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Joseph Lopez was named at this evening's City Council meeting to serve as the Council District 1 representative in Councilmember Ibsen's impending absence to train for the Marine Corps Reserves.
Lopez, an attorney in Seattle who served on the city’s Board of Ethic got support from Council, severalRead more
Fiscal Sustainability Recommendations
Tacoma's Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, made up of 18 citizens, has been at work since June evaluating the City of Tacoma's financial situation. The task force has produced an initial report, which will be presented to the Council at this week's studyRead more
For those of you interested in the competition to fill Anders Ibsen's City Council District 1 seat for the next year,
All 15 candidates will be interviewed in alphabeticalRead more
As a part of the re-routing of its Cascades passenger rail service, Amtrak will be relocating its Tacoma station from that
dingy well-used 1980s building on Puyallup Avenue to Freighthouse Square, just up the hill. On Monday Dome District residents and business owners got their first look at plans
We could soon be seing a different look for the way South 17th Street navigates the hill up from Pacific Avenue.
A resolution on next week's City Council agenda would authorize an agreement between the University of Washington Tacoma and the City to straighten out the intersection at the north end of ...Read more
The 90‐Second Newbery Film Festival is a video contest in which filmmakers of any age (but mostly kids & teens) make movies that hilariously and creatively compress the story of Newbery award winning books into 90 seconds or less. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to make and submit a videoRead more
Fulcrum Gallery has joined forces with the innumerable Jada-Moon Gridley to bring you the 5th annual Gritty City Gift Fair. Featuring over 30 local vendors music refreshments and culture.
The fair runs for two days this year with an evening launch party on Saturday then continuing on to SundayRead more
Drive in to ACM this Holliday season for 12 Days of Christmas! From December 13th through 24th, ACM will feature family-friendly holiday activities, including Santa photos, crafts, and ticket giveaways.
All holiday season-long, sign up for our email list for your chance to win a free Gift ofRead more
Join Pacific Grill as we celebrate New Years with Chris Anderson! Enjoy the smooth sounds of Chris Anderson (often compared to Michael Bublé) as you enjoy a Pacific Grill Heavy Appetizer Buffet, Cash Bar, Champagne Toast & Party Favors! Bring your dancing shoes and dance the year away!
While Santa’s elves produce a lot of train sets each holiday season, they can’t hold a candle to the quality and scale of the ones on display each year at the Washington State History Museum’s Model Train Festival.
The event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by modelRead more
This class will teach the basics of registering for an email account with Gmail and performing simple functions within Gmail’s system. Learn how to create and send emails, reply to email, check email and delete unwanted email. Requires ability to use a mouse. Advance registration required -Read more
Learn to navigate the Web comfortably with the mouse and other keyboard tricks and tips. This is a great class to start with if you are just becoming familiar with computers. Advance registration required - register online or call Telephone Reference at (253) 292-2001.Read more
This class will teach you the basics of understanding simple toolbar functions, creating and spell-checking a document, editing, saving and printing. Requires ability to use a mouse. Advance registration required - register online or call Telephone Reference at (253) 292-2001.Read more
Seattle Magazine has a review of some of their favorite new craft cocktail bars up in their neck of the woods - and one down in ours.
When Chris Keil was at 1022 he earned a fair amount of ink for his work behind the bar, and the trend continues at his new venue, Hilltop Kitchen. The review mention's HK's Duncan Idaho, which we can say from personal experience is an excellent choice.
It's nice to see HK getting some Seattle attention, and we're definitely going to have to see how one or two of the other bars on the list measure up next time we find ourselves in Seattle.Read more at Seattle Magazine
We had heard that an old ship called the Helena Star had sunk down on the Hylebos recently, and that it was slated to be removed and disposed of. What we hadn't heard was the back story.
Apparently the Helena Star had quite an infamous past before coming to rest in Tacoma. She was seized in 1978 with 37 tons of marijuana on board (worth more than a quarter billion in today's dollars). That amounts to the largest haul of illegal pot in the region, and one of the largest in the country.
The little old ship (built in 1947) has been quietly falling apart since then, and her more distant past is still a bit mysterious...Read more at Seattle Weekly
Some of us ride the bus more than others. Some ride by choice, some out of necessity. Patricia Sully shares her thoughts on why she chooses to ride the bus - the environment, the time to relax or do other things while someone else drives, cost savings...
