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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014



Resolution No. 38960 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma; accepting $601,949 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for the replacement of one switcher locomotive. [Alan Matheson, Chief

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

Construction Projects

At this week's study session, Tacoma City Council will hear an update on the various construction projects currently underway around Tacoma, as well as recently completed projects. ...

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Another Tacoma Totem Pole Comes Down

Another totem pole in Tacoma is coming down, although so far this one has drawn less controversy than the Tacoma Totem Pole in Fireman's Park did.

The totem pole at Portland Avenue Park is not nearly as old as the Fireman's Park pole, nor does it play a prominent role in Tacoma's history. It does,

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Bob’s Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

Bob's Java Jive, the classic coffee pot-shaped building on South Tacoma Way, has been placed on the national register of historic places.

The News Tribune reports that the uniquely shaped 85-year-old landmark has officially been added to the register for its architectural significance. The Java Jive has been on the Tacoma Register of Historic places for a number of years now, a designation which has protected it from demolition. This adds...

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014


Mayor Strickland read a recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn in recognition of Simpson’s civic and business leadership in its decades in Tacoma, and RockTenn’s intent to continue that legacy. The recognition acknowledged Simpson’s

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Knights of Veritas: The Science of Swordfighting at the Main Library

Main Library July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

The program includes discussion of leverage, geometry, physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval knights!

Two knights wearing museum-quality replicas of the clothing and armour of

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This Run Will Bowl You Over

Chalet Bowl July 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Bowling after running makes this a multi-sport event, right? It absolutely makes sense to us.

Tacoma Runners will break into new territory July 24 as we do our first-ever run from Chalet Bowl. Yep, you read that right - sweaty runners and bowling. What could go wrong? You know the routine - an

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Community Budget Input Meeting #3

Birney Elementary School July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm
The City is currently planning for the next two years by developing its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. For the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, revenues are projected to grow at 2 percent, but expenses are projected to grow at a faster rate. In order to maintain the levels of service provided by the
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Women and LGBTQ Night

2nd Cycle Tacoma's Community Cycle Center July 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Women & LGBTQ Night is a safe and supportive night that strives to primarily serve people who identify as female, queer, genderqueer, gay, lesbian, asexual, andro, and/or transgender. Patrons are invited to come work on their bikes; volunteer mechanics are available to lend guidance as needed. All

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Friday at the Fort

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy a great time at Fort Nisqually! This 21-and-over only event will feature the music of The Shy Boys along with tasty craft beers, Washington wines, and yummy treats. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. All proceeds from this event

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Free Saturday 5k for July 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Kidical Mass Tacoma: East Side Ride

Stewart Heights Park July 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Let’s go berry picking! On Saturday July 26, we’ll meetup at 10:30am at Stewart Heights Park near the playground. At 11am we’ll roll-out for a flat ride to Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. We’ll pick blueberries for a little while (bring a container!) then head back to Stewart Heights. We’ll

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Dog-A-Thon 2014

Fort Steilacoom Park July 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Dog-A-Thon provides vital support for adoption programs at the shelter. Last year, participants raised a record $240,000 for homeless animals, which helped find loving, forever homes for more than 6,000 pets.

Pick up your pledge form at the Humane Society, 2608 Center Street in Tacoma, or at

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Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

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Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic engines, the Port and JBLM, and sees dark clouds on the horizon, and no one knows where the umbrellas are.

As he puts it, "as we approach an economic moment of truth, I don’t understand our plan for winning ... please, will someone, anyone, articulate our economic development strategy in terms of measurable results?"

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Shaw House: A Tacoma architect’s home and idea lab could soon be a local historic landmark

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The 113-year-old home of Tacoma architect Stanley T. Shaw is being considered for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic places.

It's not a big piece of history, but sometimes it's the little stories, not the big ones that really give you a sense of place. Todd Matthews over at the Tacoma Daily Index wrote a nice piece on the home and the architect who built it, as well as some other buildings still standing around town.

Whether or not the home is included in the list, it's an enjoyable tour of a little corner of Tacoma's history.

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Tacoma rebounds

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Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County, and the rest of the state.

The conclusion? "Tacoma faces some big challenges," but "Tacoma and Pierce County are essential elements of the Puget Sound economy. And the significant improvements there are good for the entire region."

Does the Tacoma described in the Seattle Times piece sound like the Tacoma you know?

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How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

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The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals significantly lower the rates of readmission for heart failure - improving patient health outcomes, and saving hospitals money. The Risk-o-meter analyzes more than 100 factors, producing risk scores that help doctors make decisions on patient care throughout the treatment process, and even after the patient has left the hospital.

You don't have to be much of a techie to know that big data is a big buzz word these days, and with an Affordable Care Act emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions, this technology hits a couple of hot topics right now.

It's exciting to see UWT getting attention for this innovative project.

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Pet of the Week: Duke

Are you looking to add a pet to your family who will bring love and tranquility to your home? If your answer is “yes”, then Duke may be just the boy for you. Duke is a very sweet 10 year old German

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Lightness of Being – New Sculpture – Howard Ben Tré

Howard Ben Tré’s Cast Glass Sculptural Exhibition to Make its Northwest Debut at Museum of Glass on September 13, 2014

Tacoma, Wash. — Internationally-recognized artist Howard Ben Tré will debut his

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MultiCare Nurse Camp Students to Explore Careers at CPTC

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Twenty-two high school students will visit Clover Park Technical College July 24 to explore nursing and allied health programs as part of MultiCare Health System Nurse Camp 2014.

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Infusion of funding spurs growth in high-demand aerospace programs at Bates Technical College

Welding and Machinist programs will expand to meet industry demand

TACOMA, Wash. –Bates Technical College will receive $411,771 from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to

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Upcoming Chip Seal Road Closures

The City of Tacoma is reminding drivers to slow down and be alert for upcoming road closures and chip seal road maintenance efforts. 

Chip sealing involves laying down a layer of hot liquid asphalt,

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