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City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

The Tacoma City Council is scheduled to take up what could be a pretty controversial topic. A resolution in support of Washington State Initiative 594 appears on the agenda for next week's Council meeting.

A resolution expressing support for the passage of Initiative Measure No. 594 submitted for

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Happening Now: Park(ing) Day 2014

Park(ing) Day 2014 is going on right now. A couple dozen parking spots around downtown Tacoma have been transformed into activated parklets for your enjoyment, so if you have a couple minutes, head out and find one (or a bunch) near you.

There's a lot to see this year... Which was your favorite?

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Pacific Brewing Opens Tomorrow

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here. Or at least it's so close you can almost taste it...

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. will finally open its doors in the old City Hall Annex space (the smaller white building next to Old City Hall) tomorrow, Saturday, September 20. That's

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Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

A community working group has been assembled to develop regulatory alternatives, for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, regarding billboards in the City of Tacoma.

It's the next phase in a fight between the City and advertising giant Clear Channel that has been going on for what

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Help Promote Tacoma’s History, Plan Preservation Month 2015

May is a ways off on the calendar, but planning is already beginning for Tacoma's May 2015 Preservation Month. Interested parties are being invited to join the Preservation Month planning committee, and to begin brainstorming ideas for an exciting month of programming.

The Historic Preservation

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 16, 2014



Ordinance No. 28243 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 3966 for the construction of an 8-inch sanitary sewer main extension from South Madison Street, south of South 69th

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Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

There's a conversation going on at the City about the ways Tacoma receives revenue. With a significant structural imbalance to address in Tacoma's budget, City staff are considering not only short-term adjustments to fix the budget for the next biennium, they're also looking at ways that long-term

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Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

Re:Tacoma is back with their annual urban design conversation series. Every year they invite you to join in thoughtful conversations focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma's urban neighborhoods and downtown core. It's an ongoing conversation meant to lead to thoughtful action. 

Each of the

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Early Learning Symposium

University of Washington Tacoma September 23, 2014 at 7:30 am

Early Learning Symposium - Join us for a Symposium on Our Youngest Citizens: Building a Child-Centered Community

UW Tacoma and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma have partnered together to bring this Early Learning Symposium to the Tacoma Community.
15% of our local population is under the age
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Book talk and signing with Dean Owen

Main Library September 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Book talk and signing with Dean Owen, Author of November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
As the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination draws near, the events of that fateful day will undoubtedly be on the minds of many throughout

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Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Night

The Parkway Tavern September 24, 2014 at 4:30 am

​That’s right, it’s Elysian Great Pumpkin Night at the Parkway!

The Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is sold out, but you can get the beers right here at the Parkway!

Boo! We have a fun night planned for you. Join us at The Parkway for a night of great pumpkin beers featured from

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Prairie Line Trail UWT Station Grand Opening

University of Washington Tacoma September 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Join us as we open the Prairie Line Trail - UWT Station.

The Prairie Line Trail is an approximately one-mile segment of the historic rail corridor, beginning at the south end of downtown, running through the Brewery District, University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) campus, crossing Tollefson Plaza

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Ride with City Council

UWT Central Staircase September 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Join us for a group ride with Tacoma City Councilmembers on Thursday, Sept. 25, 6pm.
Meet at the UWT central stairs (1900 Commerce) for the grand opening of the Prairie Line Trail (ribbon-cutting event starts at 5pm). The route will follow the PLT, “Embrace the Hill” on Jefferson/Delin, and

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Fall Bike to Work Week 2014

Downtown Tacoma September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Join us September 21-27 for events to extend your bike commuting into autumn!“Embrace the Hill” by trying different routes out of downtown with a group “Bike Train” home from work. Meet at 11th & Pacific at 5:30pm (water and water bottles provided).

  • Monday: Embrace Stadium Way Hill
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Free Saturday 5k for September 27, 2014

Point Defiance Park September 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s time again for the Tacoma Runners free Saturday 5k. What better way to start your weekend?

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at

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De-Pave, Reduce Maintenance and Go Green

City of Tacoma EnviroHouse September 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

Join Melissa Buckingham from the Pierce Conservation District and learn how to remove unwanted, paved surfaces and green up your urban landscape. Advice and possible assistance for individuals, neighborhood projects, community groups, nonprofits, churches, etc.

> Minimize paved driveways, kid

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2014 Women of Influence named

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Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes

This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein from Multicare, and the Rising Star Award goes to Rosie Martinson of the TacomaWorkingMom.com blog and Sound Physicians.

See the full list of Women of Influence, and watch for their stories from the Business Examiner in coming weeks.

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TWOKOI: Outstanding Sake Program Led by Level One Certified Sake Sommelier

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For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions. 

They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the largest in the Northwest, and one of the top two sake tasting programs in the US, according to at least one magazine.

A sake tasting at Twokoi can take you through the different kinds of sake - hot, cold, and butty - with more than 40 different sakes to choose from. And if you're looking for something special, they offer sake dinners called omakase, which pair multiple courses with the perfect sake.

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Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

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Watch out Tacoma, a group of pretty hardcore bikers are headed your way. The annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run stretches nearly 4,000 miles from the start in Daytona Beach, Florida to the finish right here in Tacoma.

The motorcyclists participating make the run in 17 days. They left Daytona Beach on September 5. They'll see some of America's most beautiful scenery on their trip, before finding their way to the finish at the LeMay America's Car Museum, where you can welcome them to Tacoma. Expect them to roll into town sometime mid-afternoon next Sunday, September 21.

We won't claim to be endurance motorcycle riders, but we're guessing they'll be ready for a cold drink and a hot meal when they get here.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

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As multimodal transportation options become a regular part of planning conversations, the animosity between (some) drivers and (some) cyclists and pedestrians means many debates come down to dogma, rather than actual facts - drivers don't want to be slowed down by sharing the road with cyclists, while cyclists feel unsafe by having to share lanes with motor vehicles.

But maybe there's a way to design multimodal streets that are safer for bikes and keep cars moving as fast or even faster than before. 

A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation looks at protected bike lanes installed in the city and discovers examples of those new lanes leading to an increase in both car speeds and bike safety.

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Volunteers still needed to count bicyclists and pedestrians

Spokane, Tacoma among cities with greatest need for help

OLYMPIA – Calling all volunteers: It’s not too late to help with Washington’s seventh annual bicycle and pedestrian count taking place Sept.

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Historical Societies Join Forces to Commemorate WWI Centennial

Lakewood Historical Society (LHS) and Tacoma Historical Society (THS) host “SALUTE PIERCE COUNTY” to celebrate its rich military heritage

WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4-8pm

WHERE: American Lake

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LOCK & UNLOAD for Gun SafeT Week September 22-26

Gun SafeT: LOCK & UNLOAD is a City of Tacoma initiative to help raise awareness and bring safety education around firearm use, storage and safe surrender to residents.

The City is making gun safety

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Cast Your Vote for the Best of Western Washington

Each year Western Washington consumers join together to vote for their favorite local businesses on the KING5 Best of Western Washington. 

The polls opened last week and nominees include several

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Couple charged for Lakewood bank robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael David Winston, II, 27, and Brittney Winston, 26, with attempted robbery in the first degree. Michael was shot by an armored

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