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Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

The City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Police Department, and community leaders are inviting the community to start a conversation about how the department can improve and strengthen its relationship with the community.

Project PEACE, the new initiative from the City, launches with a series of community

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 25, 2015

It was a quick meeting this week - over and done in 15 minutes. Perhaps just the right length for our collective summer vacation attention spans...



Ordinance No. 28239 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 49th Street lying between South Wilkeson

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 25, 2015

Innovative Grants Program

Tacoma's Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant program, put on hold during the tight 2013-2014 budget cycle, returned for the current biennium. The break allowed staff to address a backlog of 86 projects, and to identify program improvements based on priorities and findings

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This Weekend in Tacoma: Who Doesn’t Like Drinking For A Cause?

As many of you already know, Tacoma is a town filled with lovers of nature, small niche communities, and beer connoisseurs alike. So it should come as no surprise that this weekend I have found a way for you to partake in all three characteristics of what make Tacoma such a fantastic city to live

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 18, 2015



Resolution No. 39256 A resolution approving the final plat of “Hoffman Corner”, a seven-lot subdivision for single-family development, located at 6804 East B Street.


Ordinance No. 28302 An ordinance vacating the east 35 feet of East L

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Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

The latest indicator that the local doughnut economy is not yet declining, Seattle favorite Top Pot Doughnuts has announced their intention to open a shop in Proctor Station according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Top Pot Doughnuts was started Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood in 2002.

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 18, 2015

This week it's a very special summer vacation edition of Tacoma City Business... No, sadly, not the fun kind of vacation with beaches and swimsuits and sleeping in; nearly every item on this week's City Council meeting agenda involves the vacation of some portion of City-owned property, with a few

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Uncork a World of Wine: Wine Tasting with Mackenzie Parks

Private Residence in North Tacoma August 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Join the World Affairs Council Tacoma, Bon Appetit Catering, and the Wine Director for El Gaucho Seattle, Mackenzie Parks, for an evening of delicious food paired with wines from around the world.Come away with greater knowledge of the global wine industry, new friends, and new favorite wines.All

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NW Cannabis Classic

Tacoma Armory Building August 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Tacoma is the second stop on the NW Cannabis Classic tour and offers a can’t miss experience for vendors and visitors alike, complete with innovative product demos, vibrant vendors, informative seminars, live music, lucrative networking opportunities, and undeniable excitement – it’s all

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Drive-In Movie: Grease

LeMay - America's Car Museum August 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Join us for drive-in movies on the Haub Family Showfield where the cars are the stars!
Watch in your car or from a blanket or chair on the ACM lawn. Either option will give you a great view of the 40-foot outdoor screen!
Select Saturdays this summer, join us for car-themed movies on the Haub

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The Parkway Tavern Presents - The 10th Annual IPA Fest!

The Parkway Tavern August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

Holy Shit! The IPA Fest turns ten year’s old!

Join us, for a tasty line-up of IPAs. There will be a beer garden, music, and of course, AWESOME t-shirts!

More details to come…we promise. That will include the tap list. See you crazy people on August 29th!

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NW Cannabis Classic - Tacoma

Tacoma Armory Building August 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

Tacoma is the second stop on the NW Cannabis Classic tour and offers a can’t miss experience for vendors and visitors alike, complete with innovative product demos, vibrant vendors, informative seminars, live music, lucrative networking opportunities, and undeniable excitement – it’s all

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Bike to a Business: Cosmonaut Coffee

Cosmonaut Coffee August 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

Ride your bike to Cosmonaut Coffee during August and receive 25% off all food and beverage items!

Located on the northern edge of downtown next to Wright Park, Cosmonaut has been serving Stumptown Coffee and Espresso in Tacoma since 2007. Check out their newly covered deck, patio, and creative

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Scavenger Hunt- Play Any Day on Your Phone

Tacoma - Opera Alley, Antique Row, Theater District July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

Play on your phone any day with continued access. On this Tacoma adventure, find lions, dancing birds, and a giant salmon as different styles of urban art. Look for the wackiest and weirdest items along Antique Row and enjoy stunning architecture from early 1900’s buildings. Find clues to uncover a

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Minimum Wage: $15 / $12 or none?

University of Puget Sound Rotunda September 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

​Panel discussion about the choices on the November ballot for a change in the minimum wage.

Lyz Thurber, League of Women Voter’s great moderator, comes to city club to moderate this comprehensive look at all the alternatives available to Tacoma voters in November.

Panelists: Monique

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Pierce County Council, mental health system both broken

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Pierce County's mental health system is in bad shape. Stories of people in need of help facing long waits, or unable to get the care they need are not uncommon.

