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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 1, 2015



Resolution No. 39263 A resolution setting Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on proposed amendments to the Municipal Code relating to live/work and work/live units.



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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 1, 2015


This week the Tacoma City Council and the Tacoma Public Utility Board will hold a joint study session to continue discussion of the recommendation to enter into a public/private partnership with Wave Broadband to operate the Click! Network. While this conversation is going on, local

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Is It Time for the Return of Mount Tahoma

As you may have heard over the weekend President Obama announced that Mount McKinley in Alaska will be officially changing back to its native name, Denali.

With this out-of-state news about Alaska's biggest peak, we can't help but think about Washington's biggest peak...

While the President is in

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Tacoma ISPs Rainier Connect & Net Venture Join Forces

Local internet service providers Rainier Connect and Net Venture have announced a joint operating agreement that will put both Tacoma-based companies under one roof.

The agreement comes as the City of Tacoma looka at whether to sign an operating agreement for the publicly-owned Click! Network to

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This Weekend: I Hope They Bring a Taco Truck!

Now you are probably asking yourself, what the hell does he mean with that title? Well, before I give away the secret, I want to say that this weekend could be a relaxing one, or one for the books. What I mean by this is I am supplying you with four very fun activities – two requiring to you be

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Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

The City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Police Department, and community leaders are inviting the community to start a conversation about how the department can improve and strengthen its relationship with the community.

Project PEACE, the new initiative from the City, launches with a series of community

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 25, 2015

It was a quick meeting this week - over and done in 15 minutes. Perhaps just the right length for our collective summer vacation attention spans...



Ordinance No. 28239 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 49th Street lying between South Wilkeson

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 25, 2015

Innovative Grants Program

Tacoma's Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant program, put on hold during the tight 2013-2014 budget cycle, returned for the current biennium. The break allowed staff to address a backlog of 86 projects, and to identify program improvements based on priorities and findings

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Minimum Wage: $15 / $12 or none?

University of Puget Sound Rotunda September 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

​Panel discussion about the choices on the November ballot for a change in the minimum wage.

Lyz Thurber, League of Women Voter’s great moderator, comes to city club to moderate this comprehensive look at all the alternatives available to Tacoma voters in November.

Panelists: Monique

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Park(ing) Day Open House

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co September 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

Want to participate in Park(ing) Day but not sure where to begin? Come to our Park(ing) Day Open House happy hour to learn from past participants on how to successfully turn a parking spot into a temporary public park.

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Try The Bus with Rep. Kilmer

Meet at 11th/Pacific September 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Let’s talk transit - on transit! Meet at 11th & Pacific and we’ll take a one-hour bus ride loop with Rep.Derek Kilmer. We’ve got your ORCA card, you’ll learn how to read the bus book, and have a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, Rep. Kilmer. RSVP to info@downtownonthego.org.

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Jewelry Making - Basic Skills: Soldering Wire Jewelry

Tacoma Metal Arts Center September 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

Whether you need a little coaching or are brand new to soldering, Jennifer will help demystify the process. In this one day intro to jewelry techniques, you will learn how to construct jewelry from wire. Make rings, bangles, and chain bracelets and necklaces from wire different gauges of copper,

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Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp

Rollin' 253 Skate & Community Center June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

Rollin’ 253 begins the 13 week long summer camp today. Campers can enjoy roller sports, dance competitions, arts & crafts & more. Daily & weekly rates available. Drop in’s are welcome.

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ProtoNext - Meet the Artist @ The Swiss

The Swiss September 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Come explore the creative process with Jennifer Chin. ProtoNext is a series of 160 small acrylic paintings based on the principle that each new work is affected by previous ones. Successful compositions continue to morph in and out while others are completely discarded…similar to a game of

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APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Kimchi Dishes

Asia Pacific Cultural Center September 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

​Korea is known for its delicious Kimchi. Did you ever wonder how to make this flavorful dish? Come and learn all about it from Kimchi Master Joyce Yoo at the Korean Kimchi Workshop. At the end of each class you will make your own jar of Kimchi to take home!


