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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 14, 2015



Wednesday, April 14, 2015 was proclaimed as Rock Paper Scissors Foundation Day in the City of Tacoma. The RPS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of mental, physical, and emotional abuse, creates

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Tax Amnesty for Tacoma Businesses?

There are currently 4,600 businesses in Tacoma with delinquent tax returns, license fees, or penalties on their account. Those delinquent fees and taxes are estimated to total in the neighborhood of $1.4 million. There are another estimated 2,000 businesses that the City of Tacoma knows of

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Asking For More From a New McCarver Elementary School Library

Plans are moving forward for the remodel of Tacoma's historic McCarver Elementary School in the Hilltop. But there are some in the school, and in the neighborhood who would like to see a little more.

Plans for the remodel, available on the Tacoma Public Schools website, include seismic upgrades

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 7, 2015



Resolution No. 39161 A resolution approving the final plat of Applewood West, a 14-lot residential subdivision located at 4033 East Howe Street.


Ordinance No. 28292 An ordinance vacating a portion of Jefferson Avenue south of South 17th

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RIP Jack Falk - Bicycle Artist Extraordinaire

It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of Jack Falk on Easter Sunday. Jack was born December 6, 1946. He arrived in Tacoma in 1987 and found himself at the Rescue Mission. He volunteered at the Washington State Historical Society from 1998 until he became ill in late 2014.  Most

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 7, 2015

Click! Town Hall Meetings

Following the announcement that TPU is considering entering a public/private partnership to address problems with Click! network, two town hall meetings will give the public the chance to learn more about the proposed partnership, which would have Wave Broadband of

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The Metropolitan Phase III - Really Happening This Time?

Two years ago we spotted a permit application for the construction of Phase 3 of the Metropolitan apartments at 252 Broadway. Permits were applied for, early concepts showed a mixed-use building with more than 100 residential units, over 200 parking stalls, and 3,000 square feet of retail space on

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Radio 80

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Come enjoy a fun nostalgic musical and visual look-back at the 80’s.

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Sewing to Sowing

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum April 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Guests experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House,

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

University of Puget Sound Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall April 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

​University of Puget Sound 2015 Senior Theatre Festival production directed by Jake Rosendale
Tickets: $8 general; $6 sr. citizens, student, military. Tickets available at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100, or online at tickets.pugetsound.edu
Saturday shows: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

​Come an party with Tacoma’s premiere cover band!

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TWBC Daffodil Classic

Orting Middle School April 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

Join the Tacoma Wheelman’s Bicycle Club for the oldest ride in the South Sound!
The 40th Annual Daffodil Classic winds through the beautiful Orting valley and surrounding hills. Bring your bike, trike, tandem or unicycle - all cyclists are welcome! There are routes for families, recreational

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CHANGE OF VENUE - City of Tacoma Monday Mixer - Small Business Lenders

The Valley April 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

​A networking event focused on traditional and alternative funding opportunities for Tacoma’s small businesses.The venue has been changed from Revive at 323 Puyallup Avenue to the Valley at 1206 Puyallup Avenue.

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420 Tacoma Cannabis Educational Tour

Tacoma's Nightlife District April 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Marijuana is a hot topic right now because several states have voted to decriminalize recreational use. When legalization happens, law abiding people are called to reexamine their views on the subject. During this reexamination a lot of questions come up and there is no clear path toward answers.

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“Un-Thirsty” Garden Workshop –  With Marianne Binetti

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium April 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Tues., April 21, 6:30-8:30 pm - FREE Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Lower your water bill and raise a beautiful garden and landscape at the same time. Learn how to group plants, when and how much to water, what edibles give you the most nutrition for the least work and tips on lawn care. A fun

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Restless crowd wants Tacoma to keep control of Click network

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It's not every day that a public meeting to discuss the future of a branch of a public utility involves shouting and throwing things at the stage, but that's part of what happened at this week's first town hall event on the future of Tacoma's Click! network.

