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Resolution No. 39312 A resolution authorizing the extension of agreements with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, in the amount of $250,000, budgeted from the Rail Fund, to satisfy closeout provisions, and for freight rail service through March 16, 2016.
This resolution authorizesRead more
The day that some in Tacoma thought would never come has actually come: McMenamins chose this wet and blustery week to begin work on its long-anticipated renovation of Tacoma's historic Elks Lodge.
It's just small stuff for now, but The News Tribune reports that we can expect to see theRead more
A new set of rules related to reducing the number of billboards in Tacoma is set to be discussed by the Tacoma City Council today.
The proposed rules are being offered City of Tacoma staff as an alternative/addendum to the set of rules that came out of a billboard stakeholder group, and which thenRead more
Big news today for fans of Tacoma Food Co-op: the Tacoma-based co-op may be joining forces with Capitol Hill's Central Co-op.
Justin Carder at the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog writes that the merger, announced today, is being discussed as a means to strengthen the two grassroots organizations throughRead more
This week the Tacoma City Council approved an agreement allowing Puget Sound Energy to build a liquefied natural gas facility on Port of Tacoma property at East 11th Street and Taylor Way.
PSE wants to build the natural gas liquefaction and storage facility on the 33-acre site on theRead more
At a meeting next week the Pierce County Board of Health will vote on new rules on the possession, use, and sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products.
The new rules would apply to Pierce County
- Annual permits would be required for the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products
- No one under 18
Pacific Lutheran University announced its intent today to sell its broadcasting assets to the University of Washington for $8 million. This would combine the two regional NPR broadcasters into a single organization. According to a statement on the KUOW website, 88.5 (KPLU) will become an all jazzRead more
BJ Baldwin came to town with his 800hp Trophy Truck to battle Bruce The Sasquatch on our streets in late September (That's a sentence I never imagined writing). Roads were closed. Film crews set up as an oversized pickup went uphill, downhill, drifted through corners, and jumped TollefsonRead more
Join us on Thanksgiving Day for a 5k Run/Walk and 1k Kids Run
in the Proctor district of Tacoma!
Spaceworks Announces Call for Creative Enterprise ApplicationsDeadline to Apply: December 7, 2015
Back by popular demand! With amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, and athletic feats, it is the most entertaining show of its kind. This cast of performers and pound puppies deliver high energy excitement, where you’ll witness some of the most incredible stunts andRead more
Join in celebration for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting tradition. Since World War II, the South Sound community has congregated each winter for the Holiday Tree Lighting. Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event, open to the public. If it isn’t already, make it yourRead more
Join with others in remembrance of those who have died and in support of those who are living with HIV or AIDS. Gather to raise awareness, to hope for a future without HIV/AIDS, and to take action to make that future possible. This event is hosted by PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation) inRead more
The City of Tacoma has received $15 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding for the Tacoma Link Expansion project. This funding brings us one step closer toward construction.
The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to receive a briefing on the preliminaryRead more
Celebrate the Season at Tacoma’s Birthplace! Refreshments and photos with Santa provided while supplies last. Please bring a donation of non-perishable foods for St. Leo Food Connection.Read more
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts andRead more
We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.
What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other
junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.
So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.
Happy voting!Read more at Pierce County Auditor
We knew UW Tacoma has made a huge difference in the fabric of life in downtown Tacoma, and in the lives of the thousands of students who have earned their diplomas there.
Now a new study shows the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington is doing particularly good things for low-income students. Priceonomics ran the numbers on schools that are accessible to low income students in terms of admission rates and cost, while also producing good outcomes in terms of graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and future earnings. UW Tacoma ranks second best on that list, with only Texas A&M ranking better.
This means that Tacoma's UW campus is a particularly good deal in terms of bang for the buck and what really matters to students in the long run - life after college. Way to go UWT.Read more at Priceonomics
If you're a Tacoma voter, you have one week to decide how to vote on the minimum wage issue on the ballot this year. $15 now? $12 over a couple years? Neither?
While you ponder that, you may also be pondering how to navigate the ballot to make sure you cast the vote you actually mean to. Regardless of your choice, be sure to vote on both parts of the ballot item: Should either of these be enacted? (yes or no) AND if the yes votes prevail, which should it be? ($12 or $15). Even if you vote no on the first question, your choice on the second could still be relevant if most voters vote yes.
An article in The Seattle Times this week takes an outsider's look at the Tacoma minimum wage debate from a city that has already made its own $15 decision, giving some context to the question now before voters in Tacoma.Read more at The Seattle Times
On the ballots showing up in Tacoma mailboxes, there are several items causing a bit of controversy. One of them, titled "Citizens' Charter Amendment Initiative Measure No. 2" would make changes to the way Tacoma's government functions.
This is the return of one of the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission - one that didn't make it past the City Council to the voters last November. But it's in the voters' hands now... although it may be a little flawed as written. The TNT's Kate Martin takes a closer look at the measure - its intent, its background, some of the mistakes/issues pointed out by the City attorney and others, and the rebuttal to those issues from supporters.
Issues raised by challengers include the accidental omission of the "Powers of the People" section of Tacoma's Charter, as well as problems that could leave Tacoma without a mayor or a city manager for a few months immediately following the election, allow a tied council vote to pass, make council terms indefinite, and eliminate the initiative petition process.
While every item on the ballot is important, this would be a particularly good one to pay attention to.Read more at The News Tribune
The City of Tacoma’s Gang Reduction Project offers youth who are or are at-risk of becoming gang involved an opportunity to receive mentoring, support and job skill development.
According a recentRead more
Dressember: Restoring Beauty and Dignity around the World
Tacoma, WA -- Human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children persists as a largely hidden epidemic around theRead more
Former Pierce County Auditor and legislator to serve on college’s Board of Trustees
TACOMA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed former Pierce County Auditor Cathy Pearsall-Stipek to serve onRead more
Collection bins to be placed across district through January
The holiday season can be hard for people struggling with finances and related issues. In the spirit of giving, Metro Parks Tacoma andRead more
The Office of Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce recently presented the City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services with the “Lifetime of GMA”Read more