Exactly how bad things are, though, that we won't know. At least not any time soon, thanks to the dysfunction of another branch of the County government. This week the Pierce County Council voted down a proposal brought forward by two of its members, Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg, which would have funded a study to show exactly where and how the system falls short, and how much money is being wasted by using County jails in the place of actual mental health services.

Matt Driscoll at The News Tribune takes a critical look at what went wrong with this particular issue in the context of the bigger picture of the dysfunctional dynamics of the current Pierce County Council, which he expects to see continue on other issues. Meanwhile, some of the county's most vulnerable residents continue to go without the services that could help them.

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13 Art Trips You Need To Take

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Of course we think of Tacoma as a world-class destination, but it's always nice to see stories that confirm it. Like this Forbes Travel Guide post that lists Tacoma among a dozen other cities around the globe as travel destinations for art lovers.

The Forbes piece specifically calls out the Museum of Glass as a distinctive cultural experience, and part of Tacoma's Museum District. Forbes also suggests the cultured traveler stay at Tacoma's Hotel Murano to fully enjoy the art on offer there. 

It's nice to see Tacoma on a list alongside Florence, New York City, Paris, and other better-known art destinations. Maybe this would be a good weekend to pay another visit to one of our local (world-class) museums...

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Matt Driscoll: A look at Tacoma’s ‘unmet, brutal need’ for affordable housing

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The need for and supply of affordable housing in Tacoma is a topic that is constantly bobbing up in the public consciousness, or floating just below the surface of many conversations on topics from the minimum wage to proposed amendments related to Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan. 

In an article in the TNT over the weekend, Matt Driscoll takes a look at how Tacoma Housing Authority deals with the tens of thousands of applications for assistance it recieves every year, and how small a small fraction they are able to offer help to.

The way Tacoma handles affordable housing is an explicit topic of discussion right now, with relevant amendments to the Comprehensive Plan working their way through the review process. Tacoma's Planning Commission and City staff have come up with proposals for the public to review at a pair of upcoming info sessions, and to officially weigh in on at a public hearing to be held on August 19.

In light of this, Driscoll's article offers some interesting food for thought as you consider your reaction to proposed changes to what is allowed, encouraged, and limited in Tacoma's neighborhoods.

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Here’s How Much Your City’s Crappy Roads Are Costing You

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According to Wired, of the roads drivers in the San Francisco and Oakland area contend with, 74% are rated "poor," costing them an average of $1,044 per year in additional maintenance and fuel. That's the most of any major metropolitan area in the US, and way above the national average of 28% for major roads. The extra costs come from repairs, increased maintenance and fuel costs, and shortened life-spans for vehicles on these failing roads.

We've read past estimates that the rate of roads in "poor" or "failed" state in Tacoma neighborhoods ranges from 14% in Northeast Tacoma to 55% in the Central and North End neighborhoods. Those numbers are a bit out of date, but the City is in the process of wrapping up a survey of the condition of Tacoma's roads that will give a more current picture. Don't expect it to be any rosier. 

Two propositions that will appear on this November's ballot will give Tacoma voters the chance to decide whether they want to increase utility, property, and sales taxes in the city to pay for improvements to our roads. Estimates are that Tacoma's Prop 3 and Prop 4 would cost the average household under $100 per year. Like so many things, when you compare that to the San Francisco numbers it doesn't sound like so much... maybe?

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I-5 concrete panel work continues Aug. 26-29 in Tacoma & Lacey

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will finish replacing 11 of 21 concrete panels on northbound Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties during the

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Metro Parks Tacoma commissioners endorse initiative on behalf of endangered animals

Initiative 1401 on statewide fall ballot aims to Save Animals Facing Extinction

TACOMA, Wash. – Metro Parks Tacoma commissioners voted Monday night to endorse a statewide ballot initiative aimed at

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Tacoma Police Department Invites the Community to Dialogue

The Tacoma Police Department and City Manager’s Office are launching an effort to strengthen community engagement and build trust, relationships and understanding between Tacoma residents and police

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Update on next steps for Point Defiance Master Plan

We’re in the home stretch of a decadelong process to update the Point Defiance Park Master Plan. After dozens of meetings, hundreds of citizen comments, and a lot of planning, staff presented the

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Tacoma white supremacist sentenced to life without parole

TACOMA, WA – Today Eric Michael Elliser, 35, was sentenced to life without parole for the 2013 stabbing death of Derek Scott Wagner, 27. In April, a jury convicted Elliser of murder in the second

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