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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 28, 2014



Resolution No. 39036 A resolution setting Monday, November 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner regarding Local Improvement District (LID) 8661 for the placement of new asphalt and other improvements on Proctor Street from North 38th

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Be Heard, Pierce County

A new series of election posters are on the streets now. You may have seen them around town, in coffee shops or on bulletin boards, urging you to vote this November.

The message is the same on all the posters, regardless of language: "You'll never be heard if you don't speak." It's a message meant

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 28, 2014

This week the City Council could ask the state to make bans on fortified beer and wine mandatory for Tacoma's West End Alcohol Impact Area, and the Council will spend some time discussing budgets for some specific City departments. A couple of items on this week's Council meeting agenda could also

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Broadway Center Vision for the Future

The Pantages Theater celebrates its 100th year in 2018. As that centennial approaches, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the theater, is looking ahead to the next 100 years of performing arts programming for Tacoma. They want the next century of the Pantages to start with

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How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 21, 2014



Resolution No. 39030 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the surplus and proposed sale of approximately 867 square feet of land owned by the Department of Public Utilities

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Wanted: Long-Term, Creative, Innovative Business Plans

Spaceworks Tacoma is looking for individuals or groups with long-term, creative/innovative business plans. The projects can be for-profit or non-profit, but they should in some way benefit the Tacoma community.

The Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program offers operating spaces for local businesses

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Sparking Imaginations Public Lecture

University of Puget Sound October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Exhibit coordinators Dr. Amy Fisher from the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and Dr. Amy Spivey from the Department of Physics will present a public lecture to accompany the exhibit exploring the history of electrical science from Benjamin Franklin through the late 19th century.

4 PM -

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Amtrak: Freighthouse Square Station Design Public Meeting

University of Washington Tacoma October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Join us at the public meeting to learn about the preferred design for Freighthouse Square Amtrak station

WSDOT will:

  • Share results of the surveys and meetings with Tacoma’s citizen advisory committee.
  • Present architectural concepts for the station design.
  • Provide information on
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Think & Drink

Engine House No. 9 Banquet Room October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Launched in 2011, our Think & Drink program brings hosted conversations on provocative topics and new ideas to pubs and tasting rooms around the state. Past events tackled topics from Prohibition to consumerism, and sparked lively conversation about morality, religion, history and politics from

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Post-Proposed Biennial Budget Community Meeting

Lincoln High School October 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The City of Tacoma’s Proposed 2015 – 2016 Biennial Budget was shared with the City Council on Oct. 7. You’re invited to attend this upcoming Budget Input Meeting to share your thoughts and learn more about how the City is working to prioritize funding between existing services, deferred

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Dukesbay Productions: TEA, by Velina Hasu Houston

The Dukesbay Theater October 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Five Japanese “war brides” gather together to share tea and remembrance, recalling with humor and sadness, what life in small-town America gave them, and what it took away.


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Pacific Lutheran University Schubertiade Student Recital

Pacific Lutheran University October 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Pacific Lutheran University Music Department Schubertiade Student Recital PLU Studio Series: Voice students of PLU faculty Holly Boaz, Jennifer Bowman, and Denise Daverso perform works by Franz Schubert. No tickets required.


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Play to Learn

Portland Avenue Community Center & Asia Pacific Cultural Center October 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Play to Learn is for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family, and friends who nurture children ages six and under.

Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together.

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Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Joe Sircoulomb

Museum of Glass October 30, 2014 at 4:30 am

Museum of Glass Visiting Artist Joe Sircoulomb Watch contemporary glass history in the making! Joe’s work is inspired spiritual teachings from ancient cultures, as well as his experiences growing up as a gay teen in the Midwest.

October 30 & 31

10 AM - 5 PM

$12 adult, $10

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Aaron’s Behavior: Following former Dirty Oscar’s chef Aaron Grissom on “Top Chef”

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Aaron Grissom, former head chef and menu creator for Tacoma's Dirty Oscar's Annex on 6th Avenue (now working in LA), is one of the contenders on the current season of Bravo's Top Chef. 

NW Military is following Grissom's adventures on Top Chef - focused more on the chef's expletive-laced confrontations than his culinary wins. And although the season is only a few shows in, it looks like there will be plenty for them to track.

Despite the the description of Grissom as a "social idiot," the author seems to be a huge Grissom fan. We'll let you come to your own conclusions on that, but the 4-letter words and confrontations with one of the female chefs in particular would make us hesitant to take him home to meet Grandma... unless he promised to cook Thanksgiving dinner for us.

Catch Top Chef on Bravo on Wednesdays. 

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How Tacoma’s Spaceworks Works

Spaceworks Tacoma's Creative Enterprises program is looking for its next round of small businesses and nonprofits to support, promote, and house under its Creative Enterprise program.

Spaceworks supports creative enterprises in three categories - Creative Enterprises for creative and innovative small businesses, Art Residencies for practicing visual and performing artists, and Artscapes for installations of art in publicly visible spaces. The Creative Enterprise program puts new businesses, artists, and nonprofits into vacant retail and office spaces in downtown Tacoma, and provides them with professional development training.

The program currently operates mainly in the downtown core, with a few locations in the Hilltop, but plans for the future widen horizons for Spaceworks, with Ruston Way up next for creative reinvigoration.


Best Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Hotel Murano

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Tacoma's Hotel Murano has once again made a "best-of" list. This time the Murano shows up in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hotels in the Pacific NW.

Condé Nast readers liked the glass art theme, the contemporary, but cozy and well-appointed rooms, the fresh menu at Bite Restaurant, and of course the friendly staff. In the past the Murano has earned praise from Forbes, CNN Money, and other international media outlets, as well as appearing on a few other Condé Nast lists.

Nicely done, Murano.

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Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

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Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up this year at the Pioneer Pavillion in Puyallup this Saturday with 6,000 pumpkins in an 8,000 square-foot space. If you miss them there, though, you can always pick up a pumpkin at the studio just off Pacific on 23rd, or order one online. Or you could schedule your own glass blowing session, and see what you can come up with yourself.

It seems like the perfect intersection of pumpkin month and Tacoma Arts Month.

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New Phoebe House joins #GivingTuesday movement with goal of raising funds for new children’s playset

TACOMA, WA - New Phoebe House Association has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and

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Bike and pedestrian collision risks increase with longer hours of dark

OLYMPIA – The end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 2, signals more than turning back of the clocks; it’s also a time to use extra caution on our state’s roadways. Between October and January

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Festive Fall at Museum of Glass: Calendar Highlights for November 2014

Glass pumpkins, gobblettes, turkey crafts and more! With the holiday season in full swing, Museum of Glass invites you to enjoy a variety of seasonal events and activities this November. Start your

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Steven Powell pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography

TACOMA, WA – Today Steven Craig Powell, 64, pleaded not guilty to a reinstated charge of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the second degree. A 2012 search

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Student charged for tweeting about shooting threat

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tavian Da’Rece Burns, 16, with felony harassment for using his Twitter account to threaten a shooting at Franklin Pierce High

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