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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of May 5, 2015

Rules of Procedure

City Manager T.C. Broadnax is requesting that the council consider some proposed revisions to the Rules of Procedure of the Council of the City of Tacoma. We haven't seen any details yet, but a discussion of the proposed changes is scheduled for this Tuesday's city council study

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New Strong Mayor Proposal for Tacoma

It seems like we just finished writing about the demise of a proposal to change Tacoma's form of government to a strong mayor format... Well, it's back.

The News Tribune reports that a group called the Pierce County League for Better Government plans to file paperwork this week that would place an

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Voters Will Get to Weigh-In on Pierce County Services Building

Voters will get a chance to have their say on plans for the new Pierce County General Services Building to be located in Tacoma's Lincoln District. It just may not actually count for anything. That's the outcome of last night's County Council meeting: the Council voted 4 to 3 to give voters the

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 28, 2015


Mayor Strickland proclaimed April 2015 as Vietnamese Journey to Freedom Month in the City of Tacoma, and encouraged all citizens to honor the Vietnamese residents of our state.




Resolution No. 39178 A

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Lopez Withdraws from Race for At-Large Position on Tacoma City Council

Joe Lopez has officially withdrawn his name from consideration for Tacoma City Council at large seat seven. We'd heard rumors of this, but today it's official.

If Lopez's name sounds familiar to you, it may be because he briefly held the District 1 seat in early 2014 while Councilmember Ibsen was

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Landscape Management for Schuster Slope

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks are in the process of developing a strategy for managing the steep, undeveloped slope above Schuster Parkway. At a public meeting this week interested members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges they're trying to address, and the solutions they've come up with...

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 28, 2015

Study Session

At this week's study session the city council will be updated on the current legislative session in Olympia, and they will hear 2014 year-end and 2015 first quarter financial reports.



The one ordinance scheduled for a first reading this week would amend the

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Tacoma-Based Rainier Connect Matches Wave Broadband Offer to Run the Click! Network

Last night Tacoma Public Utilities hosted the second of two town hall meetings on the future of its Click! network - specifically a proposal to sign a 40-year lease with Kirkland, Washington-based Wave Broadband. The crowd at this meeting sounds like it was calmer than the first meeting on the

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

Walk Tacoma: Waterfront Walk and Tacoma’s Maritime History

TBD May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Join Downtown On the Go and a guest speaker to learn more about Tacoma’s maritime history and port!

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Bike Trivia Night

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub May 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Ready to test out your bike knowledge? Come prepared for an evening of bike trivia, covering everything from the history of biking to the best bike routes around town. This is sure to be a fun event for the whole family.Meet in the mid-room of the Swiss and show us what you’ve got!

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Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay Opening Day!

Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay May 7, 2015 at 8:30 am

Be there the moment we open the doors to our first store in Pierce County! Opening ceremony begins at 8:30 am with our traditional bread breaking and more.

Then, what you’ve all been waiting for… doors will open at 9 am!

More opening details to be revealed… stay tuned!

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Bates Technical College showcases programs, campus at Open House May 7

Bates Technical College - South Campus May 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

Are you curious about Bates Technical College’s programs? You’re invited to the college’s annual Open House on Thursday, May 7, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St., in Tacoma.

The Open House features an information fair with representatives from student services, financial

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Bike to Market Day

Broadway Farmers' Market May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

Bike to the opening day of the Broadway Tacoma Farmer’s Market and gear up for Bike Month! The first 50 people to present their helmets at the Farmer’s Market booth will receive a $2 token just for riding! Downtown on the Go will be selling low cost helmets and fitting them for free! Map

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People’s Community Center pool open house and groundbreaking

People's Community Center May 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Celebrate the start of construction of the new People’s Community Center pool with an open house at 3:30 p.m. and a groundbreaking ceremony at 4 pm. Project managers and staff from the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will be ready to talk about the pool, which is on track to open in fall

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May Green Drinks

Broken Spoke May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

May is National Bike Month and we always go all out in Tacoma-Pierce County! This year we have tons of fun events, including a Tweed Ride, GoldSprints event, and a Bike Everywhere Challenge with prizes!

Join us at the Broken Spoke to learn more about all things Bike Month—including how Bike

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Anon(ymous) at UW Tacoma

Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma May 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Come watch “Anon(ymous)”, UWT’s 2nd play production.

