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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 ofRead more
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.
Resolution No. 39078 A resolution setting Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the HearingRead more
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 PortlandRead more
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.
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 commissionRead more
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 JoriRead more
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. TheRead more
In 2012 the City of Tacoma established a framework for disposing of properties that it owns, but which are either unused or under-utilized. That framework involved assigning surplus City-owned properties to three tiers, with Tier 1 being those viewed as the highest priority to be transitioned to aRead more
Ride with us on the shortest day of the year and let the countdown to summer begin! Meet-up at 10:30am across from The Swiss. We’ll roll-out at 11am for a 3-mile roundtrip ride to Thea’s Park on Dock Street. We’ll finish the ride with cookies and hot chocolate at School of the Arts with the SOTARead more
Back by popular demand, The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, the Kitsap peninsula’s only fringe theatre, in partnership with Tacoma Little Theatre, presents David Sedaris’ irreverent holiday one-man show, The Santaland Diaries about a starving actor in New York City who reluctantly takes a job asRead more
November 28 - December 21, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM
A Little Princess is the story of a beleaguered young girl with an unbridled imagination. Separated from her father and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is
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 toRead more
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:
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 theRead more
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 toRead more
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.
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7Read more
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.
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?Read more at Seattle Times
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?Read more at China Daily
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.Read more at PC TV
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 ChristmasRead more
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 MarkRead more
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 allRead more
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 fromRead more
For the past 26 years, Tacoma Firefighters have brought holiday cheer to the lives of thousands of Tacoma children and their families with deliveries of food, clothing and gifts just beforeRead more