The crowd that showed up for the open house hosted by TPU didn't like the "instant polling" method TPU wanted to use to gather input. The general sentiment about the proposed deal to lease Click! to Wave Broadband didn't seem to get much support either.

If you missed this week's action-packed meeting, you still have one more chance to join the conversation. The second of two town halls on the proposal will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Utilities headquarters at South 35th Street.

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Neighbors ask court to halt Weyerhaeuser mansion events

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We've written numerous times about the battle between the owners of the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion on North Stevens and the neighbors over whether or not the large historic property can be used for events like weddings.

The matter could have been wity a recent compromise ruling from the Hearing Examiner granted the property owners a conditional use permit, along with a list of conditions.

Apparently those conditions weren't enough for the neighbors, who are now suing at the County level. They're challenging the premise that the whole property is a historic site, which qualifies it for adaptive reuse. They also complain that the Hearing Examiner's solution of requiring the estate owners to erect a sound barrier wall would be unattractive, and still insufficient to block noise from wedding festivities on the other side from their third floor. 

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Weyerhaeuser mansion neighbor loses most arguments in bid for event venue reconsideration

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If you've been following the ongoing fight over the use of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, here's the latest chapter:

Tacoma Hearing Examiner Phyllis MacLeod has more or less reaffirmed her previous ruling, with only minor modification. This, despite the protests of neighbors to the historic property. Those neighbors had made several requests for reconsideration of the earlier ruling by the Hearing Examiner.

The latest decision does modify the ruling to require that the off-duty police officers required to act as security for the event space would also be required to walk the property boundary. The examiner turned down requests from the neighbors to have their approval for design and placement of a noise-buffering wall between the two properties.

Will this ruling finally settle the matter and allow the sale of the property and the booking of events to move forward? 

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Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

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Steve Body, writing as "The Pour Fool" at the SeattlePI.com has some very nice things to say about the beers Shane Johns is producing over at E-9.  Then there's what he says about Tacoma ... 

He calls Tacoma "one of the most unlikely places in the United States" for interesting beers, and goes on to describe Tacoma ("For those who have never been there"). 

"Tacoma, Washington, is a step into a time machine; a slice of 1958 Seattle that broke off, rolled south, and got snagged on a tree root on the shores of Commencement Bay.

... its people are a wild mix of Northwest Gen-Xers, old hippies, the desperately poor, a thin stratum of Old Money, and the largest concentration of rednecks west of Alabama. It is a city that could be (and probably is) accurately pegged as a hotbed of wallet-on-a-chain monster-truck fans whose beer preference stops at whatever is the current outer parameters of Anheuser Busch’s watery lager continuum..."

It goes on. This doesn't sound familiar to us, and the only thing we can figure is that Body has never gone to the trouble of getting off the freeway and spending any time in Tacoma. We've heard a lot of aggressively ignorant stereotypes about Tacoma ...

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Phase II Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Water Flume Line Trail on April 29

Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate the Phase II completion of the Water Flume Line Trail on Wednesday, April 29,starting at 5:30 p.m. at 7411 S. Cedar St. in Tacoma. The celebration will start

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Pierce County establishes in-lieu fee program to balance development and wetland protection

Developers working in two Pierce County watersheds have a new option to offset unavoidable construction impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitat.

The county’s new in-lieu fee program provides

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Cathy Nguyen Selected as Tacoma’s 2015-2017 Poet Laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the selection of Cathy Nguyen as Tacoma's 2015-2017 Poet Laureate.

Over the next two years, Nguyen will participate in and host public poetry readings,

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Volunteers donate record number of hours to Metro Parks; Board proclaims Volunteer Appreciation Week

Almost 5,800 people contributed nearly 181,000 hours to park district in 2014

Volunteers donated almost 181,000 hours to Metro Parks Tacoma in 2014 – a record for the park district.

The number of

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Historic Preservation Month: Show Your Love for Tacoma’s Unique Cultural Heritage

Each May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages local communities to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. Tacoma’s 2015 theme is “I Heart Tacoma: Celebrate Tacoma’s

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