaders there, where they plan to sign a new sister city agreement with them.

    So if we're sister cities with Fuzhou, and Fuzhou becomes sister cities with Boston, does that make Tacoma and Boston step-sister cities?

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    Recount 101: how Pierce County Elections handles a close race

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    Last week Pierce County Council candidate Stan Flemming conceded the race to his challenger, Derek Young. After nearly a month of recounting ballots, the final numbers showed Young just 93 votes ahead of Flemming.

    That's enough to call the race, but it's close enough that a hand recount was necessary. These recounts happen from time to time, and the hand recount is a higher standard, and much more involved process than the machine recount. If you're curious about the recount process, Pierce County TV has a behind the scenes look.

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    National Activist and Writer Rosa Clemente to Speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

    TACOMA, Wash. – Rosa Clemente, black Puerto Rican community organizer, journalist, and former Green Party vice presidential candidate, will speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at

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    City of Tacoma Observes Christmas Day Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day Jan. 1

    Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas

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    Fuller sentenced to 25 years in prison for cabbie killing

    TACOMA, WA – Today Jaycee Fuller, 37, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing cab driver Mohamud Ahmed. In November, a jury convicted Fuller of murder in the first degree.

    Prosecutor Mark

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    Call for Entries Now Open at Tacoma Film Festival

    TACOMA, WA – December 17, 2014 – The 10th annual Tacoma Film Festival is proud to announce that our call for entries is now open. The festival brings in over 100 features and short films from all

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    Board of Trustees Announce New TCC President

    A search for the next president of Tacoma Community College has ended with the announcement that finalist Dr. Sheila K. Ruhland has verbally accepted the position.

    Dr. Ruhland comes to TCC from

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