When: Each night at 7:30pm; May 7 (free preview), 8, 9, 14 (pay-what-you-can), 15, & 16

Where: UW Tacoma, Cherry Parkes Building room CP 007 (located behind Indochine)

Purchase tickets online to reserve your spot!

UWT students are FREE!

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Spring Has Sprung in Downtown Tacoma - Food Truck Fridays and a New Series on the BIA Blog

The Business Improvement Area does good things for downtown Tacoma - reducing crime, cleaning up graffiti, and paying to keep the Link free for all riders. 

They also have a blog. Posts there have been sporadic over the last couple years, but starting this week it promises to be more regular. Tad Monroe, one of the co-producers of Drunken Telegraph, will be turning his story-telling skills on what's good in Tacoma, especially downtown Tacoma (the BIA is a downtown organization, after all).

Tad's first two posts celebrate springtime weather, food trucks, and Bike Month. He plans to post a couple times a week, sharing good things happening in Tacoma. We look forward to it.


Downtown Tacoma’s TwoKoi will reopen in June

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Here's a bit of good news for Tacoma sushi lovers: Twokoi plans to reopen in June. The sushi restaurant closed down last November for the duration of the construction at South 17th between Pacific and Broadway. Now the worst of the road work is wrapping up, and sidewalks are walkable again.

We haven't seen any signs of a rumored remodel, but it sounds like the menu may be getting a bit of a revamp - losing some older dishes, and adding happy hour "tapas" plates (Japan and Spain are in pretty different parts of the world, but we're willing to give it a try...), as well as more sake and cocktail options.

Look for the doors to open back up sometime in June - just in time for the U.S. Open to bring hoards of hungry golfers to town. We'll look forward to them staying open for us locals when the golfers are gone.

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Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

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When we talk about design of public places in Tacoma, examples from Europe are often cited for how it could be done better here. 

Italian architect A. Ghigo Ditommaso argues that although there is general agreement among urban planners and architects in America that the Italian piazza is a great template for public space design, there is surprisingly little comprehension of the fundamental spatial characteristics that make them work.

  • Keep Centers at the Center
  • Connect the Urban Paths
  • Activate the Edges
  • Set the Stage (and the Arena)

This seems stunningly simple, and yet so few American cities seem to be able to get it right. For Tacoma, at least, location could be part of the challenge - using Ditommaso's criteria, where in Tacoma could we locate such a functional public space?

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Everything You Need to Know About Octopus Wrestling

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How much do you need to know about octopus wrestling?

Well, that's probably subjective, but let's start with the fact that apparently in the 1950s and 60s it was definitely a thing in the Puget Sound region. And in 1963 Tacoma was home to the World Octopus Wrestling Championships, held just off Titlow Beach.

Despite its apparent popularity 50 years ago, we're not expecting to see a resurgence of the sport any time soon - the treatment of the octopuses wasn't exactly humane, and the sport is now illegal. Although, a re-enactment would make an interesting addition to May's Historic Preservation Month calendar...

Read more about the 1963 championships in Tacoma, and about the sport in general in this article. Hat tip to Zack for sharing the story.

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2015 Historic Preservation Awards Seeking Nominations

The Tacoma Landmarks PreservationCommission is seeking nominations for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards.Nominations are now open and are being gathered here until May 26.

The categories

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Harvest Pierce County to Host 6th Annual Spring Summit

Celebrate our local food system and learn local gardening techniques

Tacoma, WA- If spring has you eager to start gardening, mark your calendar for Saturday May 2nd and join Harvest Pierce County

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Tacoma Shipping Company Honored for its Innovative Work in Reducing Carbon Emissions

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, a shipping company that provides twice-weekly service between the ports of Tacoma and Anchorage, is the winner of the third annual Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award

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“Year of the Bike” Gains Momentum with Eighth Annual Bike Month

This May, celebrate the eighth annual Bike Month in Tacoma and Pierce County, where over 20 bicycle-related activities and events are planned in the area for people of all ages and skill levels.

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Tacoma white supremacists convicted in stabbing death

Today, a jury convicted Eric Michael Elliser, 34, and Shane Thomas McKittrick, 33, in the 2013 stabbing death of Derek Scott Wagner, 27. Elliser was found guilty of murder in the second degree and

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