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McMenamins Chosen to Develop Old City Hall

Late Monday the City of Tacoma announced McMenamins as its first choice to develop Tacoma's iconic Old City Hall. The Portland-based developer was one of four to submit a proposal when the City asked for ideas last month. 

The City chose the McMenamins proposal, and over the next few weeks will

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of December 1, 2015

Legislative Agendas

Every year the city council identifies the issues the City of Tacoma would like to see addressed in Olympia and DC. A draft of these legislative agenda priorities for 2016 is set to get some conversation from the council at this week's study session. Last week's City Manager's

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KPLU Advisory Council Unanimously Opposes Sale to KUOW

We were disappointed to hear of the planned sale of KPLU to KUOW, primarily because the announced plans of the Seattle-based station to turn its new acquisition into an all jazz format - eliminating the news component of what KPLU currently does.

Apparently we weren't alone in our

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 17, 2015


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 authorizes

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Work Begins on McMenamins’ Tacoma Elks Lodge

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 the

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Billboards, Billboards, Billboards

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 then

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Tacoma Food Co-Op Merger With Central Co-Op?

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 through

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City OKs New PSE LNG Facility

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 the

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

World AIDS Day

Tacoma Art Museum December 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

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) in

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Tacoma Link Expansion Open House

The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus December 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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 preliminary

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W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory public meeting

Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters December 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma is poised to embark on improvements to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, and managers would like citizens’ input.
The conservatory is a historic treasure that has graced the east side of Wright Park since 1908. But after more than a century of use, the Victorian-style

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Old Town Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

Job Carr Cabin Museum December 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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.

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19th Century Christmas

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum December 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

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 and

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Beautiful Angle Holiday Party & Benefit Poster Sale

Breaker Studio Gallery December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Join us on December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Breaker Studio Gallery at 747 Fawcett Street, Suite B.

We’ll be selling Beautiful Angle posters for drastically discounted prices and giving 100% of the proceeds away to a local charity, once our wives finally agree on one.

We’ll be featuring live music by

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Caring Santa at Tacoma Mall

Tacoma Mall December 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa.

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Festival of Trees

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center December 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

Bring your dancing shoes to the fifth floor of the Tacoma Convention Center on Saturday, December 5, as we groove to the swinging sounds of the 60’s with Daryl & The Diptones.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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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!

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Ranking the Best (and Worst) Colleges for Low Income Students

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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.

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Tacoma voters to weigh rival minimum-wage initiatives

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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.

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Tacoma strong mayor ballot item could have unintended consequences

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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

Tacoma May Consider Disposable Bag Restrictions

In an effort to further the sustainability vision of the community, Tacoma City Council may consider placing restrictions on disposable shopping bag use in 2016. The City of Tacoma’s Office of

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Sound Transit Board selects alignment, stations for Tacoma Link Expansion

Project moves into final design as agency, city identify remaining funding needed for construction 

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today selected the route, stations, and expanded operation

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Project Office Opens in the Lincoln District

-- Residents and Business Owners Invited to Attend Open House Dec. 3--

The City of Tacoma recently opened the Lincoln District Project Office (750 S. 38th St., Suite C), with regular office hours

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Pierce County AIDS Foundation and Tacoma Art Museum invite community members to World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day Observance and Program, Tuesday December 1

Tacoma, Washington—The 27th Annual World AIDS Day will be commemorated with evening programs sponsored by PCAF and TAM.

The Pierce County

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Xi Jinping: The Real Reason China’s President Visited Tacoma

TACOMA, WASH. — Why did Chinese President Xi Jinping visit Tacoma? Was it a random choice, or is there a behind-the-scenes story? What are the economic, cultural and political implications for our

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