"Those are not, however, the reasons I remain a bus commuter. I’m a public transportation junkie not because it makes pragmatic sense so much as because it helps me act a little bit less like a jerk. And it gives me a lot of good stories. But mostly the being-less-of-a-jerk thing."
As we enter the season when we're supposed to be thinking about what we're thankful for, and about what we can do for others, Sully's meditations on why she chooses public transportation - and on what she gets from spending time around other people on the bus - seem well-timed.Read more at
Beer and Tacoma seem to be popping up together in headlines a lot lately - or maybe we're just thirsty. Either way, a big congratulations to Tacoma's Harmon Brewery, for bringing home yet another award.
This time it's first place in the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor) Pro-Am Iron Brewers Competition. The Harmon won the bracket-style blind-tasting with their Steep and Deep Winter Ale, spiced up with seasonal ingredients (Iron Chef-style): yams and rosemary.
Congrats to the brewers and team from the Harmon. Speaking of which, is it lunch time yet?Read more at Washington Beer Blog
As we begin to think about the next round of budgeting for Tacoma, a recent Pew Charitable Trust American Cities Project report shows the budget realities for America's 30 largest metropolitan areas - and it doesn't look all that good.
Like Tacoma, 29 of the 30 dipped into reserve funds, and most made cuts to spending, including on parks and public safety.
Still, only nine of the cities studied saw revenues rebound to pre-2007 levels by 2011. The report looks at factors that have contributed to the tough situation, and the fact that many "solutions" to budget shortfalls are only stop-gap measures for the short-term.
Can we learn any lessons from this report as Tacoma turns to its next biennial budget?Read more at The Atlantic Cities
In Tacoma we get to hear the phrase "complete streets" a lot these days - in the context of the Stadium Way project, Pacific Avenue streetscaping, and other projects.
But it hasn't always been around. The complete streets movement began in the 1990s with the simple idea that streets should safely accomodate all modes of transportation.
It's not just a design philosophy, it's a community organizing movement. A new book, Completing Our Streets from Barbara McCann one of the originators of the movement discusses some of the philosophies, principles, and tactics that have made the movement such a success.
Given the ubiquity of 'complete streets' in Tacoma planning documents it's nice to see a little context - and Tacoma even shows up in one of the images in this review from The Atlantic Cities.Read more at The Atlantic Cities
Pastor Ron Vignec passed away Sunday at age 70. Pastor Ron's contributions to Tacoma are too numerous to count, and he will be missed by the hundreds whose lives he touched.
Pastor Ron's primary work was on the Eastside where his ministry was, but all of Tacoma is a better place for having him as an advocate and community leader.
The TNT has a remembrance of Pastor Ron's life that's worth a read for those who knew him, as well as for those who never got the chance.
UPDATE: A memorial service will be held at Urban Grace church, 902 Market Street, Tacoma, on Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Holden Village, or the Salishan/Eastside Lutheran Mission fund for First Creek Middle School students, or Northwest Leadership Foundation.Read more at The News Tribune
It's always good to see a Tacoma business doing well and expanding, so we were glad to read that Tacoma's Poppy & Co will be expanding to Seattle.
Post Defiance has a behind-the-scenes on the downtown Tacoma business that got some help from Spaceworks before expanding to a second location in downtown Seattle.
Poppy & Co consists of four different refurbished furniture brands: The Modern Cottage Company, Nest, Vintage Hart, and Bride on a Bike. Between the four there are come interesting pieces - especially as we start thinking about shopping for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season...Read more at Post Defiance
Youth Between Ages of 16 and 18 Encouraged to Apply
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three vacant positions on the Human Services Commission.
The Commission consists of 15 membersRead more
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two vacant positions on the Human Rights Commission.
The Commission consists of 15 members serving three-year terms and is comprised of representativesRead more
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two positions on theCitizen Review Panel, a seven-member advisory panel to the Council with oversight of Tacoma Police Department policy. The appointmentsRead more
-- Youth Between the Ages of 16 and 18 are Encouraged to Apply --
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Tacoma Area Commissionon Disabilities. Youth between the ages ofRead more
The City of Tacoma has had 471 reports of graffiti between Jan. 1 and now, which is up from last year’s 289 reported incidents.
The City’s code compliance enforcement and the Tacoma PoliceRead more