  • $30 for 1 workshop ($25
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South Sound END AIDS Walk

Cheney Stadium September 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

It’s been a long walk but the end is in sight. If you’ve walked with us before, it’s time to walk with us again. Walk with us to END AIDS in Washington. It’s the best finish line ever! The South Sound END AIDS Walk is PCAF’s largest event of the year. By registering and fundraising for this event,

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Will New “Respect” Strategy Improve Police-Community Relations?

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Starting tomorrow the Tacoma Police Department will host a series of conversations with the community as part of Project PEACE, a new initiative to intentionally improve police-community relations.

Elsewhere in the country new strategies are being tried as well, including an interesting one reported on by Next City. The approach, called RespectStat, takes an evidence-based approach that tries to quantify public sentiment toward the police. The program, based on the popular, but also controversial CompStat, surveys citizens to generate statistics on community experiences with police by hour, shift, or police unit, with the goal of identifying when and where negative attitudes are generated.

Tacoma Police will be working to build a relationship of trust and respect with the community. They're starting with talking. Would some sort of quantitative measure of community attitudes help build that relationship?

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Affordable Housing’s Forever Solution

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The City of Tacoma is looking at land use strategies and other policies to encourage infill development and increase availability of affordable housing. 

Tacoma isn't the only city trying to address these issues, and a recent article from Next City looks at a different kind of solution the residents of one Boston neighborhood tried. The Dudley Neighbors Incorporated community land trust protects affordable housing for both renters and homeowners within its 62 acres.

Community land trusts exist in a variety of forms. The general idea is that a nonprofit; usually made up of community members, residents of the land trust, and sometimes political representatives; acquires the land to be used based on the needs of the neighborhood residents - in this case, to create a pocket of permanently affordable housing.

In light of back-and-forths going on right now over what Tacoma can (or should) do to support affordable housing, it's an interesting outside-the-box kind of solution to defending affordable housing.

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25 things to know as University of Washington Tacoma turns 25

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This year the University of Washington Tacoma celebrates its 25th anniversary. 25 years ago the doors opened to the first (tiny) class of UWT students, and set in motion big changes for downtown Tacoma.

25 years later the University has graduated thousands of students, renovated almost all of its historic buildings, and built a few new ones. Its plans for continued expansion of both the student body and the activated spaces within the campus footprint over the next 25 years are no less ambitious.

The News Tribune recently published a list of 25 things to know about UW Tacoma. There are a lot of interesting facts in there, particularly some details about the history of how the university came to be. Maybe even more interesting are the possibilities for the university to leverage its research and community partnerships to continue to lift Tacoma and the surrounding region for decades to come.

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Pierce County Council, mental health system both broken

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Pierce County's mental health system is in bad shape. Stories of people in need of help facing long waits, or unable to get the care they need are not uncommon.

Exactly how bad things are, though, that we won't know. At least not any time soon, thanks to the dysfunction of another branch of the County government. This week the Pierce County Council voted down a proposal brought forward by two of its members, Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg, which would have funded a study to show exactly where and how the system falls short, and how much money is being wasted by using County jails in the place of actual mental health services.

Matt Driscoll at The News Tribune takes a critical look at what went wrong with this particular issue in the context of the bigger picture of the dysfunctional dynamics of the current Pierce County Council, which he expects to see continue on other issues. Meanwhile, some of the county's most vulnerable residents continue to go without the services that could help them.

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Pierce Transit Receives Unsolicited Proposal for Transit-Oriented Development


Pierce Transit has received an unsolicited Transit Oriented

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Road Closures for Asphalt Repairs Sept. 1 – 4

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 4, the City of Tacoma’s Street Operations Division will perform street repairs at the following locations:

  • Sept. 1 – 3: East Roosevelt Avenue from
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New traffic flow map available for JBLM/DuPont commuters

DUPONT – For drivers who travel through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor, a new traffic flow map showing Interstate 5 and arterial roads is now available to help them make informed route

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Rainier Connect Announces Joint Operating Agreement with Net-Venture

Rainier Connect, announced it has entered into a Joint Venture Operating agreement (JOA) with Net-Venture, effective September 1, 2015. As part of this JOA, customers currently with Net-Venture will

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I-5 concrete panel work continues Aug. 26-29 in Tacoma & Lacey

Crews will finish replacing 21 concrete panels on northbound Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties during the overnight hours. Closure details are as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 27 - Tacoma

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