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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 26, 2016



Resolution No. 39428 A resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $270,000; accepting and depositing said sum into the General Fund, to develop trip reduction programs in the

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Eat Good, Do Good With Dining Out for Life 2016

So you want to do something good, but you don't have a lot of time or energy? Great, Dining Out for Life is the perfect event for you. All you have to do is show up at one of 50 participating restaurants, order food, and automatically the restaurant will donate 25% of the cost of your meal to

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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 26, 2016

Tacoma Smelter Plume

At this week's city council Study Session, the council will hear a presentation from the Washington Department of Ecology on the progress of the Tacoma Smelter Plume project, including the following:

  • Progress of soil replacement on residential yards and child play areas;
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Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There’s Lead in the Water

With the unsettling revelations around high lead levels in the water in Flint Michigan still very much in the news, citizens around the country are asking questions about what comes out of their own taps.

Tacoma Public Utilities is taking some initial steps to address these fears. In an update

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Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

An ordinance adopted by the City Council this week would allow the City of Tacoma to access a pot of up to $12.5 million in funds for public infrastructure improvements associated with private development. 

The money comes with some strings attached, but give Tacoma a way to keep a bit more of its

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 19, 2016



Ordinance No. 28354 An ordinance vacating the south 125 feet of the alley between Union Avenue and Puget Sound Avenue, north of South 40th Street, to consolidate the properties and facilitate future development.

The consent agenda was adopted without

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NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

TACOMA - Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is terminating its lease for a site on the tide flats with the Port of Tacoma. After careful review and evaluation during the pause of the environmental review process, the company met with Port staff to deliver the news this morning.

“While we do not see a way forward with the Port of Tacoma to realize this vision at this location, we remain committed to building facilities that offer a cleaner way to make products necessary for daily life, and to investing billions in local communities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Vee Godley, NWIW President. “We thank the Port of Tacoma Commissioners and staff for their consideration and interest, as well as the many business and community members who demonstrated their support for our project.  We also want to thank the people of Tacoma for their consideration of our project.”

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NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Conversations about the proposed methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma continue to be ... lively. The environmental review was paused in February. The lease extension between the Port of Tacoma and NWIW is under consideration at this very moment. Then, today, NWIW published an economic analysis of

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

National Bike to School Day

May 4, 2016 at 6:30 am

Participate in the National Bike to School Day by helping students bike to school. As the National Center for Safe Routes to School attests, “simple one-day events have led to great changes such as long-term walking and bicycling programs, new sidewalks and pathways, enforcement of unsafe driving

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Velofemmes: First Wednesday Evening Ride

Goddesses at Wright Park May 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

It’s time for Wednesday evening rides again. This year, we will be riding every first and third Wednesday of the month. Meet us at the goddesses at Wright Park (where Yakima and Division meet) for a 10-15 mile ride and an optional social at a nearby watering hole. We will be meeting at 5:45pm,

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Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Marina offers watercraft safety course

Point Defiance Marina May 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Marina is sponsoring the ABC Boating series of classes, an excellent way to pick up the basics of safe power boating and meet the requirements for the mandatory Washington State Boater Education card. The five-session series takes place at themarina from 7 p.m.

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Bike to the Market Day

Broadway Farmers Market May 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

Open up the 2016 Broadway Farmers Market season by using your bipedal strength to arrive on a bicycle! It’s spring time, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and if we are lucky, the sun could be shining! Help kick off Tacoma’s bike month by enjoying one of Tacoma’s best farmers markets in

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Preservation Month Kick Off: Coloring Contest of Tacoma Iconic Buildings

1120 Creative House May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Historic Tacoma’s coloring contest will premiere the first few images of artist Jori Adkins’ coloring book of Tacoma Iconic Buildings. The public is invited to participate in this free event. Please bring something to color with (crayons, colored pencils, felt tipped, pens, etc.) and a refreshment

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Ladies and LGBT Evening at 2nd Cycle

2nd Cycle Tacoma's Community Cycle Center May 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Kick Off Bike Month and get your bicycle checked over. We will go over your bike and teach give you tips on what you need to do to maintain your bike. Ace bike techs Shelbi and Kathy will provide valuable information to keep your bike riding for many miles and years to come. Pizza and drinks will

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253 Short Film Party

Urban Grace May 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

See what local filmmakers churned out during The Grand’s annual filmmaker competition!

31 teams of local filmmakers had 72 hours to create an original short film (no more than 253 seconds in length). Now you have one evening to watch all the films at a screening party with a door prizes,

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Tacoma History Walk

Job Carr Cabin Museum, Old Town Park May 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

Join our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide to explore Old Town Tacoma history. This week: Immigrant Influences.

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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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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Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium to explore volatile mix of post-quantum cryptography, privacy and

Leading researchers and industry leaders featured May 5, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

TACOMA, WASH. — If the prospect of a quantum computer capable of cutting through most existing cybersecurity systems like

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May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

The City of Tacoma is teaming up with more than 750 organizations across the region to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here month. During the month of May, a calendar of events offers activities to help

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Citizens for a Healthy Bay unveils new logo

TACOMA — Today, Citizens for a Healthy Bay unveils a new logo.

“We work to engage our community in the restoration and protection of our waters, so connecting with people really matters to our work.

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Helping Homeowners Get Information to Prevent Foreclosure

The City of Tacoma’s Home Ownership and Mediation Education (HOME) Initiative, which concluded in February, provided foreclosure prevention outreach to more than 2,300 homes in Tacoma.

The campaign

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Applicants Sought for the Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Landmarks Preservation Commission:

  • At Large (One position): Open to individuals with a demonstrated
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